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Before receiving the prestigious College Instructor of the Year Award, Dr. Jermaine worked in corporate America for IBM, Keebler Cookies, and Frito-Lay in the areas of sales and marketing, leadership development, and employee engagement. Now, he is an award-winning Professor of Communication Studies at Century College, best-selling author, and an international speaker. Dr. Jermaine has authored and co-authored 10 books including, Get Up Off Your Butt & Do It NOW, Leading with Greatness, the Women’s Quote Journal Series, and Be Diversity Competent.
Dr. Jermaine was raised in a drug- and gang- infested area on the west-side of Chicago in a single-parent home. After the tragic loss of six family members to violent deaths, he enrolled in college to change the direction of his life. Now, Dr. Jermaine holds a BA and a MA in Speech Communications, and a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership. Dr. Jermaine has spent the last 20-years teaching on university campuses in the areas of business and interpersonal communications, relationship-based leadership, cultivating inclusive work cultures, and building healthy and high performance-based teams.
Recently, Dr. Jermaine produced the highly-anticipated documentary, Breaking The Cycle, a film dedicated to helping individuals overcome the negative beliefs and behaviors that keep them trapped in destructive lifestyles. Prestigious organizations like 3M, Best Buy, Medtronic, Boston Scientific, Wells Fargo, West Point Military Academy, Prudential, and Enterprise Rent-A-Car regularly seek out Dr. Jermaine’s expertise in the areas of employee engagement, leadership development, team effectiveness, work/life balance, and diversity and inclusion. Most importantly, Dr. Jermaine is an EDUTAINER – meaning his keynotes and breakout sessions consist of both, Education and Entertainment. So get ready to have FUN with Dr. Jermaine.
SPEECH TITLES AND DESCRIPTIONSLeading with Greatness
Moving from Chaos and Conflict to Communication and Cooperation
Research shows – people do not leave teams and organizations they leave bad and incompetent managers and leaders. Are your managers and leaders helping or hindering or contributing or contaminating? Those who Lead with Greatness help their organization achieve its mission, vision, and strategic goals. Leaders are responsible for setting a positive work tone and creating a healthy organization so employees can unleash and release their unique talents and strengths to surpass customer expectations, increase team success, and drive organizational results. This presentation is solely based on Dr. Jermaine’s best-selling book, Leading with Greatness: Moving from Chaos and Conflict to Communication and Cooperation. This engaging and interactive presentation will provide leaders with practical tips on how-to increase employee engagement and boost team morale and motivation.
Sink or Swim: Your First 30-Days as a Leader
Are you relatively new to your position, team, or organization? Did you know your first 30-days can either make you or break you as a leader? Will you sink or swim as a leader? In other words, will you win or lose with your employees and colleagues? What distinguishes high-performance leaders from low-performance leaders? It is their ability to motivate, inspire, and influence others to achieve the team’s goals. Leaders that produce remarkable results do so by establishing credibility, building trust, and creating positive work environments where ALL employees can do their best work. This engaging presentation will provide participants with practical tips on how-to remove the barriers and obstacles that typically lead to employee disengagement, dissatisfaction, and de-motivation. Dr. Jermaine will share principles and best practices from his best-selling books, Leading with Greatness and Get Up Off Your Butt & Do It NOW!
Leading the Way of Change: Thriving in Times of Uncertainty
Will your organization thrive in times of uncertainty? Do your employees embrace or resist change? Will the products and services you offer to your customers lose their competitive advantage in the marketplace because your colleagues and employees refused to embrace change? There are many factors that accelerate the rate and speed of change. The BIG question is - are your employees and leaders prepared to Lead the Way of Change? This presentation will provide leaders and front-line employees with practical tips on how-to thrive and succeed during organizational change and transition. Effective change-based leaders inspire collaboration and motivation around the organization’s mission, vision, values, and strategic goals during times of uncertainty and unpredictability. Leading the Way of Change will teach your employees how-to maintain positivity, optimism, and creativity in the midst of constant change and chaos.
