Speaking & Training

Elaine’s speaking presentations include keynotes, general and break-out sessions, webinars, and training workshops for both business and nonprofit groups. She is also an experienced Mistress of Ceremonies (MC).

Elaine doesn’t subscribe to a “one-size-fits-all” approach to speaking. She researches your needs, specific organization, and industry/profession before customizing her content. As a former educator and entertainer, Elaine believes that learning sticks better when it’s fun. She effectively engages participants using humor, stories, current industry information, and interactivity. 

As a dual citizen of the United States and Canada, Elaine easily works on both sides of the border. She particularly enjoys diverse cultural, industrial, and professional groups.

If you have a specific topic in mind, feel free to discuss it with Elaine. She can develop customized presentations and workshops to accommodate your specific needs.

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Some of Elaine's Presentations

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Beyond Your Logo: 7 Brand Ideas That Matter Most For Small Business Success

There are plenty of hurdles to overcome running a small business. It may have excellent products and services, investment capital, and an ideal location, BUT, if its brand is lackluster or nonexistent, success will be that much harder to attain.

Your small business’ brand is more than its logo, look, and colors. It emanates from the mindsets, attitudes, and behaviors of anyone and everyone involved in it. And, since success depends on its brand reputation, it’s critical that you do everything possible to ensure that your customers’ experiences are amazing.

This presentation delivers 7 strategic ideas with loads of free and low-cost tactics and resources you can implement and use immediately. And, you don’t need any marketing or branding experience to benefit from the guidance Elaine gives you!

Whether you own an existing small business, work for one, or are starting a new one, learn the concepts and tools that can take your company well Beyond Your Logo.

Here are some of the things participants will learn in this presentation:

  • What a brand is and why building a strong one is essential to small business success
  • How to put customers at the center of every action
  • How to find low or no-cost marketing and branding help for your small business
  • Why and how professionalism pays off
  • How being nimble and quick is an advantage to small businesses
  • What Small Business Social Responsibility (SBSR) is and how to practice and benefit from it
  • Why developing a small business marketing and branding strategy is absolutely vital

This presentation is based on Elaine’s book by the same title.

Branding You! Identifying and Communicating Your Personal Brand

Do you know how people in your life perceive you? Your boss, co-workers, colleagues, customers, partners, family, and friends? What type of reputation do you think you have? You may be surprised!

You don’t have to be a corporation or a celebrity to have a brand. In fact, many everyday people who want to build their careers, get ahead, gain solid reputations, and become better leaders use personal branding to reach their objectives.

If you want to stand out from the crowd, get the next job, change careers, get a promotion, be better at what you already do, and have more people remember you positively, personal branding is for you.

Here are some of the things participants will learn in this presentation:

  • What personal branding is and why it’s important for your success in life and work

  • How to assess your current personal brand

  • What it takes to identify your personal branding goals

  • How to embrace your personal brand

  • Ideas to promote your personal brand and engage others

  • Tools to protect and monitor your personal brand

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The Internal Marketing Symphony: Orchestrating Marketing Across the Organization

In an “instant world,” companies with a holistic market orientation that respond quickly to customer needs will succeed. To accomplish this, timely communication and collaboration between all internal departments is essential.

This presentation will give your company or department employees the tools and ideas to market internally for enhanced relationships, increased trust, and recognition by other functions, right up to the C-suite.

Here are some of the things participants will learn in this presentation:

  • The definition of internal marketing
  • The benefits of internal marketing to your department functions
  • The importance and role of internal relationship marketing
  • Developing an internal marketing strategy
  • The role of social media in internal marketing
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The Business Guide to Cause Marketing:
How Your Business Can Align its Products and Services with Charitable Causes for Win-Win Results

According to the 2017 Cone Communications CSR Study, today’s consumers expect companies to take actions that ensure their personal well-being as well as the welfare of employees, other consumers and the global community as a whole. In fact 89% would switch brands to one that is associated with a good cause, given similar price and quality. 

People are also buying and advocating for purposeful brands. They are recommending brands that support good causes over those that don’t and are helping to promote brands’ products or services if there is a good cause behind them.

All businesses, whether local or regional in scope, can benefit by incorporating a cause-marketing program. Studies show that companies can enhance their reputations, improve employee recruitment and retention, attract more customers, and increase revenue.

Learn about cause marketing, the variety of programs in which your business can engage, and how to select which cause may be the best fit for your company.

Here are some of the things participants will learn in this presentation:

  • Identify the different types of cause marketing programs
  • Learn the benefits of cause marketing for your business
  • How to choose the cause
  • Ways to promote your cause program
  • Learn what it takes to succeed
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Marketing Bloopers & Boo-Boos:
How to Send Your Customers and Prospects Running for the Hills!

Have you ever hidden in shame over a business letter boo-boo? How about screaming when you find an error in a brochure, e-mail campaign, or blog post? What do these bloopers say about your personal or organization’s brand?

In this interactive and entertaining presentation, Elaine shares some real-life communications boo-boos, and then tests your skills to give you new insight into the importance that everyday business writing and marketing communications have on your brand reputation and credibility.

Find out what to look for in your communication so you don’t send your customers and prospects running for the hills!

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  • Brand Experience, Branding, Branding Strategy, Personal Branding 
  • Cause Marketing
  • Content Marketing (includes social media), Copywriting
  • Customer Appreciation, Engagement, Retention, Service, and Loyalty
  • Donor, Fundraising, Membership, and Nonprofit Marketing and Branding
  • Employee Appreciation, Internal Customer Service (employees)
  • Small-Medium Business Marketing and Branding
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