Phillip Van Hooser, MBA, CSP, CPAE

A Leadership Keynote Speaker to Inspire High Performance Leadership, Service & Communication

30+ Years Experience, 900+ Clients, FORTUNE 500 to Small Town Business

Embraced by top U.S. companies, trade associations and small-town leaders alike, Phillip Van Hooser is a leadership keynote speaker whose commonsense approach inspires high achievement, service and communication that improves overall company performance.

Engaging Stories + Levelheaded Leadership

With engaging, relevant illustrations drawn from his leadership roles in manufacturing, consumer products companies and banking, Phil Van Hooser is a leadership keynote speaker who equips audiences with time-tested ways to improve performance and productivity — methods that elevate employee, customer and stakeholder satisfaction.

Leadership Keynote Speaker with the Experience & Credentials You Can Trust

When results matter, you want a leadership keynote speaker you can trust. Phil Van Hooser has the practical leadership experience, the demonstrated speaking experience and the professional credentials you’re looking for. Phil is a 30+ year member and past president of the National Speakers Association. He is a Certified Speaking Professional and is a member of the select CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame. Most notably, Phil is the recipient of NSA’s most cherished award for service — the Cavett.

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Keynote Presentations to Inspire Leadership Performance

Ground Rules for Leaders

“Power in an unprepared manager’s hand is like giving him or her a scalpel and saying, ‘Do surgery on your people.’ Risky.”

Are your leaders feeling the pressure to perform? New managers, emerging leaders, mid level managers and executives need to know the essentials for building engaged, cohesive leadership relationships.

This keynote, drawn from Phil’s popular book, Leaders Ought to Know: 11 Ground Rules for Common Sense Leadership, reveals strategies to inspire leadership performance. Propel new managers, even senior leaders into respected, integrity-based leaders! Leaders with staying power. Leaders who can perform at ever increasing levels of responsibility!

When these leadership strategies are practiced consistently, leaders learn how to:

  • Motivate — not manipulate — to get results
  • Communicate with honesty, integrity and confidentiality
  • Earn the respect of those you lead
  • Manage fear and control emotions
  • Take responsibility and be accountable

This program is perfect for:

  • ​New managers, emerging leaders and high potentials transitioning to leadership
  • Managers struggling with soft skills
  • Leadership teams preparing for succession or culture change
  • Millennials and Gen Z leading those senior to them

We Need to Talk: Building Trust When Communicating Gets Critical

“Leaders who find it hard to listen, often find it hardest to lead.”

From the frontline to the C-suite, communication impacts all facets of business operations. Bottom line results like sales, customer and employee relationships, productivity, cost reduction and profitability can all be improved with better communication!

This presentation is for anyone needing help with their communication skills. Based on Phil’s book by the same title, this keynote presents six commonsense strategies that will immediately improve communication results.

And when applied to their own enterprises, business owners, managers and front line staff understand how to:

  • Improve business relationships through listening skills
  • Rein in “brutal honesty,” and deliver difficult, sensitive messages with tact
  • Rebuild believability when truthfulness hasn’t always been practiced
  • Reduce conflict, build trust and improve team and customer relations

This program is perfect for:

  • ​All staff levels
  • New managers, emerging leaders and high potentials transitioning to leadership
  • Managers and teams struggling with conflict or confrontation issues
  • Customer service teams

Motivating Managers, Millennials & Misfits

Funny title, but it’s a serious topic. More than any other issue, leaders struggle with how to motivate employee performance. Yes, the performance of younger generation employees, but also the performance of all employee groups. 

Whether you’re working with Millennials, Baby Boomers, Gen X, or up-and-coming Gen Z, Phillip Van Hooser’s approach will help you motivate individual employee performance long-term.

  • Learn the communication secrets that work with Baby Boomers, Gen X, Millennials or Gen Z
  • Learn two motivational truths that apply to all generational groups
  • Identify five clues to any employee’s level of motivation
  • Explore methods to discover what really motivates each employee

This program is perfect for:

  • All organizational levels
  • Those managing and leading Millennial and Gen Z 
  • New manages, emerging leaders and those leading employees senior to them
  • Leaders and managers of organizations implementing transition and succession plans

Professionalism Is a Choice

“Successful people choose to do the things unsuccessful people could have done — should have done — but consciously chose not to do.”

Each day employees, managers, executives and leaders make choices that speak volumes about their commitment to service and professionalism. Choices and actions that either say, “I am a professional” or “I think I am good enough to get by.”

Is the “good enough” mentality is costing your organization money, market share and reputation? This presentation offers solid practices that will set your team apart from the competition!

Set your organization ahead of the competition by learning:

  • How to solve problems rather than assign blame
  • Why integrity and reputation cannot be compromised and how to protect them
  • How to reverse the negative behaviors of whining and whispering
  • 12 practical choices that build professional image and impact the bottom line

This program is perfect for:

  • ​Leaders at all organizational levels
  • New managers, emerging leaders and high potentials transitioning to leadership
  • Sales and customer service teams

Don’t Hold Your Breath: Keys to Lead Change, Transition and Transformation

“Trying not to change is like trying not to breathe — if you succeed, you die.”

Leaders at every organizational level know change is inevitable and never-ending. It’s an all-encompassing reality that doesn’t go away. For those leading the charge, future success rides on a sound approach to embrace change, guide transition and energize transformation.

For organizations seeking the best outcome, this keynote is a realistic look at successfully managing change. It is drawn from Phil’s professional experiences spanning four decades of work with hundreds of organizations, large and small.  And thousands of leaders — prepared and struggling — during extended periods of change, transition and transformation — including his own!

For leaders, this presentation will reveal the real world lessons for successful change, transition and transformation including:

  • The characteristics of change that impact your organization
  • 4 truths impacting change for your people
  • The relationship between change and transition
  • Key steps to successfully lead transformation

This program is perfect for:

  • All staff levels
  • Leaders charged with guiding people, projects and processes through organizational change

It’s Your Call: Tools & Rules for Big League Decision Making

“When the vision is clear, decisions are always easier.”

Leaders don’t generally intend to make poor decisions. Leaders struggle with decision making for one primary reason — they’ve never learned a solid process for smart decision making. It’s Your Call: Tools & Rules for Big League Decision Making will show you and your team how to take the lead in making smart decisions.

From Phil’s training at Wendelstedt’s Professional Umpire School, his work in Employee Relations, Human Resources / Safety, and his experience as a leadership training expert for top U.S. companies, you will:

  • Discover the importance of having the necessary – but seldom taught — tools for decision making
  • Get tips for avoiding “heat of the moment,” disastrous decisions
  • Assess your understanding of the written — and unwritten — rules for smart decisions
  • Learn a step-by-step process for making better decisions
  • Understand the factors affecting how and when to make “the call”

This program is perfect for:

  • New managers, emerging leaders and high potentials transitioning into leadership
  • Leaders and managers in safety / security roles
  • Decision makers at all organizational levels

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