Archived ReadyTalk Webinars

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Start Time:
Wednesday, May 07, 2008 6:00 PM EDT
Category: Sales
Colleen Stanley

Join Colleen Stanley on May 7th and learn how to build a high performance sales team. She will share her expertise on:

  • Hiring top sales talent: salespeople that show up every day to win
  • Designing elite sales teams that embrace personal accountability
  • Creating sales cultures that achieve their fun quota and sale quota
  • Coaching, training and improving selling skills

Why is this important? Conducting business in the information age is exciting. Companies can communicate anywhere, anytime. Response time is fast and processes are efficient, saving time and money. But technology cannot replace the human element needed for success in building high performance teams.

Your sales management coach isn't just teaching from a book. She was the Vice President of Sales for Varsity Spirit Corporation where she directed a sales team of 130. She's been there, done it and is now teaching other how to do it!

Speaker Bio

Colleen Stanley is President of SalesLeadership, Inc. She is a monthly columnist for the Business Journals across the United States, co-author of 'Motivational Selling' and author of 'Growing Great Sales Teams: Lessons from the Cornfield.' Colleen was the featured speaker on sales for the 2006 New York Times Small Business Summit.

Prior to starting SalesLeadership, Colleen was Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Varsity Spirit Corporation. During her 10 years at Varsity, sales increased from $8M to $90M. Varsity was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the 200 fastest growing companies in the United States in 1994 and 1995.

Clients include: Corporate Express, Vail Resorts, 3M, Siemens Corporation, Land Title Guarantee, Alps Mutual Fund, and Alpine Bank.

Start Time:
Tuesday, May 06, 2008 6:00 PM EDT
Category: Management
Diane Stoneman

Savvy business leaders understand that in order to have a truly engaged workforce, they must inspire greater commitment and loyalty. They also understand that this focus is not just a nice thing to do—it has a measurable and lasting impact on their retention, productivity and bottom line.

In this web seminar you will learn about some of the exemplary practices that distinguish the winners of the first annual ranking of the Top Small Workplaces, as selected by Winning Workplaces in collaboration with The Wall Street Journal in late 2007.

Speaker Bio

Diane leads Winning Workplaces' consulting and training practice and has extensive experience in the fields of workforce and organizational development. She is an experienced facilitator, marketer and consultant in human resource strategies to increase workplace effectiveness. During her career, she has worked as a workforce learning consultant at the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), a program director at the Chicago Manufacturing Institute, and a director of a major urban community development organization. Diane has a bachelor's degree from Grand Valley State University and holds a master's degree in social service administration from the University of Chicago.

Start Time:
Wednesday, April 23, 2008 6:00 PM EDT
Michael Benidt and Sheryl Kay

Every sales professional knows how essential it is to be prepared, but who has the time?! According to a recent LexisNexis survey, information overload is driving workers to the brink—and driving sales professionals to drink!

Don’t drown in a sea of information (or alcohol). Instead, join us to:

  • Get the skinny on your prospects instantly and with pinpoint precision
  • Stay up-to-date without even trying
  • Scoop your competition in ways they won’t even see coming
  • Find the answers to even your toughest questions
Speaker Bio

Michael Benidt and Sheryl Kay are the owners of Golden Compass, Inc. and the creators of the series, “Hidden Treasures of the Internet: Surprising Secrets Worth their Weight in Gold.”

As an executive for companies like B. Dalton, Waldenbooks and Barnes & Noble, Michael Benidt wasted most of his business career reading novels on airplanes. After finding it almost impossible to learn the first thing about computers, he decided that he was just the right person to teach the topic, creating Golden Compass in late 1999. He managed to convince top training companies like Pryor/CareerTrack and MicroCenter Education to hire him, but has concentrated exclusively on Golden Compass the last few years.

Sheryl Kay has a master’s degree in education, but she’s never let that stop her from connecting with audiences with a simple, clear and caring message. She also started her own computer training company, SK Enterprises, which specializes in teaching computer skills to people particularly challenged by technology including those in nursing homes, adult day care facilities and even Alzheimer’s homes. But her biggest achievement is that she has occasionally even taught her children a technical thing or two.

Their truly unique presentations reach people of all ability levels, from the technically adept to the completely hopeless. They still believe that technology was invented to serve people—not the other way around.

Some of their recent clients include the International Association of Administrative Professionals, the Colorado Society of Association Executives, the Women’s Vision Foundation, Meeting Planners International, the Florida Health Care Association and the Washington Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development.

