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Contact Center Connections Keynote

A powerful keynote lineup of thought leaders who will present educational and inspiring messages that address the importance of creating high-quality connections between with customers and internal teams.

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Featured Keynote: Hug Your Haters - How to Connect with and Keep Your Customers

Wednesday | 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Location: Conference Hotel
Jay Baer

Haters aren't your problem … ignoring them is. If it feels like there are more complaints than ever, and that you're spending more time and money dealing with negativity and backlash, you're right. But the rise of customer complaints is actually an enormous opportunity. In this eye-opening presentation, Jay reveals brand-new, proprietary research into The Science of Complaints – why and where your customers complain, and how to turn customer service into a marketing advantage.

Jay Baer

, Inspirational Expert on Marketing, Word of Mouth and Customer Service

Jay Baer is a Hall of Fame Speaker, New York Times best-selling author of six books, internet pioneer, entrepreneur, and the most inspirational expert on marketing, word of mouth, and customer service.

Jay spent 20 years in digital marketing, consulting for more than 700 companies during that period, including 30 of the FORTUNE 500. His current firm – Convince & Convert – provides social media and content marketing advice and counsel to leading companies such as Oracle, Salesforce.com, California Tourism, Billabong, Hardee's, DOLE and more.

His second book, Youtility: Why Smart Marketing is About Help not Hype, was #3 on the New York Times business best seller list, and a runaway #1 Amazon bestseller. Jay speaks numerous times per year worldwide, and shows how to use technology as an unfair marketing and customer service advantage. As a result, audiences will rethink their approach to marketing and customer service, helping them gain more customers and keep those they've already earned.

Jay's Convince & Convert blog was named the world's #1 content marketing blog by the Content Marketing Institute and is visited by more than 200,000 marketers each month. Jay also hosts and produces the Social Pros podcast, which is downloaded 25,000 times monthly.

A fixture in social media, Jay draws attention to interesting and useful articles, videos, blog posts and events via following on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and Google Plus, which number more than 100,000. He is also an active venture capitalist, and is an investor or advisor to more than a dozen early-stage technology and social media companies.

Convince & Convert is the fifth multi-million dollar company Jay has started from scratch. Before his move into digital marketing in 1994 he was a brand marketer and a political consultant, with major roles in state, federal and presidential electoral campaigns.

Befitting his roots in Arizona, Jay is a tequila collector and maintains his allegiance to the teams of his alma mater, the University of Arizona. He lives in the idyllic college town of Bloomington, Indiana, with his wife and children, and travels from Indianapolis to speaking opportunities world-wide.

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Featured Keynote: Many Communicate, Few Connect

Tuesday | 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Location: Conference Hotel
Colette Carlson

The common denominators of the most successful people are the ability to effectively communicate and connect, regardless of the situation or audience. In a competitive world filled with a global workforce, numerous communication challenges, and daily digital distractions, getting your message heard has never been more challenging. Clear, concise communication is no longer enough to get results: connection must be part of the equation. Productivity decreases, collaboration stalls, accountability suffers, and conflict and stress escalate when even the simplest of miscommunication occurs. Without connection, these outcomes are only heightened. Join Colette as she shares how to connect and communicate on a deeper level to form crucial relationships that drive productivity, engagement and collaboration.

Colette Carlson

, Human Behavior Expert

Colette Carlson is a human behavior expert and CPAE Hall of Fame motivational keynote speaker who inspires organizations and individuals to connect and communicate in real and relevant ways. With wit, humor and sincerity, each of Colette’s presentations weaves together real-life lessons on genuine connection and the tools to leverage those connections for personal and professional success.

With a Master’s Degree in Human Behavior, a fascination with communication trends, and over 20 years of experience in the personal development industry, Colette guides audiences and clients along the fine line between the trendy topics that keep us relevant and the timeless truths that lead to meaningful achievements and relationships.

A Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), a designation held by fewer than 10% of the members belonging to the International Federation for Professional Speakers, Colette has shared her insights, observations and research with thousands of people throughout the world. In 2017, Colette was inducted into the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame, a recognition that honors professional speakers who have reached the top echelon of career excellence.

Her articles on connection, stress management, sales and leadership have been featured in Success, Business Management Daily, and Working Mother magazines. Clients include Boeing, Microsoft, Cisco, Pepsi, Procter & Gamble, Shell, Great Clips, Davidson Hotels, the and United States Government.

Connect with Colette to inspire and entertain at your next event, training or meeting, as she shares the keys to forming and sustaining authentic connections that drive productivity, engagement and collaboration.

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