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Eileen McDargh, CSP, CPAE

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Business author, commentator and Hall of Fame speaker helping organizations and individuals transform themselves

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Our keynote speaker Eileen McDargh continuously helps organizations and individuals transform the life of their business and the business of their life through conversations that matter and connections that count. Her programs are content rich, interactive, provocative and playful—they are even downright hilarious

Eileen McDargh draws upon practical business know-how, life’s experiences and years of consulting to major national and international organizations that have ranged from global pharmaceuticals to the US Armed Forces, from healthcare associations to religious institutions. Executive Excellence magazine continually ranks her as one of the top 50 thought leaders in self-leadership development. Global Gurus International, a British-based provider of resources for leadership, communication and sales training, also named her as one of the World’s Top 30 Leadership Professionals following a global survey of 22,000 business professionals.

She authored Work for a Living & Still Be Free to Live, the first book on work/life balance—a topic that placed her as a futurist in this issue and continues to be published in revised editions. Her second book, The Resilient Spirit, is found from South Africa to California. Talk Ain’t Cheap… It’s Priceless – Connecting in a Disconnected World serves as a leadership guide for numerous organizations, Gifts from the Mountain: Simple Truths for Life’s Complexities, won the Benjamin Franklin Gold Award in 2008, My Get-Up- and-Go Got Up and Went! was written for the tired and overwhelmed and her newest book Your Resiliency GPS: A Guide for Growing Through Life is being used by clients and individuals all over the world.

As a business author and commentator, she’s appeared on network news, on radio programs and in business journals and in major metropolitan newspapers.

Clients have ranged from American Airlines to Xerox, from 3M to IBM, from drill foremen in the Arctic to juvenile offenders in prison. She served as one of ten faculty members in a business television series, Reclaiming Business Excellence and has headlined with speakers like NBA Coach Pat Riley, Notre Dame’s former coach Lou Holtz, Dr. Ken Blanchard, executive strategist Marshall Goldsmith and boardroom poet, David Whyte.

Eileen is a certified speaking professional (CSP) and her election into the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame places her among the top 3% of speakers in the United States. She received the Legends of the Platform Award in 2011 and has been awarded the Top5 Speaker designation in Management/Business by Speakers Platform five years in a row.

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Special virtual keynote by speaker Eileen McDargh

Resilience Skills for Pandemic Panic

This keynote is designed to open a conversation about what we can do as individuals and professionals to move from pandemic panic to realistic responses. Fear paralyzes us. Clear thinking moves us.

Audience takeaways:

  • Guidance through the accurate definition of resilience and begin to explore actions to take in cultivating two critical resilience skills: adaptability and agility.
  • How it all begins with YOU—what conversations you are having with yourself and what emotions arise as a result?
  • We’ll talk about the power of the present and how to develop intelligent optimism. Action is the antidote for anxiety and you’ll be guided on how to control the controllable.
Special virtual keynote by speaker Eileen McDargh

Creating a Resilient Workforce: The Care and Feeding of Remote Teams

Alone again—and not so naturally.  With employees scattered in various locations—even within the same city— a leader’s job becomes a blend of psychologist and coach, teacher, and student.


Audience takeaways:

  • Within the reality of both optimism and pessimism which we all deal with, this program helps managers focus on attributes: clarity, collaboration, creativity, comedy, and compassion.
  • Can also offer a forum for leaders to discuss critical issues and share best practices.

    Keynote by Speaker Eileen McDargh

    Cultivating Radical Resiliency: Leadership Skills for Complex Times

    Radically turbulent times demand professional and personal responses that transcend our regular work and life patterns. It’s not about happy faces on mirrors and mantras on coffee mugs. It’s not about hanging on while holding back. It’s about times when you feel someone ate your cheese, drained the swamp, and went from great to less-than-good. How can professionals cope with change while staying focused on their jobs and organization goals?  The answer is resiliency – the ability to find the inner strength to grow through a set-back, challenge or opportunity. 

    Radical resilience requires the courage to challenge, commit, and contribute in ways that positively impact both today as well as many tomorrows. Based upon the length of the presentation, participants will:

    • Discover how to grow the skills of adaptability, agility, laugh-ability, and alignment for producing results that put YOU in control of your ship.
    • Learn a four-part model for methodically tackling the tough issues you currently face.
    • Explore what great leaders do to inspire teams to stay in the game and thrive. (And it has NOTHING to do with money!) Get them energized, actualized, authorized, and gratified.
    • Develop a personal legacy leadership goal that defies downturns and disappointments.

    Keynote by Speaker Eileen McDargh

    Resiliency: The Grow-Through Secret for Sales Success

    Forget bouncing back in the face of rejection. That’s old school. Resiliency today is so much more.

