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Tommy Spaulding

Former President and CEO, Up with People; New York Times Best-Selling Author; Leadership Expert

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Tommy Spaulding’s keynote addresses inspire audiences and teach them how to achieve unprecedented professional and personal success by forming deeper, more authentic relationships with customers, employees, clients, and other key stakeholders.

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Tommy Spaulding’s keynote addresses inspire audiences and teach them how to achieve unprecedented professional and personal success by forming deeper, more authentic relationships with customers, employees, clients, and other key stakeholders.

The author of It’s Not Just Who You Know (Transform Your Life and Your Organization by Turning Colleagues and Contacts into Lasting, Genuine Relationships), Tommy Spaulding’s sincerity, warmth, and humor unfailingly move his audiences—leaving them eager to put his ideas into action. With his inspirational yet practical delivery, Tommy shares heartwarming and humorous stories from life and business to illustrate how genuine and lasting relationships can grow your organization, advance your career, and change your world. Tommy’s approach to preparing keynote addresses mirrors his philosophy in life. He tailors every keynote with a focus on how each audience can benefit. He possesses a keen ability in relating each of his experiences and teaching topics to your particular group.

His unique message covers groundbreaking ideas and insights into life and business. Much like the guiding principles he explores in his book, Tommy develops relationships wherever he delivers a keynote. He does his “homework,” getting to know the people and the organization first-hand so his presentations are personal, not commercial.

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18 inches is the distance from your head to your heart. Such a short distance, yet most leaders never take the journey. Leaders and organization that lead with their hearts are more successful and have better results than those that don’t. Love and results are not opposites. They are two sides of the same coin. It is not love or results. It is love driven results. If you love what you do, if you love the people you do it with, if your love your culture, if you love your mission – you will gain better results. Hear-lead leadership transcends numbers and spreadsheets. It is more sustainable and more rewarding. Defining your leadership philosophy is one of the most important steps you can take as a leader and as an organization. The 18-inch journey will change your life and your organization.

How do we accomplish extraordinary things as leaders? The quality of our relationships determines whether we simply reach a goal or inspire greatness. The success of any organization is grounded in the formation of sustainable relationships. In this keynote, Spaulding illustrates how to build relationship capital throughout your organization so internal teams maximize their potential and external constituencies and stakeholders share your vision. Spaulding also explores groundbreaking leadership techniques such as building “Fifth Floor Teams,” and leveraging the “Laws of Influence and Elevation.”

It’s impossible to build a successful client base in a silo. In other words, relationships are not optional. Though economists talk only of Return on Investment or ROI, Spaulding argues that profit and relationships are interdependent. “Return on Relationships or ROR” is the currency we should focus on rather than solely on ROI, because if we are truly focusing on relationships, the bottom line goals come more easily. In this keynote, Spaulding shares his secrets behind the notion of “Return on Relationships or ROR,” leaving audiences ready to revolutionize their old methods and reach new heights in customer stability and loyalty.

Unengaged employees cost companies and organizations billions of dollars. Research tells us that employees who don’t have relationships on the job will negatively impact the bottom line. If we are to build sustainable organizations in a modern economy, we must differentiate ourselves by building meaningful ties with and among employees. Spaulding demonstrates a helpful “first through fifth floor” analogy for evaluating your business relationships and has audiences looking at their workplace with a different lens—a lens that sheds new light on how to mobilize their colleagues and inspire shared success.

This is not a keynote address that espouses the merits of good networking. In fact, it discourages it. Spaulding provides real examples and strategies for elevating your current personal and business relationships and how to launch new ones in the spirit of giving rather than taking. In this keynote, Spaulding explores the nine essential traits that empower audiences to reach their full potential through a bold approach called “netgiving.” Netgiving is about intentionally making business personal and as a result, facilitating personal performance and realization of goals.

Tommy Spaulding is known for walking his talk—in other words, he likes to build relationships with his clients. No canned speeches allowed! Feel free to let us know if you have a specific interest area or would like to mix it up and merge topics. Tommy prides himself in creating a keynote that fits the audience.

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