Solutions Expert Jones Loflin is Here to Help You Make the Tough Decisions!

DWalking direction on asphaltecisions, decisions — we all have to make them. However, if you’re in a leadership position, the choices you make can impact your team. In his article, Jones Loflin uses a hectic airport experience to explain the potential dangers of not making a tough choice quick enough.


 

Why Leaders Need To Make The Tough Decisions…Now!

By Jones Loflin

Innovative Yet Practical Solutions For Today’s Leaders

Jones Loflin Promo Photo 1My recent travels included flights on Delta airlines during their struggle with cancelled flights due to a major weather system affecting the east coast. On one day I had to book a last minute ticket on American Airlines to get to Dallas for a meeting, and as I sat at the airport all afternoon the following day, I could see that my return trip on Delta wasn’t looking good. I gave some quick thoughts to other options, but chose to wait it out and hope for the best.

At 6 PM I received notification that my flight home had been cancelled and that my options were either a United flight the next day or wait and take a Delta flight two days later. Not liking either of those possibilities, I ran to the gate of an American flight headed to Charlotte and purchased another last minute ticket. I was home by midnight!

The experience reminded me of three dangers leaders can face if they won’t make the tough decisions. They include:

You limit your options for the future.

Because of my inaction, I only had one choice to get home that day. If I had more deeply explored other options sooner, I could have avoided the hassle of the frantic run to the other terminal, and the cost of the last minute flight. How might you be limiting future choices for yourself or your team by not taking action now?

You can’t focus on what’s most important.

Throughout the afternoon I was frequently checking flight schedules and calling the airline to get updates. I got very little real work done. If I had made a decision earlier, I could have shifted my focus to more strategic thinking, like preparing for upcoming presentations. How is your indecision on a tough issue hindering your ability to stay focused on your other important work?

You prevent your team from being able to get the right work done.

The option of getting home the next day meant that I would miss a meeting where I had a significant leadership role and if it was two days later, my family would have to change their plans. How are you holding your team back by failing to make a decision on a difficult issue?

What tough decisions do you need to make…NOW?

Jones Loflin is a global keynote speaker on innovative yet practical workplace challenges and opportunities specific to the critical needs in today’s marketplace. He is the author of several leadership books, including Always Growing and the award-winning Juggling Elephants. Jones is well-known for his solutions for individuals, groups and businesses dealing with leadership development, work-life satisfaction, and change.

For more information on booking keynote speaker, Jones Loflin, for one of your events, check out www.eaglestalent.com or call our office at 1.800.345.5607.

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A Literary Celebration of all Things Poetry, Featuring Best-Selling Author & Keynote Speaker, Judith Viorst!

April is National Poetry Month, the largest literary celebration in the world! All around, readers and poets of all ages celebrate different works of poetry. National Poetry Month was created in 1996 and aims to encourage the reading of poems, bring more poetry to classrooms and more!

In honor of this month long celebration, we’re highlighting popular poetry keynote speaker, Judith Viorst! She is the author of 21 books for children, and nine collections of poems for adults. As a speaker, Judith discusses a variety of topics such as children’s literature and women’s issues.

Take a moment to enjoy an excerpt from Judith Viorst’s poem called The Pleasures of Ordinary Life:

judith viorstI’ve had my share of necessary losses,
Of dreams I know no longer can come true.
I’m done now with the whys and the becauses.
It’s time to make things good, not just make do.
It’s time to stop complaining and pursue
The pleasures of an ordinary life.

I used to rail against my compromises.
I yearned for the wild music, the swift race.
But happiness arrived in new disguises:
Sun lighting a child’s hair. A friend’s embrace.
Slow dancing in a safe and quiet place.
The pleasures of an ordinary life.

For more information on booking poetry keynote speaker Judith Viorst, check out www.eaglestalent.com or call our office at 1.800.345.5607.

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Three Keynote Speakers who Raise Awareness for Sexual Violence Prevention

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of this annual campaign is to raise awareness about sexual violence, and educate communities on how it can be prevented. This year, the theme is “Engaging New Voices”, which calls on all groups whose influence can play a critical role in changing the culture to prevent sexual violence. 

