Fotini Iconomopoulos

Fotini Iconomopoulos

Negotiation and Communication Expert

Nicknamed “the negotiator” since childhood, Fotini Iconomopoulos is an expert communicator with a passion for helping organizations and individuals get what they want. For the last decade, she has been helping Fortune 500 clients and audiences to achieve their business goals, increase profitability, and create a competitive advantage. She thrives in empowering people to navigate high-stake scenarios, and always leaves her audiences with tangible actions to immediately help them tackle their next challenge.

After a decade of owning and managing small businesses in the retail sector, Iconomopoulos refined her negotiation skills in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry before moving into consulting. Through her company, Forward Focusing, she helps clients across the globe achieve their commercial objectives through strategic forward thinking, and has worked with CPG, retail, professional services, energy, telecommunications, tech, and finance industries.

When she’s not strategizing with clients, Iconomopoulos is a sought-after speaker on negotiation, communication, leadership, and conflict management, and is passionate about helping people, particularly women and disadvantaged groups, develop the confidence to take on whatever challenges come their way. She is also a frequent guest on CBC and CTV, and an instructor of MBA Negotiations at the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto.

Iconomopoulos was recognized with a Greek America Foundation Top 40 under 40 award for her achievements and philanthropic work, and nominated for an RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award presented by Women of Influence.

The Power of Pause to Get What You Want

When faced with excitement or adversity, we tend to get overwhelmed leading us to situations that make us say “why did I do that??!” But what if you could channel a mental ‘pause’ button to get clarity when things get intense?

Negotiation and persuasion expert Fotini Iconomopoulos will take you through why it’s important to slow things down to be more effective at getting what you want. Learn how pausing your brain, your speech, and your body language can impact the way others perceive you and the messages you are getting across. The end result? A more confident and credible you! “Pressing pause” and using some of the behavioural techniques Iconomopoulos provides will help you not only speed through potential conflict, but prevent much of it along the way.

Leadership for Today’s Workforce

The definition of leadership is changing. Today’s workforce follows those who are able to influence and persuade them to go along with their ideas, and not necessarily those who have grey hairs and gold watches.

So, how can you make your voice stand out amongst all the noise? Get people to respond to your emails instead of ignoring them? Become more influential day-to-day, and start achieving the results you want? Fotini Iconomopoulos shares the principles of persuasion and negotiation and shows audiences how to use them to become the kind of leader that people want to follow.

Persuasion and Negotiation

Cialdini’s principles of persuasion tell us that likeability is important; but how can you be likeable in negotiation without giving away the farm? Fotini Iconomopoulos will walk you through how to use the science behind the principles of persuasion to get what you want. Likeability, scarcity, social proof, and more, weave their way into the negotiation process to set you up for success. By applying these rules, with your negotiation objective in mind, you’ll have a deal before you know it! It’s possible to be authentic and likeable and get what you want all at the same time.

Negotiations Come In All Shapes And Sizes – Handle Your Next One with Ease

Negotiations happen all around us. After all, if we were always in agreement with the people around us, life would be a breeze! Contrary to popular belief, effective negotiation isn’t about arguing; it’s a discussion aimed at reaching agreement.  In this eye-opening keynote, Fotini Iconomopoulos will demonstrate how we are constantly negotiating with those around us in all sorts of situations, and it rarely looks like a pay-per-view main event.

Learn how to recognize different types of negotiations and explore subtle ways to get what you want more effectively. Just as useful at home as in the boardroom, the techniques you learn in this session will assist in all types of negotiations (without any of the battle scars).

Women and Negotiation

Negotiation is a skill that can bring significant value for everyone, yet women are far less likely to engage in the practice. With good reason. Studies and anecdotes galore tell us that women are often penalized for negotiating.

In 2001, only 7% of women negotiated their first salary compared to 57% of men. Labeled aggressive instead of assertive or attracting the dreaded “b-word”, they fear the process for fear of retaliation. Are women terrible negotiators? No. In fact, the opposite is true. Their superior trust and empathy skills make them ideal negotiators. Often, they just need to work on their confidence and employ some subtle communication tricks to get what they want — without that dreaded label.

Listen to Fotini Iconomopoulos tell you her negotiation war stories and how she overcame gender and age discrimination to go on to be the expert that Fortune 500 executives seek out for their high-stakes’ scenarios. You’ll leave with the motivation, confidence, and knowledge to tackle your next negotiation with ease.

Preventing and Managing Conflict in a Virtual World

When times are stressful, that’s often when we make the most communication mistakes. Without the benefit of face-to-face interactions right now, trust is far more fragile and miscommunication is far more likely to occur.

Fotini Iconomopoulos shares strategies to help overcome the most common pitfalls of virtual communication, including how to prevent misunderstanding over email and phone and how to build trust and leverage persuasion without the luxury of in-person communication. She will also outline some of the benefits of using alternate communication tools to manage conflict and negotiate your way to success.