Speaker Thesis

Most presentations are duds. Some presenters are great. Some content is compelling. But all too rare is that session where the two come together to inform, inspire and excite. And, unfortunately, that’s because all too few presenters focus on uncovering real insights (vs. restatement of facts) and on developing a unique, compelling point of view.

In every Key Note presentation I do, that’s my goal: to tell a compelling story about people, business and brands – one that has a story arc, one that taps into human emotion, but that also is laden with proof points and facts, one that inspires attendees to think and act differently. Perhaps, even, to become a Challenger themselves. But, don’t take my word for it. See what others have said. Or watch me on stage below. And then, feel free to invite me to your event.

Speaking Engagements – what I do

Conferences should be places to fuse ideas, become radically inspired and perfect your craft. As well as places to network and practice your drinking skills.

I specialize in designing and delivering high-impact Keynote presentations about Challenger Brands for audiences of all sizes, from 10 to 10,000. Presentations that entertain, inform and catalyze thinking and action. If you are looking for a speaker who reads from his notes, talks to bullet points on slides or recounts his life story, don’t hire me.

If you want your attendees laughing, crying, taking notes and tweeting about the conference content, then find out more here.

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Speaker endorsements

Julian has consistently been one of our top ranked and most requested speakers at our CMO Leadership Forums. His deep brand expertise, passion for his topics and eloquent presentation style make him a fantastic keynote presenter. Julian is a true thought-leader and we highly recommend him.

Tyler Lettich, Content Director, Argyle Executive Forum

Julian has a unique ability to keep audiences captivated by combining a visible passion for brands with insightful case stories and a witty sense of humor. I’ve seldom heard our attendees being so immersed in a session as when Julian comes to speak on stage. His presentations are artfully done and provide key actionable take-aways.

Judy May Karsting, Director, iMedia

Having run some of the biggest conferences in the marketing and advertising worlds for more than a decade, I am a harsh judge of speakers and a tough audience to impress. Julian delivers that rare combination of insightful, well thought out content with a sparkling, entertaining and memorable presentation style. Julian’s keynotes are designed to inspire, educate and leave audiences wanting more – which is all I ever ask for.

Susan McDermid, CEO, The Ascendent Group

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Diamonds not Duds: The Challenger Presentation.

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