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Program Topics
How to Create Innovative Value for Your Customers in a Commodity Business (Improve what you do and how you do it)

Audience: Companywide for businesses in a commodity environment

Description: Are you competing on price or value with your customers? If you are competing on value and service, are you consistently measuring whether what you’re delivering is actually what your customer wants and cares about?

Business is more competitive today than at any point in history. Supply (of virtually everything) significantly outnumbers demand. So how do you stand out? How do you make sure customers choose you as their preferred vendor? This presentation highlights the three key innovations that will allow you to create value on a consistent basis, maintain your margins, and continue to make your customers happy (and prefer you over your competitors). You will learn the key questions you’ll need to ask to uncover value-creating opportunities –and exactly how to ask them so you generate deeper insights. Included will be several success stories from other commodity businesses that have created value to differentiate themselves in innovative and creative ways.

ROI and Key Outcomes: 

• Understand the 3 different innovation opportunities that will allow you to consistently create value

• Learn the key customer questions that will uncover value-creating opportunities

• Shift the way you compete for business

The 6 Skills of an Innovator: How to Make Yourself Irreplaceable at Work (And how to protect your job from robots)

Audience: Company wide

Description: The innovator’s skill-set is the equivalent of typing skills in today’s marketplace. It is the only way to make sure the work you do isn’t just filling time but actually creates value for your organization. The only way to become irreplaceable is to find a way to create new value over and over again. In the not-too-distant future, this set of skills will not be enough just to get ahead. Rather, mastering these skills will be the only way to survive in the workplace.

ROI and Key Outcomes:

• Shift your perspective to think like an innovator on a daily basis

• Understand the difference between new ideas and ideas that actually create value for your organization

• Strengthen your job security and highlight your unique talents

Creating a Culture of Innovation: Motivate Your People to Focus on Real Value (And how to teach every employee to contribute to your company’s growth)

Audience: Managers & Leadership Teams

Description: As leaders, are you fostering a culture of innovation, or are you suffocating it through a culture of “yes”? Do you have a culture with no tolerance for risk? Is fear too central to your company culture? The culture you are creating today might mean the life or death of your company tomorrow. Program Description: The pace of change in today’s economy requires innovative, value-adding ideas to com from all parts of your organization – whether they are internal improvements or new sources of revenue. The way managers were traditionally trained has historically stifled innovation and has even forced out-of-the-box thinkers out of the company. The mindset required of today’s innovative leader is vastly different than it once was. This interactive presentation outlines the must-have skill sets to effectively lead your employees. It will provide framework for how your organization – and the people within it – can flourish in this hyper-competitive world.

ROI and Key Outcomes: 

• Learn new skill sets required of the innovative leader

• Avoid common pitfalls of innovative leadership

• Create an internal culture of innovation so that every employee is a resource to the effort

My Entrepreneurial Journey and Valuable Lessons Learned ((The journey of how Diana Kander became a serial entrepreneur)

Audience: Entrepreneurs and Economic Development organizations

Description: Diana Kander shares her personal journey; from its humble beginnings (escaping the Soviet Union in the middle of the night), to a successful entrepreneurial career, to writing a New York Times best-seller used in over 70 colleges to teach key entrepreneurial skills. Diana shares what has allowed her to learn three important lessons: 1). The power of entrepreneurship and how it can transform lives; 2). The power of mentorship and how it can help you achieve what you never thought possible; and 3). The power of creating real value for others.

ROI and Key Outcomes:

• Learn what’s holding most wantapreneurs back from creating successful companies

• Shift your thinking on what a mentor/mentee relationship should look like, and how it can add the most value to a new company

• Understand what a community can do to foster and grow successful entrepreneurs

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Videos and Testimonials

“Diana spoke at one of our recent Leaders Conferences. We received many positive comments about her message and engaging speaking style. I would highly recommend Diana to any organization who wants a speaker who has lived the life of an entrepreneur and can communicate in a relevant and humorous way what it takes to start a business and be successful.”
Assurity Life Insurance Company

“I attended your presentation today and am very enthused and encouraged by your ideas. Your talk was very thought provoking and you are a gifted presenter and I really enjoyed your content/material and found multiple items that I could begin applying immediately that can improve my daily work. I was very intrigued with your concepts and approach!”
Hallmark Cards, Inc

“The Partnership was extremely happy with Diana Kander’s presentation at our annual breakfast. We received a significant number of positive comments from a cross section of the community; economic development investors, elected officials and entrepreneurs. Diana’s presentation was thought provoking and left attendees with an understanding of how they can become involved and assist growing startup companies in our community. Diana was very engaging, entertaining and gave timely advice. Obviously Diana is an expert in the field.”
Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development

“I just finished reading “All in Startup.” What a remarkable book. Over the past many years, I have found that publishers have flooded instructors and by extension classrooms with linear text material that treat entrepreneurship as if it were a cake recipe; and the education establishment has followed by expecting entrepreneurship curriculum to meet the expectations of accreditation agencies at the expense of student learning. Your book provides entrepreneurial insight within page-turning story telling.”
Texas A&M University

