Steve Zikman
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Reconnecting with the Spirit & Passion of Travel

Drawing on highly inspirational selections from his bestselling series title Chicken Soup for the Traveler's Soul, author and adventurer Steve Zikman will take your audience on an entertaining, insightful and transformative journey.

This program is designed especially for all travel and hospitality industry professionals. Join Steve as he reconnects your audience with the spirit and passion of travel, demonstrating how each of us can make a difference in today's challenging travel environment. His powerful presentation will help attendees see their roles in a refreshing light and integrate travel's enriching qualities into their personal and professional lives.

Emerging Trends in the Wonderful World of Travel

Sharing quirky and insightful statistics, predictions and observations from around the globe, Steve Zikman reveals what lies ahead in the often not-so-predictable arena of travel and tourism.

Gazing into his globetrotting crystal ball, Steve focuses on some of the intriguing ideas, clever concepts and frenzied fads affecting travelers and travel professionals in the years, months and even hours to come. This fun-filled presentation is sure to entertain, inform and inspire audiences everywhere.

7 Steps to Success in Experiential Travel

Experiences engage people in a very personal way. The greater the sensory experience, the more authentic, memorable and transformative it is for the individual. Travelers are focusing more and more on the experiences that travel can offer--experiences that broaden their minds, touch their hearts and enrich their souls.

Travelers are seeking new and richer types of experiences--from historic tours and cultural events to educational programs and learning vacations, from interpretive wine tours and culinary classes to guided creativity workshops and archaeological digs, from eco-friendly farm stays and spiritual pilgrimages to volunteer vacations and spa retreats.

In this inspiring, insightful and entertaining presentation, Steve Zikman will:

  • Outline the essential qualities of an authentic, memorable and transformative travel experience;
  • Demonstrate how you can create and build upon those experiences;
  • Help you increase profits by adding experiential value to what you are already doing; and
  • Reveal the innovative tools that urban travelers use to search for their ultimate travel experiences.

Tourism & the Search for Authenticity

The best travel experiences occur when travelers connect in an authentic way to a place and its people. More and more travelers are making their travel decisions based on how real they perceive an experience to be. Authenticity is rapidly becoming the key factor in the minds and souls of tourists everywhere.

In this informative, humorous and thought-provoking presentation, Steve Zikman will:

  • Outline the essential qualities of authentic travel experiences;
  • Explore travelers' perceptions of what is real and genuine in today's travel environment; and
  • Demonstrate powerful and creative ways to tap into this quest for authenticity and build upon these experiences.

Courting the Adventurous Spirit

Adventure travel has become the third largest retail industry and grown into a $200 billion business representing one-half of America's $400 billion tourism industry. Indeed, 50% of American adults have taken an adventure trip in the last five years; 80 million people will look for an adventure within a year.

Steve Zikman will explore the fascinating mindset of the adventure traveler, highlighting ways in which to attract a greater share of this lucrative and rapidly growing audience.

Ecotourism & You

The International Ecotourism Society defines ecotourism as "travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improve the well-being of local people." It accounts for more than 20 percent of all international travel. In this innovative and insightful presentation, Steve Zikman will highlight the challenges of today's ecotourism industry.

Using a backdrop of powerful, thought-provoking images, Steve will take your audience on a journey into the very heart of nature, demonstrating ways to create unforgettable natural experiences and providing eco-friendly solutions that offer a win-win-win-win situation for travelers, travel providers, community hosts and the environment. Topics explored include Urban Ecotourism, Rural Tourism and 'Green' Hospitality.

Getting the Most Out of Your Travels... and Life!

Whether it's for business or for pleasure, travel presents us with unparalleled opportunities for adventure, discovery and growth.

Sharing invaluable insights, an intrepid sense of humor and spirited selections from his bestselling series title Chicken Soup for the Traveler's Soul and The Power of Travel, author and adventurer Steve Zikman will take your audience on a compelling and energizing tour of travel's infinite possibilities.

Topics explored include:

  • Taking Risks
  • Embracing Change
  • Dealing with Unexpected Adversity
  • Finding your Focus
  • It's All in the Attitude
  • Courage and Commitment
  • Achieving the Right Balance
  • Following your Passion
  • Connecting with your Creativity
  • Living your Dreams

Steve will demonstrate how travel can help your audience shift their perspective, conquer their fears, and embrace life's challenges.

This entertaining and engaging globetrotter will provide attendees with powerful tools and effective techniques to integrate travel's enriching qualities into their personal and professional lives.

Embracing Change & Transition

Change happens. Change is constant. The cheese does move, often. Whether at home or in the office, our lives consist of a series of transitions to the many forces that cause change. Some of these are small adjustments while others are large shifts. At times, they may seem overwhelming and even insurmountable. How we respond to change will determine our state of mental, physical and spiritual well-being.

In this innovative and insightful presentation, Steve Zikman will highlight the challenges of change and demonstrate creative and effective techniques to welcome the next fork in the road with curiosity, excitement and a genuine sense of opportunity.

The Path to Passion and Purpose

“I have so few real passions.” “I’ve lost my compass.” “I know there's something I'm supposed to be doing, but I don't know what it is.”

Most of us have a sense that there is a better, more meaningful way to live our lives, but we can't seem to find what it is. Instead, we carry on doing what is required of us, and still the voice returns, "There must be something more.”

“The search for the purpose of life is one of the deepest of our experiences as human beings,” wrote Os Guinness. Discovering our passion and purpose is vital to our happiness and well-being.

In this thoughtful and inspiring presentation, Steve Zikman will help your audience:

  • Discover their own sense of passion and purpose;
  • Find more meaning in their everyday life;
  • Create career and work opportunities that are more fulfilling; and
  • Connect to what they are truly meant to do with their life.

The Search for the Holy Grail

Do your days and weeks seem to go by in a blur? Are your priorities off? Are you waiting until things settle down so you can get back on track… and never do?

Balance takes desire, awareness, and determination. Let Steve Zikman re-focus the fine line between what you need to do, what you ought to do and what you really want to do.

Steve will help your audience:

  • Determine what's working in their life and what's not;
  • Clarify their values;
  • Get a handle on what causes them to feel/be out of balance;
  • Outline what needs to be changed; and
  • Be motivated to take action.

How to Start Where You, Use What You Have, and Do What You Can

Drawing on insightful selections from his book, Doing Good for Goodnessí Sake, Steve Zikman will inspire attendees to make a real and lasting difference in the lives of others--whether at work, with friends and family, within their community, or in the world-at-large.

Arthur Ashe said: "Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can." Steve invokes that same spirit as he demonstrates how audiences can view their own personal and professional lives in a new and refreshing light.

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