Keynote Presentations by Dr. Andy Neillie

Keynotes by Dr. Andy Neillie 2017-11-10T21:01:47+00:00

“For the past 20 years, I’ve been working with meeting planners to develop customized speeches and workshops, tailored to the specific needs of the leaders I’ll be speaking to.  I’d be happy to do so for your organization as well.  Along the way, several keynotes have been consistently requested by event organizers and meeting planners.  All of my keynotes can be targeted to fit a 20-minute TED Talk format, or a 30-, 45- or 60-minute traditional keynote slot or longer.  I typically present to frontline managers and leaders – leaders who have between 6 and 50 people underneath them, and who would benefit from clear, practical, hands-on leadership advice. Please consider working with me to tailor one of the following speeches for your leadership audience.”

– Andy


The 4 Leadership Necessities

“It’s not about you.”  “You’re not as good as you think you are.” “Get your eyes up!” “Just because you said it once, doesn’t mean they get it.” These statements shed light on four compromises that threaten to undermine the effectiveness of every leader. Employee engagement and trust aren’t built over night; unless these compromises are dealt with head-on, managers will never make the move from manager to leader.  By developing The Four Leadership Necessities: Character, Competence, Conviction and Communication, leaders can address these potential compromises head-on.  This keynote gives audience members the practical tools and understanding to elevate their leadership effectiveness, improve employee engagement and customer satisfaction and deliver strong ROI. Based on his 20+ years of leading teams and working with other leaders, this keynote is Dr. Neillie at his best: passionate, warm, humorous and convicting.

The 7 Essentials of Sales Leadership

The selling world has changed enormously in the past five years.  In this keynote, Dr. Neillie dives deeply into the seven essentials that every leader in sales needs to refine to be more successful: working more closely with partners, paying closer attention than ever to prospecting & pipeline management, managing time well, managing resources well, managing social media well, talking less & listening more, and finally, thinking like a buyer, not a seller. Andy would be glad to customize this presentation to fit the specific make-up of your team or organization.

Golden Principle #1:
It doesn’t matter how much you care for someone, it takes time for your care to be trusted

Based on Dr. Neillie’s life with a rescued family dog (Redford, who was the main character in Dr. Neillie’s best-selling book, The Golden Principles), Andy brings up the rich-but-tough topics of trust, time, and teamwork. This uplifting keynote presentation provides important information on earning the right to be heard within a team setting, whether that team is a family, a non-profit or a business team.

Seven Lessons on Doing Franchising Well
(or — “How we learned from our mistakes to build a $2 million-dollar franchise business”)

In addition to owning The Neillie Leadership Group, Dr. Neillie and his wife own several indoor, year-round, child-focused franchise swim schools where their company provides more than 100,000 swim lessons each year.  As multi-territory, multi-facility Aqua-Tots owners, Andy and Lynn have learned (often the hard way) how important it is to do a franchise business the right way.  This keynote focuses on the seven essentials to launching, developing and sustaining a successful franchise business:

  • Big things are built on small things (pay attention to the details!)
  • To build a franchise, you need to build a team (pay attention to your people!)
  • You may be a business owner, but your real job is marketing (never forget that customers come first!)
  • Work with experts when you aren’t one (hire the best legal, real estate and business professionals you can!)
  • The best thing is usually to do what they say (you bought a franchise, now listen to your franchisor!)
  • Even though you own a franchise, it is still your business (no one owes you a paycheck but you!)
  • It will be longer and harder but even better than you think (add a factor of 2 to all costs – and know that it will still be worth it!)

Financial Acumen for Non-financial Leaders

Oftentimes front-line managers are promoted into their positions because of their hands-on skills.  Understanding P&Ls, Balance Sheets and Cash Flow Statements have not been part of their background.  But now this type of understanding is vital for their effectiveness.  This is a high-level, content-rich overview of the basic financial tools any leader needs to lead their team well.

Leading with Your Own Style

Introvert?  Extrovert?  High “C”? High “S”?  What’s your natural bent?  How does that impact your leadership effectiveness?  In this engaging presentation, Dr. Neillie will help each leader better understand their personal style and how it impacts their leadership effectiveness.


Andy earned his doctorate in personal development and leadership effectiveness. He also has real-world business experience as the founder and CEO of several organizations that produce more than 1 million in annual revenues.

Andy brings his unique perspectives in a warm and heart-felt manner to audiences large and small.

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