Voicing Concern

(07 Aug 2008)



Speaker Solutions, a leading Irish Speaker Bureau reports that companies are voicing concern over the future of their businesses.

According to Susan Thornber, founder of Speaker Solutions, many companies are taking an active approach to understanding and addressing new challenges and are seeking to increase motivation and innovation within their workforce and company. Thornber, who established the bureau in 2007, has witnessed an increase in demand for expert speakers in the field of customer retention, customer loyalty and change management.

“Demand for motivational speakers is increasing across the board and from every sector. Companies are feeling the pinch and nerves are certainly frayed, however company executives are seeking to invest in common sense advice delivered by leading practitioners.”

Keynote speakers who have proven track records are the most popular according to Thornber.

“Individuals who have perhaps experienced serious challenges in their lives and come out on top are in big demand. In the last 15 years conference themes focussed on growth, globalisation, investment and expansion. Now the keywords are retention, innovation and facing up to challenges. Companies are looking for direction and inspiration.”

One of the most popular speakers on Thornber’s books is Larry Hochman, a globally recognised expert on customer relationships, leadership and corporate culture. According to Thornber, Hochman is popular because of his no nonsense approach. His hard hitting presentation makes people sit up and take notice and he tells businesses to think hard about customer loyalty or pay the price.

Thornber believes that companies need to focus on what lies ahead for them. By investing in good advice, companies can focus on the future, before the competition and get there first.

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