“Wake Me Up When the Data Is Over”
What challenges does your organization face? How to retain employees
and keep them engaged? Getting everyone’s behavior aligned
around the organization’s core values and long-term strategy?
Finding sure-fire ways to brand and position the organization?
Figuring out how to quickly gain commitment to needed changes?
Learn key insights and practices from 171 business leaders representing
81 organizations around the world that are using stories to address
these critical business issues and strengthen their overall performance.
Get double-digit growth, double digit reductions in turnover,
significant increases in employee engagement—and more!
“I recently attended Lori Silverman’s ‘storytelling’
workshop—it was excellent! Lori is a well-read and upbeat
presenter, and the interactive format made for a memorable day.
The real-world examples in the workshop gave me ideas that I’ve
already started implementing at my association.”
- - Larry Commons, Director of Internal Marketing, National
Athletic Trainers’ Association, Dallas, TX
“Schmoozing: Meet, Greet, and Speak with Ease”
Social events. Business gatherings. Association meetings. They
all call for us to introduce ourselves and engage in multiple
conversations, typically in a short period of time, often with
folks whom we do not know. Discover what you can do to fell more
comfortable in these settings and how you can make the most out
of these situations.
“Lori Silverman was a joy to work with from the
first introductory phone call through the conference event.
I appreciate her professional style, sense of humor, and gift
for connecting with people. She used these traits to teach the
art of ‘schoomzing’ to delegates at the 2004 Kentucky
League of Cities annual convention. Lori’s workshop was
not the run-of-the-mill, ‘sit and listen to the speaker
ramble’, style of meeting. Instead, Lori used stories
to bring her lessons to life. Those stories combined with learning
activities stirred up a positive atmosphere that engaged every
delegate. I would hire Lori Silverman again.”
- - Karen Butcher, Leadership and Training Manager, Kentucky
League of Cities
“The Art of Influence: What Works, What Doesn't
Work and Why”
How often do you need to get others in your organization to take
a particular action or change their minds on an issue? Ever wonder
why some individuals are more successful at achieving these outcomes?
Anyone can be influenced; the challenge is learning what really
works, what doesn’t work and why. Discover how to enhance
your credibility and what techniques to use to positively alter
the behaviors, attitudes and beliefs of others to enable you to
achieve the results you need at work.
“From Vision to Action: Strategic Planning in Unpredictable
Few organizations effectively plan for the long term. Often, what
are thought to be innovative strategic plans are really short-term
operational plans or a repeat of past initiatives. Because leaders
of organizations are regularly drawn to the demands of the present,
they frequently do not have the chance to address the requirements
of the future. Some might even contend that in a world where uncertainty
and instability are predominant, that it is impossible to plan
for the future in longer than one to two year increments. This
presentation covers a practical approach to strategic planning
that takes into account future trends and uncertainties and their
implications on the organization’s long-term success. You
will learn how to develop a vision based on these factors and
how to translate it into breakthrough strategies and actionable
steps that help the organization to clearly focus and achieve
“You gave the audience exactly what they were looking
for at the MGE-sponsored Chamber Network program. Your captivating
presentation provided new perspectives and essential guidelines
for conducting a successful strategic planning process. I received
phone calls and e-mails expressing appreciation and commenting
about how valuable chamber of commerce executives and leaders
of nonprofit organizations found the information. You are a
- - Phyllis E. Wilhelm, Director, Economic Development, Madison
Gas and Electric Company (MGE)
“More Than a Quick Fix: Organizational Change
When sweeping changes in strategies, technology, work methods
and equipment are introduced throughout an organization, they
typically impact far more than anyone initially anticipated. As
a result, implementation deadlines get pushed out, actual project
costs are greater and frustration mounts. Learn how to be successful
initiating, facilitating, and sustaining changes that impact large
groups of people.
