For our first of the monthly Candid Conversations series, we asked Movember co-founder Adam Garone to answers some questions about what he’s Outspoken about and how that translates to his keynote speeches.
OA: What are you Outspoken about?
AG: Leadership, entrepreneurship, and men’s health
We often get asked for speakers who can speak to the topic of Mental Health. As an agent, I have found it interesting in how each of my speakers take such unique approaches in addressing this issue.
Take Steven Page for instance. Steven approaches the topic through the honesty of his own personal struggles. “I never realized I had any problems. I think a lot of us who deal with mental health struggles experienced that. Because stress is such a huge part of everybody’s life … Sadness, grief, those are all things we all deal with. The healthy brain processes it and learns to cope with it and overcome it. Sometimes the sick brain gets stuck in it.” Steven’s ability to be forthcoming allows us all to do the same.
Seamus O’Regan’s approach is how we can all get better at communicating about mental health and lose the shame that often comes along with talking about it. He has been a spokesperson for Bell Let’s Talk day (alongside Clara Hughes) for the past two years. Here is a clip of Seamus discussing mental health with George Stroumboulopoulos on The Hour.
Mental illness is nothing new, but I for one am so proud to see the strides that we are making in addressing this long overdue topic.
Whose Line is it Anyway? Well it might be our very own speaker’s, Colin Mochrie!
It has been nine years since this wildly popular show was on ABC, and has now returned to the CW Network.
In a USA Today article, Mochrie is quoted as saying “”It’s interesting to be on the network where I could be the grandfather of every character on every other show,” Mochrie, 55, says of CW’s younger demographic.
He says those viewers may be looking for something different in comedy, and the unpredictable, rapid-fire Whose Line format provides entertainment for a broad audience.
“I find it hard watching sitcoms these days, because I find a lot of times, they fall into a formula. There’s almost a mathematical equation where you can come up with the punch lines to the jokes before them,” Mochrie says. “With our show, because we don’t know what the punch lines are or the setups, there’s this constant surprise, and I think that was one of the endearing qualities about it.”
For more – USA TODAY.
Other the past two years, the demand for speakers on anti-bullying has grown exponentially. Michelle Dagnino is our favourite expert on the topic. We recently booked Michelle to speak for a group of school board administrators in North Bay, Ontario. Here is how Michelle approaches the topic:
The Apology Project: Strategies and Solutions for Dealing with Bullying
The Canadian Organization of Campus Activities will be hosting their annual conference in the beautiful city of Halifax (June 20-24, 2013). This conference will be showcasing some of the best talent that our country has to offer, and will be hosting entertainment bookers and student leaders from across Canada. What an honour!
Amongst the talent that will be showcased at this conference, Speakers Boutique is proud to be sponsoring: Comedian – Trevor Boris, Much More Music Host - Matt Wells, and Halifax’s Poet Laureate – Tanya Davis.
It’s going to be an amazing conference!
It was about this time seven years ago that I met Dr. Samantha Nutt.
Throughout the years that I’ve represented Dr. Samantha Nutt as a speaker, I’ve had the opportunity to see her in action over a dozen times. She recently came to Dalhousie University to speak to a group of students who were participating in Dalhousie’s International Development Week. Seeing as I’ve seen her speak so many times, she asked if I just wanted to get together after the presentation to catch up (assuming that I had heard her enough). More»
It’s February 12th – and that means that it’s Bell Let’s Talk Day. For every text, and every tweet to #BellLetsTalk – Bell will donate five cents to mental health initiatives across the country. Our speaker, Seamus O’Regan is one of the official spokespeople for today! Let’s get talking!
A wonderful article featuring Alan Doyle and Seamus O’Regan’s recent trip to Keyano College from Fort McMurray Today:
“Who said oil refining had to be good looking?” asked Great Big Sea frontman Alan Doyle during Thursday’s Keyano College Global Address Speaker Series. “Don’t apologize. We’ll fix it when we’re done.”
Joined by Melissa Blake, mayor of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, and CTV National News correspondent Seamus O’Regan, Doyle and the others discussed Fort McMurray’s infamous reputation, the former reputation of Newfoundland and Labrador — where both Doyle and O’Regan hail from — and what residents of the Oilsands City can do to sway public opinion. More»
Geoff Green, SOI founder and president, has been appointed as one of the newest members of the Order of Canada! This was in recognition of a lifetime of distinguished service to his community and to his field “for his contributions as an environmental educator and explorer, notably his commitment to conservation issues in the Arctic and Antarctic.”