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Donald Cooper – 20 Years On and Going Strong

 

Donald Cooper

For over 20 years, prospeakers.com has been booking Donald Cooper, MBA, for clients who want to create compelling customer value and experiences, manage smarter, attract a top-performing team…and grow their bottom line.

There’s a reason he continues to be respected as bottom-line realist and passionate visionary by clients in over 40 industries around the world; Donald has been in the trenches.  He has been both a world-class manufacturer and an award-winning fashion retailer.

From humble beginnings, Cooper Sporting Goods became the world’s leading maker of hockey equipment and a Canadian Brand icon. As a growing family business, Cooper Canada bought competitors, went public, became unionized, became un-unionized, imported, exported to 20 countries, opened an offshore plant in Barbados, and grew to over 2,800 employees.

Then, at age 43 Donald ‘fired’ himself from the family business and reinvented himself as a visionary fashion retailer. He fundamentally redefined customer experience, for which he received seven Awards of Excellence for service, marketing and business innovation, including being voted Canada’s outstanding Innovative Retailer of the Year.

Simply put, Donald Cooper is a bottom-line management guy.  Through keynotes, interactive workshops and intensive  1-to-2 day ‘Management Boot Camps’, he works with business owners and managers who want to achieve extraordinary outcomes in 5 key areas:

  1. Create compelling customer value and experiences that will give them a clear competitive advantage.  Mediocrity is no longer an option.
  2. Market and promote more effectively on a tight budget in a cynical and over-served market.  There’s no point being the best if you’re also the best kept secret.
  3. Attract, engage, and retain a top-performing team.  The real battle in business today is the battle for talent.  We must all become ‘talent magnets’.
  4. Improve profitability now and for the long term…and
  5. Create a clear Vision for the future of their business, a specific Plan to get there and a culture of commitment, urgency and accountability to make sure they do.

Donald will inform you, inspire you, challenge you, disturb you…and leave you with a new and powerful understanding of your customers, your business and your life!

 

To learn more about having Donald speak at your next conference or event, be in touch with us via our website or by phone at 416-420-4525. We’d love to bring his effective business input to your company today!

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Social Media Mavericks

Need help with a social media strategy? Not even sure what social media is, or why you should be getting on board?

You’ve come to the right place! Prospeakers.com has the people you need to bring your business to life online, to engage with digital consumers, and connect with your customers in meaningful ways. Take a look at these experts:

 

Martin WaxmanMartin Waxman – A social media, content marketing and communications strategist, Martin helps clients uncover, create and amplify their brand stories, set up and manage newsrooms and conduct goal-oriented new public relations throughout North America, and teaches digital strategy at the University of Toronto. He writes a monthly column for Marketing Magazine, and is one of the hosts of the Inside PR podcast.

Martin developed a Certificate in Digital Strategy and Communications Management for the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies and teaches several courses there. He has worked in the communications industry for 25 years. Martin is a high-energy, entertaining and engaging speaker whose keynotes include Social Media Barometer: Beyond the latest app or tech IPO; Social Media for the C-Suite: A high-level overview of the new digital and social landscape for high-level leaders; and We’re All in Showbiz: A session on multimedia storytelling that demonstrates how important it is to master production and publishing techniques to add creativity and sizzle to your communications programs.

 

Scott StrattenScott Stratten – Scott is an expert in Viral, Social, and Authentic Marketing which Scott calls Un-Marketing: positioning yourself as a trusted expert in front of your target market, so when they have a need, they choose you.

Formerly a music industry marketer, national sales training manager and professor at the Sheridan College School of Business, he ran his “UnAgency” for nearly a decade before focusing exclusively on speaking. He has helped companies like PepsiCo, Adobe, Red Cross, Cirque du Soleil and Fidelity Investments find their way through the viral/social media and relationship marketing landscape. He was voted one of the top 5 social media influencers in the world on Forbes.com.

His book UnMarketing: Stop Marketing. Start Engaging became a national best-seller before it was released, and a Globe and Mail #1 Business best-seller, National Post, Amazon.com, Amazon.ca and Amazon UK best-seller. His second book, The Business Book of (Un)Awesome, was published in the summer of 2012.

