10 Speakers That Were Trending in October 2018

Every month, Clients call, email, and even text us asking about different Speakers they are considering for upcoming events.  They ask questions, view videos, read testimonials and in some cases request a call with a Speaker, something we are delighted to arrange. Based on all that activity, here are the 10 Speakers clients were talking about in October 2018..

Michelle Ray | Change, Communication and Leadership Speaker

Born in Australia and now residing in Vancouver, Canada,  leadership  expert, Michelle Ray is an award-winning speaker and founder of the Lead Yourself First Institute. Michelle began her career in the media industry with one of Australia’s leading broadcasting networks. She worked her way up the management ladder and was responsible for the sales revenues of 25 radio and television affiliate stations.

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

Adrian Gostick – Bestselling Leadership Author & Organizational Culture Expert

How do today’s best leaders accelerate business results? By engaging their employees to execute on strategy, vision, and values. In his challenging, information-packed talks, #1 bestselling  leadership  author Adrian Gostick provides real solutions on managing change, organizational culture, driving innovation, and leading high-performance teams.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Adrian-Gostick

Janet Lapp – Expert on Change and Employee Motivation

What would happen if everyone in the organization saw the positives and not the problems in change? This question inspired Dr. Janet Lapp and her team to conduct decades of research enacting these types of changes in the workplace, with amazingly positive results. Janet shares the evidence-based results derived from years of experience in both her books and stage performances. She has a professor’s ability to translate complex theory into usable answers, and a humorist’s knack for getting ideas across in an entertaining way.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Dr.-Janet-Lapp

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

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

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

Greg McKeown – Social Innovator, Peak Performance Speaker & Author

Greg McKeown has dedicated his career to discovering why some people break through to the next level—and others don’t. The definitive treatment of this issue is addressed in McKeown’s latest project: the instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller,  Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Greg–McKeown

Polly LaBarre – Bestselling Author, Co-Founder of Management Lab,  Founding Writer of Fast Company

For more than 20 years, Polly LaBarre has used her writing, business consulting, and speaking to help organizations unleash and organize human potential in ever more powerful ways. Polly has devoted her career to helping leaderslearn to lead differently. The disruptive  business environment today demands it, and the best leaders and companies today have found out-of-the-box ways to invent the future by shedding bureaucracy and engaging their people in completely new ways.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Polly-LaBarre

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

George Friedman is an internationally recognized geopolitical forecaster and bestselling author. As Founder and Chairman of Geopolitical Futures, a new online publication dedicated to forecasting the course of global events, Friedman combines his passion for writing and publishing for his readers world wide who follow international affairs.

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

Natalie Stavas – Harvard Doctor, Athlete, International Humanitarian, Motivational Speaker

Dr. Natalie Stavas shares inspiring real-life stories based on her experiences as a physician at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and an instructor in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. She is also described as a healer, educator and Boston community leader, and received the 2012 Change Maker award from The Boston Foundation.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Natalie-Stavas

Josh Linkner – Speaker on Creativity, Innovation, and Leadership

Josh Linkner – who started his career as a jazz guitarist – personifies creativity, entrepreneurship and disruptive innovation.  He has been the founder and CEO of four tech companies, which sold for a combined value of over $200 million.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Josh-Linkner

Commander/Dr. Mary Kelly – Author, International Speaker, and Leadership Economist

Dr. Mary Kelly with a PhD in economics, is an internationally-known economist and expert specializing in the fields of leadership, productivity, communication, she focuses on strategy and tactics that improve productivity and profit growth. Commander Mary Kelly served 25 years in the US Navy as an intelligence and logistics officer, mostly in Asia. She was an HR Director, a chief of police, and she was part of the team that ran Pearl Harbor.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Dr.-Mary-Kelly

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]

Leadership = Solving Problems by Ty Bennett

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Are you a problem solver?

Leadership = Problem Solving

About Ty Bennett:

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

To Learn more about Ty contact [email protected]

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

4 Great Books on Communications Everyone Should Read

We have been reviewing and researching speakers on communication for 18 years and have seen some incredibly  insightful presentations. Based on client feedback, here are 4 of the best books on communications by 4 great speakers.

