Neil Ihde, MA is an author, consultant, speaker and founder of Life IQ where he helps groups and individuals work, play, relate...and live intelligently!
Neil has over a decade of speaking experience and is a proud member of the National Speakers Association.
He has consulted with numerous Fortune 500 companies including:
- Edward Jones
- Occidental Petroleum
- Sun Microsystems
- Merrill Lynch
- Mass Mutual
- Eastman Kodak
- Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
His international clients represent a dozen countries including Hungary, Switzerland, Germany, England, Ireland, Australia, Canada, and Mexico.
What they are saying about Neil...
Neil is very, very good at what he does. He won over a tough, intelligent crowd through his engaging presentation style and his entertaining storytelling. Neil clearly spent a great deal of time researching our organization, which earned him instant credibility and demonstrated to our group that he had tailored the discussion to our specific interests and needs. Our data-hungry group was impressed with his depth of subject matter expertise and his ability to explain concepts in layman’s terms. He delivered on everything we asked, and more. Well done! – Scott Brubaker, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal
Neil took on such a guiding role in working with my nurses in management positions. I knew I wanted someone that could provide them information and knowledge on the use of the MBTI assessment. What I didn't know, was that Neil would engage the members, interact so fully, and truly provide an exceptional experience for them. We always take the opportunity to see how well our members felt the presenter did -and out of more than 40 speakers, Neil ranked #1 -and I have some pretty amazing speakers!! Truly respect the knowledge and collegial attitude that you brought to the ANNA conference. Thanks again Neil!! – Dr. Hazel Dennison, Director of Education Services, American Nephrology Nurses Association
Neil was very engaging both in content and delivery. He encouraged participation right away and people were eager to share their stories/experiences. He had clearly done his homework regarding our company, products, and initiatives, which impressed management and got their attention from the beginning. With direct references to our organization, he was able to drive his points home and provide useful takeaways. Many people continued the conversations he had started for the rest of the conference! As opposed to some speakers that present unrealistic, lofty goals, Neil's ideas were received by the audience as attainable and easy to implement in our day-to-day lives. Overall, Neil has a gift for presenting, interacting, and empowering his audience. Thank you! – Sonal Singh, MLP Associate, Discover Financial Services
I was so pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable and beneficial this process was for our team. Neil is truly a master of his craft. He is able to read the room and keep individuals engaged through humor, personal stories, and data that is interesting and makes you want to know more. Expectations for the day were exceeded. We all left wiser, more attune to how our peers tick and think and we bonded as a group. Even individuals that were a bit skeptical about the process left saying that Neil was a perfect fit for our team and were thankful for the way in which he facilitated the session. It was a fun and eye-opening experience for all. – Mary Beth Schultz, Human Resource Manager, Hiebing
I found Neil to be exceptional! He did research on our company and audience well in advance of his presentation. He delivered an outstanding message that was both inspiring and touching. He was a big win for our conference. - Ric Pearson, Senior Manager CUNA Insurance
Woodward Radio Events was proud to work with Neil! We were thrilled to have a nationally known speaker provide a workshop at our event. Participants learned how to become great leaders and the presentation had the audience excited to apply the skills taught to their professional lives. We welcome the opportunity to work with Neil in the future. – Cindy Funke, Account Manager, Woodward Communications
Neil’s skill in connecting with and understanding the needs of others is second-to-none. His ability to look at all challenges with both depth and creative breadth make any partnership with Neil enlightening and very practical. Of all the individuals I’ve interacted with over the years, Neil is the most exceptional. - Janine Luz, HR Director, Gundersen Lutheran
Neil’s ability to discern the needs of an organization along with his knowledge of the complexities of building an effective team are exemplary! - Jennifer Wulf, CIO, MacDonald & Owen Lumber
Neil was a big win for our conference. We were delighted to have a nationally recognized speaker at our event. His expertise was evident and participants commented that his breakout session was one of the best and that the takeaways were priceless. Joy Kapheim, Leaderfest Chair
Neil is a very gifted and inspirational planner, presenter, mentor and coach. He has the ability to help you find the best within yourself and make the most of it. Neil's knowledge of interpersonal relationships, team dynamics and corporate culture is extensive and he has the skills to help take a team or group of people to a higher level by guiding them through processes that help them grow and improve. His knowledge of Myers-Briggs and Emotional Intelligence compliments his approach and results. Neil helped another leader and I find common ground that allowed us to understand one another on a much higher level and become great friends and colleagues - I have many examples of his successful interventions and teaching. He is top notch! Mary Jo Klos, Vice President of Clinical Operations, Gundersen Healthcare System
Neil is the catalyst that started a professional development revolution at the University of Sioux Falls! Executives, managers, faculty and staff were inspired to invest in their own professional development. We are taking practical steps to systematize and maintain the momentum Neil started for our employees. We are on a path to become a better University because of his work. – Jon Hiatt, VP of Institutional Advancement, University of Sioux Falls
Neil was incredibly professional and fun to work with. He worked with our group to make sure we would get the most out of the MBTI for our diverse group. The program was both entertaining and incredibly insightful to how we interact with one another. We would definitely enjoy bringing him back for another event. Thank you! – Heather Black, AT&T Project Management Mobility Solutions and President of Women of AT&T-WI
