Who’s in the Room?

Select an audience group to determine which speech is right for you.

Sales Pros - Sales Managers

Team Meetings
Sales meetings and associations

What They'll Get

How to Compete on Value instead of Price in a Commodity Business

Are you competing on price or value with your customers? If your focus is on value, (which it should be) are you consistently measuring for success? Do you have the data to prove your value proposition is actually creating value for the customer? This presentation teaches a methodology used by both entrepreneurs and established organizations to continuously create new value for their customers. You will learn the key questions you’ll need to ask to uncover value-creating opportunities – and exactly how to ask them so you generate deeper insights.

ROI & Key Outcomes:

  • Change the way you solicit feedback from customers to make it more actionable
  •  Learn the key customer questions that will uncover value-creating opportunities.
  • Shift the way you compete for business

C-Suite - Senior VP - VP Director

YPO/EO Leadership Meetings/Retreats

What They'll Get

Increasing the Speed of Innovation

The pace of change in today’s economy requires innovative, value-adding ideas to come from all parts of your organization – whether they are internal improvements or new sources of revenue. The way managers were traditionally trained stifles innovation and forces out-of-the-box thinkers out of the company. This interactive presentation outlines the must-have skill sets to effectively lead your employees.  Diana will provide the framework for how your organization – and the people within it – can flourish in this hyper-competitive world.

ROI & Key Outcomes: 

  • Learn new skill sets required of the innovative leader
  • Avoid common pitfalls of innovative leadership
  • Create an internal culture of innovation so that every employee is a resource to the effort

HR Associates - Managers

Association Meetings

What They'll Get

How to Significantly Increase User Adoption of New Initiatives Inside Your Organization

Have you had trouble getting everyone in the organization on board with new programs and initiatives?  Maybe it’s time to try the methodology entrepreneurs use to virally spread new ideas and achieve exponential adoption.  You see, everyone in your organization is not created equal; there are four distinct types of users and each group needs to be communicated with in a unique way.  This session will give you both the methodology and tools to increase adoption of every new program you roll out as well as underperforming existing programs.

ROI & Key Outcomes: 

  • Understand why your current program or initiative isn’t sticking
  • Learn how to launch new programs the same way successful entrepreneurs launch new products
  • Understand the four distinct types of “users” of programs in your organization and why their differences impact program adoption.

Entrepreneurs - Education/Economic Development

Economic Development Event

What They'll Get

My Entrepreneurial Journey and Valuable Lessons Learned

Diana Kander shares her personal journey; from its humble beginnings (escaping the Soviet Union in the middle of the night), to a successful entrepreneurial career, to writing a New York Times best-seller used in over 70 colleges to teach entrepreneurship and innovation, to advising Fortune 1000 companies on creating a culture of innovation and launching new products and services. Diana shares three important lessons in her journey: 1). The power of entrepreneurship and how it can transform lives; 2). The power of mentorship and how it can help you achieve what you never thought possible; and 3). The power of creating real value for others.

ROI & Key Outcomes:

  • Learn what’s holding most wantapreneurs back from creating successful companies
  • Shift your thinking on what a mentor/mentee relationship should look like, and how it can add the most value to a new company
  • Understand what a community can do to foster and grow successful entrepreneurs

The Entire Company

All-hands event
Association Meeting

What They'll Get

Why Curiosity Is the Ultimate Competitive Advantage

Diana Kander has created a new keynote based on her book, The Curiosity Muscle, in which she explains what it takes to stay competitive and relevant in today’s world. The scary truth is that the only thing harder than getting to the top is staying there. And while it may sound counter-intuitive, in many cases, it is the success of a company and it’s growing collective “expertise” that eventually leads to the company’s downfall.

This keynote explains exactly why most companies reaching the peak of their potential, lose their curiosity and crash into irrelevance. From how we develop blind spots about our business, to the pitfalls of feeling like an expert, this thought-provoking, engaging program reveals the smokescreens obscuring imminent threats to long-term viability and walks you through specific ways to boost innovation, uncover customer needs, solve problems, create new value for customers, and increase employee engagement.

Most importantly, Diana demonstrates why curiosity is your greatest asset to drive constant innovation and help your company thrive and become competitive on more than price alone — ultimately, future-proofing your business.

ROI & Key Outcomes:

  • How can you institutionalize curiosity and ask better questions to stay competitive and relevant to your customers and drive growth
  • How you can dramatically reduce the risk of new ideas and create a more innovative culture that leads to results
  • How to determine pitfalls within your organization and avoid falling into the “expert trap”

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“I am a meeting planner so I have seen lots of Keynote speakers and very few have had an impact as much as yours has on this group. Keep up the good work and keep improving yourself, whatever you are doing is working!”

Gartner Program & Portfolio Management Summit

“Diana was a dynamic speaker, and I took a lot away from her presentation. She was very energetic and thought provoking.”

Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Center

“I would highly recommend Diana to any organization who wants a speaker who has lived the life of an entrepreneur and can communicate in a relevant and humorous way what it takes to start a business and be successful.”

Assurity Life Insurance Company

Planning for the Event

A/V preferences:
Handheld Microphone (for Diana)
2nd Handheld Microphone (if there will be audience Q&A)
Screen & LCD Projector
PowerPoint: Diana will be using a PowerPoint and would prefer to use her own Mac laptop. (If you need a copy of her PPT Presentation beforehand, please send us your deadline and where we should upload the file/email it to directly.)
Mac dongle to connect Diana’s laptop to the projector
PowerPoint Clicker
Other: Small table on stage for notes and water.

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