5 Speakers Who Should be Featured on 60 Minutes

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A few weeks ago we were thrilled when our Speaker Dr. Robert Ballard was featured on an episode of 60 Minutes, the longest continuously running prime-time show in American television history. Dr. Ballard was fascinating, intriguing, and proved on-screen that he is an amazing storyteller which contributes to making him a powerful Speaker.  At the office the next day we had a debate, and then a vote as to who else we thought should be featured on 60 minutes. Below are our top 5 choices for Speakers who we truly believe would fascinate TV viewers as they have with every live audience we have ever booked them for (Also we’re sending this list to Morley Safer!)*

Shawn Achor | Happiness Guru, Best-selling author of The Happiness Advantage

Happiness is a science. It is also a prevalent goal that so many people are trying to obtain, whether at home or at work. Unfortunately, most people have their “happiness plan” backwards – and that’s where positive psychology expert Shawn Achor comes in. Believing that happiness is the result of success, money, etc., few recognize that happiness is not the end result – it is the cause. After extensive research, Shawn Achor found that the most successful people with the healthiest social relationships began their endeavors with optimism and positivity – Happiness is not the goal, but the catalyst for overall contentment. Shawn provides practical applications to help his audiences shift their mindsets, teaching them how to be happy first, and watch the rest fall into place.

Robyn Benincasa | CNN Hero, Firefighter, and expert on Teamwork

Robyn Benincasa is the ultimate influencer – she inspires those around her to take beautifully brazen risks like climb a mountain, join an adventure racing team, or even start their own business. As a professional adventure racer, Robyn has travelled the world, pushing her body and her team to new and exciting heights. She is also a full time firefighter in America’s first all-female crew and is the founder of Project Athena: a non-profit dedicated to helping women with medical issues achieve their athletic dreams. Robyn’s stories excite, inspire, and astonish anyone who hears them – her narrative will capture all audiences and empower them to recognize that their limitations are simply their own perceptions, not their reality.

Dr. George Friedman | Founder of STRATFOR and expert on Geopolitics

Businesses no longer operate in an isolated environment. Our ever-growing interconnectivity compels organizations to not just observe what is going on in their own backyards, but to extend their watch beyond their borders. Dr. George Friedman is an expert on how business is being impacted by both events and individuals half way across the world. He is a master analyst who evaluates global trends and identifies who and what will affect how your organization does business – either bracing for a significant shift in foreign dynamics or identifying emerging markets that could result in huge opportunities. His fascinating insights would appeal to audiences from executives of large corporations to anyone who wants to keep their fingers on the pulse of global developments.

Cam Marston | Motivational Speaker and Generational Expert

There is no greater workplace issue impacting business today than generational conflict. Cam Marston is the leading authority on how the changing generational demographics in the workplace and in the marketplace will influence your business. Cam explains the differences of each generation currently in the workplace and how to recruit, retain, and manage each of these diverse groups. Furthermore, he also knows exactly how to sell to each of them. Cam’s insights into the generational differences will inform employers as to how to ease tensions that arise in the office, cultivate a collaborative working environment, and increase sales!

Peter Ricchiuti | Economist, and Professor at the Freeman School of Business at Tulane University

Too often economic experts use abstruse jargon when speaking of finance, making it inaccessible to those outside the financial realm. Peter Ricchiuti is the economist who makes finance not only easily understandable, but fun too! Peter has a fantastic sense of humor and uses it to connect with his audiences – explaining the economy and finance in a way that is inclusive of all knowledge-bases and backgrounds. Peter Ricchiuti is truly The Everyman’s Economist!

 

*Speakers are listed in alphabetical order

The Top 10 Speakers for Sales Audiences – August 2015

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Sales are the backbone to any and every organization because the sales department generates the revenue. Regardless of how well your manufacturing department functions, or how innovatively you use emerging technologies, if you do not have a strong sales force those progressive manufacturing techniques and innovative culture are of no use. Here at The Sweeney Agency we know that many sales conferences take place at the beginning of each year, and they take months to plan, so we wanted to provide you with some great ideas for sales speakers for your next conference. Here are The Top 10 Sales Speakers: *

Jeanne Bliss | Speaker, Author, and Executive Coach on Sales and Customer-driven growth

Filled with insight and practical tips, Jeanne Bliss’ keynotes will have your sales audience excited to begin implementing a customer-centric approach to sales. Jeanne’s techniques help your sales force make sales decisions that are innovative and sustainable, leading to increased business and stronger, more consistent customer relationships.