 

Dev BasuDev Basu – Dev is the President and CEO of Powered by Search, a PROFIT HOT 50 recognized internet marketing agency specializing SEO, Local Search, and Paid Search driven marketing solutions for Fortune 1000 and small or medium sized businesses. Dev has worked with the who’s who of Canadian brand names including RE/MAX, Public Storage, Delta Hotels, and many other enterprise and mid-sized businesses. He is a regular guest lecturer in marketing courses at the University of Toronto, where he speaks on building a foundation in SEO as a technical and marketing art, followed by an introduction to SEO as a career stream.

Dev’s articles and opinions have been widely published and quoted by the Canadian press such as the Globe & Mail, Financial Post, National Post and CTV. He is also a contributor to industry media publications such as WebProNews, Small Business News, Search Engine Land, Search Engine Journal, SEO Book, and Media Post.

 

Kevin KneblKevin Knebl – Kevin is recognized as a LinkedIn expert and has trained hundreds of organizations and tens of thousands of individuals on the most effective uses of LinkedIn since 2003.

Kevin is the owner of a Colorado-based professional speaking and training company that advises small, medium and Fortune 500 companies including State Farm Insurance, The Wall Street Journal Office Network, Herman Miller, HUB International, Dale Carnegie, Grubb & Ellis, Quizno’s, RE/MAX, Brokers International, Lorman, Standard & Poor’s and more on Online and Offline Networking, Social Media, Relationship Building, LinkedIn and Twitter. He has over 20 years of experience in interpersonal skills training, sales, networking and related areas of expertise. He is the coauthor of “The Social Media Sales Revolution: The New Rules for Finding Customers, Building Relationships, and Closing More Sales Through Online Networking” and a contributing author to “Learn Marketing with Social Media in Seven Days.”

 

To book these, or any of our other tech experts, be in touch! Our website will always take your inquiries, or you can phone us at 416-420-4525.

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5 Digital Technology and Trend Speakers For Your Every Need!

Looking for expert input as your company explores the every-shifting digital landscape? Need help navigating change, or learning to think-forward in the new normal of integrated tech thinking?

You’ve come to the right place!

Prospeakers.com has speakers and experts for all your technology, innovation, and interactive media needs. Consider any one of the following options:

 

Marc SaltzmanMarc Saltzman has reported on the high-tech industry since 1996 as a freelance journalist, author, lecturer, consultant, and radio and TV personality. His specialties lie in consumer electronics, computers, Internet trends, small-to-midsized business technology and interactive entertainment. Marc is one of the busiest technology experts on the circuit. Speaking across North America on a wide variety of topics, he enjoys talking to groups big or small, consumer- or business-oriented, and ranging from kids to seniors. Along with delivering keynotes, Marc also enjoys moderating panels, delivering seminars and hosting lunch n’ learns for smaller crowds.

Marc currently contributes to more than 50 prominent publications including: Gannett, USA Today, Yahoo! (U.S. and Canada), CNN.com, AARP Magazine, and The Toronto Star. He also writes and hosts “Gear Guide,” a technology-focused video that runs nationally across Canada at Cineplex Entertainment movie theaters, IMAX theatres and various sister chains.

 

 

Jim Harris is one of North America’s foremost authors and thinkers on change and leadership. With an uncanny ability to understand and capitalize on where markets and mindsets are going, Harris looks to the future and helps organizations all over the world successfully identify and respond faster to emerging trends. Harris’ track record includes identifying the “blindsided” trend that continues to impact organizations today. Seemingly healthy companies can fail to recognize and respond quickly to market changes, resulting in being blindsided by competitors who overtake their market. Before “going green” became part of our everyday lexicon, Harris forecast the shift in thinking and committed to leading a political movement focused on sustainability and ecological wisdom. Harris has represented the Covey Leadership Center as an instructor of Dr. Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. He speaks internationally and conducts strategic planning sessions on leadership, CRM, future trends, innovation and strategic planning and has been ranked by Association Magazine as one of the nation’s top ten speakers.

 

 

Dev BasuDev Basu is the President and CEO of Powered by Search, a PROFIT HOT 50 internet marketing agency specializing in SEO, Local Search, and Paid Search driven marketing solutions for Fortune 1000 as well as small and medium sized businesses. Dev has worked with the who’s who of Canadian brand names including RE/MAX, Public Storage, Delta Hotels, and many other enterprise and mid-sized businesses.

