Metrics That Matter by Josh Linkner

With our national focus on productivity and financial gain, we carefully measure Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and other metrics related to our economic outputs. Yet as our economy remains strong, our nation suffers greatly in other categories.

Suicide rates have skyrocketed in recent years, while the opioid crisis has torn apart families and communities. Venom spews from politicians on both sides of the aisle, with our citizens more divided than ever. Divorce rates are up. Life expectancy is down. Childhood obesity climbs, our prisons are overfilled, racial tensions have been exacerbated, our environment is imperiled, while fear and anger are the norm. Despite incredible advances in technology and a booming economy, it seems our overall happiness and well-being has plummeted.

Makes me wonder… are we measuring the right things?

Perhaps we can learn something from the tiny country of Bhutan. Located high in the Himalayans between China and India, these 750,000 citizens beat to their own drum. Their key metric isn’t coal production or lumber output, but rather GNH. That’s right – Gross Domestic Happiness. According to the official governmental website:

Gross National Happiness, or GNH, is a holistic and sustainable approach to development, which balances material and non-material values with the conviction that humans want to search for happiness. The objective of GNH is to achieve a balanced development in all the facets of life that are essential for our happiness.

The broader measure is broken down into nine core components, including community vitality, health, psychological well-being, time use, cultural resilience, and environment. Their balanced approach to measurement has the country focused on more than just the financial bottom line. The results? A thriving community. In fact, Bhutan is one of the few countries on earth that is carbon-negative. By all environment metrics, this country makes our planet healthier instead of sick- a rare condition in our increasing polluted world.

In our businesses and communities, we track our Key Performance Indicators with surgical precision. As they say, what gets measured gets improved. But are we missing some important key metrics? What about quality time spent with our kids? Exercising and getting ahead of health problems before we have a problem? Reading, learning, and expanding our minds? Caring for others, volunteering, creating positive impact for those around us?

Let’s take inventory of what matters most- how we want to be remembered. From there, we can set “Metrics that Matter” in addition to the standard measures of today. If we track the right things, we’ll elevate more than just our financial wellbeing. Like Bhutan, we can leave a positive fingerprint on the world.


About Josh Linkner:

Josh Linkner – who started his career as a jazz guitarist – personifies creativity, entrepreneurship and disruptive innovation.  He has been the founder and CEO of four tech companies, which sold for a combined value of over $200 million. Josh is the author of two New York Times Bestsellers: Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity, and The Road to Reinvention: How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation.


To Learn more about Josh 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 New Speakers

We are constantly on the lookout for new Speakers and have reviewed over 12,000 in the 15 years we have been in business. Before we add any new Speaker to our site we review their references, check out their backgrounds, and make sure they have what it takes to deliver outstanding presentations for our clients. Here are our highest rated new Speakers of 2017:

  • Bill Taylor Co-founder of Fast Company Magazine, Best-selling Author and Speaker on Business Strategy & Growth 
  • Brent Gleeson Navy Seal Combat Veteran & Motivational Leadership Speaker 
  • Chad Hymas World-Class Wheelchair Athlete & Speaker on Overcoming Adversity
  • Nataly Kogan Happiness Expert, Venture Capitalist & Successful Tech Entrepreneur
  • Dr. Daniel Kraft Stanford and Harvard Trained Physician-scientist, Inventor and Entrepreneur
  • Kyle Maynard Mountaineer, Award-winning Extreme Athlete & Best-selling Author
  • Dambisa Moyo Global Economist & Distinguished Scholar
  • Erica Orange Leading Futurist & Speaker on Global Trends
  • Neil Pasricha Bestselling Author & Speaker on Leadership Development
  • Dr. Julie Williamson Thought Leader on Business Strategy & Growth

 

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

Video:https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Liz-Wiseman

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

Video:https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Denise-Lee-Yohn

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

12 Highest Rated Speakers on Change

The beginning of a new year is a time famous for resolutions and making big changes. But whether it’s adopting a healthier lifestyle, de-cluttering the house, or starting a new protocol at work, dealing with change is at best, daunting, and at worst, practically impossible. Remember all the broken resolutions of 2016? These next 12 Speakers have made careers out of helping companies, organizations, and individuals handle change. Follow the links to see how they can help you keep your resolutions in 2017.

