“From over 80 guests, representing countries including Singapore, France, Germany, UK, US, Japan, China, Brazil and Mexico, we received no greater positive feedback during our 3-day meeting than for Vicki’s cross-cultural Skills presentation.”

Damali Noel-LockettArch Chemicals
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About Vicki

Consultant. Speaker. Author. Rock Musician

Vicki has a proven track record of helping top companies win across cultures. As a speaker she has inspired hundreds of audiences around the world to build high-performing teams. As a rock musician, she brings her passion for connecting and uplifting people to her fans and clients.

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Vicki is the author of the book Zen and the Art of OffshoringHow to Build a Collaborative and Profitable Team with Your Partners in India, and a recipient of Kennesaw State University’s Instructor of the Year award for International Programs. She has been featured on NBC News and her articles have been published in a variety of magazines.

Vicki has two decades of experience helping global organizations get results. Her corporate training background and her expertise in multi-country software implementations help her speak the language of her clients. As a registered mediator with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution, Vicki is a bridge-builder, helping clients manage conflict and depolarize their dialogues. She is a trained coach through the Co-Active Training Institute and a certified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). She is also certified in TTI Success Insights DISC and 12 Driving Forces. Vicki is a moderator for Braver Angels, a non-profit that teaches skills for bridging political divides.

Vicki has lived and/or worked in Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Nepal and Thailand. She developed a knack for riding camels, rickshaws, buses, and cement trucks across the globe, and enduring Indian train rides exceeding fifty-five hours at a time.  She has traveled in several countries including Austria, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, England, Greece, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Jordan, Malaysia, Mexico, Panama and Singapore. She is an active member of the Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research (SIETAR), Japan-America Society of Georgia, and the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), and served on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce and TAG’s International Business Society. In her spare time, Vicki sings and plays guitar in two hard rock bands, Overtime Crew and The Spirit of Rush. Check out her band!

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Popular Keynotes

Keynote: Effective Dialogue Across Polarized Views

Among today’s political, economic, and cultural storms, having effective dialogue across differences can feel challenging, to say the least. In this presentation, we will explore the premise that you can have respectful conversations and accomplish goals with people whose views counter your own.

To work together successfully we need tools to manage our differences. In an interactive format we will learn and practice four highly effective skills for navigating difficult conversations. Although these skills take practice, they can be applied immediately in personal or professional situations.

This keynote will:

  • Provide techniques to speak with firmness and openness
  • Short-circuit the conflict response
  • Enhance communication with people whose views differ from your own

Keynote: Relationships That Rock!

None of us truly works on our own. Like players in a symphony, we produce the best results together. But diverse personalities, goals, and communication styles can bring obstacles to overcome.

How do we make our best music across differences?

In this high-energy program, speaker Vicki Hudson shares the secrets of high-performing teams using her experience as a professional rock musician. Through captivating stories, video, and music, she guides your team to find unity and excellence in diversity.

Find your team’s rhythm through the fun and practical lens of rock band dynamics. Communicate successfully across cultures, generations, and mindsets, and let music bring you together.

This keynote will:

  • Energize participants to build high-performing teams
  • Provide the secrets to working successfully with diverse team members
  • Identify a clear path toward improving team communication

Keynote: Five Secrets to Virtual Speaking Success

What’s it like to be a presenter leading meetings in a global pandemic? You must be flexible, adaptable, and exceptional at virtual speaking.

Two of the biggest challenges virtual speakers face today are information overload and multitasking. In this interactive 1 hour virtual keynote, facilitator Vicki Hudson will share her years of experience, research, and secrets for overcoming these challenges and engaging audiences. Learn the techniques that will help you rise above the crowd!

Through this keynote you will…

  • Keep people highly engaged in your virtual meetings
  • Create virtual content that sticks
  • Avoid the pitfalls of virtual speaking
  • Apply new techniques right away

Popular Workshops

Navigate Troubled Waters: Managing Workplace Conflict

Managing conflict in today’s environment is more challenging than ever. Between the global pandemic, virtual work, and record stress levels, we need the skills to navigate troubled waters.

Using her experience facilitating dialogue across political differences, speaker and mediator Vicki Hudson ensures you have the best chance at mutual understanding. Learn highly effective and practical techniques for handing difficult conversations, listening to uncomfortable points of view without reacting, and expressing your views successfully.

Key takeaways:

  • Learn the secret to preventing conflict escalation
  • Navigate differing communication and conflict styles
  • Apply a proven technique for dialogue across strongly opposing views

Virtual Teamwork: Five Secrets for Succeeding Across Distance, Culture, and Time

Teams dispersed all over the globe have become the norm for business today. Even colleagues working in the same building are likely to communicate virtually.

Virtual team members face cultural differences, language and accent barriers, technology issues, and demanding communication requirements. As organizations grow their global presence, their workforce will need highly effective remote managers and team members.  This interactive session highlights five key skills for creating high-performing global virtual teams.

In this workshop you will:

  • Analyze the success factors for high-performing virtual teams
  • Create a framework for virtual team alignment
  • Practice key skills for effective global virtual communication
  • Formulate a plan for next steps

The Keys to Working Successfully with India

When Indians and U.S. Americans do business together, each side contributes ideas, quality and knowledge, but also cultural challenges.

In this culture-specific course you will learn concrete tools to improve communication, manage, and work with Indian colleagues successfully. You will discover the best ways to build crucial relationships with Indians, a key to getting good results.

Create a high-performing global team with Indians by implementing knowledge of Indian workplace values, history, important events, and beliefs.

Key Takeaways:

  • Implement successful communication techniques with Indian colleagues
  • Identify and bridge three common cultural value gaps between Indians and U.S. Americans
  • Integrate knowledge of India’s diversity and create a positive team dynamic

Lead and Unite Your Team with DISC

One of the most important components of leadership is self-awareness. With an understanding of your own style, you can successfully manage your relationships with others, bring teams together, mentor high-potentials, and grow your business.

The DISC assessment is a tool that measures individuals on four behavior styles. The tool helps you recognize and acknowledge the strengths and limitations of your own style, as well as those of your team. This recognition helps leaders to reduce the communication barriers that can interfere in their goals and objectives, as well as to use their style to their full advantage.

In this interactive session, you will:

  • Analyze how your DISC style can help you grow your business
  • Identify where your DISC style serves you best as a leader
  • Learn to work successfully with all DISC styles
  • Have your assessment to take away and learn from into the future

Let’s Talk About Your Event

Every event is one of a kind. Let’s discuss how your organization can work with Vicki to achieve your global goals and inspire your workforce. Our band can provide music too!

Testimonial

“Our association was first introduced to Vicki Flier Hudson by a member who knew we were looking for a speaker who would appeal to an international audience on the topic of cross-cultural communications. From the get-go, Vicki was professional, timely, knowledgeable and delightfully personable. Her session was the very first of the day with attendees representing many different countries and cultures. She had everyone out of their seats and engaged in exercises that helped to demonstrate how the same message could be communicated in a different way by nearly every single individual in the room. Not only did everyone immensely enjoy the presentation and express that they learned a great deal, her presentation also set the tone for the rest of the conference that was conducive to collaboration and relationship building that have become cornerstones for that event.”

Grace HorvathVice President of Services, CPAmerica

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