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Jess Ponce III Knows How to Amplify Your Brand
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Jess Ponce III Knows How to Amplify Your Brand

When you think of brands that have transformed our culture, names like Warner Bros., Disney or Lucasfilm come to mind. And they each have someone in common: Jess Ponce III.

Ponce has worked with numerous celebrities, Fortune 500 company executives and other professionals. In each case, he trains individuals and companies to build better teams internally while increasing external reach, value and recognition. He’s even assisted TEDx speakers in strengthening their own communication skills while working with more than 1,500 television hosts, spokespeople, authors and experts. You might say Ponce is the influencer of influencers. The benefit of his work lies in teaching others how to break through in a noisy world.

An entrepreneur, author and keynote speaker, Ponce knows communications, personal branding and how to build, manage and amplify your brand and message in ways no one else can.

Ponce mentors influencers through coaching, training and workshops.

Ponce knows the talent business from end to end. He’s as knowledgeable and experienced in coaching as he is with guiding creative talent. Ad executives and public relations teams each benefit from his keynote speeches, personalized talent training and workshops.

You and your teams will learn to:

  • Own your role as a brand spokesperson
  • Equip your talent with the tools they need to stand out
  • Build the most memorable strategic branding initiatives
  • Pitch creative concepts and close deals

Self-promotion and corporate brand strategies matter to your future. But “fake it until you make it” usually comes across as inauthentic. With his A Factor® methodology, Ponce guides you and your team to be at your genuine best for greater recognition by teaching you his A Factor® formula: “Define your Audience, Create an Agenda, Call for Action, Maintain Authenticity.” 

Ponce knows the business of amplifying your brand.

Ponce doesn’t just tell you how to build your brand and increase visibility. He’s done it himself. As an entrepreneur, Ponce co-founded and owns Media 2X3, a U.S.-based creative agency. With Media 2X3, Ponce and his team “strengthen individual brands through negotiating sponsorships, producing media opportunities, and booking speaking engagements,” according to his website. Whether online, on-air or onstage, Media 2X3 trains talent in navigating the difficult terrain all media personalities face.

Ponce also co-develops training programs for The Awesome Group, a personal and professional development firm based in Taiwan. Similarly, Ponce customizes programs for TWP Hong Kong, a “provider of high-impact experiential learning and consulting services to businesses and government agencies worldwide,” according to his website. He also puts his vast experience to work producing programming for top networks including ABC, Fox, E! Entertainment and many others.

Check out Ponce’s books to get started.

If you consider booking Ponce as your next keynote speaker or media coach, consider familiarizing yourself and your team with some of his outstanding work. Ponce provides many of his lessons in personal brand development in his book, Everyday Celebrity: A Personal Branding Guide from a Hollywood Media Coach. Thoroughly enjoyable and informative, Ponce guides the reader through best methods in creating opportunities, growing a professional network and becoming profitable. For a look at developing your skills as a public speaker, see A.W.E.S.O.M.E.: 7 Keys to Unlock the Speaker Within, co-authored with Emily Liu.

You need a keynote speaker with impact.

With such a winning background in personal branding and coaching trending celebrity speakers and influencers, it’s no surprise that Ponce has become a top speaker himself. He delivers keynote addresses and breakout programs both in-person and virtually. In each case, he provides custom solutions to amplify your brand online, in person, on camera and even in corporate presentations and meetings. Speaking topics include:

  • “The A Factor: The Art of Authentic Self-Promotion”
  • “Everyday Celebrity: Personal Branding Secrets from a Hollywood Media Coach”
  • “A.W.E.S.O.M.E.: Unlock Your Speaking Potential Within”

Ponce delivers his keynote addresses with all the skill you’d expect from a strategist who influences the influencers. Dynamic and engaging, he captivates audiences and always leaves them empowered with better tools for communications, networking and brand amplification.

We make booking Jess Ponce III easy!

