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Thanks for visiting my speaking page.  Here, you’ll find out more about me, my most-requested speaking topics, what you can expect from me when booking me for your event, and how to book me. 

As a former pastor who regularly preached to audiences of all types and sizes, I understand the importance of captivating an audience.  And like you, I’ve been on the receiving end of a message that left me feeling bored, distracted, and frustrated.  

That’s why I take speaking so seriously.  As a communicator, I’m especially aware of the need for speakers to connect with an audience: if you are willing to share your valuable time and thought space with me, I’m going to make sure you walk away with something practical and valuable to use.  

A little more about me

I began my career as a pastor, working in different leadership roles across different churches in the Midwest, before moving into the private sector.  I’ve always had an interest in leadership, so after earning a Master’s degree in Transformational Leadership, I set out to help develop leaders across all industries through my own company, Ott Leadership.  

As I’ve worked with leaders throughout the years, one major theme has emerged: very few people are prepared to be leaders before they become leaders.  As a result, leaders and employees alike experience pain, frustration, and eventual failure.  Untrained and undeveloped leaders end up harming their organizations more than they help.  Eventually, these leaders are moved out of the role, only to be replaced by yet another untrained and undeveloped leader.  

And the cycle continues.

My aim is to disrupt that cycle, and help leaders discover newfound confidence in their roles.  I want to see humanity breathed back into leadership, where leaders can look upon their employees and see people, not just burdens.  I want to help the workplace become a place where employees look forward to sharing their passion and energy in, not dread coming to.  

All of my programs, workshops, and talks are centered around this focus.  Participants will always go home feeling more equipped to build healthier, more productive organizations, employees, and workplaces.  

What you can expect

If you book me to speak at your event, here’s what you can expect:

  1. Prompt response to your email and telephone correspondence.
  2. Personal consultation before the event to ensure I understand what you want.
  3. Promotion of your event on my blog and social media channels.
  4. Excellent delivery full of stories, challenges, practical application, and conversational tone.
  5. Immediate followup after the event for feedback.



In light of the global pandemic, training events and conferences are moving to fully-virtual experiences.  I know how difficult it can be for organizers to find good speakers, let alone speakers that can handle the virtual environment well, so I’ve worked hard to develop a strong selection of virtual presentations and webinars to meet your needs.  Check out my most recent virtual webinar to an example of what you’ll get when you have me speak at your virtual event: 

Regular Speaking Topics

I speak on a variety of topics; here are some of the most common ones:

  1. Leadership
  2. Employee Engagement
  3. Communication
  4. Organizational Development
  5. Workplace Culture
  6. Feedback

Most requested Talks

My most-requested talks are:

  1. The Shifting Leadership Landscape: From Transactional to Transformational Leader
  2. Employee Engagement in a Millennial World: Identifying the 7 Workplace Needs of Millennials
  3. What’d You Say?  Overcoming the Major Communication Pitfalls as a Leader
  4. Sticky Workplace: 3 Ways To Build an Irresistible Workplace Culture
  5. The Art of Feedback: 5 Ways To Give Better Feedback to Improve Leadership 
  6. Cracking the Relational Code: 5 Elements to Building Intentional Employee Relationships

A few places where I’ve spoken


Illinois AAHAM

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