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Top 10 Work Skills for the Workplace

By cmiadmin | Mar 08, 2022 | Comments Off

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50% of all employees will need to reskill by 2025

World Economic Forum reports that 50% of all employees will need to reskill by 2025, with 40% of workers requiring reskilling of 6 months or less. This astounding percentage has accelerated since the pandemic and signifies that leaders must develop a plan for their employees – establishing skill gaps, creating a vision roadmap and determining resources required for them to reskill or upskill.

So, what are the very top list of skills leaders need for their workforce? Critical thinking and problem-solving are at the top list of skills — emerging skills such as active learning, resilience, stress tolerance and flexibility are also expanding. More granular data tracking for specialized skills needed comes from LinkedIn with titles such as project manager, digital marketing and human computer interaction. 

THE TOP 10 SKILLS FOR THE WORKPLACE FOR BY 2025

cmi top 10 job skills

Our cmi roster of experts and thought leaders will prepare your leaders and teams for the necessary changes that are ahead.

CEO, bestselling author and DEI expert, Heather R Younger’s
programs provide a roadmap for navigating change, building resilience, confidence and methodologies to elicit feedback and unlock change and growth.

Tim Sanders, Upwork’s VP of Customer Insights, has deep experience in digital transformation, remote work management and agility-through-change. He is also an expert on innovating faster through cross-disciplinary collaboration and connection of silos and a work-life expert on employee burnout.

Prepare your employees for reskilling by inspiring them to rethink change. Mike Rayburn, the master of change and author of the What If? Experience will excite and entertain your business teams and leaders to initiate more possibilities and innovation for your organization and customers.

In today’s virtual, in-person and hybrid world communicating with influence is harder and more critical than it’s ever been. Stacey Hanke, a CEO and communications expert, prepares leaders and teams to consistently achieve communicative results and move people to action for increased profits and long-term relationships.


ABOUT cmi

  • cmi is a global meeting industry leader that brings together world-class keynote speakers with extraordinary clients from around the globe.
  • Our management frees our speakers up from the day to day aspects of their speaking business so they can focus on providing you with the very best presentation.
  • With our exceptional event coordination and attention to detail, when one of our speakers arrives at your event, you can bank on their and our full and undivided attention.

 

A Special Moment in Time by Karen Harris

By cmiadmin | Jan 11, 2022 | Comments Off

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Any of the people in the room that night could have received this award because we’re all so dedicated. I love that about my industry. But this year, my peers chose me and I will be forever grateful for that..

Have you ever been brought to tears by something your peers did for you?

This past weekend I received an award for ‘exemplary service’ to my industry - an industry that I’ve been a part of for almost 27 years. When they called to inform me that I’d be receiving the award, I realized this is a special moment in my life. Not one I’d planned for or even worked towards - but one that my peers felt compelled to give me - and it brought me to tears.

Being recognized by people that you deeply respect is humbling. I have access to the brightest minds in the world which gives me constant knowledge and opportunity for growth - in addition, my industry colleagues are some of the most passionate people I know. Any of the people in the room that night could have received this award because we’re all so dedicated. I love that about my industry. But this year, my peers chose me and I will be forever grateful for that.

A special thank you to Brian Palmer who has been both a friend and a mentor for the last 25 years and whose father this award is named after. John Palmer was a man deeply respected by his peers and to be recognized in his name is something I will cherish forever.

Thank you also to Shawn Hanks and the rest of the Awards Committee for placing this honour on my shoulders. I will continue to show my dedication to our industry in the hopes it will inspire others to be even more dedicated.

And lastly a very huge thank you to my team - Rebecca, Tara, Adrienne, Elyse, Felicia and Dani - who are so dedicated to the work they do for cmi - which gives me the support and the space to contribute to our industry.

Top Communication Keynote Speakers

By cmiadmin | Jan 06, 2022 | Comments Off

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Teams who communicate effectively may increase their productivity by as much as 25%.

Did you know that workplace communication statistics show that 86% of employees and executives say the lack of effective collaboration and communication is the main cause of workplace failures?

According to a McKinsey Global Institute analysis report, teams who communicate effectively may increase their productivity by as much as 25%.

Imagine what communicating more effectively would do for your organization?  See below for the communication experts we recommend to help your organization achieve better results and increased efficiency in 2022.

cmi COMMUNICATIONS EXPERTS FOR 2022

Phil M Jones
Phil M Jones is a master of influence and persuasion – the author of the best-selling “Exactly” Book Series with over 1 million copies sold – producer of the “Most Listened To” non-fiction Audiobook of all time - a trusted advisor for some of the world’s biggest brands – and entrepreneur since the age of 14.

