March 30, 2016
I’d like to cordially invite you to my luncheon presentation on “International Dimensions of Strong Corporate Cultures” this Friday, April 1, at ACC Highland Mall in Austin, TX. The free event, the second of the Global Business Luncheon Series, is sponsored by the World Affairs Council in partnership with the International Business Institute at ACC. My focus will be on the commonalities of organizations with great business cultures no matter whether in the U.S. or elsewhere in the world.
- Speaker: Carrie Vanston, Corporate Cultures That Rock
- Subject: “International Dimensions of a Strong Corporate Cultures“
- Date: Thursday, April 1, 2016
- Time: 11:30 am-1:00 pm
- Location: ACC Highland Learning Center, Room 2216
- 6101 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78752. (In the new ACC wing)
We often concentrate on differences, but similarities are as important, if not more, because they form the foundation for all of our relationships. We ALL want to connect with each other, be appreciated for what we do, and have a higher purpose that impacts the world.
This talk provides five keys that create, grow, and sustain great corporate cultures and suggest ways you can increase your own culture quota. These keys include connecting, developing, discovering. collaborating, and, finally, transforming.
For more details and to register, click here. Hope to see you on Friday!
P.S. Please feel free to contact me if you’d like a similar sample presentation or a 1/2 hour free consultation on improving your organization’s culture! I’d love to hear from you.
Carrie Vanston helps organizations, large and small, maximize purpose and connection to create better performance and profit. She is a consummate connector, who enjoys bringing like-minded people together to share, learn, and grow through advice, workshops, presentations, coaching, and facilitation. She is the developer of “Five Keys to an Engaged & Innovative Culture”? and co-author with Dr. John H. Vanston of the award-winning book MINITRENDS: How Innovators & Entrepreneurs Discover & Profit From Business & Technology Trends.
September 21, 2015
Carrie Vanston presents “Five Keys to the Innovative and Engaged and Innovative Culture“ IEEE Central Texas Consultants Network Wednesday, September 23, 6-8:30 pm PoK-e-Jo’s Smokehouse 2121 West Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village Avenue Austin, Texas 78727
Carrie Vanston, VP Communications at TFI, provides individuals and organizations five keys to create and grow engaged and innovative cultures that are cutting-edge, with strong purpose and the inclusion of all stakeholders. Such cultures are essential to succeed and thrive in the rapidly changing world we live in. Attendees will learn practical ways for staying ahead of the latest industry trends and creating caring environments that encourage high quality recruits, retainment of employees, happy customers, and greater productivity and profit.
Everyone is invited to attend! There is a $5 restaurant charge. No reservations necessary. Guests are encouraged to have a bite to eat at this excellent barbeque spot!
Carrie Vanston, is VP of Communications at Technology Futures, Inc. and the MiniTrends Project. She excels at helping clients create and grow cultures that encourage better retention, happier customers, and higher productivity and profit. She is co-author of the award-winning book MINITRENDS: How Innovators & Entrepreneurs Discover & Profit From Business & Technology Trends. Recent articles by Carrie have appeared in Texas CEO Magazine and the Austin Business Journal.
July 20, 2015
Sponsored by World Future Society
Hilton San Francisco Union Square
San Francisco, California
Saturday, July 25, 4:15-5:00 pm.
In this presentation, Carrie Vanston, VP Communications at TFI, provides individuals and organizations five key ways to create and grow an engaged and innovative culture that is cutting-edge, with strong purpose and the inclusion of all stakeholders. Such a culture is increasingly important to succeed and thrive in the rapidly changing world of the future.
Attendees will learn practical ways for staying ahead of the latest industry trends and for creating a caring environment that encourages the highest engagement of an organization’s most important resource – the creativity of its employees and other stakeholders.
Everyone will have an opportunity to share their ideas with each other toward the end of the session.
