What’s Dragging Down Team Performance? Tips from Mike Abrashoff

A work environment teeming with bureaucracy, trivial work tasks, and inefficient leaders chokes enthusiasm and builds impenetrable barriers to success. It’s your job to make sure these barriers to great ideas are torn down.

You must establish trust and create the ideal climate so your people can do their best work every day.

On Benfold, I first focused on the importance of connecting my crew members to our purpose. We focused on that only if we acted like a team and foster collaboration, not competition could we achieve our goals. This is the foundation for creating a culture of excellence. Once purpose and a sense of unity are established you can then begin to:

  • Create the ideal climate for success.
  • Remove barriers to great ideas.
  • Establish what winning means.

Your job is very simple at this stage. Use the leadership skills you already have developed to rely on the help of your front-line employees. These members of your team are most likely to help you breakthrough barriers because they feel the pain of inefficient processes and systems. They want to make a difference. And it is your job as the leader is to challenge business practices that no longer make sense.

Create the right climate for success

How can you ask your team to perform a job if the systems and processes governing the job are ineffective? People who do not trust their systems will not trust their leaders. Our employees must understand your determination to create an environment that breeds success. They must understand that all processes and systems are liable for review.

Remove barriers

Most employees want to be productive and successful. They just don’t know how or are facing obstacles that impede their goals. Breakdown these barriers by setting the right example through your actions. What you do is far more important and instructive than what you say. Your team will give you 100% if your actions convey your willingness to succeed. If your signals don’t match your words, you will fail to win the trust of your crew.

What gets measured gets done

People need to know how winning is measured. It’s not fun playing a game if you don’t keep score. The more your team knows that their efforts are contributing toward winning, the more it will cause them to give the extra effort.

You need to inspect what you expect. With customers, first impressions are important. Do your customer service representatives create an inviting atmosphere for customers when they call? Are your salespeople following up on leads? Are your employees creating loyal customers?

Benfold’s crew was very clear about how we measured success. When your team knows what you are measuring, whether it be customer satisfaction indices or customer loyalty, they will make the effort to positively affect those scores.

Diagnosing Barriers to High Team Performance

Analyze your processes and people. Jot down answers and comments to the following questions and techniques to diagnose your barriers to high performance:

Are people spending time on what Is Important?

  • When you observe your employees in action, do they consistently do meaningful work?
  • Does the time it takes to perform certain jobs outweigh the value they provide?
  • Are there redundancies in your processes or systems?

On Benfold, the best performance indicator was analyzing where people spent their time. Once the crew knew its mission, purpose, and goals, it became easy to spot time-wasting jobs and work. Similar to your organization, training was a vital part of our job on Benfold. Unfortunately, we were not spending enough time on training. We were too busy doing busy work. Do you see similar trends at your organization? Has busy-work started to dominate your team’s time? As a leader, it is your responsibility to challenge the validity of every system or process at your dealership and show your team the importance of eliminating wasteful practices.

What obstacles do you see?

  • Analyze all of your systems and determine if any need to be updated or eliminated.
  • Outline the steps in your various processes, and eliminate items that are not contributing to your goal.

Most talented employees have little patience for inefficiency, and will constantly find better ways to leverage their time. Watch these employees closely, and observer what they do and how they interact with the team.

On Benfold, what I saw was eye-opening. When select crewmembers saw the same mistakes or problems repeated, they would create alternative solutions. I quickly realized that we needed to implement what they were doing throughout the entire ship.

Are decisions made in a timely manner?

  • Outline the decision-making process at your organization.
  • List the decision makers at your dealership and the decisions they are responsible for.
  • Determine if the responsibility for making decisions falls too heavy or too light on your team.

The most important thing we did on Benfold was to make sure everyone knew what decisions they could make, and when they needed to get their boss involved. In the end, it was one simple guideline: If you would not feel comfortable having the outcome published in the Washington Post, don’t do it. We taught our crew that if a decision could possibly impact Benfold’s ability to perform its mission, then get your supervisor involved.

Remember, decisions that may impact profitability or customer satisfaction may require management involvement. Your team should be able to handle most other decisions.

