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Speaker AcceleratorSpeaker Accelerator Speaker AcceleratorThis event is carefully crafted to give you personalized, individual coaching, consulting and support; the best video clips you can use to start getting booked as a speaker; and the most focused, useful strategies and tools to accelerate your success as a speaker, whether you are just beginning, typically present just to your own team or industry, or are still getting paid $5,000 or less per engagement.  Our instructors are world-class and renowned in their respective fields.

NOTE: This event is exclusively intended for people whose speaking topic is or will be targeted toward corporation audiences, because 85% of all speaking revenues come from this group.

Dates: Friday, September 11 at 7 PM to Monday, September 14 at Noon Pacific

Airport: LAX


You’re a good fit for this program if:

  • You are willing to learn, grown and adapt to make yourself the best speaker you can possibly be.
  • Your topic is something business audiences need to hear to improve their skills or enthusiasm.
  • Your topic is or could be focused on the corporate market – that’s where the money is for speakers.
  • You have something valuable to share with the world.
  • You really care about people.

We believe the best speeches are authentic, powerful, and have the potential to transform the lives of your audiences.  In the words of one of the great old school trainers, “If you’re a good speaker, the audience leaves saying, ‘Wow!  That was a good speaker!’  But if you’re a GREAT speaker, the audience leaves believing they can achieve what you just suggested.”

We create great speakers.Speaker Accelerator

This is your best opportunity to become one of them.

To help you excel, you will be given access to some of the best trainers in the nation, hand-picked by Wendy Keller, a literary agent and speakers bureau owner who has trained more than 7,500 speakers. This crack team will help you hone your speech; market yourself more effectively; develop humor, charisma and grace on the platform; improve your performance, grow in confidence; and learn the inside “tricks of the trade” that differentiate an entry level speaker from a pro.  Woven throughout this interactive workshop will be marketing advice and content differentiation support specific to you and your goals. We keep the program under 20 individuals, so everyone gets ample attention.  On top of all of this, you’ll ALSO get at least 2 demo clips of you speaking in front of a live audience, on what looks like a main stage, that you can use as demo reel to showcase your new excellence to meeting planners and speakers bureaus.

The Program

Friday Evening (Optional) 

7 – 9  PM  — Reception and mixer hosted by Wendy Keller of Keller Media, Inc.  (Attendance Optional)

Saturday Schedule

9 AM – 10:30 AM — An Overview of the Speaking Business with Wendy Keller

10:30 AM – Noon  — Online Speaker Success Strategies: How to Look Big and Bookable Now with Ryan Azevedo

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM — Lunch Break  (provided)

1 PM to 5 PM — Speak like a Star with Bernie Hiller, you will be filmed by Jeff Roldan

Homework overnight – write your intro and revise your speech outline  (Dinner on your own)

Sunday Schedule

9 AM – 11 AM  — Platform Pizzazz: How to Add Humor, Charisma and Pathos with Steve Rizzo

11 AM – Noon — Practice Session I with Steve Rizzo and Wendy Keller, you will be filmed by Jeff Roldan

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM — Lunch Break (provided)

1 PM to 5 PM — Practice Session II with Steve Rizzo and Wendy Keller, you will be filmed by Jeff Roldan

(Dinner on your own)

Monday Schedule

9 AM – 11:30How to Market Yourself as a Speaker…starting today with Wendy Keller


* All times subject to slight changes

What You Will Gain From Attending:

  • A strong idea of the content of your best, most marketable speech idea that excites you to deliver with passion
  • How to outline your entire speech in a logical way and infuse it with humor
  • A rough outline of your proposed content and the order in which you might best present it based on adult learning theory
  • A written, edited, rehearsed and honed strong intro or exit 3-5 minutes in length (one of the most important components of your speech!)
  • A very clear idea of your own strengths and areas for improvement as a speaker
  • A thumb drive containing video footage of you presenting to a real audience – see your own “before and after” results
  • Knowledge on how to set your fees, market yourself and how the industry works
  • Clarity on what to do next to begin or expand your career as a well-paid, highly respected professional speaker

The Instructors


Wendy Keller – Event Director

Wendy Keller is a prominent nonfiction literary agent, responsible for +1,200 book and other rights deals worldwide, including 16 New York Times best-sellers and 7 international best-sellers.  Because the most successful authors are often also speakers, she has been helping talented people launch speaking careers since 1995. Her expertise is in comprehensive content development, organization and marketing. She has trained ~7,500 speakers and worked with the content of many of the nation’s top speakers, including 8 presidents of the National Speakers Association. www.KellerMedia.com

Ryan Azevedo (right) – Marketing Expert

Ryan Azevedo (“As-ee-VAY-dough”) specializes in making speakers, filmmakers, musicians and authors look good online. He and his team of innovative web designers, social media experts and online marketing strategists help content authorities transform their collective online presence to attract more viewers, more readers…and more meeting planners.  His work helps people sequentially, logically and precisely hone in on which aspects of their content their market is most interested in.  He will show you how to look good, get people to notice and interact with your posts online, and sort through the jumble so you can listen to your audience and refine your message – and your speech, products and book – to suit what people most want to buy from you.  www.MediaBlitzz.com

Steve Rizzo, CPAE – Platform Skills Coach, Former Touring Comedian

Steve Rizzo is a former touring comedian, working with greats such as Rodney Dangerfield, Jerry Seinfeld, Rosie O’Donnell and others.  As a hugely popular professional speaker since 1995, Steve regularly entertains and inspires audiences all over the country.  His ability to help emerging speakers think through their content and then infuse it with just the right amount of humor makes him an invaluable asset in the development of your speech.  People love to learn while they’re laughing.  Even if you think you’re not funny  – or your topic is quite serious – being able to make people laugh a little makes them more attentive to your speech, increases your charisma and likability, and induces meeting planners to prefer your performance.  Steve is a recipient of the prestigious CPAE award, one of only 428 people in the world.  This is the highest award that can be conferred on professional speakers. (Sort of like the Nobel prize or the Pulitzer.)  Steve’s own ability to be funny yet powerful is stunning to observe, but his ability to help you find the humor in your own message and then deliver it with panache will quickly help you become a preferred choice on the speaking circuit.  www.SteveRizzo.com

Bernard HillerBernard Hiller — Acting Trainer to the Stars

Bernie’s exceptional gift is to see the spark, the glow, the uniqueness inside a performer and help them become a star speaker. It will change the way you see yourself.  He has started the career of Cameron Diaz, he has worked with Leonardo DiCaprio, Al Pacino and dozens of other well-known artists and business speakers.   A combination of  movement, authenticity, gestures and energy he will transform you into a speaker who exudes charisma and confidence. www.Bernard-Hiller.com

Jeff Roldan

Jeff Roldan – Master Creator of Speaker Videos

Jeff’s dynamic, powerful, compelling speaker videos make any speaker look like a superstar. Jeff will film you as you work with the other instructors to test and practice your speech. You will be provided with a copy of your performance.  This is footage you can use as the centerpiece of your critical speaker demo so you can be promoted to A-list speaking venues. www.RoldanFilms.com