Carrie Vanston, is VP of Communications and Culture Coach at Technology Futures, Inc. and the MiniTrends Project. She excels at helping clients create and grow innovative cultures that stay on the cutting edge of industry trends with maximum engagement by all stakeholders.
She is co-author of the award-winning book MINITRENDS: How Innovators & Entrepreneurs Discover & Profit From Business & Technology Trends. Recent articles by Carrie have appeared in Texas CEO Magazine and the Austin Business Journal.
To learn more and register, please visit WorldFuture 2015: Making the Future
Hope to see you there!
May 26, 2015
Come hear me speak on “Five Keys to an Engaged and Innovative Culture” at CTXWFS on Wed, May 27, 7pm at Café Express, 3418 N. Lamar Blvd in Austin, Texas! No charge or need to register. Food and beverage available for purchase, but please arrive early to order. Details below. Hope to see you there!
Five Keys to the Engaged and Innovative Culture of the Future
By Carrie Vanston
This presentation provides individuals and organizations five key ways to create and grow an engaged and innovative culture that is cutting-edge, while increasing retention, productivity, employee and customer loyalty, and profitability. A strong purpose, vision, and the inclusion of all stakeholders is vital to accomplish these goals.
Attendees will gain an understanding of why companies that establish and maintain innovative cultures are the ones most likely to succeed and thrive. They will learn practical ways for staying ahead of the latest industry trends and for creating a caring environment that encourages the highest engagement of an organization’s most important resource – the creativity of its employees.
Speaker Bio for Carrie Vanston
Carrie Vanston is VP of Communications and Culture Coach at Technology Futures, Inc. She excels at helping clients create and grow innovative cultures that succeed and thrive by staying on the cutting edge of industry trends with maximum engagement by all stakeholders. She is a consummate connector, who enjoys bringing like-minded people together to share, learn, and grow. Carrie is Co-Author of the award-winning book MINITRENDS: How Innovators & Entrepreneurs Discover & Profit From Business & Technology Trends. Recent articles by Carrie have appeared in Texas CEO Magazine and the Austin Business Journal.
Note from Carrie:
We at TFI have been enthusiastic supporters/members of CTXWFS and its parent World Future Society for many years. These are wonderful organizations for those who see foresight as an important way to improve our businesses and our world. We appreciate CTXWFS and WFS for sponsoring our 2012-2014 MiniTrends Conferences and providing excellent CTXWFS speakers including Steve Pearson, Wayne Caswell, Jeffrey Fry, and Joyce Gioia. Long-time Contributing Editor to WFS’s The Futurist Magazine, David Pearce Snyder, was so well-received as our 2012 Keynote, we had him back in 2014! Dr. John Vanston, David, and I did Master Courses in 2013 and 2014 at WFS’s annual WorldFuture Conference. This year I am honored not only to be speaking on the Five Keys here at CTXWFS, but also at July’sWorldFuture 2015 in San Francisco. Thanks, CTXWFS and WFS!
Central Texas World Future Society: Formed in 2003, CTXWFS is a nonprofit educational and networking organization. Members come from all walks of life, professions, ages and experiences. We are drawn together by a common desire to learn how emerging issues, disruptive technologies, ongoing trends and current events interact to shape our collective future.
March 13, 2015
The Ultimate Question by Lance Miller
“…every person goes through life wanting to be right, wanting to be valuable. Find that, bring it out in them.”
I recently had the pleasue of attending a wonderful talk by professional speaker and speaking coach Lance Miller. He believes that great presentations are not about the speaker, but about how the speech improves the way your audience thinks and lives. In addition to speaking about great ways for speakers to connect with audiences, and yes, connecting with us, Lance shared with us the video of the “The Ultimate Question,” the speech he used to win the Toastmasters International 2005 World Champion of Public Speaking. Being that he was competing against thousands of Toastmasters from around the world, not surprisingly it is an AMAZING speech.
