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Kathleen is a highly-trained presenter and facilitator and incorporates fun, wit and wisdom into everything she does. You'll find Kathleen to be down-to-earth and easily approachable...creating a space of openness, intrigue and action for your audience.

Kathleen will work with your organization to create an experience for your audience that they will be talking about for years to come!

Here are some of Kathleen's the common presentations. Everything can be customized for your unique needs.

You Can’t Lead a Company through Disruption! Without knowing these Secrets.

Target Audience: Business leaders

You see an opportunity in the marketplace to reposition your company so you craft a vision for what the future looks like and sell it to your team. They don't quite understand but they are on board.

When you hit the first (and fiftieth) roadblock, your team starts to question you and your vision. How do you keep your team focused and moving forward? What do you do when your confidence starts to waiver? 


In this interactive experience, you will learn:

*The four steps to disrupting the marketplace

 *Common traps of leading a team through disruption

*Ways you can lead your company through disruption successfully

Joy as a Strategic Advantage: Uncover the formula to create results regardless of what's happening around you

Target Audience: Business general audience

You have the perfect plan, you’ve been up all night preparing and then the unexpected happens. How you react in this moment is the greatest indicator to your success in life and in business.


Kathleen Riessen discovered a pattern in the most successful, powerful and influential leaders. She studied thousands of leaders throughout her varied career as a certified public accountant, marketing strategist and transformational leader and coach.

What she learned was that these people practiced focusing on vision, diversification and the 4-step awareness process.

In this speech, you’ll learn what these are and how you can apply them to your life and your work so you can create the results you want.

Communicate to Be Heard

Target Audience: Business general audience

Only 25% of the words that you say are actually heard by someone else. That means that 75% of the words coming out of your mouth are wasted. The challenge is knowing which 25% are meaningful.


So how do you speak in a way that you can be heard?


After practicing the art of communication while running a strategic marketing firm for 10 years, Kathleen Riessen sold the firm and studied transformational leadership under some of the top leaders in the world. She learned the art of style flexing - speaking to someone based on how they actually hear. When using this practice effectively, your words will land 100% of the time.


In this session, you will learn:


*The four-quadrant concept

*Where you are on the quadrant

*How to speak effectively with others that aren't in the same quadrant as you


Mastering style-flexing means you can say more with less words, your efficiency and effectiveness increases as you spend less time correcting mistakes from people not understanding you, you relate to those around you at a higher level, your team is in sync and every relationship in your life thrives because you can speak in their language.

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Kathleen is like a spark plug. She delivers practical motivational insight into how to live the life you want. Her delivery is on target and her energy is contagious. If you are looking to help your attendees achieve their personal and professional goals, then Kathleen is your spark.

— Teri Hamburger, Executive Direction American Advertising Federation of Omaha

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Kathleen is the motivational speaker that everyone needs. She has the unique ability to reach each audience member and deliver a powerful message that strongly resonates with every person in the room. Through her positive energy and genuine honesty, Kathleen actually inspires people to MAKE changes in themselves. Kathleen is incredible to work with and I would 110% recommend her to any group looking for someone to make a lasting impact.

— Jessi McQuerrey, Director of Programs, Iowa Association of Business and Industry Foundation

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Kathleen brought exactly what was needed to our annual conference - ENERGY! Her dedication to the conference and our committee’s planning was outstanding. Her efforts to know our organization’s history and audience were apparent throughout her keynote and workshop facilitation. You know a speaker has made an impact when attendees are asking to bring her back next year!

— Meggan Boyle, Meeting Planner, Iowa Association of Energy Efficiency

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Kathleen has presented multiple webinars for our alumni and friends. Her material and up-beat yet no nonsense presentation style appeal to alumni at all life and career stages. She is engaging and motivating which isn’t always easy when you’re not face to face with your audience. From a planning and coordination standpoint Kathleen is wonderful to work with! She’s thorough, quick to respond, flexible, and goes out of her way to make the process seamless for her clients.

— Amanda Demaris, Director of Community Outreach, Iowa State University Alumni Association

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