Whether on a stage in front of hundreds in a major metropolitan area, a small gathering in a town few people have heard of or on a screen miles from the audience, every opportunity to speak is something Janice Person approaches with a combination of enthusiasm and seriousness. Janice takes the responsibility to learn about her audiences as an opportunity for growth and the sharing and cross-pollination of ideas. And continues to advance her skills through membership in the National Speakers Association. (View Janice Person’s profile on espeakers here.)
Over the past decade, Janice has presented at a range of keynotes, panels, and training events, where she prompts men, women, and youth to think in new ways about topics and take action to drive change.
Janice uses vivid storytelling techniques to help groups discover a sense of wonder, embrace new ideas, conquer fear and more. Keynotes act as a starting point for a conference or a single voice at a more exclusive event, and you need someone who will take the time to understand the audience and move them. Being about to incorporate a range of examples and topics to meet the audience where they are and help them see things in new ways. Of course, working with organizers to achieve the specified goals of the hosting organization is a piece that truly delivers for clients.
Get Ready to Be Uncomfortable — Being uncomfortable is something most of us actively avoid and yet, often there is no way to grow without bearing some discomfort. Having had jobs where almost any encounter with the public could be uncomfortable, Janice was pressure tested and seeks a path toward perfection even knowing perfect isn’t possible. Her keynotes around this topic are moving for audience members and are highly sought after due to the impact they have moving the audience through the uncomfortable with a growth mindset rather than the dread that can lead people to avoid taking action.
Some of the other keynotes Janice presents include:
- What’s happening in the food chain? — 2020 & 2021 have been years with immense change in cities, but it was easy to be so focused on essential work on farms to miss some of the shifts. While some changes will not impact food & farming, some of the shifts can have long-term implications for agriculture, others have changed food in the cities. How can we begin to make the changes needed? We’ll talk about some of these shifts that can present opportunities and challenges.
- Fear & Outrage — Polarization seems to be a constant with fear & outrage leading the pack. Let’s unpack why this is becoming so common, why people can get in the cycle and have trouble pulling themselves out and more. We end with talking what to watch for and how to address it personally and professionally.
- Storytelling is the Latest Tool We Need in Our Toolboxes! — One of the most proven ways to connect is to know your story and be sure it is shared in ways to capture the imagination of others. Whether you are in the food industry or travel, storytelling holds the keys to relaying complex information to make it memorable, repeatable and truly impactful.
- Branding Yourself Has Never Been More Popular. But is it about popularity? — The very idea of personal branding puts many of us off but branding yourself is where it is at. Why is this becoming so popular and what risks & benefits does it offer?
More than ever, meetings and speaking means more than just being in a room with people. Whether you are planning an in-person conference or virtual event, you want speakers who will motivate your group to take action. Janice has the experience to engage your group and works with organizers to be sure the audience’s hot buttons get activated!
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Combining a range of perspectives and ideas through a panel discussion or prompting a group discussion about change can be a highlight of any business meeting or conference agenda. Navigating the range of opinions and experiences in a way to pull out the various individuals stories to help build a narrative that serves the audience, is part gift and part skill. Janice has worked with panels in a range of local, national and international venues — corporate, public and private — and across a range of topics (women in business, social media, food & farming, etc). She can bring that to work for your organization to create the impact you are looking for.
“Recently I had a client project that was focused on digging into the emotional aspects of being a farmer. Recognizing that the success of the entire effort hinged on finding the right people, Janice was my first call. Not only was she able to identify and secure the participation we needed, but she also did it in an incredibly tight timeline. She kept us abreast of her progress, delivered above and beyond what was expected and made the entire project easier on our internal team and the client. I can’t imagine we would have had the success we did without her participation. Janice is forevermore at the top of my “to call” list when I have a how do we make this happen project.”
Several people who have heard Janice speak have left recommendations on her LinkedIn profile. Here are excerpts from a couple:
“Janice was our keynote speaker at the Association for Communication Excellence conference. Her presentation was part of a catalyst that prompted my colleagues and I to form a working group at our university. Her presentation was powerful and useful. Thank you for inspiring us all to share our stories and communicate through multiple channels.”
“We need more people like Janice in our society… Janice has motivated and challenged me to question my assumptions and get uncomfortable when I get too comfortable… I had the opportunity to hear Janice speak at a recent meeting of food and ag PR professionals. She was captivating, emotional, and inspiring. It was worth traveling cross-country for the meeting just to hear her talk. I’ve already applied what I took away that day in my personal and professional life–taking small steps to get out of my comfort zone.”
“While Janice does a great job at presenting big-picture concepts and ideas, her real value is the nuggets of applicable takeaways that you can implement in your communications shortly after your time together is done. Janice has a way of connecting with people that builds a bridge over the vulnerabilty of learning new concepts and ideas, and her audiences really respond to her open, friendly demeanor. Janice’s mantra of storytelling over forceful ‘education’ is a mindset that is vital to communicating online for any industry in today’s constantly divided society. If you are looking for a speaker that can connect with your participants while planting the seeds for realistic strategy improvements, Janice Person is your gal. There is an art and science behind being an expert speaker and presenter, and Janice has developed her mastery of the craft over years of practical, real-world experience.”
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