Friday, December 20, 2019

Monday, October 21, 2019

Manufacturing Keynote Speaker

I have had the honor to speak for many manufacturing companies and associations recently.  These are some of the best audiences. Manufacturing is the backbone of our economy.  The people in these organizations are the ones driving the future.  

The message in "The Paradox of Potential" is about how to get individuals and teams to navigate the gap between potential and performance. This is why managers seek this topic. 

As a manufacturing keynote speaker, it is very important that I speak to people in the specific industry to get a good feel for what is going on in their companies.  

Check out my website for more information.  

Also, if you need a Master of Ceremonies / Emcee to bring more energy to your event, I can do the opening keynote speech and stay the whole event as the host.  This is a unique way to engage your audience and drive home the power of the keynote content. 


Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Open Mic Comedy Austin - "The Profile" - WEDNESDAYS

Open Mic Comedy - Austin, TX:  Roughcut Comedy is launching a new open mic in on Wednesday Night's in Austin, Texas.

Hosted by me (Thom Singer).  

What?  Yes, I agreed to be the EmCee of the new weekly event.  I like comedy, and this adventure into stand up has had a positive impact on my work and life. 

  • Each comic have a five minute set (why 5 minutes? Because I like longer sets, three minutes just goes too fast).  

  • Capped at 20 comics (why capped? Because I am old and want to be in bed by midnight).  
  • Every week we will feature a "Profiled Comic" who gets a ten minute set (why? because I want to make it more than just an open mic, but give it a "show" feel).  
  • List at 8:00.  Show at 8:30.  The list will be reordered.  
  • Location - Stereotype. (510 Rio Grande St.  West 6th St Area).

Open Mic Comedy Austin

I began doing comedy a year ago. I am a long way from being "really good", but I have had fun and learned a lot. Plus, the local comedy scene has some amazing people doing comedy.  I want to support them by trying to build a show that is more than a few comics in the audience. 

Thus, I am seeking people to make their Wednesday Night Austin fun time out to include ""the Profile" open mic.  

We are launching the show on July 10, 2019.  I figure it will take 4-6 weeks to get the comedians and the audience to find the show.  But my goal is to make this a little different and a lot of fun for everyone. 

Open mic comedy - Austin has a new face..... "The Profile".  Check it out. 

Monday, July 01, 2019

Leadership Keynote Speakers

Having presented nearly 1000 times at live events (and hosted over 470 episodes of my entrepreneur podcast, Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do), I am fascinated by what makes an audience lean into a speech.

Check out my thoughts on a post about Leadership Keynote Speakers on my website.


Sunday, June 30, 2019

Business Development Coaching for Lawyers

In the last two weeks I have had several lawyers reach out to me about coaching.  I began my freelance career working one-on-one with attorneys helping them understand how to market and present themselves.  I had moved away from this work, but realized recently I miss it.

I am now offering Business Development Coaching for Lawyers.  If you know anyone who could use this assistance, let them know about me.


Monday, June 17, 2019

Workplace Productivity

My latest blog post on my website (click through to check it out).....

Workplace Productivity is NOT enough. 


Saturday, June 15, 2019

Corporate Training

In the past two years much of my work has shifted from only speaking on big stages delivering keynotes, to doing more corporate training.

Corporate training is different from speaking. It is more intimate, and has the potential to set the rest button in someone.

My new program on how to manage potential: "Obtain the Possible" has been approved for Vistage. I am really excited to be able to give to the members of this organization.


Monday, May 27, 2019

Motivational Speakers

For over a decade I have worked in the business of motivational speakers.  I love the industry, and I am so excited everyday that my career has worked out.  It has not been easy, but serving the corporate and association audiences, over 800 of them, has been a real honor.

In 2009 I was laid off from my corporate marketing job. The moment is burned into my memory. It was April 1st, and no, the irony of being laid off on April 1st is not lost to me. I had no job prospects, and we were in the middle of the great recession.  It was the worst economy in 50 years.  

So I took the leap. I went full time as a motivational keynote speaker.

I had become captivated with public speaking long before, and had fine tuned my abilities thought being an active member of Toastmasters for ten years. It takes time to learn to speak at the level of a real professional speaker. To be a meaningful inspirational speaker looks easy, but involves hundreds of hours perfecting the skills. 

