Speakers

 

Don Hutson

 

As CEO of U. S. Learning, a corporate training entity, and the producer of U.S. Learning’s training programs, Don Hutson has served clients in over 30 countries. He has years of experience in speaking, management and sales.

Don Hutson successfully worked his way through college selling real estate, and graduated from the University of Memphis with a degree in sales. He went on to become the top salesperson in a national training organization. As part of this experience, Don Hutson gave presentations to over 1500 small groups. This combination of selling and speaking experience eventually led Don Hutson to establish his own training firm. He was soon in demand as a professional speaker at corporate and association meetings.

Don Hutson’s client list includes over one-half of the Fortune 500, and he is featured in over 100 training films. He is also the Chairman of Executive Books.

Don Hutson is the author or co-author of 14 books, including Selling Value and his two Wall Street Journal and New York Times International #1 best sellers, The One Minute Entrepreneur and The One Minute Negotiator.

Neurohumorist Karyn Buxman

 

Karyn is an international Hall of Fame speaker, successful author, and neurohumorist (living at the intersection of the brain and humor). Karyn is a pioneer in the field of applied humor, starting with her master’s thesis in graduate school and now continues her partnerships with leading neuroscientists. More than 500 organizations—including NASA, the Mayo Clinic and the Million Dollar Round Table have hired Karyn to entertain, educate, and inspire their audiences again and again. She is one of 227 people in the world—and one of only 39 women—to be inducted into the National Speaker’s Association’s Speaker Hall of Fame. Karyn’s mission: To improve global health, business, and peace through laughter and heal the humor-impaired.

Storytelling expert Michael Hauge

 

According to actor Will Smith, “No one is better than Michael Hauge at finding what is most authentic in every moment of a story.” Well-told (and well-written) success stories not only create a powerful connection between you and potential clients, they establish your skill and your credibility as a consultant. In this presentation, Hollywood story expert and best-selling author Michael Hauge will give you the six simple steps you must employ to create vivid, emotionally gripping stories that will transform your audiences and readers, move them to action, and ultimately increase your client list and your revenue. Michael is the author of Storytelling Made Easy.

Bill Stainton

 

Bill Stainton is a multiple Emmy Award-winning TV producer, writer, and performer; an author; a business humorist; and an internationally-recognized Beatles expert. He blends the business smarts he learned from twenty years in corporate management with the show biz sparks he garnered from working with people like Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, and Bill Nye the Science guy to create entertaining and enlightening presentations enjoyed by audiences around the world!

As the executive producer of Seattle’s legendary comedy TV show Almost Live!, Bill led a talented and highly creative team to unparalleled success: a #1 rating for ten straight years, and over 100 Emmy Awards (29 of which went to Bill). At the same time, he also owned his own corporate training company, authoring nine training programs in subjects ranging from Office Politics to Customer Service to Team Motivation. He’s been quoted in The Wall Street Journal and Forbes, and is a regular columnist for Seattle Business magazine.

From Maine to Malaysia, Bill is committed to helping his audiences achieve their highest potential— while maintaining a sense of fun along the way!

Dez Thorton

 

Dez was professionally trained at the University of South Carolina and Dale Carnegie. Dez  is a past president of the Georgia Chapter of the National Speakers Association and the winner of Speak Tank, a speaking competition hosted by the NSA. He has been a speech coach for TEDx Peachtree, coached hundreds of professionals and corporate clients, and even taught a public speaking class for 7 years at a federal prison. At the tender age of nine, Dez forgot his lines in a church play but he never forgot the embarrassment and humiliation that followed.  Since then, he’s dedicated himself to learning and teaching the art of speaking and helping thought leaders say the right words in the right way when they matter most.

Kathy McAfee

 

Kathy, author of the book Stop Global Boring, is America’s Marketing Motivator, a professional speaker and executive presentation coach. She has helped thousands of corporate leaders and consultants to grow business success by mastering the arts of high-engagement presentations and effective networking. Kathy is a graduate of Stanford University, a published author and an award-winning blogger.

Marketing with a book expert Henry DeVries

 

Henry is the CEO (chief encouragement officer) of Indie Books International, a company he cofounded in 2014. He works with independent consultants who want to attract more high-paying clients by marketing with a book and speech. As a professional speaker, he trains business development teams and business leaders on how to sell more services by persuading with a story.  In the last ten years, he has helped ghostwrite, edit, and coauthor more than 300 business books, including his McGraw-Hill bestseller, How to Close a Deal Like Warren Buffett—now in five languages, including Chinese. He has a monthly column with Forbes.com.

Marketing with a speech expert Mark LeBlanc

 

Mark, the founder of Growing Your Business and cofounder and chairman of Indie Books International, has special expertise on the core issues that independent consultants face on a daily basis qualified to address audiences of five to fifty to 500, and more. He can deliver an inspirational keynote, a content-rich general session, hands-on workshop, and/or a multi-day program. His little book Growing Your Business is an underground bestseller, averaging a quantity order of 25 books or more every week for the past 12 years (more than 70,000 copies in print).