Welcome to Haris Ahmed of Chicago’s Site!

Welcome to Haris Ahmed of Chicago’s site! This site is dedicated to Haris Ahmed’s foray into public speaking. To give a brief background, Haris Ahmed is the Founder and CEO of Pragmatium Consulting Group Inc., a management consulting firm that works with leaders of organizations on change and leadership. He has about 20 years of experience as an organizational change expert and executive coach. He has advised many companies through significant transformations. Haris is also an experienced facilitator and has led numerous leadership workshops and team-building sessions. He has personally coached over 100 leaders in various sectors: public and private corporations, not-for-profits, and the federal sector.

Haris has an MBA (cum laude) from the University of Notre Dame with a focus on strategy and leadership and a BA in economics and politics from NYU. He has completed advanced leadership certifications including: Executive Integral Leadership (EIL) and Vital Leadership Advantage (VLA). He speaks regularly and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Notre Dame on the topics of change and leadership. His experience as a facilitator taught him the importance of public speaking for your personal and professional life. Believe it or not but public speaking is one of the most important skills you will ever develop in your life. Public speaking is so important that it could be the deciding factor in many things such as your career development, your business growth and even in the relationships you have with your friends and family. Public speaking is a skill worth learning

Communication is the backbone of our society. It allows us to form connections, influence decisions, and motivate change. Without communication skills, the ability to progress in the working world and in life, itself, would be nearly impossible. Public speaking is one of the most important and most dreaded forms of communication. Glossophobia or speech anxiety, is the most common fear people have across the globe. An important skill to have in business and especially in the public relations arena is the skill of persuasion or the ability to win over the crowd. Inside and outside the workplace, the power of persuasion can carry you far and it all starts by honing those public speaking skills. Mastering public speaking results in an increase in confidence and with that, a cool and collected presence in front of an audience.

A great public speaker attains the power to motivate his or her audience to do something, stop doing something, change a behavior, or reach objectives. But to carry an idea forward, you must be able to excite and enliven your peers, employees, coworkers, customers. Public speakers are leaders who are able to inspire their audience to work harder to achieve their goals. As a public speaker, your role is to influence your listeners and create an environment where everyone walks out ready to roll. You are not merely giving a speech in the attempt to get your audience to take a certain action; speakers are part of the action and can convey their passion and drive.