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Does your success depend on your ability to influence? This contest is for YOU!
Our February Contest Winner will receive a
FREE coaching session and detailed feedback on a presentation worth $450!
Enter by February 18th to WIN!
The winner will be announced on February 20th.
To transform you from a speaker to an influencer.
Influence is what enables the most effective people to impact the thoughts, feelings, and actions of others and drive results. A great speaker isn’t necessarily an effective influencer. People walk away from a speaker entertained; they walk away from an influencer changed.
“MI was the most valuable course I’ve taken in my career. Influence is the single most important skill in my role. I’ve used the skills I learned in one on one interactions with my reps, in large groups for trainings as well as selling to customers.”
Indirect Account Manager
Bring your influence challenges to the course, and we’ll help you overcome them. Are any of these challenges getting in your way?
“It is critical that we are able to present a clear, concise, impactful message in many different forums. Maximum influence gives us the foundation to accomplish this. It gives employees the complete foundation. Starting with how to prep and prepare your presentation to delivery to close. No other class that I have taken through is as comprehensive as this.” Regional Director Data Sales
“I used the writing methodology during the Ops Review the week after Maximum Influence. I felt the conversation went much smoother. I was able to direct the discussion proactively, addressing production gaps before the question was asked. I had three other DMs and a Director ask for my talk track notes as coaching aides. My ego drank it up like hot chocolate.”
Retail District Manager
Our proven process builds your confidence, increases your effectiveness, and helps you become the credible source of information in any situation. By the end of the course, you’ll be visibly more influential and confident that you can apply the skills learned to a variety of audiences and situations, so you demonstrate maximum influence in meetings, on conference calls, when presenting, and interpersonally.
The Career Advice You Probably Didn’t Get – Developing the acumen to close the gender gap in leadership positions.
The 5 AM Miracle Podcast Habit Episode (Summarizing Duhigg’s book)
The 5 AM Miracle Podcast on making sticky habits – Interview with James Clear
A Simple Way to Break a Bad Habit TED Talk by Judson Brewer
How to Build Your Network by Brian Uzzi and Shannon Dunlap. Harvard Business Review December, 2005.
How to Revive a Tired Network by Hermann Ibarra. Harvard Business Review, February 3, 2015
Why Your Inner Circle Should Stay Small, and How to Shrink It by Scott Gerber
Four Ways Women Can Build Relationships When They Feel Excluded at Work by Brenda F. Wensil and Kathryn Heath
The Real Happy Pill
The Lifechanging Magic of Tidying Up; The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, by Marie Kondo
SHED Your Stuff, Change Your Life, by Julie Morgenstern
No More Sleepless Nights, by Peter Hauri, Ph.D. and Shirley Linde, Ph.D.
Walking thru life in an underslept state
Klassen Performance Group:
Increasing Your Emotional Intelligence: Unmanaged emotions drain energy, often without us even realizing it’s happening. Increase your awareness and ability to manage your emotions so they don’t drain your energy.
Wysa – manage negative emotions, especially anxiety and stress.
Meditation Studio is a beautifully designed app for Android and iOS that promises to untangle your mind.
10% Happier – meditation for fidgety skeptics
Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are (Power Pose Talk) by Amy Cuddy
Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable by Luvvie Ajayi
The Power of Talk: Who Gets Heard and Why by Deborah Tannen
Women at Work: Make Yourself Heard Season 1, Episode 1
Astound – Voice Training App
The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch
15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management by Kevin Kruse
The Winner’s Brain, Jeff Brown
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying UP by Marie Kondo
3 lessons on success from an Arab business woman – overcoming male dominated industries
Reframing stress-“how to make stress your friend” Kelly McGonigal
The Power of ‘Yet’: Developing a Growth Mindset with Carol Dweck
Books / eBooks:
Bounce: Overcoming Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy, by Cassandra Gaisford
Option B: Facing Adversity, building Resilience, and Finding Joy, Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
The Resiliency Advantage, Al Siebert
Learned Optimism, How To Change Your Mind And Your Life, Martin Seligman
Flourish, by Martin Seligman
Man’s Search for Meaning, Victor Frankl
Klassen Performance Group Course:
Increasing Your Emotional Intelligence
Option B – Helps people build resilience and find meaning in the face of adversity
Books & Journals:
Clear Your Clutter, Manifest Your Dreams
Boundaries: When To Say Yes, How To Say No To Take Control Of Your Life
The Artist’s Way
The ONE Thing
Ink & Volt Planners/Journals
Blinkist – bite sized audio books, one free per day
The Art of Charm – Episode 724 How To Deepen Your Connection With Others
The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes – Episode 10/9/2018 The Power of Building Influential Networks
Finding Braveby Kathy Caprino
The snow has fallen, the days are shorter – the holiday season is here! For most people, the holidays bring a mixed bag of excitement and stress. With so many obligations pulling you in different directions it can be hard to appreciate this time of year. Regardless of what is on your holiday to-do list, there are 3 strategies you can employ to manage your stress and enjoy this holiday season.
