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Karin Hurt

Karin Hurt

Keynote Speaker: CEO of Let's Grow Leaders & Author

Karin Hurt Biography

Karin Hurt helps human-centered leaders find clarity in uncertainty, drive innovation, and achieve breakthrough results.

She’s the Founder and CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders, a global leadership development firm known for practical tools and techniques for human-centered leaders.

A former Verizon Wireless executive with more than two decades of experience in sales, customer service, and human resources, Hurt is known for growing courageous leaders, building great cultures, and inspiring high-performance teams.

Since 2013, Hurt and her husband, David have grown tens of thousands of leaders on every continent (except Antarctica) with their leadership development programs and keynotes. They also provide clean water to the people of Cambodia through their Winning Wells philanthropic initiative.

Hurt is an award-winning author of five books, including:

"Powerful Phrases for Dealing with Workplace Conflict: What to Say Next to Destress the Workday, Build Collaboration and Calm Difficult Customers" (May 2024) and "Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates."

She is the host of the popular LinkedIn show, Asking for a Friend and is the advice column, "Courage Coach". And she was recently named by Inc. Magazine as a Top 100 Great Leadership Speaker.

Contact a speaker booking agent to check availability on Karin Hurt and other top speakers and celebrities.

Karin Hurt Speaking Topics

Courageous Cultures: How to Help Your Team Solve Problems Faster and Surface Remarkable Ideas

Practical ways to inspire employee engagement and accelerate team performance.

Based on ground-breaking new research in innovation and problem-solving, you’ll learn what leaders like you are doing to build more creative and solutions-oriented teams. Teams who don’t just bring you more ideas, but practical ideas you can use to make work, work better.

You’ll explore the root causes of FOSU (fear of speaking up) and ways to turn your team’s fears and frustration into practical innovation. You’ll learn easy-to-use tools and techniques to empower solutions-thinking and customer-focused problem solving; how to respond to wacky ideas without crushing your team’s hearts and spirits; and techniques to encourage courage and deeper dialogue up, down, and sideways.

Your audience will leave with:

  • Inspiration to be a role model of innovation and problem solving.
  • Researched-based, practical techniques to inspire more confidence and competence sharing ideas.
  • Tools to lead make it easy for team members to share practical, remarkable ideas
  • Techniques to respond to ideas (even if you can’t use them) in a way that inspires future innovation and problem solving

Based on our award-winning book Courageous Cultures: Building Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers and Customer Advocates (Harper Collins 2020)

We also have a very popular half-day to full-day program where your team applies our Courageous Cultures tools and techniques to strategic business challenges.

Navigating Workplace Conflict: How to Have More Influence, Less Drama, and Better Collaboration

Master any workplace conflict with confidence and ease, have less drama, better results, and thrive at work.

When there are problems to solve, and people who care (and there are so many things to care about) you’ll face conflict. And if you want to have more success, influence, and joy in your work, you’ve got to navigate it well. But conflict is hard. You weren’t born knowing the perfect words to say when you’re angry, dealing with a jerk, or when someone calls your game-changing idea “stupid.”

This highly experiential program is based on findings from our expansive World Workplace Conflict and Collaboration research (5000 participants in 45 countries).

You’ll leave with the courage, confidence, and competence to navigate even the trickiest conflict scenarios and build better, lasting collaboration.

You'll learn:

  • Researched-based reasons why conflict is so hard now-- and inspiration to have the conversation you would rather avoid.
  • The 4 Cs of more productive conflict and how to apply them to even the most challenging scenarios.
  • 12 Powerful Phrases for navigating any workplace conflict.
  • Practical techniques and tools to foster deeper trust and collaboration.

Courageous Leadership: Practical Ways to Be More Daring

Practical ways to have more confidence, influence, and impact.

As a leader, you're barraged with problems every day, and sometimes it's easier to take the path of least resistance. You don't speak up because it might rock the boat. You procrastinate on a decision or don't try that new idea because you're afraid of failure. Or, you don't invite feedback because you might not like what you hear.

In these moments, you're missing opportunities, you're wasting money, and you're eroding your team members' trust.

Building your reputation as a courageous leader doesn't necessarily mean making big, bold, game-changing moves. It happens every day, little by little, as you own your team members' strengths, speak up, stand out, and dare to take appropriate risks.

The audience will leave with:

  • Inspiration to own their strengths and contribute at a deeper level.
  • Practical tools and techniques to present their ideas with confidence.
  • Techniques to prepare for and hold difficult conversations up, down, and sideways, including our I.N.S.P.I.R.E. approach to performance management.
  • Tools for gathering and responding to feedback.

Respectful Rebellion: How to Say No for a Bigger Yes

*Practical communication techniques to make a bigger impact. *

Every time you or your team says “yes” to something or someone, you’re saying “no” to something or someone else. Balancing this challenging cocktail of conflicting priorities and demands on limited resources can get tricky. You want to be viewed as a highly collaborative team player AND a results-focused leader making an impact on your organization's most strategic priorities.

In this highly interactive keynote, you’ll learn practical tools and techniques to say “no” with poise, assurance, and tact, positioning you as a leader who effectively balances demands with overarching organizational goals.

You’ll gain confidence and courage by focusing on your bigger “yes,” propelling innovative solutions and fostering a collaborative environment.

The audience will leave with:

  • Practical tools and techniques to gain better clarity and communicate what matters most
  • Communication strategies to navigate competing priorities and conflicting goals
  • Powerful phrases to communicate in even the most difficult workplace scenarios

Karin Hurt Videos

Karin Hurt and David Dye's Demo Reel For Speaking Bureaus
Team Innovation and Idea Challenge
Karin Hurt Courageous Cultures: CHRA Conference

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How much does it cost to book Karin Hurt for a speaking engagement?

