Thursday, May 25, 2017

We did it again! Winner of the "Management Agency Of The Year - USA"

Dear Sarah Whitten,

Once again many congratulations on winning the following award in our 2017 Business Excellence Awards

Management Agency Of The Year - USA

Dr. Gary Bradt: "Leading Others Starts With Managing Yourself" - Forbes Magazine, May 25, 2017


Leading Others Starts With Managing Yourself

Gary Bradt, Adapting-to and Leading Organizational Change

If you can’t manage yourself, you don’t have a prayer of effectively leading anyone else.
For instance, let’s say it’s been a stressful week, and a day at the beach sounds like the perfect solution. Only on the day you planned to go, it rains. How will you react? Will your mood darken along with the skies, and ruin the rest of your day (and everyone else’s)? Or will you quickly let go of disappointment, and suggest alternative activities for your group?
It’s a small but revealing choice. Followers are watching, and will take their cue from you. And the unexpected rain, like any unexpected or unwanted change, will dictate your experience negatively - if you let it.
Self-management is the ability to quickly scan a range of potential responses to any situation, then choosing the one that leads to preferable outcomes. It means being aware of your automatic, hair-trigger emotional response – your autopilot – and overriding it when necessary.
For example, if your autopilot response at work is to search for solutions whenever problems arise, great. But, if your autopilot response often leads to a drawn-out process of fault-finding and blame, it may be time to override.
The same principle applies at home. For example, if your one-time star student suddenly begins to struggle, does your automatic response help kick them into gear? Or does their downward slide continue, despite your best efforts? If it’s the latter, you may want to change your approach, before you once again try to change them.
Self-management requires self-reflection. It is the ability to ask "Is my response to surprising change or difficult problems obtaining the results I want?" If so, great. But if not, self-management means having the humility, and sometimes the courage, to change course.
Self-management is an acquired skill for some, and one that everyone can polish. Here are some tips for developing your self-management acumen you may find helpful:
• Think of it like the Internet of Things. Today, practically every machine and device we use daily is loaded with sensors that monitor and control their output and effectiveness. If continuous feedback can help keep a self-driving car on track, for example, perhaps continuous feedback can do the same for you too.
• Don’t rely on self-assessment alone. Often, others will feel the negative effects of your automatic behavior before you do. So, when someone offers feedback, take it. Accepting feedback doesn’t mean you must act on it. But it can provide valuable clues that your autopilot response has you off course, relative to your intent.
• Pay attention to patterns. If one person shares a piece of negative feedback, it’s a data point. If more than one shares similar feedback, it may suggest a pattern. And negative patterns may mean a change of behavior is indicated.
• Announce your intentions. If you decide to work on changing your automatic responses, let people know what you are doing, and why. For example, if you discover a pattern of overvaluing your opinion to the detriment of others, announce "I’m going to work on listening more and speaking less," lest followers wonder why you’ve suddenly gone mute.
• Ask for ongoing feedback. When changing your behavior, ask a few trusted advisors for ongoing feedback. Let them know the behavior you intend to change, and ask for immediate feedback when they catch you doing it right; and, when they catch you sliding backward. And, when they provide feedback, thank them.
• Be gentle with yourself. Almost everyone struggles occasionally with automatic responses that oppose their intent. When you recognize a negative pattern in your behavior, take heart, for now you can address it. Beating oneself up rarely helps anyone move forward.
Bottom line: Self-management means choosing your behavior to get the results you want. It is a skill that can be cultivated and improved. Learning to monitor and regulate your own behavior can be the first step to becoming a more consistent and effective leader for others.

Dr. Gary Bradt is a thought-leader who speaks on the topic of adapting and leading change to leadership and executive teams. For more information on Dr. Bradt's keynote programs and how he can help your organization, contact his management company, Standard Ovation




KANSAS CITY, May 2017The International Association of Speakers Bureau (IASB) has elected Charlotte Raybourn, Partner at Standard Ovation and current board member, as the incoming President-Elect for the 2018-2019 term. IASB is a 501c6 nonprofit trade membership organization of speakers bureaus, lecture agencies and speaker management companies located around the world. Founded in 1986, IASB provides leadership to the bureau industry through education, resources and partnerships with organizations that support the meetings and events industry. Raybourn has demonstrated a high-involvement and strong knowledge-base of the professional speaking industry. This elected position validates Raybourn’s hard work and involvement within the association, as well as her devotion to her company and the industry.

Raybourn is one of the founders of Standard Ovation, a professional speaker management agency, for over five years. Raybourn has been an active member in IASB since joining in 2012. She’s sat on the board since 2015. Her dedication to the code of ethics stated in IASB’s bylaws, and for her involvement in educating the market on industry trends, are just a couple of recognitions Raybourn has proven herself in order to receive this honor.

For the past 30 years, IASB has consistently had tenured and industry-experts take the lead of their association, and Raybourn is no different. Her role as President will continue that legacy and commitment which its’ members pride themselves on since the association was formed.

