• Chip Bell, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Service Magic: Practicing the Art of Amazing Your Guests

    Monday, March 14, 2016

    In this guest blog post, Chip R. Bell, a renowned keynote speaker and the author of several best-selling books, shares his unique perspective on a guest story from The Ritz-Carlton. Chip’s newest book is “Sprinkles: Creating Awesome Experiences Through Innovative Service.”

  • Chester Elton, Executive Speakers Bureau

    The Two Questions Great Leaders Ask

    Tuesday, February 23, 2016

    The Two Questions Great Leaders Ask 
    by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton   

    Over the past twenty years, we’ve met interviewed a host of fascinating leaders all over the world. Some are truly inspiring; unfortunately, some are truly demoralizing. But frankly, m...

  • Dan Coughlin, Executive Speakers Bureau

    How to Get Great Performances Out of Other People

    Tuesday, February 16, 2016

    An important question every manager must answer is, “How do I get great performances out of other people?” At some point you need to realize you can’t do it all by yourself. You have to get results through the actions of other people. So how do you optimize other people’s ...

  • Javier Bajer, Executive Speakers Bureau

    What Kills Change?

    Friday, February 12, 2016

    I recently met with a traditional organisation in London who wants to ‘upgrade their culture’.  Like many, they believe that their culture will change if they give it enough time. 

    But time does not change cultures.  On the contrary, it finds and reinforces the re...

  • Taylor Pearson, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Hunt Your Sacred Cows

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

    Hunt Your Sacred Cows: trend recognition for fun and profit

    “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself — and you are the easiest person to fool.”
    – Richard P. Feynman, Nobel Prize-winning Physicist

    I’ve gone deer hunting three times in m...

  • Ben Hines, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Why Leadership Matters — Developing Your Leadership Style

    Thursday, February 4, 2016

    Using Music To Inspire Great Leaders
    We work with businesses and organisations currently facing transition as well as equipping wise leaders to prepare for change before it happens. Through our conferences we’ve seen people embrace change, quickly and more effectively, leading to incre...

  • Andrew Friedman, Executive Speakers Bureau

    2016 Iowa Caucuses

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016

    In last month's white paper, The Metrics and Dynamics Underlying the 2016 Election, we said that a lack of ground organization might ultimately trip up Donald Trump's campaign.  Yesterday’s results in Iowa reflected that deficiency.  Trump generates large crowds and great exciteme...

  • Katty Kay, Executive Speakers Bureau

    The Candidates & the Issues- Katty Kay Covers Campaign Trail

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

    It’s a Presidential election year in the U.S.  Washington-based BBC World News America anchor KATTY KAY is deeply involved covering all aspects of the campaign.

    Throughout 2016 Katty will be co...

  • Lisa Ford, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Stop with the Customer Service Excuses

    Monday, January 25, 2016

    Customer service excuses leave the customer more frustrated, frequently irritated and certainly surprised. In two recent situations, excuses weren’t necessary. Ownership and action would have responded to the issues quickly.In the first encounter, I called a photography studio to find out w...

  • Ben Hines, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Why You Should Prepare Yourself for Change

    Monday, January 25, 2016

    A new year means new opportunities. At the very least it’s a chance to raise our head above our desks, survey our surroundings and if we’re facing an all too familiar scenario, perhaps determine whether a new direction is required. But what if that change is unwelcome or just som...

  • Jeremy Park , Executive Speakers Bureau

    Company Profit to Community Profit

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

    By Caleb Downs

    Jeremy Park on the set of The SPARK, a monthly TV program produced by the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club.Jeremy Park on the set of The SPARK, a monthly TV program produced by the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club.Jeremy Park ('99) is working to shift the focus of the business indu...

  • Joe Calloway, Executive Speakers Bureau

    2016: Exclamation Point or Value?

    Tuesday, December 29, 2015

    Keynote speaker Joe Calloway shares his insights on what clients need to focus on as we move into the new year.. “The winners in 2016 will be the ones who create solid value for their customers.” If you are one of those people who dream about doing better in 2016 th...

  • Joe Tye, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Spark Plug

    Monday, December 28, 2015

    Monday's Promise of The Self Empowerment Pledge is Responsibility. 

    Legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden said that you can lose a game and still be a winner - you only become a loser when you start to blame others for the loss.

    To b...

  • John O’Leary, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Every Ending is a New Beginning

    Monday, December 28, 2015

    “What’s Your New Year’s Resolution?”

    I have a feeling this is a question you are going to be asked a lot in the week ahead.

  • John O’Leary, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Live Inspired

    Monday, December 21, 2015

    Well, unless it’s being posed to you by one of your kids on Christmas morning… 

    Last Christmas Eve we went to church, to my parents’ Christmas celebration. Then, we went to Beth’s family, enjoyed a late desert, more holiday cheer, and mo...

  • Robin Crow, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Robin Crow's Quote of the day

    Monday, December 21, 2015

    "A strong will, a settled purpose, an invincible determination can accomplish almost anything." 

    —Thomas Fuller

  • Bill Walton, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Bill Walton Inspires

    Tuesday, December 15, 2015

    “The light has gone out in my life, and there’s no sound, either.  Not even in my spirit ...

  • Jason Jennings, Executive Speakers Bureau

    The High-Speed Company

    Tuesday, December 15, 2015

    The only way to ensure your company’s success is to change faster on the inside than the world is changing on the outside

    No one knows the ins and outs of successful companies better than bestselling author Jason Jennings. Back in 2001, with...

  • Bruce Weinstein, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Trump is as Mad as Hell, and His Business Partners Won't Take It Anymore

    Tuesday, December 15, 2015

    The Republican frontrunner’s rants against Muslims are bad for business.

    Racist, hateful, un-American, and shameful—these are four recent descriptions of Donald J. Trump’s call to seal the U.S. b...

  • Chip Bell, Executive Speakers Bureau

    The Night Before Conference

    Wednesday, December 9, 2015

    Customer service speaker Chip Bell shares his rendition of the popular Christmas poem, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.

  • Adrian Gostick, Executive Speakers Bureau

    A Holiday Gift Your Employees Will Remember

    Wednesday, December 9, 2015

    Adrian Gostick is an employee relations speaker. In his most recent article written with the help of Chester Elton, the duo talk about holiday gifts for your employees.

  • Michael Israel, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Unique performance art event benefits Akron Children's Hospital

    Wednesday, December 2, 2015

    Artist and speaker Michael Israel is used to having audiences watch him work. At Akron Children's Hospital's "Art In Concert" event, however; the tables were turned a bit as audience members bidded on his artwork with the proceeds benefitting the hospi...

  • Robert Stevenson, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Make Your Bed

    Monday, November 30, 2015

    The phrase make your bed finds its way to a monumental number of chidlrens' chore lists, but why is making your bed so important? Speaker Robert Stevenson shares his experience with a military father and the lesson he has recently learned about the import...

  • Josh Linkner, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Trend Hunting

    Monday, November 23, 2015

    Drones, also known as unmanned aircraft, are getting a lot of attention in the media these days for the role they play in fighting terrorism.  They're certainly top of mind for those who enjoy learning (and dreaming) about the future. 

    The emerging trend has expanded far beyond th...

  • Ronan Tynan, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Ronan Tynan Speaks For Youth Villages

    Friday, November 20, 2015

    On Nov. 18, Paralympian, speaker and M.D. Ronan Tynan gave a keynote at this year's Youth Villages Employee Conference. Ronan is an exclusive speaker of ours who has an incredibly motivating story to share.

  • Josh Linkner, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Seeding Your Future

    Monday, November 16, 2015

    Innovation speaker Josh Linkner discusses the importance of generosity and how it can positively impact you in the future.

    How do you know if you’ve accomplished something today? What should you measure if you didn’t deliver something measurable? In an era of dashboards, metrics...

  • Bruce Tulgan, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Growing and Managing Top Talent

    Friday, November 6, 2015

    If you've ever wondered who the expert is on millenials in the workplace, Bruce Tulgan is your go-to man. In addition, he is an expert on leadership and management. Because of this, he has worked with thousands of business leaders and company managers.

  • Chip Bell, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Lighting the Pilot Light of Service

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015

    Customer service speaker and best selling author Chip Bell shared this holiday advice for retailers with Huffington Post On Tuesday, Nov. 3.  

