Popular Speech Topics

When you engage a speaker, you want someone knowledgeable, credible, motivational, and fun. Thanks to Debra Snider's lively and informal style and the empowering "suit yourself" theme that underlies all of her presentations, her audiences invariably leave inspired, enthusiastic and energized to make positive differences in their careers and their lives.

Debra uses examples and lessons learned from her highly successful 20-year business career to illustrate messages and make them more personal, more compelling, and easier for audiences to understand and follow. All of her talks are interactive and full of practical tools and tips for putting theory into action today and every day.

The most popular presentations are outlined below:


Other topics include Time Management, Client Development, Change Facilitation, Law Department Management, and Partnering for Win-Win Vendor Management. Click here to request more information on these.

Debra's favorite format is a 2-hour event, with 45 minutes of prepared remarks, 30-45 minutes of Q&A (there's always at least this much), and 30-45 minutes for unstructured conversation, networking, and book-signing. She is also happy to do shorter or longer presentations; her experience includes everything from facilitating Q&A or discussion after a brief introduction, to running breakout sessions, keynote speaking (in person and via webinar), and multi-day retreat facilitation. She has also served as both a panelist on and the moderator of several teleseminars and webinars.

Sometimes, you don’t need a speaker, but you do need an extra little something for a reception or workshop luncheon or networking event. A book-signing for a book like A Merger of Equals – written by a businesswoman and heralded as “one of the most enlightening and true works of fiction about corporate life and love," "a highly entertaining must-read" and "a fun, fast-paced love story chock-full of important and inspiring lessons about women, men, work, love and life” – might be just the thing.

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Suit Yourself: How to Prioritize Personal Satisfaction and Become a Star

Premise
The business world is far more complex and soul-draining than it needs to be. Employee misery and corporate inefficiency are as prevalent as ever, despite years of focus on improvement strategies. Why? We need to do a better job of suiting ourselves. Suiting yourself leads to the only kind of success that matters – the kind that satisfies you.

Talking Points

Develop self-awareness
Articulate priorities
Focus time and energy on what matters most
Let goals, not outcomes, be your guide
Match your behavior to what you want to achieve
Trust makes sense – give it and deserve it
Always ask "Whose rules are these?"


Results

Inspired, energized audience armed with proven, practical tools for:

  • Being better employees
  • Being better employers and leaders
  • Increased job satisfaction
  • Greater control over their time
  • Becoming leaders
  • A strong, actionable awareness that their work can, must and does add meaning and impact to their lives and the lives of others

Alternate Titles
Personal Satisfaction; Organizational Success
Suit Yourself and Succeed


Leadership: The Real Key to Career Success

Premise
Leadership has very little to do with hierarchy, job position, age, experience or even personality. Everyone has frequent opportunities to make things better and more fun, to commit to the success of others, to fix processes and inspire others to want to come to work, and to contribute to strong culture, strong teamwork and strong organizations.

Talking Points

What is leadership?
--High-level
--Specific behaviors
Why is it worth the effort?
--Personally
--Organizationally
What happens when it flourishes throughout the ranks?


Results
Inspired audience motivated to step up to leadership, thus enhancing individual career development and organizational productivity

Alternate Titles
Everyday Leadership
Leadership - What's In It For You?


Success Strategies for Professional and Business Women

Premise
The rules of the game weren’t written by and for women, so we’re not hardwired with them like men are. We have to realize that they exist, figure them out and make them work for us.

Talking Points

How to prioritize, get very comfortable with your choices, and get on with things
How to stay open to redefinition, be flexible, and give yourself a break
How to square personal priorities and organizational realities
How to identify and reliably see the forest and the trees – and then act accordingly
How to be a leader and make a difference – for yourself, your colleagues, your clients and your organization


Results
Inspired audience equipped with practical tools for achieving high impact performance, offering unique value, demonstrating leadership, and succeeding

Alternate Titles
Focus on What Matters Most – Personally, Professionally & Organizationally
Lessons From the Front – A Woman’s Gameplan for Success
Little League v. Big Deal, Class Play v. Client Paperwork, PTA v. M&A –
Work-Life Balance in the Real World


Strategic Productivity

Premise
Strategic productivity is about doing things better, not just less expensively. It’s about building a better model, emphasizing highest and best use of people and other resources vs. superhuman effort, burn-out and mere cost-cutting.

Talking Points

Mission and vision
Right people in right jobs
Process and resource efficiency
Intelligent, goal-oriented outsourcing and vendor management
Consistent focus on what matters most
--Personally
--Organizationally
Enduring results; continuous improvement


Results
New understanding of true productivity and how to create and sustain it via a proven approach that improves job satisfaction and the bottom line

Alternate Titles
Real World Time Management - Focus on What Matters Most
Do More With Less, Happily

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Evolution of a Career – Differentiation, Leadership, Success
In this exclusive and very personal presentation, Debra describes how and why she became a writer, then shares the evolution of her highly successful legal and business career, with emphasis on the challenges she faced and the high level lessons she learned during her climb up the corporate ladder.

Debra can tailor this talk to a variety of lengths. Her prepared remarks last about 15 minutes when done at a very high, summary level, 30-40 minutes when done at a meatier, outline level, and 60 minutes when done at a full, training session level. In all cases, she offers practical takeaways that let her inspired audiences put her experience and advice to immediate use. Meeting planners are advised to schedule a minimum of 30 minutes for Q&A with this talk; it always generates a great deal of audience participation.

This is a particularly good program for groups of professional and business women, but it also works for mixed groups of younger men and women who are looking for role models and experience-based coaching as they build their careers.

Win the Career Game
Premise
Young people often enter the business world without all the tools they need to make their careers successful. Knowing how to prioritize, getting and staying organized, adding unique value, and developing leadership skills are essential to becoming the kind of employee who gets rewarded and promoted. This talk is for entry-level or other people who are new to the business world.

Talking Points

Articulate your priorities and define success for yourself
Build your leadership skills and become a high impact performer
Ask for the help you need and the rewards you deserve
Get and stay organized
Balance your work and your life by focusing on what matters most


Results

Inspired, energized audience armed with proven strategies and practical tools for making their careers successful.

Alternate Titles
Career Success 101
A Basic Toolkit for Career Success
The Rules of the Game: Proven Strategies for Career Success

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