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

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

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

Yossi Ghinsberg | Inspirational Speaker and Adventurer

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

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

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

Sally Hogshead | Innovative Branding and Marketing Speaker

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

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

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

Benjamin Zander | Conductor for the Boston Philharmonic and Leadership Speaker

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

*Speakers are listed in alphabetical order

Top Speakers On Change for October 2015

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

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

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

Dr. Gary Bradt | Expert on Adaptability 

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

John Cassis | Humorous & Motivational Speaker 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carol Kinsey Goman | Expert on Non-verbal communication 

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

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

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

Dr. Janet Lapp | Change Management Expert and Motivational Speaker

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

Steve Rizzo | Entertainer & Motivational Speaker 

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

*Speakers are listed alphabetically

5 Speakers Who Could Have Helped Matt Damon on Mars

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

Alexander Blass | Entrepreneur and Award-winning Innovator

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

Jim Carroll | Futurist, Speaker and Author on Trends      

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

Frans Johansson | Speaker on Diversity and Intuitive Innovation

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

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

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

Dr. Hendrie Weisinger | Expert on Emotional Intelligence and Resilience

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

 

*Speakers are listed in alphabetical order

5 Speakers Who Should be Featured on 60 Minutes

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A few weeks ago we were thrilled when our Speaker Dr. Robert Ballard was featured on an episode of 60 Minutes, the longest continuously running prime-time show in American television history. Dr. Ballard was fascinating, intriguing, and proved on-screen that he is an amazing storyteller which contributes to making him a powerful Speaker.  At the office the next day we had a debate, and then a vote as to who else we thought should be featured on 60 minutes. Below are our top 5 choices for Speakers who we truly believe would fascinate TV viewers as they have with every live audience we have ever booked them for (Also we’re sending this list to Morley Safer!)*

Shawn Achor | Happiness Guru, Best-selling author of The Happiness Advantage

Happiness is a science. It is also a prevalent goal that so many people are trying to obtain, whether at home or at work. Unfortunately, most people have their “happiness plan” backwards – and that’s where positive psychology expert Shawn Achor comes in. Believing that happiness is the result of success, money, etc., few recognize that happiness is not the end result – it is the cause. After extensive research, Shawn Achor found that the most successful people with the healthiest social relationships began their endeavors with optimism and positivity – Happiness is not the goal, but the catalyst for overall contentment. Shawn provides practical applications to help his audiences shift their mindsets, teaching them how to be happy first, and watch the rest fall into place.

Robyn Benincasa | CNN Hero, Firefighter, and expert on Teamwork

Robyn Benincasa is the ultimate influencer – she inspires those around her to take beautifully brazen risks like climb a mountain, join an adventure racing team, or even start their own business. As a professional adventure racer, Robyn has travelled the world, pushing her body and her team to new and exciting heights. She is also a full time firefighter in America’s first all-female crew and is the founder of Project Athena: a non-profit dedicated to helping women with medical issues achieve their athletic dreams. Robyn’s stories excite, inspire, and astonish anyone who hears them – her narrative will capture all audiences and empower them to recognize that their limitations are simply their own perceptions, not their reality.

Dr. George Friedman | Founder of STRATFOR and expert on Geopolitics

Businesses no longer operate in an isolated environment. Our ever-growing interconnectivity compels organizations to not just observe what is going on in their own backyards, but to extend their watch beyond their borders. Dr. George Friedman is an expert on how business is being impacted by both events and individuals half way across the world. He is a master analyst who evaluates global trends and identifies who and what will affect how your organization does business – either bracing for a significant shift in foreign dynamics or identifying emerging markets that could result in huge opportunities. His fascinating insights would appeal to audiences from executives of large corporations to anyone who wants to keep their fingers on the pulse of global developments.

Cam Marston | Motivational Speaker and Generational Expert

There is no greater workplace issue impacting business today than generational conflict. Cam Marston is the leading authority on how the changing generational demographics in the workplace and in the marketplace will influence your business. Cam explains the differences of each generation currently in the workplace and how to recruit, retain, and manage each of these diverse groups. Furthermore, he also knows exactly how to sell to each of them. Cam’s insights into the generational differences will inform employers as to how to ease tensions that arise in the office, cultivate a collaborative working environment, and increase sales!

Peter Ricchiuti | Economist, and Professor at the Freeman School of Business at Tulane University

Too often economic experts use abstruse jargon when speaking of finance, making it inaccessible to those outside the financial realm. Peter Ricchiuti is the economist who makes finance not only easily understandable, but fun too! Peter has a fantastic sense of humor and uses it to connect with his audiences – explaining the economy and finance in a way that is inclusive of all knowledge-bases and backgrounds. Peter Ricchiuti is truly The Everyman’s Economist!

 

*Speakers are listed in alphabetical order