Four Explosive Speakers That Light Up Any Event!

As Independence Day approaches, Americans everywhere will be donning their finest patriotic attire, grilling burgers and hotdogs, and having a grand ol’ time with their friends and families. They may also be setting off large arsenals of fireworks!

As a tribute to the Fourth of July, here are four “explosive” speakers who know how to “light up” a crowd!


Former NBA player Walter Bond has developed himself both as an athlete and as an individual. In eight years of professional basketball, he learned how his actions affect himself and others and how to reach peak performance through repetition and paying attention to details. By staying determined and passionate about his goals, Bond became a successful basketball player and wants to share his wisdom with professionals in all fields.



Known as “America’s Breakthrough Coach,” former swimming coach Brian Biro is a leadership and team building guru. Biro lead a team of over 275 competitive swimmers, one of the largest private swim teams in the country at the time. After coaching his team to perennial national recognition, he won the United States Swimming National Coaching Excellence award. He has also written nine books, including Beyond Success! being a bestseller on Amazon. His energy and enthusiasm have aided him throughout his speaking career.


A master of persuasion and influence, Sally Hogshead has been integral in helping people develop their self-awareness. After researching hundreds of thousands of people, she created a personality assessment that indicates how others perceive individuals. This innovative tool along with her infectious personality led to her induction into the Speaker Hall of Fame, the speaker industry’s highest honor.


CNN on-air commentator Mel Robbins has captivated audiences everywhere by inspiring both business and personal growth. Her popular TEDx Talk, “How To Stop Screwing Yourself Over” has over 3 million views worldwide. Her bestselling book on the brain and productivity, “Stop Saying You’re Fine”, has also been released in four languages. Her experience and professional credentials have made her a premier motivational speaker.



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Shark TANK vs Shark WEEK! Who’s More Ferocious!


636018624626245357-2035966635_shark weekThe Discovery Channel’s highly anticipated annual summer event, started last Sunday night. It is a variety of shows on some of the most frightening creatures who swim the sea.

As the Discovery Channel begins showcasing different kinds of sharks, oceans across America are filled with people who may be eyeing the water a little more suspiciously!

We also want to help identify what sharks to watch for, within the deep dark scary… business world!

But there is nothing to fear, the sharks we are describing are on ABC’s hit show, Shark Tank. And though they may be some of the most ferocious business people and entrepreneurs — these sharks, only attack each other for a chance to invest in business owners who showcase original ideas.

These sharks have swam in the world’s most hostile waters and came out unscathed, they are inspirations to all audiences, especially: potential leaders and business people. Outside of the shark tank, they are some of the top business keynote speakers. Their background stories serve as testimonials of success built purely from hard work.

Barbara CorcoraSharkTank-1 copyn founded Corcoran Group and is the Chairman of Barbara Corcoran, Inc. School was not her top priority as she rarely received higher than D grades in high school and college. She also had worked 20 jobs before turning 24. Fortunately, she turned her life around and turned a $1,000 loan into a multi-billion dollar real estate business.

Daymond John is the founder of the wildly successful street wear brand, FUBU (“For Us By Us”). His brand tapped into a market unknown by previous clothing brands and paved the way for other similar brands to be successful in a new market. As FUBU grew, so did its popularity as rapper LL Cool J and other celebrities began rocking the brand. He has received numerous marketing awards and is a highly respected fashion icon.

Robert Herjavec arrived to the United States on a boat with his parents while they were escaping Communism from former Yugoslavia. After creating his own computer company in his parent’s basement, he became an entrepreneur building and selling IT companies to industry giants such as AT&T. He also founded the successful Herjavec Group in 2003 and is a bestselling author of multiple books.

Jewelry and accessory entrepreneur Lori Greiner has sold her products internationally on her QVC TV series, Clever & Unique Creations, and has been featured in magazines like InStyle and O, The Oprah Magazine. Greiner wrote her first book, Invent It, Sell It, Bank It, in 2014 and enjoys helping promising entrepreneurs reach their fullest potential.

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We recently noticed a trend of clients requesting this speaker who we haven’t booked yet. Their interest reignited ours and led us to the question…



Chad Porter is a keynote and inspirational speaker from North Carolina.

