The speaker line-up for our November conference will be announced soon. In the past, we've had an exciting lineup of speakers including New York Times bestselling authors, professional speakers, leading bloggers and web marketing experts. Our February 2013 speakers are listed below:
Michael Hyatt has spent most of his career in the book publishing industry, most recently as the Chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, the seventh largest book publisher in the United States and the largest provider of inspirational live events in the world.
He now devotes his time to writing, consulting, and speaking. His blog is the top leadership blog in the world, with more than 300,000 visitors a month. His podcast gets more than 120,000 downloads a month. In addition, more than 75,000 people subscribe to his daily updates. He also has more than 145,000 followers on Twitter and 25,000 "fans" on Facebook.
Michael has written seven books. His newest one, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World (Thomas Nelson, 2012), is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Amazon bestseller.
He has been happily married to his wife, Gail, for thirty-four years. They have five daughters, four grandsons, and three granddaughters. They live outside of Nashville, Tennessee. In his free time, he enjoys reading, running, and golfing.
Best-selling author, frequent radio and television guest, and one of the country's most sought after inspirational and motivational speakers - Ken's mixture of side-splitting humor and inspiration delights and enriches audiences of all ages.
His books have received national critical acclaim, including the "Book of the Year" award and the Gold Medallion Award. Ken's daily radio show, Lighten Up!, is heard on over 1,500 stations in the United States and around the world.
Ken has been the keynote speaker for hundreds of major corporate events and has made thousands of personal appearances around the world. As President of Dynamic Communicators International, he has been teaching speaking skills to students from all walks of life for over 30 years.
Andrew Buckman has been involved in computers since the age of eight and created his first website in 1996 (no, it wasn't pretty). It wasn't until 2000 upon discovering the beauty of CSS that he found himself hooked on the web and never looked back. Combining a passion for user experience with a marketing background and deep technical knowledge, Andrew provides a holistic strategy to web projects.
Andrew's experience transforming the web spans a variety of industries including startups, agency work with Fortune 500 clients, higher education, and best-selling authors including both Ken Davis and Michael Hyatt. Andrew currently runs an interactive agency and is partnered with Michael Hyatt on the GetNoticed! theme for WordPress.
With a love of story, Michele Cushatt inspires audiences everywhere on the page and stage. Her speaking experience includes Women of Faith, Focus on the Family, Compassion International, writers conferences, business and church events as well as various other conferences and retreats. When not speaking, she pens articles, stories and devotional meditations for numerous publications including MOPS International, Today's Christian Woman, Hearts-at-Home, Upper Room Ministries, The Quite Hour and various compilation books including five titles in the Chicken Soup series. Michele fills multiple roles with DCI conferences including emcee, presenter and coach.
Ray Edwards is a world-renowned copywriter and communications strategist, writing for some of the most powerful voices in leadership and business including New York Times bestselling authors Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul) and Tony Robbins.
Ray is a master in the art of persuasive writing with particular expertise in direct sales, product launches, and internet marketing strategies. He is a sought-after speaker and author, hosts a popular weekly podcast, and is a prolific blogger at RayEdwards.com.
Originally from Chicago, Jeff moved to Nashville after graduating from college and spending a year traveling with a band. In college, he studied Spanish and Religion and spent part of his Junior year in Spain, which unlocked a passion for travel, humanitarianism, and other cultures.
But even with a restless heart, he's found a home. After a year of letter-writing and long-distance phone calls, Jeff moved to Tennessee to "see about a girl." In 2008, he married her. Jeff lives with his wife Ashley, their son Aiden, and their dog Lyric just outside of Nashville. During the day, he's the Communications Director for Adventures in Missions, a nonprofit organization. In his free time, he write books and tries to take over the Internet.
Jeff has written and guest-blogged for a lot of magazines, publications, and blogs. He's also a speaker, creative coach, and consultant.
Stu McLaren is the Co-Founder of WishList Member, a membership site solution for WordPress now powering over 43,000+ online communities and membership sites around the world. By supporting thousands of membership site owners, Stu has gained a unique understanding of the dynamics involved with successfully transforming your Platform into a thriving community of paying members. Today he is called upon regularly to help business owners (large and small) build an online community or membership site around a Platform, brand or message.
Amy Porterfield is the co-author of Facebook Marketing All-In-One for Dummies and the creator and host of the popular podcast, Online Marketing Made Easy.
Amy has worked with mega brands such as Harley-Davidson Motorcycles and Peak Performance Coach, Tony Robbins, where for 6 years she oversaw his content development team and collaborated on multiple online marketing campaigns. She currently creates online programs to teach entrepreneurs and small businesses across industries how to leverage social media to gain greater exposure, attract quality leads and turn their fans and followers into loyal customers. To learn more, visit www.AmyPorterfield.com.
Cliff Ravenscraft is the founder of The Podcast Mastermind and gspn.tv (Generally Speaking Production Network). Together with his wife and a few close friends, Cliff has produced over 3,000 podcast episodes, since December 2005, devoted to Entertainment, Family, Faith, Fitness, Career and Technology.
In January 2008, Cliff left a very successful career as an insurance agent, to pursue podcasting full-time. He felt called spend his life serving the community that had formed around the many shows in his network. Being a husband and father of three, he needed to find a way to produce content, serve his community, and also provide for his family. Cliff focused on successfully generating income through coaching/consulting at PodcastAnswerMan.com. He has helped thousands of individuals and organizations launch successful podcasts though his one-on-one consulting/coaching and through his online training courses.