Dr Richard Grant
For over fifteen years, Dr.. Grant has trained corporate and government officials in effective communication. He is an expert on Myers-Briggs personality analysis and is a very entertaining speaker.Richard D. Grant, Jr. received his Ph.D. in 1973 from the University of Texas at Austin. He has taught an Auburn and Texas A&M universities, and, since 1977, has been a counseling/consulting psychologist in Austin, Texas. He has authored four books, most recently Recovering Connections, with Andrea Miller.Dr. Grant is a frequent presenter for the executive business programs at the University of Texas, Texas Christian University, Southwest Texas State University, and the Texas Governor’s Executive Development Program. His private clients have included The Gartner Group, Perot Systems, IBM, 3M, SEMATECH, Applied Materials and several other technical firms. In 1993, he was the first recipient of the prestigious national award for Innovations in Training and Education from the Association for Psychological type, recognizing his contributions in applying psychological type concepts to business.
Chris Maddock's classes run the gamut: a multi-media writing class that, in the end, will teach you that the media should have little influence on your words; a straight up ad writing class designed to show you precisely what works and why; and an Advanced Wordsmithing class every wanna-be writer should take. Whether you write fiction or Google ads, in Maddock’s words, “knowing what about great writing communicates with humans is key.”He lives in Austin, TX with his cactus.
Ray Bard’s publishing experience includes more than 35 years of writing, producing, and publishing books and multimedia material. He has written or co-authored 10 business books published by major houses, such as Doubleday, William Morrow, Jossey-Bass, and Addison-Wesley. In 1972, he founded and directed a small press before selling it to a subsidiary of the New York Times.In 1982, he established Bard Productions and produced books for major publishers in New York, Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco. He also helped start-up presses around the country get off the ground until narrowing the company's focus to publishing exceptional business books. Since the founding of the Bard Press imprint in 1996, 50 percent of its books have become national bestsellers, with many winning book of the year awards.
Jeffrey Eisenberg is a recognized authority and pioneer of Internet marketing strategy; improving online conversion rates for sales and lead generation. Jeffrey speaks Spanish with native fluency and has transacted business in 26 countries.Jeffrey is the co-author of the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, USA Today and New York Times bestselling books “Call to Action” & “Waiting For Your Cat to Bark?”. He has written for the popular marketing optimization blog GrokDotCom, eMarketing & Commerce Magazine & Forbes.com. Jeffrey has been a speaker and delivered the keynote speech at conferences like Salesforce’s Dreamforce, Search Engine Strategies, WSI Excellence & Innovation, Shop.org, Direct Marketing Association, MarketingSherpa, AD:Tech Miami, Search Engine Strategies Latino, NAB, Canadian Marketing Association and at corporate events like Intel’s retail customer appreciation summit.In 1998, Jeffrey Eisenberg co-founded FutureNow Inc. (Bryan & Jeffrey are no longer associated in any way with FutureNow) and served as CEO until September 2009. During his tenure at Future Now he helped businesses generate more engagements, leads, subscriptions, and sales with the framework he co-invented, Persuasion Architecture®. His proudest professional accomplishments are the thousands of companies, students and clients, including HP, NBC Universal, GE, WebEx, Overstock and Dell, that have consistently enjoyed dramatic improvement in online sales and lead generation.
