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“Erica Dhawan is one of best speakers we have ever had.”

-Mary Haley, FedEx


Erica is one of the most sought after speakers on the modern world of work. As the world’s foremost expert on 21st century collaboration skills, Erica has shared the stage with world leaders including Arianna Huffington, Condoleeza Rice, and Bill Gates.








Learn new insights and tools to accelerate the connected power of teams, become more agile and innovative, and drive breakthrough ideas and outcomes in a digital workplace. Book Erica

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We live in a world of endless meetings and emails and constant cross-team dysfunction, duplication and delays. Our collaboration skills aren’t working to unlock better value in our business. The world’s leading collaboration expert Erica Dhawan argues that the game changer is a thoroughly modern skill called Connectional Intelligence (CxQ). As radical a concept as Emotional Intelligence was in the 90s, Connectional Intelligence is turning people into superconnectors who accelerate innovation, break down silos and foster breakthrough top and bottom line impact.

This dynamic, engaging, high-energy, fast-paced keynote will help participants understand the practice of using connectional intelligence as the key to collaboration success and leadership in the 21st century. Attendees will learn new insights and tools to accelerate the connected power of teams, become more agile and innovative, and drive breakthrough ideas and outcomes.

Learning outcomes include:

  • How anyone can excel not just through skills and smarts, but through Connectional Intelligence
  • Keys to leveraging your networks and connections, and creating contagious positive results
  • Successful tactics used to address connectional overload and in changing turbulent times
  • How leaders create deep connections of fierce loyalty and respect from their team and customers
  • How connectionally intelligent leaders outperform the competition and create remarkable results

Now it’s your turn to leverage the secrets of the people using connectional intelligence. It’s your turn to “Get Your Big Things Done.” You’ll be surprised just how easy it is.

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Transform your business through the power of concrete empathy. Book Erica

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We live in a culture defined by a distinct empathy deficit: The boss who constantly emails you are “wrong”—but never shows you how to correct those mistakes. The colleague who mansplains you to death in every conference call and has no interest in what you have to say. The team member who won’t stop looking at her phone as you share sensitive information during a meeting.

Why is empathy today at such a low point? You can credit various factors, including fewer face-to-face interactions, an ever-accelerating pace of change and an increasing number of global teams working remotely. These and other elements make it harder for any of us to understand and meet the unspoken needs of others. Teams have it especially hard. The more digitized teams become, and the more we interact online, the greater the need for empathy becomes to balance distances and misalignments and foster inclusivity and belonging.

How do we actively generate empathy in organizations? How do we bring people together, and make individuals feel genuinely emotionally connected, full-fledged members of the teams that have become the DNA of today’s organizations—teams that are virtual, global, multigenerational and matrixed?

In this keynote or workshop program, attendees will learn to activate Concrete Empathy, a playbook for leading empathic teams today. With a combination of engaging stories, science, and practical tools, it shows attendees how to cultivate greater respect, alignment and empowerment across teams, ultimately creating cultures of connection, collaboration and high-performance. Among other things, Concrete Empathy teaches attendees how to operationalize empathy with:

·       Simple ways of seeing the world as others do
·       Rules of thumb to avoid misunderstanding, ambiguity and rushes to judgment (or what we call, reading digital body language)
·       Signals that show others you understand their feelings and hear their ideas — even in emails, conference calls and IMs
·       Tools to diffuse tensions, bring an end to conflicts and create lasting connections

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Learn the new common sense rules of effective collaboration on 21st century teams. Book Erica

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When your colleague replies “fine!” are they actually fine… or are they angry? Do you wait hours to get clarification on a vague e-mail? Did that weekend text message from your boss irritate you? We are collaborating faster and more often than ever before. We feel like we’re connected – but are we really?  We save time using email, right?  But then we end up using all of that ‘saved’ time to clarify what we meant in the first place. In person, we can clarify context immediately. We rely on body language and tone to grasp the real meaning. With our digital walls up, we lose subtext and nuance.

We all leave an impression on each other. If someone doesn’t text back for hours or even days, do you think they are being rude? Is using an emoji or LOL unprofessional, or creating a human connection with your team? What impression does your boss, team, or colleague think of that kind of behavior? Whether your team works on separate floors, buildings or even countries, they have to connect differently in order to collaborate.These new misunderstandings are happening all day, every day. They’re reducing your employee engagement, morale, and team performance each time.

In this keynote, you will learn how to master Digital Body Language, the new cues and signals that make up the subtext of our messages, led by collaboration expert Erica Dhawan.

Learning Outcomes include:

  • Understand your collaboration style and what signals you are broadcasting (even if you don’t intend to!)
  • Reduce the confusion and frustration that comes with communication across all our various mediums, like email, phone, IM, text, apps and even live meetings
  • Develop a collaboration strategy to create the highest performing teams
  • Understand and build trust and connection, no matter the distance

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