“Our group spans multiple generations, including collegians, and Diana did an excellent job of tailoring her presentation for our age-diverse group. Her messaging of being a problem-solver to be a successful entrepreneur and solving migraines–not just headaches–was delivered with real-world examples as well as humor. The interactivity of the session was welcomed, and she commanded constant attention with a ballroom full of 150 people during all parts of her exercises. She delivered a strong take-home message of making small bets to move personal or professional projects forward and how to test your ideas. ”
Mizzou Alumni Association

“Diana Kander’s All in Startup and the training that she provided my product management team contains the principles that can make a significant impact on our organization’s business results. My team really enjoyed the hands on interaction with Diana and the mentoring that she provided. The level of engagement from Diana made it really meaningful and much more personal. Most importantly the training has provided a roadmap for transforming our business into a more entrepreneurial company.”
Perceptive Software/Lexmark

“Diana does an superior job of speaking to a wide variety of audiences. She engaged students, faculty and business owners all with ease. And, Diana’s message isn’t all roses – she challenges her audiences to think differently, act strategically, and create critical conversations among founders, businesses and collaborators. The dialog she spurred continues to shape our thinking today.”
Millikin University, Tabor School of Business

“Diana was not only engaging but her sense of humor, quick wit and honesty resonated very well with our audience. I think our attendees left our event after hearing Diana thinking about how they can do thing differently both in their personal and professional lives.”
Lee County/Horizon Foundation

“Diana was a dynamic speaker, and I took a lot away from her presentation. She was very energetic and thought provoking.”
Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Center

“Thanks so much for delivering a powerful message tailored to our attendees. It worked!!! Everyone loved you and your presentation. It was definitely a home run. And yes, the entire conference was hugely successful. It was evident that you put a lot of thought into it to tailor to our specific needs. I also really like that you continued to fine-tune it up to the last minute, as you peppered us with questions the night before at the restaurant! That kind of razor-focus is very rare, and it makes a huge difference. Thank you!”
California Workforce Association

“Diana continues to shine as one of the best speakers we have had the pleasure of hosting at the University of Michigan’s Distinguished Innovators Speakers Series. We regularly see the likes of the CEOs of Ford, Skype, and more, and Diana was an outstanding addition to this lineup. She has an incredibly special way of connecting with students, and has truly done it all. She talks the talk and walks the walk, and brings it all together with her direct, energetic speaking style that had our 400+ student audience at the edge of their seats. She was very much relatable and an absolute thrill for us, and she is a must-host!”
MPowered Entrepreneurship

“Diana’s keen insight and masterful ability to convey hard-earned experiences to an audience in only a few short minutes is extraordinary. Hearing her speak is a truly eye-opening experience and should be required for every entrepreneur or anyone has considered being an entrepreneur.”
SPIN66

“Our program, Lean Startup Machine, trains entrepreneurs how to develop their ideas into scalable companies. We were lucky to have Diana serve as a keynote for one of our programs to help attendees understand the importance of finding problems worth solving. We can’t take Diana with us to every program we run, but we now use this video every time I teach. Diana’s message is concise and easy to understand. I’ve used it in training programs all over the world. From just a 5 minute video I have had teams reciting the key takeaways throughout the entire workshop and even as I continue to coach them afterwards.”
Director of Entrepreneurial Science, Lean Startup Machine

“Diana’s talk was amazing. It was one of the most talked about presentations at our two day event – both over social media and in person at the event itself. She was funny, engaging, thought provoking and truly able to connect with the audience – and it definitely showed. The gushing praise we received from our attendees was overwhelming.”
Co-Founder, Big Omaha

“Diana Kander was the right choice made by our board of directors for this year’s keynote presenter. From her broad range of business expertise and experience her presentation was original, insightful and timely. We passionately recommend Diana as a speaker to any organization looking for a fresh approach to age-old business challenges.”
Mid-America Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

“Diana Kander was a big hit at S.P. Richards’ recent Advantage Business Conference. Customer feedback forms were jam-packed with superlatives like ‘amazing,’ ‘insightful,’ ‘awesome!!!’ and ‘best I’ve attended.’ This enthusiasm carried over into the hallways after the sessions and several people stopped me specifically to thank me for inviting her to speak. She was easy to work with, creative and pro-active; the effort she put into understanding our customers and our culture came shining through in her presentation.”
Director of Dealer Training and Development, S.P. Richards Company

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Resources, tools, and contact

A/V preferences:
Handheld Microphone (for Diana)
2nd Handheld Microphone (if there will be audience Q&A)
Screen & LCD Projector
PowerPoint: Diana will be using a PowerPoint and would prefer to use her own Mac laptop. (If you need a copy of her PPT Presentation beforehand, please send us your deadline and where we should upload the file/email it to directly.)
Mac dongle to connect Diana’s laptop to the projector
PowerPoint Clicker
Other: Small table on stage for notes and water.

* It is important that your speaker receive as much information as possible prior to your meeting to aid in their speech preparation. Please take a moment to fully answer all the questions and return the form to sarah@thestandardovation.com. thank you!

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