Communication

The Sweeney Agency will help you find the perfect Communication Speaker for your event by providing you with all the information you need to make the right decision. We take into account your conference or event objectives, audience dynamics and expected outcomes and provide you with speaker bios, video clips, topic outlines, and independent perspectives on the best Speakers on Communication, Networking and Motivation available. Working closely with the speaker you choose, we will ensure he or she delivers a customized presentation that informs, inspires and entertains.

    Bill Acheson Speaker

    Bill Acheson

    Non-verbal body language communication expert for sales and marketing professionals.

     About

    Bill Acheson is an expert in nonverbal communication. Since 1985, Bill has taught communication at the University of Pittsburgh. As a keynote speaker, he uses his knowledge of nonverbal communication, body language, to teach professionals how to project themselves with greater impact. In the process they also learn to interpret the subconscious messages sent by others.

    Presenting academic research with humor and an engaging personality, Bill Acheson presents a model so compelling that people use the information before they leave the room.

    Bill Acheson has worked with professionals from such companies as 3M, American Express, AIG, Bank of America, Citigroup, Ernst & Young, Fidelity Investments, Finance America, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Nationwide, Smith Barney, and Van Kampen Investments.

    Amplify Your Sales Speaker

    Amplify Your Sales

    5 Tips on Sales to make 2021 better than ever

     About

    Click here to receive your Customized List of the Best Speakers on Sales

    Our Sales Speakers have used their knowledge to adapt and create actionable and engaging presentations on how organizations can pivot to embrace the opportunities presented by the pandemic.

    Ranging from Virtual Keynotes to Fireside chats, all with interactive elements, let our Sales Speakers help your 2021 Sales Conference.

    We work with some of the best Sales Speakers in the speaking world and asked them all the same question:

    What is your number 1 sales tip? 

    Here’s how they answered:

    1. Say Yes to Misfortune – Scott McKain

    Scott McKain, Dynamic Speaker on Innovation, Sales & Customer Service - The Sweeney Agency Speakers Bureau

    Saying “yes” implies a course of positive action. The predictable expletive, “No!” can fill up our time and energy because saying “no” is
    frequently a commitment to an unproductive struggle that reinforces helplessness and inertia.

    Responding positively to problems is the prerequisite to overcoming bad things that occur so we can break down our challenges and move forward.

    People thrive on challenges, and are the winners who get things done.

    Scott McKain is a Dynamic Speaker on Innovation, Sales & Customer Service.

     

    2. The 80/20 Rule – Tim Sanders

    Tim Sanders - Renowned Communication and Leadership Speaker at The Sweeney Agency Speakers Bureau

    Some great advice we received from Tim Sanders, VP of Customer Insights for Upwork just after starting The Sweeney Agency:

    “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 your incredible help and that will create such great relationships
    that you will build both a great business and a great life.”

    Tim Sanders is a renowned Communication and Leadership Speaker.

    3. A Vision of the Future – Ryan Estis

    Ryan Estis - Speaks on Business Performance, Leadership and Sales - The Sweeney Agency - Coronavirus

    Communicating compassionately, consistently, confidently and courageously is precisely what is required during a crisis. Our research has found that two of the biggest drivers of engagement and commitment from employees are confidence in their senior leadership and confidence in the future of the
    organization.

    Now is the time to model scenarios to create a long-term plan and vision for your business, fully aware that you will be agile enough to adapt when new information is available or the landscape suddenly changes.

    Ryan Estis speaks on Business Performance, Leadership and Sales.

     

    4. Be Indiana Jones – Sterling Hawkins

    Innovation Keynote Sterling Hawkins The Sweeney Agency Speakers Bureau

    At the climax of Indiana Jones & The Holy Grail, the Nazis are turned to dust after selected a gem studded chalice they believe to be the Holy Grail. Indy chooses a simple wooden cup that is in fact the true Holy Grail.

    In the context of business, most of us scramble to have the “right” message on social media or want to make things look a certain way. The same optics that make the false grail so beautiful.

    This is a powerful lesson: the substance of something, is ultimately infinitely more important than what it looks like. Optics may present a short term gain but will always lose in the long run and at a macro level.

    Sterling Hawkins is a leading speaker on Breakthrough Innovation, Tech Entrepreneur and Leadership Expert.

    5. Ask Open-Ended Questions – Diana Kander

    Diana Kander, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Speaker, The Sweeney Agency

    Your customers’ natural inclination is to be nice, not honest. Open-ended questions give your potential customers the option to respond very honestly and to fully explain the problems they’re
    facing (that your product may or may not solve).

    Ask leading questions that broadcast the answer you want to hear, such as:

    • “Are you…”
    • “Will you…”
    • “Won’t you…”
    • “Didn’t you…”
    • “Can’t you…”

    Diana Kander is an Entrepreneur, Author, and Speaker on Innovation.

    Get in touch to book your next great sales speaker.

    John Baldoni Speaker

    John Baldoni

    Executive Coach, Author and Speaker on Leadership

     About

    Click Here to Watch John's Virtual Presentation

    John Baldoni is a globally recognized leadership educator, certified Master Corporate Executive Coach, and author of 15 books that have been translated into ten languages.

     John’s books include Grace Notes: Leading in an Upside-Down World, GRACE: A Leader’s Guide to a Better Us, MOXIE: The Secret to Bold and Gutsy Leadership, Lead with Purpose, Lead Your Boss and The Leader’s Pocket Guide. 

    In 2021, the International Federation of Learning and Development named John a World-Class Mentor and named him to its Hall of Fame. Also in 2021, Global Gurus ranked John a Top 20 global leadership expert, a list he has been on since 2007. In 2018 Inc.com named John a Top 100 speaker and Trust Across America honored John with its Lifetime Achievement Award for Trust. In 2014 Inc.com listed John as a Top 50 leadership expert.

    John is also a member of the renowned Marshall Goldsmith 100 coaches, a group of executive coaches and thought leaders from the worlds of business, academia and social service.

    John established a career as a highly sought after executive coach, where he has had the privilege of working with senior leaders in virtually every industry from pharmaceutical to real estate, packaged goods to automobiles, and finance to health care.

    John has authored more than 800 leadership columns for a variety of online publications including Forbes, Harvard Business Review and Inc.com John also produces and appears in a video coaching series for SmartBrief, a news channel with over 4 million readers. John is also the host of LinkedIn Live’s Grace under pressure interview series. John’s leadership resource website is www.johnbaldoni.com .

    Pamela Barnum Speaker

    Pamela Barnum

    Former Undercover Police Officer & Federal Prosecutor, Trust Strategist & Body Language Expert

     About

    Click Here to Watch Pamela's Virtual Presentation

    Imagine what it would be like to live as a different person with a different name, identity, and background. Working for months at a time with dangerous people, and your success depended on establishing trust. That’s precisely what Pamela Barnum did for years working undercover in the Drug Enforcement Section. She learned real-world techniques for building trust and interpreting body language.

    When Pamela left policing she accepted a position as a federal prosecuting attorney, spending countless hours in the courtroom, perfecting her nonverbal communication and trust-building techniques. Following a successful 20-year career in the criminal justice system, Pamela studied corporate negotiations in graduate school. Now, she shares her expertise with others, teaching them invaluable communication skills to build trust, improve relationships, and increase influence.