  • Mark Thompson, Executive Speakers Bureau

    What To Do When A Monster Shows Up At Work

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015

    Mark Thompson is a business speaker who shared advice for a better workplace with Forbes magazine. In his article, he offers three tips that employees and employers.

  • Garrison Wynn, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Does Workplace Diversity Impact Team Performance?

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015

    Garrison Wynn is a business speaker who helps audiences go from being great at a skill to understanding how it helps them in their career fields. “If the world agreed on what’s best, everybody would choose the best and nothing else wou...

  • Josh Linkner, Executive Speakers Bureau

    How Small Choices Help You Conquer Big Temptation

    Monday, November 2, 2015

    When Darth Vader tried to persuade young Luke Skywalker to join the dark side, it wasn’t a very compelling proposition.

    Who wants to wear a creepy outfit, talk weird, and live like a monster? If the dark side were that unappealing, it would be easy to say no.

    But that’s ...

  • Gregg Lederman, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Steps to Master Habits of Trusted Leadership

    Thursday, October 29, 2015

    A few months back I wrote an article about the essential habits of trusted leaders—a few managerial skills to help create an environment for employees to become more engaged and productive, leading to a better customer experience.

    Shortly after the article was published, I w...

  • Josh Linkner, Executive Speakers Bureau

    The Past is Dead

    Tuesday, October 27, 2015

    Most of us face incredible challenges in our lives. Difficult people. Ruthless competition. Time constraints. But so many of us succumb to an imaginary and impotent demon that strangles our potential and restricts our progress. This fictitious monster is called simply ... the past.

  • Katty Kay, Executive Speakers Bureau

    BBC News America Anchor Katty Kay wows crowd at 2015 CREW Denver Women of Influence Awards Luncheon

    Wednesday, October 21, 2015

    On Oct. 20, Katty Kay, BBC News America anchor and co-author of two New York Times best selling novels, spoke at CREW Denver's 16th annual Women of Influence Awards at the Ritz Carlton.

  • Josh Linkner, Executive Speakers Bureau

    The 5 Myths of Creativity

    Monday, October 19, 2015

    Mention the word creativity, and people begin to squirm in their chairs. The very thought can prompt anxiety, fear, and doubt — even in the most accomplished professionals. Let’s explore some common myths, and uncover the truth behind this fuzzy topic.

  • Nathan Jamail, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Being Grateful For The Ride vs. Being Bitter About The End

    Friday, October 16, 2015

    No matter how much we try as adults and professionals we still struggle with being just like kids or the kids we were 20 or 40 years ago. Many times as children, we forgot to be grateful for our parents doing things for us, that they probably didn’t want to do, such as taking us to an...

  • Peter Bregman , Executive Speakers Bureau

    A Simple Formula for Changing Our Behavior

    Friday, October 16, 2015

    “Whoa! What are you doing?” I asked aghast.

    I had just walked into my daughter’s room as she was working on a science project. Normally, I would have been pleased at such a sight. But this time, her project involved sand. A lot of it. And, while she had put some plastic un...

  • Jim Morris, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Real life Rookie wows yet another crowd with his inspirational story

    Friday, October 16, 2015

    If you've seen the movie The Rookie, then you've heard Jim Morris's life story. On Wednesday, October 14, Morris was able to inspire the crowd at the ARS convention with his real life Cinderella story.

  • Robert Stevenson, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Just a PEON

    Monday, October 5, 2015

    I’m JUST a rookie. He’s JUST an intern. She’s JUST a receptionist. They are JUST customer service reps. Don’t ask them, they work on the factory floor … they’re not in management. The office boy, an attendant, an orderly, or the person who is kept around for o...

  • Don Yaeger, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Lessons In Resiliency From The Heart Of A Champion

    Monday, October 5, 2015

    Simon Keith is, literally, a walking miracle.  In 1989, the former soccer standout for at UNLV, made history by becoming the first heart transplant recipient to play professional sports.  Keith was the number one pick in that year’s professional indoor soccer draft and, at the tim...

  • Tom Koulopoulos, Executive Speakers Bureau

    The One Thing More Important Than Following Your Dreams

    Monday, October 5, 2015

    Abdul Kalam, President of India from 2002-2007, loved to talk about dreams. My favorite of his many quotes about them is, "Dream is not the thing you see in sleep, but is that thing that doesn’t let you sleep." Indeed, I suspect the phenomenon of waking up in the middle of the night in an e...

  • Ruben Gonzalez, Executive Speakers Bureau

    You Were Created for Greatness

    Wednesday, September 16, 2015

    You Were Created for Greatness 

    Great People Were not Born Great.  They became great by making a decision to pursue their dream in life and by refusing to give up. The struggle we must all face on the road to our dreams is what makes us great. Ordinary people c...

  • Mike Walsh, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Food Producers Must Embrace Innovation to Succeed with Next Generation

    Thursday, August 27, 2015

    The most successful food producers and manufacturers in the next decade will be the ones who harness the rapid advancements in science and technology to meet the demands of the first fully digital generation as they become adults, according to a July 13 keynote address by futurist Mike Walsh at I...

  • Tim Sanders, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Is Your Culture Built On the Right Foundation?

    Monday, August 24, 2015

    Ask a strategic consultant about the value of a strong organizational culture and she'll likely remark: "Culture eats strategy for lunch!" Her reasoning is usually based on the consistency of behavior that strong culture creates - enabling every associate to make "the right decisi...

  • Lior Arussy, Executive Speakers Bureau

    6 World Cup Lessons Applicable to Every Customer Relationship

    Friday, August 21, 2015

    Watching the World Cup unfold before our eyes in the last month has been exciting. As a customer strategy professional, I could not help but be jealous of the emotional loyalty fans demonstrated toward their favorite teams. If companies were able to generate such loyalty from their customers, the...

  • Erik Wahl, Executive Speakers Bureau


    Monday, August 17, 2015

    Being a leader is difficult. That’s why most of us end up taking direction from others in our professional lives. But the ranks of the self-employed are swelling, hinting that more people are getting comfortable taking the reins in their own hands. And in fact...

  • Chip Bell, Executive Speakers Bureau

    How to Catapult Your Customer Partnerships to New Heights

    Tuesday, August 11, 2015

    It was a gorgeous early morning in midtown Memphis. I was hungry for an old-fashioned breakfast and tired of the hotel restaurant menu. Plus, the evening before the sole of my right dress shoe elected to separate from the shoe with so much as a friendly warning. So, I was also hungry for a shoe e...

  • Peter Shankman, Executive Speakers Bureau


    Tuesday, August 11, 2015

    As many of you know, I’ve been teaching PR Writing at NYU’s School of Professional Studies as an adjunct professor.

    Last semester, I had a truly spectacular group of students. Just 100% hard working, creative, and over-the-top awesome from beginning to end. I really liked them, ...

  • Anthony Bourke, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Culture of Innovation, Innovating at Mach 2

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015

    Fighter pilots fly and fight in a rapidly changing, complex environment where the margin between victory and loss is razor-thin. In a situation where people's lives are at stake, a squadron must take every step to stay ahead of the competition. Similarly, in business, where we risk our live...

  • Kevin Sheridan, Executive Speakers Bureau

    4 Ways to Leverage the Power of Thank You

    Friday, July 31, 2015

    Recently, more and more of my clients have asked me to provide them with the most current advice on how to effectively use recognition efforts to drive excellence with employee engagement. During these consulting engagements, I train their managers on the most meaningful steps for recognition, as...

  • Ross Shafer, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Ideas Hatched in a Vacuum…Often Suck.

    Thursday, July 30, 2015

    We are all guilty of coming up with what we think is a brilliant idea and trying to run fast with it. We are so convinced that our idea is so “White Hot” that we don’t even bother to ask anyone if our idea has actual value. After all, others may not see the “vision&r...

  • Duncan MacPherson, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Demonstrating Leadership during Uncertain Times

    Thursday, July 30, 2015

    When it comes to market predictions, the media likes to stoke fear in the marketplace. They squeeze a topic for all it’s worth and then zoom off to the next: Greece's economic follies, Donald Trump's presidential bid, Iranian nuclear deal, ISIS, oil prices, terrorism, red food dye. Wh...

