Hardy Smith: Nonprofit and Association Consultant and Motivational Speaker; www.hardysmith.com
Are you ready to unlock your organization's potential for growth?

Hardy Smith, an independent consultant and speaker, can help you identify and resolve some of the fundamental problems that plague many nonprofits and associations:

•    Board members who don’t perform
•    Volunteers who lose interest
•    Strategic plans that aren’t used
•    Fundraisers that flop

With decades of experience working in the high-speed corporate world of NASCAR racing and advocating for nonprofits and associations across the country, Hardy can provide expert advice and develop effective strategies to help solve business challenges and drive the operational change needed to bring your organization to the next level.

Hardy is the author of the ground-breaking survey and report, “Why Don’t Board Members Do What They’re Supposed To Do?,” and a comprehensive blog addressing nonprofit leadership and successful communication techniques.

Hardy takes a straightforward and realistic approach to improving relationships and building business. He shares his knowledge and expertise through professional speaking engagements, workshops, strategic planning sessions and consultation services.

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Why Don’t Board Members Do What They’re Supposed To Do?
This is one of the most compelling questions facing nonprofit leaders and I’ve done the research to find the answers. This presentation focuses on actions to avoid board member relationship mistakes, keys to recruiting and retaining productive board members, and why board members aren’t passionate about fundraising. Watch for my book on this topic to be published in 2018.
Your Performance – Your Success
Success and failure create many lessons and I’ve had plenty of experience with both. This motivational keynote, adaptable for either individuals or teams, provides positive reinforcement for overcoming adversity and achieving success. Expect me to deliver how-to action strategies through personal stories, humor, positive motivation, audience engagement, and a dose of tough love to reinforce key message points.
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Hardy Smith's presentation, "Why Don't Board Members Do What They're Supposed to Do" was very engaging. He is a very effective communicator and great story teller who really knows the needs of nonprofit boards!
- Lucky Harris
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
"It was a pleasure to work with Hardy Smith. After being recommended by one of our board members who had also had the opportunity to work with him, I secured Hardy to speak at our Spring Conference. The session that he presented was relevant, thought-provoking and well-received."
- Tammy C. Bracewell
Executive Director, Florida Association of Chamber Professionals (FACP)
"Hardy spoke at the our convention on two topics; he was one of our highest rated speakers by the attendees for both sessions. We rarely repeat speakers for consecutive years, but based on member feedback, we asked him to return with a new topic. He is organized, prepared...I highly recommend him to any event organizer."
- Suzanne Neve
Executive Director, Florida Festivals & Events Association
I am a leader of our local campus for the University of Central Florida, (and) involved in strategic planning. I am going to (return to campus) and implement the comments Hardy made today. I have a strategic plan and my colleagues and I are going to update it to include involvement and engagement. I learned lots of things I can take back and use.
- Linda Bradley Thacker
Assistant VP/Campus Director, University of Central Florida
Hardy (has a) capacity to take in what’s going on with an organization and not only help it grow, but also develop it in a healthy, knowledgeable way so you can evaluate results and (get your) leadership team where they are functioning on all cylinders. Hardy has been an incredible asset and resource, to me and to my organization's members.
- Julie Barrow
Executive Director, One Voice for Volusia
Hardy has been an excellent resource for our members both as a speaker and as a writer for our magazine. His presentation dealing with Boards has been well received. He has a wonderful style of humor and anecdotes that drive his message home. I highly recommend Hardy Smith as a presenter for your organization, you will love him!
- Frank Rudd
President/CEO, Florida Society of Association Executives
Having been in business a long time, I know what strategic planning is, but Hardy’s ability to take it and put it into four to five key elements and then talk about how it can be done without tons of paper work (and hours) I found to be very efficient. He makes (strategic planning) doable.
- Sarah F. Gurtis
Chief Executive Officer, COA (Council On Aging)
Hardy Smith was a wonderful facilitator of our strategic plan session. He was able to draw everyone into a critical conversation while maintaining focus; I attribute this to his exceptional communication skills and in-depth understanding of nonprofits.
- - Kerry Karl, Executive Director, Volusia County
Association for Responsible Development
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