There is no such thing as a boring topic—only a boring speaker.
Phil is able to distill the complex to more tactical and strategic thinking, making his presentations not only entertaining but also operational.—Lori H. Schwartz, Managing Partner, StoryTech™
Dynamic, provocative, intelligent, and highly informative perspectives on today’s most critical business and technology issues.
I have spoken about dozens of different management- and technology-related topics throughout my career. This page provides descriptions of my most requested talks. I omitted the industry-specific talks that I’ve given over the years, as well as those on intelligent website design, preventing IT project failures, and effectively using social media.
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The Power of Contemporary Platforms
Understanding the most important and powerful business model of the millennium.
How to Fix Business Communication
Thanks to loads of jargon and a tsunami of e-mail, how we’re working just isn’t working anymore.
Big Data: What is it and why does it matter?
It seems to be a really big deal, but how does our organization separate the hype from the reality?
Becoming a Visual Organization
There’s so much data today. How do we actually understand it and make better business decisions?
How to Build a Culture of Analytics
What can our organization learn from the cultures of Amazon, Netflix, Google, Facebook, and more?
How can our organization quickly find meaningful insights in its data and act on them?
Emerging Technologies and Enterprise 2.0
How does our organization adopt key new technologies while avoiding the costly mistakes of the past?
What's Next? Current and Future Trends
Where is all of this technology and data taking us? How should we prepare a verty uncertain future?
The On-Demand Economy
What can our organization learn from Uber, AirBNB, TaskRabbit, and other on-demand companies?
The Folly of Expert Predictions
Why are those who theoretically should know better so frequently and spectacularly wrong?
A Few More Notes
All of my talks fuse theory and practice. I don’t lecture and “talk at” attendees. Rather, I include real-world examples of organizations doing the very things that I advocate—as well as counterexamples of what not to do. I also try to find natural points during the talk to solicit audience responses and interaction while maintaining the flow of the talk.
An effective talk should inform and provoke, but it cannot be about everything under the sun.
Third, I customize the content of my talks based on my clients’ desires and the audience. For instance, let’s say that a prospective client desires a more “advanced” or very specific discussion on a particular topic rather than an overview. That’s fine. I’m more than happy to accommodate these requests.
Finally, an effective talk cannot be about everything under the sun, something I’ve seen many times as a conference attendee. By the same token, though, it also does need to focus exclusively on a single and provincial topic. In the past, some of my clients have wanted me to mix and match subjects. This is rarely a problem. After all, the subject matter in my books tends to be very complimentary.