  • Josh Linkner, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Your Fired!

    Monday, July 27, 2015

    Your boss walks into your office and quietly shuts the door behind her. She sits down at your desk in a most somber manner. After taking a deep breath, she coldly releases the words you dreaded all your life: "You're fired." 

    Think of the emotional tornado now racing through your mind....

  • Duncan MacPherson, Executive Speakers Bureau

    What Separates the Best From the Rest?

    Tuesday, July 21, 2015

    As a coach in the financial services community, I continually ponder this very simple question: Why are some Financial Advisors more effective than others? 

    You already know that the quality of your client relationships is just as important as the quality of your advice. And while I wi...

  • Ron McMillan, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Confronting a Rude and Disrespectful Coworker

    Wednesday, July 15, 2015

    Dear Ron, 

    I am currently a medical director of emergency services at a small community hospital, and I have an ongoing problem physician who provides outstanding medical care but can’t keep his mouth shut. He offends nursing staff with hi...

  • Robert Stevenson, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Solve It by Sundown

    Tuesday, July 14, 2015

    The Internet has revolutionized the computer and communications world like nothing before. This world-wide broadcasting system can disseminate information without regard to geographic locations at the speed of a “click,” and there lies a BIG PROBLEM....

  • John Manzella, Executive Speakers Bureau

    The Secret to America’s “Secret Sauce”

    Wednesday, July 8, 2015

    America’s “secret sauce” has provided tremendous advantages that no other country can. The “secret sauce” includes the U.S. system of free market capitalism, capital markets, rule of law, separation of church and state, entrepreneurialism, balance of power, the welco...

  • Adrian Gostick, Executive Speakers Bureau

    What Engaging Managers Do Differently

    Wednesday, July 8, 2015

    It’s the main thing a leader is supposed to do—engaging people—and yet the truth is very few of the smart, driven managers we talk with every year come naturally to it. 

     Business experts have been talking about t...

  • Chip Conley, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Airbnb Wants to Host Your Next Meeting

    Thursday, June 25, 2015

    The shared economy pioneer wants to work more with meeting and event planners, as well as destinations. Here's how. 

  • Sally Hogshead, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Understanding How the World Sees You and Your Fascination Advantage

    Thursday, June 25, 2015

    Sally Hogshead is Hall of Fame speaker, international author, and the world’s leading expert on fascination. Sally sat down with the We First team for a Q&A to share why she wrote her latest book, ‘How the World Sees You: Discover Your Highest Value Through the Science of Fascinat...

  • John O’Leary, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Is There Even Anything You Can Do about It?

    Tuesday, June 23, 2015

    The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.”

  • Bruce Weinstein, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Taylor Swift: A C-suite role model

    Tuesday, June 23, 2015

    Taylor Swift is “the most powerful voice in pop music today,” Fortune’s Philip Elmer-DeWitt wrote Monday in a post about Swift’s letter to Apple. That missive revealed that the singer is also a persuasive leader whom C-suite executives, other managers, and employees would ...

  • Ruben Gonzalez, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Bouncing Back Quickly to Win

    Thursday, June 18, 2015

    In 1938, Karoly Takacs of the Hungarian Army, was the top pistol shooter in the world. He was expected to win the gold in the 1940 Olympic Games scheduled for Tokyo. 

  • Jay Baer, Executive Speakers Bureau

    7 Ingredients for Employee Social Advocacy

    Wednesday, June 17, 2015

    If your employees aren’t your biggest fans, you have bigger problems than social media.

  • Robert Stevenson, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Different Approach

    Tuesday, June 9, 2015

    A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to address the Drug & Alcohol Testing Industry Association and it was one of the most memorable programs I have done in my career; the people attending the conference provide drug & alcohol testing for a...

  • Mark Thompson, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Richard Branson and Mark Zuckerberg Think This Is the Worst Strategic Mistake You Can Make

    Wednesday, June 3, 2015

    Don't Be Obsessed By Where The Other Guys Are Heading

  • Lior Arussy, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Exceptionalizing Your Customer Experience

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

    Have you tried to call your mobile phone provider lately?  How about your cable or satellite service?  If you have, chances are, you experienced a mechanical operator, long hold times, and a less than satisfactory result.  As consumers, we expect those from which we buy to deliver ...

  • Garrison Wynn, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Change is Mandatory...Stress is Optional

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

    When the pain of what you are going through becomes greater than the fear of change, you change … but I recommend you avoid most of the pain, embrace the change and adjust.

  • Barbara Corcoran, Executive Speakers Bureau

    How Barbara Corcoran Spots the Right People to Hire

    Tuesday, April 28, 2015

    This business guru, who believes choosing good employees can be one of the biggest factors of your success, reveals her tactics for hiring winners.

    MARCH 09, 2015 Successful businesses are often built on good people, so finding and choosing the good ones will determine your success more tha...

  • Roxanne Emmerich, Executive Speakers Bureau

    For Steps to More Profitable and Higher Quality Loans

    Friday, April 17, 2015

    We've seen easier times. Remember when loan requests just walked through the door? That was nice while it happened, but you may not want to hold your breath waiting for the "good old days" to return. 

    This is the new "normal." 

    It's time for different mindsets and skill sets...

  • Anne Mahlum, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Why she left a $185,000 job to launch a D.C. fitness chain

    Tuesday, April 14, 2015

    One of the keys to success in the business world is knowing what you are good at and what you are not good at.Anne Mahlum, 34, founder of a string of five Washington-area fitness centers called Solidcore, knows her strengths and weaknesses.

    “I’m a good CEO,” said the quota...

  • Josh Linkner, Executive Speakers Bureau


    Monday, April 13, 2015

    When you study the best-of-the-best, they share a common trait across industries, age, geography, gender, and skill set. Top performers are lifetime learners. Instead of hanging up their studies upon completion of formal education, they embrace a love of learning for the long run. They devour boo...

  • Three Ways to Approach Life

    Monday, April 6, 2015

    I talk to people everyday. As a matter of fact, I get paid to talk to people. Sometimes they don’t like what I have to say (if I am totally honest, most of the time they don’t), but after conversations settle in, they might actually hear what it is I am trying to tell them. At the hea...

  • Tasha Eurich, Executive Speakers Bureau

    3 Ways to Stop Your Job From Ruining Your Life

    Wednesday, April 1, 2015

  • Scott Klososky, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Why Continuing Education is Vital For Every Entrepreneur

    Tuesday, March 31, 2015

  • Lisa Ford, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Pay Attention — Your Customer Deserves It

    Monday, March 30, 2015

    Customers deserve respect. Their time and money are valuable and their loyalty is priceless. When you pay attention, you can elevate the customer experience. Here are some recent interactions that show the power of paying attention. Check your organization and identify if these happen at your com...

  • Sally Hogshead, Executive Speakers Bureau

    5 Ways Your Personal Brand Can Go Horribly Wrong

    Thursday, March 26, 2015

  • Shawn Achor, Executive Speakers Bureau

    3 Uncommon Ways to Drive Happiness in the Workplace

    Friday, March 20, 2015

  • John Manzella, Executive Speakers Bureau

    All Business Is Global: What Companies, Employees and Congress Need To Do

    Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    Tip O’Neill, former politician and Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1977 through 1987, coined the phrase “all politics is local.” This belief, which encapsulates the principle that a politician's success is directly tied to his or her ability to satisfy the need...

  • Vince Poscente, Executive Speakers Bureau

    The Authentic Leader You Were Born to Be

    Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    History's most powerful leaders use emotion to be impactful and influential leaders. But, emotion can be vulnerable. Having delivered over 1,500 keynotes, witnessing a variety of leadership styles, one can't help but see the value of authentic leadership. Bottom line, "You can't show your true au...

  • Geoff Colvin, Executive Speakers Bureau

    How to build the perfect workplace

    Tuesday, March 10, 2015

    The secret to attracting and holding onto the world’s best talent isn’t about the perks—it’s about relationships.

    The one thing absolutely everyone knows about working at Google is that you get free, gourmet-quality food all day long. Stuffed quail, ...

