Dr. Tyrone Holmes

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Dr. Tyrone Holmes

Dr. Tyrone Holmes is a professional speaker, consultant and author. He received his bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Education and master’s Degree in Counselor Education from Penn State University. Dr. Holmes received a second master’s degree in Management from the State University of New York before earning a perfect 4.0 GPA in his Counselor Education doctoral program at Penn State. 

Dr. Holmes has held positions in higher education and the financial services industry. He served as a corporate HR Manager for Amerisure Companies, where he worked extensively in the areas of teambuilding and human resource development. He also served as a full-time faculty member at Eastern Michigan University in the Department of Leadership and Counseling, and Wayne State University in the Department of Theoretical and Behavioral Foundations.

Dr. Holmes has facilitated more than 1,500 paid keynotes, training seminars and classes that have taught participants to connect with others despite their differences, to effectively articulate their messages, to connect with diverse audiences and groups, and to reduce unconscious bias. His most recent book is Making Diversity a Competitive Advantage: 70 Tips to Improve Communication, which is a tool we can use to build powerful connections in diverse organizations. Dr. Holmes is a Past President of the Arizona Chapter of the National Speakers Association.

KEYNOTE TOPICS:

Building Powerful CONNECTIONS® in a Culturally Diverse Society

America is one of the most culturally diverse societies on earth. Whether it is based on race, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, physical ability or communication style, you are more likely than ever to find yourself in a diverse organizational setting. While this diversity offers many benefits, it can also create barriers that inhibit the development of personal and professional relationships. This highly interactive session will teach you how to overcome these barriers with The L.U.C.A.S. Approach®. Specifically, because of this presentation, you will be able to:

  • Describe the 4 types of noise (internal, external, emotional and cultural) and the impact each has on communication.
  • Apply the 5 elements of The L.U.C.A.S. Approach®, which is an empathy-based communication process.
  • Apply skills such as the S.O.L.E.R. technique, active listening, clarification, self-disclosure, metacommunication and inclusive language to reduce noise and enhance your ability to powerfully connect with a diverse group of people.

Audience: Staff members, managers and senior leaders​

Format: 60-90-minute interactive keynote presentation OR virtual workshop

NOTE: Building Powerful CONNECTIONS® in a Culturally Diverse Society for Leaders is a 2.5-hour workshop


Why You Should Care About Unconscious Bias

​Unconscious bias is a quiet, yet powerful performance killer because it interferes with our ability to build relationships across differences and impairs individual and organizational performance. Specifically, bias has a negative impact on employee engagement, satisfaction, retention, innovation, productivity and customer service. This session discusses research on the negative impact of bias on individuals and organizations, identifies the specific benefits of reducing bias and offers talking points for persuading organizational leaders to engage in an unbiasing process. Specifically, as a result of this presentation, you will be able to:

  • Describe the specific ways unconscious bias can hurt your organization.
  • Identify the specific benefits of reducing the negative impact of unconscious bias.
  • Develop talking points for discussing the need to facilitate an organizational unbiasing process.

Audience: Staff members, managers and senior leaders​

Format: 60-90-minute interactive keynote presentation OR virtual workshop


Unconscious Bias: A Quiet Performance Killer

​Noise is anything that interferes with the accurate transmission of a message between a sender and a receiver. It can be categorized as internal, external, emotional or cultural; however, unconscious bias is the loudest form of noise because it not only interferes with our ability to build powerful relationships across cultural differences, it leads to bad decisions that impair individual and organizational performance. This session will describe unconscious bias and identify the specific ways it can diminish your effectiveness. Specifically, as a result of this presentation, you will be able to:

  • Define unconscious bias and describe the different types of bias that can impact your interactions with others.
  • Identify the specific ways unconscious bias can affect your personal and professional relationships, as well as your work performance.
  • Identify specific steps you can take to reduce your unconscious bias and diminish the negative impact it has on your life and performance.

Audience: Staff members, managers and senior leaders​

Format: 60-90-minute interactive keynote presentation OR virtual workshop


Unbiasing Your Organization

This session serves as a follow-up to Unconscious Bias: A Quiet Performance Killer. It introduces a 4-step unbiasing process that will help participants reduce the negative impact of unconscious bias on work relationships and performance. Specifically, the facilitator will provide a detailed demonstration of the unbiasing process by examining its application with two specific organizational processes such as an employee referral process, onboarding process, team problem-solving process or customer service process. Because of this presentation, you will be able to:

  • Define unconscious bias and identify the specific ways it can damage your organization.
  • Describe a 4-step process that can be used to reduce bias in a work team, business unit and/or work process.
  • Observe the application of this 4-step model with specific organizational processes in areas such as recruitment, selection, onboarding, problem-solving and decision-making, or customer service.

