10 Most Requested Speakers on Technology

A colleague recently called down to the front desk of a hotel in Germany for some extra towels, 5 minutes later a robot delivered them. A Speaker just appeared on stage for a presentation in Australia without leaving his office in Florida thanks to the latest hologram Technology.  Businesses need to understand the technologies that are coming down the pipeline that will affect their business, their industry, and their client relationships. Here are the Top 10 Speakers on the current and future technologies that are shaping businesses:

Erik Brynjolfsson | Expert on Progress and Prosperity in the Technological Age

Professor Erik Brynjolfsson’s research is extensive. He has been awarded 10 Best Paper Prizes and holds five patents for his work in Information Technology. He has also been called one of five e-business visionaries by Business Week and was rated one of the top most influential IT researchers in a poll of business executives. Erik Brynjolfsson’s keynotes explore how data can be used to analyse where a particular business is headed and what kind of technology is needed to drive further growth, speed, and innovation.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Erik-Brynjolfsson

Daniel Burrus | Technology and Innovation Futurist, Best Selling Author of Flash Foresight

Daniel Burrus’ emerging technologies presentations are eye-opening for audiences in every industry – he can identify what is coming and how it will impact everything from what you sell to how you sell it. He focuses on how to use these technologies to accelerate growth, increase innovation, improve speed and mobility, and how all of this will leave your competitors behind. The “old way” of doing business is gone and any organization that does not adapt to the “new way” will be the ones who are left behind.

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

Dr. James Canton | Leading Global Futurist, Social Scientist, and Innovation Advisor

From Healthcare and Life Sciences to Climate change and Globalization, Dr. James Canton’s presentations address how emerging technologies are impacting all industries at an ever-accelerating speed. His keynotes equip audiences with the practical tools they need to keep pace with these “technofutures” and how they can be used as catalysts for growth and innovation.

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

Jim Carroll | Futurist, Speaker, and Author on Trends and Tech

Jim Carroll is a sought after speaker for his invaluable foresight when it comes to tech trends – and his observations concerning total global connectivity are some of his most popular speaking topics. Carroll discusses how hyper-connectivity has been one of the most pervasive business model disruptors and how organizations can use this to stay ahead of the competition.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Jim-Carroll

Peter Diamandis | Author and Speaker on Inspired Innovation & Technologies

Dr. Peter Diamandis covers a variety of tech topics in his keynotes – from computational systems to AI and robotics. His presentations address how breakthrough technologies will transform almost every facet of how we do business. His keynotes will not only demonstrate how businesses will be affected by the hyper growth of new technologies but also how they will transform governments, global connectivity, and all of humanity.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Peter-Diamandis

Scott Klososky | Technology and Trends Guru

Technology is not just the IT’s business anymore. Technology has become so vital and ingrained into every facet of an organization that it is now everyone’s business. Scott Klososky’s presentations explain how technology has become integrated into our daily lives and business and how organizations can leverage this to increase their bottom line. Scott’s strategies and unique perspective on technology, trends, innovation, and leadership make his keynotes memorable and applicable in every industry.

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

Robert Scoble | Futurist for Rackspace, Expert on Trends and Technology

Robert Scoble’s vast knowledge and analysis of all things tech allows him to advise organizations in almost every sector whether to adopt or dismiss specific tech trends and how they may impact certain businesses as they evolve. His knowledge of the emergence of wearable technology has made him a highly sought after speaker in the tech industry – his knowledge and research is so extensive that he is a tech expert for tech experts. Although he is popular within the technology industry itself, his uncomplicated keynotes are a hit at any and all industry events.

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

Mike Walsh | Bestselling Author of FUTURETAINMENT, Speaker on Technology and Innovation

Mike Walsh analyses fast approaching emerging technologies and their possible disruptive shifts – investigating what they could mean for local and global businesses.  Rather than looking into the distant future, Mike looks to the near future and develops efficient and pragmatic plans for organizations to implement today – effectively bringing companies into the 21st Century.

