Liz Nead is an adventure speaker, traveling the world and taking on challenges to find lessons of leadership, communication diversity, and inclusion. A diversity speaker and researcher for over a decade, she specializes in common language and daily communication around race and cultural differences in the workplace. Liz uses a direct, humorous, and vivid style from the stage to create opportunities for communication around differences. Liz has also served as an executive coach and consultant for DEI challenges for companies like PayPal, News Corp, National Guard, and YWCA.
Liz has hosted an Emmy-Award-winning television show and authored several Amazon best sellers, most recently The 1440 Principle. She balances her passionate work with a thriving family of seven, and husband of 20 years, a retired army major.
“The Power of Now: Why Mindfulness & Presence is the Key to Productivity & Excellence”
You live in the information age. Ninety percent of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone. Recent studies reveal you receive 34 gigabytes of information a day, which is enough to overload a laptop in a week. That’s why mindfulness, paying attention with intention to this moment, is so vital to your success.
It’s easy to get into the frequency of productivity. Get as much done as you can, as quickly as you can. Efficiency reigns supreme. The to-do list, the Holy Grail. However, the most productive life is not always the best life. Leaning into the NOW is about harnessing the power of the now, using the lessons from the past and designing a future with purpose, using your attention and intention to choose excellence in this moment.
– How to use Liz’s “1440 principle,” a strategy to evaluate priorities, actions and thoughts.
– Today’s trends in mindfulness and the immediate professional and personal benefits to your organization and your life.
– Four aspirational ways to utilize time.
– Scripting to say yes to what is important and no to common time-wasters.
“Super YOU: Everyday Tools for Everyday Heroes”
You had the power all along. It’s what the good witch Glinda said to Dorothy at the end of her journey on the Yellow Brick Road. Sounds wonderful but where can we find this power? Liz Nead shares five “superpowers” we all possess, to claim our authenticity and unique strengths. Rather than focusing on validation and approval, audience members are reminded of simple yet powerful super habits and tools to overcome barriers and recharge the moment in a moment.
“The Heart of GO: How to Use Grit & Optimism to Get What You Want & Inspire People Along the Way”
Smiling and gritting your teeth look very similar, and so do grit and optimism. The Heart of GO is the climber’s guide to getting to the top with a smile. In this talk, Liz shares the G.O. Method, a strategy for taking daily steps, knocking out goals, and reaching big visions.
The G.O. Method uses a climbing metaphor to underscore the journey to personal and professional success. There are four key elements: Peak Vision, The Climber’s Attitude, Empowering Planning, and Joyful Expectations.
The audience goes through a formula for packing for the climb, building a team, and planning for powerful and life-changing events. Liz also teaches them how to mitigate unavoidable challenges and deal with discouraging thoughts while placing a premium on self-care.
No one climbs alone, so Liz finishes with a charge for inspiration, how to keep the vision in front of the team and inspire them with detailed planning and optimistic communication.
Liz uses humor and vivid stories to keep the audience engaged. They leave with a tailored success map and set of affirmations to use as soon as they leave their seat.
“The Climb of My Life”
Liz Nead fulfilled a lifelong dream when she summited Mt. Kilimanjaro on July 4, 2014, climbing over 19,000 feet to the top of the largest free-standing mountain in Africa. She traveled to Tanzania ready to conquer the adventure but the thin air, jet lag, and temperatures were challenging, forcing her to think and work differently during the 7-day journey. She completed the climb successfully, transformed by her own struggle and her experience with the Mt. Kili climb culture. Liz shares those lessons, sometimes humorous and often touching about personal growth, the power of imbalance, and the transformation of living in the moment.
– The power of self-care
– Moment of clarity on the mountain-a reminder of mindfulness
– How to create transformational stretch goals
– How to buy the ticket for change
“Life Without Limits: How to Create Inspired Vision”
Liz Nead had a successful corporate career in the insurance and mortgage technology industry when she happened upon a book about vision boards. As an experiment, she captured a lifetime of dreams on her own vision board. Surprisingly, her “life without limits” became a reality a short 119 days later as every idea came to life – speaking engagements, a television pilot, a radio show – even six pounds lost. She continued to refine the process over a decade, winning an Iowa Motion Picture Association Award for her television show- “Life Dare,“ climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and co-authoring an Amazon Best Seller. Today Liz shares her 5-step process to creating and achieving vision, encouraging her audience to think beyond daily responsibilities to design the life experience they want…a life without limits.
“The 1440 Principle”
Liz Nead was on her way home from a stressful dinner with a friend when a thought popped into her head, ‘What if I had to pay one dollar for every minute tonight? Would it be worth it?’ It was then the 1440 Principle was imagined-a life management principle used to cast a light on relationships, careers, health and the future. Highly interactive and entertaining, Liz guides the audience through a new way of thinking, using the 1440 Principle to imagine paying ($1.00 for every minute) for everything they say, think and do. Participants leave with a new way of thinking about their life and strategies to create both necessary boundaries and new opportunities for growth.
