Key Topics

Key Topics

Below is a selection of the key speeches that Minter makes. He’s entirely comfortable delivering his speeches online or offline. His topics are around three themes:

These are regularly updated and his speeches are always tailored to the client’s situation.

Leadership Mindset

Following on the launch of my book, You Lead, How Being Yourself Makes You A Better Leader (by Kogan Page), I have constructed a series of online leadership workshops, including The CHECK-In Experience and the 5Es of Leadership, both of which are run with my partner, Stephen Gresty. You’ll find more here, including how to book.

How to Create a More Empathic Culture

Many if not most companies working on digital transformation are failing. The reasons are multiple, but without the superpower of empathy, efforts to transform and create genuine customer centricity are bound to falter if not fail. In this speech, Minter looks at why empathy is such an important leadership skill in today’s world. He explores ways for a company to embed empathy into its culture and processes in order to improve employee engagement, innovation and customer satisfaction. Minter is also fascinated by the options and opportunities to encode empathy into artificial intelligence, such as with humanoid robots, chatbots and voice-activated speakers.

Key takeaways:

  • Understand why empathy is going to be central to your transformation
  • Discover concrete ways to embed empathy into your leadership and organisation
  • Learn where empathy can help solve some of your big strategic issues

“In Order” — Re-booting and Re-energizing Your Business & Team

Given the recent monumental events, many people — from the top down through the ranks — are running low on energy. Virtually everyone’s business has taken a hit. In an economic environment that’s decidedly uncertain, sometimes scary, and a geopolitical situation that’s evermore strained, executives are going to be faced with a formidable and complex task. How to create or change your culture in order to adapt to hybrid work? How to recruit and retain the best talent? Not the least of your tasks is getting yourself and your team back in the saddle. The experiences lived during the pandemic will leave its mark on everyone. This talk is about how to get your business “in order” for the coming years, how to reboot yourself and your team in order to rebound and thrive.

Key takeaways:

  • Review what has actually changed — with some surprising insights
  • What needs to happen — in order — to get the business back on track
  • How to re-engage and motivate your team
  • The three keys to ensuring the energy to succeed in your transformation.

Energy in Connection

The pace of change is as exhilarating as it is fatiguing. It’s hard to keep ahead of the tsunami of communications, stay up-to-date with all the right information and new innovations all the while collaborating joyfully and/or leading your team and driving performance. In this speech, Minter looks at some practical ways to boost your energy in a digitally charged day. He provides an understanding of how our brains function and what we should be doing to optimise our energies. He’ll also explain key options and opportunities to use digital tools and devices in a more effective and enjoyable manner. Finally, Minter will uncover some startling facts about sleep and how to get the most out of your night’s rest.

Key takeaways:

  • Inspiration to change your behaviour for the better
  • What makes the brain tick and how to take advantage in today’s digitally connected world
  • New tools and practical tips to master your digital life
  • The five key steps to improve your sense of wellbeing

Transformation & Disruption

Transformation through Remote Work

If the pandemic provided a mandatory shift in the way we live and work, it’s not because we have all now done some remote work that we know how to do so optimally. In fact, for many people working from home in the forced confinement, the experience was far from effective. Moving an organization that was previously used to working in offices into a more flexible distributed workforce requires a very specific mindset (as well as some different tools). Moving to a more substantive remote work environment opens up many hidden issues that lie in the “in-presence” office culture. When done well, it’s a genuinely transformative and enriching experience.

Key takeaways:

  • How to mobilize and organize the move to remote work
  • The 5 key mindsets to adopt
  • Establishing the criteria for long-term success
  • How to focus on outputs aligned around your strategy
  • Some key tools & platforms for optimal remote work

Encoding Empathy into Business and Artificial Intelligence

As companies look to boost their business with Artificial Intelligence initiatives, many of these projects are bound to fail, with some evoking the possibility of yet another AI winter: much talk, but little concrete progress. There are undoubtedly many legitimate opportunities where AI can help drive the business, but leaders are often unwittingly setting expectations too high and/or not applying the correct resources. The ways that AI are being used in business, whether in the back end (e..g logistics, data analytics, operations, employee engagement…) or at the front end (e.g. chatbots, content creation and distribution, HR recruitment…), each require special skillsets and multi-disciplinary teams. In this speech, Minter looks at how and why you should flex your empathic muscle and how to encode empathy into your AI projects. (Heartificial Empathy)

Key takeaways:

  • Explore the latest Artificial Intelligence trends and recent examples of how companies are using AI (and empathy) to drive their business
  • Understand the keys to implementing AI in your business
  • Appreciate better the role of empathy in AI and how to flex your organization’s empathic muscle
  • Explore the options and challenges of actually encoding empathy into AI

