The Top 10 Speakers on Growth

Clients are asking us for Speakers who can talk about Growth. There are various ways to approach the topic from innovating new ideas, to understanding the future, to rethinking your customer service. In the 15 years we have been researching Speakers we have probably reviewed close to 500 on the subject of Growth, here are our top 10:

Ian Altman shows business leaders how to modernize their sales and marketing. Ian’s approach helps companies significantly grow sales by aligning their goals with current and emerging trends in buyer behavior. As a regular columnist for the digital editions of Forbes and Inc magazines, Ian is an internationally respected and sought after expert on business, innovation, collaboration, and integrity-based selling.

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Scott Anthony is a managing partner of Innosight, a strategy and consulting firm. He has led Innosight’s expansion into the Asia-Pacific region as well as its venture capital activities (Innosight Ventures). In his decade with Innosight, Scott has advised senior leaders in hundreds of companies such as Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft, General Electric, LG, Credit Suisse, and Cisco Systems on topics of growth and innovation.

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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.

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Andy Boynton is Dean of Boston College’s Carroll School of Management, one of the world’s leading business schools, the author of several books and co-creator of DeepDive™, the world’s leading methodology for helping executives harness the power of teams to significantly improve problem-solving speed, innovation and results.

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Ram Charan is a world-renowned business advisor, author and speaker who has spent the past 35 years working with many top companies, CEOs, and boards of our time. In his work with companies including GE, MeadWestvaco, Bank of America, DuPont, Novartis, EMC, 3M, Verizon, Aditya Birla Group, Tata Group, GMR, Max Group, Yildiz Holdings, and Grupo RBS, he is known for cutting through the complexity of running a business in today’s fast changing environment to uncover the core business problem.

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Meridith Elliott Powell was voted one of the Top 15 Business Growth Experts to watch by Currency Fair, Powell is an award-winning author, keynote speaker and business strategist. With a background in corporate sales and leadership, her career expands over several industries including banking, healthcare and finance. Meridith worked her way up from entry-level to earn her position in the C-Suite. She is a Master Certified Strategist, Executive Coach and Certified Speaking Professional, a designation held by less than twelve percent of professional speakers, and a member of the prestigious Forbes Coaching Council.

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Dan Coughlin is a leading authority on managing for long-term business success. He teaches The Any Person Mindset, a practical management approach for improving individual, group, and organizational performance in a sustainable way. It is based on his core belief that any person can make a significant difference in an organization, but no one is born with the traits necessary to make a significant difference. These are learned thinking traits.

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Bill Taylor has encouraged a generation of executives and company-builders to think differently about change, leadership, and the new world of work. A spirited and hard-charging entrepreneur, Bill co-founded Fast Company, easily the most influential voice on business and innovation in the last two decades. Fast Company chronicles the revolution in management and competition driven by technology, and profiles the mavericks and rule breakers who achieve outsize success by taking a different path.

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Dr. Julie Williamson is a Vice President of Strategy and Research for Karrikins Group, where she has worked with some of the world’s largest companies, helping them set and execute on strategy and transformation. She is a leading voice in how organizations link together communication, design, strategy, sales, marketing and service to deliver sustainable growth. She uses both traditional and forward looking resources in her strategy and transformation work, leveraging design thinking to help client arrive at solutions.

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Mike Walsh is the CEO of Tomorrow, a global consultancy on designing business for the 21st century. He advises leaders on how to thrive in this era of disruptive technological change. Mike’s clients include many of the global Fortune 500, and as a sought-after keynote speaker he regularly shares the stage with world leaders and business icons alike. Mike previously founded Jupiter Research in Australia, and has also held senior strategy roles at News Corporation in the Asia Pacific Region.

