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Keynotes That Are Entertaining and Educational

Joe KnightKeynotes must be inspiring, but what if your keynote inspired and informed? A speech that makes the audience laugh and makes them think? Our keynotes do all of these things, and more.

Audience members will:

  • Become savvy decision-makers who employ appropriate data and judgment to make good business decisions
  • Become insightful managers and leaders who understand the performance of their company
  • Speak the language of business, the numbers
  • Analyze a company’s results
  • Be able to participate in meetings as a financially savvy team member
  • Discuss strengths and weaknesses in competitor’s and customers’ financials

Keynotes with Joe Knight, co-author of Financial Intelligence

With Joe Knight, co-author of Financial Intelligence, as your speaker, your audience will learn that financial knowledge is a powerful tool that can lead to both job and personal success. Along the way, they will have fun, learn a lot, and walk away with critical know-how. Below are some of the topics we have covered in keynote addresses.

  • The Secrets of Finance Revealed– Managers and leaders need to know the secrets of finance and accounting to work effectively. Joe will reveal what accountants don’t tell you that will help everyone be more successful at work. Joe will share what financial professionals do every day as part of their jobs – they make estimates and assumptions that lead to a bias in the numbers.  He then outlines the questions they need to ask and the places they need to look to take into account the estimates and assumptions.  This knowledge will give them the power to critically evaluate options, make solid business decisions, and create a strong, balanced organization.
  • The Five Critical Numbers – Your leaders need to know what Wall Street really cares about when looking at companies’ results. Learn the five critical numbers they study and why they are key numbers.
  • The Love Affair with EBITDA – Managers hear about EBITDA all day long, but rarely know what it really means. Your audience will learn why CEOs and CFOs love it, what it measures, why it is a god measure of performance, and the other key measure that is moving in on the love affair.
  • Return on Investment (ROI) and Capital Investment – Learn how to build a business case to justify significant investments such as capital investments, investments in new business initiatives, business expansion, even business acquisitions using key ROI models.  You will learn how to use payback, net present value (NPV), and internal rate of return (IRR) as tools to justify and analyze significant investments businesses make.  You will be taught fundamental ROI concepts and go over a simple case study to see how these concepts work.
  • The Power of Financial Intelligence – Imagine salespeople understanding the key financial issues of customers and prospects. Imagine managers understanding the strengths and weaknesses of competitors. This is the keynote that will show your audience that they can uncover the real story behind the numbers.
  • The Financially Intelligent Approach to Project Based Businesses – Many project based businesses struggle to measure profitability on long-term projects while they are in progress. Make sure your project based business is measuring, tracking and communicating in a way that supports profitability.

More about Joe Knight

Joe KnightJoe Knight (see Joe in action here), Partner and Senior Consultant with the Business Literacy Institute, is a highly regarded finance and business literacy keynote speaker, trainer, and published author. His keynote addresses are resounding successes with diverse audiences because of his unique ability to combine lots of content with energy and humor. Recent keynote and speaking appearances include the Association of General Contractors, Independent College Bookstore Association, International Supply Management Conference, National Association of Broadcasters, and Society of Human Resource Management conference. Audience members have raved about his speaking, with comments such as “I was on the edge of my seat the entire time,” “Joe’s sessions keep us engaged and enthusiastic through his real-world stories and experiences,” and “Joe was ideal…given his humorous, positive approach and emphasis on demystifying the numbers and ratios.”

Joe is co-author of Financial Intelligence, a smart, no-nonsense business finance handbook for managers. The book has been heralded as “The Elements of Style” of finance by CFO.com and as an “accessible, jargon-free” book by Accounting Today. Joe has also been a guest on Bob Brinker’s Money Talk show on KABC radio and CNBC’s Morning Call program.

As CFO of Setpoint Companies, he spearheaded the financial education of engineers in this automation and roller coaster company. Under his leadership, Setpoint became an Inc. 500 company and was featured in Inc. magazine and A Stake in the Outcome. Joe’s background also includes finance at Ford Motor Company, Bell & Howell, and Arrow Dynamics, as well as consulting in the fields of finance and project management. Joe has served as a professor at University of Phoenix and Westminster College and is a frequent guest lecturer at Brigham Young University. Joe received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Brigham Young University and an MBA from University of California, Berkeley.

Contact us to schedule a keynote address for your event.

You’ll be trained by the firm that brought you the Harvard best seller!

“It reads easily without dumbing down, and it’s comprehensive.” CFO Magazine

It’s been transformed into a comic book!

“A fun, easy way to teach a quick introduction to finance.” Joe Knight, co-author

Selected as one of the “100 Best Business Books of All Time”

“What I like best about Financial Intelligence is the fact that I can read the book and never see the words debit or credit.” Todd Sattersten, co-author of The 100 Best Business Books of All Time

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