Speakers Bureau

Welcome to the KohlQuest Speakers Bureau. We are excited to serve you with our slate of speech presentations that will engage, entertain, and inform your members.

Before KohlQuest focused almost exclusively on domestic violence advocacy, it was receiving bushels of prestigious regional and national awards for its innovations in the fields of corporate and interpersonal communication, advertising and marketing, journalism and publishing, and education. All that experience translates into a diversified range of presentation topics presented by accomplished speakers who have earned recognition in their respective fields..

All of us at KohlQuest care about our communities and are aware of the important contributions organizations like yours make to improving the quality of life in our communities. We are excited to be able to fulfill an important civic responsibility by offering your members educational, thought-provoking, and entertaining programs. 

There is no charge for this service. 

Take a look at the speeches we offer below. When you find the one that jumps off the page at you, you have three simple ways to book that presentation: 

  1. Call 828-288-0730 and our coordinator will fill out your request form.

  2. Send your request in a message on our KohlQuest CONTACT page.

  3. Fill out the Speaker Request Form online by clicking the BOOK THIS SPEECH button under each speech presentation entry.

 

When you hit the submit button at the bottom of the form, your information will be delivered immediately to KohlQuest's Speakers Bureau Coordinator for confirmation.

Did we mention there is no charge?

Remember, if you call or email us, specify which presentation you are requesting and the location, dates and times of your meeting.  Be sure to select a second choice as your first choice may be already booked for the date you want.

 

Please allow one week for confirmation of your request.  Once confirmed, you will be notified by phone or e-mail, and any final details can be discussed at that time.

Look through the KohlQuest speech presentations listed below and book one today. We look forward to meeting your members while helping you satisfy your organization's programming needs. 

If you'd like a KohlQuest Speakers Bureau brochure, give us a call at 828-288-0730. 

Thank you for this opportunity to serve you. 

 

The Beast in Our Closet

When Dorothy arrived at the Emerald City, she soon discovered the Wizard of Oz wore two faces. One was a great and terrible Wizard; the other was a little man behind a curtain mechanically creating the public image. So it is with the United States. While we are a nation of caring, benevolent people, we are also a nation with statistical records on physical and verbal abuse that are nothing short of horrific.

While incidents of physical abuse seem to capture the most headlines in our news media, there is another more subtle, but equally destructive dimension to domestic violence few people are aware. This presentation addresses the beast in our closet -- verbal abuse. This is the kind of abuse you don't see, it leaves no visible marks, but its wounds are deep and even more painful and violent than a broken bone or black eye. Verbal abuse is corrosive.  It shatters a person's soul, a little at a time.

 

The speaker presents an overview of verbal abuse -- what it is, where it occurs, how to identify it, and how to avoid becoming its victim. You will have a new perspective on this kind of behavior. 

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The Eight Irresistible Principles of Fun
Are you having fun yet? Not enough fun in your life? Fun is the salt that brings out the flavor in daily living. Fun is what turns the ordinary into the extraordinary. It may not be as essential as food and water, but without fun, life can seem pretty bland and boring.  Discover eight simple but absolutely irresistible principles that will bring fun back into your daily life. Created by international best-selling author and British wit Michael Bungay Stanier, this fool-proof self-coaching tool can help you get unstuck and get going with the personal or professional breakthroughs you've always wanted to achieve. You'll not only feel better and start doing the things that really matter to you, you'll have lots of fun along the way.

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Do You Hear What I Hear?

Most of us are able to hear. But few of us listen. Listening is an active, learned skill and no attribute is more critical in building dynamic, compassionate relationships than the ability to genuinely listen. Discover simple but practical approaches to help you identify and avoid the obstacles to effective listening.

 

Using constructive yet humorous demonstrations of real interpersonal communication breakdowns, you will discover three techniques that can improve your ability to better understand how to engage in a genuine dialogue with another---how to be certain you understand precisely what a speaker actually said, even when the speaker doesn't realize that what he or she said is not what he or she really meant!

You will discover the talking stick, a centuries-old approach to effective listening that establishes the best possible environment for engaging in genuine dialogue with another person. All the listening skills presented are applicable to almost any situation where you want or need to exchange your ideas, thoughts, or feelings with another. 

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The Native American Medicine Wheel

The Great Wheel. The Circle of Life. It is one of the most profound symbols in all of the world's religions, belief systems, and mythologies .And nowhere is it more profound in expressing the universal oneness of all living things on Earth than in the Native American Medicine Wheel. Existing for thousands of years, the Wheel has been teaching humans what we only now are beginning to recognize as a global imperative: 

Survival on this planet depends on rediscovering and acknowledging  
the interconnection of all things in the Universe so we can begin creating  
a more compassionate coexistence with the Earth.

This speaker reveals two dramatically different attitudes that have shaped the way Native Americans and European cultures view their place in the natural world. To the Native Americans, life is a circular process. Everything within the Circle of Life has spirit and life including rocks, rivers, plants and animals.  With the exception of humans, every entity knows of its harmony with and dependence upon every other living thing.

This presentation explains how each direction of the Wheel represents certain qualities needed to help humans with their life journeys. Using the Wheel as a symbolic mirror, it helps us gain a vision of what we can become if you choose to follow the Wheel's path toward unity, harmony, and balance among all its positions. You will learn how the Medicine Wheel helps us rediscover our own personal contribution and connection to the world and what lessons we are learning along our life path. 

 

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Stop the Sabotage!

Most of us want to feel appreciated, connected and respected by those who matter most in our lives. Yet many of us unknowingly undermine the very closeness we desire in our relationships when we use even one of 10 destructive forms of interpersonal sabotage. 

This presentation identifies those "dirty fighting strategies" that can appear in situations where we find ourselves attempting to get our viewpoints across to others. Some of these strategies block intimacy. Others transfer blame. All initiate conflict and confusion. 

Discover how to identify these hidden mine fields so you can stop the sabotage and start building the dynamic relationships you need to successfully interface with others in both your public and personal lives. That includes parents to children, employers to employees, husbands to wives, friends to friends, and neighbors to neighbors. Learn how you need never again be caught unaware of another person's controlling verbal sabotage.

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Different Strokes for Different Folks

When you need something a bit longer and more interactive than the usual after meal speech, this presentation is sure to please your membership.

We’re not all standing on the same rock, looking at the world from the same vantage point. The success we have getting our opinions or points of view across to others depends on knowing the individual values that motivate those we are trying to persuade, and how their values conflict or compliment our points of view.

Based on 25 years of research in human behavior conducted by Dr. Clare Graves, this presentation takes an in-depth look at six predominant values present in all human activities----from corporations and churches to social clubs and families. You will discover why "seeing the world as you see yourself" is one of the greatest obstacles to effective interpersonal communication.

Members will identify their own predominant value system by completing a private self-test questionnaire, then discover how to use different strokes with different folks to gain support for their ideas, improve productivity, change resistance to cooperation, and reduce the friction and frustration from encounters with "prickly" people. What's more, your organization will have a valid cross-section of the prevailing values represented by its members, critical information that can improve its efforts to initiate new directions, organize for greater involvement and participation, and achieve better results from its activities.

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