Friday, February 15, 2019

Inspirational Speakers

Over the past month I have been writing a lot on my website (www.ThomSinger.com).  Creating new pages and posts about the speaking business.

I am so proud to be approaching my ten year anniversary as an inspirational speaker for company and association meetings. The ability to earn a living doing this was my dream, and for a decade I have been able to do this.

If you are seeing a dynamic motivational keynote speaker for your event, let's have a chat.  While I am not the right fit for every meeting, I will work hard to customize my material to make the experience I share with your audience the most relevant.

Thanks.

thom


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Funny Motivational Speakers

I wrote this post on my website about my journey to learning humor and what makes Funny Motivational Speakers the best people to hire to present at events. 


Friday, February 08, 2019

How to Network at a Conference

People want to maximize their investment in attending live events.

I wrote an article on ThomSinger.com about how to network at a conference

As we go into the spring "Conference Season".... get your plans set on how to connect more when at conferences, conventions, or any live meeting.


Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Motivational Speaker in Austin, TX. - Thom Singer

Motivational speaker in Austin, TX.

Thom Singer is celebrating ten years as a motivational speaker and professional master of ceremonies..

Although he speaks all across the United States (and beyond), he makes his home in Austin, TX and regularly speaks at team meetings and sales kickoffs for local companies, law firms and non-profits.

If you are seeking a dynamic and engaging motivational speaker in Austin, add Thom Singer to the list of experts you will talk with about making your event memorable.

Thom can be booked via your favorite speakers bureau or directly at (512) 970-0398.

For more information visit his website: https://thomsinger.com/motivationalspeakeraustin/

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Keynote Speaker - Austin, Texas


This year marks 10 years that I have had the honor to work as a keynote speaker.  April 1, 2009 I was laid off, or set free, from my corporate marketing job and jumped into the pool as a speaker and master of ceremonies. 

I have never looked back.  This has been the greatest adventure of my career. Much of my time is spent speaking at association and company events around the United States, but in 2018 I began to look for work in Austin, Texas (where I have lived for 27 years).

Being a keynote speaker for national events that are coming to Austin is a win / win for me and the client.  They save on all the travel costs, and they get a speaker who has spent nearly three decades in the city they are visiting, so I bring a unique perspective to motivating their audience to enjoy the event in this amazing city.

For local companies hosting team meetings, I am part of their community.  Historically people think there is extra value in flying in a keynote speaker, savvy local business professionals know that our city has amazing talent. I have often joked that the definition of an expert is "anyone with a boarding pass", these days I am finding much of my work is local.

If you are seeking a keynote speaker in Austin, TX (or a fun master of ceremonies), check out my website at www.ThomSinger.com or www.ThomSinger.com/keynote-speaker-austin-texas

Have A Great Day.

thom

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Corporate Speaker - Thom Singer

As we move full speed into 2019 I have developed some new strategies for the year.  My speaking business will hit its 10th anniversary on April 1st, and this milestone is both exciting and a bit overwhelming.

Why overwhelming? Because this was a real "dream come true" career change, and it as never been easy - but it has always been right.

For this new year I have examined all that I am trying to accomplish for the next decade, and my goals are ambitious. Being a corporate speaker is not some fluffy job where you get paid to tell silly stories.  For me it is a real calling.

But to grow my business I realize I cannot do it alone. 

This is the year I am trying to extend my reach. All opportunities come from people, and I am hungry to meet new people and ignite long-term and mutually beneficial relationship.

There is a buzz in the air at live events, and being the keynote speaker puts me in a unique place to engage. I cannot wait to be the conduit for connectivity at the more than fifty presentations I will deliver in 2019.

Thank you for reading this and for being along for the ride with me.

Have A Great Day

thom singer

Monday, December 17, 2018

We all struggle

Good-bye 2018.  If you are viewing my life from the outside the year seemed fine, but the reality was there were some struggles this year.  It was not horrible, but it was not anywhere near what I wanted over the last 12 months.

I am not complaining, as I am fortunate to work doing something I deeply enjoy and to be ten years into working for myself.  Many people go to jobs daily where they hate their boss and feel they do not make a difference. I am my own boss and have constant feedback from clients when my work has impact.. .However, this does not guarantee that everything runs smoothly.

Without going into details, lets just say I did not have my best year in business.  I made some bad choices and had a sales slump because I relied too much on word-of-mouth for my leads.  I did not have a focus on an outbound sales routine and ended up with a few holes in my calendar.  While I did work often, I only make money on the days I speak, so empty weeks on my schedule have a direct impact on my bank account.