Bryan Eisenberg is the co-author of the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, USA Today and New York Times bestselling books “Call to Action”, “Waiting For Your Cat to Bark?” and “Always Be Testing”. Bryan is a professional marketing keynote speaker who has been the keynote speaker for corporate events and conferences such as Search Engine Strategies, Shop.org, Direct Marketing Association, DreamForce, E-consultancy, Emerce, Gultaggen Norway and the Canadian Marketing Association. He is also the co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Web Analytics Association (now the Digital Analytics Association). Bryan serves as an advisory board member of Search Engine Strategies, the eMetrics Marketing Optimization Summit and several venture capital backed startup companies (e.g., Bazaarvoice, UserTesting.com, Monetate, Nomi, TagMan, BoostCTR, OneSpot etc.).Bryan Eisenberg is an internationally recognized authority and pioneer in online marketing, improving online conversion rates, persuasive content, and persona marketing. Bryan was been recognized by eConsultancy members as one of the top 10 User Experience Gurus, he was selected as one of the inaugural iMedia Top 25 Marketers, and a Marketing Edge Rising Star Award winner in 2010.Bryan has been a featured expert by The Wall Street Journal and the The New York Times and been quoted in Business 2.0, CXO Europe, Advertising Age, CNN, Forrester Research, Jupiter Research, Miami Herald, Publish, Internet Advertising Report (IAR), Chicago Business Tribune, Inc Magazine, Entrepreneur, Target Marketing, DM News, Microsoft’s bCentral, MarketingSherpa, the Toronto Star, Smart Money & Internet Retailer for his thought leadership in the critical area of internet marketing and improving online conversion rates.In 1998, Bryan co-founded FutureNow Inc. (Bryan & Jeffrey are no longer associated in any way with FutureNow) , the company has been helping businesses generate more engagements, leads, subscriptions, and sales with its unique framework he helped develop, Persuasion Architecture®. Bryan’s proudest professional accomplishments are the thousands of companies, students and clients, including Google, HP, NBC Universal, GE, WebEx, Overstock and Dell, that have consistently enjoyed dramatic improvement in sales.
Adrian Van Zelfden
Eugene Adrian Van Zelfden, Jr. is jointly licensed as both a Certified Public Accountant and Attorney, actively practicing in Austin, Texas in both fields since 1979. Adrian is an Eagle Scout, a Distinguished Honor Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy graduate and, a graduate of Case Western Reserve Law School. Adrian’s loyal following of diverse business owner clients frequently remark about his friendly, easy to understand, insightful approaches to complicated business ownership and asset protection issues.A prolific writer and much sought after presenter and trainer, Adrian’s latest work in softbound book format, Fearless Business Ownership……How to Build your Business and Protect your Assets, (coauthored with Laura Fowler and John G. Pearce) is the culmination of a lifetime of experience counseling with business owners in every imaginable field of endeavor. From the food cart vendor to the multinational ad agency, Adrian’s delightful observations about his clients' hopes and dreams and fears, describe the issues of and solutions to taxation, risk management, litigation, asset protection and fear in terms everyone can understand and embrace. Adrian says his clients of the last three decades are all the heroes of his book…with all the names changed of course! Published and distributed by North Publishing Company. Go to: www.northpublishingcompany.com and order a copy today. FEARLESS BUSINESS OWNERSHIP by Adrian Van Zelfden, Laura Sanders Fowler and John G. PearceIf you are a business owner and you can only read one book this year, Fearless Business Ownership is that book! Written by two practicing attorney-CPA's and a trial lawyer who have all successfully solved many problems faced by business owners. The authors have also owned and managed successful businesses themselves. Fearless Business Ownership empowers its readers to go forth and operate...WITHOUT FEAR!
