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In What Ways Are You Like Hemingway?

By Jason Hewlett | Jun 19, 2018 | Comments Off

I’m writing to you from Key West, FL.

When people think of Key West they mostly think of key lime pie, which I am sorry to say, I can’t even stomach.

However, when I saw on my calendar I was booked to be in Key West I thought of only one name: Hemingway!

About a decade ago I first visited Ernest Hemingway’s home here with my wife and our friends.  Today I enjoyed the tour once again and am inspired.

He is one of the great prolific writers in American History.... Read the rest of Jason's blog post here!

Influence & the People Around You - Vinh Giang

By Dori Pominville | Jun 18, 2018 | Comments Off


Resistance - Yossi Ghinsberg

By Dori Pominville | Jun 18, 2018 | Comments Off


Learn more about Yossi's incredible journey here.

Meet cmi’s Digital Marketing Director and First Queen of Fun

By Julie Escobar | Jun 15, 2018 | Comments Off

In Step With Dori Weisenberger

If you’ve spent even ten minutes with the team members at cmi, you’ll get two things right away: they are driven, smart professionals – and they like to have fun. That’s an amazing combination for any organization. For one that expertly accelerates the business growth for an elite group of speakers and their clients, I’d say it’s a big differentiator.

I recently caught up with the team’s Digital Marketing Super Creator (love their titles) Dori Weisenberger, for a quick interview on her role within the company. Here’s the inside scoop!

Q: Dori, can you first tell the readers a little about yourself and what you do for the organization?

A: Well for cmi, I do all our digital marketing. So that means video editing, weekly email blasts, image editing, social media, and website upkeep. I also periodically help with data entry and event assistance. I came to cmi from the arts world. I worked at a local museum and arts education facility.

Q: That’s awesome! As a team, you all recently decided to crown a Queen of Fun each month to choose an activity that would bring you all together...can you tell me how that decision came about?

A: It was something Karen wanted to do--inject a little more fun into our cmi life. We discussed and decided to do a fun, team-building activity on the last Friday of every month. It can be pretty informal, such as going for a walk, or something like yoga in the park. I volunteered to go first so we could see how it went. So far so good!

Q: You were the kick-off Queen! Tell us about the activity you chose!

A: I chose plogging, which is a combo of jogging and the Swedish phrase 'plocka upp,' meaning picking up garbage. It sounded like a fun trend--good for the environment and good for you! We didn't jog (I'm a terrible runner) but we did walk around for an hour picking up two big garbage bags full of trash.

Q: How cool is that? I have never even heard of it – but I love it! The environment is really important to you and to your CEO, Karen Harris - can you give us a little backstory?

A: Yes, like Karen, I grew up on a farm with two earth-loving parents who taught my siblings and I to always recycle and never litter. With climate-change trends happening everywhere in the world, we're really lucky to live in a place like Calgary that is a little more stable and seems to be sheltered from the worst of it. But we like the 'big picture' at cmi and thinking about the rest of the planet, so I'm trying to be as green as I possibly can be. Next up is figuring out a route to ride my bike to work, just like Karen!

Q: The world needs more people that are environmentally conscious! Good for you – and your team. What's one thing about yourself that people might not know?

A: I grew up playing the piano and taught beginner piano also. Music is a real passion of mine.

Q: What do you love best about what you do for cmi?

A: I really love when I create something, such as a new video clip or email blast, that sees results. That could mean it gets lots of engagement on social media, or it generated a new hold for one of our speakers. I really like being helpful to the other ladies in the office and our speakers.

You’re an integral part of the team Dori, I know. With such an incredible team dynamic, a passion for service, and a real sense of fun and comradery – it’s no wonder you all accomplish so much and connect so well with your clients. Great work!

Ready to learn more about the awesome team at cmi and what they can do for you? Click here or give them a call at 1-877-307-7403.


5 Powerfully Simple Presentation Tips - Ty Bennett

By Ty Bennett | Jun 13, 2018 | Comments Off

I get asked for presentation advice all the time, so here are five tips that will help make your presentations more engaging & effective.

  1. Get Rid of Pleasantries

– There is no need to talk about the weather, how grateful you are to be there, to apologize, or reintroduce yourself. You only have a few seconds to grab their attention so start with a question or jump into your content.

  1. Make it Conversational

– Act like you are speaking to one person. Make it conversational. Ask questions. If it is a small group you might create dialogue, with a large audience ask questions and give a pause for people to think about the question. Keep them engaged in the conversation.

Read numbers 3-5 on Ty's blog here!

Learn more about Ty's topics and bio.

The Promise to The One: The Family Pet

By Jason Hewlett | Jun 11, 2018 | Comments Off

This post is about The One.

How we treat The One who sits before us, if we engage fully, look them in the eye, or are glued to our phones and distracted when that person needs our attention.

The Promise to The One is to care for, help, love, and embrace The One in our lives that means so much to us...

