Sekou Andrews

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Sekou Andrews Speech Topics

He inspires you with YOUR story.
Sekou does not inspire you with his story. He inspires you with YOUR story. As an award-winning and internationally acclaimed spoken word artist, Sekou has mastered the art of creating original, custom-written spoken word pieces that illuminate the core of your message and transform the audience...
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D.i.Y. INNOVATION
Themes: Innovation, Disruption, Leadership, Creativity, Transformation Length: 20 – 45 min “Innovation is the difference between ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’ and ‘Why didn’t I think LIKE that?’” As businesses scurry in pursuit of “big I” Innovation – exponential technologies, cultures of...
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THE SCIENCE OF WAVE MAKING
Themes: Challenging Convention, Bold Thinking, Making Waves, Innovation, Leading Change Length: 20 – 60 min “Your creativity holds the power to cure your own gravity.” Big ideas and bold thinking are not traits exclusive to pioneering leaders. They have been lying dormant within each of us since...
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MASTERING THE DIGITAL DISRUPTION DANCE FLOOR
Themes: Disruption, Technology, Customer/Consumer Experience, Social Media, Innovation Length: 5 – 15 min Have you heard of the new dance? It’s not the Macarena or the Wobble. Not the Whip or the Nae Nae. It’s the 3D – The Digital Disruption Dance. The Technology Tango. The Cyber Salsa. And all...
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BE VOICEFUL! HOW TO BE MIGHTY ON ANY STAGE
Themes: Dynamic Communication, Leadership, Public Speaking, Influence, Storytelling Length: 30 – 60 min “Your vision is only as powerful as your voice.” Sekou has built a successful speaking career having never been trained as a speaker. It is his training as a performer that makes him stand out...
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SUCCESS THROUGH STORYTELLING
Themes: Strategic Storytelling, Engagement, Leadership, Compelling Communication, Influence Length: 30 – 60 min “As an influencer, it is your success with stories that will tell your story of success.” Storytelling is transforming how innovative companies market themselves, engage customers and...
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HOW TO LIGHT FIRES WITH YOUR VOICE
Theme: Purpose, Passion, Finding Voice, Bold Thinking, Influence Length: 10 – 35 min For pioneers and innovators, the journey to success often begins in uncertainty, mystery, and darkness. So, too, begins the opening of this highly dramatic speech, with Sekou’s voice resonating through a...
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SUCCESS JUNKIE
Themes: Success, Excellence, Culture of Winning, Storytelling, Passion Length: 20 – 60 min “We don’t know how to spell ‘end’ or ‘say when’ or do anything else but win… Win… WIN!!!” If you want to celebrate, or want to create, a culture of winners, hustlers, and go-getters in your community, then...
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SELF-MADE SUCCESS
Themes: Success, Collaboration, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Community Length: 30 – 60 min “Being self-made means being help-made, from helpmates who help make your self-made success each day.” If you know what it’s like to be an Executive Director / IP Protector / past-due-invoice collector; or...
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THE PRINCIPLES OF PRE-SUCCESS (SUCCESSFUL FAILURE)
Themes: Success, Understanding Failure, Community, Storytelling, Leadership Length: 20 – 60 min “Failure is pre-success.” Sekou takes an unconventional and unflinching approach to the topic of success, by spending most of this presentation on failure. Not just the popular business concepts like “...
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LOVE AFFAIR WITH HEALTHCARE
Themes: Healthcare, Quality Care, Innovation, Transformation, Patient-centric Length: 30 – 60 min “Every trembling bone in my body is comforted each time she adds a bit of “treat” to my treatment... with care that covers the enrichment of my life, not merely the postponement of my death.” What if...
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THE PINKY PROMISE OF CARE
Themes: Healthcare, Patient Safety, Medical Error, Patient-centric, Transformation Length: 20 – 45 min “You made me an UNspoken but UNmistakably UNderstood pinky promise when I was admitted into your care...” The provision of quality healthcare is a beautiful topic. Patient safety and medical...
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NET HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Themes: Healthcare, Prevention, Wellness, Behavior Change, Self-Care Length: 20 – 40 min “Your net wealth is not the best test for self-worth / The true measure of wealth is the score of your Net Health” It’s not that we don’t know what to do to be healthy, we just don’t always behave. So how do...
