5 Steps To Greatness

The 5 Steps to Greatness is a free emotional intelligence ebook which outlines the steps you need to take to become a great leader that people follow. Leadership in today’s environment is all about inspiring, motivating, and igniting passion in others.

When were we actually taught in school to inspire and ignite passion in others? The answer is simple – we weren’t.

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Free Emotional Intelligence Ebook

5 Steps to Greatness identifies that managing people is no longer just about supervision, and ‘resting on your laurels’ of being a productivity expert. Managing others is about being a leader that people want to follow. However, that’s easier said than done; leading others is not straightforward.

How To Be A Great Leader That People Follow

Leadership in today’s environment is all about inspiring, motivating, and igniting passion in others. In addition to increasing productivity and employee engagement, this helps attract and retain top talent. When were we actually taught in school how to inspire and ignite passion in others? The answer is simple – we weren’t.

As an educator, I know what is taught in school and what is not. Even if you are enrolled in business, and might have been taught leadership skills such as networking, facilitation, and presentation skills, all too often we don’t teach students exactly how to motivate others.

We talk about the importance of motivation, but when do we actually show students how to influence others?

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Speaker Profile

Emotional Intelligence Powerhouse

Carolyn Stern is North America’s leading authority on leadership development using emotional intelligence. As a popular local and international professional speaker, corporate trainer, and author you can find Carolyn teaching professionals and entire organizations about emotional intelligence across the globe!


Carolyn possesses a unique combination of experience as a professional educator and a highly educated business professional. She has a solid and impressive business history as both an entrepreneur and a senior executive within both large and small corporate structures.
  • Bachelor of Commerce, Marketing
  • Bachelor of Education,Business Education
  • Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Primary Education
  • Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in International Business
  • Master of Arts in Leadership
  • EQ-i 2.0
  • EQ 360
  • Everything DiSC
  • Myers Briggs Type Indicator
  • Influence Style Indicator
  • Change Style Indicator
  • Change Navigator
  • Hardiness Resilience Gauge

Our Services

Keynote Presentations

With a foundation in emotional intelligence, Carolyn’s keynote presentations span a wide variety of business-boosting and leadership and professional development topics.

Online Courses

Carolyn has designed and curated a series of online emotional intelligence and leadership development courses, which include video lessons and a myriad of learning resources.

Corporate Training

EI Experience, Carolyn’s corporate training company, offers a variety of leadership assessments, coaching sessions, live or virtual workshops and corporate retreats.

Explore Keynotes

As a motivational keynote speaker, Carolyn Stern's topics span a wide range of both business-boosting and personal development topics. Most importantly, all presentations share one fundamental goal: to provide participants with the information required to motivate and inspire themselves in life and business.

Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

Learning to apply emotional intelligence in the workplace is critical to business success. In school, we were put into teams, but we were never taught how to work with those teams. Our instructors gave us stress, but they never taught us how to handle and manage our stress. You see, most of these life skills are not taught in school or the workplace, for that matter. In today’s day and age, soft skills are just as, if not more, important than hard skills. Being aware of your emotions are skills that can be taught, and this keynote will start you off with the basics.

Communicating with Impact

Communicating with impact is crucial whether you are a seasoned professional or just starting out your career. Being aware of your communication style and those around you is imperative to creating and building prosperous business relationships. In this keynote, discover what your communication style is, learn how to communicate with impact, and determine how to flex your style to communicate effectively with others.

Coaching in the Workplace

Coaching in the workplace is one of the many practices leaders need to learn to provide support to their teams. As a leader, growing new talent, continuing to develop others, and sparking a renewed sense of purpose in your seasoned professionals, is a great opportunity and responsibility. You need to do it well. This keynote will teach you the steps and skills needed to start to have meaningful coaching conversations in the workplace.

Creating a Culture of Engagement

Most employees are satisfied with their jobs, but are they engaged? All organizations want actively engaged employees because they are enthusiastic about their work, inspired and motivated by their leaders, empowered with autonomy to do the job their way, and confident they can achieve excellence.

In this keynote, you will discover some of the traits that leaders need to create a culture of engagement within their teams. You will walk away with skills to develop deep, meaningful relationships with your staff, so they are committed to doing their best work for the organization.

Influential Leadership

Influential leadership is learning how to leverage your sources of influence to seize opportunities and become an extraordinary leader. Research suggests when people align their strengths with their goals, they are much more likely to achieve them. And when people realize their goals, they tend to be happier and more fulfilled with the result. Do you know your leadership strengths? Do you know how to use these strengths to drive and influence your employees? Are you using them to your maximum advantage? This keynote will show you how. 

Building High Performing Teams

Building high performing teams is crucial given the large network of people you interact with through the course of your job.  Think about all the people that you come into contact with in your work life: colleagues, board members and other volunteers, donors, clients, the general public and so on. With this large network of people connected to your organization, learning how to work well together is vital. People in every workplace talk about building teams and working as a team, but few understand how to develop and lead an effective, productive team. This keynote shows you how.

Enhancing Your Emotional Resilience

Enhancing Your Emotional Resilience is essential, especially during difficult times. Are you struggling with anxiety and stress during these times of uncertainty? Learning how to cope with stress, become more emotionally resilient, adapt to these rapid changes, and have a more positive outlook on the future are all the by-products of enhancing your emotional intelligence, and this keynote will show you how.  

Using EI to Lead Multigenerational Workers

In most workplaces, we have four generations working side by side. And for some, you may even have five. These include the Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials or Generation Y, and Generation X. A stellar leader with high emotional intelligence (EI) is aware of these generational differences and recognizes that different styles are borne out of different perspectives, which leads to different motivations. This keynote will demonstrate the differences between each generation and teach you how to tap into your EQ competencies to level the playing field for a multigenerational workforce.

Staying Emotionally Connected Together Apart

As we come to grips that social distancing has become integral to our daily lives, we have all had to pivot our lifestyles, and most of us have had to learn to work remotely from our homes. Many of us feel disheartened and lonely without regular socializing and impromptu water cooler talk that we used to have at serendipitous moments when we were in the office. In this keynote, we will cover how to use emotional intelligence to stay emotionally connected, continuing to build meaningful connections, remain motivated and inspired, and collaborate and innovate with colleagues even though we are physically apart.