I attended a recent Emotional Intelligence seminar that Neil Ihde facilitated for our company. He did a fabulous job, his anecdotes and examples kept our attention and the 4 hours flew by. Neil also did a great job of setting up small group activities that allowed us to interact with our peers in a fun environment while learning a little more about each other. These small group activities gave us tips on how to develop our associates for the betterment and overall success of the associate as well as our company. – Sherry Sullivan, Assistant Vice President, Collins Community Credit Union
I had the great pleasure to listen to Neil and his well-thought out discussion on how to live life intelligently. Not only was Neil engaging with audience members, but he also encouraged engagement between audience members. He encouraged us to think about what we do and how we do it, and he did it in such a way that was thought-provoking, funny, and thoroughly enjoyable. I would highly recommend Neil to anyone who may be looking for a speaker who is intelligent, professional, and dynamic. – Ka Lia, Financial Aid Associate Advisor at University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
Neil's enthusiasm and passion for his work is incredible! He's a fantastic speaker and does a great job of flexing his message to match the needs of his audience. We were very impressed and have invited Neil back to again share his expertise with us. – Kiersten Karlsen, Company Trainer/Staff Development, Productive Living Systems, Inc.
Neil has quickly become one of my favorite facilitators. I’ve heard a lot of positive comments from others in attendance as well. It’s always good to learn new ways of communicating with people of differing personalities. I’ve found his techniques very useful personally, and professionally. He also does an outstanding job of tying previous course material into new subject matter, which is a great way to get a bit of a refresher. The education was definitely time well spent! – Don Putz, Real Estate Loan Officer/Sales Manager, Collins Community Credit Union
Neil did a fantastic job presenting at our national conference! The room was packed out and people were standing in the back and sitting in the aisles. He has a down-to-earth style and his content and examples are relevant and relatable. Attendees were abuzz with what they learned from his session. – Rob Worth, President – Advanced Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine
What a fun and learning-packed day! It was filled with laughter, ah-ha's, and self-reflection. Neil delivered the session in the best possible way! – Li Jacobson, Senior Manager - Kohl’s
Neil is incredibly knowledgeable about communication - whether it's between co-workers, volunteers or even family members. He is able to give actionable suggestions on how to give people the recognition and appreciation they deserve. Amy Ziegler, Digital Marketing Manager, Iowa Tourism Office
Neil led our leadership team through an amazing exercise exploring our personality types and the impact on our leadership style. We have walked away from this experience with a greater understanding of the strengths each of us offers and how we can work together more effectively. He is a master and pulling the important topics out of the group for discussion and discovery! Amy Topel, Director of Quality, Safety, and Innovation, UW Health
Neil is professional, intelligent, and highly motivated. His desire to see others succeed is one of many incredible attributes he possesses. He exudes the ability to care and listen to others. Neil has such vast knowledge in the area of human behavior and personality types. Humor and fun are key tools in his tool box. He knows how to persuade people to change and adapt to their surroundings. Neil is truly an expert in his field. Craig Zolkowski, Neenah Paper
Neil Ihde is such a dynamic, engaging speaker! We felt very privileged to have him as our keynote presenter at our Annual CCR&R System Work Day. Mr. Ihde presented, “It’s My Privilege…” Stories and Lessons from Social Services Settings. He was very well spoken and extremely knowledgeable about the subject matter. You could see that he truly cared about the topic, especially when he was relaying stories from his time in Social Services. All of our participants found Mr. Ihde to be relatable and insightful; they all walked away feeling inspired and ready to work with a new perspective. Jody Tutt, Program Specialist – Learning and Development, INCCRRA
Your presentation included practical insights for employees to thrive during change and some powerful emotional tugs for prioritizing what’s important in life. Your material was well aligned with our priorities and you did a great job of explicitly incorporating our company’s mission statement and core values into your talk. You were a wonderful speaker that made the audience think and gave them a new sense of personal inspection. You were a great choice for our annual employee meeting! Thank you! - Melissa Underhill, Executive Associate, Fulton Financial Advisors
Neil Ihde is a talented speaker with clear mental health expertise. We’ve had a number of speakers come to our annual trainings over the years but no one has been received better than Neil. Neil was able to explain complex information in a practical way. Our volunteers are much more prepared to assist our program in the future. When asked what they would like to see at next year’s training, one participant answered, “More Neil!” We agree! – Mary Spranger, WisLAP Manager, State Bar of Wisconsin
I had the pleasure of having Neil address members of my faculty and staff in preparation for the new school year. His message was entertaining, high energy, engaging, motivational, thought provoking, and behavior changing. The session was an inspirational and energizing one which provided us with the tools and insights to effectively manage change and people within our organization as we continue to propel the organization forward each and every day. – Matt Buckley, Principal, St. Patrick High School
4 Secrets to Becoming a S.T.A.R.
There are two kinds of people in life – those that talk about their dreams and those who achieve them. What’s the difference between them? Four very important characteristics. How many do you have?