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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

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Robyn Benincasa on Building World Class Teams

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Reva Goujon on Geopolitical forecasting, short and long-term

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Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour on Breakthrough Mentality

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

Liz Wiseman on How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter

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Polly LaBarre on Creating Innovative, and Inspiring Organizations

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Denise Lee Yohn on 7 Keys to Building a Great Brand

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Mel Robbins on How Women Lead

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Haiyan Wang on Getting China and India Right

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Dr. Janet Lapp on Leading Through Change

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Carol Kinsey Goman on The Power of Collaborative Leadership

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Marilyn Tam on Women in the Workplace and Marketplace

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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

7 Top Speakers on Making an Impact at Work

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Clients regularly ask us for Speakers that will inspire or motivate their people to be more productive and have a greater impact at Work. People who make a greater impact at work tend to get noticed and promoted. But having a greater impact means different things to different people. Researchers at Harvard Business School studying diaries from 12,000 work days showed that the happiest and most productive days were those marked by a sense of progress and impact. Having an impact at work is essential to a person’s sense of accomplishment; but more importantly, it re-enforces good working habits and motivates people to do even better—a win for both the individual and the organization alike. So what can you do to have a greater impact at work and get noticed? Here are some suggestions from 7 top-rated speakers on steps you can follow:

Nicole Lipkin, Author, Speaker, and CEO of Equilibria Leadership Consulting: Be a solution person not a problem person. The people that stand out in a positive, promotable way are the ones that take the initiative to figure out a better way of doing something without being asked.

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Scott Zimmer, Speaker and Generational Expert: “Start moving ahead in your career by recognizing how others approach work. Do you have colleagues or a manager who prefer to collaborate? Find ways to contribute in a positive way! Does your manager prefer to work independently? Demonstrate you can handle projects on your own with little guidance. Does your boss come from a generation where hard work equals long hours? Arrive to work before them. Think you’ve crossed everything off your list for the day and it’s time to go home? Do ONE more thing. Over time, the decision makers at your company will notice your actions, and with some patience and hard work, you’ll see yourself promoted.” –

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Ed Brodow, Author and Negotiation Expert :Get your employer to affirm that you are a valuable asset to the organization. Once you receive the employer’s validation that they need you, it will be difficult for them to deny your request. Then be prepared to walk if you can’t get the promotion you desire. In a workplace negotiation, your willingness to walk away gives you tremendous power. The employer will sense it. Conversely, if you are desperate for the job and perceive that you have no alternatives, they will sense your desperation. Face it, the worst thing that can happen is, you’ll have to look for another job – a BETTER job. They can’t shoot you! If you know what you want and stick to it, you will win no matter what happens.

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Dianna Booher, Author, Speaker, and Communication ExpertCommunicate strategically: Summarize succinctly if you intend to get to the C-suite. If you can’t write your message in a sentence, you can’t say it in an hour.

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Tim Sanders, Bestselling Author, Speaker, and Former Chief Solutions Officer at Yahoo!: The best way to get promoted at work is to demonstrate a combination of loyalty to the company’s needs and an increasing competency to solve them.  One of my mentors, Stanley Marcus Jr., told me that when he looks for associates to promote at Nieman Marcus, he always sought out those who felt a sense of responsibility to look after what he termed ‘the baby.’ In his view, every company is a baby that can’t take care of itself without the thoughtful stewardship of its managers and leaders. There are several ways to claw yourself to the top of the ladder, but really caring about the company’s success is the only one that will sustain your position over time.

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Olivia Fox Cabane, Author, Speaker, and Director of Innovative Leadership at Stanford’s StartX Program: With people’s rapidly decreasing attention span, you need to make a bigger impact in a shorter amount of time. The secret is charisma. The good news: it’s not innate, it can be learned.

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Bill Acheson, Speaker and Nonverbal Communication Expert: You can tell me how confident you are and how much you love your job, but I need to see it. Nonverbal communication is always more emotionally revealing and more emotionally accurate than what you say. What time do you arrive and what time do you leave the workplace? Is your energy level high, suggesting interest in what you do, or low, suggesting that you are just counting the hours. Remember, every feeling, intention, and thought is displayed through body language. My question is this, ‘Are you astute enough to understand the message?’

