Alan Zimmerman Profile
Dr. Z's work is focused on one thing: what brings out the very best in you and your people. And his 92% repeat and referral business testifies to the fact that his programs deliver the results his clients want.
Dr. Z gives his audiences a fresh perspective … solid life skills … best business practices … and a compelling experience. He sends them home and back to work with practical, pull-through tools they can use immediately to maximize their payoffs personally, professionally, and organizationally. It's real-life stuff that really works … the product of Dr. Z's lifetime of learning, teaching and mentoring others.
A Lifelong Student
Learning … and continual professional development … is not only a passion but also a lifelong value for Dr. Z. He began that journey by earning three formal degrees, in each case graduating with Summa Cum Laude honors:
•Bachelor's Degree: The University of Wisconsin (Speech/Political Science)
•Master's Degree: The University of Minnesota (Communication/Sociology)
•Doctoral Degree: The University of Minnesota (Interpersonal Communication/Psychology)
Acquiring knowledge is certainly rewarding, but Dr. Zimmerman soon learned that sharing knowledge with others is even more important.
A Dedicated Educator
Ignoring fads, gimmicks and flavor-of-the-month pop psychology, Dr. Zimmerman adopted a simple and unwavering approach to business development: if it doesn't make you happier or your organization more successful, he won't waste your time teaching it. Fifteen years of teaching accomplishments at universities in Minnesota and Kansas confirms the wisdom of that approach.
•Selected by students as The Most Outstanding Faculty Member at two universities.
•Honored with the Distinguished Faculty Award by the Institute of Management Studies, given to less than 10 of their 2000 business seminar speakers worldwide in the past 40 years.
As the business world grew more competitive and as organizations clamored for skills that would unleash the human capital in their people, Dr. Zimmerman was drafted into a new career as an author, speaker, and trainer. And in his words, "at the ripe-old age of 36," launched his own company. After speaking to hundreds of thousands of people, in many of the best known and most successful companies in the world, you can be sure he knows what it takes to transform human potential into positive peak performance.
An Honored Speaker
Dr. Z does not speak to your organization as some ivory-tower wannabe; he's someone who's actually done everything he teaches. From selling greeting cards door-to-door as a young boy, owning an international import business during his college years, and building one of the most honored speaking and training businesses in the industry, he's speaking from a lifetime of experience and accomplishment.
•A keynote speaker and seminar leader for more than 25 years.
•Delivered more than 2,000 programs in 49 states and 22 countries.
•Worked with Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, professional associations, government, education, and healthcare organizations.
•As a CSP (Certified Speaking Professional), he is ranked among the top 7% of all speakers worldwide.
•Inducted into the Speakers Hall of Fame, limited to a small handful of people over the last 30 years, including such notables as President Ronald Reagan, General Colin Powell and best-selling authors Dr. Ken Blanchard and Jack Canfield
•Earned state and national speaking competition championships for six consecutive years.
•An astonishing repeat and referral rate of 92%, making Dr. Zimmerman one of today's most sought-after speakers.
"I love what I do, because I get a box seat watching my audience members achieve more than they ever thought possible. My mission is to give you the inspiration and skills you need to achieve your goals and build your relationships. And when it's all over, I'll give you several tools to make sure you actually use everything you learn."
– Dr. Alan Zimmerman
A True Industry Leader
After working in many different industries, from retail sales, hotel hospitality, education, corrections, radio broadcasting, and recreation management, Dr. Alan Zimmerman knows business intimately, experiencing business on every level. Beginning as an entry-level employee, serving as an individual contributor, advancing to management and executive leadership positions, and then launching and managing several businesses of his own. He's been there; he's lived it, and the lessons from all of these experiences weren't lost on him. He's applied these first-hand truths to a myriad of industries, helping them get first-class results.
•Founded Zimmerman Communi-Care Network, Inc. in 1985, with offices in the United States and the United Kingdom.
•Author of "Dr. Zimmerman's Tuesday Tip," one of the longest lasting and most heavily subscribed newsletters in the world.
•Author of several best-selling books, eBooks, CDs, MP3s, and DVDs.
•Honored with the President's Award for Distinguished Leadership from the University of Wisconsin.
"I'm never going stop learning; education is a part of my day every day. And I'll never stop teaching because the things I've learned are just too important to keep to myself. I speak from my head … because I really do know what works and doesn't work. And I speak from my heart … because I've lived it; the highs, the lows, the getting knocked down and climbing back up. I look forward to working with you, your people, and your organization so you too can learn how to transform the people part of your business.
– Dr. Alan Zimmerman