When you hire a speaker to give a presentation at your event, you want someone that will deliver a motivating presentation that provides tangible tools your audience can start using that day. As the Director of a graduate degree program, I know all about providing presentations that give people tangible action steps to take away. I am passionate about inspiring people and sharing with them information they likely did not already know. I believe that everyone is an entrepreneur—whether they work for themselves, or for another company. The leadership skills, innovation, creativity, and self-motivation needed to be an entrepreneur translates exactly into the skill set you need to climb any corporate ladder.

The result of entrepreneurial thinking on the job is enormous. People are happier and more productive. They feel in control of their career. But for the employer it is even more powerful. Entrepreneurial employees become connected to what the core of the business is and they actively seek ways to impact the business in a positive way.

If your organization needs to be inspired to take control, let me help you get started.

Thanks for considering me!

What You Can Expect 

1. Prompt and professional attention to you and your event.

2. One-on-one consultation with me and/or my team to make sure we deliver the needs of your audience.

3. An announcement about your event in my social media and blog. (Assuming your event is public, of course.)

4. Quick responses to questions you have.

5. A custom resource page, exclusively created for your attendees. It will include the slides I used in the presentation, along with links to books, articles, and other resources I believe will be helpful.

About Me

I have been a faculty member of entrepreneurship and director of the executive graduate program Information Engineering and Management since 2000. I have been a frequent speaker at business, corporate, and association functions.

I think differently about work. After all, the name of my book is Resumes are Worthless! While I have a few standard talking topics, I often speak on the real view of work and how people can move from the over 50% of people who hate their work to those few who love what they do!

While I will use PowerPoint or other visual tools at times, I tend to steer away from the stale view of using PowerPoint talking topics. I prefer to engage the audience; dealing with their particular needs as opposed to a canned talk of one size fits all.

I commit to contact you before the event so I can better understand how to serve you and your audience. I usually seek to know the following about your audience:

  • How many people?
  • What are the general demographics?
  • What brings them together at this event?
  • What are the biggest concerns they have? Perhaps this is known from the biggest concern the group has as it represents the individuals.
  • Any recent news or events that impact or interest the group.

I am a blogger, a podcaster, and an author of the book “Resumes are Worthless”

I live in Birmingham Alabama with my wife Lea. We have four children, and two grandchildren.

My Most Requested Topics

Networking for Introverts – All opportunities come through other people. Yet, most people are introverts and have no skills in networking. Teach your staff the skill of networking and finding opportunities and you will expand your sales staff dramatically. In this talk, Dale describes basics skills and specific steps that can turn the most introvert person into a powerful networking machine.

How to Find Your Calling – Success starts with deciding what matters to you. Resumes Are Worthless Resumes and other myths about your career. Company of One How to think like an entrepreneur and harness the very real success of that mindset. Reverse Interview 5 job offers in 30 days with no resumes.

Becoming a Company of One – In this talk Dale brings the audience to understand that we are all entrepreneurs. Even those who work for large companies each operate as a single company inside the larger. The result of this training has turned around people, groups, divisions, and in some cases entire companies as they start to understand the customers they serve and how  each person adds value to the corporation.

What others are saying

Dale does a wonderful job explaining, motivating and detailing how one can take their career and accelerated to higher levels through the process of understanding the concept of “Company of One”.

~ Reuben Martinez-Raposo Moreno, Product Manager, McKesson Enterprise Intelligence and Owner of Raposos Gourmet & Tapas

Dale Callahan is a true visionary when it comes to finding work you love. He shows you different methods to creating your “Company of One.” Dale gets you to think like a “C” level employee, and shows you that your true calling is not as far away as you may think. Anyone who is interested in changing careers, finding work they love, or learning how to create a lasting brand should read his book or hear him speak.

~ Chase Wright, Resource Analyst, CTS, Inc. and Co-founder of StartUp Birmingham

Callahan challenges you to step out of your cubical-walled professional way of life. He teaches you how to develop and become CEO for your own Company of One – imagine that! One key thought he details is determination of your own value at present. Learning this Me Value was a huge wake up call for me. His book is full of light bulb and ah-ha moments because Callahan too has been in that cubical-walled state of dull-drum and understands the desire to find your passion. What I was most impressed with is the fact that Callahan “gets” the introverted crowd. He’s not just talking to the extroverts – he’s talking to us “innies” as well! I highly recommend Dale; conquer each day alert to finding work that you love to do and succeeding at it.

~ TC

The “Company of One” is a different take on today’s job market. Typically we are all taught to look at open jobs and then concentrate on gaining the skills we need to compete for those jobs. Dr. Callahan completely flips this upside down. He challenges you to discover what you are truly passionate about and then pushes you to make a career out of your passion. Life is just too short to work at a job you hate.