The following three keynote speakers have had their own personal experiences with sexual assault — either by surviving or helping to solve assault cases. Their stories are ones of bravery, hope, inspiration and strength. 

elizabeth smartElizabeth Smart is the survivor of a child abduction in June 2002. After being held by her captors for nine grueling months, Elizabeth was rescued by police and returned home to her family in March 2003. This traumatic experience led Elizabeth to become an advocate for change related to child abduction and recovery programs. She also founded the Elizabeth Smart Foundation, to prevent future crimes against children. Elizabeth shared her abduction story in her New York Times best-selling book, My Story — and partnered with other abduction survivors to create a survivors guide called, You’re Not Alone: The Journey From Abduction to Empowerment. As a highly inspirational keynote speaker, Elizabeth demonstrates that there is life after a tragic event, and motivates parents, law enforcement and leaders worldwide to focus on children’s safety.

trishaTrisha Meili is the survivor of a horrific sexual assault that happened in Central Park in 1989. She was found in critical condition, and doctors worried she would not survive. But Trisha did survive, and her story is a testament to the strength of the human body and spirit. She shared her story in a best-selling memoir called, I Am the Central Park Jogger: A Story of Hope and Possibility. Trisha was also the recipient of the Leadership Award from the National Center for Victims of Crime, the National Courage Award from the Courage Center, and many more. Currently, Trisha speaks to businesses, universities, brain injury associations and sexual assault centers about her journey of recovery and healing. She also gives lessons on how to manage unpredictable change, whether personal or professional.

nancyNancy Hightshoe is a police detective who helped change the system for sexual assault victims. Nancy designed the St. Louis County Sexual Assault Investigative Unit, and as a detective for it, she made more than 125 felony arrests resulting in 1,000 plus years of penitentiary sentences. Nancy is a dedicated keynote speaker who is an expert in safety, security and survival. She has done presentations for businesses, government agencies and schools throughout the United States and in 17 foreign countries. 

For more information on booking keynote speakers for sexual assault awareness, check out www.eaglestalent.com or call our office at 1.800.345.5607.

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Tax Expert Keynote Speakers Andy Friedman and Jeff Bush Will Make You Financially Literate!

Since 2003, April has been officially known as Financial Literacy Month, though many people are still not properly educated about their personal and business finances. April also marks the end of tax season. With the deadline to file taxes quickly approaching, we thought this would be a great time to highlight two experts on this topic!

andy friedmanAndy Friedman is a leading authority on tax and fiscal policy. As principal of The Washington Update, Andy is known for predicting the outcomes of Washington tax and fiscal deliberations, and providing financial advisors and investors with strategies to consider during a changing political landscape. Andy has also served as tax counsel to Major League Baseball, the NFL, the NBA, and the National Hockey League. CNBC refers to him as “Wall Street’s Tax Expert”, and his expertise has led him to be featured on numerous TV segments. In his keynote presentations, he discusses economics, finance and politics.

 

jeff bushA dynamic speaker, Jeff Bush is known for his unique ability to translate difficult tax and fiscal information from Washington, into winning growth strategies for business owners. He is also a colleague of Andy Friedman and an integral part of The Washington Update. Jeff’s expertise stems from him being a 28-year veteran of the financial industry, having a 10-year career at Merrill Lynch, and more. During his insightful presentations, Jeff helps others reach their professional and personal goals, and helps prepare business owners and investors for changes in tax code.

For more information on booking financial keynote speakers Andy Friedman and Jeff Bush, check out www.eaglestalent.com or call our office at 1.800.345.5607

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Celebrating the International Day of Human Space Flight with Three Experts from NASA!

a2eeb5a5-0fcb-4cdb-9f69-441d80c78a4bToday is the International Day of Human Space Flight, which celebrates the beginning of the space era for mankind! The annual day was created in 2011, and marks the date of the first human space flight by cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.

On our site, we have a whole entire section dedicated to science and technology, including astronauts! In honor of this day, we’re highlighting three keynote speakers who have made astro-nomical contributions to the space community within their careers.

mike mullane 2Colonel Mike Mullane is an astronaut who was inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame. Interestingly, he started off as a Weapon Systems Operator in the United States Air Force. After completing 134 combat missions in Vietnam, he went on to get his Master’s of Science Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology. Mike was then selected to be a Mission Specialist in the first group of Space Shuttle Astronauts. He completed three space missions aboard the shuttles Discovery and Atlantis, before retiring from NASA and the Air Force in 1990. As a speaker, Mike’s programs and life experiences have educated and motivated thousands of people around the world.

olympiaOlympia LePoint is an award-winning rocket scientist who is being called “The New Einstein!” She received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Mathematics, and a Master’s of Science Degree in Applied Mathematics from California State University Northridge. As an internationally-recognized science leader, Olympia helped launch NASA’s Endeavour, Discovery, Columbia, and Atlantis space shuttles. In her keynote presentations, she encourages her audience to overcome fear and adversity through the creative problem-solving principles found in math, science and human determination.

alan beanCaptain Alan Bean is the fourth person to walk on the moon, a privilege that only a handful of people have had. During his time at NASA, Alan was part of the Apollo program as a lunar module pilot. He was also the Commander of Skylab Mission II, where he lived 59 days in space and orbited 270 miles above Earth! During his career as an astronaut, Alan helped establish 11 world records in aeronautics and astronautics, and was awarded two NASA Distinguished Service Medals. As an inspirational keynote speaker, Alan is dedicated to helping people be their best and pursue their dreams. 

