Leadership = Solving Problems by Ty Bennett

A few weeks ago we realized that we lost the one and only key to one of our four-wheelers at our cabin.

I rolled it up the trailer and took it to the local ATV shop and asked them to put in a new ignition so that we could have a new key. They had to order in the part and so it would take a couple of days.

They called three days later saying that it was done but I wasn’t heading back to our cabin for another week. When I arrived to pick it up they realized that they hadn’t put in the new ignition, the part was just sitting there. They said they could put it in quickly but when they went to put it in they realized it was the wrong ignition.

If they would have put it in a week earlier like they were supposed to they would have realized the mistake and been able to fix it before I came to pick it up.

The problem was that I had a group of people coming to my cabin the next day for a retreat and I needed the four-wheeler. They were at a loss on what to do. They had created a problem and I was not happy about it. We needed to solve it.

After a couple of minutes at a loss of what to do, I suggested they take the ignition out of one of their other machines they had for sale and then replace that with the correct part when it came in. They weren’t sure if they could do that and so I asked to talk with the manager. I explained the situation and so solution I proposed and he agreed. 10 minutes later I took my four-wheeler with the new ignition back to the cabin.

This type of situation happens in business all of the time. It could be problem’s with customers, sales, morale or a myriad of other problems that arise everyday. Leaders are problem solvers. They don’t get caught up in the problems. They identify the problems. They control their emotions and they focus on finding solutions.

Are you a problem solver?

Leadership = Problem Solving


About Ty Bennett:

Ty Bennett has impacted more than one million people from 50 countries who have learned from his insights on Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Communication. When Ty was 21 years old he started a business with his brother Scott, which they built to over $20 million in annual revenue while still in their twenties. He was recently featured in Utah Business Top 40 Under 40.


To Learn more about Ty contact [email protected]

Derek Sweeney is the Director of Speaker Ideas at The Sweeney Agency. www.thesweeneyagency.com. For 15 years Derek has been helping clients find the right Speakers for their events. Derek can be reached at 1-866 727-7555 or [email protected]

10 Highest Rated Speakers on Achieving Peak Performance

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

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

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

Jenny Evans – Stress Resiliency Expert, Speaker & Author

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

Walter Bond Mr. Accountability and Former NBA Athlete

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

Brent Gleeson – Navy Seal Combat Veteran & Motivational Leadership Speaker

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

Rick Searfoss – Astronaut and Speaker on Leadership and Teamwork

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

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

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

Scott Welle – Speaker & Author on Peak Performance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

10 Highest Rated Inspirational Speakers for Business

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

Commander Mike Abrashoff on It’s Your Ship

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

Yossi Ghinsberg on The Power to Survive

https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Yossi-Ghinsberg

Marilyn Tam on The Happiness Choice

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

Captain Larry Brudnicki on Courage in a Perfect Storm

https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Captain-Larry-Brudnicki

Astronaut Mike Mullane on Countdown to Liftoff

https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Mike-Mullane

Olympian Vince Poscente on Life in the Fast Lane

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

Mountaineer Stacy Allison on Reaching New Heights

https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Stacy-Allison

Chad Hymas on Success and The Bird Next Door

https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Chad-Hymas

Fighter Pilot Vernice Armour on Zero to Breakthrough

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

Firefighter Robyn Benincasa on How Winners Win

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

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

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.

Video:https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Dr.-George-Friedman

 

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.

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

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.

Videohttps://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Josh-Linkner

 

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.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Garry-Golden

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.

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

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.

Videohttps://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Polly-LaBarre

 

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.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Stuart-Knight

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.

Videohttps://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Seth-Mattison

 

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.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Jacob-Logan-Shapiro

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.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Gary-Hamel

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.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Marci-Rossell

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!

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

 

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]

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] 

Top 10 Opening Speakers For Your Next Event

An opening speaker sets the tone for the entire conference – so selecting the right one is a crucial part of coordinating any event. A great opening speaker must inspire their audiences to start a discourse, to open up lines of communication among colleagues. They also need to be energetic, motivating, and engaging in order for attendees to get the most out of the event. Here are our Top Ten Opening Speakers:

Bill Acheson

Not only do Bill Acheson’s compelling presentations teach audience members how to project themselves using non-verbal communication in both business and life, but he also teaches attendees how to pick up on the subconscious messages sent by others. His keynote will teach professionals how to examine body language, giving a deeper understanding of the attitude and intent of their colleagues, their superiors, and their clients and customers.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Bill-Acheson

Shawn Achor 

For so many people, happiness is the ultimate goal. Unfortunately, most people have their “happiness plan” backwards – and that’s where positive psychology expert Shawn Achor comes in.  He provides practical applications to help his audiences shift their mindsets, teaching them how to be happy first, and watch the rest fall into place.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Shawn-Achor

Ty Bennett

Ty’s keynotes teach attendees how to effectively engage others on an emotional level, leading to stronger connections, stronger commitment, and ultimately a stronger bottom-line. Audiences describe his presentations as inspiring, thought-provoking, and entertaining.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Ty-Bennett

 

Anthony “AB” Bourke

As a former military fighter pilot, Anthony “AB” Bourke knows the importance of effective and clear communication as the basis for the execution of any successful initiative or strategy. His interactive keynotes are full of engaging stories and practical tools used by real fighter squadrons to execute at the highest level.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Anthony-Bourke

 

Chip Eichelberger

Motivational Speaker Chip Eichelberger will energize your audience with his contagious enthusiasm. His interactive presentations allow audience members to break the ice and begin to collaborate. Attendees will leave his presentation feeling motivated, excited, and empowered to take on new and existing challenges.

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

Chester Elton 

Dubbed “The Apostle of Appreciation” by The Globe and Mail, Chester Elton’s presentations explore the connection between effective recognition and employee engagement. His motivational keynotes are full of energy and enthusiasm, setting an exciting and positive foundation for any event.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Chester-Elton

Sally Hogshead 

Sally Hogshead is fascinating – she will have your attention from the moment she steps on the stage. And she can teach your audience how to be fascinating too! Sally’s energetic and practical presentations teach audiences how to stand-out, express their value, and be remembered. You won’t soon forget the Speaker who taught how to be remembered.

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

Dr. Nick Morgan

In today’s society, the attention span of the population is minimal at best – and this is also true in business. We are busier but more removed than ever before, and gaining (and sustaining) someone’s attention is a difficult feat. Dr. Nick Morgan will not only show you how to grab someone’s attention, but also how to persuade them to buy what you’re selling. Using recent studies in neuroscience, Dr. Morgan will show attendees how persuasion works and how you can leverage that knowledge to win anyone over.

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

Michelle Ray

Michelle Ray is on a mission to get workplaces to communicate, collaborate, and connect – and it all starts with you! Rather than addressing an entire team, Michelle’s keynotes target the individual and their attitude, self-leadership and self-motivation as the catalyst for a more cohesive and collaborative working environment.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Michelle-Ray

Mel Robbins

Mel Robbins keynotes are motivational, energizing, and inject new perspectives into the minds of attendees. Her easily applicable tools and insights will help your audience accelerate their personal and professional growth, as well as teach them how to achieve sustained positive/healthy behaviors and productivity.

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

 

*Speakers are listed in alphabetical order

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