Keynote Descriptions

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-Lindsey, director of alumni association at Kent State University (OH)

Being all of five feet and an inch tall (or short) Nancy Hunter Denney is a speaker on the move; never standing behind a podium for fear of disappearing. Ms. Denney leaves audiences on their feet by sharing personal stories, a humorous outlook on life and leadership, and original content. From new student orientation keynotes to college commencements, from national health care professional development conferences to audiences of thousands of women, her messages have both motivation and meaning.

A Time of Holding On and A Time of Letting Grow

Your student is anxious, excited, ready, unprepared, nervous, thrilled… and the list goes on! Strangely enough, so are you. The transition between high school and college is exactly that – change. Not only are there important developmental stages unfolding in front of your very eyes, but you are in a unique position to assist (rather than resist) your “soon to be college” student. In a humorous and conversational approach, the speaker seeks to provide realistic expectations based upon her own recent experiences parenting college students around the transition process, while suggesting rather forwardly – it’s time to hold on… while letting them grow. Tips for parenting a college student will also be offered for those open to “parenting and partnering” with whatever institution of higher learning awaits your student. One of the greatest outcomes of this program is the opportunity for parents and guardians – who have gone through it already – to share their expertise!

Civility, Leadership and College Life

Is that your tray left for someone else to pick up? Did you just interrupt your professor? Is it cheating if everyone else is doing it? These are actually questions of character. As college students the expectations for positively contributing to your community include enhancing – not distracting – from a high standard of civility characterized by your integrity, intelligence and inspiration. At the core of your civility are three constructs: compassion, consideration and concept of self. Using humorous examples and a non-judgmental style of presenting, this session offers original ideas around the notion of “courteous and kind” behaviors with assessment tools and original handouts. It is designed to challenge you to fully accept the many contributions you can make to your campus community and why college is “higher” not “lower” education. Watch out! You’ve got potential.

The Future is Yours to Create! [College Success or Senior Events]

How many hours in a day? And, how many days do you get? Only one of those questions has an answer you can count on… this inspirational session address the productive and meaningful use of your time. From pursuing a college education, to enjoying your chosen career, how you spend your time is the only true measurement of your priorities in life. Tips on success as only you can define it are offered, words of wisdom, and quotes from some famous – and not so famous authors. Learn how to live life in the “interested student position” and what it means to recognize your potential to change. [Widely used at new student orientations and graduations.]

When focusing on college success, this speech is complimented by Nancy’s book, The Now Factors of College Success offered as low as $5 per book in bulk sales.

The Future is Yours to Create: A Look at Life and Leadership

Why do some people rise to great heights and others consider themselves passed over, passed by or passed up? The answer is simple: Leadership isn’t always about a title, sitting in the biggest office or your status in life. Leadership is about living every second with a renewed enthusiasm for seeking ways of impacting the time that follows. Spend time seeking the water fountain, not complaining about how much water isn’t in the glass! Five original strategies on living life and leadership to their fullest are offered. After all, life and leadership go hand and hand. You don’t get one without the other. [Widely used to open or close significant leadership events and conferences.]

How to Zing! Your Life and Civic Leadership

Gandhi said, “WE must be the change we wish to see in this world.” His words suggest we don’t sit around talking about making a difference in the world, but we act. Zing! is the energy it takes to override competing forces to positively influence others towards a greater social good, and represents a mind set for productive, intelligent and compassionate involvement by citizens of all ages, races and beliefs with the reminder one’s vision of the world must be 20/20.

Through personal explorations, interactive experiences, stories and shared gifts, audience members will learn what Martin Luther King, Jr. meant when he said, “There comes a time when your silence is betrayal.” Various strategies for thinking globally and acting locally will be presented along with the inspiration to change the world… one person at a time. It’s always Zing! time.

Life by Design: Finding Balance

The one thing most people have in common is their kitchen drawer. It can’t be opened because it’s jam-packed with miscellaneous items no longer needed. Stale gum, a broken pencil, and dead batteries, for instance. Despite what goes into this kitchen drawer, nothing ever seems to come out. Our lives can be like a kitchen draw as we try to fit 36 hours into a 24 hour day.