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

Richard Worzel | Leading Futurist and Best-selling Author

Richard Worzel’s presentations cover a vast array of potential sectors and how technology can seriously impact the future of specific industries. By exploring the future of technology, geopolitics, environmental issues, and shifting demographics, Richard’s forecasts allow audiences to clearly see where the business world is going, but also how to capitalize on the potential for innovation through these emerging tech opportunities.

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

Steve Wozniak | Co-Founder of Apple Computers, Inc. and Chief Scientist at Primary Data

As the co-founder of Apple and the recipient of the prestigious Heinz Award for Technology, Steve Wozniak knows a thing or two about innovative technologies and staying relevant and ahead of the curve. His presentations are highly focussed and customized, yet conversational, allowing audience members to participate in the discourse. He can speak to an audience about anything from the founding of Apple to Big Data and the future of wearables. Steve is a highly entertaining and sought after technology speaker whose expertise can be put to use in any industry.

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

*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]

This Idea Will Dramatically Change How You Make Great Decisions

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Over the past 15 years in the Speaking business I have reviewed thousands of speakers on a variety of topics looking for the very best. A great speaker has to have both great content and the ability to deliver it by engaging and inspiring the audience.

Watching 1800 Executives mesmerized by Dr. Roch Parayre’s presentation on Decision Making I knew I was witnessing something special. It wasn’t just what he was saying, it was how he was delivering it:

With his right hand held in mid-air he began, “We process information through ‘rules of thumb.'”

He paused here for 3 or 4 seconds as the heads in the audience gradually began nodding.

“Overall ‘rules of thumb’ lead to pretty good quality decisions,” he went on.

Another pause and again the audience agreed.

“However” He continued, “the use of ‘rules of thumb’ also lead to systematic and predictable biases.” He paused. “We are predictably wrong in predictable ways,” he stated.

You could tell so many people in the audience just had an ‘aha’ moment.

Dr. Parayre is brilliant at making you rethink how you make decisions. We don’t realize that when we are faced with a problem our instincts automatically try and solve the issue based on our past experiences. Those past experiences formed over time can send you down the wrong road when we really need to re-frame the issue and look at it from another angle. When we don’t take the time to really investigate issues we often end up solving the wrong problem (and will continuously do so) because we aren’t looking at the big picture – what if this problem is a symptom of a larger issue? If we do not “zoom out” and look at the larger picture, and simply “deal with” the problem at hand, we will continue to treat the symptoms and not the cause – indeed as Dr. Parayre points out: we will become “predictably wrong in predicable ways.”

 

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 have listed the top 500 on www.thesweeneyagency.com

This Idea Changed How I Look at Leadership

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Over the past 15 years in the Speaking business I have probably reviewed over 12,000 speakers on a variety of topics – always looking for the very best. A great speaker has to have both great content and the ability to deliver it by engaging and inspiring their audiences.

The first time I heard Cam Marston I knew he was changing the leadership world by teaching people how to lead different generations in the workplace. As Cam pointed out, “The technology that has become so important is now owned, operated, and manipulated freely by the young generation. Never in human history have the younger generation held the keys to something so important to the functioning of business”

When I heard this from Cam, I understood the total change in power dynamics within organizations and how difficult such a substantial shift would be to manage. Cam’s insights into how every generation has their own set of skills and abilities that all contribute to the success of an organization are a valuable resources for leaders who employ a multi-generational workforce. Knowing not only how to manage each generation individually, but how to create an environment where generations work in collaboration with one another is why Cam Marston is such a relevant and significant authority on Leadership.