Kindra Hall – Author, Speaker, and Communication Expert

Kindra Hall knows the challenges executives, top performers and brands experience as they try to capture attention in a crowded marketplace. Kindra is former Vice President of Sales for a multi-million dollar enterprise, national champion storyteller, 2014 Storytelling World Award recipient, a former board member of the National Storytelling Network, and she earned her Master’s Degree in Organizational Communication and Management conducting original research that examined the role of storytelling in organizational socialization.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Kindra-Hall

Dr. Nick Morgan – One of America’s Top Communication Theorists and Coaches

Dr. Nick Morgan is one of America’s top communication speakers, theorists and coaches. A passionate teacher, he is committed to helping people find clarity in their thinking and ideas – and then delivering them with panache. He has coached people to give Congressional testimony, to appear on the Today Show, and to deliver an unforgettable TED talk. He has worked widely with political and educational leaders. And he has himself spoken, led conferences, and moderated panels at venues around the world.

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

Curt Steinhorst –  Speaker on Strategic Communications & Digital Distractions

Curt Steinhorst is the bestselling author of Can I Have Your Attention? Inspiring Better Work Habits, Focusing Your Team, and Getting Stuff Done in the Constantly Connected Workplace. He is on a mission to rescue us from our distracted selves. After years studying the impact of tech on human behavior, Curt founded Focuswise, a consultancy that equips organizations to overcome the distinct challenges of the constantly-connected workplace.

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

Margie Warrell – Author, and Speaker on Human Potential & Communication

Margie Warrell is an international thought leader in human potential who is passionate about empowering people to engage in bigger conversations and lead more purposeful lives. Margie draws on her professional background in Fortune 500 business, psychology, and coaching to provide programs on communicationleadership and resilience to a diverse range of organizations worldwide.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Margie-Warrell

To Learn more about these speakers contact [email protected]

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

Top 10 Speakers on the Trends Shaping Teamwork

Are you part of a team at work? Teams inspires people to engage, innovate and commit to a common goal. Teams are held together by important values like trust, respect and loyalty, essential in any organization. When things go right, Teams celebrate, when things go wrong, Teams learn. But how do you build a great team and what do you need to do to keep it focused.  Here are the Top 10 Speakers on The Trends Shaping Teamwork.

Stacy Allison 

Stacy Allison has climbed the world’s most famous mountain. Now she’s helping organizations across the globe scale their own monumental challenges. Stacy understands mountains: she has been climbing mountains and leading expeditions for more than 20 years in remote regions around the world, including Tibet, Pakistan, and Russia.

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

Ross Bernstein

Ever wonder why certain teams win consistently, whereas others come up short? Ross Bernstein explains why – in an engaging and visually entertaining style that’s designed to improve your organization’s productivity, morale and bottom-line profitability.

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


Robyn Benincasa

Robyn Benincasa – NYT Best-Selling Author of How Winning Works: 8 Essential Leadership Lessons from the Toughest Teams on Earth and World Champion Adventure Racer – accepts full blame for inspiring people to do insane things like climb Mount Kilimanjaro, run their first triathlon, start their own adventure racing teams, or start their own businesses. This is, after all, who she is and what she does: Robyn Benincasa inspires people to do amazing things. Her unforgettable presentations have taught countless high-performance leaders all over the world about Building World Class Teams and the followership skills necessary for dynamic role shifting and true teamwork.

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

Chester Elton

One of today’s most influential voices in workplace trends, Chester Elton has spent two decades helping clients engage their employees to execute on strategy, vision, and values. In his provocative, inspiring and always entertaining talks, #1 bestselling leadership author Chester Elton provides real solutions to leaders looking to manage change, drive innovation, and lead a multi-generational workforce. Elton’s work is supported by research with more than 850,000 working adults, revealing the proven secrets behind high-performance cultures and teams.

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

Captain Larry Brudnicki

Captain Larry Brudnicki is the Captain of the Coast Guard ship that performed two dramatic rescues during the real Perfect Storm. These unbelievable rescues are a small part of a thirty-year career assessing risks, making decisions and inspiring teamwork.