  • Josh Linkner, Executive Speakers Bureau


    Monday, March 2, 2015

    Jack Ma is China’s richest man. He’s also the 12th-wealthiest person in the world, with a net worth of $29.7 billion, according to Forbes. Ma is the founder of Alibaba, an e-commerce company that’s the equivalent of in China.

    He launched a multibillion-dollar co...

  • John Manzella, Executive Speakers Bureau

    All business is global: What companies, employees and Congress need to do

    Sunday, March 1, 2015

    Tip O'Neill, former politician and Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1977 through 1987, coined the phrase "all politics is local." This belief, which encapsulates the principle that a politician's success is directly tied to his or her ability to satisfy the needs of local constit...

  • Steve Farber, Executive Speakers Bureau

    When Was the Last Time You Wrote One of These?

    Sunday, March 1, 2015

    When it comes to strumming the heart strings at work (or anywhere else), nothing beats a personal, hand-written note of thanks, praise, or gratitude–especially in these hyper-digital days of texts and email.

    Maybe it’s because of the manifest, tactile, 3-dimensional nature of in...

  • Mark Thompson, Executive Speakers Bureau

    What Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, and Bill Gates Told Me About Getting Out of My Own Way

    Friday, February 20, 2015

    Billionaire entrepreneurs relate the warning signals they wished they had seen before making bad decisions.

    When I ask self-made billionaires what they wish they knew when they started out in business, one of the insights they most frequently share points to a common experience for all lead...

  • Lisa Ford, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Is Your Customer Service a Game-Changer or Just Keeping You in the Game?

    Thursday, February 19, 2015

    All companies would love to be able to say they are a game changer. Whether it is with their service, brand or innovation, few companies really can claim such a grand statement. Some of the few who come to mind might include Ritz Carlton, Southwest Airlines, Target, Starbucks and Apple. My experi...

  • Lior Arussy, Executive Speakers Bureau

    When and Why to Part Ways with a Customer

    Thursday, February 19, 2015

    List three customers you wish you could fire right now. That didn’t take long, right? Firing customers, when all other options are exhausted, should be a legitimate option — whether you’re working with a business-to-business multimillion dollar client or a business-to-consumer $...

  • Daniel Burrus, Executive Speakers Bureau

    3 Essential Secrets to Retaining Your Best Employees

    Monday, February 16, 2015

    You can’t do it all alone. In order to succeed, it’s essential to build exactly the kind of staff you want. But building your staff doesn’t end at the hiring process. You’ve got to be able to foresee the challenges ahead. And when it comes to creating an amazing team, you ...

  • Molly Fletcher, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Need inspiration? Check out these Cinderella stories from the Super Bowl

    Friday, February 6, 2015

    Need inspiration? Check out these Cinderella stories from the Super Bowl  
    We all struggle to stay motivated. That’s why it’s such a valuable reminder to see people unexpectedly succeed—to affirm we each are capable of reaching a big goal no matter where we come from.<...

  • Joe Calloway, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Four Ways to Grow Your Business in February

    Tuesday, February 3, 2015

    1. Your existing customers should be driving a steady stream of new customers to you. Don’t just “hope” that’s happening. Make it happen.

    “Personal recommendations – positive word of mouth – are the number one driver of  purchase decisions....

  • Nathan Jamail, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Team Accountability: Harsh or Helpful?

    Tuesday, February 3, 2015

    Every turn of the calendar people make New Year’s resolutions. Every election politicians say that the government leaders need to be held accountable. And every year organizations tell their leaders, “We need to hold our people to their words and actions.” Yet—just like Ne...

  • Kevin Sheridan, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Coworker Satisfaction — The Unsung Hero of Retention

    Thursday, January 29, 2015

    “It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there, and I’m wearing Milk Bone underwear.”—Norm Peterson, the TV show Cheers

    Even if you don’t work at the bar where everyone knows your name, some of the longest-lasting friendships are oftentimes formed in the wo...

  • Shawn Achor, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Change Your Job–by Changing Your Mindset

    Monday, January 26, 2015

    The brilliant Amy Wrzesniewski from Yale University researches how people perceive their jobs. She found that the way a person sees his or her occupation—as a “calling,” as opposed to a “job”—doesn’t depend on the job title or position, but on the meaning...

  • Robert B.Tucker, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Tucker’s Top 10 Worlds Most Innovative Companies

    Thursday, January 22, 2015

    In 2001, Fortune Magazine named Enron the “most innovative company” in the world. Shortly thereafter, the firm erupted in a financial scandal, its leaders were marched off to prison, and the company collapsed. All to say that readers of this newsletter are cautioned to review our inau...

  • Kare Anderson, Executive Speakers Bureau

    5 Ways Storytelling Can Boost Participation and Performance

    Monday, January 19, 2015

    Remember how the jury consultant, played by Gene Hackman, attempted to bribe jurors in the movie Runaway Jury?  It seems that jurors can be swayed by much less – by the same cue that affects us all in other settings. Here’s how.

    A college professor of Jayson Z...

  • Vikram Mansharamani, Executive Speakers Bureau

    15 Predictions for ’15-’20

    Friday, January 16, 2015

    2014 was an action-packed year: Russia invaded Crimea, US energy production surged, the South China Sea disputes escalated, Hong Kong students protested, Malaysia literally lost an aircraft with hundreds of passengers, Scotland denied the UK independence (an admittedly Scottish interpretation), S...

  • Lolly Daskal, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Learn the 7 Secrets for Building Unstoppable Confidence

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

    Become more powerful and successful in everything you do.

    Building true confidence is a gradual process. No one is going to turn into a positive, self-confident person overnight.

    But if you're in need of some extra confidence, here are seven secrets for building unsto...

  • Amy Lynch, Executive Speakers Bureau

    GEN Z Is a Lot Like Their Great-Grands

    Tuesday, January 13, 2015

    Alas, it’s the Millennials’ turn to feel old. Gen Z (also called GenEdge) is coming of age.
    The oldest Zs turn 22 this year. They are the newest employees and interns in your company and the youngest people who buy what you sell. Zs are the kids in your house, teens at the mall, ...

  • Laura Stack, Executive Speakers Bureau


    Tuesday, January 13, 2015

    There are cases when mistakes in the way you rehearse, if not corrected ASAP, can cause you to flub your presentation and damage your credibility.

  • Joe Calloway, Executive Speakers Bureau

    The Risk You Will Take This Year

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

    The hard stuff is reaching deep down inside and looking honestly into your soul and asking, “Do we really want to do this, and are we willing to change how we’ve done it up to now?”. I do a lot of presentations about improving business performance and growth, which means that I ...

  • Nick Vujicic, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Motivational speaker Nick Vujicic does not worry about being a cool Dad

    Wednesday, December 17, 2014

    The motivational speaker shares his thoughts about being a father to his two-year-old son and what keeps him going when life gives him lemons.

  • Sally Hogshead, Executive Speakers Bureau

    How to know if your job is energizing (or just draining you)

    Wednesday, December 17, 2014

    Let’s be honest. You dread certain tasks. Really dread them. You might even wake up in the morning and experience a sinking “uuuugh” feeling when you remember it.

    Here’s the kicker: not only do you dislike this type of task, and feel exhausted just thinking about it,...

  • Libby Gill, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Deck the Halls with... Work/Life Balance!

    Wednesday, December 17, 2014

    With end-of-year projects, holiday shopping, and more calories than you care to count, your sense of work-life balance may be more out of whack than ever.

  • Lisa Bodell, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Lisa Bodell selected 2014 Best in Biz Awards: Silver in ‘Executive of the Year'

    Friday, December 12, 2014

    Executive Speakers Bureau congratulates Lisa Bodell, recipient of the 2014 Best in Biz Awards: Silver in ‘Executive of the Year'!

  • Nathan Jamail, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Don’t Be That Guy or That Girl!

    Thursday, December 11, 2014

    You can enjoy the party without being the party.

    Have you had your company ‘Holiday’ party yet? It is that time of year for company parties and year-end sales events. Events that leaders spend lots of money and time planning with the intent to show their employe...

  • David Greenberg, Executive Speakers Bureau

    How to Introduce a Speaker and How to Be Introduced

    Monday, December 8, 2014

  • Daniel Burrus, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Big Data: Do You Have a Plan?