Audience: Staff members, managers and senior leaders​

Format: 60-90-minute interactive keynote presentation OR virtual workshop

NOTE: An additional session includes The Impact of Unconscious Bias on Workplace Inclusion


Building Powerful CONNECTIONS® with a Diverse Audience

Communication and learning style differences, language differences, cultural misunderstanding, unconscious bias and communication errors can negatively impact your presentations. The good news is we can learn to effectively communicate our messages to a diverse group of individuals. This program will teach you how by introducing The L.U.C.A.S. Approach®. Specifically, you’ll learn to implement 10 steps that will allow you to build powerful connections with a diverse array of audience members. In addition, because of this session, you will be able to:

  • Overcome 4 types of noise that can interfere with your message and your ability to connect with a diverse audience.
  • Use effective nonverbal behaviors to successfully bond with your participants (yes, I’ll tell you what to do with your hands).
  • Use inclusive language that facilitates the successful communication of your message.
  • Use wait time to more effectively engage your audience and create interactive sessions that energize participants.
  • Increase your confidence and eloquence on the speaker’s platform.

Audience: Anyone who needs to facilitate a presentation for 2 to 100+ audience members​

Format: 60-90-minute interactive keynote presentation OR virtual workshop


3 BIG Presentation Mistakes and What to Do About Each One

Whether you are a leader, trainer, facilitator, speaker, teacher or salesperson, sooner or later, you’ll need to stand in front of a group and make a powerful impact. To do this, you must avoid some of the common presentation mistakes that can reduce your effectiveness, negatively impact your message and limit the effect of your program. This session will show you how to avoid these pitfalls and demonstrate true speaking eloquence. Specifically, because of this presentation, you will be able to:

  • Identify and describe 3 common presentation mistakes.
  • Use one question to clarify your message for every presentation, speech, training session, workshop or class you facilitate.
  • Apply 4 simple practice steps to more effectively prepare for your presentations and training sessions.
  • Apply 10 “activation” techniques to increase audience participation, retention, and learning transfer.

​​Audience: Anyone who needs to facilitate a presentation for 2 to 100+ audience members​

Format: 60-90-minute interactive keynote presentation OR virtual workshop


Pivoting to Virtual in 5 “Kinda” Simple Steps

The worldwide coronavirus pandemic has prompted drastic changes in how we engage one another in the workplace. Gone (or often gone) are the days of in-person meetings, conferences, conventions, expos, classes, training sessions, coaching sessions, and discussion groups. They have been replaced by virtual meetings, which have caused a great deal of stress for many of us. This session is designed to remove that stress and to show you how to connect, communicate, interact, lead and present virtually in an efficient and effective manner. Specifically, as a result of this session, you will be able to:

  • Feel confident about connecting, communicating, interacting, leading and presenting virtually.
  • Apply a 5-step process to successfully pivot to virtual interactions and presentations.
  • Apply specific tools to enhance the virtual experience for yourself, your audience and your meeting participants.

​​Audience: Anyone who needs to communicate, interact and/or present virtually​

Format: 60-minute interactive keynote presentation OR virtual workshop (works better as a virtual session)


Using Video to Increase Your Customer Base

Simply stated, video can be a powerful tool for business development and an excellent means to increase your client base. It’s particularly important in today’s fast-paced society where potential clients are often more interested in video than any other form of communication. This highly interactive presentation will describe 10 benefits of using video for your business and identify 7 ways you can use video as a marketing tool. It will also offer suggestions for incorporating video into your social media marketing efforts and review some of the tools and resources you can use for video production including Canva, Workflowy, Doodly, Camtasia and Zoom. Specifically, because of this presentation, you will be able to:

  • Describe 10 benefits of using video as a promotional tool.
  • Identify 7 ways you can use video as a marketing tool.
  • Successfully incorporate video into your social media marketing efforts.
  • Describe tools and resources you can use for video production.

​​Audience: Professional speakers, consultants, coaches and other entrepreneurs

Format: 60-90-minute interactive keynote presentation OR virtual workshop (works better as a virtual session)


Travels from: Phoenix, AZ

Fee range: from $4,750 – $10,000

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