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Sharpen your Edge

‘We know what we are, but know not what we may be.’
William Shakespeare

What this speech is about.

What if leaders and managers would look at sports – individual and team – or even entertainment to learn how to lead and build performance excellence in the workplace?

Kevin Cottam, Director and choreographer of large scale productions and to National, World, Olympic figure skating champions and competitors, believes sports and their metaphors, in this case specifically figure skating, can assist in developing effectiveness, creativity and risk leading towards high performance in your employees, teams and organizations as a whole, while at the same connecting strategically with your clients and stakeholders.

Sharpen your Edge takes you on a journey by using Kevin’s skating and entertainment stories and the metaphor of the ‘fine edge of a skate’ to improve leadership and communication skills (verbal and nonverbal), risk taking, responsibility and creativity, to name a few. It is the rhythmic flow between the two edges of a blade that offers you solutions to mentally, physically and emotionally glide mindfully through your personal and business world. E.g. when you step onto the ice you are risking mental and physical injury, loss of confidence, and even credibility. On the other hand, if you don’t take the risk by understanding the edge of your mind and body, you are more limited in reaching the pinnacle of success and high performance. Risk in this case is paramount to learning and developing greatness.

This keynote speech not only takes you on journey, but it gives you tips on how to Sharpen your Edge. The 45-minute speech is followed by a short 1.5 – 2 hour workshop utilizing the tips and metaphor to assist in your personal growth and excellence, leading you to high performance.

Some Benefits to you

  • Greater confidence
  • Ability to bounce back from failures or loss of contracts
  • Understanding that you are totally exposed to the elements of life and that it is your responsibility to manage the ‘edge’ mindfully and strategically
  • Awareness of your strengths and weaknesses
  • Look at sales, negotiations and life, from a mind body soul/spirit connection of communication energies.

Length: 45 – 50 minutes
Interactive Workshop: 1.5 – 2 hours

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