~ Jason Carter, Professional RAN Engineer, AT&T

Dale is one of the exceptional individuals that can see just how much our world has recalibrated and he works hard to help others in our profession, and the students headed into our profession, understand this change. It is a thankless task but an important one. Callahan brings a great new angle to how business professionals must not only take a new look (and responsibility) for their career, they must prepare differently.

~ Glenn S. Phillips, President and Sr. Consultant, Forte’ Incorporated

I’m really glad I met Dale Callahan and would recommend his career coaching to anyone looking to improve their situation. Dale is also a dependable and trustworthy person and I hold him in high confidence and esteem. His worldview and sense of humor have always been a source of encouragement and inspiration to me. I firmly believe that Dale will make a long lasting, positive impact on many people.

~ Chris Lumpkin, Network Engineer and ASP Specialist III, ADP Dealer Services

Working with Dale has been an extraordinary learning experience. He is a genuine visionary and the kind of leader who says “this is what we must do because it best serves our clients” and “this is how we must do it because it’s the right way to do it.” He approaches everything with humility and a sense of humor and, in the process, helps people get a better understanding of themselves and the possibilities open to them. Dale has been Director of the IEM Program since its beginning in 2000 and he has built it into one of the most innovative programs of its kind. I’m just thankful to have had the opportunity to work with Dale and also to call him a friend. He is an amazing guy.

~ Don Appleby, Senior Systems Engineer, Mainline Information Systems

You are a company of one. You must operate as your own company because, in today’s economy, the actual company that you work for could fold at any time. While Dale speaks about every aspect of managing your company of one, the most important part, in my opinion, is that you must find passion. Whatever drives you must be tapped into for you to become a successful company. Self evaluation never stops.

~ Bryan Chatman, Analyst, LG Electronics

Upcoming Engagements

Previous Engagements (A few of them, too many to list in detail)

Here are the events since I have changed my webpage:

