Speaking & Keynotes

Morag and Eric are regularly invited to speak at engagements with groups from 15 – 1500+ participants - in-person and distributed audiences. As professional speakers you can expect an engaging, informative, and interactive keynote that results in immediate behavior change, and is FUN!

When you choose Morag, Eric or Ruby as a speaker for you event we are all in and ready to go! 

We'll spend time with you, and key stakeholders, to ensure we understand your industry and organization, this allows us to tailor our keynotes to share powerful stories and pragmatic data that connects with your attendees, and more importantly reinforce the focus and needs of your event and audience. 

If you're hosting a live event then you can expect us to be with you for the whole day, no swooping in and out with only moments to spare. Instead we love to hear the speakers before us, so we can connect our content to their message, and be available to your participants to answer questions after our session.

If you're hosting a virtual event, we ask to attend sessions prior to ours to ensure that we can connect to the key themes and messages that are being shared.

Our keynotes are interactive, no talking heads, no death by powerpoint. Instead your participants will be immersed in the experience, participating in discussions and activities that result in real-world application.

Your attendees will leave inspired, and ready to take action (oh, and they will have had FUN along the way). We'll also provide you with materials to share with your participants as well as recommendations for how to maintain momentum far beyond the keynote. Stickiness is the goal, continuous learning the result. 

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Your attendees will leave your event with pragmatic tools they can apply immediately and make a positive impact in your organization.

The following is just a sample of the topics that we have delivered. We are always adding new sessions, so please contact us to discuss additional topics. All keynotes are customizable to the needs of your group and available for distributed audiences.


“I’ve attended a lot of conferences and never have I had a speaker that instantly captured an audience and provided such relevant information and had great crowd participation.”
– Agile Denver, Colorado

Keynote Descriptions

Ally or Adversary? The 3 Secrets to Cultivating Strategic Relationships

“Difficult to manage relationships sabotage more business than anything else.” – John Kotter, Harvard Business School.

Cultivate focuses on the ‘how’ of successful business. Successful leaders are able to develop strategic relationships across the organization and industry. Ally relationships that ensure business results are achieved through employee engagement and collaboration. In organizations where toxic behaviors are ignored, inefficiencies abound, productivity and customer satisfaction decline, costs go up. As a result, especially in turbulent times, those who have not spent the time to cultivate winning relationships may find results deteriorate just when outstanding team performance is required.

Participant benefits:

  • Articulate why quality working relationships matter, the business and personal impact
  • Apply the Relationship Ecosystem™ to diagnose the health and quality of your professional relationships
  • Determine the next steps to develop Ally relationships and manage Adversarial relationships
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“Thank you for sharing your knowledge and expertise with our members. We’ve received OUTSTANDING feedback on your presentation – you were a huge hit with our attendees!”

– SHRM Conference, Atlanta

The Future-Proof Workplace. Are you Ready?

The Future-Proof Workplace is a survival guide for the new reality of business. The future is no longer some far-off destination; it is here, right now, and already changing the way we work.

This keynote highlights the road ahead, and what you have to do to stay on track. Whether you’re a CEO, a leader or manager, or just trying to survive the chaos, this invaluable guide is your wake-up call—the future is now.

This keynote is based on research for Morag’s upcoming book Futureproof. Six Strategies to Accelerate Talent Development, Reshape your Culture and Succeed with Purpose (Wiley 2017) by Dr Linda Sharkey and Morag Barrett.

Participant Benefits:

  • Discuss three of the key forces impacting how we work, lead and structure our organizations.
  • Identify how organizations are responding to and adapting to these changes.
  • Determine the next steps to Futureproof your team and organization.
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“Thank you! Your message was superb! You are a gifted leader and communicator. We all walked away from the dinner speech with a new perspective.”
– Society for Information Management, Dallas

Does Your Leadership Pass the Test?

Most of us aren't natural leaders, the good news is that leadership skills can be learnt. The best make the journey from manager to leader using their innate talents, and through continuous learning and improvement. Don't rely on the school of hard knocks, discover the secrets to exceptional leadership and the mistakes to avoid on your own road to success. In this interactive session you'll decode the leadership myths to identify what really matters and ensure that your leadership passes the test!

Participant benefits:
  • Identify the characteristics of exceptional leaders
  • Understand the 5 mistakes that leaders make, and what you can do to avoid them!
  • Identify your personal action plan to ensure your leadership skills pass the test
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“Your presentation was one of the best I have ever seen, in terms of content, presentation skills, audience interest, etc. Great work.”
– HR Conference, San Diego