Orphan turned successful entrepreneurJean is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Planner. She is a founding principal of Carpenter & Langford, PC, an Austin, Texas based CPA firm. The firm began operations in 1991 and she has worked successfully with her business partner, Joe Langford, for twenty years. Her firm specializes in all aspects of accounting, consulting and tax services. Prior to that, Jean had two other successful businesses that began in the early eighties: another CPA firm and a computer company, both of which were subsequently sold. Jean loves to serve in this area and makes the mysterious world of money understandable, fun & easy. Her firm has been recognized by the Austin Business Journal for nine consecutive years as one of the top 25 accounting firms in Austin, Texas.Jean has participated in public speaking engagements, has served on non-profit boards and makes financial presentations to various businesses and associations. She also developed and taught a financial course at Austin Community College for many years. Through the years of her successful practice including decades of experience, she became increasingly aware of the psychological and spiritual elements invariably present in many people who appear to have financial anxiety and fear. She has been known as a “financial therapist” because of her creative and witty approach to assist clients with either making money, saving money or reducing the anxiety around money. She utilizes spiritual principles in creating realistic expectations and financial transformation based on each client’s unique set of circumstances. This “money magnet” will teach you how to vibrate at the frequency of prosperity. Her popular financial presentations are heart-felt and outrageous.She is co-writing a book about a unique system and approach to finances with well-known author, presenter and ER physician Todd Michael. She lives in the Austin Hill Country with her fabulous husband, Andrew, and two Himalayan cats.Married with 2 catshttp://youtu.be/4eS9Ui-9K6c
Mark L. Fox is an author and leading authority on teaching practical creative thinking techniques for business.At age 31, Mark was the youngest person with the title of Chief Engineer on the Space Shuttle Program.He received NASA’s highest recognition of “Launch Honoree” at the age of 23.Mark has an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering with an MBA. Having held top management positions in Rocket Science, Aircraft Hydraulics, Engineering Services, Customer Service, Software, and e-Business, Mark has an extremely diversified background.He has held positions ranging from Management and Operations to Sales and Marketing and Research and Development.Some of Mark’s unique accomplishments include increasing e-business sales 600 percent in one year, he was also the Chairman of the “orbital debris” committee and an eight-time collegiate “All American” in Marksmanship. Mark also designed and built a 10,000-pound rocket, built his own airplane, and flies hot air balloons.Mark’s interest in creative thinking dates back to the early days of his career when good, practical, creative thinking training simply couldn’t be found. Over the years, Mark has developed a unique and practical creative thinking program that really works. The “Sly as a Fox” program was developed out of a need for an effective training program to stimulate creative thinking. The program consists of a set of practical tools that provide a fun and exciting way to learn how to think creatively.http://youtu.be/BBhtpS5YnzI
Dr Oz Jaxxon D.V.M.
Doctor Jaxxon graduated from Tuskegee University in 1974 as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. He began his career with Pet Vet in October of 1988. Prior to joining Pet Vet Doctor Jaxxon was with BVC in Houston. He has a cat and when he is not caring for pets he enjoys Bible study.Learn more about Oz by visiting his blog Inside from the Inside. http://youtu.be/lPIXYv43TXo
You can go to my personal blog for writing semi-random thoughts about:
- Online Persuasion, Radio Advertising, Marketing in General, Writing, Rhetoric
- and “How Queer Man Is, How Queer lanaguage is, And What One Has to Do with the Other”
Scott Fraser — “Serial Entrepreneur”. Does the word ”Serial” scare you? Don’t let it.Scott has worked since he was 6 years old. He starting his first business at the age of 22. Since that time Scott has opened, run and sold several businesses. Restaurants, Niteclubs, Petroleum Stations and Gaming Corporations… each started and run on a shoestring while he developed them into vital, successful businesses.His innate ability to analyze a business category, the opportunities within a market and develop profoundly effective “UFO’s” separates the business he works with from their competitors.As an ex-semi-pro athlete, he takes this ability to the sports arena and his skill development schools. With several Provincial Championships to his credit, Scott is a conduit for [what he coins] “self actualization through sport” – proven over and over again by the kids that he works with.He’s adapted his coaching strategies to the important ”people” portion of his marketing – developing and celebrating the talent of the people within the companies and organizations he works with.Included in his portfolio are the extremely successful events, fund-raisers, and festivals that he has organized; raising over 10 million dollars for charities in a market of less than 1500,000 people.Scott is a proven survivor. A proven thriver. He doesn’t just talk it. He’s done it.Scott’s entrepreneurial instinct and experience adds an important dimension to the Wizard Partner pool of talenthttp://youtu.be/Zw1ZTxF4P_Q
