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I enjoy speaking publicly about my book Happywork, change management, workplace fulfillment and happiness, social media, personal branding, civility in the business world, changing careers, and following one’s passion.

HAPPYWORK – This talk focuses on the lessons I learned while writing the book Happywork (and there were many!). These lessons can and should be applied to our everyday lives, and can be used to improve our businesses, as well.

CHANGE MANAGEMENT – Change is life’s greatest challenge. Most of us hate it, work arduously to avoid it, and feel nauseated while it’s happening to us. Businesses and the people working for them are no exception. History shows we’ve resisted the most important changes of all time, and yet, when we look back, we laugh at ourselves for ever having done so. Let’s embrace (good) change, and make great things happen in our world.

WORKPLACE FULFILLMENT AND HAPPINESS – Let’s take some of the lessons learned in Happywork and apply them in the real world. What can we do to change the culture of a business?

SOCIAL MEDIA – why use it, how to use it, stories of its effectiveness, and tales of great misfortune at the hands of it. I like to discuss the intersection of social media and business goals, which by the way extend far beyond simply juicing sales. I try to give a bigger-picture perspective to my audiences. I don’t always give you the answer (which is quite impossible, as everyone in the audience has a different question.) Rather, I try to get my audiences thinking in a certain direction, which is similar to what I do with my clients. If I can train them to think, they can provide themselves the answers to their own questions.

PERSONAL BRANDING – using online and offline tools to define who you are.

CIVILITY IN THE BUSINESS WORLD – this is how great teams are built.

CHANGING CAREERS / FOLLOWING ONE’S PASSION – I made the mother of all career changes, going from a CPA to a social media and marketing executive.

 

Some samples (with many more to come!)

Happywork TV – my web show focusing on happiness in the workplace.

Many more links to examples down in the list of speaking engagements.

 

A few reviews of past presentations:

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Previous speaking engagements:

