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Who’s in the Room?

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Sales Pros - Sales Managers

Team Meetings
Sales meetings and associations

What They'll Get

How to Compete on Value instead of Price in a Commodity Business


Are you competing on price or value with your customers? If your focus is on value, (which it should be) are you consistently measuring for success? Do you have the data to prove your value proposition is actually creating value for the customer? This presentation teaches a methodology used by both entrepreneurs and established organizations to continuously create new value for their customers. 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.

ROI & Key Outcomes:

  • Change the way you solicit feedback from customers to make it more actionable
  •  Learn the key customer questions that will uncover value-creating opportunities.
  • Shift the way you compete for business

C-Suite - Senior VP - VP Director

YPO/EO Leadership Meetings/Retreats

What They'll Get

Increasing the Speed of Innovation

The pace of change in today’s economy requires innovative, value-adding ideas to come from all parts of your organization – whether they are internal improvements or new sources of revenue. The way managers were traditionally trained stifles innovation and forces out-of-the-box thinkers out of the company. This interactive presentation outlines the must-have skill sets to effectively lead your employees.  Diana will provide the framework for how your organization – and the people within it – can flourish in this hyper-competitive world.

ROI & 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

HR Associates - Managers

Association Meetings

What They'll Get

How to Significantly Increase User Adoption of New Initiatives Inside Your Organization

Have you had trouble getting everyone in the organization on board with new programs and initiatives?  Maybe it’s time to try the methodology entrepreneurs use to virally spread new ideas and achieve exponential adoption.  You see, everyone in your organization is not created equal; there are four distinct types of users and each group needs to be communicated with in a unique way.  This session will give you both the methodology and tools to increase adoption of every new program you roll out as well as underperforming existing programs.

ROI & Key Outcomes: 

  • Understand why your current program or initiative isn’t sticking
  • Learn how to launch new programs the same way successful entrepreneurs launch new products
  • Understand the four distinct types of “users” of programs in your organization and why their differences impact program adoption.

Entrepreneurs - Education/Economic Development

Economic Development Event

What They'll Get

My Entrepreneurial Journey and Valuable Lessons Learned

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 entrepreneurship and innovation, to advising Fortune 1000 companies on creating a culture of innovation and launching new products and services. Diana shares three important lessons in her journey: 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 & 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

The Entire Company

All-hands event
Association Meeting

What They'll Get

The Expert Trap

Everyone in an organization can innovate and create more value, but their “expertise” is getting in the way. This talk will demonstrate why the more success we experience, the bigger the threat of falling into one of the three expert traps: over-confidence, self-delusion, and fear of failure.  Diana will demonstrate how these traps impact our ability to create value for our company on a daily basis and teach attendees a simple practice to increase self-awareness and innovation at every level of the organization.  Understand the impact overconfidence, self-delusion, and fear of failure have on your everyday tasks.

ROI & Key Outcomes: 

  • Learn how to request and receive actionable feedback
  • Learn a practice to significantly improve “the way you’ve always done it”
  • Create internal practices to encourage growth and innovation.

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See Diana in Action

“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

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“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

Planning for the Event

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.

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