For nearly two decades, Sylvie has stood in your shoes, understanding the intricacies and challenges of selecting the perfect speaker for an event. The task is seldom straightforward and comes with myriad questions. To assist you, we’ve collated the most frequently asked questions right here. Simply click on your topic of interest or question below. PS: Should you find yourself with additional queries or seeking further clarity, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Sylvie is a seasoned professional with two decades of corporate experience in Human Resources, Training and Development, and Leadership. As the Chief of Staff to the Chief Human Resources Officer for Europe’s premier tourism and retail group, Sylvie orchestrated the activities of all HR teams across the group. Before this role, she was instrumental at a consultancy firm, where she spearheaded both online and face-to-face training and development programs for elite Fortune 100 corporations. Having navigated diverse industries, she brings a wealth of knowledge and insights to her speaking engagements. Her journey from the corporate world to the stage has equipped her with invaluable lessons that she passionately shares with her audience.
Sylvie is exclusively represented by cmi. Celebrating two decades in the industry, cmi stands as a global frontrunner in the event industry. They work with an international selection of handpicked knowledge experts who have made significant impacts through their keynote speeches, training, consulting, and various publications. At the helm is founder and CEO, Karen Harris, who is passionate about changing the world one speech at a time, supported by a dedicated team committed to delivering an outstanding experience from booking to execution.
Beyond her accolades, Sylvie is a multifaceted individual. An avid boating enthusiast, a dedicated stair climber, and with a rich multicultural background, she brings a world of experiences to the table. Outside of work, she dedicates her time to volunteering with the National Speakers Association and the Global Speakers Federation. Or she cherishes every moment with her husband and two incredible teenagers, who give her emotional intelligence a workout every single day.
While Sylvie calls sunny Florida her home, her mission knows no boundaries. With a commitment to spreading her message, she’s available for engagements both nationally and internationally, ensuring her insights reach audiences far and wide.
Sylvie has delivered impactful presentations to diverse audiences across various countries, sharing her insights on the significance of intentional choices in the global professional landscape. Whether it’s a conference in Europe, a seminar in Asia, or a workshop in North America, Sylvie’s dynamic and engaging style resonates with audiences worldwide.
Sylvie is fluent in both English and German, allowing her to deliver her presentations in either language. This versatility ensures that she can connect with diverse audiences and cater to international events seamlessly.
Sylvie’s client list reads like a ‘who’s who’ of the corporate world. From budding small businesses to Fortune 500 giants, her impact resonates across sectors. Her ability to connect, inspire, and offer tangible takeaways has made her a sought-after speaker for diverse organizations.
Sylvie has engaged with a broad spectrum of audiences spanning multiple sectors. Her keynotes are particularly resonant with individuals in customer-facing positions, those in leadership capacities, sales professionals, and others who recognize the importance of making a powerful first and lasting impression in their roles.
Feedback for Sylvie is overwhelmingly positive. Consistently ranked as a top speaker, clients laud her presentations for their impact, relevance, and the tangible change they bring. Her unique blend of expertise, charisma, and authenticity leaves a lasting impression on audiences.
Sylvie’s expertise hasn’t gone unnoticed. Various media outlets have recognized and featured her insights. She is open to media interviews and podcast guest appearances. With her expertise in emotional intelligence, professional image, leadership, and first impressions, she brings a wealth of knowledge and engaging stories to any conversation.
Sylvie is proudly affiliated with the National Speakers Association, where she has held a variety of volunteer and leadership positions throughout the years, as well as the Global Speakers Federation, where she currently serves on the board. These affiliations underscore her commitment to the speaking profession and her dedication to continuous learning and excellence in her field.
Sylvie has been recognized for her outstanding contributions to the speaking community and has earned numerous awards. Additionally, Sylvie has achieved the Certified Speaking Professional designation. Her commitment to excellence and service is evident in the recognition she has garnered from both national and international organizations.
For Sylvie, emotional intelligence isn’t just a buzzword. It’s the bedrock of effective decision-making, fostering genuine understanding, and cultivating successful interpersonal relationships. It’s about recognizing our own emotions and those of others, and using this awareness to manage our behavior and relationships adeptly.
Sylvie breaks down emotional intelligence into five tangible cornerstones: visual, behavioral, non-verbal & verbal, digital, and social intelligence. Each cornerstone plays a pivotal role in shaping our interactions, decisions, and perceptions. By understanding and harnessing these, individuals can elevate their professional and personal interactions.
Sylvie offers a diverse range of keynotes tailored to organizational needs. Standouts include her immersive keynote experience, “The Power of Choice,” as well as her interactive keynotes, “You’ve 7 Seconds. Make them count,” “The Image of Leadership,” and “Discover Your Fair Advantage.” Each keynote is meticulously crafted, drawing from her vast experience, to resonate with and empower her audience, ensuring they leave with actionable insights.