Every attendee of Maximum Influence knows how important clarity of purpose is to effectiveness. You simply cannot be effective if you haven’t clearly articulated the impact you want to have. The same principle applies to any endeavor and can help make the holiday season less hectic and more enjoyable.
Each year, my extended family of over 60 people holds a Christmas party that is so loud with laughter that we surely violate noise ordinances. They’re as fun as they are loud. However, it’s much more than a great party. The parties serve a more important purpose of knitting together an ever-expanding group of family members, providing continuity from my 92-year-old Grandmother to the newborns introduced each year.
Over the years, my purpose has evolved from merely enjoying myself to ensuring that old and new members of the family feel just as welcome and vital to this family as everyone else. So, when it’s 5:00 PM on Christmas Eve and my immediate family and I feel so exhausted that we consider staying home for just one year, we push forward, knowing how important it is to continue building strong family connections for future generations. Instead of spending all of my time with people with whom I’m most familiar, I make a conscious effort to meet new family members that will continue this tradition in the future. Knowing my purpose elevates this party from a great time to something even more valuable to me.
A 2011 study conducted by Robert Epstein reported that planning was the number one tool participants found most effective in managing stress. Thoughtful planning gives you a sense of control and will steer you clear of two pitfalls that suck the joy out of holidays: unrealistic expectations and over commitment. Keep your expectations in check by measuring them against your purpose. Do you need the full-on animated light display in your yard or can you put lights around a few trees?
With a clear purpose in mind it is much easier to make plans to achieve it and to avoid activities that undermine it. By clearly articulating my purpose in attending the family party, I instantly become focused on the top priorities for the evening. I know who I need to make time to connect with and I make it a point to do so. When I swing by the grocery store to pick up a premade appetizer, I don’t feel inadequate because I’m purposefully spending my time where it matters most. Don’t get caught up in the unrealistic expectation that everything needs to be perfect. Make a realistic plan based on what is important to you and you’ll be less likely to experience skyrocketing holiday stress due to over commitment.
Seeing relatives you may not see often can lead to some stressful conversations. Many of us know someone who stirs negative emotions just by thinking about them. It’s important that we don’t let these negative emotions lead us astray of our purpose. To prevent this from happening, channel your inner “high stakes conversation” specialist. Our article Leveraging Emotional Intelligence During The Holidays provides helpful tips to maintaining diplomatic discussions.
The fundamental first step is to turn up your self-awareness. Emotions drive actions, and being aware of your underlying emotions can help curb impulsive behavior that may fuel the fire and help you lose sight of more important things, such as maintaining relationships and open communication. Obviously, this is easier said than done, but by starting with a clear purpose for the event or for a specific interaction, you will be more self-aware when strong emotions arise. Awareness helps you maintain perspective and your options for a thoughtful response increase.
My Grandmother is truly one of the great influences on my life. She is also one of the greatest influencers I’ve ever seen. She leads a family of over 60 people through unfailing examples of love, laughter, gratitude, and compassion. I’ve watched my Grandmother smile and her obvious pride as she watches four generations of family members reconnect and have a great time together every Christmas. For me, remembering that our annual party serves a greater purpose than simply having a good time makes me feel good about making the extra effort to show up and reconnect each year.
Happy Holidays, everyone!
June 17 and 24th, 2019
at The Minneapolis Foundation
As business leaders, we know that sustained success requires vision, commitment, drive, hard work, resilience, access to resources, and a solid network. Today’s youth – who are tomorrow’s workforce – will need the same.
There are highly motivated and capable students who are ready to chart a course for success. They just need the tools to make it happen. Together, we can provide them with those tools.
There is wisdom in investing in these students and helping them become valuable members of the workforce and communities. We each have the ability to help guide and encourage them to become their best. Contact Dr. Heather Johnson (651) 322-7821 or fill out the form below for more information on this opportunity to inspire, empower, and sponsor students for this unique future-building course.
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To provide motivated, high potential high school juniors with tools to chart a course for their future, skillfully navigate their journey, and ultimately achieve their goals.
A concentrated hands-on two-day course, designed and facilitated by Dr. Heather Johnson, to help motivated high school juniors to define their ideal future and give them the tools essential to make it a reality. See the full two-day agenda here.
