Author Archives: Katrina Mitchell

Evan Hackel Podcast: How Best to Utilize Training at Franchise Conferences & Conventions

Recently, I sat down with Founder and CEO of Ingage Consulting and keynote speaker, Evan Hackel on his show, Training Unleashed, to talk about how to best utilize professional speakers for training within a conference or convention setting. We thought we’d pass it along, just in case you might find it useful.     More…

Ford Saeks: The Best Companies Don’t Always Win

Author and interactive, engaging keynote speaker, Ford Saeks, specializes in business marketing and growth—and his track record proves it! “It’s not always the best companies that win, it’s the ones that do the best job influencing, engaging and communicating.” One of Ford’s most popular programs (though ALL his sessions are HIGHLY customized for each brand/culture/learning…

SPEAK!’s 2018 Franchise Industry Events Calendar

Hello industry friends and welcome to 2018! We hope that your new year is off to an exciting and productive start. Over here, we closed 2017 with a flurry of activity and have excitedly turned to 2018, with SO many wonderful opportunities on the horizon. And speaking of the new year, we’ve fully updated the…

Denise Lee Yohn: Fusion of Brand & Culture – NEW book!

After over 25 years of franchise and big brand experience, dynamic keynote speaker, Denise Lee Yohn, continues to research, evaluate and communicate about the innerworkings of great brands. Her NEW book (coming March 2018) entitled, FUSION: How Integrating Brand and Culture Powers the World’s Greatest Companies, addresses a topic we hear franchisors talking about more…

Well, we know one thing that 2018 will bring—the Winter Olympics!

It’s only 34 days until the PyeongChang, 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. The 2014 Sochi Games generated 242.3 million media exposures and 76% of US households tuned in. Winter Olympic fever is around the corner…and if your 2018 franchise conference or convention falls on the heels of the Olympics, could a past Winter Olympian…

The Quintessential Question: Do Dogs Look Like Their Humans?!?!

Over here at SPEAK!, our dogs are part of the family—and families often share resemblance, right? SO, we thought it would be fun to see if you are able to match our SPEAK! team member with their beloved pet. 😊 What do you think? Can you see the resemblances? Let me know who you think belongs…

Dogs Playing for Life

Happy Holidays! In appreciation of your support and friendship, we have made a donation in your name to Dogs Playing for Life. Dogs Playing for Life (DPFL) was founded on the principle that a dog’s natural instinct is to PLAY. By teaching shelters how to implement ‘playgroups’ – a process that safely allows shelter dogs…

Shhh, don’t tell…but the holidays have me stressed.

Those of you that know me well, know that I view the holidays differently than the often overwhelming, version of the holidays that envelopes us. Peace and presence is more the goal than hustle and bustle. Does that sound nice? (Well…for some reason, this year I’m feeling the stress a bit more than usual, despite…

Dan Thurmon: Delivering WOW & Ramping up Performance!

If elevating performance in the face of change is something your franchise system could use, stay tuned for Dan Thurmon! Beyond the energy and WOW of Dan’s presentation, he delivers skills and ideas which will move your franchisees to improve their performance—performance under stress, during change and when it matters most. Dan says the key to…

Plan for a Healthier, More Profitable Franchise System: eBook from Franchise Business Review!

We saw this valuable 2018 planning tool, provided by our friends at Franchise Business Review and hoped that you saw it as well. But just in case, we wanted to pass it along.. This one-year plan for creating a healthier, more profitable system is a must-have. Commit to making one change each month to achieve…