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Mary Byers Illinois
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"Charismatically making a difference in people's lives" is how one client described Mary Byers. She's been speaking professionally for more than a decade and specializes in presenting practical and purposeful information designed to help people live and work more fully.

During highly interactive sessions, Mary often utilizes brainstorming techniques to involve audience members and encourage input. Says Byers, "I don't speak in order to get people to listen. I speak in order to get them to think." Her technique has inspired comments ranging from "Mary Byers is an excellent communicator" to "I felt pretty 'green' before the seminar but now feel much more informed and confident."

Mary has a BA in Telecommunications from Indiana University and received the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in 1992. She's been an advertising manager, a senior level association executive and an entrepreneur. She uses her background to provide practical, usable tips and information designed to equip audience members for individual growth. Mary's clients include the American Dental Association, the International Council of Air Shows, America's Mortgage Company, Data Processing Managers Association and the American Society of Association Executives, among many others.


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  • Tough Talking: Initiating and Managing Tough Conversations - Difficult conversations are a necessary in order to keep moving forward both personally and professionally. Learn the skills necessary to start and maintain uncomfortable discussions in a way that's non-threatening and leads to better understanding. Designed for managers, leaders, and organizational teams who want to increase effectiveness without alienating others.

  • Race for Relevance: Five Radical Changes for Associations - This program provides a bold, no-nonsense look at the realities of today's marketplace-and what it will take for associations to prosper tomorrow. Included is how to lead and manage for the future and how to look at your member markets and programs and services. Both seasoned professionals and tomorrow's leaders will benefit from the thoughtful and practical approaches outlined for leading an association's revolution. This program is not only focused on the "what," but more importantly, the "why" and "how."

  • Managing Conflict so it Doesn't Manage You - Learning how to manage conflict is the key to productive and satisfying personal and professional relationships. This presentation helps attendees identify the potential for conflict, how to avoid creating or heightening conflict, and the three "Ds" of successful conflict management.

  • Personality Plus: Understanding Your Individual Leadership Style - The best leadership teams are comprised of individuals that understand each other's work and leadership styles and adapt accordingly. That's why it's important to take time to identify and analyze each other's strengths and weaknesses-before, or shortly after, a working relationship begins.

  • How to Get, Keep and Use Power without Getting a Bad Reputation - This is a no-nonsense look at one of the most mystifying aspects of career success--or failure. After this session, participants will understand their personal feelings toward power and be able to identify specific ways they can use it to help themselves and those around them.

  • How to Recruit the Brightest and Best Volunteers - An association is only as good as its people. Consequently, you want the brightest and best individuals volunteering. But how do you make that happen? This program provides a practical, no nonsense model that you can take back and share with your association so that recruiting becomes more than just filling available positions. After this program, you'll begin to think about developing your leaders in a whole new way.

  • Strategic Alliances: How to do More With Less - Partnerships are the wave of the future. Here's what you need to know in order for your association to capitalize on this trend: why develop an alliance; how to identify and approach potential partners; how to organize the partnership and how to end an alliance. Get the wheels turning today for what could be a viable and profitable partnership for your association tomorrow.

  • Recruitment and Retention: The Habits of Highly Successful Member Organizations - It's not enough to send out an occasional brochure and hope your membership will grow. In today's competitive market, recruitment and retention takes creative planning--and careful execution. In this program, you'll learn: what other organizations are doing to capture prospective member attention; how to develop, and monitor, a recruitment and retention plan; and why non-renewals are more important than new prospects. Your organization's activities will be reinvigorated after this program!
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