Heath Slawner

Speaker, L&D, Digital


Heath Slawner

Expert on Trust-Based Leadership, Influence and Performance

How can leaders bring teams together to achieve extraordinary results? What do all great organizations have in common, whether they realize it or not? How do we consistently and effectively get people to listen, follow, buy-in, and take the next step? Heath Slawner shows audiences that trust and purpose – based on a palpable concern for others – are what’s at the centre of it all. When we’re clear about why we’re here, where we’re going, who we serve, and how we’re getting there, people start to feel valued and fulfilled. As a consequence, we will naturally seek out ways to collaborate, execute and bring bold visions to reality.

Heath’s work lies at the intersection of leadership, influence, and trust. Through in-depth and dynamic presentations, he shows audiences how to leverage proven strategies to strengthen relationships, drive performance, and achieve outstanding results. He shares his insights with individuals and teams at leading organizations around the world, including the United Nations, and some of Canada’s most iconic companies, such as Bell, Canadian Tire, and Loblaws, to name just a few.

Boasting exceptional facilitation skills and a passion for helping people learn and apply new skills, Heath combines intelligence, empathy, and conscientiousness to ensure valuable and memorable experiences for all audiences.

Heath earned his undergraduate business degree from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Throughout his career, he has continually contributed to his community, both nationally and internationally. He is also a Board and Executive Committee Member of Equitas – International Centre for Human Rights Education, whose mission is to help build a global culture of human rights through education.


Trusted Relationships, Remarkable Performance

Trust and Purpose: Why Our Very Survival Depends On It

Today’s workplaces can be full of cynicism and self-interest. With change and disruption as constants, it’s easy to forget that trust-based relationships are the foundation for achievement. Winning together means not wasting energy or effort: the best teams and organizations are the ones in which the people work together to confront the external threats. That way we get more done, with less stress, and actually have fun doing it.

The most successful leaders and organizations, regardless of industry, are able to foster cooperation with a clearly-articulated purpose. The idea is that when we’re clear about who we serve, where we’re going, and how we’re getting there, the natural response is to trust, collaborate and bring bold visions to reality.

Through stories, research and basic science, Heath Slawner explains the three major shifts that will help foster a culture and create conditions for teams to be successful – where everyone can be at their natural best and where more and more people are inspired by the work they do.

As you’ll hear, our very survival depends on it.

How to Think, Act, and Communicate Like the World's Best Trusted Advisors

Heath Slawner explains that when people think, act, and communicate as a Trusted Advisor, they dramatically increase productivity, improve business results, and at the same time reduce stress. Whether working internally as a business partner, or externally with customers, clients and stakeholders, the impact is the same: at the end of the day, they can get more done, with less friction, and more satisfaction. Simply put, high-trust individuals and teams outperform low-trust organizations in every key business metric: profitability, revenue growth, employee engagement, customer service, retention, just to name a few.

Interacting with Influence: Skills, Tactics & Behaviours to Build Trust, Deepen Relationships & Gain Commitment

Our ability to influence wisely and effectively – to get people to listen, to trust, and act on what we say – is arguably the most important skill for reaching our greatest potential. We influence others every day of our lives, whether it is intentional or not; every conversation, every interaction is another opportunity to move people in our direction and inspire action. Though we face these challenging interpersonal situations every single day, rarely do we have the opportunity to sharpen these skills and learn the difference between what works and what doesn’t.

Interacting with Influence is an evidence-based approach for building powerful working relationships and gaining commitment to achieve the best outcomes for all stakeholders. Building on the idea that you cannot influence without trust, Heath challenges the audience to think more strategically about the levers to increase trustworthiness, such as intimacy and selflessness, and to apply the scientifically-proven influence techniques that yield optimal results.

 

**For programs longer than a keynote: as an experienced workshop designer and facilitator, Heath will work with you to combine a variety of interactive elements and techniques, including simulations, body polls, jolts, reflection pieces, group exercises, experiential activities and personal action planning, in order to equip participants with the tools and tactics that they can immediately use to build powerful trust-based relationships and influence more effectively.

Leading with Influence

Simply put, influence is a core of everything we need to do when interacting with other people, and our ability to influence effectively is arguably the most important skill for reaching our greatest potential as a leader.

