was in college, in front of a panel of judges from General Motors and the media. The thrill of winning 2nd place in a national advertising competition left its mark. I was in love!
Over the next 7 years, performing and winning (nearly every time) advertising agency pitches for business, I finessed the art of capturing the imagination of an audience, holding their attention, conveying critical key ideas and persuading them to view the world in a new way. (Fun fact: I have been both a client on the other side of the table of the pitch from one of my idol’s Arlene Dickinson – and I have pitched against her and won. That one time. Dreamy.)
In the latter half of my corporate career, I translated the art of listening well into problem solving and facilitating around a boardroom table. In fact, a colleague reportedly has walked around the world saying “That Kim Page (Gluckie) sure can work a boardroom.” Quite the compliment, in context with how tough a boardroom crowd is to win over… from electric utility button-up shirt types to engineers, I embraced the challenge of getting poignant marketing ideas across and getting them on the same page!
And that brings us to now. Over my career as a solopreneur, I have been invited to speak and crafted my own platforms for my communities based on some key values that I carry in every aspect of my work:
Here’s the thing about me though… I’m an introvert. If the first time you meet me is from the stage, you won’t know it. In fact, I was called out at Real Growth Retreat for Women by a photographer… she observed me speak and teach, she enjoyed my dynamic style and my love of the opportunity. Then she observed me sit towards the back for the other presenters and not speak much at all.
Being an introvert benefits you! I was listening. I was processing. I was observing. She was right. I am not an extrovert as many would think. I gather my ideas and insights from observances around me and appreciation for the problems people genuinely have. I save my energy for delivering all that with enthusiasm in killer outcome-focused presentations.
My style is defined as sassy, passionate and professionally casual. I’m adored for cutting through the crap and delivering great content that is current. I’m also super comfortable making others comfortable by simply being myself – telling stories, reassuring with reality, laughing at myself and being real.
I despise fluffy presentations with no meat. I love delivering levity to heavy or overwhelming topics, with a bit of laughter and a whole lot of reassurance that success is ahead! Interaction, when audience size permits, is encouraged and critical to the overall success of a presentation.
As a skilled moderator and faciltator, I am capable of delivering a planned presentation, rolling with any required conversation changes and incorporating an audiences’ questions on the fly!
I still get butterflies every time, but nobody ever knows. It’s because I care to make a big impact in the short time you’ve hired me for. I’m not dead inside. I’m not a robot. I’m totally confident I can deliver what you need, but I get butterflies, because I care. Awwww.
I think speakers who “sell from the stage” are slimy. Hey, we all want to grow our businesses, but if you hire me to make an impact to your audience, I’m using your stage to talk about your audience, to your audience. We can figure out other ways to let them in on how to connect with me privately.
My dreamiest presentations are in a cozy environment to groups of 20-100, with flipcharts and Sharpies and lots of nodding heads and busy bouncing pens. For even the most advanced technology, low tech presentations make the biggest impact! Whether I’m speaking from the stage or facilitating in a smaller crowd, I’m a firm believer in the transfer of ideas with good old paper and pen, for both myself and the audience.
Some subjects and audience sizes simply won’t succeed low tech, so clipping on a mic and supporting a good in depth discussion with some killer power point slides is totally acceptable too.
I’ll help you decide what format is best for your audience! Okay? Let’s figure out how together!
Well hey, I can be an “expert” about lots of things, plenty of things your audience might need to know. A few of those ideas are below.
But here’s what I will ALWAYS talk about, no matter what the other details are shaped around it… people matter, relationships matter, community matters, truth matters, feeling great about what you do matters. And these are the tenets for growing businesses that matter and living a life that matters. I can just talk about all that and make an impact your audience will feel for long time!
But if you want a more “here’s how to get the topic on your budget line” ideas, consider these…
I’ve experienced a blog workshop and a speaking engagement about Marketing your Brand with Kim. Both times I left feeling motivated and inspired to apply what I learned to my own business & blog. I especially like her style of mind mapping. I’ve been able to implement it into other areas of my life – not just business. It’s THAT good! Kim’s approach is professional, with a little sass and a lot of solid knowledge. She can help bring your brand to life!Melsha Shea,
Kim’s presentation at Brighter Business Empower on “Blogging for your Business” was so inspiring. I personally came away buzzing with more confidence, energy and ideas about blogging for my own business. Kim was so engaging. I just loved every second of her talk. Thanks so much for the motivation to get started! In fact, I started right after you spoke!Jaime Wedholm,
As a small business owner I knew of ‘blogging’ but I didn’t know where to start, or if it was relevant for me and my business. After hearing Kim speak about the power of blogging I knew that I needed to do it, or at least try! She made it easy to start, put your fingers to the keyboard and just start to type! Type about your products, your life, your business struggles, just start typing. I thought it was great, it will bring a more ‘human’ feeling to my company which is widely promoted via social media and radio. Kim was great, she is very down to earth, and she gives ‘real world’ techniques to help get you started! I recommend Kim to anyone!Vanessa McWilliams,
Kim was our guest speaker for Brighter Business Empower Series of Seminars. Our members have owned their own business between 1 and 5 years. The talk she gave about “Blogging For Business” provided our members knowledge about blogging and key points to blogging for their business. Kim also provided many great tips to get them started right away. Right after hearing Kim’s inspiring and encouraging words they got right to work. Blogging for Business is a MUST in today’s business world, and thanks to Kim, Brighter Business Empower members are writing up a storm! Thanks KIM!!Christina Rowsell,