MVP Seminars Keynote Speakers & Business Trainers

Neil Ihde

Neil is a Master Practitioner of Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®. He has extensive experience working with diverse terms and delivering results using this effective personality tool.

Keynote Topics: Managing Organizational Change, Personality Styles, Communication,
Business Training Topics: Leadership, Managing Change, Myers-Briggs® Training, Communication, Supervision,

Neil Ihde is an author, keynote speaker, lecturer, consultant and founder of Life IQ, LLC where he motivates groups and individuals to work, play, relate and live intelligently. 

His experience includes working with dozens of managers, directors, corporate leaders, and teams to improve their personal and professional effectiveness. 

Neil’s experience in the workplace includes small, medium, and large corporate environments as well as government, healthcare, nonprofit, education, and entrepreneurial.

Neil’s impressive client list includes a dozen Fortune 500 companies like Wal-Mart, Merrill Lynch, Pearson, and Gannett among others.

His experience includes consulting internationally with clients and organizations all over the world. 

Neil is a Master Practitioner for the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®. As a Trainer and Consultant he has worked with many groups using this effective personality tool.

He co-authored the book “When Would Now Be A Good Time?”

Recently he was a personality consultant to Woman’s World magazine.

B.A. in Psychology

B.A. in Sociology and

M.A. in Counseling

Seminars and Business Trainings

10 Mistakes New Managers Make And How to Avoid Them

Too many mistakes too soon and your ship is sunk before you’ve had a chance to set sail.

First impressions are everything. Nowhere is that more true than for the new manager. Not only are you in a new position with new responsibilities, you are learning on the fly while on stage with your employees watching and analyzing your every move.

This talk delves into the most common mistakes made by new managers, examining why they happen and how to avoid them. It is critical that new managers understand the common pitfalls and avoid setting precedents that can come back to haunt them down the road.


It’s amazing to me how uncomfortable individuals get when asked about their greatest strengths, their passions, their dreams. They are unsure how to answer the question. They may stammer, offer up some modest goals, or begin to list off their less-than-desirable qualities. How would you answer that question? Have you considered it before?

One of the secrets to professional success hinges on your ability to identify your weaknesses and strengths.

Another secret involves tapping into your dreams and discovering your potential to make it a reality.

Take a look at the successful people around you and you’ll find these four characteristics in all of them.

5 CHARACTERISTICS OF SUCCESSFUL ORGANIZATIONS Have you ever been guilty of complaining? Of course! Me too. But what I’ve found is that great organizations don’t tolerate complaining unless it is productive…unless there is a commitment to critically examine our complaints, look for solutions, find the facts, and exhibit the courage to question assumptions and have tough conversations.

And as I examined successful organizations, it was amazing to see how the presence of a couple characteristics made it that much easier to engage in the others.

This topic invites you to examine where your organization is at and offers opportunities for employees to have productive conversations on how they can contribute to a successful culture.


Researches found that our “Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is responsible for an incredible 75-percent or more of a person’s ability to succeed”

The work of a leader is different. The skill set that made you a great individual contributor isn’t enough. It’s not about what you can individually accomplish, but what you can accomplish through others. That’s where the complexity begins.

Success as a leader is directly related to your emotional intelligence – your self-awareness, your ability to regulate your emotions, your ability to empathize and connect with your employees. Intelligence doesn’t guarantee your success as a leader, but emotional intelligence will.


Emotionally intelligent teams get results.

They exhibit self-confidence, they communicate, and they require far less hands-on management. Time is not wasted on politics and personal agendas. Team members are focused on the goals of the organization and how best to achieve it.

So, that means there is no conflict? Wrong! Disagreements are commonplace, and are even encouraged, but what is absent is hurt feelings, grudges, and vendettas.

Do you have an emotionally intelligent team? Come find out what it takes to build and maintain one.

MYERS-BRIGGS TYPE INDICATOR: Interpreting Your Leadership Personality

International leadership guru, Marcus Buckingham, recently tweeted, “No data shows leaders share the same traits. Data shows only that leaders create the same (few) outcomes in their followers differently.” So, what’s your leadership style and personality?

Here’s your chance to explore the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), the most utilized personality instrument in the world. You will leave this session with a better understanding of yourself, a better understanding of how to relate and communicate with those around you, and, most importantly, clear insight into your leadership style.

We will explore the background and theory of the MBTI. We will look in depth at the four dichotomies that make up your MBTI type (Extraversion-Introversion, Sensing-Intuition, Thinking-Feeling, Judging-Perceiving). And we will help you understand your natural leadership gifts and preferences. Don’t miss this dynamic, interactive, and enriching session!

Change, Change Go Away, Come Again Another Day

Organizations like organisms grow through change, however, change (new skills, new surroundings, new processes, etc.) can bring about a feeling of taking a step backward, and many times an organization will lose efficiencies for a season, but once the new skills, new surroundings, new processes are mastered, efficiencies are not only regained, but they surpass the old way of doing things.

Organizations experience change in various stages. Administration, management and employees are all at different stages when the changes start rolling out. Employees need answers to five questions to survive and thrive in an ever-changing culture.