    Pamela has been a featured trust strategist and body language expert, contributing to print media, radio, and television news programs. Her TEDx Talk, What Drug Dealers Taught Me About Trust, was viewed more than 400,000 times in the first year.

    Pamela is a sought after speaker for both live and virtual events.

    David Barrett Speaker

    David Barrett

    Bridging the Gap Between Strategy and Execution – 7 Elements of Strategic Execution

     About

    David Barrett has followed a career path ideally suited to tackling issues of strategic planning and strategy execution for today’s organizations.

    David has vast experience in the corporate world at a major Canadian bank, the high-tech world with Symantec Corporation - combined with many entrepreneurial ventures, including: a conference business; software development firm; speaker bureau; and most recently, a TED-style event series for professionals across North America. He has spent his career building the foundation and experience to help leaders and their companies get results.

    David splits his time between the life of a professional speaker and workshop leader, and his role as the National Program Director for the Schulich Executive Education Centre at the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto.

    He has authored or co-authored six books over the past five years, including the Amazon best-seller 7 Elements of Strategy Execution - Creating a Culture That Will Ensure Strategy Success. David's forthcoming book is The Keys to our Success - Tools, Techniques, Templates and Ideas That Some of our Best Project Managers Use to be Successful. Coming Soon! Twenty-nine new authors/project managers tell us what makes them successful. Amazon Blitz day coming this January, 2020.

    Ty Bennett Speaker

    Ty Bennett

    Leadership, Communication, and Sales Speaker

     About

    Click Here to Watch Ty's Virtual Presentation

    • Speaker on Leadership, Communication and Entrepreneurship
    • Talks about: Partnership is the New Leadership & The Power of Storytelling
    • Featured as one of the Top 40 Under 40, Founder of Leadership Inc., and author of 3 bestselling books, built a direct sales business to over $20 million in annual revenues by age 21
    • Past clients include: Coca-Cola, Subway, Blue Cross Blue Shield and RE/MAX

    Ty Bennett is the founder of Leadership Inc., a speaking and training company with a mission to improve communications and empower individuals and organizations to challenge their status quo, cultivate exceptional relationships - and compete in extraordinary ways. He has worked with over 500 leaders, in over 37 countries, to help them fine-tune their sales and leadership skills. He’s changing lives - one leader at a time.

    At 21, Ty and his brother built a direct sales business to over $20 million in annual revenues. He was featured as one of the Top 40 Under 40 - and was dubbed one of the 10 Coolest Entrepreneurs in Utah.

    He has traversed the world speaking to tens of thousands of audience members - transforming the lives, careers, and business practices of leaders from some of the most recognizable brands in the world such as: Coca-Cola, Subway, Blue Cross Blue Shield and RE/MAX.

    Ty is author of three best-selling books, with all three being used in graduate courses at multiple universities including MIT - as today’s version of “How to Win Friends and Influence People.”:

    • Partnership is the New Leadership
    • The Power of Storytelling: The Art of Influential Communication
    • The Power of Influence: Increase Your Income and Personal Impact

    He’s one of the youngest speakers ever to receive the CSP Designation from the National Association of Speakers - of which less than 5% of the world’s speakers earn this honour.

    Ty is a husband and father - and he’s PASSIONATE about helping leaders cultivate the relevance and influence they need to challenge old ways and open new doors.

    Dianna Booher Speaker

    Dianna Booher

    Bestselling Author and Speaker on Communication and Leadership

     About

    Dianna Booher works with organizations to increase their effectiveness through clear communication and with leaders to increase their impact by a stronger personal presence.

    She is a prolific author of 46 books, published in 26 languages, with nearly 4 million copies sold. Her latest books include:

    • What MORE Can I Say? Why Communication Fails and What to Do About It
    • Creating Personal Presence: Look, Talk, Think, and Act Like a Leader
    • Communicate with Confidence: How to Say it Right the First Time and Every Time
    • The Voice of Authority: 10 Communication Strategies Every Leader Needs to Know

    Several have been major book club selections. Her work is also widely available in audio, video, and online courseware.

    Major Media
    Good Morning America, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Fast Company, Forbes.com, Investor's Business Daily, Bloomberg, NPR, CNN International, FOX, CNBC, The New York Times, Washington Post, the LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Industry Week, Success, and Entrepreneur have interviewed her for opinions on critical workplace communication issues. She also a regular blogger for The Huffington Post and The CEO Magazine.

    Founder of International Training Company
    As founder of Booher Consultants and more recently Booher Research, Dianna and her staff of trainers have taken her communication principles and techniques to hundreds of organizations around the world. Communication programs offered by Booher Consultants, her former training company, include business and technical writing, proposal writing, sales presentation skills, interpersonal skills, customer service, resolving conflict, effective meetings, and listening.

    National Awards
    Dianna delivers very focused programs addressing clients’ specific communication needs as well as keynotes on other personal growth topics. She has spoken to audiences on six continents.

    IBM has honored Dianna with its Star Quality Award, given to the highest rated external supplier of professional education. Booher was also named Frito-Lay's Vendor of the Year. She also received the New York Film Festival's Cindy Award for her elearning series. Executive Book Summaries included Dianna’s Cutting Paperwork in the Corporate Culture in their "Best of the Best Business Books of the Decade." Additionally, Successful Meetings magazine named Dianna on its list of “21 Top Speakers for the 21st Century.” Executive Excellence Publishing named her as one of the “Top 100 Thought Leaders” and one of the “Top 100 Minds on Personal Development.”

    Book Your Next Great Speaker in 5 Easy Steps Speaker

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    Did last year's speaker knock your socks off? Not sure where to go next? Let our team of experienced professionals help you find your next great speaker. 

    Here's a quick guide to help you get started:

    Find A Theme

    Decide on a theme or topic for your event.

    Going through a period of transition? Looking to shake up your creative? Building trust within your teams? We have great speakers on all of those topics.

    Having trouble? Check out our IDEA GENERATOR for inspiration.

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    We will ask you some key questions to find the perfect speaker for your live or virtual event.

    We pride ourselves on our personal touch. We are small team of dedicated professionals with over 20 years experience. When you call us, you speak to us directly... and quickly.

     

     

    Shortlist

    By now, we have a great idea of what you are looking for and will send you a shortlist of exceptional speakers.

    Each speaker will be vetted with YOUR event in mind, along with our personal thoughts on how that speaker can inspire your attendees.

    Let's talk

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    From the shortlist, you've narrowed it down to two great speakers. Let's discuss your needs to help make the final decision.

    With over 20 years experience, you can trust us to provide all of the information you need to choose the right speaker.

    We work with you to find the best format for your presentation, including live streams, Q&A sessions and even follow up programs to ensure maximum engagement for your key stakeholders.

    The Details

    We will facilitate a call with your leadership team & our speaker to do a deep dive into your business to make sure their presentation really hits home.

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    Nicholas Boothman Speaker

    Nicholas Boothman

    Communication Expert and Author of How to Connect in Business in 90 Seconds or Less

     About

    Nicholas Boothman spent more than 35 years studying the way people connect, communicate face-to-face and collaborate through teamwork. A former fashion and advertising photographer who dealt with hundreds of new faces a week for clients like AT&T, Revlon and Coca-Cola, he now shows businesses around the world how to naturally connect and build trust - from first impressions to profitable relationships, and all the communicating in-between.

