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Mark Gordon, WWSG Speaker, Recovers 61 Tons of Silver from Ship Wreck

Posted by Austin Estes on Jul 31, 2013 10:14:00 AM

After Capturing the World's Attention by Finding 61 Tons of Silver, Mark Selects WWSG for Exclusive Representation

The world watched as famed deep sea treasure hunter Mark Gordon and his team at Odyssey Marine Exploration (Nasdaq CM: OMEX) hauled up a record-breaking 61 tons of silver, valued at more than $35 million, from the SS Gairsoppa wreck.  The discovery, made off the coast of Ireland, is the deepest and largest precious metal recovery from a shipwreck ever made.  WWSG is proud to exclusively bring Mark to our customers.

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A world-class businessman and storyteller, Mark shares with audiences the incredible adventures, successes and failures he has experienced around the world. With humor and candor, Mark speaks about a wide range of issues including risk/reward, leadership, teamwork, and how to fulfill your career passions. Mark is available for a select number of engagements in 2013 and 2014.  Please contact WWSG for availability and scheduling. 

Recently, Mark Gordon has appeared on FOX News, Bloomberg and CNBC (clip below) to discuss this exciting discovery and the success of his treasure recovery outfit.


Mark Gordon, like other business leaders, knows the challenges of today's rough economy and its impact on raising capital, analyzing risk, leading teams, appeasing stakeholders, and forecasting profits. Based on his inspiring story, Mark Gordon is now available for speaking engagements exclusively through WWSG.

Your audience will learn:

- How to build and navigate incredibly complex situations
- How to achieve successful outcomes, despite overwhelming obstacles
- How to make your career passion happen
- How simple course corrections can amplify one's happiness & success

As a man who so easily walks the line between adventure and success, Mark Gordon is dedicated to inspiring others to take the same steps in pursuit of their dreams. His 19-year journey to build a new and previously unexecuted business model provides a practical example for likeminded entrepreneurs and innovators—but not at the sake of following their dreams. Gordon’s life is a testimony to the fact that success and happiness in life result from living out your passions every day.

For more information on Mark Gordon, or to check his availability for speaking engagements, visit

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Sanjay Gupta as a Speaker, Journalist, and Practicing Neurosurgeon

Posted by Kelly Dieter on Jan 24, 2013 9:11:00 AM

What You Need to Know about Sanjay Gupta...

Sanjay Gupta SpeakerWith his hand on the pulse of the U.S. healthcare system, millions of Americans and people worldwide rely on Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent and a practicing neurosurgeon, for breaking medical news and to provide answers to top health questions.

Sanjay Gupta is the source for lucid analysis and astute insight on major developments in medicine, personal health and healthcare, drawing upon his medical training and public health policy experience. 

From a medical perspective, he has covered some of the world’s most historic and significant events: the attacks of 9/11, Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia, the 2010 devastating earthquake in Haiti, and Japan in 2011 following the earthquake and tsunami.  He brings this unique and invaluable perspective to his audiences.

Sanjay Gupta Trivia

Facts about Sanjay Gupta:

  • People magazine named him one of the “Sexiest Men Alive.”  

  • As an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003, he was asked by Navy doctors to take off his journalism cap and put on his surgical one.  He saved a young Lieutenant’s life by performing a craniotomy in a desert tent using a sterilized bit from a drill to remove a massive blood clot and shrapnel. The young man now lives in Southern California.

  • In 2009, he was selected by President Obama as the top candidate for U.S. Surgeon General but declined the nomination to continue pursuing his passion for practicing medicine and journalism.

  • Forbes magazine named him "one of the 10 most influential celebrities" in 2011.

  • He does his own Tweeting and posting to Facebook daily.  More than 1.5 million people around the world follow him on Twitter:

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Secretary Elaine Chao: a Powerful Keynote Speaker & Former U.S. Cabinet Member

Posted by Kelly Dieter on Dec 13, 2012 12:02:00 PM

What You Need to Know About Secretary Elaine Chao...

Secretary Elaine Chao is a powerful keynote speakerSpeaking on strategy, the geopolitical climate and global competitiveness, Secretary Elaine L. Chao pulls from her unique perspective at the Department of Labor, her experience as CEO of United Way of America, and her service as Director of the Peace Corps to deliver compelling speeches as a powerful keynote speaker.

As the 24th Secretary of Labor (2001-2009), Secretary Chao became the first American woman of Asian descent to be appointed to a President’s Cabinet in our nation’s history.  She served as Secretary for eight years.  

Following her service in the government, Sec. Chao worked for four years as President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of America. She is credited with returning credibility and public trust back to the organization. 

Based on her distinguished career in all three sectors—public, private and nonprofit—Secretary Chao knows the impact that current events and major economic trends have on organizations around the world. 