About Mike Abrashoff

Mike Abrashoff‘s inspiring speeches challenge people to re-imagine their own leadership thinking and instill a renewed responsibility for results and success. At the age of 36, the Navy selected Abrashoff to become Commander of USS Benfold, at the time the most junior commanding officer in the Pacific Fleet. The immediate challenges that faced him on this under performing Naval war ship were staggering: exceptionally low morale, high turnover and unacceptably low performance evaluations. Few thought that this ship could improve. In many ways, the USS Benfold was actually an extreme example of the same problems facing many organizations today.

To Learn more about Mike contact [email protected]

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]

4 Great Books on Communications Everyone Should Read

We have been reviewing and researching speakers on communication for 18 years and have seen some incredibly  insightful presentations. Based on client feedback, here are 4 of the best books on communications by 4 great speakers.

Kindra Hall – Author, Speaker, and Communication Expert

Kindra Hall knows the challenges executives, top performers and brands experience as they try to capture attention in a crowded marketplace. Kindra is former Vice President of Sales for a multi-million dollar enterprise, national champion storyteller, 2014 Storytelling World Award recipient, a former board member of the National Storytelling Network, and she earned her Master’s Degree in Organizational Communication and Management conducting original research that examined the role of storytelling in organizational socialization.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Kindra-Hall

Dr. Nick Morgan – One of America’s Top Communication Theorists and Coaches

Dr. Nick Morgan is one of America’s top communication speakers, theorists and coaches. A passionate teacher, he is committed to helping people find clarity in their thinking and ideas – and then delivering them with panache. He has coached people to give Congressional testimony, to appear on the Today Show, and to deliver an unforgettable TED talk. He has worked widely with political and educational leaders. And he has himself spoken, led conferences, and moderated panels at venues around the world.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Dr.-Nick-Morgan

Curt Steinhorst –  Speaker on Strategic Communications & Digital Distractions

Curt Steinhorst is the bestselling author of Can I Have Your Attention? Inspiring Better Work Habits, Focusing Your Team, and Getting Stuff Done in the Constantly Connected Workplace. He is on a mission to rescue us from our distracted selves. After years studying the impact of tech on human behavior, Curt founded Focuswise, a consultancy that equips organizations to overcome the distinct challenges of the constantly-connected workplace.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Curt-Steinhorst

Margie Warrell – Author, and Speaker on Human Potential & Communication

Margie Warrell is an international thought leader in human potential who is passionate about empowering people to engage in bigger conversations and lead more purposeful lives. Margie draws on her professional background in Fortune 500 business, psychology, and coaching to provide programs on communicationleadership and resilience to a diverse range of organizations worldwide.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Margie-Warrell

To Learn more about these speakers contact [email protected]

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]

Decisions: How To Manage Grey Space by Ross Shafer

Your life will be judged by the thousands of decisions you have made. Some decisions will be as easy. Some will be hard. Others live in what is called GREY SPACE. Come back in five seconds and I’ll explain how to manage the GREY SPACE. RLC . Ross Shafer here and I want to talk to you about GREY SPACE…those times when ambiguity causes your decision making to freeze up. Grey Space can make you see a problem both ways; which makes you pause. You stall. You postpone because you think you need more evidence. And if your company and coworkers are depending upon YOU to make a choice, WAITING is a bad option. And, compiling more and more data isn’t always helpful either.

It merely makes the Indecision of Grey Space last longer. So how can you unblock yourself? First you have to be realistic about WHO YOU ARE. If you are new at this particular kind of decision and don’t have a lot of experience, relying on data is safe. You’re like an airline pilot who trusts the instruments in bad weather. However, if you have a lot of experience and you’re still frozen to decide, you are probably trying to reconcile the data – with your instincts. Consider this: Author Malcolm Gladwell, in his book BLINK, describes how data can’t tell the whole story. Gladwell says, according to a lot of Big Data, Millennials are highly mistrustful. They don’t trust companies or politicians or food labels – yet that data doesn’t explain why they will happily get into an UBER vehicle with a total stranger…or rent their home through AirBNB to someone who could be a serial killer.

