Workshops & Speaking

Looking for a dynamic speaker who can captivate your audience, whether it’s a small group of executives or a crowd of 1,000+ at a conference? Look no further!

I’m a seasoned speaker who loves to share insights on brand, culture, marketing, creativity, and leadership. I’m on stage or online, delivering talks and workshops 5-7 times a month, and I’ve been a guest on over 100 podcasts.

I’ve had the pleasure of speaking at a variety of events, from TEDx, where I discussed “The Beautiful Business,” to Creative Mornings, where I explored “Cultivating Curiosity.” I’ve also been a part of CES, HOW Design Live, national and regional AIGA events, Social Venture Network, and many corporate and in-house events.

But it’s not just about the numbers. It’s about the connections I make with each audience, the insights we share, the ideas we explore together, and the impact all this has on people. So, whether you’re planning an in-house event, a leadership offsite, or a large conference, I’d love to bring my passion and expertise to your stage. Let’s create an unforgettable experience together!

Topics for Talks

The Beautiful Business (for business leaders and entrepreneurs)

The most valuable things in today’s economy are actually not things at all; they are experiences. The experiences you have when you’re buying a new car, a new computer, or pasta sauce are about how the purchase makes you feel. Beautiful Businesses transcend mere transactions and create transformational experiences. Drawing from case studies, data, and stories and based on principles from his book “The Beautiful Business,” Steven shows you what beautiful businesses do and how to create a company that’s unignorable.

What people learn:

  • Gain insight on how we’ve moved from a thing-based society to an experience-based society.
  • Learn how your employee experience (EX) and your customer service (CX) lead to your business experience (BX).
  • Learn the value of inside-out brand-culture integrity.
  • Understand why your business beauty can have its own magnetism and how that can be used to attract the right customers and employees.
  • Understand how beauty can be a driving attribute to any organization.

Pairs well with:

Belonging Through Stories Workshop; Working with Harmony Workshop; Tools for Magnetism Workshop.

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The Beautiful Culture — Inside a Beautiful Business (for cultures and teams)

When people—employees, customers, partners, and all stakeholders—are bonded together by a fusion of purpose and values, they gather into a united front. People who are connected through aligned values create belonging. Belonging builds trust and love, and it creates a magnetic beacon for the right people inside and outside a business. Drawing from case studies, data, and stories and based on principles from his book “The Beautiful Business,” Steven shows you what beautiful cultures do and how to create a business that has belonging and love at the core.

What people learn:

  • Understand the role of beauty in the business context and especially for teams.
  • Learn how a united group of people (souls) can be more powerful when they ignite around a central cause.
  • Learn how a beautiful culture can create trust and belonging.
  • Understand how your employee experience (EX) and your customer service (CX) lead to your business experience (BX).
  • Understand why your business beauty can have its own magnetism and how that can be used to attract the right customers and employees.

Pairs well with:

Core Values Story Mining Workshop; Belonging Through Stories Workshop; Brand Beliefs and Messaging Workshops.

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Cultivating Curiosity

How to cultivate more curiosity in leadership and team innovation; the role curiosity plays in leadership, innovation and an integrated life; the value and power of cultivating more curiosity in your life.

What people learn:

  • Understand the value of curiosity in personal and organizational life
  • Understand how curiosity strengthens your leadership abilities
  • Establish and deepen the professional noticing within your teams
  • Increase your organizations’ innovation through curiosity.
  • Ensure others know how to lean into curiosity-driven conversations.

Pairs well with:

Curiosity Innovation Workshop; Cultural Curiosity Workshop; Personal Artistry through Curiosity Workshop; The Curious Leader Workshop.

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Topics for Workshops

Brand Beliefs & Messaging Workshops

This is a series of workshops that build upon one another to mine and capture the core beliefs of your organization. These workshops include: Brand Purpose, Brand Promise, Brand Vision workshops. Each individual workshop has unique outcomes which build on the next. The culmination of these workshops creates a messaging matrix framework for your brand. This workshop is created to:

  • Explore the beliefs that matter most to your business.
  • Build belief-based bridges between your business goals and your brand.
  • Cultivate the beliefs that brings your branded business to life.
  • Activate the beliefs within your culture and brand so your business builds trust.

Cultivating Actionable Brand Values

Core values are the operating system to a culture and a team. They attract people who share those values and they put the spotlight on the behaviors that an organization what’s to champion. This workshop dives into mining and capturing the core values that bond your team’s behaviors that shape a culture, align teams and deliver integrity to customers. This workshop is created to:

  • Mine the values that matter most to your team.
  • Activate the values through stories and other methods so your values are lived, and not just hanging on a wall
  • Represent your values so your culture becomes a unified driving force for your business.

Brand-Culture Alignment

A great brand, once created, needs to be nurtured and lived consistently amongst your team, and elsewhere. Bringing your team on the same page about your brand is the best way for them to understand, embody and represent it consistently. When this is done your brand builds clarity and your people—inside and out—trust your brand. This workshop can be part of your brand launch sequence or can be employed for aligned amplification of your brand. This workshop is designed to:

  • Identify the brand and culture artifacts that matter most to your team.
  • Create a brand artifact and ritual system so the brand is understood by your culture.
  • Cultivate team alignment in expressing and representing your brand.
  • Achieve belief-based brand team alignment in your brand expression.

Brand Personality and Archetype

Based on the seminal works of Carl Jung who mapped core human archetypes from cultures around the world, this workshop creates the primal archetype for your brand to embody and represent. When your team is aligned in the stance it takes in the world, the world sees your organization as a unified experience. Through this interactive workshop, participants engage with a time-tested process to create and activate the core archetype for your organization. This workshop is designed to:

  • Mine, from Jungian archetypes, the ones that exist in your team.
  • Design a unique branded-business archetype that is ownable.
  • Activate the defined archetype so your whole team can embody it throughout your organization.

Business Strategy Retreats

Getting the team out of the office to reorient the future trajectory of the company and celebrate its achievements is essential for leadership team clarity, energy and focus. From custom workshops that address specific leadership team needs to leveraging workshops previously orchestrated, these workshops can be designed, customized, and applied to:

  • Clarify the future trajectory of organizational goals so the leadership team is all on the same page.
  • Define and prioritize strategic initiatives so the leadership team is aligned in achieving them.
  • Identify company strategic strengths and weaknesses to ensure the right organizational priorities.
  • Celebrate team successes in order to infuse more wholeheartedness in your work and life.
  • Cultivate evolved leadership habits that gets the team out of operational ruts.
  • Infuse more aligned energy and purpose across the leadership team.

Improving High Stakes & Difficult Conversations

One of the biggest obstacles for team disengagement is their inability to effectively communicate when stakes are high. It is precisely at those times when communication is most vital to achieving your goals that it breaks down most dramatically. This workshop is created to:

  • Explore and evaluate triggers for the conversations that leads to confrontation. 
  • Training and tools to help individuals effectively navigate high stakes conversations.
  • Hands-on practices that lead to healthier and more productive conversations.
  • Unify the team so your people have better tools to respectfully communicate when the pressure is on.

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The above workshops are just a sampling of some of the workshops and training Steve delivers. For a complete list, download the Workshop Kit

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