But it is okay. We all struggle.  I know this is true even though few people put their hard times out into view. My research around how people engage with their "potential" has let me look closely into the lives of others, and those who open up to me are often sharing they have many frustrations that keep them from achieving ultimate results. 

As we launch into 2019 I am changing up my routine and becoming more aggressive.  I am also paying close attention to my mental health / state of mind.  This is a topic that too few talk about, and yet our ability to perform is tied to how we are feeling inside.  The internal communication inside our heads can push us ahead or hold us back.  I got held back.

To those who resonate on the above topic, feel free to reach out to me.  No judgement, but I have discovered having someone to talk to makes getting past these struggles easier.  I am happy to chat with anyone, yet few people ever call.  I think partnering with others to help everyone get past their roadblocks is the easiest way to move toward more results.  

Have A Great Day

thom singer


Saturday, November 24, 2018

First Impressions Still Matter

There was an experience I had recently where I thought someone was a total asshole.  This guy keeps showing up around and it turns out maybe he is not the cocky jerk whom I first met.  I have not talked to him, so none of my opinion is really based on anything beyond observation, and this has me thinking about first impressions.

The person in question is a stand up comic. I have been participating in open mic nights this year, and I am discovering a lot about myself and it is having a positive impact on me as a person and speaker.  Turns out stand up comedy is the hardest use of the spoken word. 

My experiences in this medium is that it is a unique world.  Comics are interesting, but when I first showed up I was a total outsider.  Most at open mic nights are much younger than me, and they did not really seem welcoming to me up front.  That said, I am sure in my early attempts I was a fish out of water and probably did not come off as that welcoming either.

So this one comic I met in April really did come off as a dick.  Young and full of himself was the initial impression, and his jokes were very sexist and demeaning to others.  In a brief conversation he was dismissive and I jumped to a series of conclusions.

Yet recently I noticed he keeps showing up at many of the events I attend.  I have never spoken to him again, but I have observed him.  While the jury is still out about who he really is, I am starting to think I jumped to conclusions far too fast.

At my age I know that first impressions are not as reliable as we would like to believe.  People are often sure of their observational based decisions, but I am reminded of all those who have proved me wrong over the years. I am getting better at giving others second and third chances, as it really does take time to know who someone at the level of their soul.

Plus, many comics are playing a character on and off stage, so for me to have decided this guy is what I witnessed is short sighted on my part.

But the lesson here is that most people do not give time to reviewing their first impressions, so therefore the immediate vibe you give to others does matter as they will forge a permanent view of you very fast.

How you treat people always matters. This guy treated others with an aloof nature and was cocky as shit.  But I am going to erase that from my mind and try to get to know him as I continue to show up around the Austin comedy scene.  Who knows, maybe he is a raging asshole?  Or, he could be a good person who I will benefit from getting to know better.  I am going to believe it is the later.

Have A Great Day.

thom singer 


Monday, October 15, 2018

The Journey was the Power of my TEDx Talk


As I mentioned in the two earlier posts (here and here) about my TEDx presentation, this was something I wanted to do for years. I had applied to many TEDx programs in cities near and far, and when the opportunity came I was excited. Setting a goal was key, and failures or rejections along the way were by never the end of my journey.

I am a believer in goal setting and working toward achieving that which makes you push yourself. My TEDx experience was a milestone event and involved intensive preparation. It was more than just a speech to me, it was my way to share an important story and key part of my own growth (with the hope it would help others).

But once a long sought target is reached there can be mixed emotions that come along after completion. The TEDx Talk itself was a positive experience, and the waiting six month for the video was frustrating. However, once it was posted and shared with the world I had combined feelings of joy and disappointment.

I had joy because I believe the message was good and people like responded well to the talk (you can go watch it here - https://youtu.be/8sIL_4zOzG8).  And disappointment because I has spent so much time in pursuit of this goal, that once it was over, there was a question of "what's next?". Few people are invited to deliver multiple TEDx Talks, and I do not have the type of fame that is usually involved in being invited to the main TED stage.  This is my one time at doing a TEDx Talk, and I am proud of it (go watch it and share your impressions with me).

Alas, this is another example of the journey itself being the reward.  While I am thrilled with the end product (well, they messed up the audio a little, but it us okay), there is more to it than what you see on the video. There is what I learned along the way, and also the hope that the message will inspire someone in ways I will never know.

Have A Great Day.

thom singer