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THE END OF (SICK) DAYS
Themes: Healthcare, Productivity, Prevention, Self-Care, Work-Life Balance Length: 20 – 30 min “We are losing the fight against the most vicious enemy healthcare has ever known … zombies.” Sekou bodly takes on prevention, workplace productivity, and preventive care with another unexpected yet...
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GIMME A BEAT! (HEART DISEASE)
Themes: Heart Disease, Obesity, Community, Education, Self-Care Length: 15 – 25 min “My grandmother was murdered… by a broken heart.” Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. Having lost many of his family members to it, Sekou knows this as well as anyone. So in this incredibly...
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THE 5 STAGES OF THE CURE (CANCER)
Themes: Healthcare, Cancer, Quality Care, Collaboration, Empowerment, Prevention Length: 20 – 30 min “By the time we’re done rebranding cancer, the threat of the “Big C” will be as benign as a cavity.” Pharma breakthroughs, personalized medicine, crowd sourced data, environmental health,...
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THE CURRENCY OF PURPOSE
Themes: Social Entrepreneurship, Collaboration, Community, CSR, Human Resources Length: 20 – 45 min “What if we repurpose our work differently today? Put some purpose in our profit, some MLK in our Labor Day?” Do you know the “purpose currency” of your employees or your community? Sekou challenges...
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NEW MONEY
Themes: Social Entrepreneurship, Collaboration, CSR, Financial Literacy, Redefining Wealth Length: 20 – 45 min “True wealth is not defined by whether I can pay for it, but whether I can pay it forward.” This speech, in various forms, has been shared with diverse audiences – from TEDx Wallstreet, to...
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THE AUDACITY OF WHAT IF?
Themes: Humanizing Business, Storytelling, Customer-Centric, Community, Imagination Length: 20 – 45 min “What if Business came to us for Human lessons? What would we teach it?” As TED Talks, consumer centrism and storytelling trend in business, industries are getting in touch with their humanity...
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PLAY TO PAY
Themes: Payments, Financial, Future, Collaboration, Commerce Length: 20 – 45 min “The future of payments is no longer just pay to play, it is PLAY to pay.” Leaders in the Payments industry who may be buried in the strategies and technological disruptions driving their future, must also remember...
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THE ALCHEMY OF: MEETING PROFESSIONALS
Themes: Meeting Planning, Events Production, Travel/Tourism, Experiential Events, Storytelling Length: 20 – 45 min “Today, the poet who rewrites the rules of speaking, joins the stage / to celebrate those reinventing the future of meetings in impressive ways.” The event speaker and the event...
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THE HEART OF THE FUTURE
“We don’t sit back and take the future. We show up, sleeves rolled up, to make the future.” Trying to get ahead of the future can cause leaders great anxiety as they face disruptive technologies in their industries. How will 3-D printing transform my farming business? How will AI impact my cyber...
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THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS WIFE
Themes: Customer Service, Technology, Humanizing Business, Relationships, Customer-centric Length: 20 – 40 min “I told her, ‘Baby I don’t do small talk, I do big listen.’” If you’ve ever wondered how Sekou manages to leave audiences weeping from deep emotional connections to highly technical...
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HOW TO AWESOMEFY YOUR LIFE!
Themes: Personal Excellence, Entrepreneurship, Confidence, Passion, Work-Life Balance Length: 20 – 60 min “You are more than enough to get through this, and you’ve got a scrapbook full of ‘I-can’t-do-its’ to prove it.” This talk is like giving your audience their own “...
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THE CUSTOM PRESENTATIONS
f your goals are better served by a premiere level of personalization, Sekou’s customized poetic presentations can be crafted with even more of your story and content. You can either choose a customized version of the catalogue speech you love, or let Sekou select a different concept that will...
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COMMENCEMENT SPEECH
Sekou has brought the power of poetic voice to tens of thousands of students, faculty and parents alike in celebration of graduates across the country. From community colleges, to online schools to major universities, Sekou’s commencement speeches are the perfect way to honor the work your...
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