Speaking fees for Karin Hurt, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Karin Hurt are $10,000 - $20,000 for live events and Below $10,000 for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Karin Hurt, click the Check Schedule button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.

What topics does Karin Hurt speak about?

Karin Hurt is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Disruptive Thinking, Consulting, Sales, Customer Service, Human Resources, Female Leadership, Business Leadership, Authors, Leadership and Business.

Where does Karin Hurt travel from?

Karin Hurt generally travels from Washington, DC, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances.

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Karin Hurt is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Disruptive Thinking, Consulting and Sales. The estimated speaking fee range to book Karin Hurt for live events is $10,000 - $20,000, and for virtual events Below $10,000. Karin Hurt generally travels from Washington, DC, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Dr. Jackie Freiberg, Cheryl Cran and Libby Gill. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Karin Hurt for an upcoming event.

Speaker profile last updated by AAE Talent Team on 31/08/2023.

Karin Hurt Speaking Topics

  • Courageous Cultures: How to Help Your Team Solve Problems Faster and Surface Remarkable Ideas

    Practical ways to inspire employee engagement and accelerate team performance.

    Based on ground-breaking new research in innovation and problem-solving, you’ll learn what leaders like you are doing to build more creative and solutions-oriented teams. Teams who don’t just bring you more ideas, but practical ideas you can use to make work, work better.

    You’ll explore the root causes of FOSU (fear of speaking up) and ways to turn your team’s fears and frustration into practical innovation. You’ll learn easy-to-use tools and techniques to empower solutions-thinking and customer-focused problem solving; how to respond to wacky ideas without crushing your team’s hearts and spirits; and techniques to encourage courage and deeper dialogue up, down, and sideways.

    Your audience will leave with:

    • Inspiration to be a role model of innovation and problem solving.
    • Researched-based, practical techniques to inspire more confidence and competence sharing ideas.
    • Tools to lead make it easy for team members to share practical, remarkable ideas
    • Techniques to respond to ideas (even if you can’t use them) in a way that inspires future innovation and problem solving

    Based on our award-winning book Courageous Cultures: Building Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers and Customer Advocates (Harper Collins 2020)

    We also have a very popular half-day to full-day program where your team applies our Courageous Cultures tools and techniques to strategic business challenges.

  • Navigating Workplace Conflict: How to Have More Influence, Less Drama, and Better Collaboration

    Master any workplace conflict with confidence and ease, have less drama, better results, and thrive at work.

    When there are problems to solve, and people who care (and there are so many things to care about) you’ll face conflict. And if you want to have more success, influence, and joy in your work, you’ve got to navigate it well. But conflict is hard. You weren’t born knowing the perfect words to say when you’re angry, dealing with a jerk, or when someone calls your game-changing idea “stupid.”

    This highly experiential program is based on findings from our expansive World Workplace Conflict and Collaboration research (5000 participants in 45 countries).

    You’ll leave with the courage, confidence, and competence to navigate even the trickiest conflict scenarios and build better, lasting collaboration.

    You'll learn:

    • Researched-based reasons why conflict is so hard now-- and inspiration to have the conversation you would rather avoid.
    • The 4 Cs of more productive conflict and how to apply them to even the most challenging scenarios.
    • 12 Powerful Phrases for navigating any workplace conflict.
    • Practical techniques and tools to foster deeper trust and collaboration.

  • Courageous Leadership: Practical Ways to Be More Daring

    Practical ways to have more confidence, influence, and impact.

    As a leader, you're barraged with problems every day, and sometimes it's easier to take the path of least resistance. You don't speak up because it might rock the boat. You procrastinate on a decision or don't try that new idea because you're afraid of failure. Or, you don't invite feedback because you might not like what you hear.

    In these moments, you're missing opportunities, you're wasting money, and you're eroding your team members' trust.

    Building your reputation as a courageous leader doesn't necessarily mean making big, bold, game-changing moves. It happens every day, little by little, as you own your team members' strengths, speak up, stand out, and dare to take appropriate risks.

    The audience will leave with:

    • Inspiration to own their strengths and contribute at a deeper level.
    • Practical tools and techniques to present their ideas with confidence.
    • Techniques to prepare for and hold difficult conversations up, down, and sideways, including our I.N.S.P.I.R.E. approach to performance management.
    • Tools for gathering and responding to feedback.

  • Respectful Rebellion: How to Say No for a Bigger Yes

    *Practical communication techniques to make a bigger impact. *

    Every time you or your team says “yes” to something or someone, you’re saying “no” to something or someone else. Balancing this challenging cocktail of conflicting priorities and demands on limited resources can get tricky. You want to be viewed as a highly collaborative team player AND a results-focused leader making an impact on your organization's most strategic priorities.

    In this highly interactive keynote, you’ll learn practical tools and techniques to say “no” with poise, assurance, and tact, positioning you as a leader who effectively balances demands with overarching organizational goals.

    You’ll gain confidence and courage by focusing on your bigger “yes,” propelling innovative solutions and fostering a collaborative environment.

    The audience will leave with:

    • Practical tools and techniques to gain better clarity and communicate what matters most
    • Communication strategies to navigate competing priorities and conflicting goals
    • Powerful phrases to communicate in even the most difficult workplace scenarios

Karin Hurt Videos

Karin Hurt and David Dye's Demo Reel For Speaking Bureaus
Team Innovation and Idea Challenge
Karin Hurt Courageous Cultures: CHRA Conference
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