Educational Session Recordings

Thank you for attending the educational sessions offered as part of the Arkansas-Oklahoma divisional meeting of the International Association of Administrative Professionals. It was a great afternoon of professional development topics.

For information on bringing any of these speakers to your next meeting at your company or organization, please contact Carrie Perrien Smith at Soar with Eagles at 479.636.7627 or

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Communication and People Skills: Are You Who You Think You Are?

Organizations strive to have the best people on their team. Do you and other individuals on your team have personal goals that coincide with the team's goals? Is there a desire to develop personally? People are looking to make their mark in this life but many have lost their focus and passion. The message of "Be the Difference!" will inspire you to stretch yourself and achieve.

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Scott HuseScott Huse, Chief Inspirational Officer, Huse & Associates

Scott Huse is NOT perfect, which means he is full of experience! He began pursuing his goals in corporate life through sales and marketing. With his success, Scott discovered his passion and started Huse & Associates to train on personal and team development. During this time he also directed a national organization focused on increasing father involvement in schools with 30,000+ men volunteering. Seeing firsthand the value of a family's role in their student's academic success, Scott now leads Schools And Families Engaged (the S.A.F.E. TEAM on Campus As a son, husband, father, leader, and entrepreneur Scott's focus is to bring the energy and connect his message. Learn more about Scott at

Making Business Presentations with Confidence and Power

Every time you speak, whether it's on the telephone, face-to-face, or from behind the podium, you're making presentations. Therefore, your ability to connect with others and effectively communicate your message becomes a most crucial factor. Yes, communication is not only the key to your success; it is also the key to your company's success.
During this learning session, you will learn strategies and tips that will help you gain confidence, improve self-esteem, enhance credibility, and maximize respect from your listeners. Imagine having a greater ability to inform, inspire, and influence others — anytime and anywhere.

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Willie Johnson CHDC PITC, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.

Willie JohnsonAs a performance improvement and training consultant, Willie Johnson conducts regular learning workshops on Delivering Exceptional Customer Care, Making Business Presentations with Power, Franklin Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and Vital Smarts – Handling Crucial Conversations; just to name a few. Willie Johnson is an active member of the National Speakers Association and the Oklahoma Speakers Association – who awarded him the 2006 Magee-Stovall High Impact Emerging Professional Speaker Award. Willie is also an active member of Toastmaster's International, and he is currently serving as the 2010-2011 Toastmasters District 43 Governor.

Stop Procrastination from Sabotaging Your Success

Procrastination is not a simple time-management problem. It's a complex behavior with no universal cure. But it can be overcome, and starts with good self-insight this presentation supplies. This presentation equips attendees to overcome all forms of frustrating, productivity-killing procrastination by:

  • Offering insight into psychological causes of their particular style of procrastination
  • Putting procrastination into context with other forms of Self-Sabotage
  • Creating awareness of the 4 factors that make procrastination more likely
  • Providing a 4-step strategy to attack persistent procrastination and set goals that work
  • Supplying numerous practical tactics to attack and defeat their procrastination
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Gary Sheely, Executive Coach and Author of Cutting Away: Facing the Fatal Five to Survive and Thrive

Gary SheelyGary Sheely is an executive coach, author, and professional speaker. He served as an adjunct instructor at a Tulsa university, where in 2008 he was named Faculty of the Year for a class entitled "Spiritual Dimensions of Mental Health." Gary has been helping people succeed for the past 30 years, including in his role as a certified skydiving instructor/jumpmaster. The title of his book, Cutting Away: Facing the Fatal Five to Survive and Thrive ( , is a skydiving metaphor. His expertise is in helping people understand and overcome their persistent self-sabotaging behaviors. Procrastination is his specialty.

Conversations: Getting What You Want, Need, and Deserve

Conversations are the basis for creating a strong professional network. Communication is one of the most important leadership skills but more importantly, it is crucial in creating a life well-lived — productive, successful, and satisfied. Our natural inclination it to avoid the awkward feeling of approaching someone they don't know and making conversation. But 80% of jobs today filled through networking activities. Additionally, professionals who network advance farther faster. And meaningful conversations build buy-in, trust, and cooperation with team members, peers, and family members! In this session, you will learn to create meaningful conversation with new people, lead relationship-deepening conversations with people you already know, position yourself as a person of influence, and resolve conflict so projects and relationships can move forward.

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Carrie Perrien Smith, President, Soar with Eagles, and Author of Currency: Striking Networking Gold in a Relationship Economy

Carrie Perrien SmithCarrie Perrien Smith, MBA is an entrepreneur and success coach. She helps people get more opportunities, bigger paydays, and sweeter success. Her most recent book is Currency: Striking Networking Gold in a Relationship Economy ( Carrie is a training, communication, and publishing industry veteran. Her corporate career spanned 15 years, split between Texas Instruments and Walmart Stores, Inc. She founded her Rogers, Arkansas-based company, Soar with Eagles ( in 2003. She books professional speakers, trainers, and consultants for company meetings and conferences. She also works with business leaders who want to brand themselves as experts in their industry and build a speaking and consulting business.

The Executive & Professional Administrative Assistant: A Package Deal!

The relationship between the Executive and their Professional Administrative Assistant is potentially the most critical in any organization. If there is any relationship where two should be as one outside of a marriage, this is the one!
Key learnings in this session will be:

  • What the Executive and the Administrative Assistant should expect from each other.
  • How a Professional Administrative Assistant manages up.
  • How conflicts are managed from both perspectives.
  • How to develop mutual trust and avoid unhealthy assumptions.
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Maxie Carpenter, President, MVC Advisory Resource, Inc.

Maxie CarpenterMaxie Carpenter is an independent consultant and advisor. He was formerly Vice President of the People & Training/Development Divisions for Wal-Mart Stores, benefiting from a 27+ year career. As President of MVC Advisory Resource, Inc., he brings an experiential corporate perspective to individuals and organizations across the country. He assists them with process management that includes, but is not limited to organizational development, culture, ethics; leading change, building teams; executive coaching; leadership development and training; and non-profit/for-profit board development. He is the author of I Didn't Ask You to Dance! I Asked You to Talk! and Managing Difficult People in the Workplace. (

It's All Good: How to be Ready for Anything

What Kim Hodous discovered through the rise of her business – from being a stay at home mom to a CEO – is that how we show up creates a chain reaction that sets into motion predictable outcomes.  She believes that in the world today, we often address the small things in life and we’ve created a crisis of focus. When she looks back at every successful sale, every miraculous thing that happened in her business, she knows she set the stage for that by being ready for anything! In this program, Kim will explain how when we look beyond the small stuff, and get focused on the greater good, success follows!

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Kimberly T. Hodous, Founder, Big Time Impact

Kim HodousAs a former high school history teacher, Kim Hodous had zero business experience. However, from her kitchen table, she built a seven figure business in less than seven years. Her jewelry designs have appeared in over ten million catalogs and her work was recognized in 2007 when she was inducted into the Arkansas Small Business Hall of Fame. Kim believes that how you show up in every situation sets the stage for the impact you make within your organization. With humor and insight, Kim shares her secrets for success that allow you to chart your own course through the sometimes arduous business world, while remaining true to who you are. To learn more about Kim, please visit her website at

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