Lance’s winning speech focuses on the importance taking the time to validating yourself and others. As related to JDonavon on how Lance found his message ““Early on in my Toastmasters experience, I asked what the International contest was. Somebody told me that it is your five to seven minutes to say something important to the world. So, I asked myself, ‘If I could make one change in the world, what would it be?’ It struck me that if we just validated each other, by looking for what is right rather than for what is wrong, then the world would be a much better place.”
The speech reminds me of the classic “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie. Thank you very much to District 55 Toastermasters and Event Organizer Jerry Barrett for bringing Lance to Austin.
I hope you will enjoy the video as much as I do.
November 7, 2014
BOSS-Talks: Tech Tools Free Webinar:
“MiniTrends: Trends Inside Trends”
with Dr. John H. Vanston and Carrie Vanston
- How and where to search for MiniTrends.
- How to evaluate the business attractiveness of a MiniTrend.
- How to develop an effective MiniTrend Strategy.
- How to turn the strategy into profitable business opportunities…
Participants will recieve a solid basis for developing their own “MiniTrends Mindset.”
- A Corporate Intrapreneur seeking strategies to keep your organization on the cutting edge of business and technology.
- An Entrepreneur wishing to identify, assess, and exploit attractive new business opportunities.
- An Innovative Thinker interested in gaining recognition for originality and perceptiveness.
- An Investor interested in uncovering attractive new investment opportunities.
- A Job Seeker wishing to define emerging employment possibilities.
Tech Tools Webinar Host: BOSS-Talks’ Dr. Jan Triplett and Business Success Center provide ramp up assistance for new businesses and scaling for growing businesses.
October 29, 2014
Thank you to everyone who had a part in making MiniTrends 2014: Insight, Innovation & Strategy such a huge success! The speakers were fantastic, the synergy between attendees exciting, and the overall response great. Now let’s build on the connections we made and all we learned!
We want to give special thanks to our Keynotes David Pearce Snyder, Brett Hurt, and Dr. John Vanston. They brought to life our theme of the importance of foresight and culture for the success of organizations. Ditto to Dr. Jani Byrne, Joyce Gioia, and our distinguished panel.
We also greatly appreciate our wonderful Sponsors and Partners, as well as our Planning Committee and Advisory Board for their integral role in making this such a valuable and fun event.
Thank you to those attendees who turned in an Evaluation Sheet. If you didn’t, please fill it our now by clicking here. We take your comments very seriously for future planning.
Join our LinkedIn MiniTrends Group and/or guest blog on our MiniTrends Blog to share thoughts about the conference and your own minitrends, experiences, and resources. Twitter is @MiniTrendsBook, #minitrends.
We welcome feedback on the book MINITRENDS: How Innovators & Entrepreneurs Discover & Profit From Business & Technology Trends that attendees received at the conference. (A quick read of the Preface (Page xxi) and Chapter 10 (Pg 185-186) gives a good overall theme of the book.) MINITRENDS also available on Amazon.
Please keep us in the loop on your activities and how you are applying methods and ideas you picked up at the conference and in the book. We use examples in our talks, blogs, and/or they may be speaking subjects for you next year.
Also please let us know if we might bring a MiniTrends Mindset to your organization through a presentation, workshop, and/or other in-house services. We want to know the direction you are heading and how we and the MiniTrends Community can help you get to where you want to be. We look forward to continuing the conversation.
June 20, 2014
We are delighted to announce David Pearce Snyder as our distingished Morning Keynote for MiniTrends 2014: Insight, Innovation & Strategy. David is a Consulting Futurist with over 30 years experience and a long-time Contributing Editor for the popular magazine The Futurist.
Speaking on “MiniTrends and Macro-Change: Turbo-Charging Your Future,” David helps you see the future through a matrix of many emerging trends – MiniTrends – that reflect the macro-changes that you must anticipate to be successful as the future unfolds. His multi-million item database of trends and projections provide the foundation for his forecasts.