Start Time:
Thursday, April 17, 2008 5:30 PM EDT
Ken Molay

This web seminar guides you through the essential elements that can make a remote presentation more comfortable and effective for presenters and audiences. Ken Molay, president of Webinar Success, illustrates key concepts of web conference preparation and delivery with an eye towards the key differences between presenting online and in-person.

What the audience will learn:

  1. How to extend the positive experience from an event to enhance communication and interaction with a wider audience
  2. Ways to improve presenter comfort and confidence
  3. Production tasks that require advance planning and execution
  4. How to take advantage of the unique features of web conferencing technology

Learn how to exploit the advantages that web conferencing can offer to make your web presentations more engaging and productive than traditional room-based seminars.

Speaker Bio

Ken Molay has been producing and delivering business webinars since 1999. His background in public speaking, stage acting and corporate training has given him a unique perspective on what it takes to create and deliver compelling and effective presentations.

In more than 25 years of professional experience, Ken has presented public sessions at numerous industry conferences, as well as presenting information to customers, sales prospects, industry analysts and the press.

Currently Ken offers consulting services through his company Webinar Success (www.wsuccess.com). He is also a prolific blogger on the subject of web conferencing and its applications in The Webinar Blog (www.TheWebinarBlog.com) and Webinar Wire (www.WebinarWire.com).

Start Time:
Wednesday, April 16, 2008 6:00 PM EDT
Category: Management
Mickey Connolly

Excited. Involved. Connected. When employees are engaged in the mission and strategy of your company, then you are ready for success. How can you cultivate this energy and enthusiasm among your entire team?

In this web seminar, you will learn how storytelling inspires your people, bringing clarity and meaning to complex messages, sparking imagination and inspiring solutions. Mickey Connolly, CEO of Conversant, has used these techniques with companies ranging from Hewlett-Packard to The Coca-Cola Company and is ready to share his knowledge with you.

Speaker Bio

Mickey is the CEO and founder of Conversant and the senior designer of its programs. He has worked with 400 organizations in 30 countries on issues of coordination and communication. Mickey has trained consultants, educators, and negotiators who have in turn trained another 200,000 people around the world.

He also founded a hospitality industry organization, owning 8 and operating 16 restaurants, and has been a principal in an advertising and marketing firm, a hospitality industry consulting firm, and a specialty construction company. Mickey has worked with people from such organizations as Hewlett-Packard, The Coca-Cola Company, Honeywell, Maersk, Medtronic, Dolce International, Level (3) Communications, Ball Aerospace & Technologies, McNeil Consumer & Specialty Pharmaceuticals, Apple, IBM, Monsanto, Motorola, Tektronix, AMI Hospitals, the National Association of Science Educators, The Rause Corporation, Cunard-Ellerman Shipping Lines (England), the U.S. Air Force, the USDA, the University of Alabama, University of Texas School of Business, University of St. Mary’s Center for Development in Ministry, East Carolina University, North Carolina Association of Educators, the City of Boulder, the City of Houston, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and many others. He is the co-author of The Communication Catalyst with Dr. Richard Rianoshek.

Start Time:
Wednesday, April 09, 2008 6:00 PM EDT
Category: Marketing
Holly Ross

Whether you are trying to change the world, find people interested in your products and services or build a community through education and communication, webinars are a great way to achieve your organization’s goals while maximizing your time, staff and budget.

In this presentation, join Holly Ross, Executive Director of NTEN, to learn how one organization created a webinar program to educate and build a community of several thousand with a staff of just five people. You will learn what webinars can achieve for your organization and how to make the case for adding them to your training or marketing program. You will gain tips for considering goals, content, speakers and successful execution of your events.

Speaker Bio

Holly has spent more than five years at NTEN, combing through all the technology fads and listening to the NTEN community to line up the webinars, conferences, and research that will help members use technology to make the world a better place. From ubiquitous access to technology leadership to social media trends, Holly brings the wisdom of the NTEN crowd to the nonprofit sector.

Holly came to nonprofit technology after working for social change at CALPIRG and during her college days at UC Berkeley. In between meetings and emailing, Holly tries to raise her 3 year old daughter and occasionally pays attention to her fabulous husband.

Start Time:
Wednesday, April 02, 2008 6:00 PM EDT
Category: Sales
Colleen Stanley

Cold calling and prospecting don’t have to be painful or intimidating. Learn how to lower the prospect’s guard, qualify or disqualify “suspects” and stop “spraying and praying.” Discover the art of getting invited in for appointment vs. begging for an appointment.

