Speech Topics

Dorie Clark has lectured everywhere from Harvard Business School to the World Bank to Google HQ. She speaks on personal branding, professional reinvention, leadership, networking, and social media. Known for her engaging and insightful talks, Dorie’s audiences learn how to become recognized for the leaders they are and leave the room feeling empowered to take action and make an impact.

Speaking at TEDxBeaconStreet. Photo by John Werner.

TEDxBeaconStreet – Photo by John Werner.

These are sample topics; please feel free to contact us if you’d like to schedule a talk or discuss a customized presentation. You can also view videos of her talks.

Stand Out: How to Develop Breakthrough Ideas

To succeed in today’s competitive business environment, it’s essential to keep raising the bar. But how can you best encourage and cultivate innovative ideas? In this talk based on her book Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around ItDorie Clark – an adjunct professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and a frequent Harvard Business Review contributor – explains how to develop breakthrough ideas. You’ll learn how to:

  • Identify and develop ideas that will make a competitive difference for your company
  • Gain support for those ideas internally and externally, so they can make a broader impact
  • Ensure both you and your company are viewed as cutting-edge leaders in your field

How to Build a Following Around Your Ideas

Too many people believe that if they keep their heads down and work hard, they will be lauded as experts on the merits of their work. But that’s simply not true anymore. To advance your business or your cause, you have to inspire others to listen and take action. In this talk based on her forthcoming book Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around ItDorie Clark explains how to build a following around your ideas. You’ll learn how to:

  • Break through the noise and communicate in a way that makes others take notice
  • Create a community that helps your idea spread
  • Leverage social networks – online and off – to gain momentum
  • Ensure your ideas receive the attention they deserve and make an impact

Building Your Brand as a Leader

Being recognized as a compelling leader can dramatically accelerate your professional success. Building on her book Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future (Harvard Business Review Press), Dorie Clark – a Duke University Fuqua School of Business professor, former presidential campaign spokesperson, and HBR/Forbes contributor – will show you how to cultivate a powerful professional reputation. You’ll learn how to:

  • Communicate your brand effectively to others
  • Establish and cultivate your reputation over time
  • Leverage both social media and real world leadership opportunities
  • Ensure others understand your true leadership abilities

Reinventing You

Are you where you want to be professionally? To succeed in today’s competitive job market and build the career you want, you’ll need to reinvent yourself, and ensure that others recognize your unique skills and abilities. In this thought-provoking talk, Dorie Clark—author of the Harvard Business Review Press book Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future—will discuss concrete strategies to become a stronger leader through professional reinvention. You’ll learn how to:

  • Discover how you’re currently perceived
  • Identify the essence of your brand
  • Leverage your unique strengths
  • Powerfully demonstrate the contribution only you can make

Personal Branding for Women Leaders

Dorie Clark – a consultant, former US presidential campaign spokesperson, HBR/Forbes contributor and author of  Reinventing You (Harvard Business Review Press) – will discuss the unique personal branding issues faced by women, and how female executives can cultivate their reputation as leaders. Attendees will learn how to:

  • Identify the essence of their leadership brand
  • Overcome the “likeability conundrum” that researchers have identified
  • Enhance their executive presence
  • Communicate with authority and authenticity
  • Become known and respected in their field

How to Network Authentically 

We all know networking is critical to our professional success. But how, specifically, do you develop a powerful network? In this talk, Harvard Business Review Press author Dorie Clark guides you through the process. We’ll cover online and real world networking opportunities, how to cultivate mentors, and ways to network authentically, so you’re giving as much as you’re receiving. In this session, you’ll learn how to:

  • Make yourself an indispensable connector
  • Identify overlooked or unconventional mentors who can help you immeasurably
  • Inspire others to want to seek you out
  • Develop online content that makes your reach truly global