The Qualities of Top Business Speakers

Pivotal Public Speaking

Business speakers are speakers whose target audience is business professionals. Their primary role is to motivate and inform people in business. The demand for business speakers is high. Even with the high demand for business speakers, this is a role not just any speaker can fill. A business speaker must have experience and solid expertise in the field. What are the qualities of a good Business Speaker?

Great Contemporary Business Speakers – 4: Seth Godin

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

No list of great contemporary business speakers would be complete without Seth Godin.     As a speaker, Seth has the persona of an approachable, down-to-earth academic, very smart and savvy.   Many blogs, and speakers, could benefit from Godin’s economy, simplicity, and style.   You can see him here, talking about marketing to Google a few years ago: [link].

Bill Stainton is a Rock Star Business Speaker.

Fripp THE Executive Speech Coach

My friend keynote speaker and Emmy winning pal Bill Stainton delivers a great keynote speech about the 5 best decisions the Beatles made and why we should adapt them. 1,500 professional speakers of all ages acted as if they were at a rock show.

Great contemporary business speakers - 1: Tim Sanders

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

This is the first blog in a series about great contemporary business speakers.     I’m starting with a certifiable rock star of the business speaking circuit:   Tim Sanders.   Tim’s the author of two very successful previous books:   Love is the Killer App , and The Likeability Factor , and he’s an amazing speaker with tons of energy, enthusiasm, and, well, likeability.     What makes Tim a good speaker?

Great Contemporary Business Speakers – 9: Marcus Buckingham

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

No top-ten list of great contemporary business speakers would be complete without Marcus Buckingham.   Marcus is a phenomenon – a polished speaker able to project a poised, conversational, comfortable demeanor on small screens and in big halls, and a bestselling author several times over.

Great Contemporary Business Speakers - 7: Charlene Li

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Called “One of the Most Influential Women in Technology” by Fast Company, Charlene Li is an accomplished speaker on the subject of social media -- the topic of her notable book Groundswell   (Harvard Business Press, 2008) and her research.     Charlene was a V-P and analyst at Forrester Research and a Harvard Business School graduate before she launched her own company, the Altimeter Group, last year.

Great Contemporary Business Speakers – 8: Steve Farber

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

    In his earlier books, The Radical Leap and The Radical Edge , Steve worked to infuse love, energy, audacity, and proof into business leadership. For energy and passion on a subject that is important for everyone interested in the future of the human race to rally around, Steve Farber ( [link] )   is hard to beat. You can see Steve speaking here: [link]. and here: [link].   (Warning:  the first video contains a common 4-letter word.) 

Great contemporary business speakers - 2: Jim Collins

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  He’s a brilliant, charismatic speaker, because he embodies the 2 secrets of charisma:   focus and passion. Jim Collins, author most famously of Good to Great and Built to Last , doesn’t speak in public all that often, but when he does, he’s worth hearing.   Most people think that charisma is something that’s innate, something you’re born with, as if there were charismatic babies.     Well, guess what?   All babies are charismatic.

Great contemporary business speakers - 3: Susan Ershler

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  If you’re a speaker, you don’t get to be as good as Susan until and unless you put in the hours and rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. Few of us have climbed a mountain or won a top sales prize, so those that have done so are worth paying attention to for what they have to say.   Fewer still have climbed a really big mountain, like, say, McKinley, or won a President’s Club award – the kind that go out to the very best salespeople.

Great Contemporary Business Speakers – 6: David Meerman Scott

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

For my sixth pick of great contemporary business speakers, I’m going with David Meerman Scott.   His previous book, The New Rules of PR and Marketing continues to be a bestseller and it was that book that first propelled David onto the national and international stage as a speaker on a ‘must-have’ subject, the new social media and viral marketing.   You can check him out at:   [link].

Bill Stainton is a Rock Star Business Speaker.

Fripp THE Executive Speech Coach

My friend keynote speaker and Emmy winning pal Bill Stainton delivers a great keynote speech about the 5 best decisions the Beatles made and why we should adapt them. At the National Speakers Association convention in the year that NSA Rocked he gave one of the most fun, exciting, creative keynotes I have ever heard. 1,500 professional speakers of all ages acted as if they were at a rock show. Also, once in a while I help executives become rock star business presenters.

Is Speaking a 24/7 business? 5 tips to Taking a Break

Speaker Launcher

The post Is Speaking a 24/7 business? Speaking Business Strategy building a speaking business speaker training tips for business successEvery time my husband and I drive up to our cottage, 3 hours north of our home, he teases me about my inability to put down my phone. While we are on the road, I am trying my darnedest to whittle down my In Basket so that when we get back I don’t have a […]. 5 tips to Taking a Break appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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Are You In For The Long Haul? Commitment Makes all the Difference

Speaker Launcher

I’ve always thought that I completely lacked patience in my business, but when I look back over my dozen years as an entrepreneur plus nearly 20 more in this industry, I realized I’ve always been in […]. Speaker Marketing Speaking Business Strategy Speaking Profession podcast podcasting public speaking as a business speaker industry speaking engagement speaking industryPatience. It’s not my strong suit. Is it yours?

