Four Speeches on Key 21st Century Skills

On this page, you will find 4 presentations -- each running from 30 to 90 minutes. Presentations are perfect for association meetings, breakout sessions, and keynotes.

  • • Skill Mapping: How to Define the Skills You'll Need
  • The Secrets of Building Skills Faster and Better
  • The Way of Heroes
  • • Tough as Nails: Developing Mental Toughness

Each speech focus on a cluster of themes : how to adapt, how to change, how to do great things in the 21st Century. After all, this century is different than anything that has gone before it — in truly fundamental ways.

Murray Johannsen's Speaker Bio

On the stage of business, Murray is a polished instructor and speaker who maintains an active coaching practice, serves as Founder and President of the Legacee Academy, and teaches part-time as a professor at UCLA and other universities.

Philosophy. He follows words of wisdom given to him by a mentor a long ago that went, "The best way to learn something is to teach it."

Expertise. He teaches, trains and coaches in:

  • • Marketing (digital, social and influencer),
  • • Skill Development (Skill mapping, skill-based learning and the mastery practices), and
  • • Leadership skills (verbal communication, motivational tactics, etc.).  

Executive Coaching. As time permits, he officers Impact Coaching (9 powerful tactics to influence) and Dual Track Coaching (a master skill in 30 days).

Speaking. Mr. Johannsen has hundreds of hours of platform experience, both as a university professor and corporate trainer. Plus he has routinely spoken internationally in a number of countries including: Singapore, America, Thailand, and South Korea.  

Adaptability. He has the flexibility to adapt content and delivery. Audiences range from workers to executives, undergraduates to Ph. Ds, and live to online in a wide number of industries including: health care, higher education, tech and manufacturing.

Mediums. He knows how to entertain live and engage online.

Murray Johannsen has a M. A. in psychology from Harvard University, and a MBA and pharmacy degree from The University of Iowa

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Speeches That Inform and Entertain 

Mr. Johannsen blends the best of professor and great keynoter who:

Creates A Bond With the Audience

Johannsen uses classic techniques to establish and enhance rapport with the audience.

Tells Great Stories: He's a Natural Story Teller 

Mr. Johannsen incorporates three types of stories to increase the emotional impact he has on the audience.

Uses The Most Effective Ways to Begin & End a Presentation

Compelling presentations make use of a classic three-phase process underlying all great presentations.

Incorporates Humor

Humor connects a speaker to the audience and makes a presentation more engaging and enjoyable.

Use of Questions, Facts & Stats 

Of course, this is not enough. You need metaphors, analogies, and similies, along with rhetoricals and hypotheticals.

Works on Hearts and Minds

He understands that vowing the audience depends on speaking passionately to appear being charismatic.

Uses Good Looking Visuals

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Keeps The Audience Hooked

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Skills Mapping: How To Define the Skills You’ll Need for Future Success

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Essentially, skill mapping is about getting from where you are to where you want to be. It's about creating a detailed vision for yourself — your career and your life – yours, not the bosses, corporations, and parents. Yours.


Remember, it's not your strengths people talk about when they go out to have a beer. People want the best all-around dog in show, not the one with the best-looking paw.


And the more responsibility you have, the more your weaknesses get magnified. For example, poor people skills can be tolerated in a programmer, but not in a CIO. 


The beauty in this technique lies in the fact that you will discover how to: 

  • Map out the work roles you need to master.
  • Figure out the categories of skills you needed to play to get a starring role on the stage of business.

There's an old saying that goes, “Most don't plan to fail; they fail to plan.” For in the 21st Century, the dawn of the Age of Machine Learning, you best have a plan to map your path into a prosperous future. 

The Secrets of Building Skills Faster & Better

Do you know how to build skills? Could you — if given the theory — install one? Sadly, very few can. Why you might ask? Well, we have an educational system that never bothered to teach you how to learn. It just assumes you know.

So training is quickly forgotten, reskilling isn’t, and upskilling doesn’t occur. This results in time lost, money wasted, and potential undeveloped.

In training centers, classrooms, and conference rooms across the world practice occurs once or not at all. Practice makes perfect — you can’t master anything if you only practice once. This has been proven over, over, and over again with both human and machine learning. 

Bottomline: We need a better way to teach and learn skills in the 21st Century.

In this presentation, you will:  

a. Discover an easy-to-understand skill development model,  

b. Get details on three levels of learning, and  

c. Gain insight into how Mastery Practices make skill development easier and faster.


“If you study mathematics, you become a mathematician. If you study history, you become a historian. If you study swimming, you drown.” — Anonymous.


The Quest of Heroes: Succeeding as a Transformational Leader

“Not choice but habit rules the unreflecting herd.” — William Wadsworth, 1770-1850 English Poet  

In an era of constant change, organizations are crying for transformational leaders. And entrepreneurs have to adapt this style, or their organizations do not grow. 

For these leaders, the future looks bright. But for others, not so much. 

To transform the self and to change others is the true path of the hero. Great transformational leaders take up the call of transformation, map a path, and push forward unceasingly.

These heroes don’t pop up by sitting in a classroom. They don’t geminate by watching a screen. They don’t spring forth from reading a book about it. Instead, they grow by learning and taking action.  

  • Discover what it takes to succeed, the nature of the path and why so few attempt it.
  • Discover 4 Core Competencies of transformational leaders and beneficial transformational traits
  • Know why transformational leaders need to act like heroes
  • Know the essential steps on the path of transformation

Tough as Nails: 6 Key Drivers to Success

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""If you think your education is expensive, try costing ignorance." — Andy McIntyre

There are many things the educational system didn’t teach us — really important things we need to know. Some examples: financial management, skill building, soft skills, and how to deal with adversity. 

For the mark of a great man or woman is not backing in the glow of victory; it’s how to deal with the agony of defeat; to fall down and then get up; to control the stressors that lead to suffering. 

It’s been called many things. Today the term grit is popular. But I prefer the Kennedy motto that goes, “When the going gets tough, the tough gets going.” 

Sadly, many quit before achieving ambitious goals. And burnout? It's rampant in many industries. 

Dealing with setbacks is a learnable mental process. It involves turning pessimism to optimism; visualizing what can go right, instead of imagining what goes wrong; and thinking like a champion, rather than acting like a victim. 

In this speech, discover what the psychologists have unearthed from studying sports champions and what coaches know is beneficial to leaders in business. And it’s what you and your children should now.

If we succeed, we will have the same mind-set at the greats like Sir Winston Churchill who said, "Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”