Walter Bond | Motivating Sales Speaker on Becoming More Accountable, Former NBA Athlete

An expert on organizational accountability, Walter Bond’s unique presentation style motivates sales audiences to take responsibility for their own continued improvement when it comes to selling. Walter teaches sales teams how to overcome objections, incorporate storytelling, and establish themselves as experts in their fields.

Bob Burg | Author and Speaker on Communication, Networking, and Sales

Bob Burg’s empowering presentations outline his strategic systems for gaining endless referrals and a constant stream of clients and customers. His keynotes will coach audience members on how to properly network and put their communication skills to use in order to build a substantial and durable client-base.

Dan Clark | Inspirational Speaker on Change, Teamwork and Sales

One of the most sought-after speakers on the circuit, Dan Clark’s energetic keynotes outline the process of the why, how, and when of effective selling. Attendees will leave Dan’s presentations understanding the next steps that ought to be taken to generate more revenue, more loyalty, and more repeat business.

Chip Eichelberger | Motivational Speaker, Sales Trainer, and Former Tony Robbins Robbins International point-person

Motivational Speaker Chip Eichelberger will energize your audience with his contagious enthusiasm. Through his years of experience and research, Chip will guide your sales audience through the simple shifts that will garner big results. Attendees will leave his presentation feeling motivated, excited, and empowered to deepen their relationships with their existing clients and to establish new ones!

Ryan Estis | Expert on Sales, Leadership, and Business Performance

Hard-hitting and high impact, Ryan Estis’ keynotes will take your sales team through the evolution of sales and identify how the most successful companies have not only utilized increased sales capacities but have also recognized the development in sophistication and demands of the “average” consumer. Audiences will leave feeling organized and prepared to compete in more competitive markets and with more complex clients.

Sally Hogshead | Author and Speaker on Innovative Sales and Personal Branding

Sally Hogshead takes a more self-identification approach to sales. She teaches audiences how to identify what makes them fascinating and how to use this advantage to create outstanding first impressions, become more memorable and showcase value – all leading to not only a more sustainable client base, but creating relationships where you clients are your most valuable advocate not only for your company, but for you as a sales person.

Cam Marston | Expert on Selling to Different Generations of Consumers

Cam Marston operates within the first rule of sales: know your customer. To succeed in sales you must know who your client is and how their generational perspective is informing their buying decisions and consumer perspectives. Cam’s presentations go through each generation’s general consumer habits and audiences will learn how to use this knowledge to close any sale with Traditionalists to Millennials.

Sam Silverstein | Accountability Expert and Speaker on Leadership and Sales

Whether in the field of sales, customer service or business management, Sam Silverstein contends that the momentum towards success is propelled by eliminating excuses and taking personal accountability for choices, actions and outcomes. In his presentations Silverstein uses unforgettable illustrations and paints vibrant, often hilarious, always inspiring stories for his audiences on how to gain the loyalty and trust of today’s hyper-discerning consumer.

Marc Wayshak | America’s Coach on Game Plan Selling

Marc’s innovative selling system works for salespeople, entrepreneurs and companies alike. He created the Game Plan Selling System, a revolutionary sales methodology, based upon his experiences as an All-American athlete, Ivy League graduate, and start-up entrepreneur. His rallying cry is based on three tenets: Be Distinct from your competition; Be Systematic and follow a game plan for every aspect of selling; and, have a Prospecting Play Book and live by it. With these guidelines, audiences leave his presentations energized and eager to put Marc’s selling system into use.

