Over 15 years ago I asked a public relations acquaintance to critique a short marketing brochure I had drafted to get more consulting clients. It was called Elegant Solutions: Rules to Innovate By, capturing lessons learned from spending over eight years as an advisor inside Toyota.
Little did I know that the request would change my life. She shared it with a friend, who happened to be a literary agent. The next thing I knew that little brochure had morphed into a book proposal. A year later, Simon & Schuster published The Elegant Solution: Toyota’s Formula for Mastering Innovation. Before I knew it, I was telling my stories all over the world…speaking, writing articles, and giving interviews. None of it was planned.
Five books later, with a sixth on the way, the happy accident continues. This time, with a long-time colleague.
FIVE HERE, ONE ON THE WAY
THE ART OF ORATION
Writing is one thing. Speaking is quite another.
Whether in front of a live audience in person or in front of a camera on video, whenever I’m asked to address a group, I blend my frontline experience with research from my books in order to deliver useful concepts with immediate application.
I give tailored presentations that aim to do four things: (1) inspire new and different thinking; (2) share a unique perspective; (3) tell compelling, entertaining stories; and (4) deliver practical takeaways.
The feedback has been incredible, and we can't wait to have him back!"
We especially appreciated his candor and we just wish we had had more time!"
We will be recommending him to other groups in the company!"