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I speak to audiences of all sizes about social impact issues that can transform the way they think about themselves, accelerate their missions and remind them of why they love doing this work in the first place. See below for examples of the presentations I deliver. 

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7 Secrets of Highly Effective Social Impact Communicators


Presentation Description

Whether you realize it or not, there’s a good chance you’re a social impact communicator. And to make progress on your biggest goals—while keeping your own personal and organizational values fully intact—requires new ways of thinking about yourself and your work. 

This interactive presentation will help people at any level of an organization unpack exactly what social impact communications means, and what it looks like in their own unique role. Together, we’ll explore the seven secrets of highly effective social impact communicators: emphasizing mission over words, nurturing translational talents, gaining strength from personal values, using teamwork as renewable energy, reframing setbacks, ceding perfection, building multi-generational legacy. Done right, these practices will accelerate your influence, bring more joy at work and deliver the results for the world you're longing to offer, whether you lead only yourself or a team of thousands.

Your audience will walk away able to apply each of the seven secrets immediately to make their workday more fun, rewarding and effective. In turn, their social impact work will result in the change we all need for a more resilient environment and a society that’s kind, generous and more equitable for all of us.

Learning Outcomes

After participating in this session, your audience will:

  • Learn the 7 secrets of highly effective social impact communicators through humor and thought-provoking stories from the speaker’s own experience as a social impact executive and consultant

  • Discover how to connect the dots between their own deeply held values and unique talents, and those of the respective organizations where they work and contribute to its social impact

  • Cultivate the mindset of a highly effective social impact communicator and walk away with greater confidence, boldness and peace of mind that they’ve got what it takes to succeed

Speaker Biography

Nate Birt is the founder of Silver Maple Strategies, a social impact consulting company. He helps purpose-driven leaders accelerate massive social impact goals through strategic planning and implementation, personalized coaching and public speaking. Nate is a senior adviser to Trust In Food™, the sustainability division of Farm Journal. He has helped organizations successfully design social impact strategy across Fortune 500 companies, global environmental nonprofits and government agencies to secure more than $45 million in funding. Nate and his wife, Dr. Julie Birt, operate a small farm outside of St. Louis, Mo., with their four children.

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