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

    Big data analytics is changing every industry. It’s a hard trend, and it’s spread is inevitable – the question is: how are you succeeding or failing at positioning your business to take advantage of it?

  • Lolly Daskal, Executive Speakers Bureau

    The Best Leaders Are Critical Thinkers

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

    What makes some leaders stand out from the rest? It has to do with their ability to think decisively. The best leaders evaluate their options, weigh in on the alternatives, connect the dots, and look for potential in order to make informed decisions. 

  • Music Paradigm, Executive Speakers Bureau

    What the Ebola Crisis Can Teach Us About Leadership

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

    "You've got to pick a fight with some musician," gruffly declared my conducting teacher. "Otherwise the orchestra won't take you seriously." And so, once in every other rehearsal, I'd watch him attack some defenseless player. You could hear a pin drop, the atmosphere was so tense.

  • David Meerman Scott, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Cold Calling Is Dead

    Friday, November 14, 2014

    My first sales job required me to make cold calls to bond traders and convince them to buy our economic consulting services. We had lists of names and numbers to contact that came from directories of people who worked in banks, securities companies, savings and loan associations, fund managers, a...

  • Nido Qubein, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Mission: An Extraordinary Education Led by Dr. Nido Qubein

    Friday, November 14, 2014

    An Extraordinary Education at High Point University by Ellie Baldini was featured in US Airways Magazine, November 2014.

  • Chester Elton, Executive Speakers Bureau

    The Most Underutilized Tool in Making People Happier at Work

    Thursday, November 13, 2014

    The Most Underutilized Tool in Making People Happier at Work. Every language has a word for “thanks.” It’s one of the few concepts that works in a hut in Bali, a London skyscraper or a mini-mart in Peoria.
    In the U.S. (in November) and Canada (in October), we have actu...

  • John Manzella, Executive Speakers Bureau

    The Impact of a Rising Dollar Isn't so Clear

    Monday, November 10, 2014

    Since August 2011, the value of the U.S. dollar has continued to rise. In the past, a strengthening dollar meant imported sweaters from Bangladesh would be cheaper. In turn, it was anticipated that American retailers would buy more of them, boosting the trade deficit. On the export side, a rising...

  • Tom Koulopoulos, Executive Speakers Bureau

    The Gen Z Effect

    Friday, October 31, 2014

    The Executive Speakers Bureau is excited to announce Tom Koulopoulos' new book, The Gen Z Effect: The Six Forces Shaping the Future of Business.


  • Lolly Daskal, Executive Speakers Bureau

    How You Can Be the Boss That Goes From Good to Great

    Friday, October 31, 2014

    Anyone who's ever had a bad boss aspires to do better. It's fine to be a good boss, but honing your leadership skills can make you a great boss.

  • Jay Baer, Executive Speakers Bureau

    One Thing: The best of digital marketing and social media from Convince & Convert.

    Friday, October 31, 2014

  • Robert Stevenson, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Your Greatness Awaits

    Monday, October 27, 2014

    To be successful at anything requires a lot of practice. Whatever your profession is, athletic or non-athletic... if you don't practice you will not improve. The defining moment in your journey towards the success you desire will be when you decide to put in the time to excel at your profession. ...

  • Jeffrey Hayzlett, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Seattle Sounders :: C-Suite with Jeffrey Hayzlett

    Monday, October 27, 2014

    C-Suite with Jeffrey Hayzlett takes you inside one of the most successful sports franchises in the nation –...

  • Jim Craig, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Great Teams have a Real or Invented Enemy

    Monday, October 27, 2014

    Great Teams Have a Real or Invented Enemy is one of the nine traits of great teams that I present and discuss in my speeches and teamwork building seminars. It is one of the nine traits of great teams that are taught, described, and expounded on in my book, Gold Medal Strategies: Business Lessons...

  • Libby Gill, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Is Your Team Suffering from Change Fatigue?

    Tuesday, October 21, 2014

    Change is good, but sometimes too much change can wear out even the hardiest team member. Especially when the change seems unmotivated and uninspired, in other words, change for change's sake.

  • Tony Alessandra, Executive Speakers Bureau

    How to Bring Out the Best in Your Management Style

    Tuesday, October 21, 2014

    If you're a manager, you should be very aware of your management style and how it can affect others. Being conscious of the extremes of your behavioral type will allow you to work more effectively with your direct reports, and transform from just a boss into a true leader.

  • John Manzella, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Worsening Skills Deficit Requires Companies To Act

    Wednesday, October 15, 2014

    Like most growing economies, the United States relies on a steady flow of well educated workers. In fact, without this, the U.S. never would have become an innovative powerhouse. Today, the newest technologies on the scene, including cloud storage and faster computing, apps, hydraulic fracturing,...

  • Walter Bond, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Walter Bond wants to talk to you about transformation!

    Thursday, October 2, 2014

    One Idea. One Shift. One Transformation has huge impact.

  • Lenora Billings-Harris, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Colorism – A Silent Bias in the World of Diversity

    Thursday, October 2, 2014

    Colorism, what is it? The word "diversity" when used in the workplace conjures up many meanings, often determined by where in the world you are. In the United States and especially in the southern states most people immediately think- race. In some parts of the US and within most other countries,...

  • Jim Craig, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Great Teams are the Product of Picking the Right Players

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    Jim Craig, a member of the thrilling 1980 US Olympic hockey team, knows what it takes to build a miracle team. He shares his gold medal strategy in his latest article on picking the right players:

  • John Manzella, Executive Speakers Bureau

    The Impact of New American Energy on the U.S. and World

    Wednesday, September 17, 2014

    SPECIAL REPORT—As the United States becomes an ever-greater energy producer, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, and other relatively large energy producing countries will be negatively impacted. And with decreasing U.S. dependency on Middle Eastern oil, China, now the world’s largest co...

  • Sally Hogshead, Executive Speakers Bureau

    How to Fascinate: Interview with Sally Hogshead

    Thursday, September 11, 2014

    Club Business International interviewed Sally Hogshead last spring to gear up for Sally’s keynote address at the International Health Racquet and Sportsclub Association’s (IHRSA) Annual Convention and Trade Show.

    CBI: The title of your IHRSA 2014 presentation, “How to...

  • Jeffrey Hayzlett, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Are In-person Meetings Here to Stay?

    Tuesday, September 9, 2014

    Smart Meetings features Jeffrey Hayzlett

    Smart Meetings Magazine interviewed Jeffrey for the front cover article of the August publication.TV host & former CMO shares why in-person meetings are here to stay.

    “People have been predicting virtual events and the demise of the m...

  • Brian Souza, Executive Speakers Bureau

    To get the Most out of Your Team, Play Down Management and Play Up Coaching

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    Have you ever thought your team had more to give, but you weren't quite sure how to get it out of them? Have you ever wanted them to play to their potential but didn't quite have the right playbook to make it happen? Have you ever felt frustrated that, despite your best efforts, you're still bare...

  • Ron Kaufman , Executive Speakers Bureau


    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

    In our work with organizations all over the world, we encounter six signs of substandard service culture. Each of these signs can defeat the best intentions of service leaders and degrade the best effort of service providers. Do any of these signs look or sound familiar to you?

  • Jeremy Park , Executive Speakers Bureau


    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

    There is always more than one way to get where you want to go.  In today’s hyper-connected world where access to myriad people, information, and opportunities are at our fingertips, we no longer have to follow the “yellow brick road” to find success in our careers and fulfi...

  • Ruben Gonzalez, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Starting Your Day Like a Champion

    Friday, August 15, 2014

    The quality of your state of mind determines the quality of your results in whatever you do. The things you do first thing in the morning set your mental tone for the rest of the day. I challenge you to get radical for the next 30 days. To do something you have never done before. 

  • Robert B.Tucker, Executive Speakers Bureau

    The Five Hottest Innovation Tools

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

    In 25 years in the innovation field, I’ve seen a lot of innovation tools come and go. Let's face it, tools are trendy. They get introduced with great fanfare at conferences or in the Harvard Business Review. A high profile company or two starts touting the tool. A case study gets written up...

  • Scott Klososky, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Understand Tech, Improve Your Bottom Line

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

    Technology is becoming the critical “X factor” for business success.

    “It doesn’t matter if we’re looking at the travel industry or banking or insurance,” said Scott Klososky, an international consultant known for his innovative take on the transformative ...

