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turn_BWI have been speaking in public forums for nearly two decades. At grad school, I worked as a teaching assistant for three of my four semesters. Yeah, I had to convince a bunch of college sophomores that 19th-century English labor economics was interesting–on Friday mornings, no less.

Talk about a tough crowd.

After grad school, I started teaching classes and leading workshops as part of my job. While I worked in corporate HR at CapitalOne, I was the go-to guy for performance-management seminars and new-hire sexual harassment training. At Merck and Lawson Software, I taught clients and other consultants how to use different applications, perform upgrades, and the like.

Since 1995, I have given nearly 300 talks, speeches, presentations, and workshops to approximately 20,000 people on three continents and in eight countries, including Canada, Mexico, South Korea, Brazil, and Argentina.

Over the past five years, I have effectively changed careers–even though I continue to work for myself. Up until 2008, I worked almost exclusively as an enterprise system consultant. Beginning in 2009, I began the move to writing, keynote speaking, and thought leadership. In the process, I have spoken at plenty of universities, companies, associations, private events, and public conferences.

There is no such thing as a boring topic. There are only boring speakers.

These days, I speak about a bouillabaisse of topics, usually book-related. I don’t write short books and, at least for me, a talk is never about a single, narrow subject. I don’t give boilerplate presentations to my clients. I work with them ahead of the event to ensure that I’m speaking about what they want–and, often just as important, avoiding what they don’t.

My most recent talks have focused on Big Data, data visualization, emerging technologies, current and future trendsplatforms, and the folly of predictions. (While not all of my talks have been recorded, a decent smattering is available on this page’s “Watch” tab.)

2014 Plans

This year, I will be speaking frequently about data visualization and The Visual Organization. As part of my book tour, I have spoken at eBay, Netflix, Tableau, ZapposAutodesk, Carnegie Mellon University, Platfora, and other well-regarded organizations and conferences.





  • Zappos

  • Harvard Business Review Live Webinar on Big Data

  • iMedia Summit

  • Autodesk Talk on The Visual Organization

  • Collabworks Keynote on The Visual Organization

  • HigherEdLive Google Hangout on Big Data

  • Speaking at NAB on The Visual Organization

  • Platfora Q&A on The Visual Organization and Big Data

  • eBay Talk on The Visual Organization

  • Netflix Talk on The Visual Organization

  • Keynoting the Optum Life Science Forum

  • Keynoting the VISTA Expo & Symposium

  • CNBC Appearance on Big Data Download

  • Innocentive Webinar: Big Data and Open Innovation

  • Downtown Podcast

  • Keynote: Management in the Age of the Platform

  • NBC Appearance

  • Events with videos contain a black camera icon on the right.

    Zappos

    August 13, 2014. 11:30 a.m.
    Las Vegas, NV

    I’ll be speaking about The Visual Organization.

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    SXSW V2V 2014

    July 15, 2014. Time: 3:20 pm
    Las Vegas, NV

    I’ll be speaking about the folly of expert predictions.

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    iMedia Summit

    May 5, 2014, 10:15 am to 10:35 am
    Austin, TX

    Understanding the collision between Big Data and advertising.

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    Edison Ventures 3rd Annual CEO Summit

    June 18, 2014, 1:15 to 3:30 pm
    Borgata Water Club, Atlantic City, NJ

    I will be keynoting Edison Ventures’ 3rd Annual CEO Summit.

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    Harvard Business Review Live Webinar on Big Data

    June 13, 2014, 12:00 pm
    Manhattan, NY

    I will be talking about my last two books at this live event.

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    Turn.com Conference

    May 8, 2014, 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
    San Francisco, CA

    Understanding the collision between Big Data and advertising.

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    Minitex Interlibrary Loan Conference

    May 6, 2014, 9:00 am to 10:30 pm
    Saint Paul, MN

    I’ll be talking about Big Data and its past, present, and future.