Learn More about Phil M Jones
“Exactly” Book Series
Phil M Jones Bookings

Stacey Hanke
Stacey Hanke is the CEO of a highly sought-after consulting and training company where she mentors leaders and salespeople to enhance their communications and ability to influence. She's been studying influence for years across numerous company cultures and industries, teaching them how to influence on a consistent basis.

Learn More about Stacey Hanke

Stacey Hanke Bookings

Influence Redefined Book


Ty Bennett
Ty is the founder of Leadership Inc., a speaking and training company with a mission to empower individuals and organizations to challenge their status quo, cultivate exceptional relationships, and compete in extraordinary ways. He’s changing lives– one leader at a time.

Learn More about Ty Bennett

Ty Bennett Bookings

The Power of Storytelling


Vinh Giang
Vinh is an entrepreneur who knows what it takes to lead and sell ideas. As a “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” and award-winning magician, Vinh has found success in sharing three key business ideas and demonstrates them using the art of magic with on-stage audience participation. Vinh also teaches professionals to re-imagine their approach to communication - including teaching us how to amplify the best parts of who we are.

Learn More about Vinh Giang

Vinh Giang Bookings

Vinh’s Custom Masterclass


ABOUT cmi

  • cmi is a global meeting industry leader that brings together world-class keynote speakers with extraordinary clients from around the globe.
  • Our management frees our speakers up from the day to day aspects of their speaking business so they can focus on providing you with the very best presentation.
  • With our exceptional event coordination and attention to detail, when one of our speakers arrives at your event, you can bank on their and our full and undivided attention.

Why Choose cmi?

It is our goal to ensure that you, our customer, get the very best speaker who will impact your group beyond the event. Our commitment to you:

  • Give unforgettable service
  • Provide extraordinary results
  • Demonstrate an exceptional attitude
  • Lift the spirits of everyone we connect with.
  • When working on the event details, we know that time is of the essence and accuracy is key. 

 

Companies Leading with Bold Change by cmi

By cmiadmin | Oct 12, 2021 | Comments Off

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cmi clients are asking for speaking topics that address changes in the workplace, leadership and employees.

cmi clients are also concerned about thinking out of the box for innovative technology, sales motivation and communicating differently. Our speakers are offering both virtual and in-person events that are engaging, innovative, motivating and tailored to each company’s unique requirements. 2021 has been record-breaking for cmi.

We are coming up on our 20th year this December and are thinking forward to 2022 and beyond. We have some new ideas and talent coming our way and are excited to continue to serve our clients, consistently providing the most relevant and groundbreaking topics, delivered by world-class speakers with incredible presentations.

What are the most requested topics businesses are asking for?

  • Mental Health
  • Technology Innovation
  • Collaboration and Teamwork
  • Leadership Change
  • Workplace Reimagination
  • Employee Wellbeing (Intersectionality, contentment, DEI)
  • 2022: Sales Motivation and Strategies

 

Explore 5 of cmi’s speakers and their current topics.

Vinh Giang

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Vinh is an entrepreneur who knows what it takes to lead and sell ideas. As a “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” and award-winning magician, Vinh has found success in sharing three key business ideas and demonstrates them using the art of magic with on-stage audience participation. Vinh's mesmerizing messages spark electrified engagement with your audience.

TOPICS

  • The Psychology of Illusion
  • The Leader's Instrument
  • Vinh's Stage Masterclass 

 

WATCH VINH'S VIDEOS >


Dan Thurmon

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Best-selling author of ‘Off Balance on Purpose’, Dan Thurmon is a Hall of Fame Speaker, a bestselling author, and a recognized expert on peak performance and work-life integration.
He’s also “TikTok Famous,” having grown a social media platform, along with his daughter Maggie, encompassing over five million followers around the world! Their videos have been viewed hundreds of millions of times, and together they also host the popular podcast, “Wholesome Chaos.”


TOPICS

  • Positive CHAOS
  • Off Balance On Purpose

WATCH DAN'S VIDEOS >


Clint Pulver

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Clint Pulver is the undercover millennial and bestselling author of "I Love it Here." He is a motivational keynote speaker, author, musician, Emmy Award Winner and workforce expert. As an entertaining motivational speaker, Clint offers the best of two worlds: A high-energy motivator with a powerful message on employee retention and creating moments that matter. Your audience will feel the WOW power from jaw-dropping drum performances, perfectly timed comedy, and expertly delivered messages filled with timely strategies and insights.

