Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes!

Change Management Keynote Speaker

I see it all of the time in my work as a change management keynote speaker. Unless you’re segueing into a David Bowie sing-a-long (“Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes!”), your team probably isn’t thrilled when they hear the words, “We’re going to be making some changes.”

Sure, we all know change can be a good thing. Without it, Walmart would still be a 5-and-Dime, Amazon would just be a rainforest, and Keanu Reeves would still be trapped in the Matrix.

In business and in life, change is an exciting and necessary part of staying ahead of the curve.

But transition can also be frightening and frustrating. We tend to assume the worst, even when we know why shifts are happening and how carefully they were planned.

Based on my experience and research in management and organizational psychology, there are 3 main types of change, which I address as a change management keynote speaker.

The Three Main Types of Change.
  • Processes
  • Personnel
  • Systems

A change in process can improve performance and streamline workload. But for many team members who are comfortable with the old process, the time and energy needed to learn a new way of doing things can seem to outweigh the benefits of the change.

Changes in personnel are part of doing business—maybe you’re growing and need to expand, or your long-time CEO is retiring. In either case, many team members and investors will feel more nervous than excited about the transition.

A change in systems can sometimes be a semi-annual occurrence for many businesses. Software is constantly evolving, and companies often host huge user conferences to help roll out updates or new systems. Software is a part of our everyday lives, and a big change can be like waking up in someone else’s pajamas: confusing and uncomfortable.

Change. It happens.

Change happens in every industry. Sometimes you’re leading it. Other times you might be a liaison, implementing someone else’s recommendations or policies. In either case, chances are you’re the one who will hear about it if people aren’t happy with the new model.

Whatever transition is taking place, the real challenge is managing the emotional response of the people who are affected. You want to maintain and grow the confidence of your staff and shareholders, and that means getting them to buy into the changes you’re making.

What do I do as a change management keynote speaker?

Tim O'Shea speaking speaking to a groupAs a professional change management keynote speaker, I address the human element of change. I know that the fastest way to get someone to accept a transition is to recognize and respond to their emotional output.

I also know that there’s no better place to engage people than a fun, face-to-face setting. Your next conference or meeting is an opportunity to address change and introduce a new perspective. Even if you’re just looking for a lighthearted message from a keynote speaker to unify your team or raise the energy in the room after a long lunch, or perhaps particularly dry presentation (somebody speaking monotone about
“The Science of Shipping Fruit: E=mc Pears,” for example), finding an engaging speaker shows your audience you appreciate and understand their concerns.