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Ken Okel        

Employee Performance & Productivity Expert

Ken Okel engages audiences because he understands the importance of performing at a high level every day, under pressure, having worked in broadcast news, hurricane relief, and professional ballet (not a typo). Join him for a unique and creative experience, as he gives you actionable takeaways from these worlds.

Ken is the author of the the book, Stuck on Yellow, hosts The 2 Minute Takeaway Podcast, and has marketed everything from global brands to a three legged kitten.

Some clients want less talk and more action. They enjoy taking part in Ken’s famous Paper Hat Exercise. This hands-on activity sees audience members faced with an unexpected and fun challenge. They find how they react, preparing them for how they’ll handle their next professional challenge.

Ken continues to use his broadcasting skills in interviews, as a Master of Ceremonies, and in virtual talks. He also appears on-camera in his weekly productivity tips.

Speech Topics


Accept the Dare: Embracing Today’s Challenges

Remember, as kids, when you could turn down a dare? Today, new workplace challenges may offer you no choice. You have to respond, and you need to be at the top of your game.

Busy leaders often find themselves defined by how they perform under pressure. In this keynote session, you’ll change the way you approach challenges, inspire your team, and create a path out of uncertainty.

You Will Learn:

  • How top performers maximize their performance on the job.
  • The question smart news reporters ask and how it can build your employee culture.
  • The role communication plays with your team and your customers.
  • What you should be celebrating during challenging times.
  • What a ballerina knows about trust that can transform you and your organization.

This session also includes Ken’s signature piece, The Police Dog Attack Story.

Mic Drop! Performing BIG When It Really, Really Matters

When constant change becomes the norm, you’ve got to adjust your leadership style and business culture to meet the day’s new challenges. Doing nothing is not an option, and what worked in the past isn’t getting the results you want.

This session provides you with a powerful tuneup and will open your mind to new opportunities. Ken will also put on some funny clothes for the Airport Fashion Emergency story.

You Will Learn:

  • How past accomplishments could keep you from enjoying future success.
  • What a world-class ballerina knows about playing big, even when you’re in a supporting role.
  • How broadcasters stay focused during those days full of breaking news and chaos.
  • The hard truth about pleasing everyone when you are working on disaster relief.
  • And you’ll go behind the scenes and learn how collaboration allows a ballet company to safely use fake snow.

Keep the Band Together! Stop Singing the Employee Retention Blues

Has your team’s sweet music at work hit a sour note? You’ve got your top performers leaving and hardly know those who come on board. Understand that retention and onboarding play a huge role in your success.

In this engaging session, you will learn actionable strategies designed to end your struggle with these growing challenges.

You Will Learn:

  • How more spending more money may not solve your problems.
  • Why your open door policy can’t feature perceived barriers, like a moat filled with sharks.
  • How people may be evaluating your business based on factors you never considered.
  • Why your organization may be guilty of hiding its superpowers.
  • High-cost, low-cost, and even no-cost ways to incentivize higher performance.

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