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The Secretary is a brilliant thought leader on issues related to global competitiveness, politics, geopolitical strategy, international business, and leadership.  Secondary topics include volunteerism, women’s issues and philanthropy.

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Secretary Elaine Chao Trivia

Interesting Facts about Sec. Chao:

  • As Secretary, she achieved record results in workforce health and safetyand helped increase the competitiveness of America’s workforce in a global economy.

  • She was born in Taipei, Taiwan and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

  • Her Chinese name is 趙小蘭

  • She is the only member of President Bush’s cabinet to serve a full eight years.

  • She has received more than 34 honorary doctorate degrees in addition to her MBA from Harvard Business School in 1979.

  • In June 2011, she was awarded the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service.

To learn more about Secretary Elaine Chao or  about WWSG and our new approach to fulfilling your needs and objectives, contact us now at 703.373.WWSG (9974) or visit 

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Thoughtfulness is Rarely Forgotten: It's the Little Things that Count

Posted by Brittany Norris on Dec 5, 2012 4:09:00 PM

How to Make a Lasting Impression

By: Brittany, MTA, Event Coordinator, Worldwide Speakers Group

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Technology has made it so easy to communicate with anyone, anywhere, any time.  A simple email can connect people across oceans, time zones and even languages.  Often, planners are working with people that they may never meet face to face.  The convenience of access has somewhat taken away the requirement for thoughtfulness.  As a huge believer that the events industry is still an industry of relationships, I’ve learned that successful relationships require thoughtfulness.  Going the extra mile or above and beyond helps planners stand out from the crowd, and more importantly makes a lasting impression on clients and vendors alike.  The following tips are a few ways to express the thoughtfulness that is sure to get you noticed and improve your client relationship.

  • Send a Handwritten Thank You Note:

While a quick email to say “thank you” is often appropriate, there is nothing like receiving a handwritten thank you note.  Some may think snail mail is out of date, or that no one would take the time to read a handwritten note, but I have seen over and over again, how well received this simple act of thoughtfulness is.  Take the time to find stationery that is the perfect mix of professionalism and your personality.  If your company has printed cards with the logo and address, then use those.  Try not to write a novel, and absolutely use your very best handwriting.  Often, I will type the card into Microsoft Word to provide a second-level of review/proofreading, then copy by handwriting it on to the card.  I guarantee that the gesture will be appreciated and set you apart from those who flippantly sent a mass thank you email.

  • Pick Up the Phone:

Similar to sending a handwritten note, speaking to someone on the phone is much more personal than emailing.  We are all busy, and have little time to spare, but connecting with through phone call is a great way to build a great working relationship (especially if you have bad news to deliver).  I recently learned that in many cultures, receiving an email from someone to whom you’ve never spoken can be quite off-putting.  An introduction over the phone will ease discomfort and acquaint two professionals in addition it’s an opportunity to lay the groundwork for successful communications and a strong relationship.

  • Be Considerate:

There is no greater example of putting consideration into action than the recent super storm Sandy.  New York and New Jersey are major hubs of business and hold millions of workers who communicate worldwide daily.  The sudden and widespread loss of power left lots of loose ends.  I was working with several event planners in that area, and was forced to simply wait.  While frustrating, being considerate of the tragedy they were facing was imperative.  Being demanding and harsh is sure to get you nowhere, but considering your colleague’s or customer’s situation will absolutely be remembered.  Along these lines, keeping mental notes about the people you’re working with will help you be considerate.  If someone mentions their son broke his leg, be sure to inquire about him the next time you speak to them.  Be genuine, and your concern will not be forgotten.

  • Remember the Little Things:

Whether it’s recognizing someone’s birthday or passing a card around the office for National Boss Day, it’s the little things that count and make a lasting impression.  We often spend more time at work than we do at home, so taking a moment to show appreciation or recognition has a huge impact. 

At WWSG, when someone makes a sale, a chain of emails erupts with “good job”, “way to go”, and “you’re a star”.  These simple accolades build an atmosphere of gratitude and shared success.  It’s the little things that can inspire confidence and eagerness amongst your colleagues and clients.

  • Use those Old Fashioned Manners:

There is no replacing a “yes ma’am” or a “no sir”.  As I mentioned in a previous article “How to address VIP’s,” respect and properness is always appreciated.  Of course everyone has a different idea of good manners, but some things are universal.  Respect a person’s position or title, say please and thank you, and listen.  Practicing good, basic manners will set you apart from those who slip into informalities and unintended disrespect.  

Putting a little extra time and thought into your everyday routine will definitely make a huge difference in the way you are perceived and received by colleagues and customers alike.  Thoughtfulness will get you a lot of places that rudeness and dismissiveness will not.  That behavior is rarely forgotten either.