    Challenging, changing times require a mindset that constantly looks for how to improve the pipeline that traditionally is bogged down with unproductive actions.

    • It’s about turning right when the competition turns left. It’s about reframing the impossible into the possible
    • It’s about the courage to deeply listen.
    • It’s about becoming a trusted adviser instead of a vendor.

    Bottom line: Break-through results require grow-through strategies

    Let Resiliency Expert, Eileen McDargh, offer provocative, pithy, profound yet personal insights into four resiliency skills. She’ll challenge your thinking while you interact and laugh—yes laugh. Laughter is a critical resiliency skill that binds us together.

    Watch the results with increased sales, better retention of staff and customers, and an energized, resilient team.


    Keynote by Speaker Eileen McDargh

    Your Resiliency GPS Workshop

    Surprises are the new normal. Change is the new constant. Stress and burnout have reached epidemic proportions.  Yet, not all is lost. Using the book Your Resiliency GPS: A Guide for Growing through Life and Work author and professional speaker Eileen McDargh will guide your audience on a different path.

    This workshop is for everyone from the leaders of Fortune 100 companies to small business owners to the unemployed.  Workshop pricing includes a copy of Your Resiliency GPS for each participant.

    Based upon the length of the presentation, participants will:

    • Cultivate PREresilience skills in order to be pro-active about change.
    • Learn to see opportunities where others see only barriers.
    • Learn a four-part model for methodically tackling the tough issues you currently face.
    • Learn how to use Growth Potential Strategies (GPS) to get you to where you want to go.
    • …. Recalculating Questions.


    Keynote by Speaker Eileen McDargh

    Work for a Living and Still Be Free to Live: The Secret for a Resilient Life

    Balance is baloney! Discover a better metaphor for the realities of living in a 24/7 world. Learn the power of choice and how to conduct a C.A.T. scan of your life. Develop strategies to create a life by YOUR design and not by default.

    A critical topic for all walks of life and one Eileen has followed since authoring the first book ever written on this topic.

    • Make no mistake—everyone works—whether for free or fee!
    • How can you work smart and live happier? Is it even possible to have work/life balance in this fast-paced, frantic world? From senior executives to front-line employees, this issue is key to the changing nature of
    • America’s workforce and today’s world.
    • We hear about the need to balance personal and work priorities, but how do you go from burned out to fired up? How can we juggle the many responsibilities and demands on our busy lives?

    In this insightful and interactive program you will:

    • Understand why traditional models of balance no longer work in these times of change.
    • Discover how to conduct your own “CAT” scan of life.
    • Acquire the skills to “sail” within the five critical areas of living.
    • Create your own action plan for juggling the demands of your fast-paced life.
    • Develop personal strategies for creating “a life by design, not be default”.
    • Learn at least three methods for effective self-management and self-improvement that you can put to work immediately.


    Keynote by Speaker Eileen McDargh

    The Resilient Energy Connection: How To Get It, Keep It, And Stop Giving It Away

    • At the end of the day, you too yearn for a way to let your spirit soar and your gifts shine. The competitive global 24/7 world of heart-stopping competition puts personal energy at risk. We too yearn to connect with new possibilities for people, productivity, profitability and purpose.
    • This keynote is based on the premise that transforming our work requires nothing less than transforming ourselves and together we take a look at four inner skills essential for coaching ourselves along this journey. Our own “work in progress” becomes the touchstone for connecting at a deeper level with our workmates and our soul mates. As we ease on down this road, we find our wisdom, ah-ha moments and greatest learnings through the context of our lives. This wisdom becomes deeper if it is forged in a furnace fueled with mind, heart and spirit.
    • You’ll never think of energy in the same way again. Forget OPEC and prices at the pump. Discover your own reservoir of power and purpose with five tools to drill down into your own internal well of possibilities. Human energy is a priceless commodity. Learn a new formula for E=MC 2 . When it comes to energy and the capacity to do work, discover how to get it, renew it and stop giving it away.


    Keynote by Speaker Eileen McDargh

    Lead-Her-Ship – Owning Our Power, Passion, Play and Purpose

    Gather women together and you have an energy source to light even the darkest corners of the world. Eileen puts a match to that energy.  We can learn to be heroines of our own story and leaders shaping tomorrow for all our children. This is your time to refresh, realign, reawaken, reflect, refuel, regenerate, rejoice, release, remember and renew.