The SUCCESS Speakers Bureau makes booking Ponce easier than ever.

Simply visit the Jess Ponce III page and drop us a note to check availability. You’ll find his bio information there too, including a video reel to learn more.

Or explore our dozens of other top keynote, motivational, celebrity and business speakers. In each case, we’ll put our 125 years of trust and experience behind the SUCCESS name to work for you to make booking easy and fun!

Tips for Moderating a Business Panel: Questions to Ask
Business Speakers, Corporate Culture, Marketing, Sales

Tips for Moderating a Business Panel: Questions to Ask

Congratulations! You’ve been asked to moderate a business panel. You’re thrilled with the trust given, as well as the opportunity to learn from the best in business. But your excitement brings uncertainty, too. After all, the responsibility of managing a public dialogue can be an intimidating prospect. Don’t worry—the most important thing you can do as a panel moderator is to be prepared with thought-provoking questions that bring out the best in your guest speakers.

Below, we’ve assembled questions for moderators to ask panelists at conferences, conventions, virtual training sessions or other events. These include questions for:

  • Business success and entrepreneurship panels
  • Sales training panels
  • Leadership panels
  • Corporate culture and productivity panels
  • Marketing and communications panels

Moderators: how to prepare your questions

Before diving into our questions for moderators, consider what makes a good question. Our lists are meant as a starting point, but keep the following best practices in mind:

  1. Research your guests carefully. Know the backgrounds and expertise areas of your panelists well enough to ask poignant questions.
  2. Customize your questions based on your research. Rather than ask, “What was your greatest challenge starting your business?” refer to the actual business (book, event or other topic) by name.
  3. Start with basics as necessary. Depending on the depth of guest introductions, you may want to dig more. Questions such as “How did you get your start?” or “What first inspired your new product line?” are assumed and not included in the lists below.
  4. Follow the rule of two or three. Asking “What is the most important rule in business?” will lead to broad or even cliched replies, and asking for long lists will leave your guests struggling or even annoyed. Ask for two or three items, and follow up!

Questions to ask when moderating a business panel

Business success and entrepreneurship panels

  1. How has technology changed the landscape of entrepreneurship, and how can entrepreneurs best leverage this technology for success?
  2. What has changed most in the business landscape in the past few years? What has stayed mostly the same?
  3. What was the greatest unexpected challenge you faced in starting [company name]? How should future entrepreneurs best prepare to face this challenge?
  4. How have the best methods for raising capital changed in the past decade? What has remained much the same?
  5. Innovative and disruptive industries or products often have no existing demand. How do you mitigate risk in your innovation when there is a lack of market data?
  6. How have technological advances in the past three years impacted [your company] at operational or logistical levels?
  7. What strategies have you used in recent years to overcome materials [or talent] shortages?
  8. What are the two or three most useful lessons you have learned to maintain an advantage over your competition?

Sales training panels

  1. How do your sales teams’ motivational strategies differ between peak times and slow times? [Good for seasonal businesses.]
  2. What is the greatest obstacle you or your sales team face in nurturing a potential client from a prospect to a sale? What effective strategies do you use to overcome resistance barriers?
  3. What have you found to be the most and least effective digital tools in developing strong leads?
  4. Sales teams can have high burnout rates. How do you assist individual sales team members in overcoming self-limiting mindsets?
  5. What are the most effective methods you use to retain your top sales staff?
  6. What tools and strategies have you found to be most effective in identifying a potential client?
  7. What are the current strengths of your sales team, and what do you want to improve in the coming year?
  8. When it comes to increasing sales figures, do you lean more heavily on competition or cooperation among your team? And what training or incentive strategies have worked best to keep that balance?