“The Power of Choice” is a transformative keynote that delves into the profound impact of intentional choices on personal, professional, and organizational growth. Sylvie combines her expertise in behavioral psychology with her extensive corporate experience to showcase how our choices influence interactions, relationships, and outcomes. Enhanced with vibrant visuals and 3D projections, this keynote blurs the lines between reality and illusion, leaving audiences deeply inspired and motivated. For organizations, this keynote promotes employee engagement, aligns individual choices with organizational objectives, and fosters a culture of understanding and adaptability. For the audience, it’s a journey of self-empowerment, self-awareness, and self-confidence. Attendees will grasp the significance of their choices and how these decisions can shape their professional trajectory and personal growth.
This keynote emphasizes the criticality of first impressions in the business world. Participants will gain insights into how others perceive them, how this perception impacts their professional image, and the broader implications for their organization. Through interactive exercises, attendees will understand unconscious biases, engage in self-discovery, and learn to leverage various forms of intelligence to build stronger relationships and achieve professional success. Organizations benefit by developing a workforce that understands the power of first impressions, aligning individual and organizational brands, and fostering a customer-centric culture. For the audience, it’s about self-reflection, self-motivation, and self-expression. They’ll leave with tools to make intentional choices that align with both personal and organizational goals.
“The Image of Leadership” underscores the importance of leadership presence in today’s dynamic world. Leaders are guided to leverage emotional intelligence to make purposeful choices about their leadership style. The keynote emphasizes the alignment of personal and organizational brands, the power of first impressions, and the importance of leading with integrity and authenticity. Organizations will witness a shift towards a leadership culture that inspires and empowers teams. Leaders will gain insights into their unique leadership style, fostering trust and credibility with stakeholders. The keynote equips leaders with strategies to enhance decision-making, problem-solving, and overall effectiveness.
“Discover Your Fair Advantage” is a deep dive into what sets professionals apart in the workplace. It’s about identifying and leveraging one’s unique selling points or “fair advantage.” Through introspection and exploration, participants will uncover the combination of qualities that make them stand out, enabling them to present, act, and communicate with authenticity and confidence. Participants will embark on a self-discovery journey, understanding their unique strengths and areas of improvement. They’ll learn to harness their unique selling points, leading to increased self-awareness, self-confidence, and job satisfaction. This understanding empowers them to make a lasting impact in their careers, building trusting relationships and standing out in their professional endeavors.
Sylvie takes a meticulous approach to her keynotes and events. She begins by understanding the audience, the event’s objectives, and the overarching theme. This involves liaising with organizers, conducting preliminary research, and sometimes even surveying attendees. Sylvie then tailors her content to ensure it resonates with the audience, making each presentation unique and impactful.
Absolutely! Sylvie’s multi-cultural background and extensive international experience equip her with a unique ability to adapt her presentations for diverse cultural audiences. Her understanding of global nuances ensures that her content resonates universally, making her a favorite choice for international events.
Sylvie’s keynote presentations typically range between 45 to 60 minutes. However, she’s incredibly flexible and has delivered in various time frames, from succinct 20-minute talks to comprehensive 8-hour workshops. The duration can be adjusted to fit the event’s needs and schedule.
To ensure a seamless and impactful session, Sylvie engages in a pre-call with the organizers. Additionally, a pre-event questionnaire is provided to gather essential details. After the event, a debrief call is scheduled to discuss feedback and outcomes. For interactive keynotes, additional materials might be required, which are conveniently available in Sylvie’s material shop. This comprehensive approach ensures that Sylvie’s presentations are tailored, relevant, and engaging.
We welcome videographers and photographers to capture Sylvie’s dynamic presentations. However, it’s important to note that the recordings and photographs are for internal use only. After the event, Sylvie’s team will kindly request a copy of the video and all photographs taken during her session.
To get a glimpse of Sylvie in action, her video vault features a variety of keynote highlights and demo videos. These offer a window into her speaking style, content, and the energy she brings to every engagement.
It depends! Factors like event type, location, duration, and customization play a role. For a tailored quote, reach out to her fabulous team. They’re always ready to help you find the perfect match for your budget!
You can access all of Sylvie’s event materials and collaterals on her dedicated “Keynote Speaker Kit” page, a comprehensive collection of resources tailored for event organizers and planners.
Understanding the evolving needs of organizations, Sylvie offers her keynotes in various formats: in-person, virtual, or hybrid. This versatility ensures that no matter the circumstances, her powerful messages can reach audiences everywhere, providing accessibility and convenience.
Every organization is unique, and Sylvie recognizes that. She offers customization in her presentations, ensuring they align perfectly with specific organizational goals, themes, and challenges. It’s not just about speaking; it’s about resonating and making a difference.
Sylvie offers interactive breakout sessions on various topics. These include “Meeting, Working, and Leading Remotely,” which focuses on effective virtual communication and presentation skills; “Your Digital Footprint,” which delves into understanding and managing one’s online presence and reputation; and “Difficult Conversations,” which equips participants with the skills to handle challenging discussions in a professional setting. Each session is designed to provide actionable insights and tools for participants.
