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Reading the Book of Life

by Bernie Swain
Success and accomplishment don’t happen in a vacuum; they rise from our most profound experiences—if we’re paying attention. I credit Alex Haley, the author of Roots and one of the most compelling people we’ve had the privilege to represent, for helping me to recognize that. One day in the late eighties, Alex showed up at our office unannounced. He was like that—even though he was one of the best-known writers in the country at that time, he would just walk … Continue reading "Reading the Book of Life"

On Character & Accomplishment

by Bernie Swain
May is graduation month—which means any number of famous and accomplished people are doing commencement speeches.  (Think Sheryl Sandberg, Spike Lee, and Michelle Obama.  Other top-rated speakers this month include Sir Ken Robinson, Condoleezza Rice, Mike Krzyewski, and Madeleine Albright.)  Many of them are asking, What shapes someone’s character?    This question shouldn’t be relegated to graduation exercises.  I’ve had the privilege of working with famous world leaders, business visionaries, authors, media personalities, and sports legends for over 35 years.  … Continue reading "On Character & Accomplishment"

You, Me, and the Lecture Business: A Short History

by Bernie Swain
The lecture industry!  Most of what you know concerns famous names and reports of speaking fees.  But it is an industry that, every year, provides us with new thinking and ideas that are so vital to the prosperity of our American culture and world civilization.  Just look at the new visionaries it offers today in the likes of business futurist Dan Pink, Harvard’s Amy Cuddy, or NYU’s innovation guru Luke Williams. As the founder of Washington Speakers Bureau, I will … Continue reading "You, Me, and the Lecture Business: A Short History"

The Three Rules That Matter

by Bernie Swain
We all want to make a difference.  We all want to succeed in life. But how is that possible when our days (in fact our moments) are so filled with constant distractions of one sort or another?  I used to ask myself that kind of question nearly every day.  How can I make a difference?  How can I make the most of my life and the lives of those around me? Looking back, I found the answers.  I’ll share them … Continue reading "The Three Rules That Matter"