It’s my privilege…Stories and lessons from Social Service Settings

Ever have one of those days? Ever have one of those clients/families? Undoubtedly. We all have. But if you string enough of those experiences together, you are in danger of losing that bright-eyed optimism that brought you into this helping profession. Having spent over half my career in various Social Services settings, I have learned some valuable lessons in keeping the burnout and cynicism that plagues some Social Service cultures at bay.

One of the best lessons I learned was adopting an attitude of privilege. Whenever there was a challenging family, patient, or situation, I adopted (and at times, forced myself…) to consider the circumstance a privilege and to feel honored to serve in a helping role in that moment. We all know attitude can make all the difference in the world, but I was shocked at the power of “It’s my privilege…”

Join us as we explore this lesson and others through humorous and poignant storytelling.

Time Management Essentials

I read a great quote recently from H. Jackson Brown, “Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” And yet we still wonder where all our time goes. The truth is, we waste a lot of our time. But the good news is that we can see a dramatic increase in our productivity with just a few simple time management tips. This presentation will discuss numerous practical strategies and tactics to help you immediately increase your productivity. Lead Intelligently Series

Lead Intelligently is a comprehensive leadership development program that incorporates several or all of the following topics for your organization:

Topics for Individual Success:

5 Essentials of Effective Leaders 10 Mistakes Leaders Make…And How to Avoid Them Myers-Briggs Type Indicator: Interpreting Your Leadership Personality Emotionally Intelligent Leadership Time Management Essentials

Topics for Organizational Success:

5 Characteristics of Successful Organizations

Setting the Stage for Healthy Conflict Making Meetings Work Emotionally Intelligent Teams The Challenge of Change How to Deal with Difficult People Beyond Personality…Factors in Employee Motivation and Performance Project Management Essentials Hiring, Training and Maintaining ‘Right Fit’ Employees Mission, Vision, and Values

source: Bressert, S. (2007). “What Is Emotional Intelligence (EQ)?” Psych

Neil took on such a guiding role working with my nurses in management positions. I knew I wanted someone that could provide them information and knowledge on the use of the MBTI assessment. What I didn’t know, was that Neil would engage the members, interact so fully, and truly provide an exceptional experience for them.

We always take the opportunity to see how well our members felt the presenter did -and out of more than 40 speakers, Neil ranked #1 -and I have some pretty amazing speakers!! Truly respect the knowledge and collegial attitude that you brought to the ANNA conference. Thanks again Neil!!

Dr. Hazel Dennison, Director of Education Services, American Nephrology Nurses Association

Neil is very, very good at what he does. He won over a tough, intelligent crowd through his engaging presentation style and his entertaining storytelling. Neil clearly spent a great deal of time researching our organization, which earned him instant credibility and demonstrated to our group that he had tailored the discussion to our specific interests and needs. Our data-hungry group was impressed with his depth of subject matter expertise and his ability to explain concepts in layman’s terms. He delivered on everything we asked, and more. Well done!

Scott Brubaker, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal

THANKS for your outstanding presentation! We truly were captivated with your perspectives, ideas, and approaches on 4 Secrets to Becoming A S.T.A.R. Keep up the great work!

Luis Escalante, Jr., Executive Director of National and Central Region Intergovernmental Audit Forums, U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)

Neil was incredibly professional and fun to work with. He worked with our group to make sure we would get the most out of the MBTI for our diverse group. The program was both entertaining and incredibly insightful to how we interact with one another. We would definitely enjoy bringing him back for another event. Thank you!

Heather Black, AT&T Project Management Mobility Solutions and President of Women of AT&T-WI

I’ve attended a lot of workshops over 25 years and Neil’s was one of the best I have ever seen.

Alex Gebhard, Assistant Finance Director, City of Tacoma

I found Neil to be exceptional! He did research on our company and audience well in advance of his presentation. He delivered an outstanding message that was both inspiring and touching. He was a big win for our conference.

Ric Pearson, Senior Manager CUNA Insurance

Woodward Radio Events was proud to work with Neil! We were thrilled to have a nationally known speaker provide a workshop at our event. Participants learned how to become great leaders and the presentation had the audience excited to apply the skills taught to their professional lives. We welcome the opportunity to work with Neil in the future.

Cindy Funke, Account Manager, Woodward Communications

Neil’s training program for our front-line managers was fantastic. He was able to engage participants and provide them with information they could use in their daily work environment. – Amy Charais, HR Director, Gannett

I had the pleasure of utilizing Neil’s services both as a speaker for my client events and my CEO network and as a consultant/trainer for my senior management team. As a speaker he provided thought provoking, relevant topics that kept the audience informed as well as entertained.

He was an excellent ambassador for our organization and the feedback was extremely positive. I also had engaged Neil as a consultant and trainer for my new management team. My team and I enjoyed working with him and his training created a much more cohesive team. I will utilize his services again. – Lane Sieman, Founder and CEO of HealthOne, Inc.

