Speaking - Amber Hurdle | Brand Strategy & Leadership
  • MY MISSION IS TO ENGAGE YOUR AUDIENCE

    You have the challenge of creating an engaging, motivating and FUN audience experience, and I ABSOLUTELY understand what that means for you. That’s because my career includes years of event production, even overseeing the events and communications department for the largest Marriott in the world, Gaylord Opryland. My team literally planned hundreds of events each year, from small strategic planning meetings to large-scale productions fashioned to entertain while educating thousands of employees.

    I know from “the other side” that THE most important component for a successful event is the energy that is projected from the stage, and therefore the entire room. That’s why I had my finger on that pulse without fail.

    While I personally prepped senior leaders for their part in the event experience over the years, I was also responsible for any speakers or entertainers we brought in, as well.

    I know I spent countless hours researching the RIGHT people to motivate, inspire and educate the audiences I’ve served, so I thought I would provide as much information as you may need to decide if I’m the right fit for your event right here for your convenience.

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    I truly appreciate that you are considering me and I hope we have the opportunity to discuss your vision and event goals very soon!


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    All Presentations are Tailored to Your Audience

    VELVET MACHETE™ LEADERSHIP: HOW TO CONFIDENTLY AND COMPASSIONATELY LEAD IN A FAST PACED WORLD

    Format: ​45-60 minute keynote

    This program is perfect for:

    • ​Senior leadership
    • Middle management
    • Managers who lack the confidence to lead with authority and/or managers who need to finesse their communication style to inspire instead of dictate
    • Leaders who want to influence results by managing up, leading their team or obtaining buy-in from their peers
    • Small business owners

    The audience will leave with:

    • A formula to communicate with their teams in a direct way that also shows mutual respect
    • Confidence that comes with understanding their personal brand and its impact on engagement, cooperation and the bottom line
    • Strategies to communicate through change, difficult situations and during uncertainty
    • The ability to motivate and inspire their teams to work towards a common vision that hooks their attention, commitment and discretionary effort!

    I am known as the “Velvet Machete” because of my ability to shoot you straight from a place of sincere helpfulness and constructive feedback. Companies like FedEx Ground to Loews Hotels and associations like the National Association of Catering and Events and the Hospitality Finance and Technology Professionals all value the tools they walked away with from this perspective on how to powerfully communicate and influence.

    If your team is moving fast, dealing with high volume or an ever-changing work environment, this program is for you!


    THE BOMBSHELL BUSINESS WOMAN: HOW TO BECOME A BOLD, BRAVE WOMAN IN BUSINESS

    Format: ​45-60 minute keynote

    This program is perfect for:

    • ​Professional women
    • Women seeking inspiration to take their life and careers to the next level
    • Women dealing with adversity

    The audience will leave with:

    • Knowing how to ​relentlessly pursue and achieve any goal in business and in life by using my 3 step process
    • Confidence that their unique personality and gifts have a place in the bigger picture
    • An understanding of the power of a personal brand and how to develop their own

    I’ve performed this program for years for corporate women’s conferences, women’s associations, women’s awards ceremonies and female-dominated industries. When I tell the story of becoming a teen mom, it immediately eliminates any excuses they may have for themselves and opens them to embrace my three-step formula to accomplish anything significant in life.

    Attendees can also follow up on their learnings via the free Bombshell Business Podcast, the free Bombshell Business App available on the App Store or Google Play or by purchasing The Bombshell Business Woman at Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million or Amazon.com.

    If you want your audience members to laugh, cry and be motivated to make things happen in their own lives, this program is for you!


    DISCOVER HOW THE WORLD SEES YOU: CREATE A COMPELLING PERSONAL BRAND WITH ONLY TWO WORDS

    Format: ​60-90 minute keynote

    Did you know your personality has a specific advantage that is most likely to impress and influence the person sitting on the other side of the table? Once you know what makes you valuable to others, you’re more authentic and confident, and more likely to make a brilliant impression…with your peers, your team members and even your superiors.

    Through the Fascination Advantage® Assessment certified Fasciante Advisor Amber Hurdle will introduce you to your Personality Archetype that makes you unique and distinct. You will discover how you can naturally use your Personality Archetype to help the world see you at your best.

    In this one-to two hour session (delivered in a keynote or workshop format) attendees will learn how to:

    • Apply their Fascination Advantage® to influence others and communicate at their best
    • Leverage their Advantages and create a personal brand that stands out
    • Learn about their communication “red flags” and how they could be turning people off
    • Describe their value in 2-3 words

    If you’ve already done a test such as Myers-Briggs or DISC® or StrengthsFinder, you have a point of view on the way you see things. But with the Fascination Personality Test, you’ll see yourself through the eyes of your co-workers, customers, prospects and beyond. Through this breakout session you will learn how the world sees you.

    *This program is offered as a keynote presentation, half-day workshop or full-day workshop. Most of my clients are in fast-paced environments or desire to share this experience in a conference setting to large audiences, so I’ve perfected a 60-90 minute Fascinate experience to meet those needs.

    The Fascination Advantage® System: Copyright ©2014-2018 Sally Hogshead and How to Fascinate®. All Rights Reserved.


