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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.


Four Leadership Speakers With Fresh Perspectives

Developing your team’s leadership capabilities is an ongoing endeavour, and that’s why we are here! Whatever perspective you are looking for, we have speakers and leaders to offer input and help bring your business leaders to the next level.

Consider bringing in one of these high-demand leadership experts for your next corporate training:


Heather Moyse OlympianHeather Moyse is a two-time Olympic Gold Medallist, but also so much more: a multi-sport national athlete, inspirational speaker, ambassador, bionic woman, philanthropist, role model, and above all, Champion.. In 2001, she began a nine-month internship in Trinidad and Tobago as a Disability Sport Program Officer, but ended up staying in Trinidad for an additional two years, adding contracts with the local Rugby Union to develop and coach women’s rugby, and with the local chapter of Disabled People’s International as a consultant. In 2007, Heather completed her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto, focusing her graduate research on occupational-/life-balance. In 2010 and 2014, she won Olympic gold in women’s bobsleigh.

Heather is an inspiration to people of all ages, and stands as a symbol of what it is to be a true leader and champion. Her down-to-earth and genuine personality shine through as she helps her audiences discover how perspective and the tiniest of inspiration can move you to maximize your potential and get you closer to achieving your goals. For more information on Heather and her leadership expertise, click here.




Tim MagwoodTim Magwood is a creative, collaborative and passionate leader. 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) and Napoleon (Elgin Theatre). He then spent over a decade in private communication and sales training, and now combines his unique skills and passion for leadership to teach, challenge, and inspire businesses and educators through The Mark of a Leader program.

In the most popular of these presentations, Tim explores Five Level Leadership: how, when human beings are fully engaged on all five of our levels (Spirit, Imagination, Intellect, Heart, Hands), there is virtually nothing we cannot do. The program can be used to create an unforgettable keynote, or facilitate an event, interspersing amazing stories throughout and customizing the messages to your specific audience and needs. For more information on Tim, or to read about other Mark of a Leader presentations, click here.





Stuart Knight Leadership SpeakerStuart Knight is a speaker, author, producer and writer, mesmerizing audiences with his high energy and theatrical speaking skills. He spends time writing songs that are heard around the world, and produces commercials that have been seen nationally. As an award-winning speaker, Stuart’s presence on stage is contagious and his ability to move his audience is unprecedented. Stuart has keynoted numerous conferences, and has inspired corporate clients, including such organizations as Rogers, TD Canada Trust, The Four Seasons, Emerson, Canoe, Citi, The Government of Canada and Kraft, sharing the stage with such notables as Pamela Wallin, Robin Sharma, Stephen Lewis and Jenny McCarthy.

As an “out of the box” renegade entrepreneur, he continues to bring his entertaining and thought-provoking ideas to fruition.  In his life-changing presentation called The Art of Powerful Conversation, Stuart gives people the tools to build relationships and to connect on a deeper level. To find out more, click here.





  Scott Kress Adventurer & SpeakerScott Kress holds a Masters degree in Leadership, is an Executive MBA professor for the Rotman School of Management and the Odette School of Business, and is one of the top leadership and team development facilitators in North America. In 2012, Scott received a Teaching Award for his Leadership Presence class in the EMBA program at the Rotman School of Management. On top of all that, Scott has been climbing and guiding in the mountains for over 20 years. He has summited peaks in North and South America, Africa, Europe and the Himalayas. He is now in the pursuit of the evasive “Seven Summits”; the highest point on each of the seven continents.

Scott’s foundational keynote presentation shares how the strategies his team used to summit Mount Everest may be applied to summit your own personal mountains in business and in life. Through his inspiring story of triumph, challenge determination, and sometimes failure, Scott shows audiences that we are all climbers, climbing our own mountains. Scott educates, entertains, and motivates while imparting the wisdom gained in business and in the mountains. To learn more about Scott’s adventures and how to bring them to your workplace, click here.



 For a full list of our leadership speakers, click here. Or, as always, call us for more information! 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site.



Welcome to Dianne Buckner, of Dragons’ Den Fame

New to our roster this fall, Dianne Buckner is most widely known for her role on the hit CBC show Dragons’ Den. With over a decade of experience on the CBC News business team, Dianne brings her keen insights and interview skills to bear in her keynote presentations.

Consider having Dianne come speak to your team on The Art of the Pitch, Seven Powerful Business Trends, or share her Top Ten Tips on the road to business success.