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12 Highest Rated Speakers of May 2018

The results are in. Each month, companies come to us asking for 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 our highest rated Speakers of May 2018.

Dr. George Friedman, Speaker and Author on the Future of Geopolitics

George Friedman is an internationally recognized geopolitical forecaster and bestselling author of Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe and The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century.

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Mark Thompson, Authority on Leadership and Employee Engagement

Mark is an expert on executive leadership, business strategy, and innovation who has spent over 25 years leading teams and building companies from the ground up. He delivers actionable, valuable and practical advice for leaders at all levels of an organization.

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Josh Linkner, Speaker on Creativity, Innovation, and Leadership

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.

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Garry Golden, Academically Trained Futurist and Speaker on Emerging Trends

Garry Golden is a professionally trained futurist who writes, speaks, and consults about issues that will shape society and business in the 21st century. His uncanny sense of what will hit—and what won’t—can be seen in futurethink’s research and heard in his international keynotes and corporate leadership seminars. His insights on how to align talent development to coming industry and market transitions have been shared with and implemented by such organizations as the McGraw-Hill Companies, Goodyear, S&P, and Reliant Energy.

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Mike Abrashoff, Former Commander, USS Benfold and Author of It’s Your Ship

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.

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Polly LaBarre, Speaks about Innovation, Leadership and Management

For two decades Polly LaBarre has used her writing and speaking to help make organizations more resilient, innovative and inspiring – and to embolden and equip leaders at every level to make a meaningful impact.

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Stuart Knight, Award Winning Entrepreneur, Critically Acclaimed Author, and Hit Producer

Stuart Knight has written, produced and starred in live presentations that have been seen by over one million people and each year speaks internationally helping some of the world’s biggest companies reach new levels of success. When he is not on the road speaking, you may have seen or heard him on some of nation.’s biggest TV and Radio stations where he is often asked for his expert opinion on high level communication.

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Seth Mattison, Expert on The New World of Work and Leadership in The Digital Age

Seth Mattison advises world-leading brands and organizations on the key shifts happening around talent management, change and innovation, leadership, and the future of work.

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Jacob Logan Shapiro, Distinguished Geopolitic Analyst & Speaker on International Affairs

Jacob Logan Shapiro is the Director of Analysis for Geopolitical Futures (GPF). At GPF he oversees a team of analysts, the company’s forecasting process and the day-to-day analysis of important geopolitical developments. Shapiro is a regular speaker at international conferences and has appeared both in print and on television as an expert on international affairs in such places as MSNBC, CNBC, the New York Times, and Fox News.

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Gary Hamel, Business Management and Strategy Speaker

Gary Hamel is one of the world’s most influential and iconoclastic business thinkers. He has worked with leading companies across the globe and is a dynamic and sought-after management speaker. Hamel has been on the faculty of the London Business School for more than 30 years and is the director of the Management Innovation eXchange.

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Marci Rossell, CNBC Chief Economist and Speaker on Finance

Marci Rossell electrifies audiences nationwide, speaking on the nexus of economics, politics, culture and the media. Her animated style was honed when she served as the popular, lively Chief Economist for CNBC in the months immediately following September 11th. She takes complex economic issues, often dull in the button-down business press, and makes them relevant to people’s lives, families and careers.

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Rick Searfoss, Astronaut and Speaker on Leadership and Teamwork

Engaging and entertaining, Rick speaks from the heart to movingly share the lessons of human space flight. His stunning multimedia presentations filled with spectacular message reinforcing images uplift, inspire, and move to action. A great mix of down-to earth style and out-of-this-world excitement as he shares the astronauts’ tools for effective leadership, teamwork, and innovative results that count!