Leadership panels

  1. What qualities do you look for prior to advancing an employee to a leadership position, and what steps do you take to test and prepare them?
  2. Describe your leadership style and practices and how they have benefited [your company]. What areas do you still want to improve?
  3. What two or three characteristics or values have you found that make the most effective leaders? How do those values benefit the organization?
  4. What strategies or processes have you found effective in balancing creativity and innovation among your team members while also maintaining time-tested procedures?
  5. Tell us about the challenges faced by introverts in obtaining and excelling in leadership roles. How do you help a talented introvert improve their networking skills?
  6. What do you like most about being in a leadership role? And what have you found the most challenging?
  7. Did leadership come naturally to you, or was it a struggle? What lessons did you learn along the way to become a better leader?
  8. How do you measure success, both in yourself and among your team members?

Corporate culture and productivity panels

  1. What do you see as the main benefits of a corporate wellness program? What has worked best in your company?
  2. Once a positive corporate culture is established, it needs maintenance. What are the top two or three methods you use to make sure your corporate culture sticks?
  3. How do you measure the costs and benefits of employee health and wellness programs, both short- and long-term?
  4. What methods or strategies do you use to ensure a corporate culture of diversity and inclusion?
  5. What are the signals you watch for that an employee has either disengaged or may be seeking another position? How do you re-engage and motivate them?
  6. What practices have worked best for your company to maintain a collaborative team environment even among remote workers?
  7. What strategies do you use to ensure that employees maintain optimal mental health? Also, how do you promote physical health without stepping over personal lines?
  8. What are the most important steps a company leader [human resources or other] can take to ensure that employees feel appreciated and remain productive?

Marketing and communications panels

  1. What are the top three marketing channels you use today, and how do they compare in terms of prospect volume and quality?
  2. What strategies do you use to keep you and your team up-to-date on marketing trends and technology?
  3. When do you start planning for a branding refresh? What are the early signals that it’s time to take the marketing of a product line in a new direction?
  4. What strategies and tools do you use to increase client engagement and retention? How do they compare in terms of cost and benefit?
  5. Tell us about a marketing campaign or initiative that did not work well for you. Did you make adjustments or scrap the campaign entirely?
  6. What are the differences you see between advertising, marketing, public relations and communications? Where do they overlap?
  7. What are the biggest changes you have seen in the digital marketing landscape in the past year or two? How have they impacted your overall outreach strategy?
  8. What are two or three of the greatest lessons you didn’t expect to learn in your time as a marketing director with [company]?

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Why Hire an Educational Speaker for Your Corporate Event?
Business Speakers, Corporate Culture, Marketing, Sales

Why Hire an Educational Speaker for Your Corporate Event?

Top educational speakers provide an opportunity for your audience to learn and grow from leading experts in their respective fields. Educational guest and keynote speakers may speak in person or virtually for events, ranging from large conferences to informal webinars. In doing so, they improve your employees’ knowledge and skills in areas such as finance, personal development, marketing and branding, sales, corporate culture and more.

Educational speakers also bring added excitement and diversity to your corporate event. They come from a variety of backgrounds with inspiring stories and fresh, actionable ideas. Their ranks include top motivational authors and experts, personal development coaches and experts in every field related to business and personal growth. And with the right booking agency, learning how to hire the right public speaker is now easier than ever.

With that in mind, let’s look at some specific areas where your conference, convention, customer engagement webinar or other event will benefit from an educational speaker. We’ll also share some top speakers to check out so you can get started on your most memorable and informative institutional gathering ever.

Financial education

Greater financial literacy improves the security of your employees and associates. Booking a top financial education guest speaker provides valuable insights, budgeting strategies and actionable information for your staff. They will learn methods to spend and invest more wisely, working their way to a debt-free life.

Improving the financial wellness of your staff also provides cost-saving benefits for your company. Without debt and other financial worries, employees focus better at work and increase their individual and team productivity. Promoting financial security among your staff may also reduce employee turnover and improve mental well-being, providing long-term benefits all around.