    The New York Times calls him "Dale Carnegie for a rushed era." The Economist magazine's Matthew Bishop calls him "truly inspirational" and Good Morning America says, "his book is my bible."  Nicholas was also voted #1 speaker by the Professional Convention Managers Association. He has taught his revolutionary technique of "Rapport by Design" to thousands of corporations, colleges and universities around the world including Queens, Harvard and London Business schools.

    A Licensed Master-Practitioner of Neurolinguistic Programming, Nicholas is the author of 4 best-selling books, How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less; How to Connect in Business in 90 Seconds or Less; How to Make Someone Fall in Love with You in 90 Minutes or Less and Convince Them in 90 Seconds.

    British by birth, North American by location, and Universal in his message - Nicholas Boothman brings a fresh perspective to connecting face-to-face in this impersonal age of high technology. His clients include: Ernst and Young, Bank of America, U.S. Dept of Justice, Arizona State University, Harvard Business School, Cognos, RE/MAX, National Bank, Sony, Merrill Lynch, Deloitte, Johnson & Johnson, Manulife, HSBC Bank, American Medical Association, Hertz Corporation, IBM, General Motors, and many others.

    Anthony Bourke Speaker

    Anthony Bourke

    Former F-16 Fighter Pilot, Popular Speaker on Peak Performance, Leadership, Communication & Sales

     About

    Click Here to Watch Anthony's Virtual Presentation

    Major Anthony “AB” Bourke is a highly accomplished and decorated F-16 fighter pilot who flew tactical missions in service to our country all over the world. He has accumulated more than 2,700 hours of flight time in various high performance aircraft - and was one of the first pilots to fly an F-16 in homeland defense efforts over New York City in the aftermath of September 11th.

    Following his impressive military career, AB applied the tools and techniques that made him one of our nation's premier fighter pilots to the competitive world of business. He ascended rapidly to become the top producing mortgage banker in the Western U.S. for a prominent lending institution. His success in the mortgage banking industry led to an opportunity with a California based start-up - where his team dramatically grew annual revenue from $500,000 to $65M in just three years.

    Following these two endeavors, AB combined his love of business with his passion for tactical aviation to build Afterburner Seminars, a global training company based on the lessons he learned in the military. While President & CEO, Afterburner grew into a best-in-class training company that was twice named one of Inc. magazine's 500 fastest growing companies.

    Currently AB serves as CEO & Founder of Mach 2 Consulting - and has shared his message of peak performance to more than 100,000 people in twelve different countries. AB brings his tactical knowledge and business acumen to the forefront of the management training world - to share how fighter pilots, and other organizations where performance truly matters, can develop a feedback system to ensure continuous improvement and peak performance. His wealth of experience and ability to connect with audiences landed AB in Inc Magazine’s 100 Great Leadership Speakers for Your Next Conference.

    Under AB's leadership as CEO - Mach 2 Consulting consistently delivers dynamic keynote speeches on leadership, communication, sales and teamwork to Fortune 1000 corporations around the globe. AB is a motivational dynamo with a proven ability to energize, enlighten and enrich your team’s experiences - to ensure a successful engagement for you and your client.

    AB’s keynotes typically align to the following groups:

    • Fortune 1000 organizations
    • Sales meetings - speeches that extend into actual training
    • Annual meetings - for various organizations such as Trade and Professional Associations
    • Management Retreats - to give your leaders an opportunity to step out of the box and think differently
    • Company off-sites - where teams are looking to improve communication and alignment

    AB continues work on his book The Art of the Debrief . A business and leadership book about the significance of how business people can use Debrief to drive continuous improvement in any organization. Anticipated for release late 2019, keep an eye for the release of AB's first book - apt to captivate all!

    Peter Bregman Speaker

    Peter Bregman

    Best-selling Author and Top-ranked Global Speaker on Leadership & Personal Growth

     About

    Peter Bregman is recognized as the #1 executive coach in the world by Leading Global Coaches. Peter coaches CEOs and senior leaders in many of the world’s premier organizations. Having started his career teaching leadership on wilderness and mountaineering expeditions, Peter is CEO of Bregman Partners - an executive coaching company that helps successful people become exceptional leaders and stellar human beings.

    Peter is ranked as a top 30 thought leader by Thinkers 50 Radar - and selected as one of the top 8 thought leaders in leadership. He is the award-winning, best-selling author and contributor of 16 books - including, most recently, Leading with Emotional Courage: How to Have Hard Conversations, Create Accountability, and Inspire Action on Your Most Important Work. His book, 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done, was a Wall Street Journal best-seller, winner of the Gold medal from the Axiom Business Book awards, named the best business book of the year by NPR - and selected by Publisher’s Weekly and the New York Post as a top ten business book. He is also the author of Four Seconds: All the Time You Need to Replace Counter-Productive Habits with Ones That Really Work, a New York Post "Top Pick for Your Career" in 2015, and Point B: A Short Guide to Leading a Big Change.

    Peter is the host of the Bregman Leadership Podcast, which offers insightful conversations with industry thought leaders - on how to become more powerful, courageous leaders. He is also a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, and his articles and commentary appear frequently in Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fast Company, Psychology Today, Forbes, The Financial Times , PBS, ABC, CNN, NPR, and FOX Business News.

    Peter created and leads the Bregman Leadership Intensive, a four-day program that transforms the way people lead - by increasing their confidence in themselves, their ability to connect with others, their commitment to what’s most important, and their emotional courage.

    Peter designed the Bregman Partners proven, proprietary Big Arrow process - to align people to work together to accomplish an organization’s most important work. The Bregman Arrow Measurement tool (BAM)©tm - quantifies the leadership and organizational gaps that block successful execution.

    He has implemented his proprietary solutions with CEOs and senior leaders in many of the world’s premier organizations, including Allianz, American Express, Brunswick Group, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan Chase, FEI, GE Capital, Merck, Clear Channel, Nike, UNICEF, among others.

    Peter earned his B.A. from Princeton University and his M.B.A. from Columbia University.

    Les Brown Speaker

    Les Brown

    Motivational Speaker and Author

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    As a renowned author, speaker, television and radio personality, Les Brown has risen to national prominence by inspiring others to shake off mediocrity and live up to their full potential. With no formal education beyond high school, Les has distinguished himself as an international authority on harnessing human potential. 

    Born a twin in low-income Liberty City in Miami, Florida, Les and his twin brother were adopted when they were six weeks old by Miss Mamie Brown. As a single woman with a big heart, Miss Brown had very little education or financial means. With young Les' inattention to school work, his restless energy, and the failure of his teachers to recognize his potential, Les was misdiagnosed as educable mentally retarded. Suffering for years by the label and the stigma, Les was nevertheless driven by his passion to learn and his hunger to achieve his goal as a radio disc jockey.

    In a humorous twist of fate and cunning, Les rose from a hip-talkin' morning DJ to a broadcast manager; from voracious reader to author; from community activist to community leader; from political commentator to three-term state legislator; from a banquet and nightclub emcee to a premier keynote speaker for Fortune 100 companies. 

    In 1986, Les entered the public speaking arena on a full-time basis and formed his own company, Les Brown Enterprises Inc., aimed at individuals and organizations, the company provides motivational products, personal development programs, speaker development workshops, keynote presentations and interactive business trainings. 