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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]

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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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]

The 12 Most Requested Speakers For 2016

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The Speaker finishes, the crowd is on its feet with thunderous applause and right away the buzz starts. Demand for a Speaker is based on impressive past reviews and word of mouth. When word gets out there that a Speaker delivered an impressive presentation that had audiences talking, people want to know if they can have that Speaker at their event. Most Clients book their Speakers 3-4 months out but the buzz in 2015 around the 12 Great Speakers listed below had clients booking them 8-12 months before their  2016 events:

Shawn Achor

What is it about having a positive outlook and being happy that improves performance and fosters success?  In his life’s work, first at Harvard University, then at his consultancy, GoodThink, Shawn Achor has found the connection linking positivity to performance. His research shows that happiness and well-being at work is the foundation of a productive and optimized organization and makes a huge difference for a company’s bottom line. Shawn’s message becomes even more pertinent in 2016 as a greater number of workers clamor for better work-life balance and job satisfaction. Through his TED talk with over 11 million views, his highly-rated television special on PBS, and his speaking engagements in more than 50 countries, Shawn has shown audiences world-wide how to reap the benefits of a positive mindset, how to overcome challenges, and succeed in both work and in life.

Robyn Benincasa

The importance of a motivated, functional team to organizational success cannot be overstated. Robyn Benincasa is a World Champion Adventure Racer and an award-winning motivational speaker. The past 20 years have seen Robyn and her teams successfully race through the jungles of Borneo, climb the Himalayan peaks of Tibet, swim the rivers of Fiji, and fight the brush fires of Southern California. It is through these life-affirming and team-building experiences that Robyn developed her unique perspective on what it takes to succeed against all odds and go the distance at work and in life: Human Synergy and Teamwork. With this key message, Robyn has ignited meetings and motivated audiences to look at how they can transform their own groups into World Class Teams. In 2016, her quest to impart this lesson continues.

Ty Bennett

At just 21 years old, Ty Bennett co-founded a company that grew to over $20 million in annual revenue before he turned 30. Today, Ty is a speaker who excites audiences with practical ideas and effective strategies on Leadership, Communication, and Sales based on his own experiences as a successful entrepreneur. A naturally gifted presenter, he has been a sure-fire hit in 2015 for clients like RE/MAX, Johnson & Johnson, and Russell Investments. 2016 promises to be an even bigger year for Ty as he offers a young, fresh voice using interactive presentations that are as engaging as they are inspiring and motivational.

Andy Boynton

The notion that the best business ideas come solely from innately creative and brilliant minds is a mistaken belief that leads to apathy and inaction within organizations and their employees. The Dean of Boston College’s Carroll School of Management, Andy Boynton is an expert on helping organizations implement his proprietary methodology for harnessing the power of teams to “significantly improve problem-solving speed, innovation and results” – A skill of great importance considering the rate of innovation and change in business – projected to only increase in 2016. Innate creativity and brilliance aside, great ideas come to those who are in the habit of looking for great ideas! In his engaging presentation, Andy will show you how.

Dr. Travis Bradberry

Emotional Intelligence (EI) has become a buzzword in business circles ever since a landmark study in 1990 found that people with high EI tend to make the best leaders and team players because of their ability to understand, empathize, and connect with others around them. Travis Bradberry is the award-winning author of the #1 bestselling book, Emotional Intelligence 2.0, and the co-founder of TalentSmart ⎯ a consultancy that serves more than 75% of Fortune 500 companies and the world’s leading provider of emotional intelligence tests and training. With increasing globalization and corporate consolidation in 2016, the importance of EI in organizational cohesion and health cannot be ignored as leaders manage people of differing backgrounds in ever growing numbers. Travis contends that successful leaders know how to handle their own emotions, understand the emotions of others, and find a balanced approach to managing both.

Geoff Colvin

Geoff Colvin has been an editor and columnist at Fortune Magazine for more than 35 years, covering a variety of current events and offering analyses on how those events affect the greater financial, political, and economic landscape. His speaking career has taken him on engagements in six continents where he delivered on topics ranging from Leadership and Management, Economic Trends and Global Competitiveness, to the intersection of Politics and Business. In 2016, Geoff’s insights into the workings of the global economic and geopolitical arena will remain an invaluable resource for businesses and organizations.