Participants will experience a top-quality professional leadership development course designed to meet their specific needs. They will learn to use a variety of tools that will help them make strategic choices about their future, develop and nurture relationships, ace any interview, and develop rock solid accountability that will benefit them throughout life. They will meet leaders with a variety of backgrounds who will share their expertise and insights.
Our goal is to have all costs, including materials, assessments, and attendance for this group of students to be fully covered via financial contribution from business sponsors. We encourage you to Donate using the button below. In addition, we are also looking for sponsors to have direct involvement by joining us and the students for lunch one of the days, and speak for 20-30 minutes on a topic that reflects an area of your interest and expertise.
Donations accepted via PayPal or Major Credit Card.
In 2013, Heather became President of KPG. She and her team continue to expand Klassen Performance Group’s offerings to meet the changing needs of clients.
Dr. Johnson is a nationally recognized speaker and expert in developing individuals and teams. As a psychologist with over 20 years of business experience, Heather is able to quickly determine what is holding both individuals and teams back, and collaborate with clients to generate real solutions that get long-term results.
Whether facilitating or coaching, Heather creates an environment that challenges people to look at things from a different perspective and engages all participants. Workshops are interactive, personalized, and focused on practical application, enabling participants to apply what they learn immediately and maximize their potential.
Clients view Heather as a true partner as they collaborate to develop customized business solutions and benefit from her diverse resources. Using a combination of customized workshops and personalized assessments, individuals and leaders get insights into themselves and their teams that increase their effectiveness significantly. Dr. Heather Johnson is truly a catalyst for change.
June 17 and 24th, 2019
at The Minneapolis Foundation
We are pleased to announce a unique opportunity for motivated high school juniors to attend a 2 day personal development workshop designed specifically to equip them with the skills and tools needed to succeed while planning and achieving their goals.
This development opportunity is fully funded by local business partners, and was developed specifically to address the unique obstacles and roadblocks that are sometimes present for high school students who are in need and trying to prepare for the future.
To provide motivated, high potential, high school juniors with tools to chart a course for their future, skillfully navigate their journey, and ultimately achieve their goals.
This is a two-day workshop that will take place June 17 and 24, 2019 at The Minneapolis Foundation downtown Minneapolis. Students will participate in large and small group learning sessions from 8:00AM to 5:00PM each day.
This developmental opportunity is developed and facilitated by Dr. Heather Johnson, President of the Klassen Performance Group. Dr. Johnson is a nationally recognized speaker known for engaging, results-focused development that is immediately actionable.
Local business will cover all costs for this opportunity including:
Interested juniors will complete and submit an application by April 30, 2019, and be notified within 14 days of the due date if they are selected to attend. In addition to the application, each student is required to obtain a letter of recommendation from a coach or advisor and provide them a link to upload the letter prior to the due date for consideration.
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Businesses, families, and communities need leaders at all levels to rise to the challenge and lead them through to the other side. We can help you understand and mitigate the impact of stress; communicate candidly, clearly, and confidently; and foster the resilience people will need to bounce back and thrive.
We know budgets are tight, and to help as many leaders as possible access the course, we are offering this self-directed, online course for just $147!
Resilient leaders know that continually learning and expanding their leadership skill is essential. We have three impactful leadership development public courses available for you! Would you like to be notified via email when new workshop dates and locations are announced? Sign up for our newsletter in the right sidebar, shown on any page of the website!
Seats are limited, register today!
February 23-24, Bloomington, MN
During Maximum Influence you will learn how to increase your ability to influence when giving presentations, facilitating meetings, and interpersonally. You will learn how to organize your thoughts quickly and concisely and present your message in a way that keeps listeners engaged. You will leave this session visibly more influential and have the tools needed to continue developing your ability to influence.
Learn more about Maximum Influence
March 16-17, Bloomington, MN
Superior Leadership is a content-rich, results-focused leadership course that is in a class all it’s own. Using a comprehensive competency-based leadership assessment, you will uncover strengths and weaknesses in your approach to problem solving, driving results, and working with others. You will then learn ways you can develop twelve leadership competencies drawing from content, discussion with other leaders, and opportunities to practice skills learned. At the end of the session, you will write a personal action plan, get input on it from other leaders in the room, and have six weeks to execute it before the follow up.
Learn more about Superior Leadership
Our course on Emotional intelligence has been so popular as an in-house course with our clients, we will begin offering it as an public option as well.
Watch for details coming in the next couple weeks to find out how you can attend Increasing Your Emotional Intelligence, and sign up for our Newsletter in the sidebar to the right to be notified via email when the course dates/locations are announced. Meantime, here is the first in our six part series on Why It Is Essential To Develop Emotional Intelligence
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