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Pete Smith Virginia
Pete Smith

Pete Smith is the author of Dare to Matter and has been called "one of America's leading personal and professional development coaches." He is a sought-after international speaker and trainer in the fields of leadership, management, personal growth and development. His energetic, edgy, interactive style is complimented by his ability to provide practical takeaways that actually work, while having a little fun in the process.

He is a board member of the HR Alliance DC, and a director in the Association for Talent Development's DC Chapter. He is the creator of multiple leadership and management development programs, including the Expect to Win leadership series.

Prior to launching SmithImpact in 2011, Pete was the Operations Executive at one of the largest nonprofit, alternative schools in Northern Virginia. During his tenure, he helped increase the organization's total income, employee base and client base by over 102%.

Additionally, by focusing his efforts on creating an engaged and productive workforce, Pete helped increase the average employee tenure by 74% in just three and a half years, all while saving the organization over $420,000 in turnover costs during that time.

As the Director of HS Programs for the Mid-Atlantic Region for a for-profit education university, Pete took a historically underperforming team to the top 5 nationally in just 2 years. Upon his departure, his regions of New Jersey, Atlanta, and Washington DC ranked #1, #2, and #4 in the country.

Taking his experiences as a successful leader and manager, Pete is routinely asked to work with leaders, managers and employees, to develop people at the individual level and increase performance at the team level.


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  • Get in the Game: You Can't Win If You Don't Play - No one ever joined the major leagues to bunt. When we consider how many people live their personal and professional lives, however, that's exactly what they're doing: Playing it safe. Inspiration. Leadership. Transformation. None of those occur while standing idly on the sidelines. Experiencing both tremendous satisfaction yet tremendous responsibility in their jobs, it's easy for today's professionals to feel overworked, overwhelmed, and under-appreciated. It's not uncommon for many to begin wondering whether who they are and what they do even matters. This presentation reminds them that their significance exists not just in the jobs they do but within the individual doing the job. Described as a keynote that combines both inspiration and practicality, attendees will be educated, entertained, and elevated as they travel through the detailed framework designed to help today's professionals live life through a lens of significance, not just success. After all, significance is ultimately what we desire.

    At the conclusion of this presentation, the attendees will:
    • Build stronger, sustainable organizations by understanding what attracts, connects, and retains the best talent
    • Understand how individuals, teams and organizations advance quicker through the recognition and acceptance of current conditions
    • Increase commitment, engagement, and production by encouraging behavior that challenges individuals, teams, and organizations to extend beyond their current levels of comfort
    • Learn to recognize and overcome the internal limiting beliefs that pose as a detriment to effective relationships and communication at all organizational levels
    • Develop a stronger personal brand which provides the basis for future decisions and behavior at the individual level

  • Built for Legacy: Developing and Leading Teams That Matter - Look, any team can be great once. But success in today's business environment isn't built on fluke excellence or isolated great performances. The best teams, the best organizations, are those that are able to sustain high levels of performance year after year. To do that, it requires that today's leaders understand and implement three crucial keys: one, that cultivating organizational, team, and individual identity is often the biggest determinant in hiring, retention, and engagement success. Two, that low performance, decreasing morale, and poisonous cultures are usually created by and evident in areas often viewed as "inconsequential." Three, that continued excellence requires an unwavering attack on complacency at every level. Not only does this presentation address all three keys in more detail, it provides the tangible takeaways to begin making a significant difference immediately at work. Great organizations are made up of great teams. Great teams consist of great individuals. Everything exceptional can always be connected to individual performance. Focus on the individual to elevate the team. Focus on the team to elevate the organization.

    At the conclusion of this presentation, the attendees will:
    • Understand why creating and solidifying organization, team and individual identity is the first foundation in hiring, retention, productivity, and engagement
    • Recognize and identify the unspoken reasons for declining morale and culture, and learn how to create a more positive and productive environment
    • Learn how to drive a sustainable, engaged workforce and elevate productivity across the organization by pursuing activities and results that lie outside current comfort zones

  • What's NOT Being Said Needs to Be Understood - If 100% of communication is made up of body language, tone and words, why do we still experience such an enormous amount of daily poor and miscommunication? Perhaps it's because we fail to acknowledge, address, or assess what's not being said in a conversation. Because much of our communication is expressed beneath the surface, it's important to recognize how we are influenced by what we see, hear, and say, and understand how we (and others) interpret that information. Our beliefs, experiences, judgments, and expectations heavily influence the way we communicate, yet those are aspects not frequently explored in our communication effectiveness. If we're going to connect with people on a different, more meaningful level, then it's important to meet them beneath what's visible on the surface. This is not your ordinary session on communication. It is challenging, educational, and entertaining as we explore the dynamics of human interaction.

    At the conclusion of this session, participants will:
    • Uncover how their experiences, thoughts, beliefs and history influence what they say and do in a conversation
    • Recognize their inherent bias in listening, and how to adopt one specific listening lens that produces the best results
    • Learn specific words or phrases that trigger a listener in undesirable ways, often without the speaker every knowing it
    • Understand how best to connect with someone who appears disagreeable, agitated, or simply difficult
    • Learn how to use words that increase team creativity, morale, and performance
Dare to Matter
Dare to Matter: Choosing an Unstuck and Unapologetic Life of Significance

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