Top financial education keynote speakers to book

  1. Anthony O’Neal is more than the bestselling author of Debt Free Degree. He serves as a leading voice in personal finance. We featured O’Neal in our Speaker Spotlight series for his gift in making every presentation real, relatable and actionable. In fact, his virtual and in-person keynote addresses have helped more than 250,000 people achieve financial freedom.
    Learn more and check booking availability for O’Neal.
  2. Business mentor and keynote speaker Sharon Lechter has advised two U.S. presidents in financial literacy. Recognized globally for her financial expertise, she is also the five-time New York Times bestselling author of such books as Think and Grow Rich for Women. Lechter has delivered addresses for Harvard University, World Financial Group, American Express and many other major institutions.
    Learn more and check booking availability for Lechter.

Sales training

Even with the most innovative products on the market, sales teams can miss the mark. Leaders rightly focus on product training and incentives as tools to improve numbers, but in that process, they might miss more global sales strategies and team development.

Top educational sales speakers provide a collective pause to the daily pursuit. As outside voices, they offer fresh perspectives and motivation to bring your team up to peak performance. They also provide insider knowledge in necessary sales skills such as lead generation, customer service, closing deals and building relationships. Educational sales speakers also build team confidence and morale to further boost your sales.

Top sales training keynote speakers to book

  1. Many corporate insiders consider real estate mogul and celebrity speaker Grant Cardone to be a top sales trainer. He owns and operates multiple privately held companies, including Cardone Capital. Known for his mastery in crowdfunding, his social media influence spans the globe. As the bestselling author of 11 business books, he brings unmatched wisdom and excitement to any sales training event.
    Learn more and check booking availability for Cardone.
  2. Sjodin Communications founder Terri Sjodin provides street-savvy keynote presentations that bring your sales force to top performance. Her addresses are always polished and persuasive, making her a favorite guest of Bloomberg, CNN, CNBC and other media outlets. Her bestselling book Small Message, Big Impact has earned her recognition as a lasting influence among today’s top sales educators.
    Learn more and check booking availability for Sjodin.

Corporate culture and productivity

Some of the most innovative and successful leaders struggle just as their company gets legs and grows. This fact may seem counterintuitive, but transformational growth often leads to changes in corporate culture and workflow. 

Corporate culture experts assist your entire organization in navigating both the ebbs and flows. Internally, these professional speakers assist you with best methods proven to increase employee satisfaction, productivity, creativity and more. Stakeholders also benefit through enhanced public reputation that helps you attract top talent in your industry.

Top educators in corporate culture and productivity to book

  1. Kevin Karschnik knows that the best-performing corporate cultures rely on effective leadership communications. Through dynamic and engaging keynote addresses, he assists top companies such as Dell, Emerson and Venterra to navigate today’s complex and rapidly evolving business environments. In fact, he has assisted more than 100 companies in 14 countries with building better-performing cultures through topics such as “Positivity Under Pressure” and “Agile Leadership.”
    Learn more and check booking availability for Karschnik.
  2. Corporate culture expert Dan Heath knows the benefits of corporate education at an unmatched level. He is a senior fellow at Duke University’s Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship and founder of the innovative education company, Thinkwell. Named by Fast Company as one of the 1,000 “Most Creative People In Business,” Heath delivers keynote addresses and guest talks that guide your company through change, improve decision-making and solve problems before they happen.
    Learn more and check booking availability for Heath.

Marketing, branding and influence

In marketing and public relations, it’s easy to get embroiled in the logistics of ad buys, digitization and audience reach. These items are critical, but not at the cost of losing sight of your main overarching goal: gaining influence among clients, prospects and community and institutional stakeholders.

By booking the best educational speakers in corporate branding, you don’t lose the creative talent you’ve built. Instead, you gain a broader, strategic perspective from an expert in the field, plus a more robust brand identity, better strategic campaigns and the best digital tools to gain a competitive edge shift and refocus to a broader picture. That is, to better influence the decisions of everyone you reach.