You Don’t Have to Sell Out to Stand Out
Positioning Women to Thrive and Succeed in Life, School & Work
What does it really take for women to thrive and succeed in today’s organizations? Does sexism still exist? Can women get to the top of their professions on talent alone? Do women have to act like men to be successful? Can a woman really be successful in her career and raise a family at the same time? Are women and men programmed differently for success? How can women and men partner to create a more inclusive and positive work climate? These questions inspired and motivated Dr. Jermaine to interview career women who worked in predominantly male-oriented industries, teams, and organizations. Based on his upcoming book, You Don’t Have to Sell Out to Stand Out!, Dr. Jermaine will share the practical tips and powerful insights he gained from interviewing 127 professional women of all ages and positions across diverse industries and organizations. If you’re ready to take your life and career to the next level then this presentation is definitely for YOU.
Leading with an Inclusive Lens
Achieving Organizational Synergy with Diversity & Inclusion
All organizations and teams have a diversity climate. Is your organization’s climate friendly or unfriendly, inclusive or exclusive, welcoming or unwelcoming? A friendly, inclusive, and welcoming work climate produces an environment where EVERYONE thrives and succeeds. As organizations and teams become increasingly multicultural, multiethnic, multilingual, and multifaceted – it is imperative that organizational leaders, managers, and employees learn how-to communicate and work effectively across ALL dimensions of diversity. Great leaders and employees contribute to a healthy and positive climate where EVERYONE is respected, regarded, and included. This thought-provoking presentation will provide participants with practical tips on how-to lead and work effectively in the areas of workplace diversity and inclusion. This engaging presentation will equip participants with practical tools on how-to cultivate an inclusive environment where everyone feels valued, welcomed, and safe. Dr. Jermaine will share principles and best practices from his best-selling books, Be Diversity Competent and Leading with Greatness!
Recharge and Stress-Less: Beating Burnout Before It Brutally Beats You!
Does the thought of having to do more with less give you a headache? Are there more responsibilities piling higher and higher on your personal and professional plate? Do workplace changes and challenges leave you feeling overwhelmed and stressed? Could you use a 25th hour in your day? If you’re ready to develop a game plan to take control of your life and career rather than your life and career taking control of you – then this presentation is definitely for YOU. You do not have to live life feeling drained, depressed, or depleted any longer. Beating burnout begins with cultivating a positive stress response style and developing healthy coping mechanisms. Professional development expert, motivational specialist, and leadership coach Dr. Jermaine, will teach you how to recharge, refresh, and renew your batteries so you can thrive and succeed in life, school, and work. Dr. Jermaine will share tips from his books, Get Up Off Your Butt & Do It NOW and Lessons from the Road.
Thrive: Energizing Your Life and Career from the Inside Out
Are you thriving or merely surviving in life and work? Are you happy and fulfilled with the current direction of your life and career? Would you like to take your career to the next level? Are you truly living a values-based life? This presentation will inspire you to fully contribute your unique talents, abilities, gifts, and skills to your team and organization. Dr. Jermaine will teach audience-members how-to live a more congruent life that’s aligned with their highest values, goals, and priorities. Topics include personal branding, vision creation and casting, career engineering, conquering fear and self-doubt, and overcoming workplace stagnation. If you feel stuck and uninspired, Dr. Jermaine will help you get motivated, inspired, and unstuck so you can THRIVE and do meaningful, interesting, and challenging work that energizes you from the inside out.
Gettin’ Gritty: Finish What You Start!
