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Performance Strategist for the World's Top Leaders & Brands, Producer, Performing Artist
Victoria Labalme helps people perform at their highest levels by Risking Forward to express their hidden genius. Read More >
Her proprietary Risk Forward® systems and strategies have been embraced by 13 of the Fortune 100 companies. She has been the private coach to C-suite executives at Starbucks, Microsoft, PayPal, Omnicom, New York Life Insurance, Polycom, and JCDecaux; and has worked with over 700 organizations including Intel, Cisco, Oracle, IBM, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, AAA, Precor, 24 Hour Fitness, Optum, LPL Financial, ADP, L’Oreal, GSA, U.S. Dept of Health & Human Services, The World Bank, Nationwide, MetLife and Chase.
Victoria has also been the private consultant to Hollywood directors, New York Times Bestselling Authors and thought leaders appearing on stages for PBS, TED and Oprah.
With 20 years in the Performing Arts — from Broadway to comedy clubs, landmark films to high-profile television — Victoria brings uncommon insights to help individuals and organizations embrace uncertainty, distinguish their work and achieve sustainable growth.
Her show business credits include: a cameo on Sex & The City, 27 television commercials including a Super Bowl spot, NHK Japan’s documentary with Harvey Keitel and Robert DeNiro, a film Bessie directed by Academy Award winner D.A. Pennebaker, HBO’s Workspace Theater, Caroline’s on Broadway, and representation by the manager for Billy Crystal and the late Robin Williams.
Victoria also conceived and produced the documentary film, Muppet Guys Talking about the visionary leadership style of Jim Henson: how a culture of innovation, risk taking, hard work, and playfulness produced one of the most successful creative endeavors in history. The film premiered at SXSW with critical acclaim from The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, BBC, Los Angeles Times, and ABC Good Morning America.
A graduate of Stanford University and an inductee into the Speaker Hall of Fame, Victoria is also the founder of a complete suite of online learning experiences and live workshops proven to help people Risk Forward® and knock their presentations out of the park – on stage, in meetings, in virtual presentations…and in life. Read Less ^
TEDTalk: Risk Forward - The Rewards of Not Knowing
Crazy Busy Nuts: Getting Off the Conveyor Belt of Life
The Art of Business
Harness Uncertainty. Take Action. Express Your Inner Genius. Read More >
Performing Arts Principles to Transform Your Business Performance
LEADERSHIP – SALES – TEAMS
We live in an era when conditions are in constant flux, people are experiencing internal angst, and uncertainty prevails. Competition, speed, and change are increasing at unprecedented levels.
Victoria’s counterintuitive approach to all this is riveting, surprising, and effective.
The key to success is not in how quickly we can lock in fixed plans, but rather the opposite: how we can approach our work as an art — navigate uncertainty and Risk Forward® to achieve remarkable results.
In her landmark keynote and forthcoming book, she shares unconventional business insights to help people perform at their best and achieve sustainable growth through a surprising blend of art and business:
Along the way she shows:
In the current landscape, leadership requires fluidity; teamwork requires adaptability; and interactions — whether in sales or customer service, hospitality or healthcare — require the ability to create a memorable experience.
What people need, thus, are not step-by-step formulas but reliable, effective, guiding principles that they can apply in any situation.
Using skills she developed through 25 years of professional stage and screen performances, Victoria leverages her background — from Broadway to Hollywood — to share her unique Risk Forward® methodology, that has led to stunning results in organizations around the world.
With gripping storytelling, comedic highlights and shrewd insights, Victoria brings decades of stage mastery to your event.
In her Keynote Performance, Victoria takes the audience on a profound journey. Attendees are laughing, learning and taking notes. They leave empowered and inspired, having internalized proven strategies to take action and harness the innate talents that currently lie dormant within.
As part of the prep, Victoria listens to your needs, studies your organization, does a deep dive questionnaire and then selects the specific Risk Forward® content that will most resonate with your audience. She then crafts unique bits, learns your acronyms, weaves in your themes, and puts together a fully customized, unforgettable keynote experience.
Risk Forward. Reconnect with What Matters Most. And Reap Unimaginable Rewards.
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Knock Your Presentations Out of the Park Read More >
As distractions and information overload increase to unprecedented levels, and as people’s attention span drops dramatically, how can you deliver your message in a way that truly lands?
Whether you’re communicating on stage, on video, or in meetings with your team, clients, customers or prospects…the stakes are high.
It’s hard to get people’s attention and when you do, you can’t afford to blow it. In our fast moving, multi-channeled, entertainment-driven culture, you can’t just deliver information.
You must create an experience.
Using game-changing strategies developed through 25 years of professional stage and screen performances as well as decades working with the world’s top CEOs, teams, entrepreneurs, consultants, and speakers, Victoria provides you with the secrets you need to Rock The Room® and knock your presentations and communications out of the park.
In this humor-filled, entertaining and power-packed keynote, Victoria shares her 5-part Rock The Room Performance System which you can implement immediately to transform your communications into an unforgettable experience.
Interactive, fun, filled with “Ah=ha” slap-your-hand-on-your-head moments, Rock The Room® is guaranteed to crack open your creative spirit and set you and your business apart from the pack.
You’ll walk away with the tools you need to deliver your message with the unexpected twist that makes it your own and distinguishes your brand.
Rock The Room® has met with praise from people across multiple industries — and the most introverted to the most extroverted of individuals. Whether tech, health care, hospitality, insurance, academia, internet marketing, advertising, social media, financial services….you name it. We’re on it.
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"A tour de force! Thank you for putting together such a whirlwind performance. It was stunning to see you transform the messaging of your material into points that related so well with our technology-minded audience."
"Two years after our National Sales Meeting, people are still talking about Victoria Labalme’s event. She had my entire sales team laughing, listening, applauding—and most importantly—learning. One never forgets a Grand Slam. Victoria rocked the house."
"Your keynote speech was a huge hit with our sales and management team and the training sessions you did on "turning presentations into performances" well exceeded our expectations. In fact, the comments and feedback from our folks were overwhelmingly positive and we have seen an immediate impact on sales activity and new business since our meeting. Thanks again!"
"If you’re looking for an unforgettable speaker experience, I enthusiastically recommend Victoria Labalme. She’ll make you look great! A year later, attendees still reference Victoria’s messages and remember how she made them laugh, cry and best of all, make the most of the moment."
"Your event was the talk and "WOW" of my Zone Sales Meeting! My team got some great working tools from your program. You inspired my entire team tremendously, and we have not been able to stop talking about your program. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for a performance that we will never forget."
"Thank you for the outstanding presentation you gave to our leadership team. People are still buzzing, talking about how meaningful it was to them. Your messages from that day are still resounding. I received the most positive comments ever on the meeting reaction forms."
"When we went looking for a unique speaker for our company’s sales program, we searched the usual suspect’s resumes. Then we found Victoria. And what a find. She delivered. Pure and simple. She is funny, poignant, dramatic, visual – in short, the total package. I highly recommend Victoria for a program of any size, for any industry, global or domestic."
"Victoria doesn’t just connect…she knocks you on your butt and inspires you to reach for the stars…an amazing, moving experience that will challenge you to look at your communication skills in an entirely different light."
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