The data and the behaviors don’t match but that gives you a lcear decision path. The fact that UBER and AIRBNB are successful is the answer. If you can’t decide, look at what is selling. What sells – and what doesn’t sell is always the best indicator. Watch Shark Tank. Inventors come to the Sharks with Data like, “Wooden Bowls are a $200 million dollar industry and I have the finest bowls; hand-carved from Peruvian Ironwood. “It’s $1,000.” A shark says, “How many have you sold?” “Four” “I don’t care how big the industry is, I can’t invest $200,000 in making Thousand-dollar bowls that don’t sell.

People want a $12-dollar bowl from Wal-mart.” Don’t get me wrong. I love data. But when you are trapped in the Grey Space because you’re still trying to convince yourself you need more evidence, STOP! More data isn’t the answer. The best decisions are made from a recipe that contains data, instinct, and most importantly…results. If you want to eliminate the Grey Space in your brain, the best decisions will be based upon actual behavior and actual sales.

Ross Shafer is an Emmy award winning network talk show host and comedy writer who has turned that same talent toward the corporate marketplace. He has written and produced 14 Human Resource training films on Customer ServiceLeadership, and Sales. Ross has also authored several business books, which include Nobody Moved Your Cheese, Customer Empathy, The Customer Shouts Back, and Are You Relevant?. His most recent book is Grab More Market Share: How to Wrangle Business Away from Lazy Competitors.

To Learn more about Ross contact [email protected]

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]

Top 10 Speakers on the Trends Shaping the Retail Industry

There was a time when the Retail Industry was all about location, location, location. Now Retail is under attack and it’s all about, transforming, growing, changing, inspiring, innovating and heading in a totally different direction. Understanding the forces and trends that are shaping the whole industry is key to any organization’s retail strategy. Here are the Top Ten Speakers on the Trends Shaping The Retail Industry.

Michael Bergdahl

Michael Bergdahl is a professional international business speaker, author and turnaround specialist. Bergdahl worked in Bentonville, Arkansas for Walmart, as the Director of “People” for the headquarters office, where he worked directly with Walmart’s founder Sam Walton.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Michael-Bergdahl


Sterling Hawkins

Sterling Hawkins has become a master of innovation through massive changes and obstacles he has overcome in his own life. From selling the first company he founded in 2004 to flat broke, from a broken family business to a successful one, and from fear of public speaking to keynoting at conferences around the world, Sterling’s story is a perfect example of how anyone can take any situation and create anything from it.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Sterling-Hawkins

Brett King

Brett King, the best selling author of the groundbreaking book BANK 2.0, is the founder of the first direct mobile bank in the US and UK (Movenbank) and a strategic advisor to the world’s leading financial services organizations. He is an International Judge for the GSMA Global Mobile Awards, the Asian Banker Retail Excellence Awards and for the MiddleEast Business Achievement Awards.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Brett-King

Nancy Giordano

Described as endlessly optimistic, Nancy Giordano is a strategic futurist with a drive to help enterprise organizations and visionary leaders transform to meet the escalating expectations ahead. Recognized as one of the world’s top female futurists, she has spent her career building, shaping and evolving a portfolio of $50 billion worth of major global brands.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Nancy-Giordano

Daniel Levine

Daniel Levine is an international social trends expert with an uncanny ability to help consumer-oriented brands and businesses be more relevant, innovative and profitable. A well-known expert on both travel marketing and global cultural trends, Daniel Levine is the author of over a dozen best-selling travel-related books, he is regularly featured in newspapers and magazines worldwide.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Daniel-Levine

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger is Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at Oxford University. He is among our leading thinkers on the ways that Big Data, Information Technology, and Artificial Intelligence are changing the face of everything from product development and scientific discovery, to human learning and health care, transportation, retail, finance and marketing.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Viktor-Mayer-Sch%C3%B6nberger

Erica Orange

Erica Orange is Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of The Future Hunters, one of the world’s leading futurist consulting firms. She evaluates emerging social, technological, economic, political, demographic and environmental trends – and identifies the strategic implications of those trends for several of the most influential Fortune 500 companies, trade associations and public sector clients.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Erica-Orange

