Raleigh, North Carolina based professional speaker Denise Ryan is a motivational pyromaniac. Her infectious energy and enthusiasm will set a room ablaze.
A magna cum laude graduate of the University of South Carolina with a master’s degree in business, what she really specializes in is lighting fires.
After earning millions for clients in the corporate world, Denise realized she had a talent for firing people up. She parlayed this gift into FireStar, a company specializing in enthusiasm. Eleven years later, Denise motivates and energizes large corporations and small businesses across America at conferences, board retreats and annual meetings. Her no nonsense, direct delivery coupled with her astute business savvy and irreverent wit leave audiences not only laughing, but with actionable tips.
Not your typical “motivational speaker,” Denise is genuine and real. But also highly skilled – she holds the title of Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), a designation awarded to fewer than 10 percent of professional speakers. Denise is an author, keynote speaker and most notably, a fire starter extraordinaire. FireStar’s unique programs are relevant, uplifting and informative. Denise’s trademark interactive programs address myriad workplace issues such as dealing with change, getting along with others, staying motivated and the secrets of successful selling. She also offers customized training sessions. Denise’s infectious enthusiasm motivates the unmotivated and challenges the challenged. Consider yourself warned: FireStar programs are five-alarm scorchers.
One of the greatest challenges we all face is keeping ourselves motivated. This is particularly difficult and extremely important with our fast-paced high responsibility jobs today. It’s easy to lose enthusiasm and get burned out, stressed out, and finally – checked out. This high-energy session gives attendees six steps for getting the fire back in their lives professionally and personally. It’s not just a motivational speech; it’s a method attendees can apply long after the speech.
This keynote features two things everyone likes – chocolate and motivation! It teaches nine key concepts to help participants get more out of work and life. They’ll learn about persistence, passion, effective allocation of resources, the law of diminishing returns, and much more! The session includes a chocolate tasting to demonstrate not only how to appreciate chocolate, but also life itself. Give them chocolate and bring down the house!
Life would be so easy if everyone we interacted with was just like us. They would understand our cryptic e-mail messages, forgive our bizarre text messages, and understand why we unfriended them on Facebook. There would be no hard feelings, no conflict, and clearly, world peace. Unfortunately, no one else is exactly like you and to succeed in life and business, you have to work with the crazy, the angry, the silly, and yes, even the smarter and more articulate. This session will help you do just that. You will learn about barriers to communication and how to remove them. You’ll take a communication styles quiz and find out just how different a large portion of the world really is and how to get along with them. People won’t stop being crazy, but this session will help you stay sane.
This session opens with a discussion of the traits great leaders possess. Then we move on to the common mistakes that leaders make (micromanaging, failing to define expectations, criticizing rather than coaching and more) and how to avoid them. Then we get to the juicy stuff – what really motivates people (let go of Maslow’s Hierarchy – we’ve got something better!). If you want to get more from your employees, if you want to raise morale (without raising pay), or if you just want to be a better boss, this seminar is for you.
“Denise Ryan was a fantastic keynote speaker and our attendees
loved her. She was a high-energy way to kick-off our event and her
networking activities hit just the right mix of icebreaking and practical
strategies. We can’t wait to have her speak at another event next
“Denise was just who we needed on day 2 of our program. The post-lunch session is usually a tough one for the presenter and the audience. That was certainly not the case with Denise. She had our group in breakouts, changing seats, asking questions and learning. She sure provided the energy I was looking for at our event.”
“I would tell them not to think twice and do it! She is even more amazing in person than in her videos. I was most impressed with how genuine she was. It was a delight to hear her speak and pleasant to hang around with! Hope to have her back in South Dakota! Her energy is truly infectious!”
“Don’t hesitate! Denise is phenomenal and was exactly what we were looking for in our keynote speaker. Denise was professional throughout the planning and execution of the event. Our attendees, staff and leadership enjoyed her session.”
“…Denise is engaging, informative, entertaining, and relaxed. Our group thoroughly enjoyed our session on Communication and Deepening Relationships.”
“Denise’s presentation was very engaging and entertaining. She generated a lot of conversation about how we communicate.”