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

Dr. Tasha Eurich

Tasha Eurich is an organizational psychologist, researcher, and New York Times best-selling author. She’s built a reputation as a fresh, modern voice in the business world by pairing her scientific grounding in human behavior with a pragmatic approach to solving problems.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Dr.-Tasha-Eurich

Mark Eaton

Mark Eaton is a team building expert who shares with organizations and audiences nationwide, how he went from a 7’4? 21 year old mechanic who couldn’t play basketball to a 12 year career as an NBA All-Star with the Utah Jazz.

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


The Passing Zone

The Passing Zone, Jon Wee and Owen Morse have been educating and entertaining audiences together for over 20 years; they have one of the longest standing partnerships in corporate entertainment, a true demonstration of The Power of Partnership and teamwork.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/The-Passing-Zone


Rob Waldman

Lt. Col. (ret.) Rob Waldo Waldman – The Wingman  teaches organizations how to build trusting, revenue producing relationships with their employees, partners, and customers while sharing his experiences as a combat decorated F-16 fighter pilot and businessman.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Waldo-Waldman

Amy C. Edmondson

Amy C. Edmondson is the Novartis Professor of leadership and  management. Her research examines leadership, learning and innovation in teams and organizations, and has been published in numerous academic and managerial articles.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Amy-C.-Edmondson


To Learn more about these speakers contact [email protected]

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

The Top 10 Speakers on Growth

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

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

Video https://thesweeneyagency.com/video.php?i=1041

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

Video https://thesweeneyagency.com/video.php?i=213

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/video.php?i=639

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

Video https://thesweeneyagency.com/video.php?i=885

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

Video https://thesweeneyagency.com/video.php?i=260

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

Video https://thesweeneyagency.com/video.php?i=838

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

Video https://thesweeneyagency.com/video.php?i=381

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

Video https://thesweeneyagency.com/video.php?i=1048

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

Video https://thesweeneyagency.com/video.php?i=1039

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

Video https://thesweeneyagency.com/video.php?i=678

10 Highest Rated Speakers on Achieving Peak Performance

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

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

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

Jenny Evans – Stress Resiliency Expert, Speaker & Author

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

Walter Bond Mr. Accountability and Former NBA Athlete

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

Brent Gleeson – Navy Seal Combat Veteran & Motivational Leadership Speaker

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

Rick Searfoss – Astronaut and Speaker on Leadership and Teamwork

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

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

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

Scott Welle – Speaker & Author on Peak Performance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





12 Highest Rated Speakers on Change

The beginning of a new year is a time famous for resolutions and making big changes. But whether it’s adopting a healthier lifestyle, de-cluttering the house, or starting a new protocol at work, dealing with change is at best, daunting, and at worst, practically impossible. Remember all the broken resolutions of 2016? These next 12 Speakers have made careers out of helping companies, organizations, and individuals handle change. Follow the links to see how they can help you keep your resolutions in 2017.

Steve Rizzo on Embracing Change https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Steve-Rizzo

Daryl Conner on Managing Change https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Daryl-Conner

Eric Boles on Change in the New Reality https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Eric-Boles

Dr. Janet Lapp on Motivating Change https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Dr.-Janet-Lapp

Shawn Achor on Making a Positive Change https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Shawn-Achor

Joel Zeff on Helping your Team through Change https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Joel-Zeff

Dr. Carol Kinsey Goman on Communicating Change https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Carol-Kinsey-Goman

Joseph Grenny on the Power of Change https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Joseph-Grenny

Dr. Mark DeVolder on Adapting to Change https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Dr.-Mark-DeVolder

Scott A. Snook on Leading Change  https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Scott-A.-Snook

Mark Thompson on Driving Change https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Mark-Thompson

Dr. Gary Bradt on Change as an Opportunity https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Dr.-Gary-Bradt 

5 Ways Millennials Have Reshaped the Workplace


Clients from every industry regularly ask us for Speakers who can deliver presentations about managing different generations in the workplace. The four generational groups—the Matures, the Boomers, the Gen-Xers, and the Millennials—have seemingly incompatible views on leadership, and approach work based on each group’s defining core values.  Here, 5 of our top Speakers on Leadership highlight how Millennials in particular have reshaped the workplace:

Cam Marston, Author and Speaker on Leading 4 Generations in the Workplace:One of the greatest contributions Millennials have made to the workplace is that they’ve further flattened the communication hierarchy so that anyone with an idea or with a suggestion is a welcomed voice, no matter their rank, tenure, or age. The Millennials have democratized the workplace to a degree today’s modern workplace has never seen and we’re all better for it. Video Link: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Cam-Marston

Lynne Lancaster, Author and Speaker on Bridging Communication between the Generations:One of the greatest contributions Millennials have made is “finding new ways to get things done.”  They are great at assessing complex situations and suggesting ways to be more effective, often using technology or collaboration tools.

