Mitch Fairrais, is an expert in Leadership Development, Communication, Conflict Resolution and Human Effectiveness. As President and Founder of the training company, On the Mark, he specializes in taking organizations to new levels through the delivery of experiential learning programs.
Mitch gets rave reviews as a speaker and a facilitator because he goes beyond simply motivating participants. He aims to help them understand, step-by-step, how they can do things differently! His sessions and keynotes are not only enjoyable but are extremely practical, typically interactive, and immediately useful. Mitch has worked globally, helping organizations create environments that increase both accountability for results and personal fulfillment. Mitch works at all levels within organizations, from Presidents and CEOs to front line managers.
Over the last 28 years, Mitch has worked with an impressive array of clients in various industries and sectors. These include: Kellogg’s–USA/UK/Canada, Toronto Dominion Bank, Microsoft, Deloitte, Bombardier, American Express, The United States Treasury Department, Blackberry, Standard & Poor’s, British Telecom, Scotiabank, Coca Cola, Bell Canada, Transunion, Royal Bank, Merck, General Mills Canada, Open Text Corporation, William Osler Health System, Abbott/Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Canadian Tire, United States Federal Highway Administration.
Mitch lives on Lake Ontario in Toronto. He loves music, good food, warm weather and anything related to personal development.
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The Art of Influence
In this keynote, Mitch reveals the secrets to having greater influence. Mitch will equip audience members with a wide variety of practical tools and best practices they can use to become more effective immediately – with their employees, customers, colleagues, managers, peers and even family members.
Mitch will explain how to step into another person’s frame of reference to unlock the very best results in any relationship. Mitch will show audience members how to get on the same page with others quickly and effectively, in order to have greater influence. This keynote will allow them to explore how to gain understanding, positively change behavior and influence viewpoints that differ from their own.
Leadership and Innovation
Most companies realize that Innovation is critical for them to grow, and in some cases, to survive. When it comes to Innovation in the current marketplace, there are an overwhelming number of complex models, methodologies, approaches and supposed Gurus. In this powerful keynote, On the Mark’s President, Mitch Fairrais, cuts through it all with some common sense approaches to Innovation. Mitch will address the simple strategies that Leaders can use to foster a Culture of Innovation. He will also address how to avoid some of the most common pitfalls which can undermine Leaders’ ability to create a Culture of Innovation.
Navigating Difficult Conversations
Have you have ever felt nervous entering a difficult conversation with a colleague, employee or customer? Have you ever had an important conversation go sideways when the stakes or emotions were high? In this keynote, Mitch will offer simple techniques to help audience members get the best from others when they need to have these conversations. Mitch will offer step-by-step techniques that will allow audience members to have more ease and reduce potential friction when conducting difficult conversations. Mitch will also help audience members learn how to increase the likelihood of achieving a successful outcome, while leaving the other person feeling valued in the process.
This keynote, in a one hour format, can also accommodate time to practice these simple, yet practical, techniques, so audience members can be prepared to use them in the real world.
Leading in Difficult Circumstances
Based on his interviews with numerous Presidents and CEOs of Global Corporations, Mitch will share how Senior Leaders have managed challenges and found success in the most difficult of circumstances. Downsizing, Mergers, Product Launches, Threats from Competition, Changing Markets and changes in Strategic Direction are just some of the circumstances that can complicate or threaten both the productivity and morale in any organization. In this keynote, Mitch will share the powerful strategies that Senior Leaders across the globe have used to successfully navigate such circumstances.
THE ORIGIN OF TRUST
Trust is the key that unlocks the ability to get to results with, and through, others faster, and with less effort. People don’t trust you when they get to understand you; they trust you when they feel you understand them. Establishing trust leads to loyalty with employees, customers, colleagues, managers, peers and family.
Everyone talks about the importance of trust, but few know what concrete strategies they can use to create it. This keynote will outline practical strategies for creating trust.
What’s Possible? – A Mindset That Enables Breakthrough
In this keynote, Mitch will help audience members understand how to get more of what they want out of life, including better business results.
Mitch will introduce a decision-making model that will enable audience members to change the way they approach opportunities and challenges, and ultimately change what they can accomplish. Mitch will introduce a focused way of approaching decisions and solving problems that can yield unprecedented results. He will also help audience members understand that how they ‘label’ circumstances they encounter, can have significant impact on what they can, or can’t accomplish.
“Mitch is a deliciously exciting speaker and facilitator. He spoke at the Seth Godin Mastermind at the Smart Hustle 2017 Conference in NYC and the audience loved him and his talk. He’s exciting, caring and delivers. THANK YOU MITCH!”
Ramon Ray – Smart Hustle Magazine
“Mitch is an amazing, talented keynote speaker. I had the privilege to attend the CEO Global Network’s ‘Great CEOs Speaker Series’ conference about “Creating a Culture of Innovation”. Mitch captured the attention and engaged more than 300 participants. Mitch customizes his presentations according to his audience and everybody benefits from Mitch’s experience and knowledge in order to identify opportunities to develop innovation and to help to change the culture. Following the conference, I decided to ask Mitch to organize a one-day team building event for my company: this was so beneficial for the employees that I can see the evidence of progress every single day when I walk the offices and shopfloor. Mitch is truly making the difference.”
Emmanuel Piec. Plant Manager, Armacell Canada Inc
“Congratulations! Your presentation scored the highest of all the external presentations (based on 1400 replies!). Also, when we asked our people at the end of the survey what three things they will use and implement upon returning to their store; your topic was the top choice. You gave our conference audience practical tips they can actually put into practice and were entertaining and motivating. I was very happy that your session was such a hit. Well done and thank you!”
Karen Bossin – Director, Conferences & Events, Shoppers Drug Mart
“I have known and worked with Mitch for many years. He is an exceptional Keynote and Public speaker who is entertaining but also incredibly insightful around leadership, management and sales behaviours. He always delivers more than he promises and is able to win over audiences and bring them on a learning journey that they enjoy! “
Don Jones – Founder and Chief Experience Designer at exper!ence it inc.
“Mitch Fairrais is one of the most captivating Communication and Leadership Keynote speakers in the world! Drawing from his vast experience in business and his insights as a leading global trainer for many Fortune 500 companies over 28 years, Mitch delivers a message of substance and authenticity that lifts, entertains, educates and inspires his audiences into action!
What’s more, what sets Mitch Fairrais apart from others is what is initially unseen; the remarkable number of hours in planning, thought, preparation and care that goes on behind the scenes, prior to his presentations. When he hits the platform, his extraordinary care and preparation becomes clearly evident, thus super exceeding the expressed needs and objectives of Meeting Planners, leaving the audience incredibly inspired and empowered!”
Phil R. Taylor – Professional Speaker Agent – International Speakers Group (ISG)
“Mitch was a great inspiration to our team and me when he helped lead strategy sessions at the business level and preparing me for board level presentation. He is an awesome inspirational speaker and keynote speaker and truly engages his audiences. I would recommend tapping into his talent if you want to expose your teams to different ways of thinking and achieving excellent outcomes. Thanks Mitch! “
David Cutler – CEO & President – Centric Health Corporation
“I have worked with and for Mitch and On The Mark over the years and have recommended both to our clients. Mitch earns rave reviews as a facilitator and speaker and On The Mark earns rave reviews for the customized design of incredible experiential learning programs. Together, they represent the best in customized learning experiences.”
Dr. Don MacRae – CEO, The Lachlan Group