For more information on Dianne and to see a video of her in action, view her profile here. And as always, we are happy to hear from you via phone or via our site anytime!

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.

Michelle Ray: Lead Yourself First

Michelle Ray2Michelle Ray is a highly sought-after international business keynote speaker, consultant, author and educator who demonstrates a deep understanding of the importance of self-leadership in business and in life.

Creating her own successful international business, Michelle believes that  leadership is a state of mind and helps individuals at any stage of their career to master personal leadership, that is, the ability to take charge of oneself first in any situation. Michelle speaks passionately about self-actualization, the importance of outstanding leadership in the workplace, and the roles of positive communication and influence.

She has established the “Lead Yourself First Institute” to help individuals and organizations take the initiative in the face  of change and economic uncertainty.

Michelle’s latest book, Lead Yourself First: Breakthrough Strategies to Live the Life You Want, has continued to receive rave reviews. Lead Yourself First is now available on the Amazon Kindle! You can buy your paperback or digital copy here.

Once recognized as the top speaker in Canada for the world’s largest international public seminar company, Michelle offers in-house business seminars and consulting for leadership development, understanding changing  demographics, communication and improving workplace relationships.

You too can be encouraged and captivated through Michelle’s interactive approach!

On June 27th, Michelle is offering a complimentary webinar at 1:00pmPST (4:00pmEST). She will be discussing how to build high engagement, high morale and achieve an overall happier workplace. You can register for Michelle’s complimentary webinar here.

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


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Bringing Clarity to Your Vision: Donald Cooper in the Globe & Mail

Donald Cooper, business innovator and thought leader, was featured in Sunday’s Globe and Mail. Founder of the highly successful Cooper Canada Ltd (a sporting goods manufacturing company), he also holds an MBA from the University of Western Ontario and spent 14 years as one of Canada’s most innovative retailers.

Clearly, he is a knowledgeable consultant, one whose chief aim is to help your company clarify its vision.

He starts by building a clear, understandable vision that can inspire others. Many companies, he notes, cram their vision statements with motherhood statements like “honouring their customers” or “having fun” that offer no real direction to employees…

When that’s completed, you can develop your mission statement: A clear, one-page statement of what you commit to do, this year, in every part of the business, to move toward the three- to five-year vision. You should create a fresh mission statement about two months before the end of each fiscal year, so you know what you intend to accomplish in the coming year. (from the Globe and Mail)


Too many companies have muddled their vision, overcomplicated their mission, and are floundering as a result, he believes.

Does your company have clear, identifiable goals? Are your central purpose and values practical and concise? Could Donald help bring clarity and direction?


For more information on booking Donald for your company, give us a call at 416-420-4525 or contact us via our website.


From Our Speakers: Communication, Listening, Learning, Business & Climate Change

Our speaker roster ranges from economists to parenting experts, sport celebrities to entrepreneurs… Which means their advice and insights cover just as many topics! Here are a few thoughts and ideas our speakers have shared this past week.


Andrew Winston  On his blog, Andrew Winston asks why businesses should careif Hurricane Sandy was “caused” by climate change; if climate change is real, what are the implications for business?But let’s get real about business impacts. If you’re going to really assess risk to your operations now and in the future, you have to understand how climate change will increase the likelihood of severe events and what it will mean for your value chain. Not doing so would be costly, stupid, and irresponsible to your shareholders.

Companies are waking up to the immediate impacts…But adapting is just not good enough.

Nicholas Boothman Communication expert and author of “How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less,” Nicholas Boothman understands the power of human interaction. And in today’s market, “giving a damn” is a defining feature that sets businesses apart.When you give a damn, you give energy – good quality energy. When you don’t you zap energy… Sure you must deliver the goods, but increasingly consumers are making their purchase decisions based on “Does the chef who prepared this meal look like she gives a damn about my food?”  “Does this mechanic give a damn about my car?”  “Does this realtor/bank/airline give a damn about the impact they have on my life?”  It’s easy to spot and relatively easy to fix.
Robert Murray Robert Murray, leadership and business coach, writes about the best sales strategy: listening. We often think we need to talk more to sell. But often, he suggests, listening is most powerful.I have seen hundreds of sales people that meet a prospect for the first time and feel that they immediately have to launch into the ‘pitch’ and never bother finding out what the prospect’s challenges are.  When I go on a first time sales call, I will ask a couple of questions and then I shut-up and listen.  What I discover is that almost always:

  • The prospect gives me more time than we have scheduled
  • That the sales cycle is drastically reduced
  • That I get a “Yes” most of the time.
Robert Gray We all wish that our brains worked a little bit faster, that our memories were a little sharper and our recall spun a little bit faster, don’t we? Bob Gray helps make that reality. He recently put together some studying tips for students; and they’re helpful for those of us beyond university as well!Instead of using constant repetition, read something and then try to recall it. Research shows that you only gain another 7% comprehension from a second read through material, and only an additional 1% on the third. So this valuable time spent on rereading is way out of whack for the results you can expect to gain from it.

Instead, make notes in colored pens about what you are reading. Then, ask yourself questions about what you have just read.


To book any of these speakers, contact us or give us a call: 416-420-4525



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Evaluating Your Workplace: 10 Questions

Do your employees love their jobs? Do they love their workplace? Workplace culture is key in employee satisfaction, and higher employee satisfaction means better results.

Mike Kerr, expert on creating healthier workplaces, recently blogged 10 questions to help evaluate your workplace culture.

1. Are you proud enough of your workplace to recommend it as a place your own children and best friend should come and work?

2. Does your workplace live up to the hype and promises offered in your help wanted ads?

3. On Monday mornings, do you feel like you HAVE to go back to work, or do you look forward to going back to work because you WANT to be there?

4. Rather than having the life energy and your soul slowly sucked out of you over the course of a work day, do you sometimes feel more energized after a day of work?

5. On a scale of 1-10, where 10 represents a rockin’ fabulously inspiring workplace, what score do you think your team members would all give?

6. Are people on your team committed to either a higher sense of purpose in their work, to a sense of community, or merely to a pay check?

7. If your workplace was recreated on a reality TV show, what would the show be called?

8. What legacy is your organization going to leave behind 5 or 10 years from now?

9. What legacy are you going to leave behind when you retire or move on?

10. If your workplace environment could be summed up by a single slogan on a t-shirt, what would the slogan be?

Failure Leads to Winning – Mike Lipkin

“If you have a body, you’re an athlete, says Nike. We’re all competitors in the game of life and 2011 has been an amazing race, but it’s almost over. It’s a sprint to the finish line. It’s also a sprint to the starting line of 2012 – The year of the London Olympics. That’s what I’m training for. I want to be higher, faster, stronger, lighter, fresher, edgier, newer, sharper, gutsier and nicer. I have to be. 2012 will demand a whole new level of execution. I believe it will be a breakout year…

I know I’ll be ready for the surprises, crises, cataclysms and shocks of 2012 on one condition: I have to let go of everything that doesn’t serve me anymore. I have to travel light. That’s the only way I’ll get to my goals…

It`s about being able to fast forward by acting now – knowing that failure leads to winning and winning requires more failure. It`s also about resilience and idealism in equal measure. The one is the bodyguard of the other. Everyone is enthusiastic at the start of the game, but it`s how they play to the end that counts. As Vince Lombardi said, fatigue makes cowards of us all. Trying to hold on to what`s past will ruin one’s future. There is only what works right here, right now. That’s why my new mantra is “Touch The Ground Lightly. Embrace The Temporary. Say Yes To Impermanence And Portability. “

What do you need to let go of? How can you be remarkable? What do you need to reduce, repurpose or reinvent? How are you building your resilience for a phenomenal 2012? What will it take to bring magic and joy to your colleagues and customers? I’m doing my best to answer these questions. That’s why I’m creating this message. And that’s why I’m recreating every assignment and every engagement for every client. If it’s not customized, crisp and fresh, it’s a waste of time. And that’s the ultimate sin where time is the resource we’re all competing for.

I hope the rest of 2011 is the best time of your life – why would you have it any other way? Choose to make it so. Be a model of what’s possible. Others will follow your lead while you follow theirs. It’s never too late if you begin now.”

(excerpts from Mike Lipkin’s latest blog insights)

CKTB AM launches new radio program with Randy Taylor

A brand new radio program, “The Winner Within” with Randy Taylor will debut on Saturday, August 15 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm on 610 CKTB AM. It can also be heard on line at www.610cktb.com. The show is the first of its kind in Canada as a call-in show on personal and professional development.

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