As an adolescent, he was a successful student, athlete, and the president of his ninth grade class. His ultimate goal was to be a professional athlete.

However at only 15 years old, he experienced a life-changing event while water skiing with the Ski Heels stunt team at Tucker Lake near Raleigh, NC. On that day, Porter was wading to shore when one of the team’s boats was accidentally shifted into reverse at full speed mangling his legs. His right leg was salvaged through many surgeries. His left leg was amputated at the knee.

Although he was at first devastated, Porter was determined to show that he could still live a great life despite his tragic injuries!

After much physical therapy and support from his family and friends, he learned how to walk again and even played on his high school’s basketball and football teams.

While attending the University of North Carolina Wilmington, he excelled at intramural sports with able-bodied athletes.

Today, he travels around the country to speak to children, teenagers, and adults of all ages sharing his stories of challenges, and how you can use his lessons in your own life.

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Former White House Official Laura Schwartz Goes Live on Facebook!

Last friday, Screen%20Shot%202016-06-20%20at%201.14.26%20PMformer White House director of events, motivational speaker, and author — Laura Schwartz, was interviewed on Facebook Live. Our Sheldon Senek briefly sat down with her addressing topics such as: volunteering, networking, leadership, and even the 2016 Presidential election:

  • Laura spoke about her work as an intern at the White House answering phones while studying at American University for a semester. She reiterated how important it was for her to volunteer and take initiative in and out of the workplace.
  • She sees networking as a large factor in how others accomplish tasks and achieve greatness in their lives. Laura goes on to say, “when we network, we build those bridges. We help others and that is what it is about!”
  • As a professional speaker and former political official, Schwartz sees great leaders as those who surround themselves with diverse groups of people with different ideas and world views than your own. She also uses this idea in her own life as well.
  • Lastly, she debriefed her view on the state of the presidential election race and how the political process is unfolding now and how it will proceed throughout this year. With all of the attention surrounding the candidates, Schwartz believes it is important to notice what “person” each candidate is trying to be. Television advertisements are an example of where to look for these “persons.”



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Help Mallory Brown Celebrate her 30th Birthday in a GOOD way!

All Mallory Brown wants for her birthday is $30,000…

for her CrowdRise 24- Hour Impact Project where she will educate and train women so they can start their own business in Chapa, Ethiopia. Mallory’s inspiring TEDTalk is titled “How to Save the World before You’re 30,” and today she is taking a big step closer to that dream.

HugShe turned 30 this past Sunday, and today she launches her latest pop-up fundraiser. Her goal is to raise $30,000 to change the lives of 30 impoverished women in a village in Chapa.

We asked Mallory Brown a couple of questions to know a little more about the project. These were her answers:

Q1: In your CrowdRise project, what type of businesses will the women in Chapa be opening?

  • “The 30 women of Chapa have divided themselves into 3 groups and will be starting 3 different types of businesses. Ten women will raise livestock, breeding and caring for farm animals to sell their products in the market. Ten women will open a mill house and process raw grains from the harvest into sellable food products. The final ten women will open their own beauty salon and barber shop providing hair cuts to men and women in the village.”

Q2: Why do you consider Ethiopia your favorite country? Is it because of a specific experience? If so can you please describe and/or explain?

  • “When I first visited Ethiopia in 2012, it instantly became my favorite country in Africa.  I’ll never forget my first day in this country, seeing woman carrying water on their heads and families herding cattle. Wild cows and goats crowded the streets, and people were everywhere.  I thought, THIS is Africa!  Dirt roads led me on a road trip through lush green mountains covered in a scattering a of mud huts.  I almost felt like I had stepped back in time. Ethiopia is more visibly in need than many developing countries but also more welcoming. Ethiopia is over populated, but the locals are friendly and happy. Kids run next to our cars and everyone shakes our hands to greet is. There is a sense of calm in the chaos…and I love it.”

Q3: You run flash fundraisers that engage donors in full circle philanthropy. How do these experiences translate to your corporate keynote presentations?

  • “My flash fundraisers are a very interactive experience. I want my donors to see the need first hand and feel like they are on the ground me. My keynote presentations have the same goal. I play videos, show photos, and tell stories to captivate my audience and transport them out of their seats and into a slum in Haiti…or a village in Cambodia. I believe that true change comes from emotion…and providing an immersive experience for my audience invites them to care about my cause.”

