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

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

To Learn more about these speakers contact [email protected]

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

This Idea 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.

10 Speakers Who Will Help Your Audience Become More Customer-Centric

Client relationships have changed dramatically over the past decade as new technologies have allowed us to connect faster, and with more clients. However the value of many of those relationships has decreased as emails, blogs, and texts can lack a human touch, making clients feel disconnected.  Companies need to build customer-centric cultures where everyone inside the organisation – no matter where they are or what they do – keeps customer relationships in mind.  Knowing how to  engage with  clients and  make a lasting, positive impression can carry more clout that 500 retweets. Here are 10 speakers who will help your audience understand the importance of connecting and engaging clients:

Ross Shafer, Entertaining Humorist and Motivational Speaker

Ross Shafer is an Emmy award winning network talk show host and comedy writer who has turned that same talent toward the corporate marketplace. He has written and produced 14 Human Resource training films on Customer ServiceLeadership, and Sales.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Ross-Shafer

Shep Hyken, Expert on Creating A Customer Service Culture

Shep Hyken is a customer service and experience expert and the Chief Amazement Officer of Shepard Presentations.  He is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author and has been inducted into the National Speakers Association Hall of Fame for lifetime achievement in the speaking profession.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Shep-Hyken

Dr. Chip Bell, World Renowned Thought Leader on Customer Service

Chip Bell has helped many Fortune 100 companies dramatically enhance their bottom lines and marketplace reputation through innovative customer-centric strategies that address the needs of today’s picky, fickle, vocal and “all about me” customers. Dr. Bell reveals the best practices from the organizations leading the customerloyalty charge, giving audiences powerful cutting-edge ideas and unique sales strategies they can put into practice the minute they leave his keynote.

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

Joey Coleman, Customer Experience Expert, Award-Winning Speaker, and Author

Joey Coleman is called upon for assistance when organizations like Whirlpool, NASA, Deloitte, the World Bank, and Zappos need to boost their customers’ experience. For over a decade, Joey has helped organizations retain their best customers and turn them into raving fans via his entertaining and actionable keynotes, workshops, and consulting projects.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Joey-Coleman

Jeanne BlissWorld-wide Speaker and Executive Coach on Customer Driven Growth

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.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Jeanne-Bliss

Lee Cockerell, Former Operations VP for Walt Disney World Resort

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.

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

Curt Coffman, Executive Fellow at the Daniel School of Business

Curt Coffman has consulted and spoken for many Fortune 100 and 500 companies, and his work has spanned the Western Hemisphere, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. An insightful and completely engaging speaker on leadership, management, and customers, Mr. Coffman has helped thousands of groups create great places to work.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Curt-Coffman 

Sally Hogshead , Innovative Personal Branding and Customer Service Speaker

Sally Hogshead is a Hall of Fame speaker, international author, and the world’s leading expert on fascination. Growing up with the last name Hogshead would give anyone an unconventional point of view. After graduating from Duke University and starting in advertising, Sally was named the most successful junior copywriter of all time.

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

Brett King, Speaker on financial services and customer experience

Brett King, the best selling author of the groundbreaking book BANK 2.0, is the founder of the first direct mobile bank in the US and UK (Movenbank) and a strategic advisor to the world’s leading financial services organizations. He is an International Judge for the GSMA Global Mobile Awards, the Asian Banker Retail Excellence Awards and for the MiddleEast Business Achievement Awards.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Brett-King

Scott McKain, Dynamic Speaker on Sales and Customer Service

Scott McKain’s underlying message to his audiences is this: be distinct. It’s that simple – see what your competition is doing, and do something else. By creating distinction in a saturated, homogenized, marketplace you’ll attract loyal customers and lifelong referrals. Standing out and being different is never a bad thing – especially when it comes to customer service!

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

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]

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

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

5 Speakers Audiences Will be Talking About in January 2016

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January is prime-time for sales rallies, kick-offs, and launches. Meet the 5 Speakers whose incredible  energy and  enthusiasm for their subjects bring a renewed sense of purpose to every January event.  If your goals, ambitions, and dreams are big for 2016 these are the Speakers who will help make them happen.

Dan Clark | Inspirational Teamwork and Sales Speaker

Dan Clark’s energetic and inspiring keynotes could take you from January 1 to December 31 all on their own.  Dan is one of the most requested Speakers  on the circuit for clients who want to inspire their audience to raise the bar on everything from sales to life. His process is simple and actionable as he outlines the why, how, and when of either selling or living with passion. 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 team on how to drive BIG results. Attendees will leave his presentation feeling equipped with the tools to deepen their existing client relationships and excited to begin new ones.

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

You’ve had a brilliant idea that is creative, innovative, and has the possibility to generate a lot of revenue for your company – but great ideas are not worth much if they cannot be put into action. Transforming raw, unpolished ideas into a reality can be very challenging and Josh Linkner’s innovative presentations provide the motivation, tools, and methodologies to turn those big ideas into big results… with big profits!

Marci Rossell | CNBC Chief Economist, Speaker on Finance

Marci Rossell will energize your audience as she shines an optimistic light on the issues and trends shaping the Economy. Marci’s pertinent, upbeat, and thought provoking commentaries on the markets and the Economy will open audiences’ eyes to the challenges and opportunities for the year ahead.

Marc Wayshak | Speaker on Innovative Selling

Marc Wayshak is an All-American athlete, Ivy League graduate, and start-up entrepreneur who can teach your audience how to excel at Sales in the year ahead. His presentation on The Game Plan Selling System, a revolutionary sales methodology, is based on three tenets: Be Distinct; Be Systematic; and, live by the Prospecting Play Book. With his coaching, Marc’s audiences leave his presentations eager to put his innovative selling system into use.

 

*Speakers are listed in alphabetical order