Top marketing and branding educators to book

  1. Courtney Keating has served as chief marketing officer for two major brands, including her current position at eXp Realty, the fastest growing residential real estate brokerage firm in the world. In each role, Keating leads in reenvisioning marketing strategies at a global level. She also led transformative strategies for CoreLogic, General Electric and Roostify. As a keynote speaker and digital-first marketing educator, she brings unmatched experience, expertise and energy to your company event.
    Learn more and check booking availability for Keating.
  2. Failure to take decisive action holds back individuals and companies. Branding strategist and educator Michelle Poler lives by the phrase, “Fear less, do more.” By challenging her audiences to seek growth over safety, Poler has inspired audiences from across the globe to reach maximum influence. This TEDx speaker has assisted top companies such as Facebook, Microsoft, NBC Universal and others to improve their brand recognition and global influence.
    Learn more and check booking availability for Poler.

Book your next educational keynote speaker

After more than a century as a leader in professional growth, SUCCESS now brings top keynote and educational talent directly to your stage. Browse our extensive list of celebrity, motivational, TEDx and bestselling keynote speakers by category.

Or simply contact SUCCESS Speakers Bureau with your speaker preferences and event needs. Not only will we find the best educational speaker or professional coach, but we will also save you time and money by handling all of the important booking details!

Speaker Spotlight: Kelly Cardenas Builds Winning Cultures
Business Speakers, Corporate Culture

Speaker Spotlight: Kelly Cardenas Builds Winning Cultures

Keynote speaker Kelly Cardenas knows that building iconic brands begins with the heartbeat of your organization: people. Your business empire can only go as far as your corporate culture allows. But that culture is made of individuals. While positive attitudes and strong ethics can build your brand, negative attitudes can spread. They can create weak links and infect your entire organization.

Renowned keynote speaker, bestselling author and podcaster Cardenas delivers more than a pep talk. He offers realistic, time-tested and goal-driven strategies to construct a thriving corporate culture that will lead your organization to success.

As we dive deeper into Cardenas’ philosophy and career as a business keynote speaker, keep this question he poses in mind:

“What would it mean to you to have a way to evaluate character, and integrity that would be directly linked to the bottom line performance and more importantly the sustainability of your organization or relationship?”

Learn to build people with Cardenas

Cardenas knows what it takes to build a multimillion-dollar brand from the ground up. In fact, he built his own as founder of Kelly Cardenas Salon. As with other leaders, one may wonder where he found the time to run the company, as well as contribute to Forbes magazine, develop a successful podcast, deliver keynote addresses and author a bestselling book. The answer is both simple and complex: You must create teams with the skills, motivation and empowerment to act. After all, not much gets done when employees need to wait for authorization to take action.

But building that cultural efficiency requires more than blind trust. For sustained success, you need to develop teams of people with the brilliance to lead, act and, when necessary, put questionable actions in check. To build your empire, you need to develop a team that can function perfectly beyond micromanagement and even in your absence. As Cardenas says, “First and foremost you build the people and then you allow the people to build the business!”

Cardenas: public speaker and cultural coach

Achieving higher levels of performance from your team takes more than a hunch. It requires distinct strategies. As a keynote speaker and coach, Cardenas delivers a proven system to hone in on the very heartbeat of your organization. By booking Cardenas, you will learn the best methods to:

Cardenas wants you to succeed. Audiences naturally gravitate toward his charm, humor and larger-than-life yet approachable persona. No one looks away while he speaks, but he wants commitment from you, too. 

In the spotlight: bestselling book and podcast

If you want to learn more about Cardenas, you need to look no further than the popular media he produces. His book, The 6 Indicators for Business and Life, guides you through his proven process of finding success in business and in life. In fact, numerous leaders praise the book: Global Expeditions founders Philip and Duran Atkins write, “Kelly Cardenas has been a breath of fresh air and inspiration since meeting five years ago. His personal and professional ‘culture’ is truly above and beyond; something that is so uplifting and outside of the box.”

