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Kiwanis Amplify to connect members with leadership experts

Tony Knoderer | Mar 03, 2021

What do a “Shark Tank” contestant, a “ninja warrior” and a former Builders Club member have in common? They’re all subject experts for Kiwanis Amplify. An online program for anyone who wants to enhance their ability to lead, Kiwanis Amplify consists of eight topics, with 56 sessions presented by 38 subject experts. Registration is open until April 1.

Precious Williams picPrecious Williams will present The Power of the Perfect Pitch. A 13-time National Elevator Pitch Champion, bestselling author and former contestant on “Shark Tank,” Williams says that many people don’t know the value of a great pitch.

“It’s not just in business,” she says. “Every time you open your mouth, you want people to see the difference you bring.”

Even knowledgeable people can fail to make that difference clear. “They don’t know how to bring it to life,” Williams says. “People will see pretty quickly, I know how to bring it to life.”

The right framework
Delray Waugh picDelroy Waugh will head sessions on emotional intelligence and strategic thinking. Once a Builders Club member, Waugh’s experience in talent acquisition and development has helped him see how emotion and data work together.

“To lead people well, you have to know not just how smart they are, but how human they are,” he says. “Emotional intelligence helps tap into that.”

Understanding strengths, weaknesses and solutions is also key to Waugh’s work on strategic thinking. “When you hear ‘strategic thinking,’ it seems like a big nebulous concept,” he says. “But it’s really about solving a problem. The question is, how do you get the right framework to apply your instincts to strategic thinking?”

A lasting imprint
Alex Webber picLike Williams, Alex Weber might be familiar from television. Affiliated with “American Ninja Warrior” as both a host and competitor, he is also a successful businessman and speaker. For Kiwanis Amplify, Weber will present Creating Powerful Moments. To be powerful, he says, a moment must leave an imprint.

“Powerful moments do exist in isolation,” he says. “But if they exist for a team or group and have a lasting effect, that’s the goal.”

In fact, Weber adds, that goal applies to all of life. “If the subject intrigues you, it will serve in all settings. To create a powerful moment is to create a powerful life.”  

The program’s particulars
Kiwanis Amplify is designed for members to participate via interactive modules, which will be released weekly. Participants will work through the material at their own pace and be able to interact online. The program will culminate in June with a session during the 2021 Kiwanis International convention.

To learn about topics, registration and more, go to kiwanis.org/amplify.

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