    In 1989, Les received the National Speakers Association's highest honor: The Council of Peers Award for Excellence (CPAE). In addition, he was selected one of the World's Top Five Speakers in 1992 by Toastmasters International and became the recipient of the Golden Gavel Award.

    Commencing in 1990 and recording the first in a series of six PBS specials, Les launched You Deserve which was awarded a Chicago-area Emmy. It became the leading fundraiser for pledges to PBS stations nationwide.

    In 1993, Les became the host of his own nationally syndicated daily television talk show, The Les Brown Show, in which he focused on solutions to the day's challenges rather than the problems. 

    Recognized internationally, Les is the author of three bestselling books: Up Thoughts for Down Times, Live Your Dreams, and It's Not Over Until You Win. With his Sunday morning radio talk show, Chicago Speaks with Les Brown, Les' outreach embraces the homeless and the world's most powerful leaders.

    A leading authority in understanding and stimulating human potential, Les' electric and powerful delivery, stage presence and personal insights have built his international brand of "What's Possible". Les' customized presentation is driven by his approach to each unique audience. Before he gives a speech, he builds a speech. The end result is that Les teaches and inspires each audience to new levels of awareness and achievement.

    Colette Carlson Speaker

    Colette Carlson

    Author & Motivational Speaker on Human Behaviour and Communications

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    Click Here to Watch Colette's Virtual Presentation

    • Motivational Speaker on Human Behaviour and Communications
    • Through real-world, highly-engaging, and laugh-out-loud funny keynotes, Colette teaches organizations how mindful communication creates powerful connections.
    • Master’s Degree in Human Behavior and more than 20 years of experience helping individuals change behaviors that impact their success.
    • Past clients include: Boeing, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, Fidelity, Great Clips, Federal Express

    Colette Carlson is a human behaviour expert and hall of fame keynote speaker who teaches audiences how to transform relationships through the power of connected conversations. After all, at the heart of every sale, every interaction between a leader and a team member, every conversation with a customer… is a connection.

    Colette’s presentations weave together powerful life lessons, research-backed strategies and the call to up their emotional quotient for personal and professional success. Audiences connect with Colette through her inspiring content, ability to model transformative conversations, extensive customization, and laugh-out-loud humor.

    With a Master’s Degree in Human Behaviour and more than 20 years of experience helping individuals change behaviors that impact their success, Colette understands the psychology, mindset, and skills required to make positive, long-lasting change.

    A Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), a designation held by fewer than 10% of the members belonging to the International Federation for Professional Speakers, Colette has shared her insights, observations, and research with thousands of people throughout the world. In 2017, she was inducted into the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame, a recognition that honors professional speakers who have reached the top echelon of career excellence.

    Colette has published a couple of audible audiobooks, and is the author of countless articles on connection, stress management, sales and leadership that have been featured in Success, Business Management Daily and Working Mother magazines.

    Trusted clients include Boeing, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, Fidelity, Domino’s Pizza, Federal Express, and the United States Government.

    Christine Cashen Speaker

    Christine Cashen

    Authority on Innovative Ideas to Handle Conflict, Reduce Stress and Motivate Employees.

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    Christine Cashen has people across the globe raving about her - and her refreshing take on everyday life. For 20 years Christine has shared her expertise in a humorous manner - on such topics as conflict resolution, stress management, and cultivating a healthier, happier more productive workplace. Audiences have related so much to her experiences, struggles, and lessons that listeners have wanted to take her back with them to the office.

    Author of the award-winning books THE GOOD STUFF: Quips & Tips on Life, Love, Work and Happiness and It’s YOUR Business: Good Stuff for Your Personal, Professional, and Funny Business. Christine holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication and a master’s degree in Adult Education. In 2016, she was the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Central Michigan University.

    Christine is one of the few individuals to meet the rigorous induction criteria of the National Speakers Association, CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame, and there’s no question that she deserves that honour; her effortless ability to pull in any audience with her remarkable insights on commonplace situations make her and her messages unforgettable.

    Before embarking on her journey as a speaker, she worked as a university admissions officer, corporate trainer, and broadcaster. She is a mother of two, wife of a “hottie engineer,” and caregiver of Murphy, a chocolate lab.

    Dr. Robert Cialdini Speaker

    Dr. Robert Cialdini

    Expert in the fields of communication, compliance, and negotiation. Author of acclaimed book Influence: Science & Practice.

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    Dr. Robert Cialdini has spent his entire career researching the science of influence earning him an international reputation as an expert in the fields of communication, leadership, teamwork, persuasion and negotiation.

    His books, including Influence: Science & Practice, are the results of years of study into the reasons why people comply with requests in business settings. Worldwide, Influence has sold over 3 million copies, is a New York Times Bestseller and has been published in over 30 languages.

    His new book, Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade, published by Simon & Schuster, quickly became a Wall Street Journal and a New York Times Bestseller.

    Because of the world-wide recognition of Dr. Cialdini’s cutting-edge scientific research and his ethical business and policy applications, he is frequently regarded as the “Godfather of influence.”

    Dr. Cialdini received his Ph.D from the University of North Carolina and post doctoral training from Columbia University. He has held Visiting Scholar Appointments at Ohio State University, the University of California, the Annenberg School of Communications, and the Graduate School of Business of Stanford University. Currently, Dr Cialdini is Regents’ Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Marketing at Arizona State University.

    Dr. Cialdini is President and CEO of Influence at Work, focusing on ethical influence training, corporate keynote programs, and the CMCT (Cialdini Method Certified Trainer) program.

    Dr. Cialdini’s clients include such organizations as Google, Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Bayer, Coca Cola, KPMG, Mutual of Omaha, RE/MAX, AstraZeneca, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Ericsson, Kodak, Merrill Lynch, Nationwide Insurance, Pfizer, AAA, Northern Trust, IBM, Prudential, The Mayo Clinic, GlaxoSmithKline, Harvard University - Kennedy School, The Weather Channel, the United States Department of Justice, and NATO.

    Media coverage of Dr. Cialdini and his research include: Dateline NBC, CNBC, CNN, ABC, PBS, the Washington Post, On Wall Street, Forbes Magazine, Business Week, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The New York Times, Harvard Business Review and Fortune Magazine.

    Conference Plans Changed? Speaker

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    How to Plan a Great Virtual Event

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    Click Here to Receive Your Customized List of Speaker Ideas

    Virtual Events can:

    1. Reach a wider audience
    2. Offer a great experience at a much lower cost
    3. Create long term impact with recorded elements that allow for content to be watched over a period of time
    4. Have an increased impact over time, as viewers re-watch, discuss and connect over social media and other channels

    And, most importantly: offer the ability for inspiring and impactful presentations to connect in a one-on-one way, directly to the attendee.

    WHO is your audience?

    Who are your virtual event attendees? Are they across a specific group within your organization, or are you serving clients across a wide range of levels? Determining who you are speaking to will help you determine a format for your event that will captivate your audience.

    WHAT is your key message?

    Are you focusing on change? Innovation? Leadership?

    Creating a single focus or mission will allow you to hone in on the type of speaker(s) you need to engage your audience and help event producers to format the event into a dynamic program that balances inspiration with information and audience interaction.

    WHAT type of event suits your audience?

    • Virtual Conference
    • Webinar
    • Hybrid Event

    Virtual event technology has come a long way over the last few months, offering a huge range of different options from pre-recorded webinars, to multi-day virtual conferences, to hybrid events with some attendees in the audience while the event is live streamed.