Dev’s articles and opinions have been widely published and quoted by the Canadian press such as the Globe & Mail, Financial Post, National Post and CTV. Basu’s value in speaking engagements lies in breaking down difficult concepts around online marketing and media, into short, succinct, and actionable advice.

 

 

 

Alexander Manu is a strategic innovation practitioner, international lecturer and author. He works with executive teams in Fortune 500 companies and lectures around the world on innovation, imagination, change agents and strategic foresight. He is a Senior Partner and Chief Imaginator at InnoSpa International Partners, teaches “Innovation, Foresight and Business Design” at the Rotman School of Management, is a Professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design and in Toronto and a visiting lecturer at the Wallace McCain Institute. For over 20 years Alexander has enabled global companies as diverse as Motorola, LEGO, Whirlpool, Nokia, Navteq and Unilever, to develop policies and strategies that address emerging issues through strategic foresight and pre-competitive business models.

Alexander has been a guest lecturer at over 45 distinguished post secondary institutions around the world. A graduate of the Institute of Fine Arts of Bucharest, Romania. (MDA – Industrial Design 1978), he was elected in 1994 an Academician of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA) in recognition to his contribution to the development of design and the visual arts in Canada.

 

 

Mike Walsh advises some of the world’s leading brands and corporations on what’s coming next in their industry. Author of the best seller FUTURETAINMENT, he is a leading authority on the intersection of emerging technologies, consumer behavior and fast growth markets. Mike perpetually focuses on the next five years – scanning the near horizon for disruptive technologies and consumer innovations on the verge of hitting critical mass – then translating these into usable business strategies. Mike has been a pioneer in the digital space since the 1990s, running successful start-up ventures as well as holding senior leadership positions in established media organizations. With a background in corporate law and management consulting, he began his career at XT3, a spin out from McKinsey and one of the first digital consulting firms created to help major companies embrace the embroynic Web.

Mike has advised CEOs and senior management teams at multinational companies including: the BBC, Fuji?lm, Richemont, MSN, Star TV, Televisa, Philips, and HSBC. Mike’s book, The Divergence (published 2012), charts the rise of online consumers in these emerging markets and shows that tomorrow’s Web will be radically different to conventional Western models requiring entirely new engagement strategies. His views have appeared in a wide range of international publications including Business Week, Forbes and Wallpaper Magazine.

 

 

If you’re interested in having any of these incredible experts help bring fresh vision to your company, call us for more information! 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site.

For a full list of our digital and technology speakers, click here.

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Future Trends

Where will we be in 2020? How will the economy change? How will our health care system be implemented? How will consumers behave?

What does the future have in store?!

Jim CarrollJim Carroll is acknowledged as one of the world’s leading global futurists, trends and innovation experts with a massive global blue chip client list. He helps transform growth-oriented organizations into high-velocity innovation heroes! Jim has developed a global reputation for his unique presentations, and the impact they can have in helping organizations confront future trends. Recently named by Business Week as a leading source for innovation and creativity insight, his observations are frequently covered in Fortune magazine’s innovation blog.

As an author, columnist, media commentator, and consultant, Carroll has carefully studied the key strategies and leadership ideas that have permitted some organizations to achieve breakthrough innovations and absolutely compelling levels of creativity. When the PGA – Professional Golfers Association of America chose an external speaker to open their 94th Annual General Meeting in 2010, they went with Jim Carroll. They’d never hired an external speaker in their long and esteemed history, and after the keynote, Allen Wronowski, the President of the PGA had this to say: “Futurist Jim Carroll helped stimulate the thought process with his keynote address about the incredible rate of change that we as a society find ourselves in, and I was delighted with the lively discussion in the hallways, the passionate positions taken at the microphones…”

Jim Carroll can challenge the PGA to think passionately about linking future trends to innovation.  Jim’s client list is a veritable who’s who of global leaders – including NASA ; National Australian Bank; Pfizer; Diners Club; HJ Heinz; PPG; the Minnesota HealthCare Association CEO Summit; Johnson & Johnson; Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina; OhioBankers League; General Dynamics / Northrop Grumman; the Missouri Governor Economic Development Congress; Utah League of Cities & Towns; Signature Travel; Microsoft; the US National Recreation and Parks Association; Yum! Brands; Burger King; US Department of Defense – Commissary Agency; Rockwell Collins; Oracle; the International Association of Conference Centres; Illinois Governors Tourism Conference; US Navy, Marine, Air Force Child Youth Programs; Nestle…all of these organizations have engaged Jim Carroll for a keynote or leadership meeting which focused on future trends, innovation and growth!

