International Business Keynote Speaker, Author & Entrepreneur
Session #1 Synopsis: Lead Yourself First
We’ve often heard the adage "everyone can be a leader", but what does this mean? More importantly, how is this relevant to your organization and your people? The most practical answer is to think of leadership in terms of character, not position or title. A leader is someone at any level who has grasped the ability to take charge of their thoughts, and consequently their actions, in any situation.
We are often tested to be the best version of ourselves, regardless of our job function. Our attitudes directly impact the workplace atmosphere and the quality of our business relationships. When we take the initiative, and lead ourselves with greater confidence, we are better equipped to strengthen relationships with leaders, co-workers and customers.
Delivering her message with insight, wit and humor, Michelle’s energizing, informative and popular keynote presentation will remind you of the power of personal leadership. You will learn accountability strategies to use long after the event ends to take the lead, embrace challenges and create your own realities.
Session #2 Synopsis: Harness Your Influence As a Safety Pro
How can you leverage your position of strength and captivate attention and imagination of individuals with whom you have key relationships? The solution lies in demonstrating that you understand their positions, their perspectives and their interests, prior to introducing your own suggestions. By acknowledging others first, you are ideally positioned to make the difference; for yourself and your organization.
When others connect with your ideas, you have achieved "buy-in". It is much easier to put your own agenda forward by listening to others first. Synchronicity is achieved by acknowledging others, even when we may not agree.
During this informative, interactive and dynamic keynote session, you will learn how to communicate your vision in a way that gets noticed. You add value to your organization and yourself when you are able to demonstrate the bottom line benefits to your leaders and stakeholders by speaking their language. As business necessitates human interaction, articulating your goals purposely and powerfully begins with you. By increasing your visibility and impact, your career flourishes and your organization benefits by having your ideas heard, understood and acted upon. You will leave with new ideas and strategies to energize workplace relationships at all levels…with tangible, long-term results.
Michelle Ray is a highly sought-after international keynote leadership speaker, entrepreneur, author and educator who advocates the importance of developing leadership and accountability skills, regardless of one’s title. She is committed to helping her clients create engaged workplaces, develop exceptional leaders and implement practical strategies to revitalize their cultures.
Michelle began her career in Australia in media and advertising. In the midst of a severe recessionary climate, Michelle helped generate record-breaking revenues for the sales team of the world’s largest cinema advertising contractor. With a proven background in achieving outstanding results as a business leader, Michelle has since worked with leaders and teams in diverse industries including construction, mining, oil and gas, as well as the health and safety sectors within public and private enterprise. She is one of less than 700 people worldwide to have earned the Certified Speaking Professional Designation.
In addition to her corporate background, Michelle broadened her leadership experience during her tenure as a program director with Junior Achievement. Michelle secured financial commitments and volunteer support from an array of corporations, facilitating enduring partnerships between youth, entrepreneurs and educators that helped educate future generations about business.
Now residing in Vancouver, Canada, Michelle helps individuals at every level and any stage of their career to master personal leadership—the ability to take charge of oneself first in any situation. She speaks passionately about self–actualization, change, the importance of authentic leadership in the workplace and the responsibility of positive communication and influence.