    OUR ADVICE

    COMBINATION of live and pre-recorded elements will allow your virtual event to run smoothly and stay on time.

    Many of our clients are also opting for multi-day virtual conferences with shorter segments spaced over a few days.

    This allows some flexibility for attendees in different time zones and accommodates different teleworking situations for attendees, allowing them to tune in when it is convenient.

    WHERE? It’s all about Tech.

    Virtual meeting technology has exploded over the last few months as teleworking became the norm.

    Consider your needs:

    • Interactive elements like breakout rooms, polls & Q&A
    • Seamless blend of live & pre-recorded elements
    • Ability to replay segments
    • Live tech support

    If you plan for rain, it’s likely the sun will shine…

    Tech isn’t perfect so don’t forget to test, rehearse and have a back up plan ready to go for your virtual event.

    Pro Tip: Think of a virtual presentation like a podcast. Viewers can view the content multiple times and refer back to it.

      WHEN? A Date… or Dates?

    As we have all noticed, our attention spans for meeting in real life versus meeting online are a lot longer.

    When deciding on a date, consider spreading your virtual event out over a few days, with a variety of speakers, interactive elements and information.

    The benefits of a multi-day format:

    • Viewers watch content fresh for a short period every day
    • Allows attendees in different time zones to stay on top of the content
    • Attendees can review & re-engage with content

    Virtual Event Checklist:

    Is your event?

    • Interactive?
    • Informative?
    • Able to be rewatched?

    WHY? Pandemic 2020

    Just because you are online instead of in person, it doesn’t mean you are missing out on connection.

    Using the technology that we have become so accustomed to over the last few months, our keynote speakers have the ability to connect to your viewers one-on-one, in a way that was impossible in live events.

    FIND YOUR WHY…

    What do you want the audience to leave thinking at the end of the presentation?

    Apply this question to all the presentations and segments in your event to create a cohesive, impactful virtual event.

      HOW? Virtual Event Checklist

    To wrap it all up

    • TECH: Find the right tech platform & don’t forget to test drive before your event
    • AGENDA: Use a mix of live and pre-recorded segments, mixed with interactive elements, to ensure a smooth flow of events & audience engagement
    • ANTICIPATION: Build up your event with emails, teasers and sneak peeks into what content will be offered
    • NETWORKING: Create and encourage online chat functions, an event specific hashtag or even a dedicated event page to allow attendees to network virtually. Maximize the networking opportunities offered by your tech platform.
    • EXTEND YOUR IMPACT: A dedicated social media page is a great place for attendees to connect after an event to discuss ideas and implement some of the learnings from the event.

    Offer a password protected, limited time recording of keynote presentations to continue the conversation long after the virtual event has ended.

    Continue the conversation with post-event touch points like emails or questions based on the key presentations.

    To find a GREAT Speaker for your Virtual event, get in touch.

    Mark C. Crowley Speaker

    Mark C. Crowley

    Speaker and Author of “Lead From The Heart”

     About

    • Leadership Keynote Speaker
    • Former Senior VP of Sales Leadership at WaMu Investment Services and Washington Mutual
    • Regular leadership contributor to Fast Company Magazine, and published in the Seattle Times, The Huffington Post, Reuters, CEO Magazine Great Britain, USA Today
    • Past clients include: AIG, Crowe, Fidelity Savings, Microsoft National Bank, Shaw Communications, Yahoo!

    Mark Crowley spent over 20 years in the Financial Industry eventually serving as a Senior Vice President & National Sales for nearly 2,000 stockbrokers. His Leadership skills, and unique approach to engaging his employees, delivered incredible results which garnered Mark the “Leader of the Year” award. Encouraged by other Leaders to share his ideas Mark decided to research a fascinating Leadership topic “What happens inside of people that makes them fully committed to doing extraordinary work?”

    The research from that project led to the publication of Mark’s first book, Lead From The Heart, which resulted in numerous requests for Mark to speak at events for companies and organizations across the country. Mark helps Leaders who are seeking to achieve and sustain uncommonly high engagement and performance.

    A regular leadership contributor to Fast Company Magazine, Mark has been published in the Seattle Times, The Huffington Post, Reuters, CEO Magazine Great Britain, USA Today, and by the Great Place To Work Institute.  He’s interviewed CEOs and senior executives at innumerable high-performing companies (including Google, SAS, Gallup, WD-40 and the Cleveland Clinic) who are models for “managing the emotional side of work.”

    Lead From The Heart consistently ranks as an Amazon Top-100 bestseller in workplace culture. Mark has also been named a “Trust Across America thought Leader” by TRUST! Magazine in 2016, 2017 & 2018. Mark’s two recent LinkedIn Pulse articles on Employee Engagement, and managing Millennials, have been read well over 1 million times.  And his book is now being taught at seven American universities including the graduate strategic leadership seminar at the University of Iowa, and the Leadership Development Ph.D Program at Brandman University.

    Mark is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego, in addition to the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington. A businessman at heart, he holds several investment securities licenses (FINRA Registrations) and is a licensed California Real Estate Broker.  He lives in La Jolla, California.

    Daryl Davis Speaker

    Daryl Davis

    About Daryl Davis – Musician, Author, Compelling Unifier, Klan Whisperer, and Award-winning Conflict Navigator

     About

    Click Here to Watch Daryl's Virtual Invitation

    “How can you hate me when you don’t even know me?” As the only Black Cub Scout marching in an otherwise all-White parade, Daryl Davis formed that simple yet powerful question after he was pelted by rocks, bottles and soda pop cans by a handful of White spectators. This was his first encounter with racism at age ten. Pursuit of an answer led this career performing musician on a surreal journey stemming from a chance encounter with a man who turned out to be a member of the Ku Klux Klan. Seeking to understand, not to change minds or judge, Daryl actually built bridges with leaders from a group that professed hatred for him. Some came to quit the Klan and gave Daryl their robes and hoods when they did. In the process he has unearthed truths about conflict, hate, intolerance, and communication that are valuable today. His extraordinary journey is chronicled in his first book, Klan-Destine Relationships and the documentary about his encounters, Accidental Courtesy. As a speaker, Daryl’s impact on audiences is profound –his TEDx talk has over 10 million views.

    Daryl graduated from Howard University with his Bachelor of Music Degree. He has performed extensively with Chuck Berry, The Legendary Blues Band (formerly The Muddy Waters Blues Band), and many others. While music is his profession, improving race relations is his obsession. He is known to many as “The Rock'n'Roll Race Reconciliator.”

    It started during a break between performances with a band at a bar one night. A man approached Daryl and remarked that this was the first time he had ever seen a Black man play piano like Jerry Lee Lewis. Daryl explained that both he and Lewis were influenced by Black Blues & Boogie-Woogie pianists, from which Rock'n'Roll and Rockabilly evolved. The man did not believe in the Black origin of Daryl’s piano style even after he said that Lewis was a friend who had shared this news with him. The man then shared news with Daryl –he was a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

    This meeting, and those that followed, would lead Daryl on a journey all over America, meeting and interviewing leaders and members from KKK, neo-Nazi and Alt-Right groups at both his and their homes as well as their rallies. With his highly acclaimed, nonfiction book, Klan-Destine Relationships, Daryl become the first Black author to write a book on the Klan from in-person interviews. The award-winning documentary, Accidental Courtesy, details his journey and has been shown frequently on PBS. Daryl, who has been to 57 countries on 6continents, is often selected by the U.S. State Department as a highly respected expert on race relations and conflict, to present programs in various countries around the world dealing with similar situations. His next book, The Klan Whisperer will be released in 2021.