For more information on booking science keynote speakers Alan Bean, Mike Mullane and Olympia LePoint, check out www.eaglestalent.com or call our office at 1.800.345.5607

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Our Favorite Siblings: Social Entrepreneur Brothers, Craig and Marc Kielburger

Yesterday, families all around celebrated National Siblings Day — which is an annual holiday created to honor brothers and sisters everywhere! After losing both of her siblings to accidents, Claudia Evart founded this day in 1995 because she realized the importance of siblings in everyone’s lives. 


 

kielburgerHere at Eagles Talent, we are fortunate to know two great keynote speakers who are also brothers! Craig and Marc Kielburger are social entrepreneurs and best-selling authors. Together they co-founded WE Charity, an international non-profit organization that empowers and educates over 1.7 million children. And in 2013, Craig and Marc were inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame for their humanitarian efforts and their work to empower youth to change the world.

Marc Kielburger has a diverse background in social responsibility. He graduated from Harvard University with a degree in international relations, received nine honorary doctorates and degrees for his work in the fields of education and human rights, and more. All of this has made him one of the world’s leading figures in corporate social responsibility and youth empowerment.

Craig Kielburger also advocates for social rights around the world. He received a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Toronto, has been awarded 15 honorary doctorates and degrees, and more. 

As talented keynote speakers, Craig and Marc teach their audiences how to use a “me-to-we” philosophy to create their own unique path, and provide practical tips that help create personal and organizational growth.

For more information on booking social entrepreneur keynote speakers Craig Kielburger and Marc Kielburger, check out www.eaglestalent.com or call our office at 1.800.345.5607

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Happiness & Wellness Expert, Dr. Marc Milstein Tackles World Health Day 2017’s Theme: Depression

Today we are celebrating World Health Day! This campaign was created by the World Health Organization, and every year they focus on a specific health topic. The 2017 campaign theme is depression.

Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses, and can affect anyone at any age. Unfortunately, out of the 16 million people who have it, only a third of them seek help. However, this mental illness is preventable and can be treated. By promoting a better understanding of what depression is and how it can be treated, the World Health Organization believes they can reduce the stigma associated with this mental illness, and lead to more people seeking help.

dr. marcScientist, researcher and professional speaker, Dr. Marc Milstein is an expert in two areas that prevent depression — happiness and wellness. Dr. Marc earned both his Bachelor of Science in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, and Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from UCLA. Following this, he went on to conduct research on topics like genetics, cancer biology, neuroscience, and more. 

Dr. Marc currently has two speaking presentations on depression called Depression: Brain Chemistry and the Latest Insights and New Treatments for Depression. He also discusses his cutting-edge research on happiness in a way that is approachable for all audiences. As a result, he empowers them to apply these vital findings to their work and daily lives.

For more information on booking keynote speaker Dr. Marc Milstein, check out www.eaglestalent.com or call our office at 1.800.345.5607

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Three Social Entrepreneur Keynote Speakers Who Go Beyond Words to Help those in Need!

Now that we’re in April, it is officially National Volunteer Month — a celebration of all the work that volunteers do year round! The following three keynote speakers are social entrepreneurs who continuously give back to others in need. Whether it is through their own non-profit organization, or flash fundraisers, they continue to make a difference in countless lives, all over the world!

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Doc Hendley is the president and founder of Wine to Water, a non-profit organization that distributes clean water to under-developed nations. Doc has held fundraisers and installed water systems in countries such as Sudan. Doc believes his efforts are important because unclean water is the number one killer of children in the world. And in 2009, he was named one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes.

mal volunteerMallory Brown

World adventure traveler and humanitarian, Mallory Brown, is a dedicated social entrepreneur. She has held eight CrowdRise fundraisers with a combined total of $132,970 for countries such as Ethiopia, Nepal, Haiti and more! Mallory’s volunteer efforts have helped so many people, and even reunited a family. Her innovative strategies for giving continues to be successful.

ashley rhodesAshley Rhodes-Courter

Ashley Rhodes-Courter is an American success story. She was placed in foster care and the age of 3, and was forced to witness terrible things in her early childhood. Ashley was finally adopted when she was 12, and instead of seeing herself as a victim, she used her experience to find the strength to accomplish incredible things. She created a non-profit organization called, The Foundation for Sustainable Families, which provides services, education, organic food gardens, and outreach for numerous communities.

