The Circuit: Banter for the Weekend BBQ

Leading Authorities' round up of thought leadership, trends, and personalities on the speaking circuit

Mixing Drinks, Making Small Talk

Your kid is still playing with that fidget spinner? The fad is over. According to Wharton professor and expert on why ideas and products catch on Jonah Berger, the fidget spinner is already on it's way out. “The faster they catch on, the faster they die out.” Get the skinny on the lightning-fast rise and quick fall of the fidget spinner craze plus learn the leading indicators of a trend vs a fad. (Don’t worry, I'm sure you’re very trendy.)

​​​​​​​Watching Fireworks, Feeling Patriotic

Welcome to America! Army Ranger Lisa Jaster spoke at a naturalization ceremony in Houston where almost 1,200 people from 101 countries became citizens. Opportunity is everywhere.

That Moment When the Work Week is Looming

Brushing off that resume and rehearsing your answers for the typical interview questions? Take a minute to bolster your negotiation skills too. From the files of what not to do - Former FBI Lead Hostage Negotiator Chris Voss points out that hope is not a strategy and shares ways to negotiate a higher salary while still looking like the best candidate. Ask for more – here’s how to do it!

Prepping for Summer Getaways?

Fill your beach bag with some summer reading – here are some suggestions:

Inspiring and Riveting: Blind Adventurer Erik Weihenmayer’s “No Barriers: A Blind Man’s Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon”

A Peak at the Future: Innovation Expert Vivek Wadhwa’s “The Driver in the Driverless Car: How Our Technology Choices Will Create the Future”

A Thrilling Look Behind the Scenes: Navy SEAL Rob O’Neill’s “The Operator: Firing the Shots that Killed Osama bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior” (Currently #3 on NYT Best-Sellers list)

A Pep Talk for Your Career: Former Nike and Gatorade Exec Sarah Robb O’Hagan’s “Extreme You: Step Up. Stand Out. Kick Ass. Repeat.”

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