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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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] 

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.

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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] 

Is your personality helping or hurting your business?

Sally Black DressAs an entrepreneur, you’re often the face of your company, and your ability to capture attention, to fascinate others—clients, employees, strategic partners, influencers—can make or break a business. Every time you communicate, you’re doing one of two things:

  • You’re adding value…
  • You’re taking up space.

If you’re taking up space, you’re in trouble. You’re not contributing. You’re not building connections—which means you’re turning people off.

In my new book, How the World Sees You, I give you the steps to add value, instead of taking up space. Once you know what makes you valuable to others, you’re more authentic and confident, and more likely to make a positive impression. So ask yourself … are you losing business (or failing to gain new business altogether) because you’re just taking up space?

The more value you add, the less you have to compete on price, and the less likely you are to become a commodity.

Your personality adds value in a very specific way. There are seven different ways to add value, and communicate so that others want to listen and take action:

Here they are:

1. If you fascinate with passion, like me, you speak the language of relationship.

2. If you speak the language of confidence, you use power to lead with authority.

3. Mystique thinks through decisions carefully and speaks the language of listening.

4. Innovation will surprise your customers with creativity and bold ideas.

5. Trust personalities are counted on for their loyalty and stability.

6. You might use alert, the language of details, if you watch the details carefully.

7. Prestige continually raises the bar with higher standards and is the language of excellence.

By understanding your personality’s advantages, you can shape your entire communication plan around it: everything from your marketing to your email list to your social media.

Here’s a little example.

If you speak the language of creativity (innovation) you are far more likely to succeed with customers when you brainstorm big ideas for them and think of new ways to do things, than if you tried to follow a one-size-fits-all business model (which would probably feel unnatural to you—almost like drowning in a draining, metaphorical quicksand). Your emails could be eye-catching and even a little irreverent. Instead of following the same way every other business in your industry is doing things, you could break out. You could be heard and remembered. And the customers you want to attract would love you for it.

According to Daniel Kahneman, a Nobel Prize-winning psychologist, “people would rather do business with a person they like and trust rather than someone they don’t, even if the likeable person is offering a lower quality product or service at a higher price.”

The lesson from this is simple: you add value when you are communicating as your most authentic self. This isn’t something you have to learn or change. It’s already inside you.

The more value you add, the less you have to compete on price, and the less likely you are to become a commodity.

Here’s four ways to know if you are adding value to co-workers and clients:

  • You become admired for a noteworthy ability to contribute a specific benefit. Your specific benefit might be deep knowledge, a highly prized skill, special service, or elite network. For example, if you’re a mortgage broker, you find better rates and niche financing.
  • You’re worth more than you’re being paid. If you are only worth what you are paid, that’s not adding value. That’s called doing your job. And the more you’re paid, the more difficult it becomes to add value.
  • You deliver more than would normally be expected. You go above and beyond the norm. For instance, as a dentist, your fillings are longer lasting, more cosmetically attractive, or less painful than the norm.
  • You are the preferred option, even if you are more expensive or less convenient. Your clients want to work with you, even if you have a long waiting list, even if they have to travel far to see you, and even if they pay twice as much as for your competitor.

So are you adding value… or just taking up space?

You can add value, and be perceived as intensely valuable.

Your business can be more engaging, more attractive, more memorable — without spending more on marketing or overhead.

We’re gifting 1,000 assessments to the Upstart audience to give a personal tour inside your individual personalities.

Source: Up Start Business Journal

41G8t7cI0qLAbout Sally Hogshead – Speaker on Innovation in Branding and Marketing:

Sally Hogshead is a Hall of Fame speaker, international author, and the world’s leading expert on fascination. Growing up with the last name Hogshead would give anyone an unconventional point of view. After graduating from Duke University and starting in advertising, Sally was named the most successful junior copywriter of all time. At age 27 she opened her first agency, and went on to conquer the worlds of branding and marketing.

Over the past decade, Sally’s research has uncovered surprising trends. In today’s distracted world, people have a 9-second attention span. With only 9 seconds to communicate value, we must use our advantages to immediately break through. Sally teaches how to break through the distraction and competition by creating moments of intense focus.

When you fascinate a customer or employee, you create exciting moments of connection. Your listener is far more likely to remember and value you.

For more information on Sally Hogshead, please visit: The Sweeney Agency.