How to Futureproof your Business against the next Disruption

With so many new technologies, platforms and gadgets sprouting up every day, which will be the most disruptive for your business? How to survive and thrive? In this speech, Minter maps out the key new technological forces that are disrupting businesses, both big and small, with an eye to creating a powerful and sustainable brand. For each of the 12 technologies, he presents an action plan to initiate and/or encourage change. Each technological force is expressed via stories and real life cases. Yet, the key to unlocking the potential of these technologies is to focus on the three key mindsets. This speech will develop why and how to bring about the necessary change. Futureproof (cowritten with Caleb Storkey, published by Pearson, Sep 2017)

Key takeaways:

  • Understand the key disruptive technologies and new tech trends
  • How to futureproof your business with the right mix of technologies
  • How to adopt the necessary mindset to take advantage of the disruptive forces
  • Create a culture of innovation in your business
  • Inspiration to go and try out some new technologies

Brand & Storytelling

Making A Great Story

What makes for a great story? In this speech, largely based around his personal story, The Last Ring Home, Minter looks at the art of storytelling in a digitally enhanced world. Taking advantage of certain technologies and using a portfolio of storytelling techniques, Minter has crafted well over a dozen versions of the story using 8 different media. What are the strengths and weaknesses of each media? Do different mediums evoke different emotions or experiences? How to optimize your story for a given audience on a given platform? How best to get your story out there. Using snippets and concrete examples, Minter presents the options and challenges of using different media.

Key takeaways:

  • Understand the key elements of a great story
  • Open your mind to the range of possibilities of forms and formats
  • Learn from real life experience, how to adapt to a specific media or repurpose your story across different channels
  • Improve your content distribution

New Marketing Mindset — Unlocking the Secrets of the most successful yet little known Rock Band

Brands and marketers suffer from a massive deficit in trust. With the new tools, platforms and devices, the options to drive marketing have mushroomed. But many digital marketing programs are running at a fraction of their potential. If the Internet and the hippie movement were both born in San Francisco, it’s no surprise that this rock band ‘followed’ a marketing blueprint that created lasting success. In this entertaining and informative speech, Minter explores the quintessential lessons to be learned and the mindset needed to take full advantage of the remarkable new marketing tools and platforms.

Key takeaways:

  • The keys to developing trust
  • How to build a long-lasting and loyal community of fans
  • How to adopt the new mindset for effective marketing in the digital era
  • The new marketing of the 5E’s
  • How to explore a different business model

How to Pass the Brand Tattoo Test

Building a brand with enduring success has taken on new importance. With noise levels continuing to spiral out of control and customer trust low in so many institutions, including companies, executives and marketers, building a trustworthy brand has become strategic. In this engaging speech, Minter explores how the notion of branding has changed and what needs to be done to fix it. Specifically, Minter explains why executives should want to take the brand tattoo test.

Key takeaways:

  • How the notion of brand has changed
  • Why being Employee First is key to proper customer centricity
  • How to craft a brand that is tattooable

The Last Ring Home – A true story of Love, Courage and Honour

This is a moving personal story, the fruit of 27 years of research, which chronicles the life of Minter’s grandparents through WWII. The leitmotif of the film follows the remarkable journey of the Annapolis ring of his grandfather — after whom he was named — that spanned 40,000 miles and changed hands six times before finally fulfilling a dying man’s last wish. A combination of romance, extraordinary serendipity and deep determination, this story is bound to stir emotions and help place attention on immutable and significant values. This speech can be done with or without the screening of the 27-minute film. (award-winning film and book published by Myndset Press Nov 2016)

Key takeaways:

  • Learn a part of WWII History that is rarely ever covered
  • The impact of war on the homefront and how to build resiliency
  • The importance of uncovering your family history
  • Regain a focus on what’s important in life and the core values of courage, honour and love

To Book Minter

I'm Minter Dial and I serve my clients by elevating the debate and energy, telling powerful stories and connecting people and ideas. My mission to insert more meaningfulness into our lives and at work. I relish being an engaging professional speaker on leadership, transformation and branding. I'm known for being someone who walks the talk and delivers on or above expectations. I'm the author of four award-winning books, including the second edition of my award-winning book, Heartificial Empathy (April 2023, available in English and French), You Lead published by Kogan Page that won the Business Book Award 2022, and Futureproof (FT-Press/Pearson) that won the Business Book Award 2018. I'm also the producer of the award-winning WWII book and documentary film The Last Ring Home.

My new project is Dialogos, Fostering More Meaningful Conversations that was published weekly on Substack over 79 weeks. It will be converted into a series of books in 2024.

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