8 Speakers Who Will Take Your Top Performers to the Next Level

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How do you the make the best even better? What do you strive for once you have won Gold? How do you motivate the motivated ? These are the kinds of questions that Top Performers are always asking. The Speakers  below are experts in the field of peak performance and have the answers that will take your best people to the next level and beyond:

Dan Clark | Motivational Speaker on Teamwork & The Art of Significance

Dan Clark is one of the most requested Speakers  on the circuit for clients who want to inspire their audience to raise the professional and personal bar. His presentations outline simple and actionable processes to improve performance and go from successful to significant. Dan’s presentations leave attendees with a deeper understanding of the next steps that ought to be taken to generate more – more engagement, more loyalty, and more revenue.

Chip Eichelberger | Author & Motivational Speaker

Filled with energy and enthusiasm, Chip Eichelberger’s presentations motivate and electrify audiences. Through small changes, Chip will guide your high performing team on how to achieve even bigger results. Attendees will leave his presentation feeling equipped with the tools to deepen their existing client relationships, excited to begin new ones, and how to take their achievements to the next level.

Ryan Estis | Expert on Leadership, and Business Performance

Ryan Estis’ keynotes are hard-hitting and high impact, and will show your top performers how to tap into their fullest potential. Audiences will leave feeling organized and prepared to compete in more competitive markets, increase their own productivity, and drive business growth.

Jenny Evans | Stress Resiliency Expert, Speaker & Author

You cannot completely rid yourself of stress. Rather than trying to avoid it, resiliency expert Jenny Evans trains audiences how to use their body’s stress response to their advantage. She also teaches attendees how to recover from stress quickly and easily, as well as how to build up tolerance for it. The more equipped employees are to handle stress, the more efficient and productive they will be.

Tom Flick | Former NFL Quarterback, Authority on Peak Performance

Tom Flick draws on his extensive knowledge as an athlete and leader in corporate America to deliver a high intensity, and inspirational message to his audiences. He is a skilled storyteller who will galvanize attendees to take the necessary steps to achieve greatness.

Dr. Heidi Hanna | Speaker, Author, Health & Performance Consultant   

According to Dr. Heidi Hanna, energy is our most powerful resource when it comes to being successful in business and in life. Being overworked and overstressed decreases our brain function, preventing using from reaching our full potential. Dr. Hanna teaches audiences about Energy Management and how build brain health and power, resulting in optimal performance. Attendees leave Dr. Hanna’s sessions with more energy, and a clearer, sharper mind to take on any task or challenge.

Dr. James B. Maas | Peak Performance and Sleep Expert & Author

We all know that sleep is important, however, Dr. Maas has extensively researched the subject and his findings regarding the correlation between sleep and performance are quite astounding. He has found that sleep is a more significant determinant in predicting longevity than diet, exercise, and hereditary factors. Dr. Maas teaches audiences how to improve their quality of sleep resulting in more efficient, productive, happy, and healthy individuals. His presentations are full of great take-aways that can be put into action almost immediately (but be sure to finish the conference day first!)

Greg McKeown | Time Management and Innovation Speaker, Author of the Bestseller Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Innovation speaker Greg McKeown  has researched the most successful leaders and found they all had a key component in common: they all know how to strategically prioritize. Modern prioritizing is not simply organizing and ranking your tasks by importance, but actually saying “no” to certain tasks. “Doing it all” is not constructive – it hinders your effectiveness. By following Greg McKeown’s guidance, your top employees will increase their productivity and achieve more meaningful success.

 

*Speakers are listed in alphabetical order

6 Speakers that Will Inspire Your Audiences with the Power of Hope

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What role does Hope play in your life?

Hope is a powerful force for good that can get you through your darkest hour and motivate you to go on  even when you can’t see that light at the end of the tunnel. Listening to stories about hope triumphing over adversity inspires audiences to raise the bar, helps them unleash the power of the  human spirit, and opens everyone’s eyes as to what’s  possible. Here are 6 speakers who will help you understand the importance of  hope both personally and professionally:

 

Captain Gerald Coffee | POW Survivor, Inspirational Speaker and Author

While flying a combat mission during the Vietnam War, Captain Gerald Coffee’s jet was shot down by enemy fire. He managed to parachute safely to the ground only to be captured and detained as a POW in North Vietnam. Surviving the terrible conditions of the prison, Captain Coffee spent 7 years as a POW. His story of survival is compelling and truly inspiring; however, the story of what he did after he was released (earning a Master’s degree in Political Science, studying at the prestigious National Defense University, authoring a best-selling book, and contributing articles in numerous publications) leaves audiences with a sense that any obstacle can be overcome, and to never give up hope.

