Posts Tagged ‘LinkedIn’

Jia Jiang is the leading authority on rejection and its role in the pursuit of happiness. As the founder of Fearbuster, as well as being an entrepreneur and author, Jiang knows a thing or two about rejection. What started out as a simple experiment entitled “100 Days of Rejection” morphed into a major movement that shows and proves to individuals that they can conquer their fear of rejection and never take a pause at asking for what might seem like the unruly or impossible.

As you can see, The Speaker Experts were unable to sign Jia to an exclusive speaking contract. However, we did take a page from his rejection course playbook and asked if he would be willing to provide our LinkedIn network with 25 copies of his best-selling book “Rejection Proof: How I Beat Fear and Became Invincible, One Rejection at a Time”, which he agreed to do!

Please fill out the form below and The Speaker Experts will rush you a complimentary copy of “Rejection Proof: How I Beat Fear and Became Invincible, One Rejection at a Time”. No rejection here…if we run out of books, we’ll ask him for more! The worst he can do is to say “no!”

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The only way to ensure your organization’s success is to change faster on the inside than the world is changing on the outside. This is the premise of best-selling author and speaker Jason Jennings’ latest book The High-Speed Company: Creating Urgency and Growth in a Nanosecond Culture. The result of thousands of interviews with CEOs, business leaders and executives from the world’s leading companies, these findings will help your organization sustain a winning culture, be more competitive, and have fun doing so. The Speaker Experts have acquired twenty five signed copies, and you can order your complimentary copy by filling out the form below. As always, there is no charge for the book or the shipping. If you enjoy these weekly postings, we invite you to follow @Speaker_Experts for a daily look into the world of professional speaking.

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Here is our list of the five most influential people in the world of commercial, corporate and association speaking, all of whom influence the economics and politics of the professional speaking industry. While they also may influence speaking style and content, that is entirely different list that we will save for another day.


5.  John Graham, President & CEO at ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership : Somewhat of a symbolic pick here, but Mr. Graham leads the American Society of Association Executives that represents over 21,000 Association Executives.   The Association community spends millions of dollars a year on speaking fees, but if you factor in the number of corporate groups who schedule a speaker after seeing a speech at an Association event, that number goes into the billions.  Associations are a force multiplier for the speaking industry, and John Graham leads that force.


4. Chris Anderson, Entrepreneur and Curator of TED Talks : Under  his leadership and stewardship, TED has transformed the way we in the meeting industry view the impact and potential of a session.  Who knew a relevant, impactful and entertaining message could be delivered in 20 minutes?  Prior to the emergence of TED, speakers were just getting “warmed” up at the 20 minute mark.  While the long form keynote session will always play an important role in the meeting world, the innovative approach taken by Chris Anderson to the short form presentation makes him one of the top 5 influencers. Of course, we cannot forget the man with the original vision of TED, founder Richard Saul Wurman.


3. Harry Rhoads Jr. and Christine Farrell, Founder and President of the Washington Speakers Bureau : No explanations needed here.  Washington Speakers Bureau is the largest speaker bureau with the most prominent roster of professional speakers in the world.  WSB has been a leader in the speaking world for over three decades and they continue that trend today.  Rhoads and Farrell are the chief influencers and architects at the top speaker bureau.  They make the list.


2. Robert B. Barnett, Partner Williams & Connolly LLP : Mr. Barnett is the premier lawyer in the world representing authors, broadcasters, and former government officials.  His clients include Presidents Clinton and Bush, Secretary Clinton, Alan Greenspan, Queen Noor, George Will and dozens more high-profile celebrity speakers.  When a high-profile government official leaves office, chances are their first stop will be a visit to the law offices of Willams & Connolly.  This may be the case when President Obama leaves office in 2017 as well.  Mr. Barnett’s roster of current clients and potential future clients make him  not only a high-powered Washington lawyer but a top 5 influential person in the speaker world.

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1. Tim Berners-Lee, Director of the World Wide Web Consortium : Another symbolic pick here, but the man who invented the World Wide Web created a paradigm shift in the way we research, view, promote, evaluate, negotiate and contract with speakers.   While Tim Berners-Lee was at the leading edge of this wave, Mark  Zuckerberg/Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook),  Dick Costolo/Biz Stone ( Twitter) and  Jeff Weiner (LinkedIn) all play major roles in influencing the world of professional speaking.

Of course the real “influencer” is the meeting industry as an aggregate – armed with the tools given to us by the aforementioned internet pioneers, meeting leaders drive market demand, price and the business of professional speaking.  We are a diverse mosaic of meeting influencers, but putting us all on the list would take too long so we have settled on these five!

Please let the Speaker Experts know who would be on your list.

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Catch Me If You Can

An exciting giveaway for the twenty LinkedIn responders who respond first! Thanks again for following our blog, we’re looking forward to publishing even more exciting and informative content in the future.

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