Miranda Schmidt, Director of Marketing, IQMS, Paso Robles, CA
Hiring Alan was the best decision I made for our entire event. His thorough preparation and ability to accurately and seamlessly integrate our organizational and industrial information into his presentation was so good that every attendee thought he presented worldwide to our industry all the time. His weaving of industry-specific highlights into his survivorship and climbing experiences created a hypnotizing story that was motivational and relevant to every attendee. Not only was Alan the hit of the conference, I will definitely book him again…and again!
Shelley Parry, General Manager, TierOne Travel, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
When we were tasked with selecting a keynote speaker for our inaugural conference, we couldn’t have been more impressed with the in-depth research Alan did to ensure that his presentation was ‘over the top’ relevant and meaningful to everyone in the room. At one point during his presentation I could see that there wasn’t a dry eye in the place. The time he took to personalize his presentation to our group and the interest and compassion he showed to all our attendees during his book signing after his presentation was sincere, genuine and heartfelt. This guy’s the real thing. He hit it out of the park for us!
Dr. David Benton, RGN, RMN, BSc, M Phil, PhD, CEO, National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Chicago, IL
Alan did a fantastic job of crafting his presentation to our specific needs. He used his life experiences as the skeleton for the presentation but the detail − the heart and soul − used language, priorities and issues that spoke directly to our members. He went well beyond all expectations.
Rodney H. Johnson, VP Sales and Marketing, SouthernLINC Wireless, Atlanta, GA
It has now been a month since Alan’s presentation to my wireless sales force and dealers. I’m still getting comments like ‘What a great speaker!’ “How did he know so much about our business?” and “That’s what we needed to hear!” Alan’s life experiences are impressive, but how he deeply connects those experiences with a specific audience is what separates him from the rest of the “motivational speaker” crowd. In my 21 years in wireless sales I have hired a lot of speakers, but Alan was by far the most prepared and on-target at delivering exactly what I needed — an energizing, highly relevant presentation that continues to deliver positive results long after the speech is over. If overcoming challenges is one of your themes, Alan is your speaker. No matter what your business, he’s going to customize his presentation to fit your circumstances. Then, he’ll deliver for you. Focus on other aspects of your meeting. Alan has your “need an effective and powerful speaker” box checked!
Myrna Buttner Stahl, Director of Member Events & Communications, Chartered Professional Accountants of Saskatchewan, Regina, SK
Alan was the closing keynote speaker at our annual conference and he was amazing. His presentation was motivating, moving, engaging, and from the heart. What made it especially potent was that he perfectly customized his presentation to our audience. It was a one-of-a-kind program and he is a one-of-a-kind presenter. He is passionate, powerful and absolutely committed to excellence.
Rick Remmers, Vice President, Sales Distribution and Market Operations, Humana, Louisville, KT
Thank you so much for your terrific presentation at our President’s Council trip. In my 10 years of leading these trips, I have never seen a speaker put the time and effort into understanding our organization, its business priorities, culture and audience perspective as much as you did. Then you seamlessly wove this knowledge into your presentation so your remarks were relevant and applicable to everyone present. Your customized message of commitment and resilience really hit home. Well done!
David Sullivan, Vice President of Sales – Americas, Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies, Carmel, IN
Thank you so much for your fantastic presentation at our Americas Sales Meeting. In my three years here at Ingersoll Rand, I have never had a better, more integrated presentation to our meeting messages. I could not believe your commitment to ensuring that your message aligned with ours. From the 2.5 hours that we spent on the phone preparing, to your attending four of our 90-minute product sessions, it is clear that you are committed to your customer’s complete satisfaction. I thank you from the bottom of my heart, and wish you well. If there is anything that I can do to help further your business either in Ingersoll Rand, or with any other client, please feel free to use me as a reference.
Carole Scott, Vice President, Corporate Communications & Administration, Agilex Technologies, Chantilly, VA
Finding a speaker to captivate and inspire a crowd of 70-100 technology geeks is actually not so difficult. Put a Bill Gates in the room and the people barely blink. The trouble is that that gentlemen is quite busy and WAY out of most budgets. Fortunately, there are still really incredible individuals who have experienced the depths and heights of life and are eloquent enough to share their journey and their lessons. Alan Hobson is one such speaker. Not only does Alan have a story, he has many. He also has the intelligence to do his homework, to learn about his audience and to draw them into the experience. Guiding us through the difficulties, the decisions, the power of a “can” attitude and the strength of the “will,” Alan easily captures the spirit of any crowd. His message resonates so effectively with people; I have had the pleasure of hosting him twice for two different companies, 10 years apart. The correlations that can be drawn from Alan’s stories to our “everyday lives” have such impact that years later, many of us are still using his imagery and his mantras as we journey onward. Alan is a dynamic human with an amazing, teaching soul. Take the lesson and you too will be enlightened.
Rani Christie, Regional Vice President, Euler Hermes, Owings Mills, MD
You were, by far, one of the very top motivational speakers I have seen over the years – and I have seen all the “big” names and supposed “best” speakers. Your story of climbing Everest and climbing back from cancer really hit home for everyone in attendance. All of us have directly, or indirectly, been affected by cancer – you inspire hope and perseverance. In addition, everyone wants to be the best they can be (a peak performer if you will) – you let the audience know what it takes to maximize the value and power of their own potential, determination, preparation and yes, even failures! While your story itself was very inspiring, you did not stop there. You took this motivational session to a whole other level (motivation squared!). Alan, it was obvious that you took the time to REALLY understand our business, the challenges we face, the success we have, and where we want to go. You were able to parallel your message to our mission, and that is what made this an absolute HOME RUN! I cannot thank you enough for helping me make this year’s North American Sales Conference one of the best ever over the last 120 years.