“Lori Silverman received rave reviews from the Marquette
University Center for Family Business members who attended her
presentation on ‘How to Successfully Implement Organizational
* Her style . . . . Enthusiastic and informative
* Her stories . . . . Real life
* Her advice . . . . Practical and applicable to businesses
of all sizes
Lori Silverman is a ‘must have’ on your future list
- - Sandra Shirk, Director, Marquette University Center for
“Achieving Business Excellence Through Value Creation”
Given the state of our economy, improving organizational performance
is more important than ever. We can no longer ignore the call
to create value. It is the foundation for building long-term,
sustainable competitive advantage. However this implies a significant
shift in our thinking and in how we work. Unfortunately, many
of the performance improvement approaches we use today primarily
address the cost side of the business enterprise. Learn what you
can do to enhance your organization’s competitive position
through value creation.
“The Best-Kept Secret in Business Today”
Nike does it. So do 3M and Armstrong Industries. Even NASA, The
World Bank, and Van Kampen Investments have embraced it. Imagine
being able to capture the attention of even the most distracted
employees or customers and have them accurately recall what you
told them. Imagine being able to quickly and successfully communicate
complex ideas. Imagine being able to inspire people to change—to
try a new behavior, to let go of an old attitude, to embrace the
future, and to take action. What are these organizations doing,
you ask? It’s storytelling. Storytelling is considered by
some to be the most powerful currency in that exists today in
human communications. Learn how using stories can benefit you,
your communications with others, and your organization. Also gain
a wealth of ideas on where you can find and use them and what
you need to do to make any story a great story for use at work.
“Customer or Consumer? Focus or Obsession?”
Organizations everywhere talk about the need to focus on customers.
To sustain competitive advantage in a rapidly changing marketplace,
this sort of thinking is not enough. Not only is it important
to distinguish between customers and consumers, the time has come
to also be concerned about their unknown needs and those of future
consumers who don’t have a relationship with your enterprise.
Discover what is driving this change, how your enterprise can
benefit from expanding its thinking, and how to implement this
enhancement in your organization.
“Is there Room for Spirituality in the Workplace?”
Most of us have been brought up believing in the need to separate
our spiritual selves from our business beings. “Soft”
human gifts such as intuition, life purpose, and creative energy
are now acknowledged as having a critical role in our career success.
To take advantage of these gifts, we must connect our physical,
mental, emotional and spiritual aspects. Discover how to make
this connection happen in your life and organization.
“Me, Myself & I”
We each experience many roles in life that help shape our personal
identity. However, these roles can also mask the essence of who
we really are. Only when we are able to break through the persona
we’ve created and connect with our true authenticity, will
we be able to enjoy our true potential-at work, at home, in life.
Through stories, thought-provoking questions and conversations
with others, this presentation provides the tools for you to connect
with your inner self.
“Relationships in this Wired, Wired World”
In the not-so-distant past, communications occurred in person
or through the use of mail and faxes. Today, with advancements
in technology, we are often bombarded with email, voicemail and
pages. While these new methods speed up the process of communication
and make it easier to transmit information to multiple parties,
they bring numerous challenges to each of us. Learn how to better
manage these communications and minimize the frustrations and
disasters associated with them.
“Tapping Into the Power of Serendipity”
We all have an appreciation for the importance of short- and long-term
planning in our lives. This planning makes itself apparent in
our daily schedules, how we strategize about our work and our
careers, and how the organizations we belong to operate over time.
While schedules and plans are extremely beneficial, we also need
to recognize and make room for unexpected meaningful coincidences.
Learn how attending to serendipity (a.k.a. synchronicity) experiences
can lead to insights and potential opportunities that can take
your life and your work in new, rewarding directions.
“Using Your COMPASS® to Lead”
Classes on leadership teach the critical behaviors necessary to
effectively lead others and ourself. However, they often fail
to notice that we all have an internal compass that guides us
each and every day. To be truly effective, it is at this level
that we need to address what it means to lead. Discover the seven
internal compass positions that will help you to become a better
leader in all facets of your life
“Workplace Trends in Times of CHAOS”
We are already living in the workplace of the future. Issues like
multiple generations working together and ethical considerations
driving consumer purchase decisions are the “new”
being born within our current ways of working. Our challenge is
to figure out how to anticipate and respond to them. Learn about
the five trends and forces that are currently in progress, ways
in which you can begin to integrate them into your work, and methods
for anticipating their future impact on your organization.