For more information about IASB, visit their website:
To contact Charlotte Raybourn, visit her webpage:

Charlotte Raybourn began her career in Los Angeles at Wilkinson House Much Public Relations, a boutique publicity firm specializing in entertainment publicity. While working on the client list that included actors Alicia Silverstone, Lisa Kudrow, Josie Bissett, Rob Estes, Tiffani Amber Thiessen and Michael Richards, Charlotte developed an eye for emerging talent. It is at WHM that Charlotte gleaned the bulk of her PR experience.

Charlotte also worked on the Emmy Award-winning television show Frasier as well as the production arm of the feature films The Aviator, Be Cool, The Holiday, 300, Pink Panther, Good Night and Good Luck, Charlie Wilsons War, Marley and Me, Indiana Jones, My Sisters Keeper, It’s Complicated, and Inception. She was part of the Academy Award-winning team from The Aviator and the BAFTA Award-winning and Art Director’s Award-winning team from Inception.

In 2010, Charlotte joined the speaker bureau business where she successfully brokered deals between celebrity/keynote speakers and clients. Combining her tenacious work style of booking speakers with her passion for personal branding, Charlotte is excited about bringing all of this experience to Standard Ovation. She is an active member of the International Association of Speakers Bureaus Board of Governors.
Charlotte graduated with a Bachelors Degree from San Diego State University in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Advertising and minor in Business. In her free time, Charlotte enjoys teaching yoga, playing the guitar, and traveling.

Standard Ovation is a professional speaker management agency for a very select group of some of the most sought-after keynote speakers, experts and thought-leaders within the industry. Our roster shares what we believe are the core attributes of a remarkable speaker. Our goal is to make sure every event a speech is delivered has the same remarkable characteristic as the message they deliver and value they add for every client. It’s our standard.  

Sarah Whitten
Partner, Standard Ovation, LLC
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Friday, December 30, 2016


by Don Yaeger
In the final moments of the championship match, our head coach, and ESPN analyst, Jay Williams reveals to our team the final play of the game – DREAM! (Photo courtesy of Don Yaeger)
In a couple of days some of us will make New Year’s Resolutions and some of us will share them with others as a way to hold ourselves accountable.

But have you ever been challenged to share your dreams?  Earlier this year I spent a grueling week on the basketball court, learning about teamwork and dreams at “K Academy” which advertises itself as “America’s number one college basketball fantasy camp.”

Laugh all you want at the idea of a motley group of middle aged men of varying degrees of basketball experience grinding it out in full court games.  Playing on the famed court inside Duke University’s Cameron Indoor Stadium under the watchful eye of the legendary Coach Mike Krzyzewski with his former players as coaches is certainly above our athletic abilities.

But Coach K and his players offered valuable lessons... which extend well off the hardwood.
My team struggled at the start of the camp, winning only one of our five “regular season” games.  That meant that of the eight teams who would play in the final day’s tournament, we were seeded seventh.  The night before, we had a team dinner and, truth be told, many of us had low expectations for our prospects the next day.  Our coach was ESPN analyst Jay Williams who won a NCAA title with Duke in 2001 and was the national college player of the year in 2002.  During our dinner, Williams shared a powerful story.

At the start of William’s sophomore year, after a practice, Coach K brought the players into the locker room to talk about the power of dreams.

“What would this life be without dreams?” Coach K asked Williams and his teammates.  “Dreams don’t have to relate to basketball but one of the things I want to focus on is what are your dreams?  I want your teammates to get a chance to know who you are.”
Mike Krzyzewski and Jay Williams. (Photo courtesy of Craig Jones/Getty Images)
Coach K pushed his players to share what their dreams were as he drew the team together.  Williams and his teammates were suddenly in the uncomfortable position of having to share their dreams, but Coach K encouraged them by reminding the players it would allow them to better know each other.

“That was one thing that stuck with me,” Williams told my team.  “Let’s find out who all of us are individually so we can find out who we are as a team, taking the time to get to know your teammates”

Williams looked back at the dream he shared, a vision he had held onto since childhood.

“I stood up before all those guys,” Williams recalled.  “My dream was something I’ve thought about since I was a little boy, something I used to do in the backyard when I played.  I wanted to hold the ball in my hands and throw it as high as possible as time dwindled off the clock in the national championship game.  That’s what I wanted to do.  I know it sounded cheesy, I know it sounded corny, but that’s what I always dreamed of doing.”

By sharing that dream, Williams was in the rare position of helping make it come true.  Fast forward four-plus months, Duke was in the national championship game against Arizona.  The Blue Devils led Arizona 82-72 in the final moments of the game.  As the clock ticked down, point guard Chris Duhon, who was dribbling out the clock, looked over to Williams and tossed him the ball so his teammate could live his dream.

“If you watch the tape, Chris Duhon has the ball up top,” Williams said as he looked back at the final moments of the game.  “I’m starting to become frantic since we’re about to win the national championship. In that moment, Chris Duhon, who is like a brother to me, waves me over.  I was like, ‘What? Why?’ He waves me over again and I move towards him as time dwindles down.

