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Here’s what a few of my clients say about my speaking abilities.

Featured Testimonials

Joris Evers

Netflix, Vice President, Head of Communications for Europe

Lori H. Schwartz

Managing Partner, StoryTech™

Julie Tulipane Stalknecht

Senior VP, Membership and Marketing, National Multifamily Housing Council

Clinton Bonner

Vice President, Marketing, TopCoder

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

“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.”

“In a word, awesome.”

“Engaging, knowledgeable, and likable. Phil left our professional audience armed with new knowledge and smiling.”

“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

Dynamic
Provocative

“Phil Simon’s own desire to be open and connected with the audience strengthens his ability to come across as and be the most authentic speaker and storyteller. Phil is passionate about his message and has identified ways to connect a diverse and wide-range audience to one common topic.

—Danielle Gilbertson, Account Executive, Edelman Public Relations

“Phil is a phenomenal speaker. I saw him in 2014 at the SAS Global Forum Executive Conference. He captured my attention from the first word to the last. He has a mastery of his subject, and expertly weaves in modern-day references to help audience members relate more closely to the topic. I would attend any presentation he gave.

–Shelley Sessoms, Acquisitions Editor, SAS Press

Funny

Awesome

Phil is able to convey a lot of well-organized information in a way that enlightens and entertains the audience, leaving them more informed and providing them with interesting ideas and perspectives to ponder further.

—Anne Milley, Sr. Director Analytics Strategy, JMP at SAS

“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 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’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 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

Knowledgeable

“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

“The term thought leader is thrown around a lot and often appended to popular speaker’s list of accomplishments. What you really want out of a thought leader is someone who leads knowledge-thirsty professionals to think differently about something. Phil did just that at our annual user conference, Collabosphere. Phil has a genuine style our attendees raved about. The true litmus test is what people say after the speaker is done. Well, mission accomplished Phil. Our customers are still talking and debating about the value of e-mail, the right ways to communicate, and how to make sure their message is received.

—Mark Fordham, VP of Services, Central Desktop

Phil Simon is a rock star. 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

Entertaining

“Phil Simon is an entertaining and informative speaker with thoughtful insights into the rapidly changing technology driven business environment. We learned about the drivers and the players in Silicon Valley. Phil enabled our team to not only learn about online platforms and leading tech companies but to also challenge our thinking about innovation, disruption and platforms. As a result, our team has a more complete and dynamic understanding of the tech landscape which will help us better serve our customers and compete in a competitive industry.

—Mike Galvin, Vice President Nextgen, Tata Communications

Energetic

“Phil has a personable and engaging approach to speaking events. His presentation to our team was informative and fun, and we’re incredibly supportive of his efforts to champion smarter communications in business.

–Jodi Sorensen, Director of Marketing Communications, Smartsheet

“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.

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