Making the Speaking Business More Customer Focused

By Whitney Johnson, Author and Co-Founder, with Clayton Christensen, Rose Park Advisors’ Disruptive Innovation FundOne day, a few weeks ago, I had a plan. I often do. I had a plan, but the plan had to change. They often do. My intent was to start the day with a block of concentrated time on a big, long-term project. But I realized that doing that meant giving short shrift to the preparation d...
Wednesday, August 05, 2020 Sweeney Agency creativity , Diversity , General , Inspiration , Leadership , Motivation
By Marilyn Tam, Author and Speaker on Leadership, Productivity, and Diversity How you can foster diversity, inclusion and understanding to build collaboration, creativity and productivity.Frankly we don’t hire women for positions other than tellers and receptionists at our bank”, the recruiter of the prominent Oregonian bank said to me after my on-campus interview. It was sobering to hear tha...
By Daniel Burrus, Futurist Expert and Speaker on Business Strategy, Technology, Innovations & Their ImpactWhile exponential change is always moving, businesses and even whole industries traditionally move slower than they should, often finding themselves disrupted and working hard at being agile alone. During the Coronavirus pandemic, all industries were disrupted in one way or another, m...
By Diana Kander, New York Times Bestselling Author and Speaker on InnovationThree years ago, I was coaching a successful company that was very confused about the failure of a recent product launch. When I was first hired, they told me they were convinced they had done everything by the book. Before developing the product, the company held five focus groups with potential customers to make sur...
By Colette Carlson, Author & Motivational Speaker on Human Behaviour and CommunicationSix years ago my car was in the middle of a five-car pileup. I distinctly remember the moments that followed as individuals emerged from their cars. No one appeared to be physically injured, although one person showed possible signs of shock. The first car’s driver jumped out, surveyed his smashed bumper...
Monday, July 27, 2020 Sweeney Agency Economy , General , Leadership , Management , Politics
By Geoff ColvinIt’s the question on every investor’s mind. Google “Why is the stock market going up?” and you get 2.8 billion answers. Yet many of them (we haven’t checked them all) ignore or minimize a significant factor. The once-a-century strangeness of this downturn has combined with the way stock indexes are calculated and an element of sheer chance to produce this apparent contradiction...
Friday, July 24, 2020 Sweeney Agency General , Leadership , Management
By Libby GillThis week’s Twitter hack got me thinking about my past career as head of public relations and communications for three major Hollywood studios. You might not think that my entertainment background would qualify me to talk about crisis communication, but you’d be surprised how much you learn when you’re the spokesperson explaining mass layoffs, law suits, viewer boycotts, even a d...
 We have been reviewing and researching Speakers on Health & Wellness for over 20 years and have seen some incredible presentations. Here are 8 of the most inspiring books on Personal Health filled with ideas, insights and practical tips everyone should read.   Dan Buettner | Speaker, Researcher, Explorer, Best-selling Author of The Blue Zones, and Global Expert on Longevit...
By Mark ThompsonSeeing Steve Jobs‘s life slip away was breathtaking, but the lessons offered can be life changing. It struck me as strange that I’d never seen him happier more often than in his last decade, which arguably was his hardest health-wise and yet his most successful professionally, as he transformed four different industries.I started to notice practices that he embraced ...
By Nick TaslerIt goes without saying that the pandemic sucks.  But—suckiness notwithstanding—what if the pandemic is also super-charging your brain? In February of 1665, two people in the St. Giles district of London suspiciously fell ill. Days later, they both perished.  In April, three other London districts reported similar cases.  By summer, it was clear to everyone: Plague had returned t...