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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.

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.

Social Media Changes Event Planning

Attached is an article that provides real social media suggestions for event planners by Jay Baer.

It used to be you spent five minutes registering for an event, and then showed up on the big day, went to a few workshops, drank two free Coronas, and went home.

Social media changes all of that, enabling events and their planners to have long-term, nuanced, shifting interactions with attendees.

I gave a speech last week in suburban Cincinnati to the Mid-American chapter of Meeting Planners International, titled “7 Ways to Use Social Media to Create Buzz-Worthy Events”.

My recommendations are based on my work with MarketingProfs and ExactTarget to add social frosting to their already fabulous events, and my experiences speaking at several dozen conferences annually.

http://www.webpronews.com/expertarticles/2010/04/01/social-media-changes-event-planning

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Securing Critical Business Information in Tumultuous Times – Jack Shaw

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