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Meet the Men of Eagles Talent, Who we Continue to Celebrate!

Yesterday was Father’s Day: a celebration honoring fathers, fatherhood, paternal bonds and the influence of fathers in the United States. This annual occasion, exist to acknowledge daily contributions fathers make in the lives of their children. 

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  • There are about 152 million males in the United States. Of these, 70.1 million (46%) are fathers.
  • Over 87 million cards are sent each year on Father’s Day, making it the 4th most popular day for sending cards.
  • The world’s oldest “Father’s Day card” is a 4,000-year-old Babylonian tablet that a young boy named Elmesu carved to wish his father a long life and good health.
  • According to the National Fatherhood Initiative, a highly involved father has a great positive impact on a child’s life, and research shows that more father-child contact within the first 10 years leads to kids with fewer behavioral problems and high marks on reading achievement tests.

We at Eagles Talent are fortunate to work with a great group of men who are all proud dads. Over the years we have seen their children grow and enjoyed stories of their kids accomplishments (both big and small!) It is clear they play a big part in the lives of their kids, and also do so at Eagles. For over 35 years, they have been key contributing factors to our companies continued success!

In 1988, Gil Eagles was one of the 2 founders for Eagles Talent Speakers Bureau! He has not only managed to be an exceptional mentalist and an inspirational speaker but also became an exceptional dad to his son Jordan.

kidsanddadAnother inspiring father at Eagles Talent is Sheldon Senek. He’s the Executive Vice President who helps to shape the vision of our company along side Gil and Esther Eagles. Sheldon has two wonderful children, Josephine “The Bean,” and Sheldon III aka “S3.”

64575_10203151587564444_8448969246034946508_nAnd finally, one of our coolest dads is definitely our Steve Ruskin! He has been part of Eagles Talent for over 15 years, is a Vice President of the Sales Team, and has been a caring father for over 35 years to his three amazing children: Allison, Graham, and Melanie!


Our Eagles Team of fathers has a combined total of over 100 years of “dad experience,” and around 75 years with a speakers bureau. These men not only play a big part at home, but also here at Eagles. And we wanted to take the time to say…

Thank you: Gil, Sheldon, Bill, and Steve!

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Mallory Brown Helps Us Celebrate International Day of the African Child with Education

For most of us in the United States, being educated is expected, and basically a requirement if you want to be successful in any field. Unfortunately, there are people around the world who have difficulty simply affording an education — especially African children, who have been struggling with this issue for years!

Brandon-business-main-artInterestingly enough, today is International Day for the African Child, which is celebrated every year on June 16 to honor those involved in the 1976 Soweto uprising protests. This day is primarily for spreading awareness of needed improvement in education for African children.

When we talk of spreading awareness, one name that immediately comes to mind is social entrepreneur, and philanthropist Mallory Brown. She not only supports African youth by donating her time to helping them learn and grow, but brings that message back to the corporate world!

Brown is the founder of World Clothes Line, which is a “buy 1, give 1” apparel company which helps donate money for clothes for the less fortunate worldwide. She has also been to 22 countries for philanthropic missions.

imgres-3Brown has appeared on The Today Show and featuredin the New York Times, Crain’s Detroit Business, the Huffington Post, and Ambassador Magazine.  She has been sponsored by Ford Motor Company, Zappos, Moosejaw Mountaineering, CreateMyTee, and Meijer.  At TedxDetroit in 2015, Brown unveiled her new philanthropic mission in a talk called “How to Save the World Before You’re 30,” which you may view here.

She is currently in Ethiopia celebrating her 30th birthday with a pop up fundraiser where she hopes to raise $30,000 for 30 women to start their own businesses!

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Learn How to Change Your Workplace with 7 Questions from Jones Loflin

Change is natural.  Whether it be physically or mentally, we all change at some point in our lives. However, some people are more resistant to change than others, which could lead to disagreements and a halt or decrease in productivity. Jones Loflin outlines these points in his article, “Seven Questions To Ask When Others Won’t Change.”

imgresSeven Questions To Ask When Others Won’t Change

By Jones Loflin

Innovative Yet Practical Solutions

In the book Who Moved My Cheese?, there is a moment in the story when the character known as Haw makes the difficult decision to leave his friend Hem behind because he isn’t willing to change.

