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BE INSPIRED TO BE SEEN AND HEARD.

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SPEAK UP

USE YOUR VOICE TO UNLOCK YOUR POTENTIAL

We say no when we want to say yes. We say yes to be accepted and liked. We fear rejection and ridicule, so we hold back on what we want to say. But our voice has worthiness, authenticity, and power to achieve our most incredible personal and professional goals. Speak Up is an interactive and inspiring keynote that gives practical tools to gain communication confidence and be truly seen and heard.

SPEAK EASY

COMMUNICATION REDEFINED

This interactive, inspirational, and energizing keynote is for anyone who recognizes that a leader’s first role is to powerfully and effectively communicate. The last few years have brought a lot of possibilities as to how we do business, but they have also brought a lot of disconnection. We often feel “on mute” in what we want to say and how we say it.

“Speak Easy: Communication Redefined” reimagines how we connect with our stakeholders and how we can overcome communication anxieties and inefficiencies. Through a mixture of ageless rhetorical strategies, modern research and case studies, and powerful storytelling, Erik equips leaders to communicate in a way that inspires actions and immediate results!

STAND OUT STORIES

AUTHENTIC STORYTELLING TO ENERGIZE AND INSPIRE

We are told to share our stories and that our stories matter. Yet, most don’t have the training or the space for cultivating and sharing those stories. Through understanding brain-based storytelling research, we can find the tools to use our voice and speak up for what matters most to us. Stand Out Stories is an inspirational and interactive keynote using storytelling to create breakthroughs in our personal and professional lives.

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HABLANDO DESDE EL MEDIO

SPEAKING FROM THE MIDDLE

Desde El Medio is a practical toolbox and storytelling experience unapologetically addressing the pain and the joy that come from living between two cultures, and speaking from the middle. This keynote challenges cultural division by bridging the gap and translating what is not always said or understood between those of differing worlds.

Keynotes available for workshops and breakout sessions.

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FEATURED IN

How speech and debate transformed this once shy Iowan into the truest version of himself, as told at the Des Moines Storytellers Project’s “My First Time” on Aug. 20, 2019.

“Figures of Speech” is a feature-length documentary (narrated by Chris Pine) about a group of high school students from all over the country vie for glory in the little-known world of competitive acting, otherwise known as Speech or Forensics.

See Erik in action during the 2021 Midwest Speakers Bureau Showcase in Des Moines.

TESTIMONIALS

Austin O’Brian

“How a speaker engages an audience is so important. One of the things that sets Erik apart is his incredible skill in storytelling. He is able to make you feel as if you are living out the experience he describes. Additionally, the activities he guides us through are so powerful in applying his concepts.”

Austin O'Brien
Holmes Murphy & Associates

Tina Spees

“Great presentation!! The team connected so well with your message that I heard them repeatedly throughout the week reference your 3 T’s and how they were going to use it in their territory. Powerful message at the perfect time. Thank you for being our guest.”

Tina Spees
Abbott Diagnostics

Diana Wright

“Erik spoke to the Startup Champions Summit we hosted in Des Moines in October 2021. He a rockstar when it comes to being in front of a crowd while being authentic. His message and keynote about “being in the middle” hit home to both our audience and to me personally. It made me think, and of course, write notes down so I wouldn’t forget! 5 Stars would recommend him, and I look forward to working with him! Thanks, Erik.”

Diana Wright
Startup Community Builder