Sylvie provides both virtual and hybrid presentations, live or recorded. Leveraging her vast experience in virtual learning environments, she ensures high-quality, interactive sessions that captivate audiences. Sylvie adeptly navigates the intricacies of virtual presentations, blending advanced technology, interactive components, and compelling content to guarantee a memorable experience for all participants.
Sylvie’s immersive keynote experience is a mesmerizing journey that combines captivating narratives with high-value content, all enhanced by cutting-edge 3D imagining technology. It’s designed to captivate, engage, and leave a lasting impact on attendees, transcending the boundaries of traditional presentations.
The 3D imagining technology creates an illusion of a 3D environment, immersing the audience in a captivating experience. Sylvie uses cutting-edge visual effects, interactive storytelling, and impactful sound effects to transport attendees into a world of magic and wonder.
Sylvie delves into the impact of emotional intelligence on professional and organizational success. She emphasizes the importance of making intentional choices in daily situations, exploring the five cornerstones: Appearance, Behavior, Communication, Digital Footprint, and Environment. Sylvie provides actionable insights throughout the keynote, empowering attendees to apply modern emotional intelligence concepts in their professional lives. These insights help enhance self-confidence, foster strong customer relationships, and drive success.
Sylvie’s immersive keynote experience can be customized using visual effects and interactive elements to align with the theme of your event. This ensures that the content and presentation resonate deeply with the audience and the event’s objectives.
Some requirements include a dark room or dimmable lights, a centered ceiling-mounted projector, a provision to hang a projection surface, a stage with a minimum depth of 9.84 ft (3 m), a confidence monitor, and a collaborative AV team. Sylvie and her team work closely with event organizers to ensure seamless integration.
While the immersive experience might sound complex, Sylvie simplifies the magic. She provides the main technical hardware, and her dedicated AV team supports event organizers, either virtually or in person, ensuring every step is executed flawlessly.
Sylvie has penned three insightful books: “Discover Your Fair Advantage,” “The Image of Leadership,” and the upcoming “Make Me Feel Important.”
“Discover Your Fair Advantage” is a guide to identifying and leveraging one’s unique selling points in work, business, and life. It offers tools and insights to enhance professional visibility, improve self-awareness, and communicate strengths effectively.
“The Image of Leadership” provides a roadmap for crafting a powerful professional imprint. It emphasizes the significance of appearance and image in leadership, offering strategies to make impactful first impressions and avoid common pitfalls.
This book dives deep into the five cornerstones of emotional intelligence essential for creating world-class customer relationships. It emphasizes making customers feel valued and appreciated, fostering loyalty, and transforming businesses into customer-first entities.
Sylvie’s books are available on Amazon as paperback, Kindle, and Audible audiobooks.
Sylvie offers her books at exclusive customer pricing for events. Incorporating her books can enhance the event’s impact, providing attendees with valuable insights and memorable resources.
Sylvie’s “How You Impress” Mobile Learning Lab is a unique educational platform that delivers laser-focused lessons ranging from 10 to 20 minutes directly to your mobile device. The program offers content-rich video lessons, engaging exercises, and interactive elements to enhance one’s impression and executive presence.
Sylvie’s mobile learning lab stands out due to its convenience and personal touch. Lessons are sent directly to your phone, eliminating the need for passwords or navigating complex online platforms. Moreover, participants can text Sylvie her directly with questions, ensuring one-on-one support and guidance throughout the learning journey.
Sylvie’s courses are designed with adaptability in mind. They can seamlessly be integrated into corporate training programs, enhancing the learning experience for employees. Whether it’s leadership development, personal branding, or effective communication, Sylvie’s content complements and elevates existing training modules. Collaborating with
Sylvie offers a plethora of free resources aimed at professionals and business owners who wish to make a lasting first impression. These resources emphasize the significance of first impressions, intentional choices, professional branding, and emotional intelligence, and how they can influence one’s career or business trajectory.
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Sylvie offers two distinct coaching programs: “Uplevel My Career” for executives, professionals, high-performers, and job seekers, and “Uplevel My Business” for small business owners, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and influencers.
The “Uplevel My Career” program is tailored for career-driven professionals. It focuses on eliminating limiting beliefs, boosting confidence, elevating your professional profile, refining career vision, improving appearance, behavior, and communication skills, mastering charisma in the workplace, and maximizing reputation and market presence.
This program is designed for those aiming to stand out in a saturated market. It helps assess your company’s current status, develop strategies to differentiate from competitors, create promotional materials, establish profitability metrics, implement effective systems, and provide continued support for business growth.
Sylvie’s coaching journey involves six steps: an introductory call, a detailed career or business assessment, goal setting, action plan formulation, continued support, and result tracking to measure outcomes and improvements.
If you’re goal-oriented, experienced, effective, disciplined, and committed to personal or business growth, Sylvie’s coaching approach is likely a great fit for you. Her expertise and unique perspective can provide immense value to those ready to take their career or business to the next level.
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