    Daryl has been doing this work since 1983 and has become the recipient of numerous Klan robes & hoods and other racist symbols, given to him by people who once hated him when they didn't even know him. Now many of them have become his friends and supporters of his work. On the other side of spectrum, for his work in bridging race relations he is the recipient of numerous awards such as the American Ethical Union's prestigious Elliott-Black Award, Carnegie-Mellon's Carl Sagan Award & Prize, Tribeca Disruption Innovation Award, MLK Award, Search for Common Ground Award, Washington Ethical Society Bridge-Builder Award, among many others. He is often sought for commentary by CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, Newsweek, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, People magazine, and many other media sources.

    In Daryl’s words, “Ever since I graduated from college in 1980 with my degree in music, I’ve been a full-time musician, traveling and performing all over America and around the world. What I’ve come to find to be the greatest, most effective, and successful weapon we can use to combat ignorance, racism, hatred, and violence, is also the least expensive weapon –and the one that is least used by Americans. That weapon is called communication. We can communicate with people in space but many of us have difficulty talking to the person who lives next door because of the color of their skin, their ethnicity, their religion, their orientation, their politics, etc. We are living with 21stcentury technology in Space Age times, but there are still too many of us with Stone Age minds.”

    Daryl has come in closer contact with more members of the Ku Klux Klan than most White people, and certainly most Blacks, short of being on the wrong end of a rope. What's more surprising? He intentionally continues to do so because as he says, “Ignorance breeds fear. If you do not keep that fear in check, that fear will breed hatred. Because we hate those things that frighten us.

    If you do not keep that hatred in check, that hatred in turn will breed destruction because we want to destroy those things that we hate. Why? Because they frighten us.” When he speaks, Daryl Davis’s impact on an audience is sobering yet inspirational. More than a few members in every audience remember and ask him about the fictional character in Dave Chappelle’s comedic skit in which he plays a blind Klansman who didn't know he was Black and attends Klan rallies. Daryl shares stories that would be comical, if he weren’t putting his life on the line for a purpose. Truth is indeed stranger than fiction might ever be in Daryl’s case. People will also point out how courageous Daryl was to actually turn up at Klan rallies himself. Inevitably they bring up Spike Lee’s film BlacKkKlansman. That film depicts a Black police officer who infiltrated the KKK over the telephone and would send a White subordinate officer to Klan rallies in his place to gather damning intelligence against the Klan. The difference is not lost on the audience. Daryl had his feet on the ground in the lion's den and tells the story first-hand.

    Through his work, Daryl has discovered a successful method of transforming enemies into friends. His stories of his encounters with –and transformations of –White supremacists have inspired people all over the U.S. and abroad. His audiences leave his presentations empowered to:

    • Overcome Their Fears
    • Confront Their Prejudices
    • Recognize Similarities
    • Appreciate Differences
    • Navigate Diversity
    • Improve Relationships with Others
    • Better Their Lives While Creating a Positive Impact on Others

    In addition to his career as a performing musician, Daryl is the owner of Lyrad Music, a music publishing and licensing business. He is also an actor of stage and screen and has appeared in HBO's highly acclaimed series The Wire.

    Rachel DeAlto Speaker

    Rachel DeAlto

    Relationship expert, media personality, hypnotherapist, high-end mediator and keynote speaker

     About

    Rachel DeAlto is a relationship expert, media personality, and the author of Relatable: How to Connect with Anyone Anywhere (Even if It Scares You)”. Rachel has appeared as a relationship expert on Lifetime’s Married at First Sight, TLC’s Kate+Date, and over 200+ national media outlets. Rachel speaks on relationship building, the power of connection, and authenticity with her most recent TEDx, Being Authentic in a Filtered World, featured on TED.com

    As a speaker, Rachel integrates her humor and passion to deliver the most impactful presentation possible. She draws from a decade of experience as a relationship expert and her prior occupation as a trial attorney to help others succeed in the most challenging situations.

    If you are looking for a speaker to motivate and inspire, while providing attendees with tangible practical steps to change their lives, reduce stress, and improve relationships, look no further.

    Rachel DeAlto holds an undergraduate degree from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, as well as a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law. These two degrees and professional experience have provided her with a strong foundation in interpersonal communications and relationships. Further professional training as a coach through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (IPEC) and certification as a hypnotherapist via the International Association Of Counselors & Therapists (IACT) has allowed Rachel to bring a multidimensional approach to her work.

    In addition to her regular appearances, Rachel has also been featured on a multitude of media outlets including The TODAY Show, Good Morning America, CNN/HLN, Access Hollywood Live, The Steve Harvey Show, and Fox News. She has also given three TEDx talks on Being Authentic in a Filtered World, the Power of Kindness and Killing Fear.

    Dr. Mark DeVolder Speaker

    Dr. Mark DeVolder

    Expert in the Dynamics of Change and Communication

     About

    Click Here to Watch Dr. DeVolder's Virtual Presentation

    Mark DeVolder is the Change Specialist and a pioneer in the field of transition management. Unique in the industry, DeVolder is one of the few speakers who teaches leaders how to change. He is a frequent presenter at top management meetings around the world, both live and virtual … from coaching NASA rocket scientists how to re-create themselves to the cultural transformation of a $42 billion merger; from pivoting to a safety-first culture in Qatar’s oil industry to preparing Egypt’s largest company to restructure itself. Mark teaches leaders about Perpetual Pivot, the process of adapting to continuous change through reinvention, innovation and anticipation.

    In addition to cutting-edge content, Mark brings high-energy, humor and audience interaction to all his presentations. He uses his skill as a master storyteller to draw people into the essence of his message. Whether live or on a virtual stage, Mark has the ability to connect deeply with people: “Mark kept us glued to our screen” and “Mark was inspiring and kept the audience charged.”

    Across five continents and in over 25 countries, Mark has worked with a myriad of impressive and diverse organizations, large and small, including NASA, McDonald’s, GE, Autodesk, Coca-Cola, Marriott, Siemens, Medtronic, PepsiCo, Bristol-Myers Squibb, PWC, HILTI, Verizon, Orascom Construction and Monsanto. Mark has engaged and delighted audiences from Monaco to Dubai, from Singapore to London and from Istanbul to Barcelona.

    As a researcher, consultant and author, Mark has written the multi-disciplinary book on managing change, entitled, Perpetual Pivot: How the Best Leaders Adapt to Exponential Change. His second book, Get Engaged, is a practical guide for improving employee engagement. Mark’s first publication was his doctoral dissertation which studied the elements of diversity, inclusion and teambuilding, entitled Unity in Diversity Through Synergy.

    Connie Dieken Speaker

    Connie Dieken

    Best-selling Author and Thought Leader on The Art of Influence

     About

    For nearly 12 years, Connie Dieken has been the trusted executive coach and advisor to many leaders who run the world's most recognizable brands. She has become the most respected and in-demand executive coach, keynote speaker, author and authority - on learning the skills needed to become an influential personality in all forms of leadership and communication.

