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Keynote speaker John Baldoni is a recognized global thought leader, seeking to instill hope and optimism to all he reaches and teaches. He has established himself as a world authority on topics that matter to leaders who seek insight into leadership challenges of the day. He helps managers achieve positive results by focusing on leadership, motivation and coaching.

John Baldoni is not only a leadership consultant he is also an internationally recognized coach, author and speaker. Since 2007, he has continually been named among the top 30 Leadership Experts by Gurus International, on their list of global leadership gurus. He has been on the top of this list, as a top leadership expert, for five consecutive years.

Beginning his career in an office on the fifteenth floor he had a view of a private golf course, and around the corner was a view of the Pacific Ocean. John however, gave all this up to start his own business. As time would tell, he was able to establish a career as a highly requested communications and leadership consultant. He has had the honor of working with senior leaders in practically every industry from pharmaceutical to real estate, and packaged goods to automobiles.

John speaks to a variety of audiences; he speaks to corporate, professional, military and university audiences. Johns coaching clients include fortune 1000 companies as well as non-profits. He has taught people what it means to inspire at the top of a mountain in the Canadian Rockies. Additionally he spoke to nearly one thousand USAF/JAG officers at sea level in Florida, on leadership and communication. His keynotes and workshops leave attendees inspired. Providing stories of great men and women, with a hint of light hearted humor, he is able to give practical down-to earth advice that individuals can apply. John is passionate about leadership and enthusiastic about helping people achieve their leadership ambitions.

Through his books and many columns for leading business publications, John has become a source of practical wisdom. John regularly contributes online to CBSNews/MoneyWatchBloomberg/Businessweek and Harvard Business Review.  His book, Lead Your Boss, The Subtle Art of Managing Up, was chosen as a notable leadership book in fall 2009. His more recent book, Lead With Purpose: Giving Your Organization a Reason to Believe in Itself, was published in Fall 2011. Additionally he has appeared on many radio programs, including the national version of Michael Smerconish Show and has created video coaching series for Athena Online. These forms of media allow John to reach a wider audience with his leadership insights.

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    Speaker John Baldoni Keynote Topics

    • Put purpose to work so everyone wins
    • Influencing from the Middle: Leadin Boss & Peers
    • Leading from hard times to good times
    • 12 steps to power presence
    • How great leaders get great results
    • How great leaders motivate
    • How great leaders communicate

Interview with John Baldoni

What is the message you hope people take away from your presentations?
The focus of my presentation is to provide attendees with techniques and tools they can put to use to become more effective leaders. Whether the attendee is a senior executive, or one just beginning her career, my presentations focus on practical ways managers can provide the leadership their followers are looking for. A prime focus for me is what leaders need to do bring people together for common cause. Followers are looking for direction as well as inspiration. It is up to leaders to deliver on those expectations and my presentation show them how to do so.

How are your keynotes unique?
I consider my presentations to be teaching opportunities. I teach attendees how to lead with purpose, communicate with clarity, motivate with inspiration and learn to be humble. I believe in the power of story and I weave narratives into my presentations as a means of making my presentations more memorable and ultimately more useful.

What are 3 important qualities of a great leader?

Leaders need to possess three qualities in quantity.

  • One, character. We expect our leaders to be honest and ethical and to do the right thing. Without character there is no trust.
  • Two, smarts. We need our leaders to be intellectually curious. Leaders need to know how to ask the right questions and find people with the right answers.
  • Three, humility. We need our leaders to be self-aware and that means they know their strengths as well as their shortcomings. A humble leader is a strong leader, one who knows what he must improve and how he must lead.

Have leadership approaches had to change during the crisis?

When times are tough, leaders need to do three things:

  • Be seen: people need to see their leaders
  • Be heard: people need to hear what they leaders have to say and leaders in turn need to listen
  • Be there: leaders must be accessible and available.

My working definition of leadership is that leaders do what the organization needs them to do: be seen, be heard and be there. Never is this more true than in challenging times.

What type of audience gains the most from your keynotes?
Anyone interested in how to become the leader they wish to become.

How does humor play a part in your keynote presentations?
Humor is the great leveler. None of us is perfect and we all like to laugh. So as one who teaches leaders it is important that I use humor as a means of promoting greater levels of understanding. So I like to tell funny stories about people I know or even myself as a means of making my teaching points more accessible and memorable.

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