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Kick It Into High Gear This Summer

Speaker Launcher

We’ll be taking new registrations for the next session of 8 Weeks to Business Acceleration until Monday, August 3rd. ctt title=”#Speakers accelerate & position […]. Events Speaker Marketing Speaking Business Strategy accelarate business speakers speaking business

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Hiring That Elusive Speaker’s Agent

Speaker Launcher

The irony of the speaking world is that although speakers want gigs, most don’t feel comfortable selling themselves. They would rather hand that particular part of the business to someone else by hiring a speaker’s agent. My first exposure to this aspect of the speaking business came at the age of 25 when I got […]. The post Hiring That Elusive Speaker’s Agent appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

4 Speaking Experts Share Advice on How to Address the Elephant in the Room

Speaker Launcher

Most Recent Post Presentation Skills Speaking Profession elephant in the room speaker business speaker dilemma speaking skillsLast weekend at the Oscars, Chris Rock took dead aim at the elephant in the room by addressing the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. Like him or hate him, he (and the Oscar’s producers) dove head first into the debate and showed the audience that they were serious about seeking change. So how does this translate to speaking? […].

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The Economy’s Mood Swings

Speaker Launcher

In the case of the economy and our speaking business, the pendulum still applies. See you soon Wealthy Speakers! Most Recent Post Economy Speaking Business Speaker BookingsThe pendulum idea applies to nearly everything in life.

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3 Conversations You Must Have to Get Big-Fee Speaking Engagements

Pivotal Public Speaking

What happens: You get an incoming call from someone who needs a speaker. You can just see all the spin-off business – and then reality hits. Either the prospect goes silent or after chasing them for several weeks, you learn another speaker was chosen. What’s going on: The person you talked to was assigned to find a speaker but wasn’t told the budget. They begin the conversation with, “We are not looking for a speaker.

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How to Capitalize on Your Uniqueness to Ensure Repeat Business

Pivotal Public Speaking

Are you experiencing repeat and referral business time after time? Life-changing, transformational speakers are those who are captivatingly authentic. Tags: public speaking public speaking business speakers speaking speaking career with Glenna Salsbury, CSP, CPAE.

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9 Action Steps to Attract Bureaus With Resources You Can Use For Immediate Result

Pivotal Public Speaking

A bureau’s first responsibility is to satisfy its clients — organizations who hire speakers. They want to place speakers who are: &# The easiest to book. Meaning… they’re famous, they get rave reviews, they don’t require much publicity, their presence as a keynote speaker at an event will increase attendance, etc. &# Exclusive with them. All other things being equal, why not place the higher fee speaker? &# Dependable.

Creating Distinction in the Speaking Industry:How to Make the Marketplace Irrelevant

Pivotal Public Speaking

What if you could find a way to make the fluctuations in the economy have a less-than-significant impact on your speaking business? What does it take to differentiate yourself, so you become a “movie star” of speakers, rather than merely one of the pack? with Scott McKain, CSP, CPAE.

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small talk (show #14) – George Torok (Superior Presentations)

Executive Speech Coach

Enjoy this 5 minute video interview about how to avoid the most common and annoying mistakes that business presenters commit. business presentations career tips communication

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The Power of Community

Speaker Launcher

Imagine this: You are a busy speaker who stands in the glow of audience appreciation for an hour out of your day, and then what? Most Recent Post Speaking Profession Epic Keynote professional speaker speaker coach speaking speaking businessThey say it’s lonely at the top. You’re eating alone in yet another hotel room or airport restaurant. Who does someone, who is put up on a pedestal, go to […].

What to Say When.You’re Dying on the Platform

Pivotal Public Speaking

What to Say When.You’re Dying on the Platform: A Complete Resource for Speakers, Trainers, and Executives. by Lily Walters.

What to Say When.You’re Dying on the Platform

Pivotal Public Speaking

What to Say When.You’re Dying on the Platform: A Complete Resource for Speakers, Trainers, and Executives. by Lily Walters.

Platform and Business Skills that Result in Spin Off with Walter Bond

Speaker Launcher

Today, The Wealthy Speaker Podcast is being brought to you by the Inner Circle Mastermind. So how does a speaker go from a $10,000 keynote to $30,000 keynote? And more importantly, I’m going to make sure you actually IMPLEMENT them in your business. The post Platform and Business Skills that Result in Spin Off with Walter Bond appeared first on Jane Atkinson. Today, The Wealthy Speaker Podcast is being brought to you by the Inner Circle Mastermind.

Current Speakers and their Books – X: Bishop T. D. Jakes

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

I’m closing out my series on current speakers and their books with another counter-intuitive choice:  Bishop T.   What can business speakers learn from this powerful preacher?    It’s a lesson that many a business speaker needs to learn.    Two great lessons from the Bishop that all business speakers would do well to remember – and make their own. 