    For more than 20 years, Connie Dieken dedicated herself to journalism as a television news anchorwoman, reporter, broadcast personality, and talk show host - including co-hosting The Morning Exchange, America's longest running television talk show. She is a multiple Emmy® award-winning and Telly® award-winning journalist - and her excellence has led to her induction to the Radio/Television Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

    Connie has represented more than 50 companies as their spokesperson, including Intel, Sealy, GE, American Greetings, Ernst and Young and Goodyear.

    Connie spent her career with the most successful and influential people in business and entertainment and recognized a pattern to their success. After years of research, she learned the common traits each of these people shared - and discovered people could learn how to be influential with the right training. Armed with unique insight into the power that influence has over each of us, she developed a proven methodology to transform any leader or executive into an influencer. In 2000, she founded onPoint Communication to train leaders and emerging leaders in critical influential leadership, communication, media and presentation skills.

    Connie is the author and co-author of five books, dedicated to teaching individuals influential leadership, communication and presentation techniques. Her most recent best-selling book, Talk Less, Say More: 3 Habits to Influence Others and Make Things Happen - takes Connie's knowledge, research and experience coaching high-powered leaders and condenses it into a fast-paced, no-nonsense guide to teach anyone to be an influential communicator with anyone, anywhere.

    Connie's work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNBC, The Los Angeles Times, Crain's Business, The Chicago Tribune, Women's Day, and many more nationwide.

    Janine Driver Speaker

    Janine Driver

    Entertainer, Body Language Expert and Speaker, Author, and Former Radio Personality

     About

    Janine Driver is the CEO of the Body Language Institute, an exclusive certification program - that provides companies the fastest way to save time and make money. She is also an international trainer and keynote speaker who playfully provides salespeople, professionals, and executives with cutting-edge, scientifically-based communication tools - on how to win new business, increase sales, improve selection of salespeople and sales managers, and generate a significant return on investment.

    Janine is a popular media guest who has made appearances on the Dr. Oz Show, The Rachael Ray Show, NBC™ TODAY, and NBC™, Weekend TODAY, FOX News, and CNN™, Larry King Live. She has been quoted in the New York Times, the Washington Post - and in magazines such as Cosmopolitan and Psychology Today.

    For over a decade while at the ATF, Janine trained thousands of law enforcement officers to decipher fact from fiction - using the body language interpretation methods she writes about in her New York Times best-seller You Say More Than You Think: A 7-Day Plan on Using the New Body Language to Get What You Want. Janine travels the globe speaking to the corporate world about the fastest way to save time and grow business.

    Olivia Fox Cabane Speaker

    Olivia Fox Cabane

    Author & Speaker in the fields of Charisma and Leadership

     About

    A renowned expert in the fields of charisma and leadership, Olivia Fox Cabane shares with audiences around the world her unique knowledge from a variety of sciences and research. Cabane takes a hard-science approach to a heretofore mystical topic, covering what charisma actually is, how it is learned, what its side effects are, and how to handle them.

    Olivia Fox Cabane has lectured at Stanford, Yale, Harvard, MIT, the Marine Corps War College and the United Nations. As keynote speaker and executive coach to the leadership of Fortune 500 companies, she helps people become more persuasive, influential, and inspiring. From a base of thorough behavioral science, Olivia extracts the most practical tools for business, applying the latest in global behavioral science to everyday leadership needs to improve her clients’ productivity, effectiveness and efficiency.

    In addition to being a columnist for Forbes and The Huffington Post, Olivia is often featured in media such as The New York Times, Bloomberg or BusinessWeek. She has been profiled in The Wall Street Journal as well as NPR’s Marketplace show. Olivia currently serves as Director of Innovative Leadership for Stanford’s StartX program. Her course at Berkeley’s Business School was so popular that university staff had to guard the entrance to ensure that only the students admitted to that course gained entrance. Her book, The Charisma Myth, published by Penguin/ Random House, went into second printing before it even launched.

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    Vinh Giang Speaker

    Vinh Giang

    Entrepreneur, Magician, Master Communicator and Speaker

     About

    Click Here to Watch Vinh's Virtual Presentation

    Vinh Giang had only 6 months to graduate when he left his degree program in commerce and law to become an online magic teacher - ultimately building a hugely successful online business, 52kards, which now serves over 800,000 students around the globe. This earned him the award of Top Young Entrepreneur in Australia.

    Vinh Giang’s real magic journey began when he finally understood what Robert Houdin (an amazing magician) meant when he said: “A magician is an actor playing the part of the magician.” Once Vinh understood the meaning behind this quote, he focused all his energy on studying the art of performance - and not the art of presentation. He has spent the last 15 years mastering the art of performance-enhanced communication - helping thousands of professionals worldwide to learn these skills.

    Vinh is also the CEO of Luminary Productions which produces exceptional video for individuals and companies all around the globe.

    Vinh’s presentations will bring out the magic in you! Prepare to be captivated by Vinh - as he:

    • unlocks your mindsets - by presenting innovating concepts that produce deliberate and definitive action
    • is an Entrepreneur who knows what it takes to lead and sell ideas
    • is a Young Entrepreneur of the Year and award winning magician
    • shares three key business ideas - and demonstrates them using the art of magic with on-stage audience participation
    • creates a fun and highly entertaining atmosphere of illusion - where each key business concept is driven home in a truly profound and creative manner
    • carefully crafts each performance creating the most powerful emotional experience for attendees - making the conference theme stick in their minds long after the event

    “I believe that magicians are salespeople; they sell one of the most difficult products in the world. They sell magic - they sell the illusion. The way they’re able to sell magic is by working ridiculously hard. It takes thousands and thousands of hours to be able to sell the illusion, to be able to really sell the magic. Imagine if you applied the same mindset to your company - imagine if you applied the same dedication to your business - think about what you could achieve.” - Vinh Giang

    Michelle Gielan Speaker

    Michelle Gielan

    Founder of the Institute for Applied Positive Research and Positive Communication Expert

     About

    Michelle Gielan, founder of the Institute for Applied Positive Research, researches the science of positive communication and how to use it to fuel success. She works with Fortune 500 companies and schools to raise employee engagement, productivity and happiness at work. Michelle is a partner at GoodThink, a positive psychology consulting firm, and she holds a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

    Michelle is an Executive Producer of “The Happiness Advantage” Special on PBS, and she formerly served as the anchor of two national newscasts at CBS News. Her research and advice have received attention from Forbes, USA Today, CNN, FOX and NPR.

    Libby Gill Speaker

    Libby Gill

    Leadership Expert, Executive Coach, Award-Winning Author

     About

    Libby Gill knows change. She grew up on two continents and went to eight different schools before putting herself through college waiting tables. Starting her career as an assistant at Embassy Communications, a television company founded by the legendary Norman Lear, Libby survived three mergers to emerge as head of publicity, advertising, and promotion for Sony’s worldwide television group in just five years.

    After her first career heading communications at media giants Sony, Universal, and Turner Broadcasting, Libby founded LA-based Libby Gill & Company, a leadership consulting and executive coaching firm. She guides individuals and organizations to lead through change, challenge, and chaos by deeply engaging employees in a shared future-focused vision of success.

