Corey Axelrod is a dynamic and engaging speaker with an extensive portfolio of topics covering the process of interpreting and skill building activities for sign language interpreters for the deaf and hard of hearing, as well as leadership, marketing, innovation and technology trends for business professionals.

Corey is not a believer in generic, “one size fits all” presentations. He continuously tailors his presentations to connect with each audience, but what makes Corey unique is the “real” factor. Audiences relate to the personal experiences Corey integrates within his presentations. Corey combines a down-to-earth attitude with a colorful artistic streak. Comments such as “thank you for covering what doesn’t usually get covered” and “I have been waiting for this” are a testament to his effectiveness and style.

Corey’s approach to presentations are designed to serve three functions:

1. Educate – Provide participants with tangible knowledge and resources to understand situations before them, what to do going forward and how to measure success.

2. Inspire – Motivate participants to identify new opportunities and consider new possibilities.

3. Empower – Share necessary tools and strategies enabling participants to take initiative and make decisions to solve problems and improve performance.

Popular Topics

Corey can be booked for the following presentations and can work with you to develop material and presentations to best suit your organization’s needs.

Interpreting Workshops

Don’t Be Mad if I Don’t Look: Accommodating HoH Consumers

Designed for all interpreters, this interactive workshop will establish the foundation for a needed paradigm shift in how sign language interpreters can best support the unique needs of hard of hearing consumers. As a hard of hearing individual with deaf parents, the presenter will share first hand observations of the generic differences between deaf and hard of hearing consumers, including an analysis of the audiologicial differences, as well as the cultural identity issues hard of hearing individuals face. The presenter will subsequently discuss the unique communication needs for, and methods used by, hard of hearing individuals. By better understanding the consumers they are working with, interpreters will be able to determine the best course of action to take in facilitating communication.

Interpreting Is Interpreting – Or Is It Not?

Designed for all interpreters, this interactive workshop will review how interpreters can best position themselves to handle the unique challenges presented by medical and mental health interpreting assignments and what it takes to perform jobs accurately to ensure effective linguistic and cultural communication is facilitated. The presenter will initially discuss the varying challenges and obstacles patients and family members face, as well as the conditions and the trauma interpreters may be presented with. The presenter will subsequently provide attendees a multitude of tips and strategies on how to manage difficult situations and accommodate to the needs of patients and family members (i.e. deaf spouse/children).

The Business Behind Interpreting: Maximizing Success with Changing Demands

Designed for all interpreters, this interactive workshop will review the changes in the demand for sign language interpreters and how interpreters can best position themselves to meet the evolving demands. The presenter will initially discuss how changing demand is largely contingent upon advances in today’s technologies, including video technology and voice recognition software. Unfortunately, as some of these emerging technologies reduce the need for sign language interpreters, the presenter will discuss individual interpreters’ abilities to competitively position themselves in a market in spite of factors they may or may not be able to control. Within this discussion, the presenter will provide attendees with a multitude of tips and strategies on how to manage direct contracts and how to work with interpreting agencies.

 

Marketing/Sales Workshops

Marketing in Today’s Economy

While the Internet has enabled businesses and organizations to reach out to prospective customers, marketers are slow to understand the significance and potential of online advertising and marketing. This form of promotion enables marketers to gain a competitive edge, delivering specific marketing messages to attract customers. The presenter will discuss best practices for online marketing and advertising initiatives to maximize return on investment, as well as discuss optimal methodologies for monitoring and measuring results generated from these efforts.

Maximizing Social Media for Business

Designed for business people from companies of all sizes, this interactive workshop will examine how businesses can build a comprehensive and strategic social media plan that delivers ongoing results. The presenter will first provide an overview of the different categories of social media platforms available, as well as share best practices for using these respective platforms. Additionally, in order to help business think strategically, yet be efficient and creative, the presenter will identify necessary steps to construct a plan that cultivates profitable online relationships, develops brands and drives meaningful business.

Maximize Your Organization’s Marketing & Sales Efficiency

Designed for business people from companies of all sizes, this interactive workshop will discuss how businesses can best position themselves to handle the unique challenges created by disconnect between marketing and sales teams. The presenter will initially address the unique responsibilities of the marketing and sales teams, respectively, as well as the varying economic and cultural causes of friction between the two groups. The presenter will subsequently identify best practices to enhance joint performance and overall contribution from sales and marketing teams to achieve revenue goals.

 

Strategy & Planning Workshops

Minimize and Manage Your Organization’s Risk

Designed for business people from companies of all sizes, this interactive workshop will discuss how businesses can best position themselves to minimize risk. The presenter will initially discuss a list of key risk drivers, and how individuals perceive different types of risks. One of the theories that will be discussed is statistician Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s ‘black swan theory,’ one where individuals have a tendency to find simplistic explanations for rare and unpredictable events in a retrospective manner. Further, the presenter will subsequently identify best practices companies can employ to minimize, mitigate, and/or manage the risks.

A Review of Strategic Planning Initiatives

Designed for business people from companies of all sizes, this interactive workshop will assist business people in the process of facilitating strategic thinking and consequent planning. The presenter will initially provide an overview of the critical, ongoing activities and processes successful organizations use to systematically coordinate and align resources and actions with their mission, vision and strategy. The presenter will then discuss changes businesses can employ to enhance the planning process of developing strategies to ensure existing processes run more effectively and efficiently.

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IRID Conference

Corey Axelrod presenting at IRID Fall Conference in Sugar Grove, IL; photo taken by Amanda Carso.