TOPICS

  • Creating Opportunities Amid Chaos
  • Mentorship vs Management
  • Help Your Sales Soar
  • United We Stand

WATCH CLINT'S VIDEOS >


Mike Rayburn

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Mike Rayburn is a two-time TED Talk presenter, a successful entrepreneur, a member of the speaker hall of fame and a featured artist on Sirius/ XM. He has headlined on the strip in Las Vegas, and received standing ovations at all eight of his performances at Carnegie Hall. He has performed more than 5,000 presentations in 20 countries on five continents. Rayburn is a music/internet pioneering entrepreneur, feature artist on Sirius/XM and Artist In Residence at High Point University. His more than 1000 corporate clients include most of the Fortune 100, 500, and the top five.

TOPICS

 

  • The “What If…?” Experience
  • Become A Virtuoso - Elite Performance Mastery

WATCH MIKE’s VIDEOS>

 

Ty Bennett

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Ty is the founder of Leadership Inc., a speaking and training company with a mission to empower individuals and organizations to challenge their status quo, cultivate exceptional relationships, and compete in extraordinary ways. He’s changing lives – one leader at a time. The bestselling author of "Partnership is the New Leadership," Ty is also an entrepreneur, having started a business with his brother, Scott, that they built to over $20 million in annual revenue while still in their twenties. Since that time, he has developed over 500 sales managers globally with sales and leadership in 37 countries.

TOPICS

  • Relevant Leadership
  • Partnership is the New Leadership
  • The Power of Storytelling

WATCH TY’S VIDEOS>

 


 

Relevant Keynote Speaker Topics by cmi

By cmiadmin | Aug 31, 2021 | Comments Off

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Whether your company is in real estate, education, finance, technology, human resources, or any other industry, these topics are relevant to your employees and leadership.

It can be difficult to find just the right keynote speaker for your organization’s events. The pandemic has carved out real-world issues like employee burn-out, working from home vs at your company, futuristic trends like AI, digital automation and a more urgent need for communications techniques to influence your customers. Your people need relevant topics such as these, delivered by experienced speakers who will inspire and motivate them, plus offer tools and techniques on how they can succeed in their industry.

cmi has world-class speakers, with years of experience, who offer topics that are pertinent to your industry, relevant to the post-pandemic landscape we currently live in and delivered in entertaining, inspiring methods that ensure your business team’s success. Whether your company is in real estate, education, finance, technology, human resources, or any other industry, these topics are relevant to your employees and leadership.

Explore 4 of cmi’s speakers and their current topics.

Tim Sanders

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Currently the Vice President of Customer Insights at Upwork, best-selling author of 5 books and strategic consultant, Tim helps businesses solve their talent gap problems, tackle marketing innovation, sales performance, talent management, leadership development, and organizational culture.

TOPICS

  • Getting Ahead of Burnout
  • The Art of Leading Remotely
  • Innovating Faster - Why Collaboration Changes Everything


WATCH TIM’s VIDEOS >


Mike Walsh

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Best-selling author of ‘The Algorithmic Leader’, Mike Walsh is a futurist for leaders, a Harvard Business Review columnist, a leading authority on technology, transformation and leadership who brings a uniquely global perspective to all his engagements.

TOPICS

  • New Rules For A New World
  • The Algorithmic Leader
  • The Rise of Generation AI
  • Designing Your Business for The 21st Century

WATCH MIKE’s VIDEOS >


Phil M Jones

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Phil M Jones is a master of influence and persuasion – the author of the best-selling “Exactly” Book Series with 1 million copies sold – and producer of the “Most Listened To” Audiobook of 2018. An entrepreneur since the age of 14, formerly the youngest sales leader of a major fashion retailer who also worked with a host of Premier League Football Clubs, Phil’s “Magic Words” give leaders more impact, sales teams improved conversions, and team members more influence in their daily conversations.

TOPICS

  • EXACTLY What to Say
  • The Magic Words for Influence and Impact
  • Lead, Inspire and Motivate others
  • Navigate
  • Win More

WATCH PHIL’s VIDEOS >


Heather R Younger

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Heather is the founder and CEO of Employee Fanatix, best-selling author of The Art of Caring Leadership, an International TEDx speaker on Adversity, Leadership Podcast Host, Business Coach, Facilitator and Attorney, who has earned a reputation as “The Employee Whisperer”. She holds a law degree and is a regular contributor to "Forbes" and "LinkedIn" and the best-selling author of The 7 Intuitive Laws of Employee Loyalty.

TOPICS

  • Building Resilience - How to Unleash Your Mindset and Overcome Any Challenge
  • Diversity and Inclusion - How to Build a Culture of Belonging
  • Sharing and Showing More Heart at Work: How to Attract and Retain Top Talent By Putting Your People First

    WATCH HEATHER’s VIDEOS>

 

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