Are you a Gritty person? Did you know that Grit is a better predictor of success and achievement than smarts and intelligence? Grit is the qualities of passion and perseverance that individuals, teams, and organizations possess when pursuing long-term goals. Do you have an initiative, goal or objective that your team and organization needs to achieve? Will procrastination and a lack of motivation and commitment rob your team of success? Do you want to ensure your colleagues and employees maintain motivation, momentum? If so, I suggest you build a Grit-based culture up, down, and across your organization. If you want a competitive advantage in the marketplace – build a Grit-based culture. Dr. Jermaine will share tips from his best-selling book and recent doctoral dissertation, Get Up Off Your Butt & Do It NOW and GETTIN’ GRITTY: A Quantitative Study on the Relationship between Grit Scores and Sales Performance of Real Estate Agents within the Twin Cities. Dr. Jermaine will teach your employees how-to sustain personal and professional motivation even when they don’t feel like it. Get ready to Get Gritty and to finish whatever you start.
The Bounce-Back Factor: Overcoming Obstacles to Achieve Success
Adversity is a fact of life and business. At some point, all individuals, teams, and organizations will experience major budget cuts, diminishing resources, limited head count, and having to do more with less. How individuals and organizations respond to these challenges will determine if they succeed or fail? Don’t allow feelings of gloom and doom or helplessness and hopelessness sabotage your personal and professional success. Let Dr. Jermaine teach you how-to mentally, emotionally, and physically Bounce-Back in the face of adversity. The Bounce-Back Factor will teach you how-to adapt and bounce-back when life and business does not go as planned and expected. Get ready to learn and laugh as you prepare to thrive and succeed in life and work.
Thriving as a Team: Driving Results with Cooperation and Collaboration
Do people within your organization work together cooperatively and collaboratively? Or do they work independently within silos? Organizations and teams thrive and succeed because of unified, committed, and motivated team members. Do your colleagues show up to work motivated and engaged or drained and disengaged? Is everyone crystal clear about the organization’s mission, vision, and values? Does everyone know how-to contribute their unique talents, abilities, gifts, and skills to the teams’ strategic goals and objectives? Would you like to learn how-to enhance and increase your team’s effectiveness and productivity? If you want to help your teams go from mediocre to awesome - then this presentation is for YOU. This session will provide you with practical tips on how-to work cooperatively, collaboratively, and cohesively as a team to increase organizational success and effectiveness. Dr. Jermaine, will share principles and best practices on how-to Thrive as a Team from his two best-selling books, Leading with Greatness and Get Up Off Your Butt & Do It NOW!
Communicate Like a Champ: Communicating Up, Down, and Across Your Organization
Can you get your point across in a meeting without appearing aggressive, arrogant, or annoying? Can you motivate and inspire your colleagues to accomplish the team’s vision and goals through the power of effective communication? Do you know how to quickly analyze a situation and adapt your message to minimize disagreements, tension, and conflict? Those who can effectively communicate up, down, and across their organization will thrive with greater ease within the workplace. One of the keys to succeeding within your organization lies in your ability to build and maintain positive workplace relationships. This presentation will help you build better relationships with customers, co-workers, and leaders throughout your organization. Remember, 85% of your success in life and work is determined by your ability to communicate appropriately and effectively with others. Dr. Jermaine will share proven communication principles that will move your team and organization forward from his best-selling book, Leading with Greatness.
Oops …. What Do I Do NOW? Fostering a Work Culture of Respect and Inclusion
Have you ever heard a racist, sexist, or homophobic comment that left you speechless? Have you ever observed rude and offensive behaviors that left you feeling uncomfortable and unsure of what to do next? If you would like to learn how-to respond effectively to inappropriate and offensive, comments and behaviors – then this presentation is definitely for YOU. The content and concepts taught in the interactive presentation, Oops …. What Do I Do NOW - was created to help individuals, teams, and organizations move from diversity chaos and conflict to diversity communication and cooperation. Audience members will leave this presentation with practical tips and tools on how-to courageously engage in diversity-related dialogues and discussions without feeling drained, depleted, stressed, and overwhelmed. Get ready to learn and of course – have FUN! Dr. Jermaine will share principles and best practices from his best-selling books, Be Diversity Competent and Leading with Greatness!
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