I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I left behind my engineering job at Motorola in September, 2002, to follow my dreams on a road called Spoken Groove. I had no record deal or name recognition, but I had Paul Finley, a struggling Catholic guitarist who calls his guitar “Mary.” We started performing for any audience who would listen, giving us front row seats to stories exploding with witty comedy, perseverance through struggle, and compassion for the outcasts of society.I love stories. I love telling them and hearing them. I've performed on countless tours across the U.S., Canada, England, Germany & Australia, connecting with just about every audience imaginable. It never gets old. I haven't found an ethnic group or cultural segment whose hearts are too different to be mesmerized by passion about what's important to them. After all, why do we need to have all the right qualifications to pursue our dreams?Dean Rotbart challenged me to write something in 70 words or less about performing. I used 63 words and did it in 10 minutes. See how it relates to your business..."Performing" - Jan 17, 2008Everyone quivers and shakes.They say confidence is all it takesTo capture the roar of a crowd.But even mistakes and doubt,When admitted and let out,Hold the power to make grown men SHOUT with glee.Children sit still on their mother's knee.If you know who you areAnd care what they need,They'll throw roses at your feet.Let me know if I can help you get some roses... http://youtu.be/qxocGVxgFDQ
Dan Roitman is committed to enhancing the lives of others through a business that has experienced astounding compounded annual growth of over 70% since 2002, and 105% percent growth in the past year.He is founder and CEO of Stroll, a Philadelphia-based education e-commerce platform company that has been named one of the fastest-growing businesses in America. Beginning in his dorm room at the University of Maryland, Roitman moved the company to Philadelphia in 2003. Today, Stroll is a professionally managed organization with over 160 employees and projected 2012 sales of $80 million, up from $35 million in 2011.Roitman holds incredibly high standards for the operation and growth of Stroll. He is actively seeking educational products to sell through his e-commerce platform, with a goal of becoming a $1 billion + business by 2020.A passionate, driven entrepreneur, Roitman’s fascination with personal development products began in college when he needed to quickly learn how to build and manage a business. Roitman was able to self-fund the growth of Stroll through his own constant commitment to business improvement and the ability to leverage sophisticated marketing analytics and advanced e-commerce techniques.Roitman’s proof case is Pimsleur Approach, a once forgotten language learning program that he has transformed into the leader in audio-based language learning. Roitman’s secret is his ability to cost-effectively market the product to consumers through an array of online channels and an in-house call center located in Philadelphia.
Employed now as(1.) a professor in higher education,(2.) an internationally-recognized music producer, and(3.) a code-breaker for an elite government organization known primarily by its initials, Mass Giorgini is one of the most fascinating people you'll ever meet. Sherlock Holmes, James Bond and Indiana Jones, all-in-one.
His international debut as a published author resulted from a 4 a.m. visit to a local coffee shop, simply by being willing to accept a challenge to just sit down, watch, listen and learn. Described as a “shock stick of clarity” and a “mind-bending idea generator”, this author, branding expert, and entrepreneur speaks at many national and international conferences, focusing on building brands that stick.Combining humor, multi-media and in-the-trenches experience, Gair has shown hundreds of CEO’s how to obtain more mileage from their marketing dollar by creating their own iconic brands; in effect becoming the “Apple” or “Starbucks” of their specific market or category. His highly-acclaimed book, NUTS, BOLTS AND A FEW LOOSE SCREWS – available at Amazon.com and Chapters.ca – provides the framework for his keynotes and seminars and has catapulted him to stages with Richard Branson, Kevin O’Leary and Gene Simmons. Gair is also a sought after speaker for TEC Canada, the country’s leading CEO organization, as he facilitates branding workshops to the ‘best of the best’ in Canadian business.Co-founder of The Seamless Brand™, a marketing firm that transforms companies by sharpening their message and anchoring their story, he is also a former broadcaster who racked up more than 10,000 interviews and 30,000 broadcasts in a two-decade Radio and Television career – which included a stint working alongside future Hockey Night in Canada host Ron MacLean.Known as “The Branding Provocateur”, Gair plays golf in the 90’s, grooves on music of the 80’s and became a lifelong fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers back in the 70’s. Active in his community as a volunteer on many projects, he also completed his first marathon in 2005 with less than a week of preparation.Like we said … a little unconventional.gairmaxwell.comhttp://youtu.be/1pNGhdGJ_-Q