“He hands me the ball and I was baffled.  ‘What do you want me to do with this?’ I asked,” Williams continued.  “He just put his thumb towards the ceiling and said; ‘Throw it up.’  It was such a beautiful, amazing moment in my life.  Here we are about to achieve this monumental thing we had been working all year for and Chris Duhon, my teammate, my brother, took that moment to make me realize what my dream was and to help me fulfill it.”

Williams got a little emotional as he told us that story.  Then he asked what our dreams were for the tournament the next day.  It was nearly as uncomfortable as his description of the Duke locker room conversation with Coach K, but one by one, my teammates stood to share a dream.  One teammate, probably our oldest player, said he “just wanted to do something, anything, to contribute to the team.”  One of my teammates had been going to the camp for 13 years and never won the championship.  He said his dream was to win it on Sunday despite our poor record.  Another teammate said his dream was to stand next to that 13-year veteran when the team cut down the nets.  My dream was to contribute to the team’s success by setting a hard pick.  (If you’ve ever played with me, no explanation needed!)

Our head coach at K Academy, and former Duke Blue Devil,  Jay Williams. (Mark VonHolden/ AP Images for Discovery Communications) 

We all had different dreams but that dinner proved to be the glue which made the next day special. The guy who wanted to “contribute” dove for a loose ball, leading to an easy basket.  The rest of us went nuts yelling for him. I set my hard pick (erroneously called a foul, but I’m not bitter) and my teammates shouted encouragement.  After sharing what we dreamt about, the next day we rallied together, winning games and advancing through the tournament.  With a comfortable lead in the final minutes of the championship game, Williams, who had been drawing up plays for us all day, called a timeout and wrote a single word on his clipboard: “Dream!”

Too often we don’t share our dreams with our teammates: what we hope to accomplish in our careers, what we want in our personal lives.  Of course there’s a risk in sharing dreams.  We open ourselves up and make ourselves vulnerable.  But, unless we share our dreams, we can’t help each other achieve them, the way Duhon handed the ball to Williams at the end of the national championship game.

“At Duke, we treated each other like we were all family and that spoke volumes about the culture of winning,” Williams told me.  “Whether it be in business or sports or your own family, those are the types of moments you hope to create.  That’s winning.”

Instead of sharing a New Year’s Resolution, share a dream.  What’s yours?  Who was your Chris Duhon who let you live it?  Who was your Jay Williams who told you how important it is to share your dreams?  I’d love to hear you story... and I’ll hold you accountable in 2017!

Don Yaeger is a motivational speaker and New York Times best-selling author.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

RELEASED TODAY! New book by Dr. Gary Bradt - Change: The Tools You Need for the Life You Want at Work and Home

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Change: The Tools You Need for the Life You Want at Work and Home


“It is not the change in our lives, but how we choose to respond, that makes all the difference.”

How do you deal with nonstop change at work? Leading others through change? Personal loss? How do you cope with a sudden and unexpected shift in your life, at work or at home? Change can be hard.

Author Gary Bradt can help. In this book, he weaves relatable stories with nine practical tools to help you manage the change in your life. With strategic advice like keeping a ToWho list and empathetic guidance about when to let go or latch on, Change explores Bradt’s proven secrets for turning adversity into opportunity. Learn how to adapt and advance whenever change hits and turns your life upside down.


Going through change is not a market differentiator. Adapting to change faster and better than your competitors can be. Gary Bradt’s inspiring new keynote, Turning Change Into Opportunity, equips audiences with the tools they need to do just that. Based on his new book, Change: The Tools You Need for The Life You Want at Work and Home, this talk empowers audiences to:

- Experience the power of The ToWho List, a daily practice supported by an app Bradt developed that helps you build relationships that will sustain you through challenging change and difficult times

Discover the secrets of The Pyramid, a tool that helps you adapt your behavior to get better results whenever change puts you or your organization at risk for falling behind

- Learn to Let Go of Old Beliefs, Feelings or Behaviors that are only holding you down or holding you back

- Experience the moving power of The Two Minute Drill, an exercise that allows you to quickly engage your most deeply held values. Like a compass, these values will point you in the right direction whenever change creates difficult choices

- Understand The Four Factors Driving Change for practically every organization and industry across the globe, ...and more!

This upbeat and interactive keynote stimulates the mind and stirs the emotions. It inspires audiences to discover strengths they may not have recognized they had. Bradt’s business stories and personal anecdotes bring his points home in a way that audiences can not only understand, but relate to.

Discover what previous clients like IBM, eBay, American Express, Aetna and scores of others have before: That it’s not the change in life, but how you choose to respond, that makes all the difference. Let Gary help your audience embrace change to find the opportunities that await.

Gary Bradt in 2-Minutes: Message and Impact
Watch Gary Bradt in 2 minutes discuss how his message can create an impact. .#CHANGEISGOOD




Friday, December 2, 2016

Lindsey Roy joins the Standard Ovation team!

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