Plus, don’t miss his Attitude Determines Altitude podcast. Cardenas applies the “98/2 rule” (success = “98% attitude and 2% aptitude”) with his trademark humor, infectious smile and deep knowledge of business. And he makes a great host, too, with guests that include professional coaches, actors, influencers, entrepreneurs and businesspeople. With an overall rating of nearly five out of five stars on Apple podcasts, the podcast is sure to entertain you while also enriching your business awareness and personal sense of purpose.

Book Cardenas for your event

Booking Cardenas or other top keynote speakers is now easier than ever. The Success Speakers Bureau provides access to a host of the top motivational speakers, business experts and career coaches in the industry today. From founder Orison Swett Marden to the groundbreaking Napoleon Hill, SUCCESS puts its 125 years of experience to work for you. Simply search our featured speakers to find the right fit for your next live or virtual event. From conferences and conventions to leadership coaching and personal development, we have the right fit for you and your team.

And if you’re coming in a bit “cold” and not sure which corporate motivator is right for you, don’t worry. As network-building experts, we’re committed to helping you find exactly who you need. Simply contact the Success Speakers Bureau now, and we’ll get back to you promptly with the ideas and assistance you need to get rolling!

25 Questions to Ask a Guest Speaker about Leadership
Business Speakers, Corporate Culture, Entrepreneur

25 Questions to Ask a Guest Speaker about Leadership

When you book a top leadership speaker such as Carey Lorenz or Trent Shelton for your event, time is precious. You booked your keynote speaker for their proven knowledge and experience in enhancing growth and development, but you only have their ear for a short time. And while there may be no such thing as a dumb question, you do want to come prepared.

Great questions to ask your leadership speaker are not overly broad or specific. Vague questions may lead to stock answers and even platitudes. At the same time, overly-specific questions that apply to a narrow situation will lack meaningful takeaways for both you and your audience. You want to ask your professional speaker and successful businessperson questions that will provide lasting value over multiple situations.

Here we have provided 25 questions to consider asking your executive coach or leadership speaker to challenge them and get the most from your time.

Leadership style

While no two leadership styles are quite the same, accomplished leaders have faced similar issues. From real estate mogul Grant Cardone to Tomcat fighter pilot Lohrenz, many successful leaders have developed their leadership styles under high pressure. Take advantage of that knowledge by asking:

  1. How has your leadership style evolved over time and why?
  2. What attributes most helped you become a successful leader, and what do you look for in others?
  3. How do you balance inspiring teams to innovate while also maintaining order and the need for standard procedures?
  4. Please name a current leader that you admire. What about their leadership style do you like most?
  5. What is your overall philosophy of leadership, and what are its overarching benefits?

Leadership lessons for building a positive corporate culture

Successful leaders surround themselves with others who share their vision of success. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak had little in common, but they shared a dream for Apple. But as a company grows, it becomes more complicated. Additional staff and, in fact, entire corporate divisions present challenges to maintaining a unified corporate vision. The best leadership speakers have met the challenges and built excellence. While you have their attention, consider asking them:

  1. What advice do you have to balance building a positive internal culture while also remaining 100% client-focused?
  2. How do you handle a situation where someone serves as a valuable company asset, but also displays a negative attitude around others?
  3. What have you found to be the most useful tools or methods in helping teams and cross-teams bond?
  4. What methods or processes have you used to make every employee at any level feel that they are part of the same corporate team?

Communications and conflict resolution

If you face internal strife that holds back company growth, odds are it involves cross-team communications meltdowns. Sometimes, actual conflicts arise among staff and management and across teams. Too much of your valuable time may be spent putting out fires rather than doing what you do best—meeting consumer demand and growing the company. Step back and think broadly. Questions to consider asking your booked leadership speaker may include:

  1. What steps do you take when a team leader consistently performs at or above your expectations, but several of their staff find them difficult to work with?
  2. What has been your most difficult situation where separate but interdependent teams communicated poorly, and how did you resolve it?
  3. Marketing and product development [or others pertinent to your situation] can have very different understandings of objectives. What has worked best for you to improve cross-team cohesion and communication?
  4. Companies sometimes need to pivot. How do you communicate transformational change so that every employee understands their value in meeting new goals?

