Using my real-world perspective as a small business owner, I deliver concrete take-aways that you can use today to shape the future of your town without getting beaten down by circumstances or others’ negativity. Audiences feel energized and hopeful because they know how they can make a difference in their community starting now despite everything going on in the world.
You get down-to-earth advice based on my experience as a life-long rural entrepreneur and cattle rancher, including the “get your hands dirty” aspects that others gloss over.
My programs on my Idea Friendly method, rural trends, downtowns, economic development and community development have given practical ideas to audiences at over 250 events. Rural and small town conferences, economic development organizations, councils of government and chambers of commerce in the US, UK, Canada and Australia have chosen me to boost optimism, change thinking and unleash immediate action.
Rural and Small Town Topics
Choose from these interactive and practical topics packed with straightforward advice that can be put into action immediately. All are updated to address the realities of today, including coronavirus and economic uncertainty. Any of these can be a remote session, an in-person keynote, a breakout session, or a workshop.
Developing Resilient Communities: The Idea Friendly Method
You don’t have to know all the answers. You just have to be open to new ideas. Today you can put your ideas into action with less overhead, less drag and more meaningful participation by more people. Learn three practical ways the research-backed Idea Friendly method will help you improve the climate for new ideas and position your small town to thrive, no matter what the future brings.
This topic shakes up old approaches so we can better adapt to the future. Audiences leave feeling measurably more optimistic (16.8% more optimistic in one survey) because they see exactly how they can shape a better future for their town.
Pull Your Town Together: Overcoming Divisiveness
Small towns naturally feel like close communities, right? Ugh, more like a hive of anger and division!
Conflicting goals. Fighting factions. Political polarization. Generation gaps. Race, ethnicity and class cliques. No one tells you how to overcome divisions like these!
This session will show you practical steps and simple ideas that pull people together. Tweak your projects to reach across divides. Improve group coordination beyond silos. Rally everyone around local small businesses.
Learn how to apply this to your own work: Bring people together across groups, give everyone a small but meaningful role, and create experiences that change people’s thinking.
This topic generates a lot of conversations!
Refilling the Business Pipeline: Expanding Economic Opportunity with the Innovative Rural Business Models
Not only are entrepreneurs interested in these potential models, but local leaders also can put them to work spurring new business development and supporting fuller participation in the local economy.
After Your Event
People often say they wish more people from their town could have heard these presentations. They won’t be left hanging with this special video follow-up, designed to spread the enthusiasm and action to even more people.
Any audience member can sign up to access a 30 minute video featuring Becky McCray and her SaveYour.Town Co-founder Deb Brown. They can share the video throughout their town, and they’ll get weekly email newsletters to reinforce the important concepts and generate more discussion locally. There’s no charge, and it adds value for your attendees.
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Other Speaking Options
Visit Your Town
Turn a visit from me into change for your town
We get out and walk through your downtown to all work together on practical steps you can use right now.
Virtual speaking on Rural and small town development
Running a virtual event? Tap my experience presenting dynamic and engaging remote session
Emcee & Hosting
Host, moderator, emcee to liven up your event
I love live sessions! Keeping discussion flowing, managing lightning presentation rounds, wrangling a rowdy audience