Robert Spector

Robert Spector is a best-selling author, international speaker, and customer service expert. Based in Seattle, he has helped companies create their customer service experiences for over 30 years. He is recognized worldwide as the ultimate authority on customer service and the Nordstrom Way. He is the author of the business classic The Nordstrom Way.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Robert-Spector

Richard Worzel

Leading forecaster and futurist Richard Worzel is a Chartered Financial Analyst and best-selling author of Who Owns Tomorrow?. Richard is also a frequent media commentator on business and economic trends. In his compelling presentations, Richard equips groups with the ability to understand the changes they will face in the years ahead, and with the tools to leverage those changes.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Richard-Worzel

Scott Amyx

Scott Amyx is the Chair & Managing Partner at Amyx Ventures, CEO of Amyx+, Managing Partner at the Future of Fashion. A thought leader, speaker, and author on the Internet of Things, Scott is also a winner of the Cloud & DevOps World Award for Most Innovative and was voted Top Global IoT Influencer & Expert by Inc. Magazine, HP Enterprise, Postscapes, Top IoT Authority by the Internet of Things Institute.

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


To Learn more about these speakers contact [email protected]

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] 

Top 10 Speakers on the Trends Shaping Sales

Whether you are selling financial services, houses, IT solutions or aircraft carriers, selling today means dealing with the powerful trends that are changing every aspect of the sales process.  Here are the Top 10 Speakers on Trends Shaping Sales.

Seth Mattison

Seth Mattison is an Internationally renowned expert, author and futurist. As Founder and Chief Movement Officer of Luminate Labs, Seth advises many of the world’s leading brand and organizations on the key shifts happening around talent management, change and innovation, leadership, and the future of work.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Seth-Mattison

Bob Burg

Bob Burg shares information on topics vital to the success of today’s business person. He speaks for corporations and associations internationally, including fortune 500 companies, franchises, and numerous direct sales organizations. Combining humor and entertainment with easily applied, proven systems for personal marketing, audiences come away ready to immediately profit from Bob’s instruction and coaching.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Bob-Burg

Chip Eichelberger

Chip Eichelberger is consistently told by meeting planners that most speakers were a “rental” and that he was a partner in making their event a success. Formerly Tony Robbins international point man, Chip is a proven pro that will do the homework necessary to customize his message with your theme and business model. He specializes in customized, high energy, motivating, humorous and interactive opening, after meal and closing presentations.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Chip-Eichelberger

Ryan Estis

Ryan Estis has more than 20 years of experience as a top-performing sales professional and leader. As the former Chief Strategy Officer for the McCann Worldgroup Advertising Agency NAS, he brings a fresh perspective to business events. As a keynote speaker, Ryan is known for his innovative ideas on leading change, improving sales effectiveness and preparing for the future of work.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Ryan-Estis

Colleen Francis

Colleen Francis is driven by a passion for sales – and results. A successful sales leader for over 20 years, she understands the challenges of selling in today’s market and that business leaders can no longer rely on approaches to sales based on techniques from decades ago. Colleen is the best-selling author of Nonstop Sales Boom and Honesty Sells books.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Colleen-Francis

Ross Shafer

Ross Shafer is an Emmy award winning network talk show host and comedy writer who has turned that same talent toward the corporate marketplace. He has written and produced 14 Human Resource training films on Customer ServiceLeadership, and Sales.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Ross-Shafer


Rory Vaden

Rory Vaden is a co-founder of Southwestern Consulting, a multi-million dollar global sales consulting practice that helps clients in more than 27 countries increase their sales. Through a proprietary system of utilizing relevant data, time-tested principles of self-discipline and implementation of sales techniques that have been refined over 158 years by their parent company, Southwestern Consulting can teach anyone with a product or service how to sell more.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Rory-Vaden