Evaluating your team and addressing low performance

Every level of leadership demands performance evaluations. They may occur formally every month, six months or each year. Payment compensation or promotions may depend on them. And while employee reviews are stressful for your staff, they are stressful for you, too. After all, you want to make the most of the situation to grow your company and encourage employees with potential. Sometimes, low-performing workers present a particular challenge. Learn what you can from your leadership coach or speaker by asking:

  1. What questions have you found most valuable in a one-on-one performance review?
  2. When an employee who has proven valuable in the past appears to underperform, how soon do you act and what actions do you take?
  3. Please tell us about a time you had to let an employee go due to poor performance. What first steps did you take, and would you address the situation differently in retrospect?
  4. Tell us about a time you were faced with a talented employee intending to leave the company, but you managed to pull them back as a valuable asset. What worked best?

Setting goals and following through

Company goals aren’t a company wish list. They are reasonable, actionable expectations within a timeline. When new data presents itself, goals may even change—sometimes drastically. Experienced leadership speakers have been through it. Take advantage of their leadership experience in keeping teams on the same page by inviting feedback with questions such as:

  1. What advice do you have for keeping multiple teams on the same deadline schedule?
  2. When a new opportunity presents itself, how have you best rallied your team around meeting new goals?
  3. When is it important to communicate new goals throughout every level of the company, and how do you communicate them?
  4. Tell us about a time you found a particular manager or team not meeting their goals, and how did you get them back on track?

Leadership lessons in developing resilience and facing setbacks

Even with well-aligned goals, a cohesive team and the best planning, we all face setbacks—both individually and as a company. The strongest leaders aren’t the ones who never failed, but those who failed and came through stronger. Your leadership coach or speaker has assuredly experienced setbacks, yet they worked through them. They became stronger. Learn from their experience in overcoming personal and professional setbacks by asking:

  1. Please tell us about a time you failed to meet an important goal or objective. What initial steps did you take from there?
  2. What procedures or company programs have you found most effective in helping associates build optimism and resilience?
  3. When you or a team member takes a calculated risk that fails in its objectives, what are your next steps?
  4. Was there ever a time when a major project appeared at the brink of collapse, and how did you lead your team through it?

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Top Executive Coaching Speakers to Book Today
Business Speakers, Corporate Culture, Executive Coaching, Professional Development

Top Executive Coaching Speakers to Book Today

Hiring the right executive coach assists your leadership in turning the corner from mediocrity to top-notch success. In fact, the best business coaches and keynote speakers transform entire corporate cultures through motivational lessons and actionable guidance.

From virtual leadership programs to in-person seminars, the Success Business Bureau has you covered. Let’s look at some of the top executive coaches available today:

Ricky Mendez

Executive coach and corporate culture authority Ricky Mendez specializes in transforming failing and unexceptional businesses into something great. His background includes serving as president, VP of sales and COO of companies across southern California. In the process, he has overseen more than a half billion in sales by implementing his “Mindset and Prosperity Planning” and sales programs.

As a coach and founder of MPower Prosperity, Mendez mentors executive leaders of companies like American Residential Services, Costco, Home Depot and Sears in methods to build amazing corporate cultures while increasing revenue. Whether coaching leadership or speaking for a corporate event, he inspires the development of a growth mindset throughout the company by using practical, teachable methods.