    In her consulting, coaching, and keynotes Libby helps her clients:

    • Reframe change as an opportunity for massive growth
    • Re-energize your best performers to reach their full potential
    • Reinvent your corporate culture to embrace ambiguity

    Her clients include Abbott Medical, ADP, Disney, Ernst & Young, Facebook, First American Insurance, Hyundai, Microsoft, Sony, Sutter Health, Viacom, Warner Bros., Wells Fargo, as well as non-profits and small businesses. A global speaker, Libby has delivered keynote presentations on three continents and in 36 U.S. states for organizations including Acura, ADP, Bank of America, Capital One, Cisco, Disney, Honda, Intel, Kellogg’s, Marriott International, Medtronic, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, United Healthcare, Vanguard, and many more.

    Libby is the author of five books, including the award-winning You Unstuck, Capture the Mindshare and the Market Share Will Follow, and Traveling Hopefully. Her latest book is The Hope-Driven Leader: Harness the Power of Positivity at Work. A former columnist for the Dallas Morning News, Libby has published book chapters and peer-reviewed articles for numerous journals and trade publications. Business leaders including Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh, Stephen M.R. Covey, Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, and Dr. Ken Blanchard have endorsed her work. Currently, she is co-authoring a book about Rice University’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders with former Brigadier General and Director of the Institute Thomas Kolditz, Ph.D.

    A frequent media guest, Libby has appeared on the CBS Early Show, CNN, Inside Edition, NPR, the Today Show, and in BusinessWeek, Time, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and many more. Libby lives with her husband in Los Angeles and is the proud mother of two millennial sons.

    Amanda Gore Speaker

    Amanda Gore

    CEO of The Joy Project, Communication & Performance Expert, Author and Huffington Post Columnist

     About

    Click Here to Watch Amanda's Virtual Presentation

    Amanda Gore is a communications and performance expert who believes success in business is always about feelings. The way we feel about a product, organization, customer or person influences how we behave - and informs our decisions about how we spend, or how we conduct business. Facts, targets and figures don’t change behaviours - touching hearts, feelings and stories do.

    Amanda is on point, and devoted to presenting the most reputable research available for professionals - salespeople, nurses, teachers - and anyone reaching for excellence in their work. Her material is backed by the latest findings in neuroscience, epigenetics, emotional intelligence, and positive psychology that are proven to reap huge rewards for your business.

    Amanda understands that getting down to business isn’t all about targets and optimizing click-throughs. The heart and profit center of every business is about how people think, and consequently, feel about themselves; and how they make others feel. How we feel about a personal or business relationship informs every part of our decision to invest with them. Amanda offers an abundance of use-it-now tools to create deep, lasting relationships at every level - with family, customers, colleagues, and clients. Everyone leaves energized, enthusiastic and re-engaged!

    Instead of delivering facts and research, her presentations break down the barriers that separate people in an invigorating, action-packed ride toward self-discovery - and gives them the tools to make real and lasting change – by getting real! For example, how is it that the most successful people and those who are average (or worse!) manage to get their results in exactly the same environment? The difference is mindset - looking honestly at yourself and choosing consciously.

    She uses principles from positive psychology, epigenetics, neuroscience and emotional intelligence to deliver profound messages in stories that are funny. This teaches people to re-connect to the energy and emotional layers that really drive performance, innovation, relationships, engagement and creativity in their business  and personal life. Business today is about H2H. And it always has been, but we have forgotten it - Human2human!

    Amanda makes your audiences happier - and gives them strategies that work on how to stay happier!

    Amanda is one of 4 Australians inducted into the USA Speaker Hall of Fame. She works with small and large organizations around the globe, such as Flight Centre, McDonalds, Westpac, AMP, MDRT, CBA, Google, Remax, Disney, Hilton, The Direct Selling and many other associations, hospitals and schools to help them create cultures of joy and engagement and to bring the humanity back into their organizations.

    Amanda’s action-packed, but scientifically based performances, offer an abundance of use-it-now tools to handle change and create deep, lasting relationships at every level - with customers, colleagues and family - leaving everyone feeling good about themselves, energized, enthusiastic and re-engaged!

    Remember - Joy is the ultimate business fuel.

    Risha Grant Speaker

    Risha Grant

    Author and Expert on Diversity & Inclusion

     About

    • An award-winning diversity consulting and communications speaker
    • Talks about: Diversity & Inclusion, Building an Inclusive Culture
    • Featured in Forbes, The Financial Times, Off Script, Bloomberg Media, Black Enterprise, Engage Magazine, Radioactive Radio, Take the Lead Radio
    • Past clients include: Discove, Samsung, Cox Communications, Wells Fargo, USAA Diversified Financial Group, Boy Scouts of America, U.S. Airforce, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, University of Oklahoma

    Risha Grant is Founder & CEO of Risha Grant LLC, an award-winning diversity consulting and communications firm, as well as an edgy, educational and motivational speaker - author Risha Grant is an internationally renowned diversity, inclusion and bias expert. She covers these topics as NBC KJRH TV News 2 for You community correspondent and host of the JustUs series, through her Tulsa World column, Risha Talks, as a columnist for Black Enterprise Magazine and in her book, That’s BS! How Bias Synapse Disrupts Inclusive Cultures.

    Risha is motivated by her passion to correct societal 'isms' - like racism, sexism, classism and plain old stupidism! It is her personal mission to expose the value of Diversity & Inclusion - while shining a light on the economic impact it creates. From her race, gender and lifestyle choices, to growing a small business and tackling economic issues - every area of her life intersects diversity.

    Featured in Forbes, The Financial Times, Off Script, Bloomberg Media, Black Enterprise, Radioactive Radio, Take the Lead Radio and WURD Radio among other podcasts, local and national media. Risha has also been awarded numerous honours such as being named a 2019 Top 100 HR Influencer by Engagedly, a 2018 Inclusive Leadership Award Winner and Entrepreneur of the Year in 2017.

    Through her interactive keynotes and deep-dive training sessions, Risha teaches and empowers attendees with D&I tools to increase their bottom line - and permission to get rid of their BS.

    Bob Gray Speaker

    Bob Gray

    Entertaining and Humorous Speaker, Teaches How to Train Your Memory for Business

     About

    Bob Gray is a recognized authority on memory systems who has spent the last twenty five years traveling the globe - entertaining and training corporations, governments and associations to adapt memory systems and communications for their particular needs. He has developed a series of sales-oriented personal development keynotes and workshops, which have been popular on six continents - as well as writing the best-selling book Right Brain Rapid Recall (currently available only in e-book format). Bob has also developed a new App called MemoryEdge - it's an invaluable tool for remembering the names, faces and important information of new clients, customers and acquaintances - even if you’ve only met them once! A must for any salesperson (downloadable from the AppStore).

    Bob Gray discovered his first memory technique when he was seven. He was given a magic book that showed him how to remember a twenty-item list. Shortly thereafter he was called on to do the memory trick at family parties and gatherings. Encouraged and motivated by praise at home - he began to find that memory techniques could have a valuable role in other aspects of his life. With a little ingenuity, he adapted the memory trick to help him with his work at school. The reward was a significant rise in his grades.

    Traveling and entertaining under the stage name of Backwards Bob the Memory Man - Bob demonstrates the unique abilities that have netted him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. His many media credits include Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, The Steve Harvey Show, The Today Show, CBS News, and BBC One.

    To date, Bob’s clients have included Wells Fargo, Ford, FedEx, GE, General Motors, Hilton Hotels, DuPont, and Great West Life - to name just a few.