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Dorie Clark    

CEO at Clark Strategic Communications & Author

Dorie Clark helps individuals and companies get their best ideas heard in a crowded, noisy world. She has been named one of the Top 50 business thinkers in the world by Thinkers50. She was honored as the #1 Communication Coach by the Marshall Goldsmith Leading Global Coaches Awards and one of the Top 5 Communication Professionals in the World by Global Gurus. She is a keynote speaker and teaches for Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and Columbia Business School.

She is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of "The Long Game," "Entrepreneurial You," "Reinventing You," and "Stand Out," which was named the #1 Leadership Book of the Year by Inc. magazine.

A former presidential campaign spokeswoman, Clark has been described by the New York Times as an “expert at self-reinvention and helping others make changes in their lives.” She is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, and consults and speaks for clients such as Google, Yale University, and the World Bank. Forbes has declared that “her insights connect marketing, social media, communications, learning technologies, and personal discovery to give us a blueprint for success in the future economy.”

She is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School, a producer of a multiple Grammy-winning jazz album, and a Broadway investor.

Speech Topics

Building a Strategic Network

We all know networking is critical to our professional success. But how, specifically, do you develop a powerful network? In this talk, Harvard Business Review Press author Dorie Clark guides you through the process. We’ll cover online and real world networking opportunities, how to cultivate mentors, and ways to network authentically, so you’re giving as much as you’re receiving. In this session, you’ll learn how to:

  • Make yourself an indispensable connector
  • Identify overlooked or unconventional mentors who can help you immeasurably
  • Inspire others to want to seek you out
  • Develop online content that makes your reach truly global

Personal Branding for Women Leaders

Dorie Clark – a consultant, former US presidential campaign spokesperson, HBR/Forbes contributor and author of Reinventing You (Harvard Business Review Press) – will discuss the unique personal branding issues faced by women, and how female executives can cultivate their reputation as leaders. Attendees will learn how to:

  • Identify the essence of their leadership brand
  • Overcome the “likeability conundrum” that researchers have identified
  • Enhance their executive presence
  • Communicate with authority and authenticity
  • Become known and respected in their field

How to Build Your Business Through Social Media

How can you best leverage the power of social media to build your business? What platforms should you be using? How can you create relevant and engaging content? How do you know if your social media efforts are actually working? And how can you do it with only 24 hours in the day? Branding expert Dorie Clark – Harvard Business Review author and Duke University business school professor – will help you understand the current social media landscape, prioritize the strategies that will work best for you, and ensure you leave with actionable tips to enhance your online presence and generate new clients and leads. You’ll learn how to:

  • Create and share powerful content that will attract others to you
  • Target your efforts so you’re maximizing your online ROI
  • Develop a robust social media presence in only 1-2 hours per week
  • Understand emerging online trends and how they’ll impact your business

Reinventing You

Are you where you want to be professionally? To succeed in today’s competitive job market and build the career you want, you’ll need to reinvent yourself, and ensure that others recognize your unique skills and abilities. In this thought-provoking talk, Dorie Clark—author of the Harvard Business Review Press book Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future—will discuss concrete strategies to become a stronger leader through professional reinvention. You’ll learn how to:

  • Discover how you’re currently perceived
  • Identify the essence of your brand
  • Leverage your unique strengths
  • Powerfully demonstrate the contribution only you can make

Building Your Brand as a Leader

Being recognized as a compelling leader can dramatically accelerate your professional success. Building on her book Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future (Harvard Business Review Press), Dorie Clark – a Duke University Fuqua School of Business professor, former presidential campaign spokesperson, and HBR/Forbes contributor – will show you how to cultivate a powerful professional reputation. You’ll learn how to:

  • Communicate your brand effectively to others
  • Establish and cultivate your reputation over time
  • Leverage both social media and real world leadership opportunities
  • Ensure others understand your true leadership abilities

How to Build a Following Around Your Ideas

Too many people believe that if they keep their heads down and work hard, they will be lauded as experts on the merits of their work. But that’s simply not true anymore. To advance your business or your cause, you have to inspire others to listen and take action. In this talk based on her forthcoming book Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It, Dorie Clark explains how to build a following around your ideas. You’ll learn how to:

  • Break through the noise and communicate in a way that makes others take notice
  • Create a community that helps your idea spread
  • Leverage social networks – online and off – to gain momentum
  • Ensure your ideas receive the attention they deserve and make an impact

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Finding Your Breakthrough Idea

If you want to make an impact – in a world where 500 million tweets are sent each day and 1.3 million books are published each year – it takes more than just smarts and hard work. You need to identify your breakthrough idea: a new way of looking at the world that prompts others to listen, understand, and share it. In this talk, Duke University Fuqua School of Business adjunct professor Dorie Clark draws on her research to explain the strategies you can use to develop your own breakthrough idea and make the difference you were meant to.

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Coaching Your Inner Critic - Forbes
This post is co-authored by Dorie Clark and Susan MacKenty Brady She crossed her arms, leaned back, forced a smile and rolled her eyes. In a recent meeting ...
How to Recover From a Bad First Impression - Forbes
Dorie Clark is a marketing strategist who teaches at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. She is the author of Reinventing You and Stand Out.

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