Michael J. Higgins, Senior Vice President, Hussmann Corporation, Bridgeton, MO
We engaged Alan to speak with a fairly diverse audience of Leadership, Sales, and Operations teams at our annual meeting. He was a big hit! The first thing one notices with Alan is his passion, customer focus, and intense preparation for a successful event. He was inquisitive, insightful, and able to tie his experiences and message with what is relevant in our business. His delivery was outstanding. He connected with the audience and delivered a powerful, funny, emotional, and inspiring message.
Phil Crescenzo, Executive Director, Melaleuca, Inc., Buena, NJ
You hit it out of the park with your outstanding presentation at our 3rd Annual Cancer College event! We truly appreciated the time you took to customize your presentation for us and couldn’t have asked for more. You really blew us away when you incorporated our “Patient Passport” into your presentation. I was amazed that the passport, which you had only heard about the day before on our brief hospital tour, made the stage with you. You knew us very well. We have heard nothing but rave reviews!” – Stephanie M. Weirsman, Planning & Marketing, Bridgeport Hospital, Yale New Haven Health System, Bridgeport, CT “In my 18 years with Melaleuca we have had the pleasure of hearing from some of the best in the business. The list is a “who’s who” that includes Colin Powell, Les Brown, Lou Holtz and Rudy Giulani. Of all those presenters, none have come close to understanding our business model, our products and our culture as you did. As inspiring as your personal story is, and as impressive as your stage presence and delivery was, I was most impressed with your attention to the smallest details about our company. Your research and preparation definitely paid off and it showed – – in spades!
Doug Woodard, V.P., Contract Merchandising / Inside Account Management, Staples Advantage, Staples Inc., Framingham, MA.
We were all intrigued by your commitment to learn about who we are in order to weave the story of Staples into your message and your story. Like my colleague leading our other sales division, I was a little sceptical that after covering our overly complex structure, terms, acronyms, etc., that it would all be relevant when blended into your presentation. Then, like my colleague, I sat there in the audience listening in awe of your ability to use all of our terms, names, issues, challenges and opportunities and use each of them accurately and in context, in fact, in perfect context!…As our SVP of sales said in his closing remarks at the end of the meeting, he’d have bought anything that you were selling!
Henry J. Scarfo, Assistant Secretary & Managing Director of Corporate Affairs & Insurance Services, American Automobile Association, Heathrow, FL
Thank you for your unbelievable attention to detail and for giving so much of yourself at our annual meeting of CEOs. For as long as you have been speaking –over 20 years, I’ve been coordinating our annual meeting. I’ve hired many speakers over the years from all backgrounds and expertise. I’ve never had the pleasure of working with a speaker that was so willing to be accessible and genuine in his desire to learn about the audience and the purpose for which they are meeting. Then, you incorporated that information seamlessly into your presentation. Most paid speakers want just a few sound bites for their stock presentation and they come with lots of riders, do their thing, collect their money and are gone. Your approach to speaking is refreshing and it mirrors your climb if Everest – research in advance, the training and learning phase, acclimation to the environment (audience), then the climb and finally the safe return from the summit before embarking on the next challenge. As you say, it’s ‘97% preparation and the rest execution.’ You very definitely walk your talk.
Paul J. Taylor, Senior V.P., South Shore Hospital, South Weymouth, MA
Alan Hobson is unique. In my many years working with professional speakers, I have never experienced one who invested so much time learning about our mission and goals, and integrating them seamlessly and repeatedly into his presentation. He would have been great without that element but, with it, he was a smash hit. I also have never left an event while participants were still in line to meet him and get his autograph. On a 10-point scale, Alan is on an 11!
Bob Sabelhaus, EVP, Director, Private Client Group Legg Mason Wood Walker, Inc., Baltimore, MD
I have never seen, ever, in my 17 years with this firm, a speaker who learned more about us before you gave the speech. It wasn’t just a cursory level of understanding. It went well below the surface. You went out of your way to understand not only our industry, but our firm.
Gregory C. Franks, Regional Managing Director Mid-Atlantic Region, Merrill Lynch, Baltimore MD
…it was a terrific evening. Your message of dedication, perseverance and mental toughness was right on target for our employees and the way you customized the presentation made it even more meaningful. Everyone in the room was astounded with the amount of insight and knowledge you possessed about our business and their roles. It showed you cared enough to invest the time to learn about them and it also allowed you to draw similarities between your experience and the challenges they face every day. Thanks again Alan for sharing your message of hope and triumph, it energized us all to focus our efforts and go forward as a team to accomplish our goals this year and beyond!
Andrew Komjathy, VP Sales, Alkermes Inc., a global biopharmaceutical company focused on mental health, Waltham, MA
Your story and message were incredibly inspiring but what really caught everyone’s attention was how exceptionally well you seamlessly incorporated our business challenges, large and small, into your presentation. In my 30 years in our business, your talk ranks up there at the top.