In the face of international tensions, political strife, and natural disasters, corporations are doing their best to put their focus on the positive in their selection of motivational speakers.
"Our clients are asking for speakers who are upbeat and optimistic," says Diane Goodman, CMP, president of Goodman Speakers Bureau Inc. "They definitely also want to focus on social responsibility in an effort to promote all these characteristics within their organizations and culture. Optimism is contagious."
Goodman shares the names of six of her most popular speakers who specialize in just these kinds of hopeful messages. For availability and fees, contact Goodman at [email protected] or call (860) 687-1116.
Jade Simmons aims to connect leaders and top performers to their purpose. In the process, she promises to help them shift their mindsets and create winning modes of operation that create bigger impact in their lives, and unleashes momentum in both life and business. Simmons pulls from her colorful experiences as a world-class concert artist. As "Classical Music's No. 1 Maverick," she has plenty of experience with innovation, reinvention, and knowing how to read -- and change -- the atmosphere of a room. She knows the value of influence and passes on the lessons she's learned throughout her career to audiences of executives and support staff alike.
Recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that happiness fuels success. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work. Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage, teaches organizational leaders how to increase happiness and meaning for their employees. Achor spent over a decade at Harvard University where he won more than a dozen teaching awards. He then went on to found GoodThink Inc., which allows him to share his research with a wider audience. Achor speaks about how to create a positive transformation that can have a ripple effect on an organization's culture. He explains how we can reprogram our brains to become more positive, helping us achieve the extraordinary in work, our lives, and our organizations' bottom lines.
In addition to her entertainment and news media experience as co-host of Entertainment Tonight and more, Gibbons is an advocate for healthcare, wellness, and caregiving. She is also a wife, mother, businesswoman, bestselling author, and Emmy Award winner. In 2013, Gibbons published Take 2, a personal growth guide designed to help people recreate themselves and hit the reset button on their lives. Her most recent book, Fierce Optimism: Seven Secrets for Playing Nice and Winning Big provides the themes she touches on in her talks.
An Olympic champion, cancer survivor, television broadcaster, motivational speaker, author, husband, father, and self-proclaimed eternal optimist, Scott Hamilton has a list of figure skating achievements that includes over 70 titles, awards, and honors, an Olympic gold medal among them. In 1990, Hamilton was inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame and in that same year, he became a member of the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame. Following his mother's passing from and his own survival of cancer, Hamilton launched the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation (Cancer Alliance for Research, Education, and Survivorship) in 2014, with a mission to improve cancer patient survivorship by supporting cancer research and quality patient treatment and care. He also founded the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy, which offers students programs to help them fall in love with ice skating. He speaks on all of these topics, offering a hopeful message about perseverance, self-improvement, and optimism.
Bert and John Jacobs
Bert and John Jacobs are co-founders of The Life is Good Company, which spreads the power of optimism through inspiring art, a passionate community, and nonprofit work. They combine their business lessons, humor, and inspired storytelling to weave the compelling tale of how they, with a combined sum of just $78 in the bank, launched a business that is now a $100 million lifestyle brand sold by over 2,000 retailers nationwide. They also co-authored Life is Good: The Book, which "celebrates the power of optimism." The Jacobs brothers discuss with audiences how they focus their energy on guiding the Life is Good brand vision, and developing strategic partnerships and collaborations with organizations that extend that brand to new product categories and customers.
As a bestselling author with 20 years of experience and research on what it means to be truly happy, Dave Romanelli shares immediately accessible tools on turning up the volume on your level of joy and being more present at work and at home. His new book, Happy Is the New Healthy has twice reached No. 1 on Amazon's Healthy Living Bestseller List. The book was inspired by his friendship with a 111-year-old woman whose secrets to health and happiness were: sex, vodka, and spicy food. That emphasis on joie de vivre, resilience, and enjoying life every day is the message Romanelli shares with event attendees during his talks -- as well as his own approach to work and life.
This article appears in the October 2017 issue of Successful Meetings.