Leslie Ungar, The Inner Brilliance of Electric Impulse, Inc.

Keynotes & Programs

Leslie G. Ungar redefines how we improve performance, one leader at a time. Her competitive edge comes from the entrée she has into the executive world, the 3,000 presentations she has conducted, and the PBS show she hosts. Leslie Ungar breaks the mold of traditional keynote speakers. With her unique perspective, Leslie coaxes and challenges the audience to identify and communicate their competitive edge. Her message lingers bridging the gap between your present plateau and your performance potential.

“Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to act as the Keynote Speaker for the Ohio Women’s Bar Association. The response was an overwhelming “WOW!”
— Pamela Houston, President
Ohio Women’s Bar Association

Listen to Leslie, then look in the mirror and let Leslie Ungar change how you see yourself!

  • Cowboy Up: Round Up Your Untapped Potential
    You have a competitive edge. Chances are that you haven’t correctly identified all that potential. It’s time to Cowboy Up – do the hard work of a cowboy to get over this obstacle. Or your potential could just stay untapped for a long, long time. A Round Up is the gathering of who and what goes to “market”.

    Your Round Up – your gathering of what needs to go to your market needs to include:

    • Cowboy Up to truly identify your value to your market, not just to you
    • Drive yourself to differentiate you and your skills to bring a higher price at market
    • Where to sit at your next meeting: who to sit next to and who not
    • The ability to be heard and have influence regardless of your title
    • Pony Up in all facets of communication from formal speaking to that dreaded 30 second answer even cowboys dread

    Drive your next Round Up when you ride your value to get results, move your agenda forward, and communicate your Brand, the promise of your potential.

  • The Art of Torture: PowerPoints Gone Bad
    I believe more people are killed every year by bad PowerPoints than by guns or cars. If the audience is not bored to death they are slowly tortured for the duration of the presentation by every PowerPoint sin. When there is a car accident, we don’t really blame the car, we blame the driver.

    In this keynote we are going to look at how you can:

    • Protect your value or not protect your value by how you create your PowerPoint
    • Learn and execute 21st century technology know-how
    • Create dynamic images with little or no words per slide
    • Understand the speaker/audience dynamic to move agenda forward
    • Be the color commentator not the boring play-by-play guy

    It’s not really PowerPoints fault, it is how PowerPoint is used and abused by the speaker.

  • Hope is Not a Strategy: How a Horse Can Help You Get Out of Your Own Way
    Tired of the same kind of professional development: a room, a speaker, and a bored audience. The new trend is “experiential learning” where you get to experience not just listen to talking heads.

    This keynote will share the highlights of this kind of learning with your audience. The actual experience is special because it involves 4-legged teachers.

    If you watch Shark Tank, you may have heard Mark Cuban excitedly proclaim, “people want to get outside, they want to get off the couch” before committing $2million dollars in experiential entertainment.

    Audience members will learn how horse guided learning is a unique way to uncover and rediscover how to communicate value in a company and in a marketplace.

    Hear about how a horse helped participants understand:

    • The audience decides the authenticity of the message
    • Presence is powerful (at least important)
    • Messaging and position (timing) have to be congruent
    • How to say a “no” that means when no
    • Uncover behaviors that negatively impacted team members and clients

    Audience members will learn about this new option in leadership development.

  • Rein in Your Talents: Know When to Race and When to Pull Up
    Reins are used for guiding and restraining. You use a rein to control speed and direction. Sometimes we need to rein in our thoughts and comments and other times we need them to race to the finish.

    How to use your reins:

    • Know when to rein yourself in to conserve energy
    • Know when to give yourself or others more rein
    • Know when to accelerate
    • Know what behaviors negatively impact your forward movement
    • Know when to let out the reins

    Just like Kenny Rogers in the Gambler, you have to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em. You need to know when to rein yourself in and when to sprint for the finish line.

  • Disrupt Your Status Quo: 7 Things You Will Want to Start Doing Today
    Albert Einstein famously said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result”. The problem is that this quote is misattributed to him!

    What does appear certain is the link between insanity and repetition. Basketball coach Shaka Smart calls his mixture of full court press and his overall style of play “Havoc”. Call it Havoc, Chaos, or Disruption.
    This keynote emphasizes making a change from what you are currently doing:

    • Disrupt the way you think about networking
    • Disrupt the way you think about telling your story
    • Disrupt the way you think about younger and older generations
    • Disrupt the way you think about feedback
    • Disrupt the way you think about your weaknesses

    Come and learn seven things you can do to create your own havoc. Seven simple things. They are simple. However, that does not mean they are easy.

  • Spur Your Success: Begin at the End of Your Comfort Zone
    A spur is a thing that prompts or encourages someone; an incentive. Spur can be both a noun and a verb. In the horse world a spur is a device with a small spike or a spiked wheel that is worn on a rider’s heel and used for urging a horse forward.

    There are many lessons we can learn from a spur and by being spurred:

    • Spur yourself through your comfort zone
    • Spur yourself over the learning curve
    • Spur yourself past the negative
    • Spur yourself around the stupid zone

    Your job is to keep moving forward. We often need to prompt or encourage forward movement; it doesn’t just happen on its own.

“Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to act as the Keynote Speaker for the Ohio Women’s Bar Association. The response was an overwhelming “WOW!”
— Pamela Houston, President
Ohio Women’s Bar Association

Leslie’s Workshops

  • Speaking Boot Camp – Be the Speaker Your Audience Deserves
    Are you ready to get up to speed on speaking with Poise, Power, and the ability to Persuade? Do you make Verbal Lightening? Leaders Need to Speak. Get a comprehensive overview of the speaking skills necessary for leaders: the laws of communication are clear and finite. Learn how to strategically integrate your ability to communicate into your ability to stand out in your company and your profession. Learn through hands-on individual work as you identify and leverage the strengths within you.

    This half day or full day boot camp will cover how to:

    • Be memorable
    • Convey confidence-create a WOW factor
    • Package your points effectively
    • Create powerful openings
    • Be persuasive
    • Rise above your nervousness


  • Clarity College – Protect Your Value
    In this interactive and relevant workshop, we will brainstorm ideas and solutions to the toughest challenge facing 21st leaders in today’s business climate: Clarity. There is great value in reducing the complex to the simple and leaving an audience of one, or one thousand, with the clarity of your message.

    When you raise your level of clarity you will raise your level of excellence. Whether you are seeking a promotion, more sales, or more influence in any part of your life, you will benefit from Clarity College.

    In this half day or full day workshop you will learn:

    • To influence and control conversations
    • The value of transforming the complex
    • Create your personal power
    • Become a marketing machine for your message


  • Extreme Brand Makeover: Catapult from Commodity to Brand
    What’s all the Buzz About Brand? We Don’t Decide. We Perceive. Perception is the future of your marketing. Is your product, service, or idea perceived as a commodity or a brand? Do you have an emotional brand connection with your customer, client, patient, guest, or member?

    You’re an expert in your field and now you have to leverage that expertise to become your own Brand.

    In this half day program you will learn:

    • Boost awareness of the value of a Brand
    • Connect with customers
    • Reinvigorate a brand
    • Transform customers into brand advocate