Chester Elton 

The development and promotion of a healthy organizational culture is crucial to helping people within companies work together as a team. Chester Elton has spent his career studying the intricacies of organizational culture, teamwork, and motivation. He is the co-author of the New York Times bestsellers All In, The Carrot Principleand The Orange Revolution which have been called “must-read(s) for modern managers” by no less than Larry King of CNN. Chester has developed a road-map that managers can use to create a high-achieving culture within their own teams, increasing productivity, and making a real impact on the bottom line. In 2016, the speaker who the Globe and Mail calls the “Apostle of Appreciation,” will continue to make waves in the corporate world as he extols the merits of passionate engagement and a culture of possibility within organizations.

Dr. George Friedman

Dr. George Friedman is the foremost geopolitical authority in the world today. He is the Founder and Chairman of Geopolitical Futures, a new online publication dedicated to forecasting the course of global events. He also founded Stratfor, a global intelligence and consulting firm that helps clients identify opportunities, make strategic decisions, and manage political and security risks. Dr. Friedman is invited to speak at conferences and business meetings on five continents where his insights on events shaping international affairs and business are highly prized. As we move into 2016, the continuing migration of millions of refugees into Europe coupled with the slowing economic engines of the BRIC countries, Dr. Friedman’s overarching knowledge and expertise of geopolitical forces is poised to make an even bigger impact on the world stage.

Dr. Frank Murtha

Dr. Frank Murtha is an expert on Investor Psychology and Behavioral Finance who is known for his ability to take the weighty scientific and academic subjects of his training and communicate them in a practical, and often humorous way. Frank helps financial professionals understand the underlying emotions and behaviors that may affect their management of investments as they go through the Capital Market Cycle. Since the financial crisis of 2008, the markets have seen the second longest period of growth in history. By mid-2015 however, the Chinese stock markets have collapsed, oil prices are less than half their value over the previous year, and the Euro Zone’s tenuous economic recovery is threatened by the refugee crisis. How do investors manage expectations and not give in to fear and panic, or conversely, to speculative buying sprees? With looming economic uncertainty in 2016, Frank’s expertise is bound to be in great demand.

Josh Linkner

Current levels of innovation drive business cycles in months, not years. How do business leaders keep up with this break-neck pace of change in the market place, maintain their organizations’ relevance, and fuel growth? Josh Linkner believes the answer lies in creativity. A four-time tech entrepreneur, a two-time New York Times Bestselling Author, and a professional Jazz guitarist, Josh has built an exceptionally successful career using the power of creative disruption. As a speaker, he helps audiences harness creativity, innovation, and re-invention to develop actionable strategies that produce measurable outcomes. Using highly engaging, visually-rich presentations, Josh enlivens meetings and events –2016 will prove no different.

Marilyn Tam

Marilyn Tam’s story of never giving up on one’s dreams in spite of daunting odds and brutal circumstances is inspirational. Growing up as an abused, neglected child in Hong Kong, she left home as a teen and moved to America alone. Through sheer determination and hard work, Marilyn achieved international and humanitarian success, first becoming President of Reebok/CCM, then CEO of Aveda Corporation, and for the past 19 years, the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Us Foundation. As a speaker, her presentations on leadership excellence, business management, and diversity are a hit with corporate audiences. But especially because of the continuing global events that will impact 2016, her message on women in the workplace, corporate social and environmental responsibility, and organizational well-being are timely and of the essence.

Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson has been leading teams and building companies for over 25 years, a career that places him among a select group of thought-leaders on executive leadership, business strategy, and innovation. His clients include some of the most recognizable brands and Fortune 500 companies like Microsoft, Nike, Ford, Coca Cola, and the Virgin Group. Much in demand in 2015, 2016 is shaping up to be an even bigger one for Mark. With more companies moving towards consolidation, new technologies and rapid innovation disrupting business models, and the pressure on leaders to deliver and perform increasing, Mark’s expertise and experience will be needed in the new year.

*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