Jim is also an author, with recent books including Ready, Set, Done: How to Innovate When Faster is the New Fast, and What I Learned From Frogs in Texas: Saving Your Skin with Forward Thinking Innovation.

To book Jim for your next event, give us a call at 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site.

Something Different: Mark of a Leader

The Mark of a Leader is a revolutionary program that inspires corporate workforces across North America to  improved performance. A powerful, multimedia presentation, The Mark of a Leader promotes lasting results and rave reviews from its unique approach to storytelling and  leadership. Book Doug Keeley or Tim Magwood to passionately deliver this unique presentation at your next event.

Doug KeeleyDoug Keeley is one of North America’s  top communicators and a self-professed “leadership junkie.” Keeley has helped clients revive  dormant brands, drive huge increases in sales, build long-term customer  loyalty, and motivate workforces to improved performance and productivity. His  clients over two decades include American Express, Bayer, IBM, Nortel, Pfizer,  Scotiabank, Sears, RBC, Sony, SunLife, and Xerox. He has been interviewed on radio  and television for CBC, CTV, CITY TV and Global, and been the subject of  stories in The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Sun, The Toronto Star, The  National Post, Marketing, and Strategy magazines. Keeley has written  many magazine stories and columns, and appeared as a subject expert in two  books on creativity and corporate culture.

 

TIm Headshot(1)Tim Magwood is a creative, collaborative and passionate leader. A colleague describes him  as a “lightning rod in driving positive change.” Tim has the head of an  entrepreneur, the heart of a coach, and the soul of a singer/songwriter. As a  seasoned facilitator and presenter, he has brought value to over 10,000  participants. Before  entering the business world, Tim delighted audiences in stage productions such  as Les Miserables (Royal Alexandra Theatre, National Arts Centre), Napoleon  (Elgin Theatre), and Fiddler on the Roof (Huron Country Playhouse). In  the mid 1990s he joined Canada’s largest private communications firm at the  time, ICE, as a Senior Account Director, and worked with many of Canada’s  biggest and best corporations. He left to pursue his passion for training,  becoming a senior consultant and trainer with Horn and Associates where he  designed and delivered sales and sales management training programs. In  1999, his vision was to create the “defacto sales learning leader in Canada.”  He started Fusion Learning, which became the fastest growing sales  effectiveness firm in the country, providing programs for hundreds of corporate  clients including Dynamic Funds, Rogers, BDC, Molson Coors, and TD Bank. Tim  sold his shares in Fusion in 2010, but continues to work with them. Tim reunited with ICE’s CEO Doug Keeley as a Consultant Storyteller at the Mark of a  Leader in late 2012.

Tim now combines his unique skills and passion for  leadership to teach, challenge, and inspire businesses and educators through  The Mark of a Leader program. Outside  of work, he enjoys time with his wife and 3 kids, and fuelling his passion for  music, recently releasing his second successful CD of original songs.

To book Doug or Tim for your next event, give us a call at 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site.

Maude Barlow: Feature

Maude BarlowMaude Barlow is the National  Chairperson of The Council of Canadians, Canada’s largest citizen’s advocacy  organization, as well as the co-founder of the Blue Planet Project, which works  to stop commodification of the world’s water. Maude was recently featured in the Globe & Mail newspaper regarding her most recent endeavors.

Maude delivers keynotes on water privatization issues; health care; Canada-US relations; trade; globalization; women’s issues and education.

To book Maude for your next event, give us a call at 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site.

This article was originally published in the Globe & Mail. Written by Vidya Kauri. [online source]

Having made this vital resource a cause célèbre, Maude Barlow now calls for it to be front and centre in government policy

Part of Liquid State: The science, art and wonder of water in Canada, an occasional series about one of the nation’s most magnificent resources.

Maude Barlow, national chair of the Council of Canadians and the country’s leading water activist, is expecting the release of her latest book next month. Blue Future: Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever is the final in a trilogy that uses compelling statistics to examine the global water crisis. In the book, Ms. Barlow, who was a leader in the successful movement to push the United Nations to recognize water as a human right, introduces the notion that water, like living beings, has rights too.