At the end of this web conference, participants will:

  • Know how to lower defenses on a cold call.
  • Create a value proposition that sets you apart from the competitor.
  • Stop closing too soon for the appointment, resulting in cancellations or no shows.

Your sales coach, Colleen Stanley, knows about prospecting. Ten years ago, she moved to Denver without any contacts, started a new career in sales training and made over 1,500 cold calls within the first year of business. She now owns one of the premier sales training firms in the United States.

Speaker Bio

Colleen Stanley is President of SalesLeadership, Inc. She is a monthly columnist for the Business Journals across the United States, co-author of Motivational Selling and author of Growing Great Sales Teams: Lessons from the Cornfield. Colleen was the featured speaker on sales for the 2006 New York Times Small Business Summit.

Prior to starting SalesLeadership, Colleen was Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Varsity Spirit Corporation. During her 10 years at Varsity, sales increased from $8M to $90M. Varsity was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the 200 fastest growing companies in the United States in 1994 and 1995.
Clients include: Corporate Express, Vail Resorts, 3M, Siemens Corporation, Land Title Guarantee, Alps Mutual Fund, and Alpine Bank.

Colleen Stanley is one of the best sales trainers that I’ve had the pleasure of working with. I grew up in Minnesota and know the “lessons from the cornfield” work in building great sales teams.

Ken Larson, Former President
Corporate Express—Colorado Division

Start Time:
Thursday, March 27, 2008 6:00 PM EDT
Category: Marketing
Shawn Cardinal and Jessica Kahn

Why is there such buzz around web conferencing? When planned correctly, a web conference can be one of the most effective ways of marketing your products and services, generating leads and growing your organization.

In this web seminar, we’ll share some insider tips on how to get started with creating your own web seminars and online events. You’ll learn pre-event preparation such as choosing content to appeal to your audience, preparing speakers and promoting your event. You’ll learn how to conduct and manage your event so it is smooth and successful. Finally, you’ll gain insights on how to follow up with attendees and keep them involved with your organization — as a customer, partner and advocate.

As a bonus for attending, we’ll send you a copy of our popular whitepaper, Hosting a Successful Web Seminar.

Speaker Bio

As the Training Director for ReadyTalk, Shawn Cardinal is an expert in conducting and managing web seminars. He has served as a moderator and a master of ceremonies for hundreds of events and has taught thousands of people how to create their own events.

Jessica Kahn focuses on finding new revenue opportunities for ReadyTalk through partnerships, lead generation campaigns and channel programs. As the strategic planner and promoter of the ReadyTalk Web Seminar Series, Jessica has managed the creation of over 90 web seminars.

Start Time:
Thursday, March 20, 2008 6:00 PM EDT
Category: Marketing
Scott and Shannon Hickey

In this 50-minute, information-packed web seminar, Scott and Shannon Hickey will share essential system strategies for connecting with your customers, creating competitive advantages, controlling costs, generating and managing leads, and building strong partner relationships. You will understand how an effective marketing and sales system can provide the right set of tools to help you reach your business goals.

Speaker Bio

Scott Hickey has been a business consultant for over 20 years, helping businesses of all sizes realize growth through the right mix of innovative online solutions. Scott is CEO of Full Partner, which develops and sells integrated online sales and marketing tools and services.

Shannon Hickey is an expert at the practical steps required to turn online business solutions into a machine for running a successful company day to day. Shannon is General Manager of Full Partner, working with clients to design and implement successful online sales and marketing solutions.

Start Time:
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 6:00 PM EDT
Category: Management
Hal Adler

The presentation will:

  • Provide examples of workplace practices at "best companies to work for".
  • Examine the business case for building and sustaining great workplaces.
  • Suggest everyday strategies for building a strong foundation of trust between managers and employees.
  • Offer insight into how the Great Place to Work® Institute selects their annual "Best Companies" lists--including the FORTUNE's 100 Best Companies to Work For®.
  • Share what companies gain from participating in the survey and selection process.
Speaker Bio

Dedicated for 26 years to "building a better society by helping companies transform their workplaces", the Great Place to Work® Institute is a global research and consulting firm headquartered in San Francisco, with 30 affiliates in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Oceana. The Institute uses its Trust Index© employee survey and Culture Audit© to produce the FORTUNE100 Best Companies to Work For® and the "Best Small & Medium Companies to Work for in America" lists in addition to best companies lists in 30 countries. The Institute recognizes the world's best workplaces and provides conferences, workshops and advisory and consulting services to those who seek to create great workplaces of their own. For more information, visit www.greatplacetowork.com.