6/18/09 – Social Media Club St Louis – panelist: “Social Media For Businesses”
3/31/10 – David Siteman Garland’s RISElunch – presenter: “Building Communities And Spending Time On Twitter, Facebook, And Blogs – Why Bother?”
9/16/10 – Busch Stadium Social Media night – Social Media panelist
10/23/10 – Show Me The Blog conference – Social Media panelist
11/15/10 – STLMixtapes.com tweetup at The Gramophone – presented on Social Media
12/2/10 – Webster University School of Business – Walker Speaker Series – Social Media panelist
12/2/10 – David Siteman Garland’s RISElunch – Social Media panelist
1/18/11 – Lindenwood University Class on Social Media and Personal Brand Development
2/24/11 – Maryville University – presentation to PR class
3/7/11 – Webster University – high school journalism convention
3/27/11 – The Rise to the Top with David Siteman Garland – Episode #139
4/5/11 – Kitchen Table Talks show with Chris Brogan and Joe Sorge
4/6/11 – Maryville University – presentation to Professional Communication class
4/9/11 – Delta Kappa Gamma Foundation at Southwestern Illinois College
4/19/11 – Marquette University – Personal Branding presentation
4/26/11 – IABC presentation on Social Media
4/26/11 – Webster University – presentation to nonprofit social media class
4/28/11 – StlIndex.com State of Twitter event – presenter
5/25/11 – The Q Show – Internet radio show – guest
6/9/11 – American Marketing Association – “Viral & Buzz Marketing – Using Video and the Internet as a Marketing Tool” – panel discussion
9/8/11 – Pecha Kucha STL – presentation on #SavePratzels campaign
9/10/11 – St. Louis Press Club – seminar at Webster University entitled “Alternative Career Paths For Journalists”
9/27/11 – Kitchen Table Talks show with Chris Brogan and Joe Sorge
9/28/11 – Washington University Olin School of Business – 3 guest lectures
9/29/11 – Washington University George Warren Brown School of Social Work – guest lecture on social media and community relations
10/11/11 – PR + Social Media Summit Milwaukee – panel discussion
10/21/11 – Missouri History Museum – emcee of their trivia night (not my typical speaking engagement)
11/10/11 – Get Digital 2 seminar – social media presentation
11/17/11 – AMA lunch – social media panelist
12/3/11 – KSDK Newschannel 5 TV – discussing social media and holiday shopping
12/12/11 – Private client event
1/10/12 – Community Service Public Relations Council (CSPRC) – social media luncheon
1/17/12 – Regional Arts Commission – Major Marketing Initiatives – social media presentation
January 2012 – Private client event
February 2012 – Private client event
2/21/12 – St. Louis Art Map – social media presentation
2/27/12 – Washington University – guest lecture to communications class
3/14/12 – KMOX radio – social media discussion with Mark Reardon
3/24/12 – Fox 2 News TV – Discussion on Instagram
4/19/12 – IABC Social Media Seminar – presentation
4/21/12 – Fox 2 News TV – Discussion on Pinterest
4/26/12 – St. Louis Area Foodbank – panel presentation
5/15/12 – Community Service Public Relations Council (CSPRC) – Annual SPECTRUM conference keynote presentation
5/22/12 – Kitchen Table Talks show with Chris Brogan and Joe Sorge
5/26/12 – Fox 2 News TV – Discussion on Google+
6/7/12 – Social Media 101 Seminar – Business Boot Camp – Webster University
6/23/12 – Fox 2 TV appearance – loyalty app Sqwid
6/28/12 – 3am presentation on Susan Baroncini-Moe’s Guinness Book of World Records record-breaking attempt for the longest webcast ever
7/13/12 – Anheuser-Busch InBev “Women in Beer” group – social media presentation
8/8/12 – KMOX radio – My debate with Mark Reardon on the merits of “The Wave” – I was bravely pro-Wave
8/9/12 – Appearance on “St Louis Presents” on STL-TV – discussing Twitter
9/15/12 – Officiant at the wedding of Michael Tomko and Tabitha Meyer
10/13/12 – Appearance on Food Talk STL with David Craig on 590 AM
10/16/12 – Social Talk with Mike Stenger – Twitter discussion
11/1/12 – MBA class guest lecture at Washington University – how businesses use social media
11/19/12 – Two MBA class guest lectures at Washington University – how businesses use social media
1/16/13 – The Mark Reardon Show on KMOX Radio – debating the Cadillac ATS television ads
2/2/13 – Fox 2 TV appearance discussing Twitter’s new video sharing app Vine
3/4/13 – Recycled GoGetter with Nick Ruiz – online interview
3/6/13 – The Mark Reardon Show on KMOX Radio – discussing the Harlem Shake with Mark and Kenny Wallace
3/13/13 – NAWBO St. Louis luncheon panel discussion at Sunset Hills Country Club
3/20/13 – The Mark Reardon Show on KMOX Radio – Why do memes take off?
3/25/13 – The Mark Reardon Show on KMOX Radio – discussing the Bud Light Blind Date ad
4/2/13 – State of Digital Media Marketing Conference – panelist
4/25/13 – The Mark Reardon Show on KMOX Radio – discussion on unfriending people on Facebook.
5/4/13 – Private client event
5/7/13 – Zeb Welborn podcast
5/18/13 – Appearance on Fox 2 Now, discussing Amy’s Baking Company Facebook meltdown
5/23/13 – The Mark Reardon Show on KMOX Radio – discussing Larry Conners and his Facebook problem
5/31/13 – Social Media Club of St. Louis – social media presentation
6/23/13 – Appearance on Fox 2 Now, discussing Instagram Video
7/26/13 – Nonprofit social media seminar – United Way of Greater St. Louis
10/30/13 – The Mark Reardon Show on KMOX Radio – discussing the price of soda at work (important topic!)
11/12/13 – Social media presentation at Variety St. Louis
11/26/13 – The Mark Reardon Show on KMOX Radio – discussing smartphone abuse and workplace horror stories
12/23/13 – The Mark Reardon Show on KMOX Radio – discussing Justine Sacco – unfortunate tweets and the consequences
12/28/13 – Fox 2 TV appearance, discussing the 2013 social media year in review
1/4/14 – Fox 2 TV appearance, discussing social media trends for 2014
2/17/14 – The Mark Reardon Show on KMOX Radio – discussing NBC Olympics interview with Bode Miller
2/20/14 – Be Human Project – discussion moderator
2/26/14 – The Mark Reardon Show on KMOX Radio – discussing Kelly Blazek’s mean emails and online communication in general
6/5/14 – Be Human Salon – moderator of Dave Gray presentation
7/21/14 – The Mark Reardon Show on KMOX Radio – Texting and driving is dangerous
8/26/14 – The Mark Reardon Show on KMOX Radio – The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
9/14/14 – The Mark Reardon Show on KMOX Radio – discussing the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
9/26/14 – Fox 2 TV Appearance – the ALS Ice Bucket challenge
10/22/14 – The Mark Reardon Show on KMOX Radio – Loving soccer is Unamerican (according to Mark, he’s crazy)
11/1/14 – Fox 2 TV Appearance – the new social media site Ello
12/22/14 – The Mark Reardon Show on KMOX Radio – Best and worst Xmas presents ever
1/5/15 – The Mark Reardon Show on KMOX Radio – my Benedict Cumberbatch stalking story
1/22/15 – The Mark Reardon Show on KMOX Radio – the best St. Louis pizzas
2/14/15 – Fox 2 TV Appearance – discussing my new book Happywork
Feb 2015 – Marketing Profs with Kerry O’Shea Gorgone – Kerry, you’re the best!
Feb 2015 – Jeffrey Shaw’s Creative Warriors podcast – excellent questions here!
Feb 2015 – 2 Regular Guys podcast – talking t-shirts, just like the old days.
Feb 2015 – Bud Hennekes’ A Boundless World podcast
Feb 2015 – Vernon Ross’ Social Strategy podcast – We went for 90 minutes!
2/16/15 – The Mark Reardon Show on KMOX Radio – discussing my new book Happywork
2/19/15 – Social Media Club of St. Louis – book launch party
2/26/15 – The Mark Reardon Show on KMOX Radio – Where would you fly right now for your dream vacation?
3/1/15 – Nothing Impossible on KMOX Radio – discussion of Happywork

Upcoming speaking engagements:

3/5/15 – Private client event
3/16/15 – Private client event
Likeable Radio with Dave Kerpen – coming soon
Mitch Matthews’ Dream, Think, Do podcast – coming soon
Will Hanke’s podcast – coming soon
BE CULTURE radio with John Gardner – coming in March
The Entrepreneur’s Library with Wade Danielson – coming in March
Deb Krier Radio – coming in April