I understand what it takes to find just the right speaker for your event. I’ve been involved with dozens of events from intimate training programs to large multi-day conferences.
One of the things that I have learned is that the quality of the speakers makes a huge difference to you and your audience. If the speakers “clicked” with the audience, the event was a great one. If not, well the event was not so great.
I’m sure you’re spending hours researching speakers to make sure that they are the right fit. I have put this page together to make it simple for you to get the information you need to make the best decision possible.
I’m honored that you’re considering me. Thanks for stopping by.
An Overview of this Page
This page is set up to make it easy for you to see what I have to offer. Please click on the links below to take you directly to the most important section for you.
What You Can Expect
Here’s what you can expect from me and from my team:
- A custom resource page, exclusively created for your attendees – including my slides, links to books, articles and other resources that I believe will be helpful for your audience
- Quick, professional responses to your emails and phone calls
- A personal phone consultation with me prior to your event so we can best understand how I can serve you and your audience
- An announcement about your event on my social media and email channels (assuming that your event is public.)
- A professional presentation, delivered well and focused on achieving your goals for your audience and event.
- A fast follow up communication after the event to make sure that I met your expectations, and to hear feedback about how I can improve, too.
A Little Bit About Me
After getting a degree in computer science and then spending more than 20 years working in technology – from Fortune 500 IT technical integrations, software development and enterprise project management to running product management for a “big data” SaaS software startup, I saw that most of us geeks are brilliant with technology and struggle with the people side of work.
Over the years, I studied how to become a good communicator – even as a geek – and it made a huge difference in my professional life. In 2011 I became a founding partner in the John Maxwell Team and started my company helping geeks communicate, delegate, manage conflict and plan. Since then I have spoken to hundreds of groups, helping people improve connection, communication, collaboration and organization.
I now focus my time on speaking, executive coaching and training. I write occasionally on my blog and I host the “Becoming a Geek Leader” podcast.
I’ve been happily married to my wife for 20 years. We have seven kids (yes, you read that right.) I have five sons and two daughters from 8 to 18 years old. We live outside Charlotte NC. In my free time (what free time?) I enjoy geeky Internet of Things (IoT) projects, reading Make magazine, building things in my workshop with my kids and I am heavily invested in our local Boy Scout troop, helping young men develop critical life and leadership skills.
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My Most Requested Topics
I speak on topics relevant to highly technical experts. I like to say that I help geeks communicate clearly, delegate effectively, manage conflict productively and plan well.
Why Won’t They Listen To Me?
Want more influence, but you’re not the boss? Most of the time we’re brilliant at the technical stuff, but not so great at the people stuff. In this presentation, I help your group see how they can think differently about building influence by answering the the ESSENTIAL three questions others need you to answer. Answer these three correctly, and people will follow you anywhere. More>>
Too Busy To Plan
Busy: We’re all swamped, aren’t we? After this presentation, participants will have a simple, personalized set of first steps they can take to move from an overwhelming & unclear set of requirements to being DONE. More>>
Everyone Communicates, Few Connect
Connection: How can we get others to really listen when we speak? I can help participants begin to move beyond words to really connecting with others. I cover two fundamental principles and one specific practice they can implement immediately to make a connection with others that helps them deliver more, faster with less conflict and more collaboration. More>>
From Difficult to Delighted
Dealing with difficult customers or team members? One of the biggest challenges we face today is solving the problem of that difficult customer. I’ll help your group understand the roots of difficulty, help them plan for dealing with a bozo, and how they can hack their brains to make even the most challenging personality someone they can begin to work with. More>>
Delegation – the 30% Solution
Delegation: Need more time on your calendar – but you don’t have the team members or the team skills to deliver great quality? In this practical session, participants will learn an easy method to hand off work to others, reducing their personal effort from 100% to just 30% – while still equipping the other person to deliver on time and with the right quality. More>>
The Next Step
Thanks again for considering me for your event. You can take the next step by checking my availability. Just click on the yellow button below. Someone on my team will get back with you right away.