Having delivered training on the book countless times, I still find it one of the most compelling questions about change… when do you know it’s time to leave those behind who aren’t willing to change?

If you’re looking for an answer to that specific question, you won’t find it in this article. There are just so many variables involved and to offer an answer without knowing your situation would be dangerous.

A better line of questioning, I think, revolves around why they aren’t changing. What’s behind their unwillingness to adjust attitudes or behaviors?

If you are currently working (or living) with someone who doesn’t want to get on board with a change, reflect on your answers to the following seven questions:

1. Have I made the case for change based on their personal interests, passions, and desired


Just because you see the need for change based on your needs and interests doesn’t mean they see

things with the same filters. Reflect on what makes them tick… and ticks them off. Be as specific as

possible about how the change will allow them to move forward with what’s most important to


2. Have I shown them how to close the gap between where they are now and where I want

them to be?

While you have the confidence to move through the change, they may not share your positive

thoughts. What specifically will they need to do differently to achieve success with the change? How

much time/training will it require? Even if someone is neutral about a change initiative, they may

resist because they are already working at capacity and see no room to add anything to their plate.

A secondary question related to the gap is, “Have I given them a clear path to move through the

change and be successful?”

3. Have I acknowledged the losses as well as the gains in the change?

People have a stronger emotional connection to what they are going to lose than to what they will

gain when things are changing. Failing to be transparent about the potential losses only serves to

build resistance. And dig deeper about what they are losing to see why it’s so important to them.

Seek to highlight how these elements are present in a successful change outcome.

4. Have I given them the resources they need to change?

Time, training, space (physical and/or mental), feedback, and mentors are all examples of resources

needed to move through change. Think about significant changes you have made in your work or life.

There was something or someone that helped you move through the change more efficiently or


5. Do we have the right leaders in place?

Communication is critical when leading people through change. If you have leaders who have a “Get

on board or else” mentality or who aren’t equipped to work with the varied personalities on their

team, they may be creating additional resistance in members of your organization.

6. Does our organization have a positive track record when it comes to change?

If people see change as the “flavor of the month” and see leaders talk about change but not take any

productive actions, why should they? If your organization has a history of failed change initiatives,

take extra measures to communicate why things are different this time. And make this time different.

7. Are we rewarding milestones AND inch pebbles?

Those you see as resisting change may actually be making slow progress, but if their leaders aren’t

acknowledging it, they may be thinking, “Why bother?” Identify what small progress looks like and

train your leaders (and yourself) to recognize and reward it to keep people moving toward the major

outcomes desired from the change.

In this same vein, ensure that you are encouraging people to take risks and that it’s okay to fail. Raise

the consequences too high for those trying to take the first step in the right direction, and they will be

content to stay where they are.

After finding the answers to these questions, you’ll probably recognize some steps you can take to

better connect with those team members resisting change. And not be forced to leave the “Hems”


Jones Loflin is a global keynote speaker on innovative yet practical workplace challenges and

opportunities specific to the critical needs in today’s marketplace. He is the author of several

books, including the award-winning, Juggling Elephants. Jones is a leader in solutions for

individuals, groups and businesses dealing with lack of engagement, satisfaction and

retention and all the tools to support balanced, productive lives.

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Laura Schwartz and Eagles Talent are Orlando United on World Blood Donor Day!

Philanthropy makes the world a better place in general. It brings people, even complete strangers, together for a common cause. Whether that cause be to eradicate a disease, assist in the aftermath of a tragedy, or raise money for a fundraiser, even the smallest amount of help goes a long way.

imgres-1Speaker, author, and philanthropist Laura Schwartz exemplifies what helping others is about. The former Director of Events for the Clinton Administration has donated her time and generosity to many causes. Schwartz even gave the funds she received from writing a Chicago Sun-Times article to Clean the World in 2012. She is also heavily involved with the American Heart Association as an advocacy board member. In addition, she runs the association’s Go Red Luncheons and Chicago Heart Walks. She has worked with the United Way and the YWCA as well.