  • Nido Qubein, Executive Speakers Bureau

    5 Sure Ways to Fail in Business and in Life

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

    Habits to Ditch if You Want to Succeed

    When someone falls down in life, there is probably something that pushed them down. Whether it’s a prevailing negative attitude about everything and everyone, or a good, bad or indifferent personality that led them to the place t...

  • Lisa Bodell, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Kill the Company Wins 2014 Axiom Business Book Award

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

    With 400 books entered, we are proud to announce that Kill the Company: End the Status Quo, Start an Innovation Revolution, written by Futurethink CEO Lisa Bodell has been honored with a silver medal for Business Theory in the seventh annual Axiom Business Book Awards!

  • Moving Performance, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Sir Alex Ferguson’s Orchestral Management Style

    Monday, August 4, 2014

    Poor David Moyes. Some would say he was doomed to fail, following in the footsteps of a football manager like Sir Alex Ferguson who was more legend than real by the end of his term at Manchester United Football Club.

    But perhaps Moyes could have learned, as Ferguson did, from the way the or...

  • Dan Clark, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Entertaining Our Troops in the Middle East

    Friday, July 25, 2014

    From Ali Al Salem Base in Kuwait we flew three hours on an Air Force C-17 transport jet. I arranged for David Archuleta to join me and the crew in the cockpit where he put on the headset to listen to the tower communications at takeoff and throughout the flight, and where we both had the opportun...

  • Dean Lindsay, Executive Speakers Bureau

    See Yourself as Others See You

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

    As an executive coach, it's my job to tell my clients the truth and, no matter how blunt my comments, I've always been thanked for it. So who's telling you the truth about how you're perceived by others?

  • Adrian Gostick, Executive Speakers Bureau


    Wednesday, June 25, 2014

    One of the fastest-growing fields of study today is “positive psychology,” with research being conducted on what creates well-being and what contributes to us humans “flourishing.” It’s a lesson that too many managers fail to learn. Criticism rarely motivates, praise...

  • Daniel Burrus, Executive Speakers Bureau

    The Extinction of Passwords

    Wednesday, June 25, 2014

    Currently, passwords are total chaos. In fact, most people have terrible passwords that are easy for hackers to guess. Even worse, many people use the same password for all their accounts, and they haven’t changed their password for years. So all a hacker has to do is guess the password onc...

  • Josh Linkner, Executive Speakers Bureau


    Monday, June 23, 2014

    "Stop trying to reinvent the wheel," Bob says in a snarky tone. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!" 

    Tell that to the researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology who designed the Copenhagen Wheel. Quite literally, they reinvented the wheel, the very device we've all been admoni...

  • Paul White, Executive Speakers Bureau

    If You Want to Rebuild Trust at Work, Remember These 3 C's...

    Monday, June 23, 2014

    One of the core elements of a toxic workplace is lack of trust between co-workers and supervisors across the organization.

    There are lots of different relationships in an organization and also various directions in which trust flows (from you to your co-worker, from your co-worker to you, b...

  • Mimi Donaldson, Executive Speakers Bureau

    NBA finals: Are You an Unselfish Teammate?

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

    It's the triumph of the phrase, "there's no 'I' in 'team.'"  As a Human Resources professional, it warms my cockles that the teams in the NBA Finals starting Thursday night are most known for unselfish play: most willing to pass or defer shots to a teammate better positioned to get it done. ...

  • Erik Wahl, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Discipline of Creativity

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

    The paradox of creativity is that structure creates freedom. I am a naturally creative spirit who has built my business with extreme orderliness and attention to detail. The strength of this structure gives me greater confidence and freedom to create.

  • John Manzella, Executive Speakers Bureau

    America and Today's Graduates Face Daunting Challenges

    Friday, May 9, 2014

    With the season of graduation parties in full swing, I am reminded of my own high school graduation decades ago. This year, my third child recently walked across the stage in cap and gown to receive her diploma. The world she enters is a very different place than what I have experienced.


  • Robert B.Tucker, Executive Speakers Bureau

    The 6 Hottest Innovation Trends

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

    Next week, thousands of people from around the world will gather in Boston to hear the latest developments in the fast-changing field of innovation. For me, the Front End of Innovation conference is a kind of homecoming, a place where I swap ideas with practitioners and fellow consultants that I ...

  • Kevin Elko, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Dr. Kevin Elko with Nick Saban

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

    When we talk about building championship-caliber football teams, we may start with offensive and defensive lines, move into skilled positions and throw in some schemes.

    When inspirational speaker Dr. Kevin Elko dissects what it takes to raise a trophy he uses words like trust, commit to an ...

  • Ken Blanchard, Executive Speakers Bureau


    Friday, May 2, 2014

    Celebrating his 75th birthday this month and the founding of one of the world’s premier leadership development firms some 35 years ago, Ken Blanchard knows what is enduring when it comes to leading people. Reflecting on what has stood the test of time—and what he sees moving forward w...

  • Jack Uldrich, Executive Speakers Bureau

    10 Unexpected Ways the Internet Of Things Will Open Up a Future of Opportunity

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

    A common and popular vision of the Internet of Things—which I loosely define as the connection of billions of physical objects to the Internet through the use of low-cost sensors—is the example of an alarm clock smart enough to read your daily schedule, review the latest traffic and w...

  • Ruben Gonzalez, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Become Outstanding!

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

    Become Outstanding

    Have you ever worked really hard at something, only to reach your objective and then feel, "Is that all there is?"  

    Or have you ever done a good job at something only to get reprimanded?  

    Didn't it make you feel like you had just wasted a...

  • David Nour, Executive Speakers Bureau

    52 Questions for Insane Conversations:

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

    52 Questions for Insane Conversations: How have you overcome a recent failure?

    Let’s face it, as Americans we don't like to fail! It's not in our nature to understand it, accept it, put up with it, like it, or ever get used to it. We see it as a sign of weakness, inco...

  • Richard Florida, Executive Speakers Bureau

    11 Reasons the UN Should Make Cities the Focus of Its Forthcoming Sustainable Development Goals

    Monday, April 21, 2014

    Last week I attended the seventh World Urban Forum in Medellín, Colombia, where more than 20,000 city leaders, urbanists, and planners from more than 160 countries met to discuss the future of cities across the globe.

    While there, I called for the United Nations to make cities the ce...

  • Josh Linkner, Executive Speakers Bureau

    4 Lessons from a 15 Year-Old Entreprenuer

    Monday, April 21, 2014

    The Define Fruit-Infused Water Bottle is all the rage. 

    It is a fresh product idea that has already sold more than 150,000 units. The founder has been featured on Shark Tank, recommended by former President Bill Clinton, honored by Entrepreneur Magazine for creating one of the most bri...

  • Roxanne Emmerich, Executive Speakers Bureau

    The 7-Step Iron-clad Formula That Will (Finally) Focus Your Team on Results

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

    The 7-Step Iron-clad Formula That Will (Finally) Focus Your Team on Results Most workplaces are filled with people who are busy, busy, busy, but never seem to get results. They feel that a good excuse is a fine replacement for results any day. Everyone thinks there is no excuse for OTHER peo...

  • Peter Bregman , Executive Speakers Bureau

    How to Have Friends at Work When You’re the Boss

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

    Girish* is a client of mine who runs a 500-million-dollar business. He gets stellar reviews and is seen as a high potential successor to the CEO.

    But he has a friend problem.

    Several of his direct reports are close friends and he doesn’t hold them accountable in the same way ...

  • Brad Smart, Executive Speakers Bureau

    How to Topgrade Those Pesky Millennials

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

    Introduction: For starters, stop referring to them as “pesky” or … spoiled, overly entitled, lazy, self-centered, lacking in loyalty, lacking in resourcefulness, afraid of accountability, hard to manage, and pesky (oops, already said that).


  • Jim Craig, Executive Speakers Bureau


    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

    Do you have a dream? Without a dream, how can you make it come true?

    People can’t help you if you don’t share your dream with them. Telling people what your dream is and how you plan to reach it is a huge step in achieving your dream.

  • Ryan Estis, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Busy is the New Fine

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

    You run into a friend in line at the coffee shop. You ask how they’re doing. Five years ago, I can bet their response would have been “fine!” Today? Everyone’s “busy!”