Highly informed by the principles of servant leadership, Leading with Influence starts with the core fundamental basis of influence: that you cannot effectively move people in your direction without high levels of trust. This trustworthiness – based on intimacy and a low level of self-orientation – transforms ordinary leaders into “learners” and “multipliers,” seeking to serve their followers and stakeholders, not the other way around, and yielding the kind of engagement, commitment and performance that greatly accelerates prosperity in the workplace.

Incorporating recent neuroscientific research on how individuals perceive and react to “cognitive threats” in the workplace Heath shows how leaders can develop a culture of trust that creates conditions for teams to be successful while enabling them to build and leverage coalitions across the organization.

 

**For programs longer than a keynote: as an experienced workshop designer and facilitator, Heath will work with you to combine a variety of interactive elements and techniques, including simulations, jolts, reflection pieces, small and large group exercises, experiential activities and personal action planning, in order to equip participants with tools and tactics that they can immediately use to build powerful trust-based relationships and influence more effectively.

Start With Why

Heath Slawner shares a powerfully simply idea called the Golden Circle (discovered by Simon Sinek) and builds upon it with examples and stories that bring it to life. Heath has partnered with Simon Sinek and his team since 2015 and, like Simon, envisions a world in which a majority of people go home at the end of the day fulfilled by the work they do. The Golden Circle plays a vital role in the realization of that world.

This simple idea explains how great leaders inspire through the way they think, act and communicate. It’s not about changing who we are, it’s about understanding who we are.

Highlights from Heath’s talk:

  • What you do becomes more powerful when you know Why you do it.
  • How to use the Why as a filter, giving you an alternative perspective on your organization and even your career.
  • The importance of human connection through trust and authenticity and how it is vital to an organization success.
  • Why some organizations are more innovative, more profitable, command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike and are able to repeat their success over and over (and how you can, too).

Principles of Persuasion

Trust-Based Relationships

Why Discovery

Negotiation and Influence

Interacting with Influence

Drawing on his expertise in the science of positive influence, leadership, and persuasion, Heath Slawner creates customized videos tailored to your company and industry that include real-life examples to help increase retention and catalyze employee development.

We Influence Every Day…

Your employees and teams face challenging influence situations every single day, but they rarely have the opportunity to sharpen these skills and learn the difference between what works and what doesn’t. At the same time, only by changing how we think about influence can we change our practices. Interacting with Influence is an interactive and evidence-based approach for building powerful working relationships and gaining commitment for action to achieve optimal outcomes for all stakeholders.

Evidence-Based Influence for Optimal Results

Backed by behavioural research and evidence, Heath Slawner contextualizes the scientifically-proven rules of ethical influence using real-life examples and scenarios taken from up-front research and interviews conducted before and after a presentation. This level of customization ensures that the coaching videos not only feel (and sound) authentic but also relevant, as Heath explains how to implement the concepts in your company.

Engaging Employees To Influence More Effectively

Learning to influence effectively is an ongoing journey, and the experience shouldn’t stop at a keynote presentation or off-site meeting.  With this series of customized online videos, you’ll empower your employees, engage them in the ongoing learning process, and provide them with the tools and mindset to influence more effectively, every single day.

Speakers' Spotlight represents a wide variety of motivational speakers who present energetic talks that will inspire you and your staff to take action, be it in your personal lives, your workplace, or both. Read More

Conference Speakers

The Impact of a Speech Can Last Forever

Speakers' Spotlight represents a talented roster of some of the world's most extraordinary conference speakers. Our conference speakers' experience is as broad as it is deep, and they are all leaders in their fields, which include business, politics, sports, the media, academia, science, technology, culture and entertainment. Our conference speakers are thought-provoking and action-oriented and leave their audiences, whether speaking to a group of 10, 100, 1000 or more, enlightened and inspired.

Speakers' Spotlight's conference speakers frequently go the extra mile to be in touch with meeting planners - or even CEOs and presidents of companies and organizations themselves - in advance of their talks in order to tailor the message and hit on key points specific to the client's needs. Our conference speakers arrive on time, and will have conferred with you in advance to ensure they have everything they need in order to deliver an impactful speech. Our conference speakers frequently use well designed visuals, such as photos, slide shows, or video clips to bring other elements of interest into their talks, and our conference speakers frequently build-in time during their talks to allow for an audience Q&A, ensuring your staff has a chance to ask questions of the particular conference speaker they have just heard.

