The Roadmap to Influence

The greatest ability in business is to get along with others and influence their actions.

Best Format: One-hour keynote or half-day workshop
Best Audience: Anyone who works directly with co-workers, clients, or customers.

This is Stevie’s signature keynote. In it, Stevie teaches you how the brain accepts or rejects ideas, as well as hands-on techniques to help you influence others toward positive outcomes. Everyone from the CEO to the newest intern owes their success to the ability to influence others; whether it is pitching ideas to clients, motivating staff, or connecting with customers, it doesn’t matter how well you know your job if you cannot positively connect with others.

Learning Objectives:
1) Capture attention: learn the neuroscience behind the Approach/Withdraw Response, and how to use this response to your advantage.
2) Create connection: learn the two main methods of persuasion, and how to determine which to use in a given environment.
3) Motivate action: getting agreement is worthless unless action is taken. Learn the simple methods to ensure that momentum leads to outcomes.

Influential Leadership

If you can’t influence, you can’t lead.

Best Format: One-hour keynote or half-day workshop
Best Audience: Director-level or above

Too many leaders are trained in their profession, but not in how to garner support for initiative, or to motivate staff to do their best work. In this exciting session, Stevie Ray illuminates the various styles of leadership, and how each applies to specific teams and situations.

Learning Objectives:
1) The nine recognized styles of leadership, and the types of teams and situations best suited for each.
2) The neuroscience involved in leader-follower dynamics.
3) The psychological trigger words that either motivate others or cause greater resistance.

When Influence Isn’t Easy

Resolve difficult situations without losing your cool, or losing a friend

Best Format: One-hour keynote or half-day workshop
Best Audience: Those who face harsh resistance from either co-workers or customers.

It is one thing to influence those who are cooperative, but what do you do for those in-your-face moments when tensions are high? For this unique session, Stevie not only draws on his expertise in influence, but also on his over 40 years of martial arts training (he was actually a celebrity bodyguard at one time). Learn to de-escalate tense situations, and create positive results.

Learning Objectives:
1) How the Amygdala Response of the brain affects emotions and responses.
2) De-escalation techniques to maintain control of challenging interactions.
3) Techniques to move from stalemate to forward momentum, all while keeping the relationship intact.

When Stevie Presents to Your Group


No tech. No Powerpoint. No gimmicks. Just engaging, interactive, & entertaining dialog.


Any size group is the perfect size group, connecting people to the content, to Stevie, and to each other.


Compelling messages that also give practical insights and tools for leading, engaging, and interacting.

What You’ll Get

With Stevie Ray, you’ll get…

  • More cooperation and action around new ideas, products, and initiatives.
  • Employees who are unafraid to face on-the-spot challenges with clients or co-workers.
  • Happier customers, engaged employees.
  • Lower stress concerning difficult interactions.
  • Staff members with new skills that improve their performance and productivity.
This was the best management conference I’ve attended in my eleven years with the company.
Senior Director | International Communications Mall of America

Our Promise


Laughter increases engagement, comprehension, and retention. So, a fun atmosphere is not just a plus, it is a vital part of a successful presentation.


Many speakers promise customization, but they only change the title of their speech. Stevie works with you to learn your specific objectives. He then creates an interactive session that will achieve your goals. No two sessions are alike.


Stevie takes care of everything.


No PowerPoint lectures. Stevie Ray’s sessions are interactive, so time flies.


Stevie’s format works for any size audience, from small group workshops to audiences of thousands.

“The greatest ability in business is to get along with others and influence their actions.”

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