 

*Speakers are listed alphabetically

10 Most Requested Speakers on Innovation

Innovation is the catalyst for growth, profit, and sustainability for any business so it is no wonder that it is one of the most requested speaking topics from just about every industry. The following are the Top 10 Speakers on Innovation*:

Scott Anthony | Innovation Strategist

Scott Anthony is a senior partner at Innosight, a strategy and consulting firm. He has led Innosight’s expansion into the Asia-Pacific region as well as its venture capital activities (Innosight Ventures). In his more than a decade with Innosight, Scott has advised senior leaders in companies such as Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Singtel, Kraft, General Electric, LG, the Ayala Group, and Cisco Systems on topics of growth and innovation. He has extensive experience in emerging markets, particularly in India, China, and the Philippines.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Scott-Anthony

 

Andy Boynton | Dean of Boston College’s Carroll School of Management, Speaker on Innovation and Leadership

Andy Boynton’s presentations take his audiences from conceptualization to implementation when it comes to innovative ideas and putting them into practice. He leaves audiences with openness to new and exciting views that may lead to the visionary ideas your organization needs.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Andy-Boynton

Lisa Bodell | CEO of Futurethink and Best-selling author of Kill the Company

Often innovation is associated with a complicated and overly challenging process, however, innovation expert Lisa Bodell argues that this need not be the case. Lisa’s keynotes demonstrate that the complex processes that organizations have developed over the years actually hinder innovation and block original thought.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Lisa-Bodell

Dr. James Canton | Global Futurist and Visionary Business Advisor

Dr. James Canton instills in his audiences that innovation cannot wait for the future, but rather innovation comes through the anticipation of the future and the actions of the present. His keynotes outline potential disruptions to your organization and attendees will leave with a better understanding of what is coming and how to take full advantage of these rapid industry changes.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Dr.-James-Canton

Whitney Johnson | Co-founder of the Investment Firm Disruptive Innovation Fund

Whitney Johnson will inspire audiences with her call for personal disruption as a means to create an organization-wide innovative culture. She motivates attendees to actually do the things they would only dare to dream. Whitney Johnson is a true influencer and innovator and will teach your audiences how to do the same.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Whitney-Johnson

Kaihan Krippendorff | Strategy and Innovation Expert & Founder of Outthinker

Kaihan Krippendorff is committed to helping organizations and individuals thrive in today’s era of fast-paced disruptive technological change. Kaihan is known for his ability to turn difficult concepts into easy-to-understand ideas that drive meaningful outcomes and actions. He is an internationally recognized thought-leader, battle-tested consultant, and sought-after keynote speaker on the topics of business strategy, growth, transformation and innovation.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Kaihan-Krippendorff

Steve Blank | Thought Leader on Startups and Innovation, Expert on Entrepreneurship

Steve Blank has led one heck of an interesting life. He’s had 3 careers: First, in the U.S. Air Force for 4 years during the Vietnam War. Next, as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur in 8 start-ups in 2 decades (with 4 IPOs). Currently as an academic, teaching at Stanford, Berkeley, Columbia, and NYU.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Steve-Blank

Polly LaBarre | Author, Speaker, and Entrepreneur

Understanding that many organizations have been working since their inception to maintain and protect the foundational practices on which it was built, Polly LaBarre pushes audiences to break the status quo in order to achieve exceptional performance. Her keynotes highlight the importance of adaptability – or risk paralysis. Polly’s presentations are truly inspiring as she encourages attendees to be relentlessly creative, excited, and inventive.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Polly-LaBarre

Josh Linkner | Bestselling Author on Creativity, Innovation, and Leadership

You’ve come up with a spectacularly creative idea for your organization – so the hard part’s over, right? Unfortunately it’s not. Turning raw, unpolished (albeit great) ideas into a reality can be very challenging. Josh Linkner’s keynotes provide practical tools and methodologies to turn those big ideas into big results and big profits. Oh, and he’s an excellent jazz guitarist too!

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Josh-Linkner

 

Mike Walsh | Best-selling author of FUTURETAINMENT, Speaker on Technology and Innovation

So often companies survive on one big idea or major breakthrough, however, in contemporary business those who thrive are continuously creating and cultivating those big ideas and breakthroughs. Mike Walsh helps organizations create strategic priorities in order to prepare for the future of business today.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Mike-Walsh

*Speakers are listed in alphabetical order

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Derek Sweeney is the Director of Speaker Ideas at The Sweeney Agency. www.thesweeneyagency.com. For 15 years Derek has been helping clients find the right Speakers for their events. Derek can be reached at 1-866-727-7555 or [email protected]