Dr. Peter Diamandis | Author and Speaker on Inspired Innovation & Technologies

Dr. Peter Diamandis has a very clear rallying cry: There is No Challenge that Cannot be Overcome! Dr. Diamandis is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of X PRIZE Foundation, a non-profit organization that develops and launches large incentive prizes to drive innovative breakthroughs that benefit humanity in the fields of life sciences, the environment, and global education development (to name a few). Dr. Diamandis challenges and inspires his audiences, propelling them to set high expectations for themselves and their organizations. He gives them the tools, insights, and motivation to not only meet, but go beyond what was previously thought possible.

Libby Gill | Expert on Employee Engagement and Emotional Connections

From her personal experiences in a family afflicted with many challenges, from alcoholism to mental illness chronicled in her book Traveling Hopefully: How to Lose Your Family Baggage and Jumpstart Your Life to her in-depth research with hope theory and how it impacts success in the workplace; Libby Gill is an expert on Hope. Libby inspires leaders to take on new approaches in communication and branding, challenging the status quo and increasing employee engagement. Her presentations have infused a new-found sense of vitality and exuberance into attendees – making them more excited and hopeful about what is yet to come.

Frank O’Dea | Author of When All You Have is Hope & Inspirational Speaker

Frank O’Dea has faced many difficult challenges in his life – and has tackled every last one of them with vision, determination, and hope. In his early 20’s, Frank found himself destitute, panhandling, and living in flop houses. Today he is the co-founder of Proshred Security – a pioneering company for on-site document destruction. He is also the co-founder of Second Cup – a popular gourmet coffee and tea franchise in Canada. His entrepreneurial spirit and determination has not been applied to simply business; he is also the founder of several charities whose aim is to educate and support children who struggle with homelessness and abuse. His personal story has moved audiences all over the world and his philanthropic work with children heartens all who hear him speak.

Marci Rossell | CNBC Chief Economist and Optimistic Speaker on Finance

In today’s economic and financial climate, we are often presented with forecasts of doom and gloom. Marci Rossell, however, provides a ray of light through these dark economic times. An animated and dynamic speaker, Marci takes an optimistic approach to finance, offering insights into how we can emerge from economic turmoil and take steps to ensure our financial future is bright. Marci has electrified audiences with her hopeful outlook on domestic and global finance, resonating with people as she takes complex issues and makes them relevant to people’s lives, families, and careers.

John Wood | Inspirational Leadership Speaker and Author of Creating Room to Read: A Story of Hope in the Battle for Global Literacy

John Wood didn’t set out to make a global change, he simply went on vacation: After visiting Nepal, he recognized the need for better quality education in the developing country and started a book drive. The response and generosity of others towards this simple book drive compelled John to leave his high-powered position at Microsoft to form the charity Room to Read. His story of change, generosity, and how he is positively impacting the world have inspired audiences to give more, follow their dreams, and live with purpose, passion, and hope.

 

*Speakers are listed in alphabetical order

5 Speakers that CEOs are Talking About

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CEOs need to see the big picture, they need to be able to spot storms in the distance and future successes when they are just ideas on a table. To do that properly they need to know  about the forces shaping their markets, the technologies changing their business and new ways of attracting, managing, and keeping their talent.
The  5 Speakers below deliver fascinating  presentations on the key forces shaping business and what CEOs need to do to succeed in a constantly changing environment.