Date Event / Event Details City / More Info
11:30 am
Networking for Introverts Hoover, AL
  Keynote:Networking for IntrovertsPublic Event
Sponsor:Alabama Natural Gas AsscRegister to attend
Venue:Embassy Suites-Hoover
2960 John Hawkins Pkwy
Hoover, AL 35244
United States
Becoming a Company of One Charlotte, NC
  Keynote:Becoming a Company of OnePublic Event
Venue:Byron's South End
101 West Worthington Avenue #110
Charlotte, NC 28203
11:30 am
Huntsville IEEE - Technology and Engineering Mangement Society Huntsville, Alabama
  Workshop:Move to the Next Level Using the Secret You Already KnowPublic Event
Sponsor:IEEE Technology and Engineering Mangement Society
IEEE Jackson MS Section Meeting Jackson, MS
  Keynote:From Engineer to Leader - How to Make the TransitionPublic Event
Sponsor:Jackson MS Section IEEE
2016 Black Male Summit Normal, AL
  Keynote:How Do You Stand Out and Make the Impression You Want to MakePrivate Event
Sponsor:Student Government President at Alabama A&M University
Venue:Clyde Foster Multipurpose Room on the campus of Alabama A&M University
Normal, AL
1:30 pm
Refresh Homeschool Retreat Birmingham, AL
  Workshop:High School - Keeping the End in MindPublic Event
Sponsor:Refresh: A Homeschool Moms' Retreat
Venue:Marriott's Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa
Birmingham, AL
Lean Startups - Getting Started without Going Broke Jackson, MS
  Sponsor:1 Million Cups - JacksonPublic Event
Becoming a Company of One Jackson, MS
  Keynote:Becoming a Company of OnePublic Event
Sponsor:Central Mississippi PMI
Blogging and Podcasting for Small Businesses Hoover, AL
  Workshop:Blogging and Podcasting for Small BusinessesPublic Event
Sponsor:Hoover Library
Venue:Hoover LIbrary
200 Municipal Dr.
Hoover, AL 35216
8:00am - 4:00pm
PMI Augusta-Aiken Chapter Professional Development Day Augusta, GA
  Keynote:Leadership from the CubiclePublic Event
Sponsor:PMI Augusta-Aiken Chapter
Venue:Enterprise Mill-Augusta, Georgia
Augusta, GA
10:00-11:00 am
Becoming a Company of One in the Agile World Birmingham, AL
  Workshop:Company of One in an Agile WorldPrivate Event
Sponsor:BBVA Compass
500 23rd St S
Birmingham, AL 35233
Company of One Birmingham, AL
  Workshop:Company of OnePrivate Event
Sponsor:Regions Bank
Venue:Regions Bank Conference Center
Birmingham, AL
IEM Lunch and Learn - Hoover Hoover, AL
  Workshop:Become a Company of OnePublic Event
Sponsor:UAB Information Engineering Management
Venue:Hoover Library
200 Municipal Lane
Hoover, AL 35216
High School : Keeping the End in Mind Gardendale, AL
  Workshop: High School : Keeping the End in MindPublic Event
Sponsor:CHEFRegister to attend
Venue:Gardendale First Baptist Church - South Campus
Gardendale, AL
Compass BBVA Leadership Forum Birmingham, AL
  Workshop:Leadership from the CubiclePrivate Event
Sponsor:Compass BBVA
IEM Lunch and Learn Hoover, AL
  Workshop:Social Media for Technology ProfessionalsPublic Event
Sponsor:Information Engineering Management
Venue:Hoover Library
Hoover, AL 35244
03:45-4:45 p.m.
Leadership From the Cubicle Hoover, AL
  Keynote:Leadership From the Cubicle Register to attend
Sponsor:PMI Central Alabama
Venue:Embassy Suites
2960 John Hawkins Pkwy
Hoover, AL 35244
12:00 pm
Engineering Your Career - Turning Your Technology Skills into Bigger Cash Hoover, AL
  Workshop:Engineering Your Career - Turning Your Technology Skills into Bigger Cash 
Venue:The Hoover Public Library
200 Municipal Lane
Hoover, AL 35216
06:30 p.m.
Asbury Career Transitions Ministry - March Meeting Birmingham, AL
  Workshop:Finding the Job that Where You Can Prosper - and Not Hate Monday 
Sponsor:Asbury Career Transition Ministry (ACT)
Venue:Asbury United Methodist Church
6690 Cahaba Valley Rd
Birmingham, AL 35242
Refresh: A Homeschool Moms' Retreat Birmingham, AL
  Workshop:High School - Keeping the End in Mind 
Venue:Marriott's Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa
Birmingham, AL
The Launch Conference Orlando, FL
  Sponsor:Dynamic CommunicatorsPublic Event
Venue:Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista
Orlando, FL
(407) 827-4000
Southwestern Indiana PMI Evansville, IN
  Workshop:Leadership from a Cubicle 
Sponsor:Southwestern Indiana PMI
Evansville, IN 47712
Alabama Educational Technology Association (AETA) Fall Symposium Orange Beach, AL
  Topic:Creating and Sharing Your Vision 
Sponsor:Alabama Educational Technology Association (AETA)
Venue:Perdido Beach Resort
27200 Perdido Beach Blvd
Orange Beach, AL 36561‎
9:30 a.m.
New Orleans PMI - PDD Slidell, LA
  Workshop:Leadership from a CubiclePublic Event
Sponsor:New Orleans PMI
Venue:Northshore Harbor Convention Center
100 Harbor Center Blvd.
Slidell, LA 70461
(985) 781-3650
11:30 am
Nashville PMI Nashville, TN
  Keynote:Leadership from a CubiclePublic Event
Sponsor:Nashville PMI
Venue:Millennium Maxwell House
2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd
Nashville, TN 37228
(615) 259-4343
IEM Seminar Birmingham, AL
  Workshop:Leadership WorkshopPrivate Event
Sponsor:UAB Information Engineering and Management (IEM)Get more information
1150 10th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Forget Vacations: Set Up a Life that You Don’t Need to Escape From Hoover, AL
  Workshop:Forget Vacations: Set Up a Life that You Don’t Need to Escape FromPublic Event
Sponsor:Hoover Library
Venue:Hoover Library
200 Municipal Dr.
Hoover, AL 35216
Focus On You Pelham, AL
  Workshop:Company of One 
Venue:Pelham Civic Complex
Amphitheater Road
Pelham, AL
PMI Midlands South Carolina PDD Columbia SC
  Keynote:Leadership from a CubiclePublic Event
Sponsor:PMI South Carolina Midlands Chapter
Suite 200, 1301 Gervais St.
Columbia SC 29201
(803) 354.5730
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
PMI Central Alabama February Meeting Birmingham, AL
  Workshop:Networking for IntrovertsPublic Event
Sponsor:PMI Central AlabamaRegister to attend
Venue:Protective Life Insurance (Main Campus), Grand Bay Dining Room
2801 Highway 280 South
Birmingham, AL 35223
10:30 a.m.
East Tennessee PMI Professional Development Day Oak Ridge, TN
  Workshop:Leadership from a Cubicle: You don't have to be an executive, to think like onePublic Event
Sponsor:East Tennessee PMI
Venue:New Hope Center - Oak Ridge
602 Scarboro Road
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-8245
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Rezult Technology Annual Kickoff Birmingham, AL
  Keynote:Leadership from a CubiclePrivate Event
Sponsor:Rezult Technology
Venue:Birmingham Office
Birmingham, AL
06:00 - 07:30 p.m.
Nashville PMI - December Meeting Brentwood, TN
  Keynote:Leading From the CubiclePublic Event
Sponsor:PMI NashvilleRegister to attend
Venue:Brentwood Library
8109 Concord Road
Brentwood, TN 37027
14th Annual Public Employees Safety Council of Alabama Conference Montgomery, AL
  Workshop:Networking for Introverts 
Sponsor:Public Employees Safety Council of Alabama (PESCA)
Venue:Gateway Park Lodge
3800 Davenport Drive
Montgomery, AL 36105
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Blaze Leadership Academy Birmingham, AL
Birmingham, AL 35294
United States
05:30-08:00 p.m.
Nashville AITP - November Meeting Nashville, TN
  Keynote:Networking for IntrovertsPublic Event
Sponsor:Nashville AITPRegister to attend
Join me at Platform Dallas, TX
  Other:Platform ConfrencePublic Event
Sponsor:Dynamic CommunicationsRegister to attend
Venue:Omni Dallas Hotel at Park West
Dallas, TX
Get more information
05:30-8:00 p.m.
Tampa Bay PMI - October Meeting Tampa, FL
  Keynote:Networking for IntrovertsRegister to attend
Sponsor:PMI Tampa Bay, Florida ChapterGet more information
Venue:DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
4500 West Cypress Street
Tampa, FL 33607
06:00-8:00 pm
Central Virginia PMI - September Meeting Glen Allen, Virginia
  Keynote:Networking for IntrovertsPublic Event
Sponsor:PMI Central Virginia ChapterRegister to attend
Venue:The Place
4036-C Cox Road
Glen Allen, Virginia 23060
Get more information