With an amazing track record with a wide range of clients and a deep knowledge of predictable forces rapidly reshaping our future demography, economic structure, productive technologies, and decision-making processes. David provides attendees with information, ideas, and insights to guide their business, cause-related, personal, and investment decisions.
David has been Contributing Editor of World Future Society’s The Futurist magazine for over a quarter century and has given thousands of seminars on strategic thinking. David has edited/co-authored five books, and written hundreds of studies, articles, and reports on the future impacts of new technologies.
David will provide you with an amazing experience. Join David and other outstanding speakers at this premier event for innovators, futurists, technologists, trendsetters, and blue-sky thinkers, the 3rd Annual MiniTrends conference, MiniTrends 2014: Insight, Innovation & Strategy on Friday, September 26th, 2014, in Austin, TX.
Hosted by award winning author and renowned futurist, Dr. John Vanston, this one day event gives you the insight you need to stay innovative and to thrive in a rapidly changing business environment.
Take Advantage of Early Bird Registration!
All attendees receive Continental Breakfast, Breaks, and Lunch followed by a Networking Reception!
VOTE for MiniTrends Panel for SXSW Eco 2014 by May 16 – “Creating a Profitable & Purpose-Driven Business”
May 11, 2014
The panel includes Carrie Vanston, VP, Communications, MiniTrends/TFI; Jeffrey Fry, Chief Executive, The Profit Prophet; Andre Angel, Founder/CEO, TangoTab; and Joy Miller, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator, City of Austin Small Business Development Program..Short videos of each panelist can be found at http://vimeopro.com/
A third of the decision is directly from votes! You do have to sign in, but it does not take long to vote. Please go to http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/29857 and VOTE NOW.
Thank you so much for supporting the creation and growth of purpose-based businesses and making a difference in the world!
October 16, 2013
Little did we know when MiniTrend’s friend Vicki Flaugher invited our Dr. John Vanston to speak on Oct. 17 at the Austin Downtown Founder Lions Club that is was the “world’s oldest continuously operating Lions Club”! Yes, the club was chartered January 18, 1916! The charter members were a “Who’s Who” of Austin civic leadership. (“Founder Club” is a term of recognition bestowed by Lions International on those clubs that were represented at the formation of the international organization at its first convention in 1917.)
Although they enjoy this delightful slice of fame, they like to think that their efforts in community service are simply typical of Lions Clubs the world over. It’s a story of stage shows, garage sales, rodeos, rose sales and other fundraising activities. It’s a story of answering the needs of the community and of disadvantaged groups and individuals. And it’s a story of building and working with other Lions Clubs to promote teamwork in service.
Being that our MiniTrends book and activities are designed to help people find their passions and make a difference in the world, we are also thrilled to see that our host’s motto is “Follow Your Dream.”
John will be giving the club some new ideas as they go into the future! Please see details below. Hope to see you there!
Austin Downtown Founder Lions Club Presents:
MiniTrends: A Foundation for an Innovative Organization
- Individual entrepreneurs will learn how to identify, assess, and exploit new business opportunities.
- Decision makers in small and mid-size businesses will learn how to gain advantage by recognizing and utilizing emerging trends.
- Innovative thinkers in large businesses will learn how to distinguish themselves by their special perceptiveness.
- Investors will learn how to uncover attractive new investment opportunities.
When: 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM, Oct 17, 2013
Where: Wells Fargo Bldg, 400 W 15th St, 3rd floor
–Lion Members and Walk-in Guests – $15.00 (USD)
–No Meal – Member or Non member – Free
–Please note there will be a $5 fee for parking in the garage
Featured Lunch Menu: Smothered pork chops with apricot & madera sauce, roasted sweet potatoes and fresh green beans; mixed field green salad with assorted rolls and a featured daily dessert. Vegetarian meal or Grilled Chicken Caesar salad are available alternatives as well.
Please register by noon on Wednesday: We order meals based on your reservations and must pay for them even if you do not show up. Please keep this in mind if your plans shift and cancel your reservation so we can adjust the headcount.