Ms. Barlow, 66, is nationally recognized as a staunch advocate for public control of water and equal access to clean water worldwide. A grandmother of four, the Ottawa-based writer has 11 honorary doctorates and several environmental awards for her tireless work. The first book in her series, Blue Gold, was a call to people to understand that water is being captured by corporate interests and that governments should retain control of it. The second, Blue Covenant, was about the international movement to fight water privatization. It ended with the statement that people had to push the United Nations to recognize water as a human right – a global struggle in which Ms. Barlow was one of the leaders.

Blue Future starts by announcing the achievement of that goal on July 28, 2010. She spoke with The Globe and Mail about what needs to be done now that the goal has been achieved.

What is the main argument in Blue Future?

It is that we have to create a new ethic that puts water at the centre of our lives and around which we build all policy: Trade, economics, energy, food, you name it. If it hurts water, it has to be re-assessed, or dropped. The book is based on four principles. The first is that, if water is a human right, we have to find a way to pay for it. The second is that water is a public heritage, the third is that water has rights too, and the fourth is that water can teach us how to live together and we can find ways to see water as a means of peace-keeping and peace-making. For example, the warring factions in the Middle East who have unified to protect the Jordan River.

Who profits from water in our country?

Water is mostly still in public hands in Canada, but about three years ago, the Harper government tied funding to municipalities for new water infrastructure to public-private partnerships. Most people don’t know about it, but it’s quite dangerous because it locks municipalities to a private model, which is always more expensive. A lot of municipalities, including Regina and St. John’s, by and large, don’t want to privatize, but they can’t get federal funds if they won’t. The Harper government is keen to sign the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with Europe, which would make it impossible to reverse that decision. So that’s pernicious and just starting in Canada.

Also, Alberta is seriously looking at water trading, where you convert your licenses into a kind of property and you allow the owner of the licences to trade them. In the book, I look at two places that have allowed this: Chile and Australia. In both cases, they’ve lost total control of their public water. In Australia, the price of water skyrocketed because big farm conglomerates bought the licences from the small farmers and traded them on the open market. When the government tried to buy it back because it was drying up, they couldn’t afford it.

The water never stops flowing from my tap. Why should I be concerned?

We are nowhere near as blessed as most people think. There’s been a steady decline in water supply to Southern Canada because of overdraining. I was just up by Lake Huron a couple of weeks ago, and you can see where the water came to just a few years ago, and way, way, out where the water starts now. It makes me sad. You begin to have a visceral understanding of what it’s like when a major body of water starts to retreat. It’s partly climate change, partly over-extraction. The Harper government gutted the Navigable Waters Protection Act, which means that 99 per cent of our lakes and rivers are unprotected from pipelines going under or over them. They’re moving tar sands crude over barges and ships across the Great Lakes. We’re fighting nuclear shipments as well. It’s like this whole new slew of threats to the Great Lakes.

Other large bodies of water have gone under in the world. They were so large it was inconceivable they would ever be gone, like Lake Chad in Africa. The Aral Sea in the former Soviet Union is almost gone. Lake Winnipeg is by some accounts dead because of the blue-green algae from nitrates from farms. Some scientists don’t know if it’s recoverable. Prince Edward Island is dumping nitrates into its groundwater for its potato farming. I can name them as we go across the country. I’ve just been in New Brunswick and they’re planning fracking operations. My message to Canadians is: If we think that somehow we’re exempt from the water crisis that is upon many parts of the world now, we should think again.

What’s our biggest challenge?

In Canada, our biggest challenge is this myth of abundance. It’s a global myth that goes back to learning about the hydrological cycle when we were kids. The water goes round and round and it can’t go anywhere. That’s true. It’s still on the planet somewhere, but it’s a problem when you displace it from where you can access it by massive transport or dumping massive amounts of surface water into oceans.

You often speak of water in your book as if it is a living entity that can get hurt and has rights. What do you mean?

This is newer in my thinking. I used to think about water in terms of equality of access. But I’ve come to see that we have a human-centric view of nature in that it’s there to serve us. We need to start asking what rights an ecosystem has. I mean, stop and think what it would be like if the Gulf of Mexico could have sued British Petroleum? Of course, the gulf couldn’t have, but what would it be like if our laws were more compatible with protecting water in and of itself? You have to start recognizing that if we live more compatibly with the natural world, it’s going to be better for everyone.

This interview has been edited and condensed.