For more information on booking keynote speaker with excellent volunteer efforts, check out www.eaglestalent.com or call our office at 1.800.345.5607.

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An Equal Pay Day 2017 Recap with Financial Expert, Sallie Krawcheck!

equal pay dayYesterday, women all over celebrated Equal Pay Day, which raises awareness about the current pay gap between men and women. If you didn’t know, women make 79 cents for every dollar a man makes. In fact, the reason why Equal Pay Day falls on April 4th, is because that is how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. Clearly, this is unfair to all working women in the world. 

Professional keynote speaker, financial expert and one of the most respected voices on Wall Street, Sallie Krawcheck, had a lot to say on this topic. Sallie expressed her feelings on the issue through a series of retweets on Twitter. Take a look at some of our favorites:

 

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sallie 2As a woman with a high position in the financial industry, it’s no surprise that Sallie Krawcheck is passionate about equal pay for women. She has built a career that demonstrates how it is possible to turn around and substantially grow troubled financial businesses — even in times of crisis. In addition to this, Sallie is an industry commentator, LinkedIn INfluencer, owner of 85 Broads (a professional woman’s network), and more! In her speaking career, Sallie discusses topics such as finance, women in business, and leadership. 


 

For more information on booking keynote speaker Sallie Krawcheck, check out www.eaglestalent.com or call our office at 1.800.345.5607.

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Top Five 2017 Inspiring Motivational Keynote Speakers

eaglesnewtop5Powerful messages that inspire and motivate others can make a lasting impact. These five speakers share their incredible and unique stories with audiences all around the world. They are perfect for any event that is looking to motivate its audience to accomplish their goals and make a positive change.


 

alex-sheen1. Alex Sheen

After his father passed away from small cell lung cancer, Alex Sheen created because I said I would — a social movement and nonprofit dedicated to the betterment of humanity through promises made and kept. Alex’s commitment to improving humanity has inspired millions around the world. more

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Traveling From: Ohio
Fee: $20,001-$30,000 exact fee falls within this range
Topics: Business Entrepreneurship, Motivational, Accountability


 

phil 22. Phil Hansen

Internationally-recognized multimedia artist, Phil Hansen is known for bringing art to a wider audience. Earlier in his career, his incredible artistic abilities were almost ruined when he developed a tremor in his hand. However, Phil chose to embrace the “shake” and now as a speaker, he talks about how limitations could become the passageway to creativity. more

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Traveling From: Minnesota
Fee: $10,000-$15,000 exact fee falls within this range 
Topics: Arts & Pop Culture, Change, Trending Motivational


 

steph decker3. Stephanie Decker

Stephanie Decker is a tornado survivor who lost both of her legs while protecting her children. As an inspirational keynote speaker, Stephanie is able to relate her incredible story to all types of audiences. She helps them find their inner hero as well as recognize the everyday heroes all around us. more

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Traveling From: Indiana
Fee: $7,501-$10,000 exact fee falls within this range
Topics: Overcoming Adversity, Disability Issues, Inspiration


 

vince poscente4. Vince Poscente

Vince Poscente is a peak performance strategist, past Olympian and author. By using lessons from his remarkable Olympic experience, Vince inspires audiences to align their vision with an emotional buzz and do what the competition is not willing to do. more

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Traveling From: Texas
Fee: $10,001-$15,000 exact fee falls within this range
Topics: Goal Setting, Olympians, Inspiration


 

O_fc8cf86ac30a084027acf0e7fb953394mallorybrown5. Mallory Brown

Mallory Brown is a successful social entrepreneur, worldwide adventure traveler, and humanitarian. She has worked on-the-ground in 22 countries, representing dozens of companies, and hundreds of generous donors to help thousands in need. As a speaker, Mallory inspires audiences through her humanitarian efforts around the world. more

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Traveling From: Michigan
Fee: $7,501-$10,000 exact fee falls within this range 
Topics: Social Entrepreneur & Causes, Trending Motivational, Corporate Social Responsibility


 

For more information on booking a motivational and inspiring keynote speaker, check out www.eaglestalent.com or call our office at 1.800.345.5607.

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