    Participants will learn:

    • About the POWER of choice.
    • To understand The POWER of who you are, what you know and what you have done.
    • About the POWER of PRESENCE – PERSONAL vs. SOCIAL.
    • How to use PASSION to leverage your career to match your authentic self.
    • HOW TO PLAY… and how to help others enjoy their work and world.
    • About your PURPOSE: the bigger picture. Why am I here, and what do I leave behind?


    Keynote by Speaker Eileen McDargh

    Leveraging Your Career To Fit YOUR Authentic Self

    A good career fit is not like squeezing into Spanx. Nope! It means thinking, listening, and sensing where, when and how to craft actions that bring you from good work to great work! The result: you feel GREAT and you stop the busywork and start the work that matters. It begins from the inside out.

    In this session, you will:

    • Discover the difference between UGH work, Good Work and GREAT work.
    • Explore through exercises how to identify what is uniquely YOUR authentic work.
    • Learn how to ask for what you want and three possible steps to leverage you into your GREAT/Authentic work.
    • Understand the difference between a mentor and a sponsor.
    • Explore the six qualities of charisma and how to develop these qualities so that you attract people to you and your authentic work.


    Keynote by Speaker Eileen McDargh

    The Power of Engagement: Crafting Connections That Count For People Who Matter

    The “soft stuff” of business is always the hardest part of business.

    It’s time to START talking and get back to work! Create a competitive edge in engaging and retaining talented employees and customers on the most human of playing fields: conversation. Without that connection, there is no energy of engagement. Discover the secret of viewing points, orange batons and Little Davids in creating teams and fostering loyalty. The latest report from DDI reports that more than 40% of leaders crave soft skills that can help them work better with others.

    The results will be:

    • Clear understanding of what energizes employees and what depletes.
    • Connected and cohesive stakeholders.
    • Candid conversations that can generate a renewed commitment.


    Keynote by Speaker Eileen McDargh

    Resilient Relationships: Plain Talk for Complex Times

    • At the end of the day, our very success hinges on relationships.These relationships grow or die based on a skill too often we forget: CONVERSATION. How meaningful are yours?
    • The proliferation of cell phones and the glut of chat rooms show us what society yearns for: meaningful human connection, community, and the value of relationships.
    • The pace of change, the lure of dazzling technology, and the speed of life have created the opposite. The most human of all connections is conversation – an internal and external event that has become blurred. We’ve forgotten how to talk to each other – if in fact some of us ever knew. In many instances, we have never been taught how to listen. At the deepest level, we’ve probably never stopped long enough to even listen to ourselves.
    • And at times of crisis, these conversations become even more important. This presentation explores a model for understanding and growing the conversations we have with ourselves and with each other so that everyone becomes fully engaged in the work we are tasked to do. And you’ll also celebrate the power of humor to connect. Be prepared to think, laugh, and learn.


    Keynote by Speaker Eileen McDargh

    Resilient Relationships: Surviving and Thriving With Difficult People

    Life would be easy if it weren’t for other people! Would you like to turn from mad to glad with your colleagues and customers?

    Eileen can show you how.

    This session focuses on improving relationships at work through successfully dealing with people. Using humor and examples, Eileen will guide participants through the process of learning how to defuse anger in themselves and others. They will discover how to identify and understand problem behavior and how to use systematic methods for handling such behaviors.

    Participants will also:

    • Understand techniques for “scripting” and creating rapport.
    • Identify the behavior of difficult people and personal responses to such behaviors.
    • Focus on effective responses to the hostile-aggressive trio.
    • Discover the 4-step model for handling anger on and off the phone.
    • Learn the difference between difficult people and people within a difficult situation.
    • Identify self-management tools for developing rapport and maintaining inner calm and integrity under pressure.


    Keynote by Speaker Eileen McDargh

    Resilient Relationships: Understanding Your Communication E-Quotient

    Talk is never cheap. It’s priceless! How would you rate your communication efforts? Better still—what would others say?

    Using a personal communication profile (the DISC), you’ll discover your unique behavioral preferences. You’ll gain insights on where and why relationships grow or suffer.

    This workshop is designed to open channels for sharing communication preferences and valuing differences. With interaction, humor and high content, Eileen will help you walk away with ideas for improving your own communication while understanding others.

    This program provides plenty of ‘meat’—high content, useful information you can put to work at the office and at home. You will:

    • Learn an easy-to-grasp framework to improve communication skills long after the workshop is over
    • Discover why some people “bug you” and why you do well with others.
    • Find out how to work with peers and bosses using key information on “what makes them tick”.
    • Learn how to “sell” different people, differently.
    • Understand how to select a dynamic and productive team, valuing individual differences.
    • Improve communication skills with clients, colleagues, friends and family.
    • Look at every human interaction differently, using new-found knowledge and insights.
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