This humorous, insightful, and practical one-hour keynote lecture (also available in workshop format) challenges audience members to “dump that drawer!” Nancy Hunter Denney creatively compares making life improvements to making home improvements. She offers a five-phase model for identifying what needs to be cleaned up, remodeled, renovated, or completely rebuilt in a person’s life, then inspires audience members to put on their overalls and get to work until they discover a more balanced and meaningful life.

Nancy believes that change is easy. Believing one is worthy of change can be the hard part. When this happens, all aspects of one’s life are impacted (i.e., employees resist new ideas, staff members don’t work to become more of a team, individual relationships are characterized by poor communication skills, etc.) It’s all connected. Just like the floors of one’s residence are connected to the walls, this keynote emphasizes the role of self-esteem in making life improvements and finding enhanced happiness in living and leading a more balanced life.

This keynote is based on Nancy’s first motivational book, Life by Design. A Do-It-Yourself Approach to Happiness.

Why Not Now? The Urgency of Your Greatness

What’s the urgency of your life and leadership? Can you afford to leave your greatness up to chance, or are you willing (and able) to raise the bar of your life and leadership? When “good” seems to have gotten you this far, it’s time to value time – every second and challenge yourself to reach higher, think harder and lift heavier! It’s time to accept your role in making the world a better place by also accepting a simple reality: You’ve got potential! This humorous and inspirational keynote will offer five strategies on how to act with urgency, seeking daily to ask, for example, “How can I help?” as opposed to “What’s in it for me?” Warning: There is greatness among us and within you!

Wisdom Along the Way: Insights on Life and Leadership

Time changes things. Time also has a unique way of teaching important life lessons not learned when given as a “suggestion” or “advice.” In a creative and story telling style of presentation, Nancy Hunter Denney shares and elaborates upon five significant life lessons and challenges the audience to consider how they might be relevant to their own lives. The lessons are derived from original quotes like, “Those who anger you, conquer you” and “Letting go of your past allows you to take hold of your future.” For each quote, there is a “call to action” and the inspiration to listen more purposely to the volume of wisdom found along the way.
This keynote is based upon Nancy’s most recent book, Wisdom Along the Way. When purchased in bulk, copies are available for only $5 per book.

Zing! Your Life and Leadership

Ever notice how some people have “it” and some wonder what “it” is? Have you started to wonder why some people get noticed and you only get passed by and passed up. In a highly humorous and engaging presentation style, Nancy Hunter Denney presents her original Zing! Impact Equation demonstrating it’s never just one thing, rather a combination of the person, environment, skill level and minimization of distractions that determine the level of one’s potential influence or personal magnetism.

Zing! is the thing that allows others to “override competing forces to positively influence others” while living life and leadership with an exclamation point. It comes from the fundamental belief, “the energy you put out there, is the energy you get to draw from.” From self-inspection to humility, insights are shared suggesting any person has the potential to increase their influence by recognizing another fundamental belief, “you can’t expect different results by repeating the same behaviors. It’s time to live life and leadership with an exclamation point.

Audience members are challenged to use their aptitude to show their gratitude and turn the many opportunities afforded them into a personal sense of obligation to serve a greater social good. What time is it? It’s Zing! time.

This keynote is based upon Nancy’s third book: Zing! Your Life and Leadership:21 Insights on Maximizing Your Influence – 3rd Edition. Available in bulk sales.

Zing! Your Life and Professional Influence

Ever notice how some people have “it” and some wonder what “it” is? Have you started to wonder why some people get noticed and you only get passed by and passed up. In a highly humorous and engaging presentation style, Nancy Hunter Denney presents her original Zing! Impact Equation demonstrating it’s never just one thing, rather a combination of the person, environment, skill level and minimization of distractions that determine the level of one’s potential influence or “charisma”. Zing! is the thing that allows you to “override competing forces to positively influence others.” Zing! is living life and leadership with an exclamation point and comes from the fundamental belief, “the energy you put out there, is the energy you get to draw from.” Within the context of “professionalism,” Zing! is the standard effort and attitude needed to be consistently applied in order to effectively accomplish a shared mission. Relevant “insights” ranging from self-inspection to humility offer the road map to Zing! and enhanced happiness. You always know what time it is when you accept your aptitudes as a means of demonstrating your gratitude! From this moment on: It’s Zing! time…

This keynote is based upon Nancy’s third book: Zing! Your Life and Leadership: 21 Insights on Maximizing Your Influence – 3rd Edition. Available in bulk sales.