Marc Wayshak

Marc Wayshak is the author of two books on Sales and Leadership, Game Plan Selling and Breaking All Barriers, as well as a regular contributor for Entrepreneur Magazine and the Huffington Post Business section. As a sales strategist, Marc Wayshak created the Game Plan Selling System to revolutionize the way salespeople, entrepreneurs and companies approach selling.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Marc-Wayshak

Janine Driver

Janine Driver is the CEO of the Body Language Institute, an exclusive certification program that provides companies the fastest way to save time and make money. She uses cutting-edge, scientifically-based communication tools to help clients win new business, increase sales, improve selection of salespeople, and sales managers, and generate a significant return on investment.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Janine-Driver

Susan Ershler

As a history-making mountain climber, business executive and author, Susan Ershler inspires audiences to challenge their perceived limitations and reach new heights of business and personal success. For more than a decade, she has been inspiring professionals and executives at Fortune 500 companies to reach peak performance by striving for their personal and professional best.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Susan-Ershler


To Learn more about these speakers contact [email protected]

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] 

Top 5 Inspirational Speakers

Inspiration may mean different things to different people, but we can all use some to take our game to the next level. In the 15 years, we have spent researching and booking speakers, we have found that the most powerful inspirational Speakers share a common thread. The message and a story they deliver lasts long after they have they left the stage. Below are 5 of our most memorable Speakers on Inspiration.

Walter Bond

Walter Bond is Mr. Accountability because of his ability to inspire, engage and entertain audiences with his stories that will touch every emotion. He has catapulted as one of the world’s most preeminent thought leaders on personal and corporate accountability with a presentation style that is in a class all by itself.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/video.php?i=699

Nataly Kogan

Nataly Kogan is a former VC and the founder of Happier, a global technology and learning platform helping individuals and organizations to to realize full potential by adopting scientifically-proven practices that improve their well-being.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/video.php?i=1045


Eric Saperston

Eric Saperston is a critically acclaimed film director and producer, successful author, as well as an award-winning speaker and storyteller. He has been a featured guest on The Today Show, CNN, CNN Headline News, PBS and has been interviewed and published in The New York Times, Washington Post, and National Geographic.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/video.php?i=993

Leroy Chiao

A pioneer in the frontier of commercial space sector, former astronaut and International Space Station commander Leroy Chiao captivates audience with his amazing stories on space exploration and brings unparalleled insights on leadership, innovation and technology trends.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/video.php?i=955


Jim Abbott

Born without a right hand, Jim Abbott is a former MLB pitcher who led Team USA to a Gold Medal in the 1988 Olympics. He was an All-America hurler at Michigan and won the Sullivan Award in 1987.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/video.php?i=1026 


To Learn more about these speakers contact [email protected]

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]




Top 6 Speakers on Customer Service

In a world where customers are more demanding than ever, meeting their expectations and creating exceptional customer service experiences are vital to any organization’s success. We have been researching Speakers on this topic for our clients for more than 15 years, and it’s fascinating to see how the ideas and strategies have changed.  Below, based on customer feedback and reviews, are 6 of the top speakers who talk about creating unforgettable experience for your customers.

Ross Shafer

Ross Shafer is an Emmy award winning network talk show host and comedy writer who has turned that same talent toward the corporate marketplace. He has writtenand produced 14 Human Resource training films on Customer Service, Leadership, and Sales.



 Jeanne Bliss

Jeanne Bliss pioneered the Chief Customer Officer position, holding the role for over twenty years reporting to the Chief Executive Officer at Lands’ End, Allstate, Coldwell Banker, Mazda and Microsoft Corporations, where she moved the customer to the strategic agenda, redirecting priorities to create transformational changes to each brands’ customer experience.


Doug Lipp

Doug is a distinguished international consultant, eight-time author, and former head of training at the legendary Disney University. His latest book is the best-selling Disney U: How Disney University Develops the World’s Most Engaged, Loyal, and Customer-Centric Employees.



Hal Becker

Hal Becker is a nationally known expert on Sales, Customer Service, and Negotiating. He conducts seminars or consults to more than 140 organizations a year. His client list includes IBM, Disney, New York Life, United Airlines, Verizon, Terminix, AT&T, Pearle Vision, Cintas, and hundreds of other companies and associations.


