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BOOK A SPEAKER, WIN A SPEAKER

March 27, 2018

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with all of us at Preferred Speakers!

BOOK A SPEAKER, WIN A SPEAKER!
Preferred Speakers 2nd Annual
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration!!

In celebration of our favorite holiday, we’d like to share our luck of the Irish with you!! Why? Because we LOVE St. Patrick’s Day! Feelin’ lucky? Book a speaker in the next 60 days and win a Sonos Play 1 speaker, the mini home speaker with mighty sound.

Let Preferred Speakers do the work of researching, negotiating and contracting your speakers and entertainment for your upcoming events!
It’s what we do and we’re good at it!

John Sweeney and The Brave New Workshop offer energetic presentations with a whole lot o’ fun! #drivinghomethemessage

March 18, 2018

A little bit of talking and a whole lot of fun, is what you’ll get when you hire John Sweeney and the Brave New Workshop!

The youngest child in a large, Irish Catholic family, John Sweeney was raised on a farm near Madison, WI. Sweeney graduated from St. Norbert College, and entered the workforce as a bright-eyed, ambitious, corporate real estate consultant. Never one to sit still, he quickly climbed to the top of the corporate ladder and became a partner in the business. He was very good at his job, but it still felt like a job. It was missing something. So Sweeney gave up his lucrative professional income, sold his shares and took a job with aspirations of comedy and minimum wage at the Brave New Workshop. His big, 5-year-old-with-a-sugar-high personality had found the perfect fit: the world of improvisation as a performer and speaker. It fit so well that he bought the Brave New Workshop in 1997.

Sweeney’s focus now is building the Brave New Workshop’s Creative Outreach division, where he uses the skills of improvisation to teach businesses how to apply those tools to overcoming business challenges. The topics he focuses on are creativity, innovation, leadership and more. His groundbreaking new book Innovative Mindset, (Wiley) helps readers identify what’s necessary to do in order to become more innovative and less fearful, and assists in creating a regimen that transforms actions.

Whether personally or in a business setting, this text provides a fresh, practical understanding of innovation and can revolutionize the way we think about work.

To date, his message and methods have helped an extensive list of clients including Ceridian, Microsoft, Target, General Mills, US Bancorp, Medtronic, Hampton and many others.

Let’s hear it for Katy! Our SalesWoman of the Month! YAY Katy!

September 29, 2017

A professional, a networker and just an all around smart, fun gal, Katy crushed it this quarter for her clients! She partnered with clients in the industries of Healthcare, Finance, Regulatory Administration and HR and found great speakers to educate, entertain and inspire their audiences! After a busy start to the 3rd quarter, a chance to get out on the water for slalom ski is well deserved!

JAY COUGHLAN, LEADERSHIP SPEAKER and AUTHOR OF FIVE BOLD CHOICES

September 29, 2017

Jay 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 August we shared Jay’s third Bold Choice, ADAPTABILITY The CHOICE we’re highlighting this month is CONFIDENCE. Authors Jay Coughlan and Larry Julian discuss the art of confidence in the following video.

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!

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