“Play Your Game: Accessing Your Internal Blueprint”
Each person is born with a unique game that cannot be duplicated by anyone else. Often individuals are taught there is a formula for advancement-they must duplicate a way of talking, thinking and leading that points to success. Imitation often leads to an uncomfortable feeling you somehow don’t have the right equipment-and others are better equipped to prosper. Liz Nead believes true success comes from understanding the equipment you were born with, developing these talents into skills and learning to play your game with your team. Liz uses powerful examples of historical and modern day inventors, entertainers and leaders and shares simple strategies to implement your game in communication, leadership, organization and creativity.
“Pitching and Catching: Powerful Conversations in Collaboration and Conflict”
Today’s leaders must be empathetic, clear and bold, no small task in an increasingly diverse and fragmented workplace. Pitching and Catching is a unique communication strategy developed by Liz Nead, equipping individuals to look at connection as series of exchanges, each tailored to the needs of the situation and the receiver. Participants are encouraged to look at the big picture, understand the variety and purpose of communication “pitches” available to them and interpret the intent and “catching” abilities of the team members. In the end, leaders are shown the power of mindful and empathetic leadership with simple tweaks to the communication process.
“The Sesame Street Strategies”
After a spirited conversation with her military husband about how and when to do laundry, Liz Nead realized there were fundamental differences between their priorities and choices that couldn’t be characterized as right or wrong. While her husband felt supported by predictability, Liz felt constrained by the very same routine. Their contrasts led her to create The Sesame Street Strategies, a behavioral prediction model based on six Sesame Street characters. Imaginative, entertaining and interactive, Liz uses these characters (developed by child psychologists) to help audiences unlock, understand and utilize their differences and promote team success. Sneak peek: Cookie Monster is the passionate specialist, always excited by a cause or idea. How do you get Cookie to channel their enthusiasm into other initiatives?
The 180 Life: 365 Pep Talks and 12 Challenges, Life-Crafted for Transformation
Speaker, coach and author Liz Nead created mini pep-talks for herself and her followers for eight years through conversation, presentations and social media. Founding her company, Nead Inspiration after a layoff and during a recession, Liz fought her way through desperate financial and relational moments, birthing each quote through tough personal work and a fierce reliance on God. She handpicked 365 quotes to be used for transformation, encouraging words to get through challenging and pivotal moments in business and in life. Designed for parents, business owners, adventurers, athletes, children, spouses and partners and friends, each quote promotes a visionary life through focus and courage. Buy here
The 1440 Principal: How to Stop Wasting Time and Make the Most of Your Life
A funny and insightful guide to getting out of your own way and becoming the rockstar you always wanted to be. In this how-to guide, speaker, coach and bestselling author Liz Nead offers you short, to-the-point, chapters overflowing with funny and endearing stories to get you to: create a life that excites your socks off, right this minute, figure out what is holding you back and connect with the power to kick it to the curb, find the energy to do the thing you have been waiting for. When you get to the end of The 1440 Principle, you’ll understand your life in a completely different way and have the steps to live the life of your wildest dreams. Buy here
“I received numerous positive comments from my members along the lines of ‘I really enjoyed Liz Nead’s presentation…we need more of her in our day to day lives,’ to ‘she was great and her spirit is absolutely marvelous.’ She instilled a shared vision with enthusiasm, humor and realism. She motivated our members and they left our conference feeling energized and to thrive in our industry.”
Kim Folz, Iowa Alliance in Home Care Annual Conference (Healthcare)
“We hired Liz as a trainer/speaker for our PM training. She is a highly energetic person who delivered a stellar presentation and showed us a different approach to our everyday problems as PMs. Really worth it.”
Luigi Calviello, Project Management Director, Compressor Controls Corporation (Engineering)
“Liz recently visited my organization and presented inspiring, creative ways for my co-workers and I to use our specific characteristics (our ‘Game’) to be successful in our careers and life in general. Liz was an enthusiastic speaker and was well prepared with tools and resources for each employee at our company. She has also followed up with us and proved a real commitment to our success.”
Lauren Youngs, Personal Counselor at Graceland University, SocialSciences Lead Faculty Area Chair, University of Phoenix (Education)
“I had the opportunity to listen to Liz Nead at an MPI (Event Planners/Event Services) meeting in New Jersey. She spoke on the 1440 Principle which was relevant, creative, and original. Her presentation really made us all think about how we spend our time and how to be more productive in business and our personal lives. Elizabeth’s presentation style was entertaining, and she knows how to connect with an audience.”
Carol Malinky, CMP Event Professional (Event Management)
“Liz was impressive! She immediately engaged the department with her humor and casual style, and persuasively demonstrated and explained the power of positivity and picturing what is possible. Liz is not only entertaining with her humorous stories, but she is a true motivator.”
Krista, Lawyer, Principal Financial Group (Legal Group)
Le Claire, Iowa