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Vicki Flier Hudson SpeakingWhether you are bringing your sales force together for an annual conference or looking for a keynote speaker for a global gathering, Vicki Flier Hudson will bring your event to life.

Vicki and the Highroad team help you get ready to soar across cultures and stay competitive. If you are looking for a global diversity expert and dynamic facilitator for your upcoming retreat or offsite planning meeting, contact us today by e-mail at vicki@highroaders.com or call (1)770.936.9209.

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Vicki’s Speaking Videos

Global Leadership

An Epiphany – NAAAP GE Event

Cultural & Linguistic IQ

Chinese Etiquette & Cultural Awareness

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Popular Keynotes

Keynote: Go for Launch: Cultural Diversity Secrets from Space

Chief Collaboration Officer Vicki Flier Hudson uses the NASA Apollo moon missions to show you how to get into alignment with people from all backgrounds. This intriguing yet unforgettable message provides a clear pathway to uniting a diverse team, clarifying expectations, and achieving the formerly impossible together. Give your organization access to the tools that, along with the efforts of a cross-cultural team, landed human beings on the moon.

Today working together with people from around the globe is inevitable. In a domestic organization, more and more people work virtually, never meeting face to face. Cultural differences, language barriers, time zones, varied communication styles, and lack of nonverbal cues can cause significant confusion. Discover ways to go beyond misaligned expectations to leverage the power of differences in a wholly authentic way.

Vicki uses the NASA Mission Rules model, video, and personal tales of flying planes at age thirteen to create an inspiring and impactful keynote presentation.

After attending this keynote, participants will…

  • Use their knowledge of Mission Rules to identity areas for alignment in their personal or professional lives
  • Develop ways to be more authentic in the workplace while connecting and working well with people of different backgrounds
  • Be inspired to form more effective relationships with team members for better results

Keynote: Imagination Station: Solving Complex Dilemmas Using Creative Thinking

Close your eyes and imagine a world where you smoothly navigate complex workplace issues while providing ethical and practical solutions to your customers and peers. As the world advances in technology, science, and overall complexity, we face unfamiliar circumstances every day. We might feel as if we’re standing at a permanent fork in the road. How do you deal with these dilemmas, especially across cultures?

In this keynote, you will learn the power of imagination for solving our most complex challenges. Using the music of popular bands ABBA and Rush, we explore how to get out of “either/or” thinking, how to stay true to yourself while collaborating with others, and how to make seemingly impossible decisions. Experience the joy of genuine energy through this dynamic presentation.

After attending this keynote, participants will…

  • Engage their imagination and creativity to solve complex problems
  • Use their authenticity to inspire others and get results
  • Understand the role of culture and personality in navigating dilemmas

Keynote: I'm Not a Tourist; I'm a Traveler: Building Professional Pathways from Dreams of the World

Chief Collaboration Officer Vicki Flier Hudson shares her story of building a company from nothing but an idea written in a journal in the remote mountains of Nepal. Vicki delights participants with wild travel tales, from the train stations of India to the hills of Thailand to the deserts of Jordan. She weaves these threads into the journey of starting a business, marketing effectively, and keeping customers happy through her genuine love of the work.

These stories, however, have a purpose: to inspire audiences to bring their passion and their natural gifts to everything they do. Participants will connect with their own talents and explore pathways for improving their job satisfaction and performance, connecting with people, and influencing the course of their lives. This interactive keynote is perfect for leaders seeking to inspire their workforce, entrepreneurs looking to start or grow a business, and salespeople who want to connect more closely with their customers.

After attending this keynote, participants will…

  • Connect with their passion and imagine new paths for professional growth
  • Develop clarity about their strengths and gifts
  • Define the next step toward integrating their passion with their work

Popular Workshops

When 'Yes' Means 'No': Bridging the Cultural Communication Gap

Studies show that cross-cultural communication remains the biggest challenge to global business today.

Have you ever been speaking to a colleague from another culture and get the feeling that something got lost in translation, and not because of language? Have you ever had a colleague from another culture commit to something and then not deliver, in spite of assurances to the contrary? When you’re negotiating, do you ever wonder if you’re getting the “truth” from your counterparts?

The issue of differing cultural communication styles continues to plague businesses the world over. While communication may seem like a soft skill, deliverables and project results are often negatively affected when each person thinks he or she knows what the other is talking about!

Bridging the Cultural Communication Gap gives you the tools to ensure you have the best chance at mutual understanding. Don’t risk your deadline, team morale, or negotiation; get the inside scoop on what to look for and how to give culturally effective feedback.

In this interactive breakout session, you will learn the following and more:

  1. How to identify differing communication styles across cultures
  2. Ten ways to say “no” without saying “no”
  3. How to give criticism and feedback across cultures
  4. Core cultural concepts, such as saving face, and how they affect your workplace
  5. How to give and receive instructions across cultures
  6. Setting clear expectations
  7. Coaching and mentoring communication

Don’t get caught off-guard by misunderstandings and risk your results. Get tuned in to cross-cultural communication styles, increase your skills, and get your message across!

Five Secrets to Navigating Global Diversity in the Workplace

Are you struggling with your company’s decision to globalize its workforce? Do you recognize that global diversity is here to stay in the workplace but don’t know how to meet the challenges that go with it?

You are not alone.