Alexia Vernon

Women’s leadership expert, author and TEDx speaker Alexia Vernon has earned her renown as a sought-after female executive coach. Dubbed the “Moxie Maven” by the White House Office of Public Engagement, she fuses an array of media with methods to enhance the depth of client development. These methods include virtual retreats focused on sales and publicity, coaching calls and workshops, in-person retreats and her MOXIELICIOUS® mastermind.

A truly transformational corporate speaker and coach, Vernon assists entrepreneurs and business leaders in defeating self-doubt and developing growth mindsets. The result is improved performance, productivity and happiness. Her award-winning book, Step into Your Moxie, offers the same humor, candor and accessibility as her coaching and speaking style. Vernon has also contributed to media outlets and publications including CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS,, Women’s Health Magazine and others.

Daren Martin

Known as “The Culture Architect,” executive coach and bestselling author Daren Martin takes business consulting to new heights with measurable results. Drawing from his experience as an entrepreneur and his Ph.D. in psychology, he crafts his consultations to specifically meet your individual business needs and goals. As Lockton Dunning Benefits CEO Bruce Sammis said, “Daren Martin changed the trajectory of our company, we would not be where we are without him.”

Martin guides you through the best methods to access and retain top talent, achieve superior sales and establish customer service that “wows” your clients. But, most importantly, he gained his reputation by vastly enhancing company cultures. Employee performance, loyalty and engagement improve with his guidance as you achieve new bottom-line heights. His Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller, A Company of Owners, provides a strong, cogent sample of the methods he uses to assist you in meeting your objectives.

Johnny Quinn

Are you ready to take your organization to Olympian levels of performance? Former Olympic bobsledder Johnny Quinn has helped brands such as Toyota, Verizon and many others do just that. An executive speaker and coach, Quinn assists businesses of all sizes in securing the gold. He connects with audiences with the same confidence and warmth whether coaching virtually or in-person, and his mastery of storytelling never fails to engage.

A successful entrepreneur, Quinn owns the Johnny Quinn Agency—Farmers Insurance, which assists families throughout Texas. That experience of ownership, operation and sales allows Quinn to provide the motivational lessons of resilience and leadership you need to move your enterprise forward. 

Jairek Robbins

Performance coach Jairek Robbins has reached millions of people across more than 120 countries with his passion for helping people. To date, this bestselling author of LIVE IT! has assisted a plethora of clients in achieving scaled corporate growth. So what makes Robbins’ message powerful enough to provide training to Harvard University, the USMC, BMW, UBS and Major League Baseball teams?

Commitment. An awardee of the Congressional Award Gold Medal, Robbins has provided more than 400 hours of community service, invested hundreds of hours in personal development and physical fitness, and ran multiple marathons. Even Deepak Chopra has raved about his commitment to health, fitness, resilience and personal growth. As an executive coach, Robbins helps business leaders bridge the gap between who they are today and what they can be tomorrow.

Stephen Hilgart

Ready to improve your business strategy and achieve new levels of optimal performance? World-renowned Stephen Hilgart provides the ultimate performance training with an engaging and energetic style. 

A national trainer for Robbins, he shares strategies for personal and professional achievement with hundreds of audiences. As an executive coach for numerous Fortune 500 Companies, Hilgart has reached hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs and business leaders through his workshops. In each case, he delivers the inside experience and strategies to amplify your growth potential. To get a sense of how he can positively impact your leadership team, check out Stephen Hilgart’s YouTube videos.

Dave Ferguson

International coach and author Dave Ferguson drives personal and corporate growth through executive leadership training. He learned these leadership skills in the U.S. Air Force and through the founding of his own executive training organization. Today, Ferguson is trusted by Fortune 500 executives to assist them in improving communication while helping them grow into their roles.

Author of the international bestseller Boss or Leader, Ferguson earned his business acumen through 25 years of leadership roles in banking, investing and real estate. These rapid pace, results-oriented roles—plus high-stakes military service—make him uniquely qualified in the field of executive coaching. He provides clarity in the storm, helping you and your corporate team gain the insights you need to succeed.

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