Keynotes & Workshops

Rick is known for his high-energy, content-heavy talks.

“My promise to you: No one will ever leave one of my talks and say ‘Great presentation, but I have no idea how to apply it in my life.’ I always give rich, useable, tangible, ‘how-to’ takeaway that can be put to use immediately, if desired.”

You made a significant contribution to their lives, Rick! It was such a pleasure to sit back and watch a pro at work. You had our audience of CEOs in the palm of your hand. Many of them remarked about the insights –they now have a plan for goal setting. Undoubtedly, day-to-day living will be a little easier to face.”

Donald Wass, Ph.D., President | The Executive Committee, Dallas, TX

He has delivered 624 keynote speeches and workshop presentations in the U.S., Canada, England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, and was named “2003 UK Overseas Speaker of the Year” for Vistage Worldwide – a 19,000-member international CEO think tank organization.

Each of his talks can be customized, if needed, to your specific needs and goals.

Please know this: Rick is known for his candor, straight-talk, bluntness, and telling it like it is (without ever being rude, disrespectful or vulgar). He’d rather be the true friend who’ll say what you don’t want to hear, but need to hear — rather than the nice guy who sucks up to everyone.

This honesty has made him a sought-after advisor and speaker. Clients have said: “When others are telling me what they think I want to hear, Rick is the only straight shooter who will zing me if I’m the real problem. That takes guts. And he does it with sensitivity, never a sledge hammer.”

Moral of the story: If you’re seeking a light-hearted speaker who will appease everyone, will take no risks, won’t jar people out of their indifference, and won’t rock the boat … Rick is not your guy.

I want to thank you for your session with my members yesterday. I think I can honestly say that, in your performance, you exemplified your chosen approach to life, and I do congratulate you on that. All our CEO members rated you highly with “A” marks virtually across the board.”

Tony Shadforth, Chairman | TEC, London, England

Here is a sampling of Rick’s presentation topics:

“How To Soar With Eagles: 7 Requirements for High-Flying Success”
Everyone wants a life of success, but few know how, and fewer are willing to act. Nature blessed eagles with crystal clear vision, nothing-can-stop-me tenacity, and intense single-minded focus. Winners in life embody similar traits, and Rick’s talk unveils 7 required tools that ambitious individuals use for personal and professional gain. Audience members leave with tangible takeaway to begin immediately. (Time Needed: 45 minutes to 2 hours)

“The 8 Winner Behaviors No One Talks About”
These are the deep, instinctive, under-the-skin actions winners take every day – often without discussion or conscious thought – and never in a quest for glory or martyrdom. They are the strategic underpinnings that define how a true winner ticks. For most non-winners, these behaviors strike fear in their hearts, causing paralysis, anxiety, and inaction. The winner stands alone because the courage needed to enact these behaviors is more than most can muster. Rick shares tools for incorporating them into your life. (Time Needed: 45 minutes to 2 hours)

“I Am Personally Responsible!” The Daily Credo Of A Gold Medal Champion”
Fasten your seatbelts. This message is only for people at the “top of the pyramid”, who take the bull by the horn, seek to improve self rather than blame others, and will do whatever it takes to succeed through ethical means — AND for those who aspire to get there. “Victims” and blame-oriented people need not attend. While a few of them may see the light and come around, most won’t, and will only get frustrated, angry and wallow more deeply in their victimhood. Rick provides takeway tools to get started right away — including a 12-month action plan to help attendees stair-step their personal and professional success. (Time Needed: 2 to 4 hours)

“What It Takes To Be A Manager: 15 Indisputable, Non-Negotiable Laws For Success”
A powerful how-to for both seasoned and junior managers. Everyone wants to enjoy the rewards of management, but some don’t realize there’s a catch: to do so, they must willingly accept the hefty and often painful responsibilities that come with the territory of management. Rick spells out, in no uncertain terms, the conditions, laws and “givens” of being an effective manager, along with tools to begin the journey of self improvement. (Time Needed: 90 minutes to 2 hours)

“Leading Your Firm In Times Of Revolutionary Change”
Rick highlights the critical ingredients for turning chaos into opportunity when the economy, your industry, or your business is in the throes of massive change: 7 components for making your personal life a high-performance machine, 11 high-octane ingredients for becoming a top-gun business leader, 8 leadership traits required for becoming a Super Bowl coach to your people. Attendees leave with a methodical 12-month action plan for momentum-building success. (Time Needed: 2 to 4 hours)

“Power Planning™ For High-Octane Success: How To Create An Action-Based Strategic Business Plan With Bullet-Proof Accountability And Assurance Of Implementation When Your Business is Not A Mega Giant”
Rick speaks on the necessary elements of effective strategic planning, and why small to mid-size businesses require a model different than multi-billion dollar giants. He tells what works and why … what fails and why. His unique Escape-Proof Accountability™ system overcomes the single biggest cause of plan failure – lousy implementation – and ensures effective execution. (Time Needed: 2 to 4 hours)

Looking For Another Topic?
Rick will create a talk for your group on these themes: leadership, ethics and values, business enhancement, self motivation, life success, finding your passions, strategic planning for your personal life. However, if it’s not his strong suit, he won’t fake it. He’ll politely withdraw from consideration and recommend you find someone with true talent or capability in the topic area you seek.

Thank you so much on behalf of all the members of the Executive Assistant Forum. The evaluations were excellent. You gave every member a tool to use for the rest of their lives. If they put it to good use, you will have enriched their lives forever. Please know that Alan and I spent three hours going over different parts of the binder. Thank you, Rick.”

Carmen Weinstein, Director | Executive Assistant Forum, Buffalo, NY

On behalf of the Board of Directors, we would like to express our sincere appreciation for being part of our 5th annual Business Management Conference. Your presentation was most informative, educational, inspirational and entertaining. Your presentation has special meaning for me since I am a trained facilitator under the Covey Leadership Program.”

Peter Preovolos, President | Alpha & Omega Financial Management Consultants, La Mesa, CA

You are very much appreciated. I can’t tell you how much your speech on Friday impacted me. I can’t wait to re-listen to it via tape. Thank you.”

Laura Schilling, Attorney/CPA/Financial Planner | Financial Innovations, Atlanta, GA

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Contact Rick Houcek 770-391-9122 or [email protected]