Video Link: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Lynne-Lancaster

Seth Mattison Speaker on Building Next Gen Enterprises for a Next Gen Workforce: One of the greatest contributions Millennials have made to the workplace is openness. Millennials understand that by working from a position of openness and collaboration everyone becomes empowered to impact their company, culture, and community.

Video Link: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Seth-Mattison

Mark Crowley, Author and Speaker on Leadership from the Heart: One of the greatest contributions Millennials have made to the workplace is reinventing how companies lead and manage people. Millennials have inspired leaders to be more caring and supportive and to be more like a coach than director.  They’ve brought purpose back to the workplace and restored the value of frequent feedback.  Their needs for engagement have made leveraging strengths and growing professionally critical components of all job descriptions.

Video Link: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Mark-C.-Crowley

Bruce Tulgan, Author and Speaker on Managing Millennials in the Workplace:One of the greatest contributions Millennials have made to the workplace is to show the rest of us what it looks like to build a career you can wrap around the life you want to have, rather than the other way around.

Video Link: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Bruce-Tulgan

12 Highest Rated Leadership Speakers

More and more clients are asking us for Speakers who can show their Leaders how to engage, inspire, encourage, and develop their employees and teams. Here are our 12 highest rated Speakers on Leadership.

Mike Abrashoff, Former Commander, USS Benfold

Mike Abrashoff‘s inspiring speeches challenge people to re-imagine their own leadership thinking and instill a renewed responsibility for results and success. At the age of 36, the Navy selected Abrashoff to become Commander of USS Benfold, at the time the most junior commanding officer in the Pacific Fleet.

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


Ty Bennett, Speaker on Leadership, Communication and Entrepreneurship

More than one million people from 50 countries have learned from Ty Bennett’s insights on Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Communication. When Ty was 21 years old he started a business with his brother Scott, which they built to over $20 million in annual revenue while still in their twenties.

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


Polly Labarre, Speaks about Innovation, Leadership and Management

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

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Polly-LaBarre


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

Known simply as FlyGirl, Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour went from beat cop to combat pilot in 3 years. Within months of earning her wings, she found herself flying over the deserts of Iraq supporting the men and women on the ground. She is your battle-tested speaker and ignites audiences with a dynamic spark that can’t be extinguished.

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


Chester Elton, Bestselling Leadership Author

Called the “Apostle of appreciation” by the Globe and Mail, Canada’s largest newspaper, and “creative and refreshing‚” by the New York Times, Chester Elton is co-author of several successful leadership books. All In, The Carrot Principleand What Motivates Me have been New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestsellers. His work has been called a “must read for modern managers,” by Larry King of CNN.

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


Tasha Eurich, Organizational Psychologist and Speaker on Leadership & Teamwork

Tasha Eurich is an organizational psychologist, researcher, and New York Times best-selling author. She’s built a reputation as a fresh, modern voice in the business world by pairing her scientific grounding in human behavior with a pragmatic approach to solving problems.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Dr.-Tasha-Eurich


Mark Thompson, Authority and top Speaker on Leadership, Driving Change & Innovation

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

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


Dr. Nicole Lipkin, Organizational Psychologist, Speaker and Author on Leadership

Dr. Nicole Lipkin helps organizations, leaders and their teams develop behaviors and practices that increase personal and organizational resilience and sustainability by integrating the science of human behavior with practical approaches to business and leadership challenges.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Dr.-Nicole-Lipkin

Steve Farber, Speaker on Extreme Leadership

Bestselling Author  Steve Farber is the president of Extreme Leadership, Incorporated, and the founder of The Extreme Leadership Institute, organizations devoted to the cultivation and development of Extreme Leaders in the business community, non-profits and education.