Some of our conference speakers in high demand include David Chilton, Bruce Croxon, General Rick Hillier, Clara Hughes, Ron James, Amanda Lang, Stephen Lewis, Patricia Lovett-Reid, Mark Kielburger, Kevin O'Leary, Jeff Rubin, and Margaret Trudeau.

Speakers' Spotlight is committed to serving the diverse needs of the corporations, organizations, companies, non-profit and government groups that contact us when seeking conference speakers, and we work hard to find the conference speakers that will best meet and exceed your needs. Whatever you require are when it comes to conference speakers, Speakers' Spotlight will work had to ensure that you get the conference speakers that are right for you.

Keynote Speakers

Speakers' Spotlight: The Key Ingredient To Finding Your Perfect Speakers

Speakers' Spotlight represents a vast roster of some of the world's most extraordinary keynote speakers in fields such as business, politics, sports, the media, academia, science, technology, culture and entertainment. Our keynote speakers run the gauntlet from spoken word poet Sarah Kay, to business guru Simon Sinek; from young athlete Olympic athlete Adam van Koeverden to the wrongly incarcerated former boxer Ruben Carter; from Margaret Trudeau to her son Justin Trudeau. Whatever your needs are for your keynote speakers, Speakers' Spotlight the keynote speakers that will fill them.

Our keynote speakers can adjust their talks to suit your needs, whether you're looking for an address by keynote speakers of 15, 30, or 45 minutes or more, our keynote speakers will confer with you before your engagement to ensure that their talks meet your needs. Our keynote speakers frequently adjust their speeches to include important talking points your organization or company needs emphasized, and will also often adjust content so it is individually tailored to your audience. For instance, if your audience is primarily those in the auto industry, our keynote speakers will draw on anecdotes from that industry in order to ensure their speech is relatable. Our keynote speakers are usually available in the days and weeks prior to your event to discuss your needs and go over any details (such as audio visual requirements) that arise.

Speakers' Spotlight is committed to meeting the different needs of the corporations, organizations, companies, non-profit and government groups that contact us when seeking keynote speakers, and we work hard to find the keynote speakers that will provide the best match for your event. Whatever you require are when it comes to keynote speakers, Speakers' Spotlight will work had to ensure that you get the keynote speakers that are right for you.

Motivational Speakers

Motivating the world

Speakers' Spotlight represents a wide variety of motivational speakers who present energetic talks that will inspire leaders and employees to take action, be it in their personal lives, their workplace, or both. Speakers' Spotlight's motivational speakers address everything from encouraging audiences to adapt healthy lifestyles to unifying groups to achieve professional goals. Our motivational speakers work with an astonishing range of companies in sectors such as science, technology, finance, advertising, and manufacturing, as well as professional organizations, cultural institutions, and non-profit entities and government, throughout North American and around the world.

Motivational speakers that work with Speakers' Spotlight frequently go the extra mile to be in touch with meeting planners - or even CEOs and presidents of companies and organizations themselves - in advance of their talks in order to tailor the message and hit on key points specific to the client's needs. Our motivational speakers arrive on time, work with the client in advance to ensure the proper set up of their audio/visual needs so that everything will go smoothly when they hit the stage, and often include Q&A sessions in their talks so that your staff can ask any questions of our motivational speakers that they may wish.

Using Speakers' Spotlight to book your motivational speakers obviously offers many advantages. You reap the benefits of our experience and expertise, as we can help you select the best motivational speakers for your motivational speakers' engagement.

Our motivational speakers include prominent motivational speakers - and many of them household names -- such as Roberta Bondar, Michael "Pinball" Clemons, Terry Evanshen, Scott Harrison, John Izzo, Simon Jackson, Craig Kielburger, Dr. Samantha Nutt, Simon Sinek, Severn Cullis-Suzuki and Brett Wilson.

Whatever your needs are when it comes to motivational speakers, Speakers' Spotlight has the motivational speakers that will both meet -- and exceed -- your expectations.

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