Lee Cockerell

With years of experience leading operations all over the world for Hilton Hotels Corportation, Marriott Hotels and Resorts and The Walt Disney Company, Lee Cockerell shares his insights on leadership, business management and customer service excellence.



Lior Arussy

One of the world’s leading consultants on customer experience and customer centric transformation, Lior Arussy delivers results. His strategic framework for converting organizations from product to customer centricity is drawn from his work with some of the globe’s leading brands – Capital One, Thomson Reuters, HSBC, E.ON, Nokia, SAP, University of Pennsylvania and Wyeth.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/video.php?i=680

To Learn more about these speakers contact [email protected]

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]

10 Highest Rated Speakers on Achieving Peak Performance

Clients from every industry regularly ask us for Speakers who can inspire their teams to achieve peak performances.  Based on our research and client feedback, here are our highest rated speakers on peak performance.

Tom Flick – All-Pro Authority on Leadership, Leading Change and Increasing Performance

Profile & Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Tom-Flick

Jenny Evans – Stress Resiliency Expert, Speaker & Author

Profile & Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Jenny-Evans

Walter Bond Mr. Accountability and Former NBA Athlete

Profile & Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Walter-Bond

Brent Gleeson – Navy Seal Combat Veteran & Motivational Leadership Speaker

Profile & Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Brent-Gleeson

Rick Searfoss – Astronaut and Speaker on Leadership and Teamwork

Profile & Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Rick-Searfoss

Dan Waldschmidt – Runner & Best-selling Author and Speaker on Peak Performance and Sales

Profile & Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Dan-Waldschmidt

Scott Welle – Speaker & Author on Peak Performance

Profile & Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Scott-Welle

Mel Robbins – Award-Winning CNN Commentator, Co-Founder of Inspire52, and Motivational Speaker

Profile & Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Mel-Robbins

Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour – First African American Female Combat Pilot and Motivational Speaker

Profile & Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Vernice-Armour

Stacy Allison – Author, Mountaineer and Speaker on Risk, Teamwork and Leadership

Profile & Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Stacy-Allison





12 Highest Rated Women Speakers

The results are in! Each month, companies come to us asking for Women Speaker ideas on a variety of topics to help inspire, educate, and inform their audiences. We do the research and deliver specific Speaker suggestions that our clients can choose from. Based on their response, here are 12 of our highest rated Women Speakers:

Sally Hogshead on How Fascinating Companies Win the Moment

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Sally-Hogshead

Robyn Benincasa on Building World Class Teams

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Robyn-Benincasa

Reva Goujon on Geopolitical forecasting, short and long-term

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Reva-Goujon

Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour on Breakthrough Mentality

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Vernice-Armour

Liz Wiseman on How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter


Polly LaBarre on Creating Innovative, and Inspiring Organizations

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

Denise Lee Yohn on 7 Keys to Building a Great Brand


Mel Robbins on How Women Lead

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Mel-Robbins

Haiyan Wang on Getting China and India Right

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Haiyan-Wang

Dr. Janet Lapp on Leading Through Change

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Dr.-Janet-Lapp

Carol Kinsey Goman on The Power of Collaborative Leadership

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Carol-Kinsey-Goman

Marilyn Tam on Women in the Workplace and Marketplace

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Marilyn-Tam

10 Highest Rated Inspirational Speakers for Business

Clients regularly ask us for Speakers that will inspire their audiences with stories of courage, bravery and over-coming adversity. Based on feedback and reviews from our clients here are the 10 highest rated Inspiring Speakers:

Commander Mike Abrashoff on It’s Your Ship


Yossi Ghinsberg on The Power to Survive


Marilyn Tam on The Happiness Choice


Captain Larry Brudnicki on Courage in a Perfect Storm


Astronaut Mike Mullane on Countdown to Liftoff


Olympian Vince Poscente on Life in the Fast Lane


Mountaineer Stacy Allison on Reaching New Heights


Chad Hymas on Success and The Bird Next Door


Fighter Pilot Vernice Armour on Zero to Breakthrough


Firefighter Robyn Benincasa on How Winners Win