    THE #1 SECRET TO BUILDING YOUR BRAND

    Format: ​45-60 minute keynote

    This program is perfect for:
    • ​Leaders who want to develop a compelling personal brand
    • Small business owners who want to differentiate their brand from the competition
    • Job seekers seeking to stand out in a crowded job market

    Synopsis:

    With all of the fluff advice about building a brand whirling around the Internet, it is easy to get overwhelmed or to even misstep in your personal promotion or business marketing. Differentiating yourself from your competition, and building trust with your customers and potential customers, can be wildly frustrating without the right road map. In this interactive session seasoned brand expert, Amber Hurdle, walks you through:

    • How branding fits into the bigger picture of your business
    • The #1 secret to brand clarity
    • Examples of large brands competing in the same industry (and what you can learn from them)
    • How to create THE essential statement that will guide not just your marketing, but your business practices for years to come

    Through this engaging presentation and complementary worksheet, attendees will leave this session with the vision and confidence to craft their brand promise- eliminating confusion, awkward elevator pitches at networking events, shoddy social media posts, ambiguous website copy and more. Freshly equipped with this secret, participants will boldly attract the right customers: customers participants will enjoy serving and who will gladly pay for the product or service they offer.

    Three key learning objectives: How to differentiate your brand from the competition, how to consistently communicate your unique selling proposition, how to attract customers who are easy and fun to work with

     

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  • "Amber's level of engagement, energy and practicality made this by far the most useful training I've ever participated in."

    ~ Adam, Loews Hotels
  • YOUR EXPERIENCE

    Here’s what you can expect while working with me:

    1. Friendly, exceptionally responsive service from my team.
    2. A personal phone consultation so we can learn what your event goals are, the priorities of your audience, as well as what YOU ultimately want audience members to experience and learn, so I can exceed your expectations.
    3. Custom pre-event promotional videos to help drive registration or simply excitement.
    4. A highly professional, engaging presentation delivered with great energy and with the event purpose at the forefront of the experience.
    5. A post-event wrap up call to ensure your satisfaction.
    6. Social media promotion of your public event, if desired.
  • ABOUT ME

    My first speech meet was in the 6th grade. I recited “The Road Less Traveled” and received a blue ribbon. That was my first experience influencing and encouraging the many, and that amazing feeling I got from speaking into the lives of others stuck with me!

    While most people’s greatest fear is public speaking, I dare say I’m far more comfortable addressing an audience than I am recording a podcast all by myself. When I see the light bulbs going off in people’s minds and the energy shift in the room, I know we are on to something! At that point I trust people just might leave my talk with intentions set and a vision for how they can apply their learnings. And isn’t that the point?

    My career has been a co-mingling of external and internal public relations-sometimes being the voice of the organizations I represented to the public and the media, and other times supporting the most senior leaders or working behind the scenes to create experiences for internal key stakeholders such as employees, members or alumni.

    This combination has moved me beyond the minor fact that I am the one delivering the message, and keeps me focused on being a part of a greater purpose and the vision that the event itself has carefully crafted.

    In other words, it’s not about me. It’s ALL about you!

    TESTIMONIALS

     

     

    NatalieGlenn

     It was a breeze working with Amber. She was energetic, organized, on time and added the unexpected to our program. Her presentation was interactive, out-of-the-box and engaging. Our conference attendees raved about it in our conference survey – she was definitely a highlight of the conference.                                            

    Natalie Glenn | Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving, The University of Georgia Terry College of Business 

    Ann Dee McClane

     Amber spoke at a staff meeting for my mid-sized law firm on the importance of maintaining a work-life balance. Not only did she address the obvious need for this, but she gave tangible methods for easing the stressors each day brings. The feedback from that session was resounding—“That hour with Amber was well spent!”

    I highly recommend Amber as a speaker for your organization. Her ability to get down to what really matters will motivate, encourage and inspire your audience.

    I have not met anyone else who matches her enthusiasm and passion. She is a true go-getter and someone who truly believes in what she does. That sentiment is contagious and frankly, something to be admired.

    Ann Dee McClane  |  Director of Marketing and Business Development, Bone McAllester Norton PLLC

    KellieBryson

     Amber is passionate, driven and precise.  She paces her delivery and content to the audience, which is probably why we received many compliments on her presentation.

    She was also very prompt and professional in her correspondence regarding our event. She took the time to explore what the attendees’ interests and needs were and even provided take away materials that could be applied that afternoon.

    Any organization would definitely benefit as she can share true-life examples and quality information for their group, and I look forward to working with Amber again.

    Amber Hurdle is a ROCKSTAR!

    Kellie Bryson | Vice President, Nashville National Association for Catering and Events (NACE)

    EllyCain

    Amber lives up to her personal brand. She has ensured relevant topics, team engagement, as well as applicable and realistic solutions. She has been practical and flexible with our business needs and kept employees in the forefront of our endeavors. With Amber’s help, we will raise the bar on our service and have a true definition of our culture.

    Elly Cane | Director of HR, Loews Hotels Business Service Center

    Amber Hurdle Testimonial Holder

    Amber Hurdle is a fun and energetic speaker, who is very relatable. She obviously cares deeply for others based on her interactions with people and how she makes them feel.

    She was invited to speak to our annual theme, “Telling Your Story,” and our audience loved hearing about her touching journey and where it has taken her. Amber was open and honest — not afraid to share herself with others and give her all.

    Amber would be a great speaker for any age group, from teens to older women, and we would certainly love to have her again sometime!

    Jessica Templeton | Vice-President , Women’s Ministry Event

    AUDIENCE FEEDBACK

    Amber’s delivery of the material was my favorite part of her presentation. I have been to so many trainings in the past and Amber’s level of engagement, energy and practicality made this by far the most useful training I’ve ever participated in.

    -Adam, Director of Billing

    When Amber started talking about having a communication strategy it started to “click” for me, and I felt I could apply her solutions in my real world daily business activities. I started using her teachings immediately after our workshop, and it has enabled me to be more agile and produce better results. Thank you, Amber!

    -Shanna, Training Manager

    Learning how to fine tune my communication style was helpful because it helped me with my one-on-one interactions with my team. Each personality is different, so adapting my style has helped me get the most out of my team communication.

    -Janet, Credit Manager

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