Public speaking for agencies, conferences, corporate events (and all sorts of things where the organizer would like their audience not to be bored) is not just a significant part of our business, but one of our favorite types of work at Genius Steals.
We've spoken at Google, Mashable, IAB [Spain, Mexico, USA, Norway, Sweden], ADC, SXSW, TEDx, Microsoft, Social Fresh, The Wave Festival in Brazil, 3M, Subway, Coca-Cola, Ogilvy, VML, OMD, The Guardian and many, many others.
We've even appeared in a few television programs, such as BBC Modern Masters [about Warhol and branding] and The Day Before Tomorrow [lots of topics about the near future], and one theatrically released documentary: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold [which we also consulted on].
When it comes to life, but especially moments of life when we find ourselves standing on stage in front of others, we ascribe to Kurt Vonnegut's point of view:
Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted. - Kurt Vonnegut
Glossophobia is the fear of public speaking, but also all speaking really, which, when you thinking about it, is because all speaking that scares people is a bit public because it tends to not mean talking to yourself, which is why a fear of public speaking is more commonly a symptom of broader social anxieties.
It is the number one fear Americans have is public speaking, above heights, zombies, clowns and death.
This seems interesting, since evolutionary pressure would suggest we should be more afraid of things that we know could kill us [zombies] than things that we know can't [giving presentations] but perhaps it's more that evolutionary dispositions work over the long term odds.
Since we're super-social and rely on groups to be useful for hunting and surviving and that, social fears about inclusion overweight more random dangers. Embarrassment could be highly adaptive if it prevented your ancestors being rejected from the group for long enough for them to procreate.
But because it's the number one fear, speakers are relatively scarce, and good speakers are rarer still.
We love speaking and we love traveling [since we live on the road] so it's a perfect fit for us.
We believe it's our job to ensure the audience isn't bored if we are on stage. We speak on topics like brands, media, ideas, creativity, communication, technology, culture, content and the various interesting intersections thereof.
If you'd like testimonials or referrals, we'd be happy to connect you with past clients, who are kind enough to say things like:
"Having a conference? Skip the pens & hire Genius Steals. It will be your smartest investment." - Marketing Manager, Microsoft