Monica Knight (Coneys)
Dance to the Beat of Your Own Drum. Entrepreneur
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Monica is an entrepreneur, speaker, facilitator, motivator, teacher and consultant who holds a Masters in Leadership and Training, a Diploma in Education and is currently completing her Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Regina.
Her career path has taken her from Europe to India and Africa and now Canada. The indomitable Monica works in leadership and economic development to facilitate creative, and innovative collaboration. Individuals flourish and simple results nurture the miracle of optimism, revitalization and resilience.
Her Ph.D. work highlights “collaborative individualism”, or “intrapreneurship“. Her toolkit and examples foster an entrepreneurial spirit and stimulate entrepreneurial initiatives. Participants in projects learn that they too can be enterprising wherever they can exercise discretion, confidence and self reliance.
Monica’s spirit is unique and avant garde and her wisdom is presented through music, dance and humour. She inspires, challenges and encourages others to release their own right-brained caged bird. Hold on tightly for a magical roller coaster ride that promises to keep breaking cycles of negative patterns.
Early in her memorable career, Monica was reluctant to describe herself as a “motivational speaker” feeling this implied that she knew the right way for others to embrace the joys of life. Now, after years of plentiful evidence and positive feedback that her words, personal examples and unique presentation style have inspired and “motivated’ individuals, groups and communities – she has embraced this gift and acknowledges that, when many sing her praises…
Keynotes and Speaking Topics
Dance to the Beat of Your Own Drum
Through music, dance and her own brand of humour, Monica takes the audience on a magical mystery ride and exposes the personal beliefs that keep us clinging to safe routines, bad habits, and disempowering attitudes. Once she has ‘shone a light’ on the truth of who we are as human beings, she inspires participants to move forward in their lives by embracing change.
Thrive in a Tribe
To turn the “should” of your community’s rejuvenation into the “could” of action
The secret for transition or complete transformation is simpler than most of us think… “it doesn’t take big grants, the perfect idea or years of planning to kick start change.”
Using intrapreneurship, Monica illustrates what it takes to successfully launch an idea, a solution, or an economic activity and move it forward.
Based on her PhD work and a proven track record in Saskatchewan (Gravelbourg: A Touch of Europe, Saskatoon: Ubuntu House) and in Alberta (Cactus Corridor: All Aboard, Brooks and Newell County: Welcoming and Inclusive Communities), Monica skillfully weaves her presentation strategies for collaborative partners and groups to focus on common goals and realistic action.
Diamonds on the Soles of Our Shoes
Are you looking for a rich look or exotic holidays, great wardrobe or stylish surroundings? Whatever you consider as “living the good life” is attainable NOW!
Monica opens her closet of secrets – “when to save and when to splurge” – in this hilarious high-energy presentation full of music, fun surprises, and inspiring stories from Thrift Stores to Safaris and Spas.
Feet Firmly Planted in Midair
Encourage your participants to turn dreams into reality!
While people naturally gravitate to using one side of their brain, Monica illustrates in this fun and interactive “lecture” how to engage in a right-left dance so you can view situations from a new vantage point. She provides examples of how combining intuition and imagination with logic and analysis results in whole-brain thinking… the fuel for creativity and innovation. Monica will show you how creativity and linear thinking most definitely can combine to make amazing results!
Books and Articles
- Dance to the Beat of Your Own Drum