These events are from before the site change:

  • Networking for Project Managers, Columbus PMI, September 12, 2013
  • Networking for Success, UAB School of Nursing Faculty half-day workshop, UAB Organizational Learning and Development, August 27, 2013
  • Networking for Engineers, UAB Engineering Alumni, August 16, 2013 a Company of One, UAB Organizational Learning and Development, June 11, 2013
  • Finding Your Calling, UAB Organizational Learning and Development, May 21, 2013
  • The Number 1 Career Killer, Project Management Institute (PMI) Columbus, GA, May 2, 2013
  • Networking for Introverts, UAB Organizational Learning and Development, April 23, 2013
  • Entrepreneurship, Hoover Library Event, March 11, 2013
  • Networking for Introverts, Project Management Institute (PMI) Central Mississippi, February 19, 2013
  • When to Quit Your Day Job, Hoover Library Event, February 18, 2013
  • Networking for Introverts, Project Management Institute (PMI) Baton Rouge, January 17, 2013
  • Networking for Introverts, Project Management Institute (PMI) New Orleans, January 16, 2013
  • Your Company of One, IEEE Alabama Chapter, January 7, 2013
  • Networking for Introverts, Project Management Institute (PMI) Nashville Chapter joint Training Session, December 1, 2012
  • Networking for Introverts, Volkert Management Training Session, November 28, 2012
  • Networking for Introverts, Project Management Institute (PMI) Memphis Chapter, November 14, 2012
  • Networking for Introverts, Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) Atlanta Chapter, October 18, 2012
  • Becoming a Company of One, Keynote, AETA (Alabama Educational Technology Association) Conference, October 1, 2012
  • How to Uncover Hidden Opportunities, Hoover Library, July 16, 2012.
  • Fox 6 News WBRC, Monday July 16, 2012
  • Fox 6 News WBRC, Friday July 13, 2012
  • Your Professional Legacy, Keynote, IAAP Annual Board Meeting, June 22, 2013
  • Alabama Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America – May 8,2012
  • The National Society of Leadership and Success — Induction Ceremony – April 20, 2012
  • American Society of Civil Engineers – Auburn Feb 28, 2012
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)  – UAB Feb 1, 2012
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)  – UAH Jan 30, 2012
  • Fortis Institute – 2012 Commencement Address – Jan 27, 2012
  • Becoming a Company of One, Alpha Sigma Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity – University of Alabama Nov 28, 2011
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)  – UAB Nov 10, 2011
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) – UAB Oct 17, 2011