    No matter who I talk to, everyone struggles with feeling busy. As we’ve beco...

  • Robert Stevenson, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Adequacy is Unacceptable

    Monday, February 10, 2014

    Adequacy is Unacceptable

    I recently did a program for a company that has been in business for 64 years. In researching the company to prepare for my program, I was really impressed with their Value Statement. It had such power and clarity incorporated into one short sentence. Here is their ...

  • Mark Jeffries, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Listening for Progress

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

    Everyone wants to feel that they are significant and have meaningful things to share.  Listening helps us treat others as if they were the most important people on the planet because – in their minds – they are.  Good listeners absorb and reflect on what they hear.  The...

  • Mike Abrashoff, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Two Leadership Case Studies — How Do You Show Up?

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

    One of the mental exercises I often put myself through is to look at current events from a leadership perspective and continue my lifelong pursuit of self-improvement. There are two cases that fascinate and stand out for me. One is the Captain of the Italian Cruise Liner, the Costa Concordia, the...

  • Dean Lindsay, Executive Speakers Bureau


    Friday, January 17, 2014

    Many highly revered books on the subject of selling contend that it takes five to 10 follow-up actions with a prospect to make the first sale. Obviously, persistence is a key ingredient for sales success.

  • Ryan Estis, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Finding Momentum in the New Year

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

    me to his “January Attack Plan.” It was a system designed to create extreme velocity at the beginning of the year, with momentum he could ride toward bigger results and expanding opportunities as the year progressed. He put his plan into place months before the holiday shutdown, g...

  • Jeff Davidson, Executive Speakers Bureau

    The 6 Components of Work-Life Balance

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

    New year, new events, new resolve. Everybody talks about work-life balance, right? But what does it really involve? Master these s...

  • Lisa Bodell, Executive Speakers Bureau

    How To Hire The Right Innovation Coach

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

    Have you ever attended an innovation workshop and wondered exactly how the inspirational hype would translate into your day-to-day work? Has a trainer ever given your employees plenty of innovation theory, but neglected to teach them the simple tools they need to create change and actually s...

  • The Passing Zone, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Do Not Overestimate Yourself

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • Lisa Bodell, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Free Your Innovation Culture

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

    As business leaders, we devote plenty of oxygen to the relationship between positive cultural change and innovation. Everybody wants happy, fulfilled employees who execute intelligently and create value. But when a culture is being reshaped, the journey is just as critical as the destination. Thr...

  • Daniel Burrus, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Game-Changing HardTrends for 2014

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

    Game-Changing HardTrends for 2014 – Part 1
    By Daniel Burrus, CEO of Burrus Research

    No matter what industry you’re in, your company can’t survive without technology. From smart phones and tablets to mobile apps and cloud-based technology, there’s a plethora of t...

  • Marshall Goldsmith, Executive Speakers Bureau

    A Whale of a Shark Tale

    Tuesday, December 17, 2013

    Mentoring effectiveness is all about clearing an emotional path to make the learning journey as free of boundaries as possible.

    George has never been a person of moderation.

    When he was in college, he joined a group of fellow wayward students to take a forbidden midnight swim in ...

  • Bruce Weinstein, Executive Speakers Bureau

    CEO of The Men's Wearhouse, George Zimmer, fired via e-mail.

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

    Below is a link to the CNN interview Bruce Weinstein did about the ethics of firing people via e-mail or text:

    CEO of The Men's Wearhouse, George Zimmer, told Fortune magazine yesterday that he was fired via e-mail.

  • Josh Linkner, Executive Speakers Bureau


    Monday, December 9, 2013

    The French Laundry in Napa Valley, California is consistently ranked among the top five restaurants in the country.  Celebrity chef Thomas Keller spares no expense in making the food and dining experience pure perfection.  Even with a price tag of up to $500 per person, this premier bis...

  • Chad Pregracke, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Rivers' garbageman named CNN Hero of the Year

    Wednesday, November 20, 2013

    Editor's note: "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute" airs Sunday, December 1, at 8 p.m. ET.(CNN) -- Chad Pregracke, an Illinois man who has dedicated his life to cleaning the Mississippi River and other U.S. waterways, was named the 2013 CNN Hero of the Year on Tuesday night.

    Pregracke organize...

  • Adam Hartung, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Innovation Update: November 2013

    Monday, November 11, 2013

    What is your company doing to prepare for 2014?

  • Waldo Waldman, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Honor, Courage, Service Thank you Veterans

    Monday, November 11, 2013

    We have so much to be thankful for on Veterans Day - Our freedom, wonderful country, and the blessings in our life that are often easy to take for granted.   

  • Tom Koulopoulos, Executive Speakers Bureau

    The Creativity Experience: A Hands-on, Interactive, Team-Building Keynote for up to 1000+ attendees.

    Friday, November 8, 2013

    After 25 years of delivering keynotes it's clear to me that some events need more than just a keynote - attendees need an immersive experience - a hands-on exercise that is energizing and substantive, that engages, empowers, and motivates them to take action after the event. And event organizers ...

  • Geoff Colvin, Executive Speakers Bureau

    3 reasons why CEOs today are better than ever

    Thursday, November 7, 2013

    3 reasons why CEOs today are better than ever

    By Geoff Colvin, senior editor-at-large

    According to former Treasury Secretary -- and former Goldman Sachs CEO -- Hank Paulson, we're in a golden age when it comes to our chief execu...

  • Josh Linkner, Executive Speakers Bureau

    The Power of Smoke Detectors

    Monday, October 28, 2013

    David Lee Roth, the legendary lead singer for the band Van Halen, was the poster child for 1980s excess.

  • Ryan Estis, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Managing Mystique: How Ritz-Carlton Delivers Amazing Customer Service

    Friday, October 25, 2013

    I was in St. Thomas earlier this year keynoting a client incentive trip for Top Producers.  Tough gig, I know.  I actually arrived a couple days early for a little R&R with my girlfriend.   During a day on the beac...

  • Lior Arussy, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Why Exceptionalize It?

    Wednesday, October 23, 2013

    Why is exceptionalism so important now

  • Brad Smart, Executive Speakers Bureau

    How A Players Can Fail

    Wednesday, October 23, 2013

    We were featured as the cover article in an issue of Workforce Management. The article quotes leading executives (including Jack Welch) who say Topgrading methods are the best for picking the top talent available for all jobs. But, you know that! Click here to read the article.

    The art...

  • Ryan Estis, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Who is in charge of creating your company's vision?

    Monday, October 21, 2013

    Who is in charge of creating the vision and designing the strategy to deliver a world- class experience for your customers? How about for employees?

  • Vijay Govindarajan, Executive Speakers Bureau


    Thursday, September 19, 2013

    Indeed, even a business with the world’s best idea still faces a devilish challenge: it must build the business of tomorrow without endangering the business of today.

  • Chris Brogan, Executive Speakers Bureau


    Thursday, September 19, 2013

    Each individual person had a sway over my emotional well-being, all based on whether...

  • Scott Christopher, Executive Speakers Bureau


    Friday, September 13, 2013

    For a decade, Google’s prevailing managerial philosophy was to just leave people alone; let ‘em do their jobs and if they needed any help they could go to their boss, whose technical expertise was presumably good enough to get them a manager’s job in the first place. But Goog...

  • Libby Gill, Executive Speakers Bureau


    Thursday, September 12, 2013

    It’s important that you can document approval for using your endorsements, so be sure to get permission in writing to use testimonials from each client. Email works fine for this documentation; just be sure to keep it in your files.

  • Brad Smart, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Intuition Can Save or Kill Your Hiring Success!

    Wednesday, September 11, 2013

    Most hiring decisions are made intuitively, in only four minutes — with 75% of those hires resulting in costly mis-hires. Those who follow Topgrading disciplines enjoy 80%+ excellent hires. By following Topgrading disciplines, Topgraders do trust their intuition … but only AFTER gath...

  • Luke Williams, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Disruptive innovation is not a tactic. It's a mindset.

    Wednesday, August 28, 2013

    Disruptive innovation is not a tactic. It's a mindset.
    By Luke Williams

    Disruptive innovation is not just about following a process.
    It represents a mindset—a rebellious instinct to discard old business clichés and remake the market landscape.

