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I 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 labor economics in 19th-century England was interesting–on Friday mornings, no less.
After grad school, I started teaching classes and giving workshops as part of my job. While I worked in corporate HR at CapitalOne, I was the go-to guy for 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 in eight countries and on three continents.
Over the past five years, I have shifted from enterprise system consulting to writing and thought leadership. To that end, I have spoken at many colleges and universities, companies, associations, private events, and public conferences.
These days, I speak about a bouillabaisse of topics. 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 avoiding what they don’t.
My most recent talks have focused on Big Data, emerging technologies, current and future trends, platforms, and the folly of predictions. In 2014, I suspect that I’ll speak a great deal about data visualization and The Visual Organization.
Watch some more featured ones below or go to my featured Vimeo channel.
Click here to see a list of my scheduled and prior events.
Here are few testimonials from my recent gigs.
“Phil’s great presentation has already changed the way many of us think about VISTA and its strategy.”
–Rick Marshall, Founder & Executive Director, VISTA Expertise Network
“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.
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