The Complicated Business of Living the Life of a Human Being
Do you know what Mayflies have to complete in their lifetimes? Breed and die. That's it. And they usually do that in 24 hours. Starfish's to do list includes eating clams and avoid being eaten. They don't even have a brain. Human animals, however, are a bit more complex. We are the only animal society that permits mimes. Our lives are less and less about survival. Instead, we are living in an age that offers unprecedented choices and opportunities. Our life then becomes a one long to-do list where "Prioritize Your Life" is #167 if it appears at all. Simplify. Discover your passions. What do you want to live for? What's on your life's to-do list?
My Selfish Reasons for Wanting You to Be Happy - So, Get Happy and Stay That Way!
Why do I want you to be happy? I have my reasons – some of them altruistic, and some of them selfish. Our country’s happiness has flatlined since the 1950’s despite dramatic improvement in nearly every aspect of our lives. It's been said that for every want fulfilled, another emerges. In fact, entire industries have been created on this fact alone. One path we pursue to secure happiness is possessions. Do we need half of the stuff we own? At what point did we begin to belong to our belongings? Did you know that the number one complaint homebuilders hear from owners is that there isn't enough storage space? This despite the fact that the average square footage per household has doubled in the last generation. We need to begin distinguish what brings joy and happiness in every aspect of our lives...work, family, and friends.
10 Mistakes New Managers Make…And How to Avoid Them
First impressions are everything. Nowhere is that more true than for the new manager. Not only are you in a new position with new responsibilities, you are learning on the fly while on stage with your employees watching and analyzing your every move. This talk delves into the most common mistakes made by new managers, examining why they happen and how to avoid them. It is critical that new managers understand the common pitfalls and avoid setting precedents that can come back to haunt them down the road. Too many mistakes too soon and your ship is sunk before you’ve had a chance to set sail.
Making Meetings Work
The average employee will spend 3.2 years of their life in meetings. Some of you have attended that meeting. Meetings can be a great opportunity for ideas to come to life, catching up with co-workers, progress measured, and work tasks divided. They are necessary and useful, but they should only take place when they can be done efficiently, effectively and have some benefit to all of the participants involved.
The Manager's New Clothes
Don't think you and the Emperor have much in common? Think again. Hans Christian Anderson's tale has some great management application. Does your new management title immediately enlighten you? Are your new reports allowed to address the obvious or do they need to tow the party line? Helpful insights as you begin your new venture!
Teetering on the Brink - Lessons in Work/Life Balance
A colleague once told me a very telling statement concerning his boss, his wife, his co-workers, his children, his friends…all the major players in his life, "If they are all mad at me a little bit, then I am doing all right." The message: there's not enough of him to keep everyone satisfied in his life. Is work/life balance a myth? No! It is possible to survive and thrive in the world of work, and to balance work performance with personal development and quality of life. Time will be spent addressing current balances between work and home. In addition, we will explore the double-messages organizations send employees when they say they support work/life balance and yet subtlety reward imbalance.
Happy, Happy!! Joy, Joy!!
How often are you happy? When was the last time you experienced pure joy? Last belly laugh? If it's taken you more than ten seconds to move on to this sentence, we need to talk. Are we entitled to happiness? Our forefathers thought so. We could use a few lessons from those that experience happiness on a regular basis. Our teachers will include a few philosophers, scientists, and an animal or two. Smile.
Setting the Stage for Healthy Conflict
It is a fact that if you combine people, a common environment, and enough time there will be conflict. It is not a possibility, but an inevitability. We must then learn to plan, prepare, and manage this conflict in a healthy manner. We can start this process by understanding and extolling the benefits of having and mining for conflict.
Personality and Building Relationships – How Your Personality Can Hinder or Help Your Personal Effectiveness
Most of us would agree that connecting with others is largely about speaking their language. The problem is that because of our personalities and how we are hard-wired, we are often communicating in different languages. In this session, we will explore the foundational personality principles based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® and how we can apply that understanding to our everyday interactions with others. The first step is understanding our own preferences of communicating and interacting in the world. Once we recognize that, we then can begin to look for clues on how others prefer to communicate and interact and adjust our influence accordingly. But it begins with a solid foundation of self-awareness of who you are and how you come across to others. This interactive, information-packed session will get you talking (or thinking – depending on your personality J) about your relationships in a way you’ve never done before.