  • Josh Linkner, Executive Speakers Bureau


    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

    "I could never do that."

    "This is impossible."

    "There are a million obstacles." 

    When facing a serious challenge, it's easy to amplify the hurdles in our minds, which in turn makes the problems seem insurmountable.

  • Robert Stevenson, Executive Speakers Bureau

    What Should Come First - Success or Happiness ?

    Thursday, August 15, 2013

    This isn’t going to be a What comes first – the Chicken or the Egg debate. There is actually some excellent data that answers our title question. Dr. Sonja Lybomirsky, of the University of California, along with several colleague...

  • Daniel Burrus, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Technology That Is Already Changing the Future Of Energy

    Thursday, August 8, 2013

    he accelerating change of technology we use commercially and personally is dramatically increasing the global demand for electric power. As consumers, we're gulping power at an alarming rate, from air conditioning systems, heating systems, household appliances, and all forms of home entertain...

  • Kelly McDonald , Executive Speakers Bureau

    Should ‘Tweet Seats’ be a Standard Option for Theater-goers?

    Thursday, August 8, 2013

    Audience members at the Providence Performing Arts Center have a new choice: to tweet or not to tweet during the show. The theater is now setting aside a small number of seats in the back of the venue for individuals who promise to live-tweet from the performance using a special hashtag.

  • Garrison Wynn, Executive Speakers Bureau

    How To Be An Extremely Influential Presenter

    Thursday, August 8, 2013

    Whether you are a CEO, a professional motivational speaker, a corporate trainer, or a mom trying to get your teenager to pay attention (good luck with that), you need high-impact presentation skills. Your message, regardless of its content, needs the most effective delivery system it can ...

  • Joseph Grenny, Executive Speakers Bureau

    How to Handle Public Displays of Rudeness

    Wednesday, July 31, 2013

    What do you do when someone is rude or publicly cuts down another person in the middle of a meeting? When this happens, I have noticed that group dynamics change as people become quiet or even jump on the bandwagon and gang up on the speaker. 

  • Bruce Weinstein, Executive Speakers Bureau

    You Lost Your Job - Now What?

    Thursday, July 11, 2013

    Losing your job is one of the most traumatic events you can experience. On the Holmes-Rahe Stress Scale, it's the eighth most stressful life experience, behind the death of a spouse (No. 1) or going to jail (No. 4), but ahead of the death of a close friend (No. 17), foreclosure on a mortgage ...

  • Richard Branson, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Screw It, Let's Do It

    Tuesday, June 25, 2013

    If a company is happy, it is invincible.

  • Ryan Estis, Executive Speakers Bureau

    The Ryan Estis Experience

    Thursday, June 13, 2013

    Business Performance Expert and Agent of Change

  • John O’Leary, Executive Speakers Bureau

    A Good Living v. Good Living

    Thursday, June 13, 2013

    Glenn Cunningham was an extraordinary athlete. He set several world records, competed in two Olympic games, received numerous medals and was even voted most popular Olympian by fellow athletes of the 1936 games

  • Jay Baer, Executive Speakers Bureau

    The Force For Fun in Crowdsourced Video Contest

    Thursday, June 13, 2013

    The force is strong with this one. In a galaxy not so far away, a popular snack food brand, Pringles, has joined forces with the iconic movie franchise, Star Wars, to launch a crowdsourced video contest. Themed around, “The Force For Fun,” one video will win $25,000 and a chance to be...

  • Daniel Burrus, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Stop Being Ordinary - Choose to be Extraordinary

    Tuesday, June 11, 2013

    In reality, we can all be extraordinary. The key is to realize that being extraordinary is a personal choice.

  • Erik Wahl, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Rediscover your creative genius.

    Wednesday, May 29, 2013

    In the tradition of A Whole New Mind and First, Break All the Rules, graffiti artist and corporate thought leader, Erik Wahl explores the power of creativity to achieve superior performance.

  • Bertrand Piccard, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Bertrand Piccard Flies Solar Powered Plane Cross-Country

    Monday, May 6, 2013

    PHOENIX, AZ - The wingspan, at more than 200 feet, is equal to that of an Airbus A320 - but this aircraft is lightweight in comparison. 

    The world's most advanced solar-powered airplane is crossing the country to get attention and show off its technology.

  • Boris Brott, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Boris Brott to Conduct at the Vatican

    Thursday, May 2, 2013

    HAMITLON/Vatican -- Boris Brott has been invited by the artistic director of the Festival De Pasqua in Rome, Italy, to conduct a special concert for His Holiness Pope Francis on May 8, 2013.  The concert will take place in the Paul VI Hall, within the walls of the Vatican and will feature ma...

  • Chuck Martin, Executive Speakers Bureau

    The Long, Enduring Life of the QR Code

    Tuesday, April 23, 2013

    In the middle of the lengthy and comprehensive study on emerging digital platforms by Edison Research and Arbitron I came across a stat about QR code scanning.

    Based on the findings, it looks like those little black-box codes are hardly going away.

  • Ian Ziskin, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Top 10 Most Annoying Speaker Habits

    Wednesday, April 3, 2013

    Countless speakers do some really annoying things that prevent effective communication. Some of these are a function of blindly following "conventional speaker wisdom", which is unwise. Others are the result of simply not payingattention to how the audience perceives them. Below is a li...

  • Mark Sanborn, Executive Speakers Bureau

    FOCUS! How Focused are You?

    Thursday, March 28, 2013

    How focused are you right now? Are you reading these words while scanning your smartphone for a text and simultaneously checking for new emails? Are you fully present in the moment or wondering what's for dinner tonight? 

  • Roxanne Emmerich, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Culture: the #1 Predictor of Future Growth and Profitability

    Wednesday, March 27, 2013

    Most bankers think that internal culture means friendly tellers, free coffee in the lobby and someone to greet customers as they come in the door. No, no, no! Have you ever found one bank that was able to get 100 to 150 basis points more in net interest margin with that insipid belief system?&nbs...

  • Linda Henley-Smith, Executive Speakers Bureau

    10 Reasons to Pick Up the Phone Now

    Thursday, March 21, 2013

    Today fewer people get on the phone, preferring to text, chat, and e-mail. Here are 10 scenarios where a live voice is still the best option.

    I've noticed recently that the Millennial generation's trend of phone avoidance is quickly spreading to people of all ages. It started with smartphon...

  • Sam Silverstein, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Building a More Accountable Team

    Thursday, March 21, 2013

    Organizations are made up of teams. The sales department is a team. Customer service is a team. Accounting is a team. There is an executive team. This goes on and on. You get the idea. There are also special project teams where people are brought together from across the organization or within a ...

  • Alex Quade, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Stories From the Shadows: Alumna Continues Her Career as War Correspondent

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

    From the devastated shores of Banda Aceh, Indonesia, in the aftermath of the 2004 South Asian Tsunami, to the desolate deserts of Iraq and the cave-riddled mountains of Afghanistan, this UW Department of Communication alumna (1992) has braved heat, isolation, and yes, bullets, in search of a good...

  • Daniel Burrus, Executive Speakers Bureau

    The High Risk of a ‘Wait and See’ Approach

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

    Let’s wait and see what new innovations will be released. ”On the surface, taking a “wait and see” approach seems to make sense. After all, we’re dealing with a U.S. and global economy that’s filled with uncertainties. We’re hearing news reports that pred...

  • Lior Arussy, Executive Speakers Bureau

    Rekindle the Flame of Customer Love

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

    The state of customer love relationships is quite sad. Communication was good during the dating phase but withered afterwards. 

  • Lior Arussy, Executive Speakers Bureau

    How To Destroy A Legendary Brand Through Awful Customer Experience

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

    The hotel’s advertising was very clear: “Each one, the greatest of them all.” You cannot create higher expectations than that. And with those expectations I booked a long awaited 4-day vacation at this luxury New York City legend. At $600 a night I could have gone to any luxury ...

  • Josh Linkner, Executive Speakers Bureau

    STOP APOLOGIZING: Everyone has flaws.

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

    Steve Jobs was flawed.   Serena Williams has soft spots in her tennis game.  Even Brad Pitt has bad hair days.  No matter