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Sharon is the founder of Key Steps Corporate Training. She is a dynamic communicator with over 20 years’ experience in the field of adult education, corporate facilitation and coaching. In 2018, she completed her PhD, where her focus was on holistic and sustainable leadership development. Her thesis contributed a widely acclaimed framework for leadership development that offers a significant ROI with sustainable results. She is also a registered Education, Training and Development Practitioner (ETDP), holds an Honours degree in Psychology and practices as an Executive Coach and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner at a Masters Level. Sharon is also one of only three women in South Africa to hold the title of Certified Speaking Professional (CSP). The CSP designation is the most sought after and visible measure of professionalism in the speaking business internationally (it’s the Oscar of the speaking industry). To ensure that she can offer you the very best support, she engages in continual self-development and learning and participates in numerous organisations. In 2011, she was the Vice President of the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa (PSASA).

Key Steps speaking, consulting and training interventions are results driven and customised to meet client specific needs. It is Sharon’s vision and commitment to empower others to take learning out of the classroom, unlock their potential, motivate themselves and focus on organisational goals and market objectives through emotionally intelligent behaviour and teamwork.

Her passion for life and learning and belief that people are inherently capable of achieving anything they choose to inspires others to realise just how capable, talented and magnificent they are. Sharon works hand-in-hand with leading corporates, positioning them for long-term success. She has worked with numerous companies throughout Africa, including Standard Bank, Citi Bank, Ernst & Young, Siemens, Atlas Copco, BMW and Barloworld. She also lectures on negotiation skills at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) and works closely with Henley Business School on various business programmes.


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Emotional intelligence is a hot topic in today's workplace because much research has confirmed that your emotional awareness and abilities will determine your success and happiness in all aspects of life (more than your IQ will). Knowing the importance of EQ and knowing how to develop and harness it are entirely different things though. EQ is a combination of skills, based on a connection between what you experience, what you think, how you feel and how this affects the way you interact with yourself, others and your environment. This practical and moving talk highlights key elements of Sharon’s 13-day Emotional Intelligence development programme and supports you to take practical steps to harness the power of EQ and take Key Steps to…

   

“be the difference that makes the difference”.


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Learning to be a skilled negotiator can support you to influence, make deals, solve problems, manage conflict and improve relationships. To face the challenges of the new economy, no leader or employee can afford to be without these vital skills. This is a highly practical and insightful talk that will ensure you learn to collaborate, uncover tradables, enlarge the pie and harness the psychology of leverage. You will learn how to go beyond win-win outcomes and walk away with a simple yet powerful five-step negotiation plan to ensure that every time you negotiate you take Key Steps to…

“be the difference that makes the difference”.


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Although your organisation might be above average, it is likely that many employees are not as engaged as they could be and not working towards the organisations objectives. In the USA the engagement gap or loss of productivity cost due to employees being disengaged is estimated at $300 billion per annum. Although we do not have SA statistics, it is easy to see that the costs are too high to be ignored. This talk will provide you with insight into how engaged employees will ensure they have a greater attachment to the organisation, lower intention to quit as well as going beyond their stated role and being better overall organisational citizens who contribute to more than just their department. You will walk away with very practical and useful tools to transform the culture of your organisation into one of action and execution through engagement and take Key Steps to…

“be the difference that makes the difference”.


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leadership

Do you know how to lead others with vision and purpose? More importantly, do you know how to live with purpose or even know what your purpose is? In my experience, most don’t and many who do, have lost sight of it. Many of us are living as if our sole purpose is to provide, financially, for our families. And while that is important and making money might be part of it, the purpose of your life goes way beyond money and material success. Do you know what that purpose is? This talk will take you on a journey of uncovering your authentic purpose (both personally and professionally) and teach you how to set and achieve SMARTEST™ goals to turn your dreams – financially, emotionally, spiritually and mentally – into reality. You’ll explore your personal leadership brand and the affect it has on you and those you lead at home and at work and take Key Steps to…

“be the difference that makes the difference”.


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Testimonials

  • Sharon King has been a preferred learning vendor at EY for many years. She facilitates our core firmwide learning programs, based on global EY material. She brings in her own best practices to the content and ensures the programs remain at a high standard. Sharon is a highly sought after facilitator and her programs are well attended with excellent ratings. She is passionate about making a difference in the lives of our learners and has a flexible style to customise programs for individual business unit needs. She also aims to deliver material that is relevant for the organisation she is working with and hence I would highly recommend her.

    Talent Development Leader

    EY Africa

  • I have worked with Sharon King and Key Steps for nearly three years and have only positive things to say about the service offered. Sharon has facilitated many training sessions for me and at all times is the consummate professional. She is able to adapt her content to suit the audience and has a great rapport with delegates. She is always willing to go the extra mile to help where she can and seeks ideas for continuous improvements. I cannot recommend Sharon highly enough and without hesitation have passed on her details to friends and colleagues alike.

    Senior Designer – Global Leadership Development

    Standard Bank

  • I have now received 20 evaluations from 20 separate clients of yours. Evaluators were asked to rate the your performance on six different criteria, using a 1 to 6 scale, with 6 being the most positive response.  Evaluators were also given the opportunity to add or subtract up to 2 points based on their overall experience with you. Potentially, an evaluator could award up to 38 points. CSP applicants must receive an average score of 24 points or higher. Your total average score from your 20 external client evaluators is 35.3Great job!

    Sarah Best, Education Specialist

    National Speaker Association

  • I was fortunate to attend one of your workshops last year through Standard Bank (Women in Leadership) and a year later, I still look forward to your easy to read articles every Monday morning with such good tips! I often find when I am having a low because of all the demands (motherhood, partner, career etc.) your articles give me something to reflect on to refocus – THANK YOU!  Today’s one did just this for me!

    Manager

    Standard Bank

  • Sharon King is part of our faculty at Henley Business School and is responsible for delivering numerous modules of our management development programmes. The delegates attending always comment on how practical and useful Sharon's sessions are. She is also a pleasure to work with as she has many years' experience, is extremely passionate and also flexible. She makes sure that she always delivers on a brief and goes the extra mile. I would recommend her as top quality provider of learning and development interventions.

    Executive Education: Senior Programme Manager

    Henley Business School, Africa

  • Your session was particularly useful and found you to be very professional and just a pleasure to listen to. It was great to meet you and I will definitely recommend you to anyone looking for negotiation skills training. It was world class!

    Daniela, Manager

    Standard Bank

  • Atlas Copco South Africa (Pty) Ltd has had the pleasure of working with Sharon King and Key Steps since our Academy was established in 2008. We have been consistently impressed with the training and coaching that Sharon has delivered. Her workshops have a lasting impression on employees, and when paired with her coaching skills, we see our employees implementing the new skills and tools they’ve discovered to the benefit of themselves and our organisation. We will continue to work with Sharon and Key Steps, and feel that they are a strategic partner in our training and development activities.

    Academy Manager

    Atlas Copco



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