Your message. In focus.

Speaking & Presentations

Need a speaker for your organization or networking group? Karin Wiberg speaks about books, writing, strategy, and creative thinking. An experienced facilitator and speaker, Karin loves speaking with small, engaged groups.

Most topics appeal to consultants, coaches, professional speakers, and other entrepreneurs thinking about writing and self-publishing a book.

Presentations typically are suitable for hour-long networking groups or 2- to 4-hour workshops.

From Children’s Lit to Business Legit: Lessons for Experts in Making Their Book Stick

What can thought leaders and business professionals learn from children’s novels? A lot! The same elements that make a compelling, memorable children’s book apply to adult nonfiction (such as business, thought leadership, and personal or professional development books).

Usually you are explicitly teaching something in adult nonfiction. By transporting your readers so they can pay attention and touching their emotions along the way, you have a much better chance of getting your message to stick. In this session, we’ll look at the elements of this model in action.

This topic appeals to entrepreneurs and business owners who are writing a book and want to know how to increase its memorability. This topic is great for short networking meetings or lunches and can be adapted for longer sessions and workshops.

What Writing a Book Can (Really) Do for Your Business

Every time you turn around, it seems like another coach, consultant, or speaker in your network is publishing a book. A book seems like savvy marketing, and you might even have your own book idea, but you also have a sneaking suspicion there’s more to it than you realize.

In this strategic session, we’ll look at:

  • Aligning your book goals to your stage of business—and the marketing implications;
  • Whether self-/indie-publishing or traditional publishing fits your situation better;
  • How to calculate your true ROI; and
  • How to repurpose your content to leverage your investment.

This topic appeals to entrepreneurs and small business owners considering writing a book. It works well for networking groups and can be adapted to longer sessions to go further in depth.

High 5 Conference, March 2017

How to Get Your Butt in the Chair & Write!

You want to write a book to help grow your business, but writing is not your primary gig. You write in support of your core business, but you’re not sure what really goes into writing a whole book.

In this interactive session, we’ll share:

  • How professional writers think about the process;
  • What a book timeline might look like for you; and
  • Tips for getting support and keeping the ideas flowing even when you’re feeling an onset of writer’s block.

This topic appeals to entrepreneurs and small business owners who want to write a book themselves. It is best for 2- to 4-hour workshop settings so there’s time for exercises.

The Brain within Its Groove: Thinking Tools to Get Out of a Rut

Sometimes our brain gets in a groove as in “flow” or “the zone,” and sometimes our brain gets in a groove as in “rut.” Emily Dickinson wrote of “The Brain within Its Groove” and the impact a “splinter” can have.

Thinking tools can help you escape a rut, explore new territory, gain new perspective, and construct new paths forward.

In this conversation, we’ll explore parallel thinking, lateral thinking approaches, and other methods for intentionally changing default patterns.

This topic is a survey approach to expose coaches, consultants, and others interested in thinking patterns to possible areas for further exploration.

Karin Wiberg on ballroom stage speaking to audience

Upcoming Events

Bynum Front Porch Holiday Bazaar
10 am to 1 pm, Sat, Nov 30, 2019
Bynum General Store
950 Bynum Road, Pittsboro, NC 27312

Holiday Craft Market
Noon to 5 pm, Sat, Dec 7, 2019
Raleigh Elks Lodge no.735
5538 Lead Mine Road
Raleigh, NC 27612

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Audience Comments

Audience Feedback

“Karin has a gift for connecting with her audience and clearly explaining how writing a book can have a powerful impact on behalf of nearly every entrepreneur and small businessperson. Her presentation was warm, sympathetic, and inviting, and left participants with a fresh appreciation for an idea that previously seemed unreachable or unrelated to personal success.” —David Lindquist, Owner, Marketing Tune Up

“Karin gave an excellent motivational presentation at our recent meeting of communications professionals. During her interactive talk she shared dozens of tips to help us determine the right topic, content and strategy for writing a book. By the time she finished, we felt confident and well prepared to create books that will help both our clients and our business succeed.” —Mary Ann Bella, Organizer ICA-Triangle Meetup (Independent Communicators Alliance)

“Karin’s presentation to our group really explained the way to monetize your next publication. She has the process, and showed us that writing a book can add tremendous value in your career—and ultimately in the bottom line!” —Alliance Referral Network

“Inspiring, informative, well organized.” “Great instructor—very open and supportive.” “Expert advice, usable tools.” “Great tactical ideas for crafting/getting over the hump.” “Many thanks for this beyond-helpful workshop!” “Karin was great! Loved the group!” —Raleigh Review workshop participants

Past Events

Holly Springs Book Festival
November 16, 2019, Holly Springs, NC

Haiku Celebration with Chicken Haiku!
Page 158 Books, August 2, 2019, Wake Forest, NC

Triangle Book and Writer Conference
Feb 16, 2019, Raleigh, NC

BCP Cary Toastmasters
Jan 17, 2019, Cary, NC

City of Raleigh arts grant workshop
Nov 10, 2018, Raleigh, NC

United Arts Council Learning Lunch
Panelist for grant application discussion
Nov 15, 2018, Raleigh, NC

Write Now! Conference
Sponsored by Triangle Association of Freelancers
“From Children’s Lit to Business Legit: Make Your Message Stick”
Apr 28, 2018, Raleigh, NC

High Five Conference—Where Marketing & Creative Meet
Sponsored by AMA-Triangle
“Thought Leadership: Pretentious & Passé, or Profitable & Purposeful?”
Feb 26-28, 2018, Raleigh, NC

Innovate Fuquay
Sponsored by Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce
“Pitching Your Idea”
Jan 8, 2018

City of Raleigh Arts Grant Workshop
“How to Write It Right”
Nov 28, 2017

UAC/CORAC Arts Learning Lunch
“The art of public speaking for grant interviews and other aspects of nonprofit life”
Nov 16, 2017
United Arts Council, Raleigh, NC

City of Raleigh Arts Grant Operating Support workshop
“Writing a strong grant narrative”
Oct 24, 2017

NCSU MBA career management class
“Business writing for influence”
Oct 17, 2017

SPARKcon – The Triangle’s Creativity Festival
“How Do I Get MY Book on YOUR Bookshelf?”

Sep 16, 2017
Read With Me bookshop in downtown Raleigh

Tarheel Toastmasters
"What Writing a Book Can (Really) Do for Your Business"
June 13, 2017

High Five Conference 2017
Sponsored by the American Marketing Association-Triangle Chapter
"What Writing a Book Can (Really) Do for Your Business"
Feb 28-Mar 2, 2017
High Five 2017 conference logo with photo of Karin Wiberg

KEY5 Speaker Conference 2017
“From Children's Lit to Business Legit: Lessons for Experts in Making Their Books Stick”
Sat, Jan 7, 2017
High Five 2017 conference logo with photo of Karin Wiberg

KEY5 was a super conference for professional speakers to get great video, for conference and meeting planners to find great talent, and for the audience to get great insights and inspiration. Check out the 2017 speakers—and plan to participate in 2018!

Independent Communicators Alliance Meetup
“ABCs of Writing a Book for Business Influence, Credibility, and Income”
Wed, Nov 9, 2016

Alliance Referral Networking
“What Writing a Book Can (Really) Do for Your Business”
Fri, Oct 21, 2016

International Coach Federation - Raleigh Area Chapter
“The Brain within Its Groove: Thinking Tools to Get Out of a Rut”
Thu, Aug 26, 2016