Many people ask me about how to become a motivational speaker. My advice is always the same... go speak.  Someone once asked Stephen King how to become a writer, and he replied "Go write.  Writers write".  I think the same thing is true for motivational speakers.  Speakers speak. 

Motivational speakers are a weird group, but I fit right in.  I got involved in the National Speakers Association early in my career, and it was the best decision I ever made.  I have learned a lot for their educational events, but the real gold has been in the strong friendships I have created.  

While I always want more business, and actively promote my business to meeting planners, I also go out of my way to refer other speakers.  I care about live events, and I know that sourcing great keynote speakers is not easy. I watch all the speakers I can and praise the great ones in person and online. 

If you are seeking a motivational speaker for your company or association event, let's have a conversation.  I am always available to brainstorm ideas.  

Have A Great Day

thom singer

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Employee Training

Check out the newest blog post about my Effective Employee Training Program - "The Paradox of Potential".

If your company is hosting a meeting, let's talk about how to get your people talking and taking action. Potential is great, but potential does not equal performance. 

All new blog posts are hosted on the new blog on

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Personal and Professional Goals

New on the new blog on my website - Personal and Professional Goals.

Check it out, and the embedded video series on managing your potential. 

Sunday, May 05, 2019

Plenary Speaker

There is often some confusion around the terms Keynote Speaker, Motivational Speaker, Plenary Speaker, etc..

On my website I talk about my view of how they are often used interchangeably. However, it is in technical organizations where they often assign my Conference Catalyst Program and the opening keynote on connecting the "Plenary Speaker" title.  

Check out my thoughts. What are your thoughts? 

What is a keynote speaker?

New Blog Post on my website blog - What Is A Keynote Speaker?

Have you been reading my new blog on  I am back at blogging on a regular basis talking about the speaking world, and the meetings industry.  

I also write about how to manage your potential.  Your career can be better if you discover your path across the gap between potential and performance. 

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Humor in the Workplace

My study of comedy is teaching me many things.  

Latest blog post on the new blog - Humor in the Workplace.

Check it out. 

Friday, April 05, 2019

Professional Speakers

Recommended Professional Speakers:

Thom Singer has created a list of professional speakers who the regularly refers.

After speaker at a conference, Thom is 100% of two things:

1. That association or company will hold the same event next year
2. They most likely do not want the same keynote speaker in back to back years.

Thus, he makes sure he always refers other speakers to his clients.  

Additionally, when talking to a prospect, they often are seeking more than one professional speaker.  

For these reasons he created a list of cool speakers who Thom is confident will "wow" any audience.

Check out the list and if you call one of these speakers, please tell them how you found them.

Have A Great Day


Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Professional Speaker - Thom Singer celebrates 10 years

The latest episode of Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do is about Thom Singer's 10th anniversary of being a professional speaker.  

Professional Speaker - Thom Singer

Monday, March 18, 2019

Global Meetings Industry Day - Austin

Check out my newest blog post about Global Meetings Industry Day.

I am honored to be the MC for the Austin event.

Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker

When you are seeking a keynote speaker for your next event, make sure Thom Singer is on your short list.

Motivational Speaker

Motivational Speaker 

If you are seeking a speaker for your next conference, it might be a good idea to have a conversation with Thom Singer. 

Sunday, March 03, 2019

Change Maker

Looking for a Change Maker speaker?  

Look at this page on my website.... I list myself and three others who are creating change when they speak to an audience.


Finding Great Speakers

Check out the article on my new blog with 4 tips on "Finding Great Speakers".

I have moved my main blog over to  


Friday, March 01, 2019

Entrepreneur Podcast

My latest blog post on the "Paradox of Potential Blog" --- Entrepreneur Podcast.  

I write about the growth of the Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do podcast and where it goes from here.


Thursday, February 21, 2019

Opening Keynote Speaker

Opening keynote speaker - Thom Singer. 

Comedian Motivational Speaker

Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do podcast episode #435.

Hear from leadership speaker Garrison Wynn on CTED podcast.

Comedian Motivational Speaker - on this episode we discuss the importance of humor as a speaker and in life.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Motivational Keynote Speakers

Motivational Keynote Speakers.  How do you find them? Who should you hire?

Check out the latest page  I wrote on my website.

thom singer

Friday, February 15, 2019

Inspirational Speakers

Over the past month I have been writing a lot on my website (  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.



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 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:

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 or

Have A Great Day.


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