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2006 State Conference Speakers

The Attitude of Leadership
Keith Harrel

Known across corporate America for his energetic, innovative presentations, Keith Harrell is a dynamic life coach who specializes in changing behaviors through a positive attitude. Harrell shares his powerful message, “Attitude is Everything” with audiences around the world.

While growing up in Seattle, Washington, he aspired to become a professional basketball player. Although he never realized that dream, an article in The Wall Street Journal refers to him as a “Star With Attitude.” The newspaper says, “What sets him apart from less successful speakers is driving ambition, and an attitude that refuses to flag.” His signature keynote focuses on ways to meet the challenges of changing technology by understanding the power of human technology.

As president of Harrell Performance Systems, Harrell has created a firm specializing in helping the corporate marketplace achieve and maintain their goals through the power of a positive attitude. He is a certified speaker, trainer and consultant and has addressed many of America’s top corporations including AT&T, Microsoft, Kodak, “Big Blue” and Coca-Cola.

Harrell’s book, Attitude Is Everything: Ten Life Changing Steps to Turning Attitude Into Action, was released in March 2000. Harrell gives readers a 10-step program for tuning up your attitude and improving your professional and personal life. 

Harrell earned his bachelor’s degree in community service from Seattle University before embarking on fourteen-year career with IBM where he was recognized as one of the top sales and training instructors. In 1997 Harrell received Certified Speaking Professional designation from the National Speakers Association. In August 2000, Harrell was inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame, a lifetime award for speaking excellence and professionalism.  One of the country’s leading lecture agencies has put him on its list of “22 Guaranteed Standing Ovations.”

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Working With Difficult People
Bruce Christopher

At the heart of it all, what separates Psychologist – Humorist Bruce Christopher from the pack is his outrageously funny, dynamic delivery of today’s hot topics. Bruce inspires audiences internationally by giving them real, immediate solutions and practical strategies for change and success without the fluff and hype. His best selling keynotes and seminars consistently sell out to standing room only crowds at national conventions, corporate conferences and sales meetings.

Bruce has spoken at the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table Conference, London’s Royal College of Surgeons, the Mayo Clinic, and the Thomas P. Hinman Convention. A practicing Clinical Psychologist, holding degrees in Professional Psychology and Interpersonal Communications, Bruce is a credentialed professional speaker, a member of the International Who’s Who of Entrepreneurs, and the National Speakers Association. He is the author and presenter for the acclaimed and best selling video series, “Staying Energized in a Draining World.” He speaks over 150 times each year and is one of the most sought after speakers in the Fortune 500 and by many other world-class organizations. When you are faced with morale problems, gender conflicts, difficult people, change or need for teamwork, this psychologist is in!

Clients include – Allstate Insurance, American Airlines, American Express, A T & T, Best Buy, Blue Cross – Blue Shield, The Federal Reserve, General Electric, IBM, The IRS, Kodak, 3M, Nortel, Pizza Hut, Qwest, Radisson Hotels, State Farm Insurance, Texas Instruments, U.S. Navy, U.S. Postal Service, WellPoint Health Networks, Wells Fargo.

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