Boom Your Business

Are you looking for a speaker to engage your audience and develop your business as you navigate your way through this economy?

Look no further!

Prospeakers.com offers some of the world’s leading business strategists and economic experts who translate the latest research and trends into practical business advantages. Whether you are looking to update your environmental standards, glean from current demographic trends, or hear economic insights, our consultants will help boom your business as you navigate through this economy.

Andrew BowerbankAndrew Bowerbank is a respected authority on green buildings, sustainable development, industrial design, and low-carbon economics. He is the Special Advisor to Magna’s new solar energy division and the Chair of the EC3 Initiative, supporting developments in smart-grid infrastructure, renewable energy and electric vehicles. He regularly draws from his diverse background in efforts to engage industry leaders and support new business strategies in response to current energy and environmental issues.

He has also worked as a member representative for the United Nations Environmental Program in order to deliver a framework for major carbon reductions globally. Andrew also has extensive entrepreneurial experience in business start-up including not-for-profit initiatives and was invited to participate in the “Birmingham Charter”, an international protocol designed to bring together the “100 greatest minds” in the world and create a new model for defining global sustainability.

 

Lloyd AtkinsonDr. Lloyd Atkinson is an economic  superstar who offers authoritative perspectives on international economies, financial markets and global trends. A captivating speaker, he has the ability to explain complex issues in applicable, understandable terms. For nine years, Dr. Atkinson  served as Vice Chairman, Chief Investment Officer, and Chief Strategist at  Perigee Investment Counsel Inc.

He has spent four years working for the United States government in Washington, D.C., as Senior Advisor at the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, and as Deputy Assistant Director of the U.S. Congressional Budget Office. He taught economics and finance at a number of American universities, including  the University of Michigan and the University of Maryland, and has also served  as a consultant to the U.S. delegations at the International Monetary Fund and  the World Bank.

Dr. Atkinson has  been the recipient of several academic awards, as well as the Peat Marwick  “Most Accurate Predictor” Award for the years 1988 – 1993. Atkinson’s in-depth knowledge of  the financial world and extensive experience in the academic realm have given  him an impressive ability to speak confidently and insightfully into today’s economic climate.

 

don drummondDon Drummond travels widely, speaking to various groups about the economy and its prospects and he is frequently quoted by the media on economic and policy issues. Don was the former senior federal civil servant and Chief Economist at the TD Bank. He is now the Matthews Fellow and Visiting Scholar in the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University. He has been present at the defining moments of recent Canadian economic history. As a key strategist in the Department of Finance in the 1990s, he helped tame the deficit and debt crises and set the country on the road to substantive tax reform.

During almost 23 years at the federal Department of Finance, Don held a series of progressively more senior positions in the areas of economic analysis and forecasting, fiscal policy and tax policy. His last three positions were respectively, Assistant Deputy Minister of Fiscal Policy & Economic Analysis, Assistant Deputy Minister of Tax Policy & Legislation and most recently, Associate Deputy Minister. In this latter position, Don was responsible for economic analysis, fiscal policy, tax policy, social policy and federal-provincial relations, particularly coordinating the planning of the annual federal budgets.

 

To book Andrew Bowerbank, Dr. Lloyd Atkinson or Don Drummond for your next event give us a call at 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site.

For a full list of our business and economy speakers please click here.

You’re Thinking Too Small – Daniel Burrus

Daniel Burrus, leading technology forecaster and strategist, thinks you are thinking too small.

 

No really, as he wrote at the Huffington Post, “However “big” you’re thinking right now, it’s probably too small.”

What does it mean to think big? It means “a dream that takes you farther than where you are today. ” And while that may seem vague to some of us, Burrus isn’t willing to tell us what success should mean to you. But what he is telling you to do is to “take your definition of success and raise the bar on it.”

Because “when you are thinking big, in reality you’re thinking small. There’s always a bigger big.”

So look for it. “Ask yourself, “What is even bigger than what I’m thinking, because that’s what I really want to do?” That’s how you raise the bar far higher on yourself.” And then, once you begin to see the big that is bigger than you thought, you begin to strategize. “Once you have the vision and ask the “What Would It Take” question, the path to get there becomes clear,” Burrus writes.

