Speakers & Programs

Business Networking Experts & Keynote Speakers

work-the-pond-book-cover-smallWhether you want to put on a training session for your staff or create more connecting at your conference, Darcy Rezac, Judy Thomson, and Gayle Hallgren-Rezac are your go-to speakers. With decades of expertise in networking, these dynamic speakers are authors of the best-selling classic on networking,  Work The Pond! Use the Power of Positive Networking to Leap Forward in Work and Life.

Some of Gayle, Judy and Darcy’s most popular topics are: Power of Positive Networking®, Positively Engaged Leadership, Face-to-Face & The Digital World™, Positive Communication™ and their signature conference opener, Leap Start!™.

Formats include:

  • Keynotes
  • Half and full-day Workshops
  • 1 – 2 Hour presentations
  • Webinars
  • Coaching & Shepa Circles

Overview of Keynotes, Workshops & Webinars

POWER OF POSITIVE NETWORKING®

Most Popular

Best business networking training

This high-energy, interactive half or full-day workshop (also offered as a keynote) is based on the “world’s best definition” of networking, Positive Networking®.  Attendees learn practical and tactical tips to become better networkers, connectors and relationship builders. This program provides sure-fire cures for networking nervosus™, skills to ‘work the pond’, how to engage in small talk and effective follow up techniques. With over a decade teaching these skills, the authors of Work The Pond! (Prentice Hall) transform the way people feel about networking and its value in both work and life.

Speakers: Gayle Hallgren-Rezac & Judy Thomson or Darcy Rezac

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LEAP START!

Signature Keynote

The perfect conference opener keynote

Many people come to conferences with a little anxiety about walking into the opening reception solo, walking over and talking to a stranger at the coffee break, and dreading the awkward silence in elevator rides. You can change all that with Leap Start!™. This opening keynote gives everyone the skills and the confidence to network and connect more effectively at your conference. Even those who are good networkers will be motivated to reach out beyond their ‘one degree’ connections. This unique program from two of Canada’s top networking experts, Gayle Hallgren-Rezac and Judy Thomson, will change the dynamic of your conference–guaranteed.

Speakers: Gayle Hallgren-Rezac & Judy Thomson

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POSITIVELY ENGAGED LEADERSHIP

Signature Keynote

Leadership’s Missing Link

In today’s economy, a broader concept of leadership is required in order to achieve success in business—the ability for managers and executives to more effectively span boundaries inside the enterprise and with the broader community. Internationally recognized networking expert Darcy Rezac gives leaders the tools to maximize networking and relationship-building at all levels—what he calls ‘connectorship’. Using a baseball metaphor Darcy shares his trademarked Engaged Leadership Matrix®, a capacity model for measuring engaged leadership. This session offers a fresh perspective on leadership.

Speakers: Darcy Rezac

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FACE-TO-FACE & THE DIGITAL WORLD™

New Program

Why we need to do both effectively

People often say they are too busy to connect in-person, and many would rather connect electronically. So, they default to sending an email or text message or rely solely on social media to build their network. In Face-to-Face & the Digital World™ participants learn how connecting in person builds trust, the most important element for success in business (and life). Participants also learn how to effectively use digital networking as a powerful ‘alloy’, everything from LinkedIn to Twitter—and more. And, they’ll be surprised to learn what Steve Jobs and Benjamin Franklin have in common when it comes to connecting!

Speakers: Gayle Hallgren-Rezac & Judy Thomson or Darcy Rezac

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BUILD YOUR NETWORK. FILL YOUR PIPELINE.

Proactive Sales Training

Finding more sales opportunities

Most organizations do a pretty good job of sales training, but a piece that is often missed is a thorough investigation of your team’s networks. In addition to looking at their current networks (the low-hanging fruit) we help your team find different ways to reach out and make new connections, thus creating those new opportunities. This session gives participants solutions when they think their pipeline has dried up, or they are stumped for fresh ideas. Some of the questions asked and answered at this session may surprise you.

Speakers: Gayle Hallgren-Rezac & Judy Thomson

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ENGAGED WOMAN LEADER

For Women

For women’s networks and conferences

Networking is a key leadership competency for women yet research shows that women will often check off all the work on their to-do list before they make time to network. The Engaged Woman Leader™ teaches the skills of networking with a woman’s focus, and helps women see the value in getting out from behind their desks—for their career and life. Even networking-savvy women describe this program as an essential refresher.

Speakers: Gayle Hallgren-Rezac & Judy Thomson

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POSITIVE COMMUNICATION

Team Builder

Powerful team-building through communication

Build better, happier, more effective teams by giving them the essential tools of communication. Participants will learn how to avoid jumping to conclusions, ask questions more effectively, be more aware of mental models and learn how to keep a conversation from going off track. This is an excellent team-building program and a valuable foundation skill session to add to your employee engagement strategy.

Speakers: Gayle Hallgren-Rezac & Judy Thomson

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ENGAGED TABLE TALK

Team Builder

Something fresh!

Instead of the typical luncheon keynote speech where the meal is served and then a speaker presents a keynote, try something new! Get your audience doing the talking—with one and other. Led by two of Canada’s top networking experts, Gayle Hallgren-Rezac and Judy Thomson, this unique facilitated discussion among tables is ‘wisdom of crowds’ at its best as everyone at each table participates. The magic comes when Gayle and Judy ‘connect the dots’ as each table shares what happened. Engaged Table Talk™ is perfect for lunch on the first day of your conference or national meeting because getting to know one and other is a key to a successful conference.

Speakers: Gayle Hallgren-Rezac & Judy Thomson

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