I’ve heard Neil speak a number of times and I would listen to him speak on any topic, any time. He’s fantastic! – Mason Quackenbush, Director, Gundersen Lutheran

Understanding how you and others prefer to take in information, make decisions, and communicate can be a huge advantage. Neil gives a wonderful insight into this illuminating way of looking at the world. I have learned a lot from his classes. – Jonathan Perrott, E-Learning Professional, Twickenham UK

Neil’s skill in connecting with and understanding the needs of others is second-to-none. His ability to look at all challenges with both depth and creative breadth make any partnership with Neil enlightening and very practical. Of all the individuals I’ve interacted with over the years, Neil is the most exceptional.- Janine Luz, HR Director, Gundersen Lutheran

Neil is fresh, engaging, and informative. He has a pulse on organizational cultures and his motivation makes an impact! – Jon Zlabek, M.D., Gundersen Lutheran

Neil is one of the most professional and inspirational presenters I have ever heard. He combines humor, knowledge, and insight into his presentations…I never miss an opportunity to hear him speak.—Jim Engh, HR Operations Manager, Gundersen Lutheran

Neil’s ability to discern the needs of an organization along with his knowledge of the complexities of building and effective team are exemplary! – Jennifer Wulf, CIO, MacDonald & Owen Lumber

Neil is a very engaging speaker and kept our audience engaged and entertained. I highly recommend Neil! – Carie Tagorda, IT Systems Educator, Parkland Hospital, Dallas

I can only give the highest recommendations for Neil as a person and as a professional. He has proven he can work well with the highest levels of leadership to front line staff. He has a respectful nature and is great at understanding and bringing out people’s personal best through his teaching and mentoring. – Lisa Wied, Director, Gundersen Lutheran

Great presentations! Participants commented on how much they learned about themselves in your sessions. Thank you! – Sandy Bissen, Executive Director, WHiMA

Thanks so much for your presentation. Many of the participants raved not only about the content, but also about your engaging style as well. It was a pleasure working with you. – Steve Nooyen, President Home Instead Senior Care

I have learned a lot from Neil’s in depth knowledge of Myers-Briggs. Neil gave me, for the first time in my life, the permission and confidence for me to be me. Ann Wales, Administrative Coordinator, Workforce Connections

Neil’s insights into personalities and relationships is incredible! His explanations of the MBTI are practical and his everyday examples bring the material to life. My team understands one another better and we communicate more effectively as a direct result of Neil’s trainings. Clint West, General Manager, MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company

Neil’s uplifting and inspiring message was appreciated by our staff as we kicked off another year. With his social services background, he understood the needs of our group and connected with us. – Carol Jackomino, Executive Director, Family and Children Learning Centers/Head Start

Neil was a big win for our conference. We were delighted to have a nationally recognized speaker at our event. His expertise was evident and participants commented that his breakout session was one of the best and that the takeaways were priceless. Joy Kapheim, Leaderfest Chair

Neil’s topics are more pertinent now than ever. He provides a good look at life in a light hearted way that gets people thinking! Mark Palmer, Executive Director, Finishing Contractors Association of Illinois

Neil is a very intuitive and talented person who helps bring clarity and direction to any conversation you might have as you look to personal and professional development. Mary Jo Klos, Vice President of Clinical Operations, Gundersen Lutheran Healthcare System

Having worked with other MBTI Practitioners, after five years I was still unsure about my best fit type, so I contacted Neil. I received my Step II report within half an hour, and it was everything I could have asked for.

Furthermore, where I have found others difficult to get in touch with, Neil responded to all my emails within a few hours, even despite a six hour time difference, and we were able to set up a video conference in less than 48hrs. The video conference itself was very insightful, and Neil was very affirming and easy to talk to. After an hour of talking with Neil, I feel sure of my personality type, and more able to look at techniques for enhancing communication and efficiency. I would recommend Neil to anybody who is serious about embarking on an MBTI journey, no matter which stage they are at. Laura Hyde, England

What I’ve appreciated about Neil is that rather than telling me ’this is you and here’s why’, he instead listened and asked deep and searching questions that encouraged introspection and deep thought. And that’s the way it ought to be. I’ve worked with other type practitioners before, but Neil was the only one who has been completely unbiased and as a result, after several years of trying to determine my best-fit type, I only now, with Neil’s patient assistance, have discovered it. – “Ann”, California

Working with Neil was a pleasure, from start to finish. He listened to what we had in mind for our audience and he brought it. I felt the audience didn’t want the program to end – they wanted to hear more. He definitely had their attention. Great job Neil! – Sharon Waukau, Money Smart Chair Menominee Reservation/County, Wisconsin

I found your explanation of my type in your video right on the mark! I wish I’d run across it earlier because it is so absolutely accurate and well articulated that I was blown away the first time I watched it. In order to verify my type, I went through various interviews with amateur and professional typers, spent months in online forums, and read anything I could get my hands on regarding the MBTI…but, in truth, had I seen your video earlier I wouldn’t have doubted my type at all. Thank you for your videos. They are extremely well done and have helped a lot of people. – Matt, YouTube channel subscriber

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