Through these questions, Burrus has dreamt of and then grown a worldwide platform for his book Flash Foresight. But it doesn’t end with books – “I’ve started six innovative companies, from experimental aircraft to smart phone and tablet apps, all without investors. Three were leaders in the U.S. in the first year.”

How much bigger can you get!?

You won’t know until you ask.

“So think big, and then realize you just thought small. Before doing your big thing, look at what is the bigger thing, and do that instead. When you do, you’ll find that your future will be far more amazing than your past, and even more amazing than you thought it would be.”

(read more at HuffPost)

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Train, Motivate & Lead Your Staff – 3 New Business Speakers

At prospeakers.com, we are always on the lookout for new and fantastic speakers to meet our client needs, and we’re confident that these recent additions will be of great benefit to your organization – if you’re looking for a speaker on sales & financial services, workplace motivation, or leadership development, these are the ones for you!

Duncan MacPherson – A financial services trainer & industry author, Duncan offers tested methods and tools to create predictable, duplicable, sustainable businesses.

 

 

Scott Christopher – Scott is co-author of The Levity Effect and holds a masters in HR Management. He entertains, engages and motivates his audiences to see that being a “people person” can improve their job performance, home environment and life satisfaction.

 

 

Eric Boles – Eric is an ex-NFL player and leadership consultant, who has worked extensively with Starbucks Coffee Intl, Barclays Bank, Dunkin’ Brands and more!

 

 

As always, we’re here to help you build the best event. To connect with us, send us an email, fill out this brief form or give us a ring at 416-420-4525.

 

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Leadership: Start With Yourself

Michelle Ray, workplace relationships and leadership expert, on leadership as character.

“To thine own self be true,” said Polonius in the play Hamlet. It is highly likely that Shakespeare had not intended for his character to be the spokesperson for humanity on the subject of living one’s truth (indeed, he was portrayed frequently as a foolish old “goat”).

Nonetheless, his ramblings remain legendary; renowned through the ages for their wisdom. This quote epitomizes the essence of leading oneself first: i.e. practicing personal leadership.

To lead ourselves first means that we can differentiate our values without holding any attachment to another person’s idea of whom we are supposed to be. When we are true to ourselves, we know ourselves and we understand our place in the grand scheme of things. We have discovered our unique purpose and we regularly tap into our intuition in order to make decisions of all kinds. We are successfully practicing “me” management in every situation or challenge.

When we think of “leadership skills,” we usually associate these with individuals who are in a management or supervisory role. Leadership rhetoric has its roots in a variety of management theories espoused over the ages, but what is missing, is the idea of taking charge of oneself. It has been commonplace to think of a leader in terms of “position”, generally associated with being in charge of others. However, a title on a business card or a placard on a desk or door does not automatically make someone a leader, nor does a job description whose functions are associated with managing people. Attaching importance to what we do for a living is often recognized as a yardstick for measuring success, but the manner in which we conduct ourselves has far greater significance and impact in the long-term. Therefore, the meaning of leadership denotes character, above all else. It has nothing to do with a job title.

Definition of leadership

A leader is someone who recognizes that character is the greatest test of true leadership. A leader is someone who is clear about their values and applies them on a regular basis. In other words, having values and living by one’s values are two distinctive propositions. This has very little to do with moving up the management ladder into a leadership role. Furthermore, one doesn’t have to be in a workplace to be a leader.

Be the best version of you with others

Honing this specific talent is more noteworthy, because human beings progress further in life by mastering the capacity to appreciate, relate to and communicate with the vast array of personalities, cultures and demographics, without judgment or discrimination. A business title conveying “leader” is no proof of having acquired this gift.

Experience the totality of the moment

According to physics, the earth’s average orbital speed is around 30,000 mph. Our planet is spinning so fast, yet we don’t even feel it. One could say the same thing about numerous interactions that occur on a daily basis. Do we truly experience them? It is an interesting dichotomy. The reality is that, because of the speed at which we live, we often shrug off the human encounters with a fascinating potential to provide a quantum leap in our own learning we happen upon. Rarely do we stop to consider their impact.

Leading yourself first in your organization, your career and your life requires commitment, desire and discipline. Recognizing the true essence of leadership is the first step. We are experiencing a unique period in our history where it is possible for anyone to be thrust into the spotlight, either through our own efforts or via the plethora of social media. Therefore, at any given moment, we have the opportunity to demonstrate leadership on a daily basis, regardless of vocation or position, in all that we do.

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