Read Jason's full post on his blog here!

More about Jason Hewlett here.

cmi is hiring an Accounts Manager!

By Dori Pominville | Jun 08, 2018 | Comments Off

PLEASE NOTE: this position is in Calgary, AB, Canada; any relocation would be at the applicant's expense.

We are looking for an Account Manager whose role will be to:

  • Handle incoming inquiries
  • Qualify prospective customers
  • Follow our sales process
  • Close a high ratio of speaking engagements and book sales
  • Source new opportunities for speaking engagements
  • Develop and enhance cmi relations with assigned accounts
  • Ensure accurate and detailed customer data
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Experience:

  • 5-10 years corporate sales experience in a high-tech, customer-driven environment
  • A degree in Marketing and/or Communications is an asset
  • Database experience with a CRM like Salesforce
  • Customer service experience
  • Calendar management is a must
  • Knowledge of and/or experience in the speaking, event planning or meetings industry is a definite asset

Required Skillset

  • Extreme attention to detail and accuracy
  • Very technology savvy
  • Strong relationship builder
  • Good grammar and writing skills are essential as you are working with and for authors
  • Exceptional at prioritizing, time-management skills and meeting timelines
  • Able to work with minimal supervision while being part of a strong team

Essential Technology:

  • Proficient in a Mac environment
  • Experienced with a CRM software such as Salesforce, Yesware, ACT or Goldmine
  • Microsoft Office suite of programs
  • Social media, particularly Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube
  • Dropbox, Google Mail, Google Calendars
  • Proficient with internet research
  • Typing speed of at least 60 wpm

cmi is a small team who works hard and closely together. It is imperative that you are committed to the following:

  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • Accountability
  • Innovation and creativity
  • Problem solving
  • Communicating with care and respect
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Calm under pressure
  • Willing to work long hours during peak times

Please inquire with rebecca@cmispeakers.com

Plogging, People, and Our Commitment to the Environment

By Karen Harris | Jun 08, 2018 | Comments Off

Everyone Can Make a Difference

If you know any of us here at cmi at all, you know that we are passionate about our planet. What you might not know is that I grew up on a farm and my parents taught us to take care of 'the land' because then it will take care of you. They didn't think of this as being environmentally friendly - it was simply a way of life and a way of being. I've brought that forward into my family and my business. It's really important to me that we do our part to protect the land and all that entails in today's world. In 2001, I also traveled to Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. What I came back with was much more than a trip to a mountaintop. I saw abject poverty and inhumane living conditions and it changed me even more. The combination of my parents’ guidance and my experiences in Tanzania and other areas, has made world stewardship part of our company culture, and I’m blessed with a team who fully supports those efforts.

Because of this, it was no surprise to me that our first monthly foray into our “Queen of Fun” expeditions found my team taking up “plogging” in our community. Plogging is a trend started in Sweden – joggers out and about on their daily runs sporting trash bags and cleaning up the environment around them as they trailed their way through their communities.  

Back to the Queen of Fun title… I’ve got an extraordinary team at cmi. Fun, energetic, creative people who just shine in every conceivable way. At a recent roundtable meeting, we decided that we wanted to inject a little more fun into our team’s schedule and thought it would be hysterical, and game-changing to dub a Queen of Fun each month. My Digital Marketing Super Creator Dori Weisenberger took the first crown and came up with the idea of plogging as our May adventure. Together as a team of like-minded professionals, they spent an afternoon cleaning up our office community.

If you’re interested in learning more about this wonderful, environmentally-conscious plogging trend, there’s a great Washington Post article here.

If you want to know more about my incredible team, who they are, and what they do – click here! You’ll love them! I do!

Now, let’s go change the world for the better! We’re in!

It Takes Kids to Teach Accountable Leadership

By Sam Silverstein | Jun 05, 2018 | Comments Off

What happens when the way we have always done things isn’t working? What happens when change is necessary but we seem stuck in a pattern? What happens when a situation needs a leader, or in this case, leaders?

Each year gun violence in schools is rising. There are more reported incidents of children being harmed in schools than ever before. There does not seem to be an end in sight. What happens now?

What has happened is that the kids stood up and said “Never Again” and lead the March for Our Lives. Read the rest on Sam Silverstein's blog here.

Learn more about Sam Silverstein here.

Start at Step 'Z' - Chris Bashinelli

By Dori Pominville | Jun 04, 2018 | Comments Off

From moderating a major United Nations event in Brazil at 23 years old with no prior experience, to leading a National Geographic Expedition in Mongolia when nearly all funding had been pulled one month before production, Chris Bashinelli shows how when we change our mind, we can change our world. The key to creating success lies not in getting what we want, but in realizing that we already have everything we need to live a life of great meaning. By connecting our ultimate goal to a mission that benefits others, and having unwavering faith in one’s potential, we will find the inspiration necessary to reach our Step “Z”.