Professional Speaker

Executive Speech Coach

Professional Speaker - George Torok George Torok is a professional business speaker that specializes in personal marketing and presentation skills. This is a speaker that you have to see and hear soon. Your business future could depend on it.

Steve Jobs, One of Today’s Great Presenters, Steps Down from the Main Stage

DeFinis Communications

Anyone in the public speaking business has likely paused at the news that Steve Jobs has resigned from the iconic Apple Computer. Jobs has consistently been one of the most powerful and best role models for business speakers in high tech.

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Business Audience Booking - Best of Speaking Pro Central - September 2009

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Six Steps to a Successful Small Business Content Marketing Strategy - Content Marketing Today , September 4, 2009. Interview: Jane Atkinson - The Wealthy Speaker - Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking , September 12, 2009. Why Being Visual Can Bring Beautiful Business Results - Content Marketing Today , September 18, 2009. 6 Secrets to Making Online Video Work for Small Business - Content Marketing Today , September 25, 2009. Business (121).

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Holiday shopping for the speakers on your list

Speak Schmeak

Once again, Andrew Dlugan at Six Minutes has posted an excellent list of gifts for speakers. You should find excellent gifts in all price ranges on both our lists, whether for the seasoned pro or for the busy speaker-around-the-office. (My

Boardroom Presentations

Executive Speech Coach

Executive Speech Coach & Business Presentation Skills Expert George Torok www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com. boardroom presentation skills presentation skills coaching business presentations

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Basic Principles of Nonverbal Communications – 8

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  So instead of focusing on the gestures themselves, to look natural as a speaker, focus on the underlying intent or emotion that you’re trying to convey.   Many business speakers run into problems here because they believe – erroneously – that emotions should be kept out of business and speaking about business.   To the contrary, any business speaker with charisma expresses emotions clearly and forcefully.

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Great Contemporary Business Speakers-10: Sir Ken Robinson

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  My final entry in this top ten list of great contemporary business speakers is a sentimental favorite:   Sir Ken Robinson.   Robinson is passionately devoted to spreading creativity around, first in education, and then in the rest of human endeavor.   I’m wholeheartedly with him on this project; it’s a life-long cause of mine too.

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UK Business Communicator of the Year, 2013

Max Atkinson

We have launched a prize to be awarded to an outstanding figure in the business world who speaks well. This is the fourth year that judges from the UK Speechwriters’ Guild have selected the Business Communicator of the Year. He uses self-deprecating humour to talk about business.

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In praise of Brian Jenner & the UK Speechwriters' Guild

Max Atkinson

An added bonus this year was a Strictly Come Dancing style UK Business Speaker of the Year Award on the eve of the conference. I've often said that professional speechwriting is a bit like robbing banks. It's a job that's done in isolated secrecy. You can't boast about your successes.

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Speaker Net News

Executive Speech Coach

Speaker Net News SpeakerNet News is a free weekly email newsletter sent each Friday to more than 8,500 professional speakers, consultants, trainers, and authors. If that description fits you then be sure to register for this free newsletter written by professional speakers for professional speakers. Executive Speech Coach & Business Presentation Skills Expert George Torok www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com.

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Holiday shopping for the speakers on your list

Speak Schmeak

Once again, Andrew Dlugan at Six Minutes has posted an excellent list of gifts for speakers. You should find excellent gifts in all price ranges on both our lists, whether for the seasoned pro or for the busy speaker-around-the-office. (My Download audio here.

PowerPoint Presentation can be fun

Executive Speech Coach

tags: presentation design ) See the other entries in the contest at SlideShare.net George Torok Motivational Business Speaker Presentation Skills Coach Executive Speech Coach, Business presentation tips from George Torok, the Speech Coach for Executives. Executive Speech Coach & Business Presentation Skills Expert George Torok www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com. presentations tips business presentations PowerPoint presentation coach

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Can you inspire an audience with a negative message?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Can a speaker inspire an audience with a negative message?    The short answer is ‘no’, but of course you’re thinking about politicians – just to take a particularly blatant example – who appear to inspire their followers with all sorts of negative messages, so you’re thinking, ‘certainly a speaker can!’    If we know we have a problem already, we want to hear that you (as a speaker-leader) understand it. 

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If you're a professional speaker, who is your customer?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  But over the long term, a professional speaker has to take care of at least one other 'audience' just as carefully:  the meeting planners that hire her.    Too many professional speakers play the diva and alienate the folks who hire them.    I once was planning a conference for a client, and booked a speaker -- nameless -- whose talk was all about, let's say, getting along with other people. 

Tim Gard Professional Speaker

Executive Speech Coach

Tim Gard - professional speaker If you want to be a better speaker, watch and learn from other speakers - political, business and profesional. Tim Gard is a professional speaker.

Power Point and the Triangle of Death - A Rant

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  The whole idea was that the speaker would talk for a while, and then occasionally show a slide that illustrated a point with a picture or a striking image, or made a set of numbers clear with a bar graph or a pie chart.    They became speaker outlines.    Now we watch in horrified fascination as a speaker plods through every word on slide after slide with 20 lines or more of text on them. 

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