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Meet Our Leader!

September 22, 2017

August marked the birthday month of Preferred Speakers’ original leader, J. Warren Burke (1921-1994), aka, our dad! We LOVE birthdays and we LOVED our dad! He was smart, funny, curious, interested in everyone, well informed and as the pictures show, great athlete! Operating a speakers bureau was a natural fit!

Businesses are constantly changing but the characteristics of a great leader remain the same. Tony D’Amelio, a well respected agent in our industry, wrote an article A Career as a Speaker Bureau Agent, and in it he highlighted the skills it takes to be a speaker bureau agent. Just a few are:

Insatiable curiosity…about people, what they do and why they do it. They’re learners.

Storytellers…just like the people they are recommending.

A strong moral compass.

A sense of responsibility.

These characteristics are the foundation of any great leader!

Bold Choice #1 Clarity

September 22, 2017

Preferred Speakers represents one of the finest LEADERS, JAY COUGHLAN

August 29, 2017

He helps audiences understand we have CHOICES There are times in our life where we feel stuck. Our noble desires for a successful career and family life get bogged down or derailed by the challenges before us. Whether it be a difficult circumstance or our own limiting beliefs and fears, we can’t seem to get past what holds us back.

Five Bold Choices helps you break free from the barriers that prevent you from realizing your untapped potential. What if the very things you fear and avoid are the very portals of your success and significance as a leader at work and at home? No one seeks trials but they oftentimes put us on a pathway toward realizing our true purpose and potential.

In June we shared Jay’s number two Choice, ACCOUNTABILITY. The CHOICE we’re highlighting this month is ADAPTABILITY. The art of flexibility is critical in todays fast moving pace!

FEATURED SPEAKER – MAJORA CARTER

August 29, 2017

Majora Carter is an inspiring pioneer leader focusing on the solution! Her project, Green The Ghetto is a model for cities worldwide!

Five Bold Choices helps you break free from the barriers that prevent you from realizing your untapped potential.

June 27, 2017

Convict to CEO Jay Coughlan Helps Audiences Understand We Have CHOICES
There are times in our life where we feel stuck. Our noble desires for a successful career and family life get bogged down or derailed by the challenges before us. Whether it be a difficult circumstance or our own limiting beliefs and fears, we can’t seem to get past what holds us back.

Five Bold Choices helps you break free from the barriers that prevent you from realizing your untapped potential. What if the very things you fear and avoid are the very portals of your success and significance as a leader at work and at home? No one seeks trials but they oftentimes put us on a pathway toward realizing our true purpose and potential.

In March we shared Jay’s number one Choice, CLARITY. The CHOICE we’re highlighting this month is ACCOUNTABILITY Taking responsibility for your life journey.

Another GREAT Match!

June 27, 2017

Dick Hoyt helps non profit raise money and awareness, and even makes his own Personal Contribution!

Our non-profit client in Houston, with a mission to provide services and support for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, needed the right speaker/celebrity to address their donors at an annual event. As the father of Ricky and member of TeamHoyt, who better the Dick Hoyt to understand the importance of supporting those with disabilities! Words can’t express how wonderful it is to work on these events!

COUGHLAN ON MARIA BARTIROMO SHOW

April 27, 2017

In case you missed it, Jay Coughlan was on the FBN Mornings with Mario Bartiromo show earlier this month.

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JENNY EVANS IS SO GOOD!!!

April 27, 2017

In our fast-paced lives, how to we combat stress and stay resilient? Hire Jenny Evans! A self-professed science nerd, Jenny’s done the research so we don’t have to!


Minneapolis based Jenny Evans teaches just that! And as a takeaway, attendees can buy a deck of Hit the Deck cards, that offer 35 different exercises one can do in under 5 minutes each to help relieve stress that creeps up throughout your day! Email info@preferredspeakers.com and we will send you a free deck!

Preferred Speakers Book End the Human Resources Professionals Spring Conference

April 27, 2017

Scott Schwefel, Author of Discover Yourself, opened the conference with his “Communicate in Full Color” presentation! In this session he shares insights about how truly great organizations communicate more effectively, and deliver better results because they do. Understanding how personality fits into our jobs, the people around us as well as the individuals who may work above and below us in the professional hierarchy, adds another factor to an already complex arena of life. Personality in the workplace is often underestimated – with individuals with different working styles, jobs, backgrounds, and ages, his discussion will demonstrate that, utilizing the strengths of each personality type, is vital to the success of professional environments.

Coach Boston closed the conference with her talk, Next Level. This presentation focuses on how to prepare leaders for the changes in their organizational demographics, and how to use that knowledge to prepare for continued professional success. As the winningest coach in the University of Minnesota women’s basketball history and now top-performing, ICF senior executive coach, keynote speaker, and author, Pam Borton’s life’s purpose is dedicated to taking individuals, teams, and organizations to the “Next Level”. Pam stands apart with 27 years of high-level, Division 1 coaching experience, including 12 years as head coach at the University of Minnesota.

Jay Coughlan’s new book, Five Bold Choices: Rise Above Your Circumstances and Redefine Your Life

March 16, 2017

In case you missed it, Jay Coughlan’s new book, Five Bold Choices: Rise Above Your Circumstances and Redefine Your Life was released in January, 2017.

Here’s what Jerry Colangelo, Chairman, U.S. Men’s Basketball , Former Owner, Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks, has to say about the book:

“Adversity brings opportunity, and how we deal with it determines whether we enjoy the journey. Five Bold Choices is a great guidebook for anyone who feels stuck and wants to get back on the path they were destined to live.”

Co-author Jay Coughlan was confronted with a personal hell that started with making a terrible choice to drive home after drinking with his dad. This decision resulted in a horrific car crash that killed his father, leaving Jay injured and devastated. In his darkest hour, he found forgiveness and discovered the strength to go forward. Though the road ahead was no picnic, it would eventually lead him from convicted felon to successful CEO. In his book, Five Bold Choices, Rise Above Your Circumstances and Redefine Your Life, Bold Choice #1 is:

CLARITY: Keeping the important things important

Authors Larry Julian and Jay Coughlan share their definition of Clarity

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