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


Libby Gill, Leadership and Employee Engagement Speaker, Brand Strategist

After nearly twenty years in senior leadership roles in communications at media giants Universal, Sony and Turner Broadcasting, Libby is now CEO of executive coaching and consulting firm Libby Gill & Company. A sought-after international speaker, she guides established and emerging leaders to increase passion and productivity in their organizations.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Libby-Gill

Patrick Lencioni, Management Consultant and Speaker on Organizational Health

Patrick Lencioni is founder and president of The Table Group, a firm dedicated to providing organizations with ideas, products and services that improve teamwork, clarity and employee engagement. His passion for organizations and teams is reflected in his writing, speaking and executive consulting.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Patrick-Lencioni

Carol Kinsey Goman, Speaker on Leadership, Body Language, Collaboration, and Change

Carol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D., is an international keynote speaker, specializing in leadership and nonverbal communication. She coaches executives, women leaders, salespeople, and managers to build strong and productive business relationships by projecting confidence, credibility, caring, and charisma.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Carol-Kinsey-Goman

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7 Ways You Can Build Trust at Work


Building and communicating trust is essential in every work environment. Whether you are a leader, a team member or an entrepreneur, helping people understand that they can count on you is a powerful way to build great relationships in business and in life. Here are tips on building trust from 7 of our most requested Leadership Speakers.

David Horsager, Author of “The Trust Edge”“The number one action people can take to improve trust at work is to make and keep a commitment – especially the small ones that happen every day! Doing what you say you will do, when you said you would do it (even when you don’t feel like it), is one of the best ways to improve trust at work.” –https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/David-Horsager

Dan Coughlin, Speaker on Accelerating Your Impact as Leader “Building trust is easy to explain and semi-hard to do. First, always do what you said you would do. If you can’t do it, then communicate ahead of time that you won’t be able to do it. Second, apologize when you do something wrong. Don’t try to avoid the consequences, just say, “I was wrong. I apologize. ”https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Dan-Coughlin

Ty Bennett, Speaker and Author of “Partnership is the New Leadership” Leaders who are accessible, approachable & authentic create a conversational leadership style that builds trust with their people. That’s why I believe in today’s world, Partnership is the new leadership. https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Ty-Bennett

Libby Gill, Executive Coach and Leadership Expert Fearless feedback is one of the best trust-builders in the workplace. People at all levels appreciate purposeful feedback given from the heart that has the individual’s and the organization’s best interests in mind. Clear and concise comments that blend kindness and candor engage both the giver and the receiver in an ongoing communication loop that ultimately builds trust, respect, and performance. If you’re not getting feedback, ask for it!https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Libby-Gill

Anthony “AB” Bourke, Former F-16 Fighter Pilot and Speaker on Leadership and Teamwork. Trust can be earned over time through core qualities of honesty, loyalty and transparency.   Once a pilot becomes a member of a squadron, trust is accelerated through continued tactical training missions followed by open and honest feedback sessions that we call Debrief. Debrief is a safe zone where pilots provide each other honest feedback that celebrates best practices and corrects execution errors.  This “open kimono” approach to embracing continuous improvement is a powerful tool to building trust amongst peers and driving better results in any organization.https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Anthony-Bourke

Victoria Labalme, Founder of The Throughline™, Risk Forward & Rock The Room® “If you want to build trust, learn to listen. There is nothing quite so powerful as giving someone your full attention. In this crazy-busy world, true listening Stops Time. The people to whom you are closest are those who truly listen, who don’t interrupt you, and who don’t pounce the moment you’re done speaking. If you want your team to express their best ideas, innovate, commit and pour their heart into their work, you need to allow them to express their thoughts, however awkwardly they may emerge, follow their Throughline (the driving force in all they do), and provide for them the safety and the springboard to Risk Forward.” https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Victoria-Labalme

Nick Morgan, Communications Expert and Author of “Power Cues: The Subtle Science of Leading Groups, Persuading Others, and Maximizing Your Personal Impact. How do you improve trust at work?  Develop an authentic personal style, and disclose some — but by no means all — personal struggles you have worked through.  We develop trust when we share problems. https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Dr.-Nick-Morgan