Dallon Christensen – Keynote Speaking, Seminar, and Workshop Leadership
“I can unequivocally say that Dallon was one of the best speakers we’ve ever had. He knows his subject backwards and forwards, and he presented his message in a creative and down to earth message.” – Jan Davison, 2011-2012 President of the Quad City chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP)
Finding the right speaker can be a challenge. You want to find someone with the heart of a teacher, a sense of humor, and the ability to relate real-life experiences to the material presented. This page is designed to highlight why I am the right fit for your next event as a keynote speaker or workshop leader. I am honored you are taking the time to consider me for your next event, and I will work with you in any capacity to help you understand the value I can bring to your next event.
The following video introduction for an overview of my speaking services and how I can help make your event great.
What can you expect working with me?
I realize your time is valuable. You can expect the following items working with me.
- Professional replies to your e-mail and phone messages within one business day.
- A detailed consultation with you to help me understand the needs of your audience and how I can make your event be a memorable one.
- A customized and private resource page on my Whiteboard Business site with the resources your audiences can download prior to the event.
- With your express written permission, promotion of the event on the Whiteboard Business site and through my social media channels.
- A personal phone call within two days of the event’s conclusion to ensure I met your expectations and to receive your feedback on how I can improve.
Who am I and how I can benefit your event?
I gave my first public speech at the age of 17 in front of hundreds of people. Since that time, I have presented dozens of times in front of business leaders, professional organization members, and local organizations.
I have spent the majority of my career helping corporations understand how their businesses work and turning numbers into meaningful action. I spent 14 years in a wide variety of finance, business planning, and operations roles for companies ranging from 40 employees to the Fortune 100 in industries ranging from professional services to industrial manufacturing. I have led and participated on a variety of business planning and information technology projects. My insights into how finance and operations work together create a great business allow me to educate and inspire your audiences to make business happen.
Starting in May 2012, I left Corporate America to start Whiteboard Business Partners. I work with businesses and entrepreneurs to build companies that change the world by escaping the time for money trap. Many business owners start their companies by delivering a service to their target market. At some point, these owners reach a ceiling of income and just own their job. I focus on helping these owners become more productive, improve their business planning and execution, and using the right tools to make more money for their investment of time and energy.
I live in Bettendorf, Iowa, which is about three hours west of Chicago on the Mississippi River. I have been married to my wife, Stephanie, since March 2007. We raise two boys – Thomas (8) and Garrett (3). In my spare time, I enjoy reading, playing in the backyard with my boys, and going on long bicycle rides.
Official Speaker Biography
Dallon Christensen is the President and Creative Director of Whiteboard Business Partners, a business training and advisory company committed to helping entrepreneurs and businesses escape the time-for-money trap. Dallon has 14 years of experience in a variety of corporate finance and operations roles before starting Whiteboard in 2011. Dallon is an innovative and forward-thinking business designer, entrepreneur, and speaker who helps entrepreneurs become more profitable, productive, and prepared to grow their businesses. Dallon’s values of education, creativity, and forward thinking give him the insight to help business owners build and grow with confidence and with a well-defined path moving forward.
Dallon is a nationally-recognized speaker and writer on topics related to productivity, business planning and modeling, information technology, and multiple streams of income. Dallon is the host of the Making Business Happen podcast and and is the co-host of the popular Packers Fan Podcast. Dallon has been featured in Strategic Finance magazine and the CPA Practice Advisor. Dallon has shared his knowledge and insight as a guest on CoachRadio.tv, Past Due Radio, and Free Agent Underground.
Dallon is a 1998 graduate of the University of Illinois and earned his MBA in 2008 from Indiana University. Dallon lives in Bettendorf, Iowa with his wife, Stephanie, and his sons, Thomas and Garrett.
Video clips of me in action
The attached video clip is an excerpt of a presentation I gave in March 2012 at a business planning workshop.
What others are saying
The best evidence of how I can make your event happen comes from those with whom I have worked. The following are examples of how I have created memorable experiences for conference and workshop participants.
Michael Bryant – President, Columbia Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), where I delivered a keynote address.
Stan Smith – University of South Carolina accounting instructor and board member of the Carolinas Council of IMA.
“Our members not only thoroughly enjoyed his talk, but were able to take home many important details about business planning that they will be able to use in both their personal and professional lives. Dallon is a very professional speaker, and I would not hesitate to invite him to speak again. I would suggest that anyone consider Dallon when looking for a speaker or for someone to help with a start-up business as Dallon not only has a great deal of expertise and creativity, he is also very ethical and passionate about what he does.” – Jan Davison, President of the Quad City Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals
My most requested topics
I focus my speaking on the following four key topics
- Multiple streams of income
- Business planning
- Information technology
I will customize my keynote speeches, workshops, and seminars to meet your event’s specific needs. Any of these topics can be a keynote presentation, seminar, or workshop. I can create events ranging from a 30-minute keynote to an eight-hour event.
Escaping the time for money trap – Many entrepreneurs start service business where their time is their money. While this is a low-cost way to start a business, entrepreneurs soon hit an income ceiling because of their limited time. Building a business means developing ways to leverage an entrepreneur’s time and resources to escape the time for money trap.
Creating a business plan that gets results – Business planning is usually considered important for getting a business loan or other investment of money. Great businesses are constantly planning their businesses to create a roadmap for future success. Business plans do not have to be complex, expensive, or long. Business planning is simply the process of linking your core purpose to the action steps you need to make your business a reality.
Embracing web-based technology tools – Never in business history has it been less expensive or easier to start your own business. Web-based technology tools have allowed startups to lower expenses, improve data security, and operate a business from any computer and any location. Web-based tools in finance, project management, marketing, and productivity allow any business to compete with much larger companies.
Creating your business targets – Many businesses fail because they do not know how to measure success. Well-run businesses set clear and measurable objectives to determine whether they are hitting their targets. The best businesses create their objectives, then they develop the strategies and projects to achieve objectives.
Identify your best business ideas – Many businesses suffer from too many business ideas instead of too few ideas. Entrepreneurs must have a strong idea filter to identify the best ideas to pursue and to delay or eliminate ideas that do not fit with their business planning. A repeatable and well-defined business model helps great businesses filter their ideas and focus on the best ones to execute.
Which half of your marketing is working? – Businesses often struggle with their marketing because they have no idea which marketing ideas are working. These businesses also jump on the latest marketing fad without thinking about how tactics fit with their overall objectives and strategy. Creating an effective marketing plan increases the chances of knowing which marketing tactics to use and which tactics are generating revenue.
Why I junked my to-do list – The to-do list is a hallmark of productivity and time management. Unfortunately, too many people use the to-do list incorrectly and focus on the wrong items. True productivity means you are being effective and working on the most important items instead of checking items off of your to-do list. Learn how to manage your priorities, focus on what is important but not urgent, and accomplish more in less time.