Steve Rizzo on Embracing Change https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Steve-Rizzo

Daryl Conner on Managing Change https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Daryl-Conner

Eric Boles on Change in the New Reality https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Eric-Boles

Dr. Janet Lapp on Motivating Change https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Dr.-Janet-Lapp

Shawn Achor on Making a Positive Change https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Shawn-Achor

Joel Zeff on Helping your Team through Change https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Joel-Zeff

Dr. Carol Kinsey Goman on Communicating Change https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Carol-Kinsey-Goman

Joseph Grenny on the Power of Change https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Joseph-Grenny

Dr. Mark DeVolder on Adapting to Change https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Dr.-Mark-DeVolder

Scott A. Snook on Leading Change  https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Scott-A.-Snook

Mark Thompson on Driving Change https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Mark-Thompson

Dr. Gary Bradt on Change as an Opportunity https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Dr.-Gary-Bradt 

10 Highest Rated Speakers on Sales

Clients regularly ask us for Speakers that can deliver presentations to inspire and educate their Sales teams. Speakers who can share new skills, ideas and strategies that can motivate sales people to take their game to the next level. Based on our research and client feedback, here are our highest rated speakers on Sales.

Toni Newman on Customer Engagement https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Toni-Newman

Ty Bennett on The Power of Story In Sales https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Ty-Bennett

Dan Clark on Taking Your Sales to the Next Level https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Dan-Clark

Chip Eichelberger on Getting Switched on to Sales https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Chip-Eichelberger

Sally Hogshead on Fascinating Your Clients https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Sally-Hogshead

Nathan Jamail on Influential Selling https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Nathan-Jamail

Cam Marston on Selling to Different Generations  https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Cam-Marston

Seth Mattison on Selling in the Digital Age  https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Seth-Mattison

Rory Vaden on Why Top Producers Take the Stairs https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Rory-Vaden

Dan Waldschmidt on The Sales Secrets of Top Performers https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Dan-Waldschmidt

10 Most Requested Speaker Topics Clients are Asking for as of August 2016

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Each month clients call us looking for Speakers who can deliver inspiring presentations on a variety of different topics at their events. Here, as of August 2016, are the 10 most requested topics.

  1. Becoming a Better Leader
  2. Geopolitical Trends Businesses Need to Watch
  3. Inspiring Innovation
  4. Economic Update
  5. How IT will Change Your Industry
  6. The New World of Selling
  7. Change/ Personal Motivation Strategies
  8. Creating a Culture of Teamwork
  9. Customer Service
  10. Growth

6 Ways Highly Successful People Start Their Day

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Research has shown that your morning routine can have a profound impact on not just your day, but your overall health and happiness.  We have seen a dramatic increase in 2016 from companies asking for Speakers who can deliver inspiring ideas on achieving peak performance in a fast paced world. Here, 6 of our Top Speakers on Peak Performance share advice on how to start the day to enable greater success.

Dan Waldschmidt, International Business Strategist, Speaker, Author, and Extreme Athlete: Read 2 chapters of an awesome book to get your mind going. Drink 32 ounces of water to get your body going. Answer your easy email to get work going. Then stop and remind yourself that “you’re tough enough to do whatever it takes today” to get your soul going. https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Dan-Waldschmidt

Dr. Janet Lapp, Author and Global Expert on Leading People Through Change: Remember you are most suggestible right after awakening so take control from the start. Set your alarm to a ring tone that supports the intention for your day, either upbeat and motivational or meditative and peaceful.  Avoid external messaging of any kind during this period; that includes the news and emails on your iPhone.  Review the three intentions for the day that you wrote out last night; make them trait rather than action-based. For example, “Today I am focused, thoughtful, and confident.” If you focus on traits, actions fall into line. https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Dr.-Janet-Lapp

Chip Eichelberger, Author and Creator of the “Get Switched On!” Motivational Program: Effective morning routines are the breakfast of champions. Start with an “internal shower” and drink at least 12 oz/.355l of room temperature water. Invest five minutes writing in a Journal what you are grateful for, proud of, excited about and committed to. When you get to the office, invest the first five minutes engaging your team and switching them on!https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Chip-Eichelberger

Marc Wayshak, America’s Coach On Game Plan Selling: Do NOT start your day by responding to your emails or working through your “To Do List”. Instead, come up with a clear plan for the three most important objectives you want to accomplish for the day. Then, focus on getting those objectives completed.https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Marc-Wayshak

Ryan Estis, Business Performance Expert : I spend 5 minutes meditating and breathing. Then, spend 5 minutes in deep gratitude for everything you have. Finally, spend 5 minutes visualizing what you want to accomplish and deliver that day. Think about your goals and priorities, and make decisions about how you will allocate your time. https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Ryan-Estis