For many professionals in multicultural environments, daily frustrations have become a “normal” part of the workday.

You may like your colleagues from other countries, but things just aren’t running smoothly. Perhaps you think that communication breakdowns, unmet expectations, and delayed projects are “par for the course.” You worry that cultural differences might be interfering in your work, but you aren’t sure. You also worry that you might offend someone.

If you work on a global team, you probably recognize that not everyone thinks, works, and processes information the same as you do, but you want to deliver results and exceed expectations.

Perhaps you simply want your company personnel to become more aware of other cultures and think more globally.

This presentation is the first step toward solving those challenges.

In the interactive session called Five Secrets to Navigating Global Diversity in the Workplace, you will identify the most common cross-cultural gaps in the workplace and how to address them proactively.

Through this presentation, participants will…

  1. Discover how the “secret layers” of culture could be affecting your work
  2. Bridge the cultural differences that waste the most time, money, and energy
  3. Learn the Four Steps technique for addressing cultural conflict
  4. Use three communication strategies for ensuring messages are sent and received the way they were intended
  5. Exchange ideas about ways to leverage cultural differences and inclusivity

Leveraging Cultural Differences: Retain and Develop Your Best Workforce Talent

These days, people work together through virtual communication more than ever. You could work with people from India, the US and Hong Kong without leaving your desk. Many of these overseas personnel rarely see their manager. As a result, professional development and retention of talent can take a back seat to working around time-zone differences.

Are you finding it difficult to maintain a solid professional relationship with someone you’ve never met? Are you a manager or executive unsure how to deliver effective performance management across cultures?

Perhaps your challenge is leadership. You want to develop your international employees into leaders, but some of them don’t seem to be taking the initiative.

You may get your projects done but never have time to think about talent retention until it’s too late.

Leveraging Cultural Differences enables you to create a positive team culture, get the best out of all of your personnel, and avoid becoming a victim to stereotypes that could cause poor performance.

You will learn how to do the following:

  1. Identify the biggest threats to multicultural talent retention
  2. Open a discussion about what motivates people from various cultures and backgrounds
  3. Discover the value of each culture you work with and create positive relationships
  4. Implement strategies to leverage cultural differences rather than fear them

Building a Collaborative Offshore Partnership

More savings, more teamwork, fewer headaches

The decision to send processes offshore to India or elsewhere in the world can be a painful one. In addition to the stress of knowledge transfer, setting up operations abroad, and putting the right technology in place, leaders often must also manage significant resistance at home. Employees fear losing their jobs and may not wish to participate in making the offshore transition a success.

Once the process has moved overseas, you may access talent and experience high quality work, but you also might experience challenges such as the following:

  • Unmet deadlines and shipping commitments
  • Getting a “yes” when you have a sense that something is wrong
  • Lack of trust on both sides
  • More time spent explaining processes than money saved
  • Projects behind schedule
  • Resentment and/or low morale around offshore strategy
  • Language and accent barriers
  • Time-zone difficulties
  • Lack of social interaction and “team” feeling between onshore and offshore

Most companies are busy growing their businesses and do not have or take time to plan an offshore transition properly. In this presentation we explore offshoring best practices, how to improve interactions with your offshore team members right away, and lessons learned from multinationals.

Take away the feeling of “us and them” and start feeling like a team. Discover the secrets to increasing your cost savings sooner, and take home great resources to help you through your transition.

This presentation is for you if…

  1. Your company has sent processes to India, and things could be smoother
  2. You are struggling with any of the issues mentioned above
  3. You are a company leader and want to be proactive about your offshore strategy
  4. You want to reduce the stress of daily work across borders and experience more efficiency
  5. You want to follow offshore best practices but aren’t sure what they are

Partial Speaking Engagement List

Vicki Flier Hudson Speaking Testimonial“I had the pleasure of attending Vicki Flier Hudson’s presentation to PMI (Project Management Institute) Atlanta at the March 2011 Professional Growth session. Not only were Vicki’s energy and enthusiasm highly contagious, but she used an effective interactive approach to engage her audience and convey a truly useful message. Encouraged to volunteer actual case studies they themselves had experienced, attendees shared real-life examples of difficult workplace situations. This approach helps all of us learn from one another and obtain better results when facing future problems and issues. While Vicki facilitated an excellent discussion aimed at cross-cultural project management, she specifically highlighted the challenges inherent in the finance function. Undoubtedly, contributors to this function must be the most vigilant among their colleagues regarding deadlines. Depending upon where each of us has grown up, gone to school and gained work experience, attitudes toward deadlines can be amazingly diverse and lead to all sorts of conflict, in some cases even disastrous results. This point is well taken and was the deciding factor in my decision to invite Vicki to speak to the newly formed PMI Atlanta Finance LIG. We look forward to her presentation in September, 2011.”

– Whitney Waters, PMP, Project Management Institute

Vicki and Todd Speaking“Vicki and Todd, Thank you so much for all of the time and effort that you dedicated to making this Business Seminar a success! We only had great feedback from all of our attendees and learned a great deal from your presentation. Events like these are a great opportunity for members of our community to share knowledge and experience and this seminar was no exception! Events such as this one are part of what allows us to strengthen the German American business community.”

– Friederike Munzinger, Manager of Membership and Events, German American Chamber of Commerce