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Special Workshop

The Psychology of I​nfluence 

Management and Leadership Track​

Monday, October 30

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Limit 50​

*Pre-registration required, Additional Fee

It was once s​​​aid that there is no leadership without influence. Just imagine a leader who influenced no one, it just doesn’t make any sense. Influence is the most powerful leadership currency in today’s business world. Whatever position you hold in your company, your ability (or lack thereof) to influence others will either make or break your career. 

In this highly engaging and experiential workshop, y​ou will experience an almost magical transformation that catapults you from being an average – to above-average speaker to becoming a skilled influencer who moves people to take action. This invaluable program teaches you how to build loyalty, trust, and commitment in others through effective communications, authentic body language and powerful techniques used by the world’s best influencers. 

Participants will learn:

  • How to build trust in just minutes;
  • Learn new skills that create engagement; 
  • The art of storytelling to illustrate ideas and drive points home;

  • How to immediately stand out, and 
  • How to communicate value to drive action. 

This session, building upon the morning’s keynote address, promises to leave you with ideas, strategies and skills that you can implement immediately at home and at work.​​​​​​​​​​​​



Name and Bio

​René Rodriguez, Founder & CEO, Volentum &, Minneapolis, MN.

He is a renowned behavioral and organizational change expert, leadership coach, world class sales trainer & dynamic keynote speaker who has shared the stage with the likes of Tony Robbins, Lou Holtz, Ben Stein, Roy Firestone and Jeffery Gitomer. Rene is the founder and CEO of as well as the CEO of Volentum, an enterprise education and consulting company specializing in the application of the latest brain research in the areas of Leadership Development, Employee Engagement, Sales Training and Professional Influence. Volentum has trained over 100,000 people in practical ways for individuals and groups to grow and renew themselves even as they engage and profit from recurring change.

René has been named to the 40 under 40 Most Influential Mortgage Professionals for 5 years straight. René has been a trusted advisor to leadership teams at Coca-Cola, Liz Claiborne, Medtronic, Daimler Chrysler, FORD, Microsoft, Bank of America and Loan Tool Box. He has been a featured speaker at the Microsoft Annual Convergence Conference, the Presidents Network and the Business Plan Conferences in Las Vegas. He was featured on the Cover of the Niche Report Magazine and has authored dozens of magazine articles about Sales, Leadership and Change.​