Dan Clark, Best-Selling Author & Expert on Leadership and Business Development: While the successful begin each day with the ‘end’ in mind so they get what they want, by focusing on a destination that’s impressive, the significant begin the night before with the ‘why’ in mind so they will want what they get by focusing on a journey that’s important. A clearly defined ‘why’ coupled with a compelling ‘want’ (goal) have a gigantic impact on behavior because they engage both the brain and the heart. Research proves that a passionate, personally meaningful goal causes our blood to pump more rapidly, our brain to fire, and our muscles to engage. When you have only a ‘what’ and a ‘how’ without a ‘why’ and a ‘want,’ no such effects take place.https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Dan-Clark

5 Great Speakers On The Trends That Are Shaping The Future of Business

Twenty years ago, most of us have never heard of the Internet nor could we have imagined how it would change our lives. We started hearing about Facebook just ten years ago, but it, along with the various other social media platforms, has impacted the way we communicate, work, and do business. Clients are constantly asking us for Speakers who can talk about the technological forces that are coming down the pipeline. Below 5 of our best Futurists identify the key technological advances they believe will dramatically  change how we work and live:

Daniel Burrus – Bestselling Author, Global Futurist & Innovation Expert: Over the next five years, exponential advances in technology will transform (not a change) every business process including how we sell, market, communicate, collaborate, innovate, and educate. Rapid advancements in both Cognitive and Deep Learning supercomputers and our ability to access them using intelligent agents from our smart mobile devices will allow anyone to have focused access to the actionable knowledge and insights they require at the moment of need. This is one example of how work will change in the next five years.

Video Link: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Daniel-Burrus

Richard Worzel – Futurist & Business Visionary: AI—Artificial Intelligence—is finally coming on very quickly after decades of hype and false starts; and, it’s going to be a game-changer in a lot of ways, both personally and in business. It will change transportation, as we’ve seen with all the headlines about self-driving cars, but also self-driving transport trucks. And, it will change business by helping us identify trends, make use of Big Data in better, more insightful ways, and perform strategic planning and marketing campaigns that are far more complex, are far more granular (i.e. more customized to each customer’s needs), and take into account a much greater range of factors. It will be like having a second, more analytical brain providing insight and advice.

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

Mike Walsh – Futurist and Authority on Digital Trends: Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) have been talked about since the 1950s, but only now—with the exponential increase in data being generated about the world, and the exponential decrease in computing costs—are we starting to see applications that will transform the future of work. Many repetitive, routine tasks, will be replaced by AI—but the robots are not coming for all of our jobs. The real question is not whether we should fear machine intelligence, but rather, what might be the true potential of human intelligence in the 21st Century?

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

Scott Klososky – Technology Futurist & Internet of Things Expert I think what will change the way we work the most will be massive increases in the flow of data that we do not have today. Today we are virtually blind to things going on around us, at our office, at our home, with our kids, with our employees.  In 5 years we will have ten times the flow of information coming to us about these things.  We will simply be less blind—in real time.  That will have a huge impact on how we work, when we work, and where we work.

Video Link: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Scott-Klososky

Michael Rogers – Author and Speaker on Technology & Future Trends: In five years, we will be connected to the Internet all of the time. Smart glasses, for example—far better than the failed Google Glass—are on the way. The next generation of smart watches will be curved OLED bracelets—one continuous screen.  If we’re not wearing our screens, we will be surrounded by them: video displays will become large, inexpensive and ubiquitous. Our broadband connection will be seamless, never dropping as we go from house to car to office.  In short, we will have to teach our kids what “off line” means, because online will be the normal state of life. And thus the line between work and home will become even more blurred. Whether that means more personal freedom, or just non-stop work, will be up to us.

Video Link: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Michael-Rogers

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 Closing Speakers For Your Next Event

After two or three days of great content you need a great Closing Speaker to inspire your attendees before they head home. Great Closing Speakers use the power of story to motivate people to take action with what they’ve learned. They connect with people on a very personal level with examples of courage, raising the bar, pushing the limits, and going for gold. The Closing Speakers below will give your attendees a powerful experience that they will remember long after the event has ended.


Mike Abrashoff

Mike Abrashoff’s story of turning one of the lowest performing naval ships into one of the finest in the Pacific Fleet will have audiences inspired to take initiative within their own leadership and collaborative roles. Mike’s keynotes are an engaging combination of great storytelling and practical advice on leadership, teamwork, and peak performance.