Dr. George Friedman | Founder of STRATFOR and expert on Geopolitics | Geopolitical Trends Businesses Cannot Afford to Ignore

We no longer live or work in isolated environments. The ever-increasing interconnectivity of the globe compels organizations to not just observe what is going on in their own backyards, but to extend their watch beyond their own borders. Dr. George Friedman is an expert on geopolitics and how business is being impacted by both events and individuals half way across the world. His expert analyses evaluate global trends and identify who and what will affect your organization – pointing out areas where major change will take place or identifying emerging markets that show promise and future profitability. His fascinating insights appeal to audiences from executives of large corporations to anyone who wants to keep their fingers on the pulse of global dynamics.

Scott Klososky | Technology and Trends Guru | Trends, Technology, and Taking the Lead in Your Industry

Technology is no longer relevant to just the IT department – it has become so important and ingrained in every facet of an organization that it is now everyone’s business. Scott Klososky’s presentations explain how technology has become integrated into our daily lives and business and how organizations can leverage this into profit. Scott is particularly adept at addressing those in leadership positions, illustrating the importance of the “technology infused leader.”  Scott’s strategic directions and unique perspective on technology, trends, innovation, and leadership make his keynotes memorable and applicable to every business.

Patrick Lencioni | Expert on Organizational Health and Employee Engagement | Creating a Culture of Engagement

Billions of dollars are lost each year due to employee disengagement. Organizations with low employee morale, uncommunicative teams, and general detachment impact every business’s bottom line. In his presentations, Patrick Lencioni addresses all the reasons and practices that contribute to low employee engagement and provides practical tools that can be implemented immediately to alleviate these costly issues. Patrick uses storytelling and humor to captivate his audiences and his messages are simple, elegant, and accessible. His presentations are not only intriguing, they provide invaluable insights into how to create and sustain a happier and more profitable company.

Cam Marston | Motivational Speaker and Generational Expert | Leading 4 Generations at Work

Generational conflict is one of the most pressing issues facing business today. Cam Marston is the leading authority on how the shifting workplace and marketplace demographics influence your business. Each generation in the workplace today has its own unique qualities and Cam explains how to recruit, retain, and manage each of these diverse groups. Furthermore, he provides insight and practical tools on how to sell to each of them. Cam’s deep understanding of 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!

Liz Wiseman | Leadership Speaker and Author | Creating The Leaders of Tomorrow

There are two types of leaders in business today: those that place themselves above everyone else, continuously illustrating how talented and smart they are – and those who recognize the talent and intelligence in their people, and who work diligently to cultivate the capabilities of everyone around them. The latter group is what Liz Wiseman calls “The Multipliers” – those who elevate their employees and multiply talent, intelligence, and profit. Liz Wiseman’s presentations are essential for leaders who want to make a real difference in their organization. Her keynotes are poignant and perceptive, leaving audiences with the understanding of what makes a great leader – and how to become one.

 

*Speakers are listed in alphabetical order

A Year from Now They Will Still be Talking About These 5 Speakers

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One of the questions we ask Clients when they first call looking for Speaker ideas for this year’s event is “Who spoke at the event last year?” Most of the time clients will laugh and reply: “Actually, I don’t remember.”  Good speakers will have attendees talking the following week, but great speakers will continue to be talked about a year after the event. When they remember the Speaker they remember the message – and that’s what counts.
Here are the Top 5 Speakers* that deliver such powerful presentations, clients continue to remember them year after year:

Yossi Ghinsberg | Inspirational Speaker and Adventurer

Yossi Ghinsberg’s amazing story of survival in the Amazon without supplies for three weeks after being separated from the rest of his expedition party will have audience members at the edge of their seats. His harrowing tale and his determination to survive will have attendees inspired to face any and all adversities and challenges in their personal and professional lives.

Miles Hilton-Barber | Vision-impaired Explorer and Inspirational Speaker

After losing his sight in his early twenties, Miles Hilton-Barber didn’t regard this setback as something that would sabotage his dreams, but simply an additional challenge that would make his successes that much sweeter as he shattered barriers. Miles’ stories of adventure will captivate your audience, while his stories of overcoming obstacles will leave them inspired to take on anything!