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    Platfora Q&A on The Visual Organization and Big Data

    April 3, 2014 - 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    San Francisco, CA

    My interview with VP Peter Shlampp about the state of Big Data and data visualization.

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    Speaking at NAB on The Visual Organization

    April 8, 2014 - 9:00 am - 9:20 am
    Las Vegas, NV

    A 20-minute chat about the importance of visualization in an era of Big Data.

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    HigherEdLive Google Hangout on Big Data

    April 8, 2014 - 10:00 am - 11:00 am
    Las Vegas, NV

    A 60-minute chat about Big Data and examples from my previous two books.

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    All Events

    Here's what my clients say about my speaking abilities.

    Phil is an engaging speaker with the rare ability to make what may seem dry and complex topics both compelling and entertaining.

    –Joris Evers, Netflix, Vice President, Head of Communications for Europe

    Phil is an enthusiastic, engaging, and funny speaker. He talks about data like a critic about art. He compels you to think about and see the world in a brand new way. He was a pleasure to host and have on the Zappos Campus. He didn't even get mad when pelted with a water balloon.

    —Amelia Pond, Zappos

    Phil has that rare skill as a speaker to distill the complex to more tactical and strategic thinking so his presentations aren't only entertaining but are also operational. A rare gift for the modern business audience.

    –Lori H. Schwartz, Managing Partner, StoryTech™

    When I go to a talk based on a book I've read, I have high expectations; the talk had better go beyond the book and into the realm of critical conversation. Phil Simon nailed it this week. Super content, engagement with the specific audience, bravo!

    –Professor Terri L. Griffith, Ph.D. Chair, Management Department, Santa Clara University

    Phil gave a wonderful presentation. All of the attendees loved it and are very excited about his latest book.

    –Amit Jain, eBay, Manager Business Intelligence Platform

    In a word, awesome.

    –Julie Tulipane Stalknecht, Senior VP, Membership and Marketing, NMHC

    Phil has performed exceptionally well in two different capacities for us and we have already engaged him for a third event. As a speaker he is excellent. He's not arrogant but obviously very current with the technology trends affecting our markets. It is very valuable to have Phil exercise your team using his lens. He is very straightforward and clear in his communication style.

    –Jay Jordan, President and CEO, OCLC, Inc.

    Engaging, knowledgeable, and likeable. Phil left our professional audience armed with new knowledge and smiling.

    –Clinton Bonner, Vice President, Marketing, TopCoder

    Phil’s kick-off presentation on The Age of the Platform at PostalVision 2020/2.0 Conference hit the bull’s eye. It proved to be a powerful and provocative approach to a highly stimulating discussion. Like his books, Phil is convincing, inspiring, and relevant to any industry.

    –John Callan, Conference Organizer, Postal Vision 2020

    Phil knocked it out of the park. He was engaging, confident, knowledgeable, and passionate. I highly recommend Phil and can’t wait to work with him again.

    –Steve Bonadio, VP Marketing, InnoCentive, Inc.

    Phil Simon is a rockstar. He's funny, engaging, and incredibly smart; he easily breaks down abstract concepts for widely varied audiences in a way that is both exciting and valuable. I'd rush to hire him again.

    –Clair Byrd, Director of Content, Scoop.it

    Phil Simon is an energetic speaker that makes complex thoughts easy to understand. He brought clarity to the subject of platforms and gave people a new way to look at them. He kept the audience engaged and his keynote received positive feedback and reviews.

    –Kate Gaylord, Director of Communications, OCLC

    Phil Simon captivated dozens of members at the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. Phil's knowledge about technology and social media will delight any audience. He is interesting, unique, and extremely passionate about what he does.

    –Angela Kubisky, VP, Morris County NJ Chamber of Commerce

    Here’s a downloadable one-page document that provides an overview on my speaking practice.

    Click here to download this document.

    You should hire me. Now. I’m serious.


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    With very rare exceptions, I charge for my talks. If Charlie Rose or Jimmy Fallon wants me to be on his show, I’m not about to send him an invoice.

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