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

Dr. Robert Ballard 

Dr. Ballard will have audiences captivated with his tales of the deep. His presentations will inspire attendees to develop a culture of teamwork as well as motivate them to venture into uncharted territory – leading to new discoveries, creativity, and innovation.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Dr.-Robert-Ballard

 

Walter Bond 

Walter Bond’s unique presentation style motivates audiences to take responsibility for their own continued improvement, teaching attendees how personal and organizational accountability creates teamwork and engagement. Walter’s keynotes are funny, insightful, and full of great stories that inspire sustained success.

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

 

Lee Cockerell

Lee Cockerell is as much a customer service speaker as he is a leadership, workplace culture, and employee engagement speaker. Lee’s message is simple: treat your people well and in return they will treat your guests well. Lee believes that exceptional customer service starts from within an organization and resonates outwards. His dynamic presentation style will leave sales audiences ready to look at customer service from a whole new angle.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Lee-Cockerell

Dr. Janet Lapp 

One of the most dynamic and entertaining speakers on the circuit Dr. Janet Lapp’s keynotes will have you laughing and learning. Her presentations are funny, engaging, and highly motivating. Dr. Lapp’s keynote will leave attendees feeling energized and ready to face challenges with fortitude and positivity.

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

 

Vince Poscente

Vince Poscente has a great story – and that story has an even better moral. Vince’s lively presentations teach audiences how to take on big challenges without fear and how to execute big idea quickly. Each of Vince’s keynotes are tailored to the specific needs of the audience, providing important observations about where, how, and when you and your team can accelerate.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Vince-Poscente

Mike Rayburn

Hilarious and unique, Mike Rayburn’s presentations are like nothing you’ve seen before. As a guitar virtuoso, Mike will inspire audiences to challenge their perceived limitations and teach them how to push themselves and their organizations beyond existing barriers.

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

 

Steve Rizzo

Steve Rizzo’s interactive presentations will have attendees taking notes in between gales of laughter. He will teach your audience how to develop and maintain a positive attitude – creating a more cohesive and healthy working environment.

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

 

Scott Snook

Scott Snook tells stories. His stories (or case studies) demonstrate how leadership is discovered, cultivated, and sustained. His presentations are extremely thought-provoking and deliver his message on a mental and emotional level. Audiences leave feeling inspired to take control of their own leadership objectives within their organizations.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Scott-A.-Snook

Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson’s energetic and captivating presentations make him a wonderful closing speaker for any event. Mark’s keynotes are very insightful and well researched – he knows your business and your competition and provides great tools and motivation to help your business grow beyond what you thought possible.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Mark-Thompson

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] 

This Idea Totally Changed How We do Business and the Results Have Been Extraordinary!

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When I first started The Sweeney Agency I received some powerful advice from Tim Sanders, formerly of Yahoo! This is what he said:

“Don’t think about sales or closing deals, just position yourself so that whenever you can help someone you help them, without any expectations. 20% of the people you help you’ll never hear from again, but that won’t matter because you will certainly hear back from the other 80%. They will remember you and how you helped them and that will create such great relationships that you will build both a great business and a great life.”

A few weeks after Tim Sanders told me that, I was talking to Colleen – a new employee at a major software company we had worked with. She told me she didn’t really now many people in the company or the new city as she had just moved across the country to take the job. After I finished the call I remembered what Tim  had said and I thought of what I could do to help Colleen.

She wasn’t looking to book a Speaker, but I did know a great book that would help her connect with others so I couriered  Colleen How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less by one of our Speakers, Nick Boothman. This was at a time when sending anything by courier meant no coffee for a week at The Sweeney Agency. Two days later she emailed me back thanking me for my kindness and said she loved the book.

Colleen was reading the book in the company’s café when the VP of Global Communications saw her and asked about the book. Collen referred the VP back to us and he called asking if we could help find him a book on Innovation – which, of course, we were happy to do. That led to further discussions with different people inside the company that we had never dealt with before, which led to the Company asking us to help them find Speakers for their 5 annual sales meetings. We did this for them for the next 7 years and several of the people we met at the company during those years went on to work for companies around the world and today, 12 years later, we are still doing business with several of them.

That all happened because we saw a chance to help Colleen, without any expectation of any return, and just like Tim Sanders said – they remembered us.

 

Derek Sweeney has been helping Clients find the right Speakers for their events for 15 Years. During that time Derek and his team have researched and reviewed over 12,000 Speakers on a variety topics and listed the top 500 on www.thesweeneyagency.com