Sally Hogshead | Innovative Branding and Marketing Speaker

Sally Hogshead is fascinating – and she can teach your audience how to be too! A marketing and branding guru, Sally’s energetic and practical presentations teach audiences how to stand-out, express their value, and be remembered. Believe us – you won’t soon forget the Speaker who taught how to be remembered.

Dr. Roch Parayre | Innovation Expert and Global Authority on Conscientious Decision Making Strategies

Imagine being at the center of a crisis at work and being able to not only keep a calm and clear head, but to make the important decisions quickly and strategically in the midst of chaos. Dr. Roch Parayre teaches audiences how critical thinking and reframing complex issues leads to effective decision-making and ultimately sustainable, strong leadership.

Benjamin Zander | Conductor for the Boston Philharmonic and Leadership Speaker

As Conductor for the Boston Philharmonic, Benjamin Zander uses the orchestra as a metaphor for a new approach to leadership – gleaning the most out of every individual in order to harmonize as a whole. His presentations will change your entire perspective on leadership, art, creativity, and team synergy. Benjamin Zander does not simply give a speech – he gives an experience!

*Speakers are listed in alphabetical order

Top Speakers On Change for October 2015

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How to manage change is one of our most requested Speaker topics from Clients who book keynote speakers – and the number of requests continue to increase. New technologies, shifting demographics, and even where business is conducted is in constant flux – all creating anxiety and tension as organizations attempt to stay on top of every new development. Change does not need to be overwhelming and frustrating, we simply need to learn the skills to embrace it and see it as an opportunity rather than a threat. As of October 2015 here are our highest rated Speakers on Change*:

Brian Biro | Author and Speaker on Leadership and Thriving Through Change

When it comes to change, often we go into “fight or flight” mode – doing everything we can to not let it happen, or pretending it isn’t happening at all. Brian Biro teaches audiences how to get excited about the new opportunities that change brings and to become “champions of change.”

Dr. Gary Bradt | Expert on Adaptability 

Addressing the unique objectives of every audience, Dr. Gary Bradt gets to the heart of how change is impacting an organization and delivers customized presentations to engage with the pertinent issues surrounding change. Dr. Bradt’s presentations are always insightful and full of practical strategies designed to work with each unique audience.

John Cassis | Humorous & Motivational Speaker 

John Cassis uses a compelling blend of humor, warmth, and motivation to help audiences realize the full potential of what embracing change could mean for their business. John presents positive strategies that will transform those who fear change into people who encourage and cultivate it.

Daryl Conner | Bestselling Author of Managing at the Speed of Change

Change Management is much more than the implementation of new policies and procedures, it is about transforming how we view change and what it means for our business. Daryl Connor simplifies the dynamics of change and teaches audiences how to become more adaptable to developments that are moving more and more quickly.

Lisa Ford | Speaker on Customer Service and the Power of Change

Lisa Ford will teach audience members that flexibility and adaptability are the cornerstones to not only a successful business, but a successful individual – those who acclimate faster and easier are often those who seize the most opportunities. Lisa Ford provides practical strategies to overcome the lingering resistance to change and how to take responsibility for making change work.

Dr. Jackie Freiberg | Bestselling Author on Leadership, Innovation, and Change Management

Dr. Jackie Freiberg believes that change management is not simply the responsibility of employers, but that every member of the organization can learn to cultivate and participate in a culture of change. Dr. Freiberg’s presentations pull audiences out of their comfort zones and have them settled into a space of being pleasantly uncomfortable – which is the space where change begins to become welcomed and utilized in positive and innovative ways.

Carol Kinsey Goman | Expert on Non-verbal communication 

“The manner in which change is communicated is more important than the nature of that change.” This quote from Change Management expert Carol Kinsey Goman epitomizes how she approaches her presentations on how to get your people onside with change. Rather than providing strategic initiatives, Kinsey Goman focuses on people and how to introduce new attitudes and behaviors to your employees that will have them thriving in times of change.

