Volume 4, Issue 33
David Lewis, CFE
Speakers should do more than entertain, they should impact the bottom line of your franchise system, and that’s what David Lewis does. A bestselling author and award-winning thought leader, David has been a successful franchisee, an executive of a $2.5 billion franchised system, a consultant to the franchising industry, and a catalyst for improved performance across the franchising industry. Money magazine, MSNBC, the Wall Street Journal, Inc. magazine, MarketWatch and Entrepreneur all agree – David Lewis is an expert on workplace and workforce dynamics and how they impact your bottom line!
Enjoy this clip on David’s “Putting Your Company on the Fast Track” program:
Kwik Query – Survey Questions
Today’s Kwik Query…
Does your organization struggle with generational communication differences?
Give Yourself the Gift of a “Think Week”!
When running a business, taking time off to clear your head and relax can feel like the hardest thing in the world to accomplish. I don’t know about you, but I get that voice in my head that tries to take me out – telling me that I have too much to do, too many ‘critical’ action items that have to be executed urgently or the business will fall apart. And the reality is, nothing is that urgent nor is it totally dependent on me!
Recently I read an article highlighting the creative personal practices of several notable creators including Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs. All three of these visionaries regularly schedule(d) “Think Weeks” to invigorate their thinking.
I decided to implement their strategy and as you read this, I’m on a tiny island in the Northwest, living totally off the grid and giving my brain a chance to relax, recharge and percolate some innovative new ideas for SPEAK!, our valued clients and our speaker partners.
I’ll be investing time looking for sea glass, napping in the shade, kayaking, picking wild blackberries, painting, reading and catching up with old friends. And of course I have my “Think Week Journal” at the ready to capture whatever bubbles up in the process.
Here’s to the creative process!
Franchise Operations Summit – Denver 2014 Recap
Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the Ingage Consulting Franchise Operations Summit in Denver and it was, flat out, another “WOW!” event!
Evan Hackel and team once again over delivered on the two-day, interactive experience. Expert presenters including Keith Gerson, Rupert Barkoff, Bob Gappa, Mindy Golde, Stacy Ruth, Cordell Riley, and of course, Evan Hackel, all shared invaluable tips, insights and personal experiences covering a huge range of franchise operational successes, challenges, and dilemmas.
But what I think is the most significant take-away was what I heard over and over again from attendees – and that was how much they learned from each other through the varied interactive and experiential exercises that Evan and his team carefully facilitated for the group.
But don’t take my word for it, check out what attendees had to say…
(You can view these testimonials along with additional videos and fun photos on our Fran Ops Summit Paparazzi page here.)
Evan Hackel and Cordell Riley – Fran Ops is Interactive
Keith Gerson, President of FranConnect, on the Fran
Ops Summit – Denver 2014
Meg Rose on the Fran Ops Summit – Denver 2014
Cassandra Hill on the Fran Ops Summit – Denver 2014
And it’s not too late to participate! The next Franchise Operations Summit will be August 13 & 14, 2014 in Atlanta, GA. Click here to register.
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What David’s Clients Have To Say About Him
“We would book David Lewis again in a heartbeat!
Cindy Heymans, Council of Petroleum Accountants Societies
“David has the amazing ability to enchant people.”
Amanda Gore,The Joy Project
“[David Lewis] will jump-start your journey of success.”
Cathy Keating,First Lady of Oklahoma
“Can’t wait to have David back!”
Kathy Kahn, Association of Career and Employment Professionals
“David Lewis knows his stuff. He rocks!”
Jeanne Burruss, Department of CommerceWorkforce Partners Conference
What Our Clients Say About Us!
“SPEAK! has helped us hit a home run with our annual franchise Reunion speakers three years in a row! They helped me move quickly to find the perfect speaker and kept us on track through the entire process. We rely on SPEAK! as a trusted partner in helping us create a great experience for our franchisees and I really appreciate that we don’t have to worry about the speaker element of our event in any way – from overall fit, to preparedness, to seamless management of the logistical details, SPEAK! nails it for us every time!”
Alex Bingham, Senior VP Operations
The Little Gym International
“SPEAK! is a joy to work with. We had an event to put together very quickly, and SPEAK! was right on point, with fabulous attention to detail. Katrina’s concern, not with just finding us a speaker, but finding the RIGHT speaker for our culture, made all the difference in really connecting with our franchisees. I can’t think of anything they could have done better!”
Kara Bowen, Community Manager
Honey Dew Donuts
“When I make an investment in a speaker, we get one shot; it’s a sizable investment in what could be a HUGE miss. As it turns out, working with SPEAK! was one of the best decision of my professional career! Katrina’s guidance and expertise took the guesswork out of the process, and ensured that my investment was a HUGE HIT instead. The value the speakers brought to the conference was incredible. Almost all of our franchisees came up to us and said, “This is by far the best conference we have ever had!” and they are a pretty discerning bunch. There isn’t anything SPEAK! could have done better – and we’re already looking forward to working with them next year!”
Allan Young, CEO
ShelfGenie Franchise Systems, LLC
“SPEAK! is a fantastic resource for any franchise group looking for speakers and trainers. In the past, I have spent many, many hours looking for the right speaker to address our franchisees. This year, with SPEAK!’s expert guidance, we invested a fraction of the time and came up with an truly exceptional speaker. I couldn’t be more pleased and look forward to using SPEAK! as a valued resource for future events.”
Cam Inglis, President
Marble Slab Creamery, Canada
“Working with SPEAK! was, in a word – PERFECT! The process was organized, simple and clean. The speakers they provided were exactly the kind of professionals we were looking for and had the credibility we needed to connect with our franchisees . They listened, and brought exactly what we wanted to this conference. I never worried for a moment about the impact and success of these breakout sessions.”
Alicia Cowell, Director of Learning & Development
CK Franchising, Inc./Comfort Keepers
“SPEAK! made finding the perfect speaker for our annual Spring Meeting SO EASY! Katrina listened to what we wanted to accomplish and quickly presented us with the perfect options to choose from. I felt confident from the start that we would have a first-rate speaker to really support both our franchisees and our vendor partners. As a conference planner with so many details to manage, I loved SPEAK!’s proactive checklist and timeline — logistically, they were amazing to work with. The entire experience couldn’t have been easier nor produced better results and I’d recommend Katrina and her team at SPEAK! to any franchise company looking for outside talent!”
Karen Cady, Conference & Event Director