Category Archives: Words from our CEO

FranchiseSpeakerMatch.com?

There are some absolutely fantastic franchise speakers out there! Of course some fit your franchise culture better than others—and depending on the year, likely only a couple will dovetail perfectly with your theme, learning objectives, event budget parameters and where you are as a franchise system that particular year. Some years the hunt may be…

Recap of Something Different & Memorable!

Over the past month, we’ve presented four, “definitely something different”, options to deliver a huge WOW at your next franchise convention. Why? We keep hearing franchisors ask for something/someone that will grab and engage their franchisees…but NOT just straight entertainment. The request always includes someone with a message that delivers value to the franchise team…

Greg Nathan: How to Keep Franchisees Growth-Minded – Greg’s Healthy Franchise Relationships 2-Minute Tip

In case you missed it, here’s a SUPER valuable article from Greg Nathan. (If you don’t have time to read it at the moment, it’s definitely worthy of setting it aside for your reading list.) Here it is… “Last week, we held a franchise operations leadership breakfast on the topic “How to Encourage Franchisees to…

Jason Hewlett: Soooo Funny…Soooo Powerful!

When talking about Jason Hewlett, it’s difficult not to lead with how absolutely hilarious he is, BUT his message and authenticity deliver FAR more than just entertainment. Jason’s powerful keynote, The Promise addresses employee engagement, customer experience, embracing change, creating a culture of franchise system engagement as well as work-life balance in a way that…

As a Dad: Father’s Day Thoughts

With Father’s Day around the corner, and as I sat and pondered what I might like to say about it, my thoughts were distracted by one of my favorite speakers—a man and father, as a matter of fact! And so I decided to reach out to a few of our long term, wonderful speaker friends…

Drum Café: Hands-On Team Building Like You’ve Not Seen!

Despite what their name suggests, Drum Café West Coast is not a physical venue—it’s an absolutely unforgettable rhythmic event that travels to where YOU are and delivers high-energy, heart pounding, inspirational, interactive franchise team building events using drumming as the medium for groups from 50 to 5,000! Talk about a BAM? Check this out: Can…

To Emcee or Not to Emcee…Is That Your Question?

If your franchise system has not used an outside emcee for your event, it may seem like a non-essential expense—and technically, of course, it is. However, the benefits are beyond what you may consider on the surface—managing energy, recapping key points, and often…saving the day and making the C-suite shine! Check out our SPEAK! Why…

AniMates: Convention Transformation with a POW!

Picture your next franchise event utilizing a live computer-generated character—one which expertly sews together your convention theme and content, infusing appropriate humor, defusing tough situations and connecting the dots throughout the various sessions. When we first heard about AniMates by Live Spark, over here at SPEAK!, we were both highly intrigued and a little bit…

SPEAK!’s Top 23 Tips for Creating a Memorable, Meaningful & Magical Awards Celebration

How was your last Awards Celebration? Is there room for improvement? Or was it so fantastic that you’re looking for ideas to top it?!?! Through the years, we’ve placed emcees at franchise awards dinners and celebrations with lots of success. However, regardless of whether or not you allocate budget to outside talent (at times we’ve…

Ricky Kalmon: Refreshingly Different—Decidedly WOW!

Ricky is fascinating, hilarious (and always tasteful 🙂 ) and “on the edge of your seat” unpredictable as a Stage Hypnotist…but he also delivers an invaluable, motivational and practical message on the power of the subconscious mind in our personal and professional results DAILY. Ricky WOWed one of our wonderful franchise clients earlier this month…