Keynotes and Workshops

Are you looking for a dynamic speaker for your next business event?

We are always excited about the opportunity to share our knowledge and wisdom through “been there, done that” stories collected from over 25 years of experience as successful small business owners.

Our goal with every presentation is to inform and inspire business owners to take action toward implementing positive change for growth.

We deliver interactive presentations, workshops and webcasts to groups of 10 or more business owners always ensuring the audience takes away something they can immediately implement to improve their business.

Every presentation is completely customized and designed to meet your objectives.

Nick and Judi Hughes speak to audiences individually and together; depending on the audience, the topic and the event. Learn about the wealth of expertise Nick and Judi Hughes can bring to your group.

We would be happy to talk about how we could best help you and what would bring the greatest value to your business owner community. Please be in touch with or call 416 429-2415 for more information.

Who is Judi Hughes?

Judi Hughes is passionate about small business. She has built, bought, grown and sold several successful businesses. She jokes that her small business wisdom and expertise comes from the many mistakes she has made and the lessons she has learned over the past 35 years.

Judi knows that being in your own business is not always all it’s cracked up to be. You must wear many hats. You are on your own to make all the big decisions. And, there are never enough hours in a day!

She also knows, if you are prepared to do the work, being in your own business can be fulfilling and financially rewarding. It can, and should, provide you with the life and work you love.

Through her interactive presentations, Judi shares insights, skills and real-life stories to help small business owners re-connect with their dreams and build the business they want.

Speaking Topics Include

Stop the Distractions!
It’s Time to Focus on Building the Business You Said You Wanted!

One of the common attributes of successful people whether they are athletes, entertainers or business leaders, is their ability to focus.
Knowing that – how do you stay focused when you are constantly distracted by the day- to-days? How do you even know what to focus on?

  • Do you start each day determined to achieve your goals and end the day with important work undone?
  • Are you finding it difficult to stay focused on the “important” things because there are too many “urgent’ things needing your immediate attention?
  • Are you constantly being reactive rather than proactive?
  • To add misery to this confusion, are you working harder than ever and not getting further ahead?

These are all indications you are stuck on The Fragmented Focus Treadmill™; on the run and getting no further ahead.
You can get off that treadmill with the tools shared in this workshop.

  • Get crystal clear on your vision, stay focused on getting there and take actions to make the right things happen
  • Identify what is critical for your business growth
  • Learn how to focus your time and money on the things that bring results
  • Implement models to ensure you are addressing important growth activities and not spinning your wheels.

Harness your good ideas and get laser focused on the initiatives that will bring you the greatest results.

Are you finding it difficult to stay focused? Do you think you might be on The Fragmented Focus TreadmillTM?
Read this article to find out and to take steps to get off The Fragmented Focus TreadmillTM

To book this topic or request more information contact / 416 429-2415

Your Untapped Source of Revenue – You Are Sitting on Acres of Diamonds!

One of the common attributes of successful people whether they are athletes, entertainers or business leaders, is their ability to focus.

Did you know, it costs ten times more to find a new customer than it does to sell to existing customers? And yet time and again business owners focus their energy and money on attracting new customers. Fact is, you probably have untapped business opportunities right in your own back yard and you have already invested the time and money to find them. Why not start there?

This presentation is based on the story of ‘’Acres of Diamonds”. The story of a man spending his entire life and all his money searching for a diamond mine to make his fortune. When he died, they sold his farm and they discovered the most magnificent diamond mine in all history in his backyard. The moral of the story – always start in your own backyard before you go off spending time and money in unknown territory.

Learn how to identify the revenue opportunities sitting in your backyard, sell more to existing customers and gain new customers from current and past customers. You’ll leave this session with a clear understanding of who your diamonds are and how you are going to bring them value. You will be able to dig down deep and find lots of business opportunities right in your own back yard!.

Read this article to learn more.

To book this topic or request more information contact / 416 429-2415

All the Best Laid Plans – Setting Strategy for Small Business Success

When you first start your business, you can afford to “wing -it”. You need to take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. Winging-it is how you learn what brings results and what does not.

As you grow your business, you need to strengthen your foundation and set strong strategy to take your business to the next level.

In this presentation, you’ll be introduced to “tried and true” tools, tips and techniques to help you:

  • Get crystal-clear about where it is you want to take your business
  • Develop measurable objectives
  • Create focus through realistic goals and strategies
  • Identify your Critical Success Factors and develop a pro-active 90-Day Focus
  • Put practices in place to support getting both “important” and “urgent” things

The power of planning comes from working through the process. Learn how to develop, document and use your strategic action plan to be more pro-active and in charge of your business success.

To book this topic or request more information contact / 416 429-2415


“The presentation Judi presented was hugely interactive and extremely informative. The feedback from our group was tremendous. She made it work for everyone no matter what stage they were at in their business. A dynamic presentation that was bang on!”
– Ella Bates

“In less than an hour, Judi led us through her structured program, designed to help independent practitioners (of any stripe) “get off the fragmented-focus treadmill and really, truly focus on the factors that can make a business a growing success. Thank you, Judi, for sharing your insights!”
– Barb Sawyers, Toronto IABC

“Judi is down-to-earth, engaging and mindful of who she is teaching, so that the message gets across perfectly!”
– David Cohen, City of Toronto

Some Past Audiences

  • 360 Degrees of Inspiration
  • Alliance of Independent Practitioners
  • Association of Independent Business Communicators ‘ Toronto Chapter
  • Association of Independent Consultants
  • Canadian Association of Women Executives & Entrepreneurs
  • Canadian Small Business Women
  • Circle of Influence  Mississauga Chapter
  • Company of Women  Annual Conference
  • Company of Women  Toronto Chapter
  • Constant Contact  Finding the Formula – Small Business Conference
  • Junior Chamber of Commerce  National Conference
  • Professional Organizers of Canada  National Conference
  • Professional Organizers of Canada  Toronto Chapter
  • Rosti Group – Tenants Event
  • Women Entrepreneurs Building Businesses
  • Women In A Home Office  Toronto Chapter
  • Women In A Home Office  Webcast