Words: Your Most Powerful Weapon | TEDxStLouisWomen
- Former Secret Service Special Agent and polygraph examiner who safeguarded U.S. presidents, led complex criminal investigations, worked undercover, and is a master of communication and psychology
- A bestselling author and adjunct professor who appears regularly in the media and is the host of Bravo TV’s competition series “Spy Games”
- Empowers people to develop more confident and resilient mindsets, enhance their communication skills, and conquer every obstacle on the path to living life fearlessly
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For more than 12 years, Evy Poumpouras served as a Secret Service special agent in an action-packed career during which she was responsible for protecting the world’s most high-value assets. She was a member of the Presidential Protective Division for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, and also protected Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George H.W. Bush. Today, she is a widely recognized multimedia journalist, host, and producer who uses her skills in front of the camera and behind it to conduct headline-grabbing interviews and investigate the biggest stories in the media. She appears regularly on “TODAY,” NBC, MSNBC, and “Good Morning America” to share her sought-after expertise on national security, law enforcement, and crime, and is the host of Bravo TV’s competition series “Spy Games.” Having mastered the arts of communication and psychology in a wide-ranging career that has taken her from the Secret Service to the TV screen and everywhere in between, Poumpouras offers unconventional strategies for crushing any challenge and living life fearlessly.
Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, Poumpouras has been described as “the epitome of a badass” as she brings a welcome edge to talks focused on looking inward to begin the journey to becoming your best self at work and beyond. Her positivity emanates from the stage and through to the audience as she reveals hard-won lessons on building a more confident and resilient mindset, communicating for maximum impact, and unleashing your inner fighter as you push past the obstacles on the path to success. Poumpouras shares thrilling anecdotes from her experiences in the Secret Service, offering a rare behind-the-curtain look at one of the oldest and elite security forces in the world, and showing audiences how they can apply Secret Service principles of communication, leadership, psychology, and inclusion in their own pursuits.
In addition to safeguarding our nation’s heads of state, during her tenure in the Secret Service, Poumpouras worked complex criminal investigations, operated undercover, and was an interrogator for the agency’s elite polygraph unit specially trained in the art of lie detection, human behavior, and cognitive influence. She was among the first responders during the 9/11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center and was honored with United States Secret Service Valor Award in recognition of her heroic efforts. In parallel to her work as a journalist and TV personality, Poumpouras is an adjunct professor for The City University of New York, where she teaches criminal justice and criminology.
Poumpouras’ online interviews and her TEDx talk on “Words: Your Most Powerful Weapon” have drawn millions of views, and she has spoken worldwide in front of many of the world’s top organizations, including NASDAQ, McKesson, United Technologies, Wells Fargo, and Corcoran Group. She is also the author of the bestselling book Becoming Bulletproof: Protect Yourself, Read People, Influence Situations, Live Fearlessly, in which she introduces unique and actionable strategies for influencing any situation and transforming yourself into a stronger, more confident, and more powerful person.
Words Are Your Most Powerful Weapon: Communication Strategies from Inside the Secret Service. The ability to get what you want in your professional and personal pursuits comes down to one thing and one thing only: your ability to communicate effectively — both with your words and your nonverbal cues. Having mastered the arts of communication and psychology and applied them as a Secret Service special agent leading mission-critical criminal investigations, interrogations, and undercover assignments, Evy Poumpouras teaches audiences top-tier techniques for enhancing their verbal and nonverbal communication skills in pursuit of their objectives. The tactics Poumpouras shares will change the game for anyone looking to apply battle-tested communication strategies used in the heat of conflict by the most elite Secret Service agents and influence any situation to achieve the desired outcome.
Bulletproof Strategies for Leading Fearlessly. As someone who broke glass ceilings in a male-dominated field, former Secret Service special agent Evy Poumpouras demonstrates how anyone can move beyond self-doubt to a mindset of strength and resilience. In this talk, she shares valuable methods for harnessing solution-based thinking at work and every day and filtering out the noise to lead and problem solve effectively. Poumpouras stresses how important it is for leaders to master emotional intelligence, enhance mental fortitude, and break through diminishing thought patterns and self-doubt, while providing audience members powerful tools to add to their arsenal as they look to lead themselves and their people to conquering short- and long-term challenges.
Conflict Management Mastery: From Confrontation to Cooperation. As a former Secret Service special agent, Evy Poumpouras has successfully come out at the other end of chaos and conflict on countless occasions and draws from those experiences to provide crucial tips for navigating difficult situations and people to move from confrontation to cooperation. Poumpouras offers a step-by-step breakdown of how to deescalate, empathize, and even collaborate in challenging circumstances and takes the stigma of fear out of confrontation. She shows how anyone can protect their mindset, stand their ground, and effectively deal with whatever (or whoever) life throws their way.
Reading Other People and How Others Read You. Whether assessing potential clients in a business meeting or trying to understand the true motives of a relationship, reading people is the key to any successful interaction. Evy Poumpouras can attest to this. During her 12 years as a Secret Service special agent, mission success depended on her ability to analyze the signals she received from her allies and adversaries as she worked to get to the bottom of highly sensitive investigations and interrogations, and safeguard various U.S. presidents. Reflecting on those experiences, she shares everything audience members need to know about deciphering body language — movements, postures, and facial expressions — in any situation, be it in the workplace, negotiations, or elsewhere. Coming out of this talk, audience members will be able to decode verbal language to understand what people are really saying, while also sharpening their ability to spot the red flags of deceptive communication.
Poumpouras can also move the conversation from reading others to how others read you. What do people see when you enter a room? What do they hear when you speak? Often, we don’t portray to others the person we want to be. She helps people remedy this by teaching them action steps for commanding respect and authority through body language, developing verbal skills to convey ideas with conviction, and employing paralinguistics to present confidence in any situation. Poumpouras’ insights lay the foundation that empowers people to be the person they want others to see.
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