Guest speakers will address company culture, communication skills

By Alan Wolf, YSN

Attention Summit attendees: Mark your calendars for Monday, March 20, and Tuesday, March 21 to avoid missing out on two essential sessions at next month’s big AVB BrandSource gathering.

That’s when renowned inspirational speakers Galen Emanuele and Marilyn Sherman will take the stage at the Caesars Forum Conference Center in Las Vegas to share their organizational insights and help enhance your workplace.

Emanuele, who was sidelined by COVID before making his first scheduled Summit appearance last year, is a highly sought-after speaker and consultant with clients including Microsoft, Safeway and NASA. In his General Session keynote at Summit, he plans to fundamentally transform how you approach and create an exceptional culture within your company.

As part of his presentation, Emanuele will bring to bear his background as a former improv performer and teacher by sharing the five core tenets of the craft: saying yes, listening and being present, making others look good, embracing change and choosing positivity. Together, he says, these practices can increase your critical communication skills, self-awareness, emotional intelligence and personal impact on others and transform you, your team and your company from the inside out.

Communication will also be central to Sherman’s keynote presentation, which will be delivered during the traditional Women in Business breakfast on Tuesday. A motivational speaker and founder of UpFront Presentations, Sherman will share tools to reduce unnecessary conflict in the workplace, including specific tactics and verbiage to handle difficult individuals. Most people do not like conflict or confrontation, but with these strategies it gets easier to handle both, she said.

Also on the Summit agenda is a gangbuster cluster of product trainings, region meetings and education sessions, including the return of dedicated tracks for the group’s AVB Marketing, ServiceSource, Furniture Technology Source and HRSource arms. Other highlights will include Town Halls for servicing members and home furnishings dealers; a first-time service manager certification program at Summit; and the much-anticipated show-special Stampede and new product EXPO.

Joining BrandSource for the March event will be AVB’s ProSource, Mega (Canada), NEAG and Intercounty buying group affiliates.

In addition, live music will return to the stage when hometown Las Vegas favorites The Wind Jammers play the show’s Sunday night opening reception. The “yacht rock” band will help cap off the first day of Summit, which runs March 19-22 under the banner “Plug In.” This year’s theme underscores the many AVB services and solutions at dealers’ disposal and the ease with which they can be integrated into BrandSource members’ businesses.

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