Philanthropy has also literally given people life throughout history. As a result of the recent and tragic Orlando shooting, blood has been in high demand for victims of the attack. Fortunately, hundreds of people nationwide have been stepping up and donating their blood in the hope of saving a person’s life. And like many of us, Laura Schwartz was shocked and saddened when hearing about this horrific tragedy. She has since posted multiple messages of support on her twitter page, and sends her prayers to all who were affected by the Orlando attack.

imgresInterestingly, today, June 14, is World Blood Donor Day. The event, established in 2004, serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products, and to thank blood donors for their voluntary, life-saving gifts of blood.

Roughly 108 million donations from around the world are collected with half of them coming from high-income countries. To put it in the perspective of an impoverished nation, donations from only 1% of the world’s population can supply an entire nation’s basic blood needs, according to the World Health Organization.

The American Red Cross states that someone in the United States needs blood “EVERY TWO SECONDS!”

Nearly 36,000 red blood cell units, 7,000 units of platelets and 10,000 units of plasma are needed every day in this country.

ribbon-smallIf you would like to donate blood to the victims of Orlando or to anyone else, you can find the nearest American Red Cross drive or event in your area here.

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Eagles Talent Went Live with Phil Gwoke on Generational Diversity

Last Monday, generational expert and keynote speaker Phil Gwoke was interviewed live on our Facebook page, by our own Ari Frangias at our South Orange, N.J. headquarters. With his relaxed and kind demeanor, he explained the importance of bridging generational gaps and how it can affect various environment.

 UntitledQ:  How would you define a generational expert?

A:  “A generational expert is someone who has taken the time to study what makes a generation who they are and more importantly why.  I think with this subject, everyone has an opinion on what generations mean.  Everyone is from a generation.  Everyone is born a certain time, so that is something we all share in common.  As an expert, what I try to do is understand some of the nuances from one generation to the next and what took place to shape that generation and what its personalities are.”


Q:  You said everyone is from a generation.  What are some of your generational labels?

A: “The label that people hear the most about are millennials.  Depending on exactly who you look at, millennials are currently aged roughly 21-36 years old.  Young professionals and young adults would be millennials.  The generation that came before them is called Generation X.  Generation X right now is aged 37-51 years old.  I am a “Generation X’er.”  Then, prior to them were the Baby Boomers who are currently aged 52 to roughly 68-69 years old. Before the Baby Boomers were what we would refer to as the traditionalists or the “silent” generation.  The big question is who is coming up after the millennials.”


Q:  What would you consider the generation coming up now?

A:  “As far as a label for the generation after millennials, history has not exactly decided what they are going to be called yet.  You can Google it and find many names.  The most common name is “Generation Z,” which is kind of like a follow-up to Generation X, then Generation Y, then Z.  They have even began to label the generation after Generation Z as “Generation AA,” but those labels are like placeholders.  Some call them “centennials” or Generation Edge.”


Q:  I know that you have used the term “generational collision” before.  Can you share an example of how this takes place in the workforce?

A:  “Absolutely! There are lots of them.  I would say probably one of the most common collisions would be in work ethic.  For the first time in history, you have four generations in the workplace. Life expectancy is pushed back and people are loving their jobs so they are working longer.  The predominant generations in the workforce today right now are the millennials, Generation X, and the Baby Boomers.”


Q:  Do you think there are any best ways to avoid generational collision or is it something that is too hard to avoid?

A:  “I think understanding is key with anything. I think they come up naturally. I cannot anticipate every frustrating situation that is going to come up across generations. What I try to do is build that “why” and that empathy so that if you understand some general “why’s,” you can apply it to your unique situation. I help my audiences understand what key factors shaped that generation’s personality.”


Q:  Do you have a target audience?

A:  “No. My background for 20 years has been working with young people, but I would say my target audience now is people. I am intrigued at where people are at and what makes them tick across every level. I have worked specifically on helping that transition from adolescence into adulthood in a variety of different ways.”


Q:  How does your message translate to a corporate audience?

A: “The clients I present to want some return on their investment. One aspect I speak on is building stronger cohesion within the team. The other aspect is how you can better understand the generations being marketed to. In a corporate world, we help improve their productivity.”


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