Dr. Robert Kriegel | Bestselling Author of If It Ain’t Broke…Break It!

Dr. Robert Kriegel wants you to start from scratch – put everything to the side and approach old problems like a beginner. Using this method will have your team “riding the wave of change without wiping out” as well as fostering a climate of boldness, creativity, and innovation.

Dr. Janet Lapp | Change Management Expert and Motivational Speaker

Dynamic and highly motivating, Dr. Janet Lapp’s presentations teach audience members how to not only be resilient in the face of change, but to approach it with positivity. Dr. Lapp’s keynotes are high-energy and full of humor and insight – she will prepare your audience to engage change with confidence.

Steve Rizzo | Entertainer & Motivational Speaker 

Steve Rizzo’s straightforward presentations will not only motivate audiences to see change as a positive, but to actually seek it out in order to create new opportunities for success. Change is inevitable, so why not use it to your advantage?

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5 Speakers Who Could Have Helped Matt Damon on Mars

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The film, The Martian, has been sitting at the top of the box office since its American premiere at the beginning of October. It is the story of Mark Watney, an astronaut (played by Matt Damon) whose crew, believing he is dead, leaves him stranded on the hostile planet of Mars. Having very little supplies, Mark Watney has to use his wits and a lot of creativity to survive in the unforgiving terrain of “The Red Planet.”  Here are 5 Speakers* who would have made Mark Watney’s stay on Mars a little easier through their expertise in innovation and peak performance (not to mention that they are all superb conversationalists – I would imagine being isolated on a planet with no form of life would be a very lonely experience).

Alexander Blass | Entrepreneur and Award-winning Innovator

Alexander Blass’s focus is on creativity and thinking outside the box – sometimes way outside it! With meagre supplies Matt Damon’s character in The Martian needs to use every ounce of creativity he has to survive and Alexander Blass’s proven methods would certainly motivate and encourage the “outside the box” thinking he needs. Also, Blass has a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering – which couldn’t hurt, right?

Jim Carroll | Futurist, Speaker and Author on Trends      

Jim Carroll is a sought after speaker for his invaluable insights into the future. Carroll takes a 360 degree approach to his observations, taking into account all relevant aspects on a particular matter – using this tactic to address any and all potential risk and reward. His thorough style of observation would be exceptionally helpful to Matt Damon’s character on Mars – with Carroll’s analyses, potential dangers could be foreseen and the rate of successful initiatives would increase.

Frans Johansson | Speaker on Diversity and Intuitive Innovation

Although strategy and planning are important elements to success, we cannot strategize and plan around what is unforeseeable – for instance: the variability and volatility of an unstable environment (whether that’s Mars or our current economic climate). Frans Johansson speaks to these unknowns and that “The Click Moment”: the seizing of opportunities that could not have been predicted. Frans Johansson teaches people how to see opportunities that others cannot and how to capitalize on them quickly and decisively.

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

Every innovative initiative starts with an idea – but turning raw, unpolished, ideas into a reality can be very challenging. Josh Linkner provides practical tools and methodologies to turn big ideas into big results. Oh, and he’s an excellent jazz guitarist too so he could also provide the entertainment (why wouldn’t there be a jazz guitar on Mars?)

Dr. Hendrie Weisinger | Expert on Emotional Intelligence and Resilience

In The Martian, Matt Damon’s character keeps a series of video logs to not only try to connect to his crew on earth, but also to keep up morale and hope. As an expert on EI, Dr. Hendrie Weisinger teaches resiliency, focus, and how to become a peak performer under pressure. Dr. Weisinger’s expertise would help Matt Damon’s character keep a cool head, focus on his mission to get home, and bounce back quickly from his setbacks (no spoilers – but there are many setbacks in this film!)

 

*Speakers are listed in alphabetical order

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