Stevie Ray

Stevie Ray

High Energy Interactive Speaker who Will Have Your Audiences Laughing & Learning
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Program Descriptions

Next Stage Communication
Attendees will gain simple steps that will take their communication Skills to the next stage; improving their lives and careers. Including:

  • Secret techniques of Whole Brain Thinking to handle on-the-spot situations with confidence
  • The Five Steps of Persuasion to get a “yes,” and inspire action
  • Discover the hidden Approach/Withdraw Response of the brain and how to turn resistance into acceptance

    Next Stage Teamwork
    Your team works well, but Stevie can bring them to the next level. He teaches the Eight Elements of an Effective Team to help your working groups work better and enjoy each other in the process.

    Next Stage Leadership
    Designed for leaders who want to take their skills to the next level. Learn what really makes your employees or co-workers tick so you can inspire them to be their best.

    Next Stage Networking
    Over 90% of new business is gained through face-to-face interaction, but most people—even high-level executives—are awkward at networking. Stevie takes the fear and stress out of working the room.

    Own the Stage
    Get workshops or private coaching from Stevie Ray, who has a lifetime of experience as a master keynote speaker, corporate trainer, and entertainer. Learn to deliver presentations with poise and confidence.

    Your Company's Next Stage
    This in-depth program helps organizations engage employees and create loyal customers. Use the program that wowed companies like the Mall of America.
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    Stevie Ray is truly unique in the speaking industry. Some speakers are entertainers in search of a message; with presentations that lack content. Others are subject matter experts, but they can be boring at the podium. Stevie Ray is equal measures business owner, keynote speaker, author, and professional entertainer. He has spoken to leaders of Fortune 500 companies, trained executives in communication and “people skills,” and has entertained audiences around the world. Put these skills together and you have a presentation that will have your audience buzzing for months.

    Stevie Ray is:

  • A nationally syndicated columnist for the Business Journal newspapers since 1997. • A keynote speaker for over 26 years, delivering approx. 100 presentations a year.
  • A corporate trainer, providing small- and large-group workshops to improve workplace skills that are crucial for professional growth and development.
  • An adjunct instructor for the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, teaching communication skills, leadership, and executive presence for the MBA program.
  • A professional comedian since 1983, working with such stars as “Weird Al” Yankovic, Rich Hall from Saturday Night Live, and Paula Poundstone.

    Stevie is the co-founder and Executive Director of Stevie Ray’s Improv Company, an or- ganization that has provided training and entertainment since 1989. A prolific researcher and writer, Stevie is the author of nine books dealing with a variety of exciting topics. He has studied seven martial arts and holds black belts in four of them. (He continues to train so he can protect himself from his step-daughter’s surprise attacks.) At one point in his career he was actually a bodyguard for Pee Wee Herman (yes, really). In his spare time he is a beekeeper and also volun- teers recording books on tape for the blind. Stevie lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife, step -daughter, and trouble-making dog.
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    “Stevie shares knowledge in such a fun, invigorating way that the participants aren’t even aware they are learning. I think the fact that I’m still thinking about some of the things that he said and am still processing them is a huge testament to the effectiveness of the program. I conduct the training in Cargill and I only wish I were half as effective! I’d have Stevie Ray at all my sessions.”

    --Cargill Law

    “I have never had a training seminar that received this kind of response. It definitely had a positive measurable effect on our employees’ performance.”
    --Blue Cross Blue Shield Minnesota

    “You were great! I gained self-awareness. I didn’t realize how often I use negating words or lead a conversation down an inappropriate path.”
    --RBC Dain Rauscher

    “In my position, getting my message across is as important as the development of the message/strategy itself. That’s where Stevie Ray came in. Stevie taught me to be an effective communicator and over the last half dozen years or so of my career this skill has been the most important one in terms of my success.”

    --Sun Life Financial