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Speaker Newt Gingrich Podcasts: Predictions on Major Issues & Events

Posted by Kelly Dieter on Dec 3, 2012 9:08:55 AM

Newt Gingrich in His Own Words...

An Unfiltered Forecast for the Economy, National Security, Healthcare, Environment, & Energy Issues

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By:  Kelly Dieter, Worldwide Speakers Group

Most know of Newt Gingrich from a political perspective as a Republican Presidential Primary Candidate and former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, but his expertise extends so much further...

In an unfiltered, unbiased series of podcasts, Speaker Gingrich shares his predictions for our economy, national security, health care, energy, environment, and leadership in the podcasts below. 

Download the full series of podcasts here!

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Economy:  Newt projects where the economy is headed and why the U.S. is in the worst economic state since the Great Depression--a long period of stagnation, 43 months of more than 8% unemployment.        

 Newt Gingrich National Security

National Security:   Newt discusses why the U.S. is still the leading country despite the economic stagnation, and what actions the U.S. should take to remain the global leader.

 Newt Gingrich Healthcare

Health Care:   Newt outlines what the biggest challenges facing the U.S. healthcare system are, why quality is at stake, and what people should expect.  He gives his predictions for where the industry is headed.

 Newt Gingrich Energy

Energy:    Newt explains why the U.S. is on the verge of becoming energy independent, and what that will mean for our economy, national security, and even the price of gas.


Environment:  Newt highlights recent agricultural advancements and the next great revolution of advancements, which will significantly improve the environment and agriculture.

 Newt Gingrich Historian

U.S. History & Leadership:   Newt, as a historian, discusses what the Forefathers would think of today's America and what the many painful lessons they learned that today's leaders need to remember as they currently guide our country.


For more information on the podcasts or to listen to them, please click below. Thanks!

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Election Keynote Topics: Energy Policy - Will Gas Hit $5 A Gallon?

Posted by Jody Raines on Mar 30, 2012 5:44:00 PM

energy speaker, keynote political speakerAs gas prices continue to rise, having an insightful keynote speaker who can intelligently address the political spectrum of challenges regarding oil and energy is a draw for a high powered event.  Regardless of political affiliation, the discussion of energy can become quite lively, with pros and cons of utilizing national resources and the cost of renewable energy sources intermingling with world events and politics.  It’s a story of natural disasters, warring nations and economic forces that rises deeply from the foundation of our government with far reaching consequences.   Especially because this is a topic that everyone can relate to, whether it’s due to pain at the pump or the rising cost of doing business due to increased energy expense, this is a topic of conversation that has many CEO’s and financial C-level executive’s attention.

When selecting a keynote speaker on energy policy, some criteria may be whether the individual held key offices and/or is considered an authority on the subject matter.   Keynote speakers who are presenting at industry functions should share factual and informed information, which may be colored or presented from their perspective.  After all, the audience is yearning for some great information that may not yet be public, or which represents the perspective of the speaker.

Daniel Yergin WWSG picOne excellent choice is Daniel Yergin, easily one of the most influential and knowledgeable energy experts.  Whether the topic is the implications of war in the mideast or renewable energy solutions, Daniel Yergin has authored seminal books about a wide range of energy issues. His Pulitzer Prize winning bestseller The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power became a PBS mini-series.  World events including the disastrous earthquake and nuclear contamination in Japan, the killing of Osama bin Laden and political upheaval in Egypt, Libya, Iran and Iraq are all filtered into Daniel Yergin’s scholarly understanding of energy and oil, and are captured in his latest book, The Quest.

With decades of ground-breaking research and exceptional experience in the energy industry, Dr. Yergin has impeccable credentials, and is a respected lecturer and authority on the international issues of energy and foreign affairs.

Another notable speaker on topics of energy and oil is Governor Dirk Kempthorne.  As US kempthorne2Secretary of the Interior under George W. Bush administration, Kepthorne is known for his conservative views and strong understanding of the issues.    Organizational change occurs at all levels, including the Federal government and managing that change through practical solutions is one of Dirk Kempthorne’s most adept skills. Drawing on his unique perspective as Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, two-time governor, U.S. senator, and mayor, Dirk Kempthorne shares how to use diplomacy and insight when tackling the complex issues involved in industry and public policy.  Kempthorne understands the challenges of renewable energy and the need to balance reliable energy sources with environmental protection.

As energy and the Obama administration’s position on oil continue to fuel contention and debate, these outstanding experts add the benefit of their public service and personal experience, and deep knowledge to share a perspective on oil, energy and the direction of our government’s policies.   Whether gas will hit $5 a gallon or go even higher to $6 in the near term future, these excellent, astute keynote energy speakers present a fascinating view of the power of oil and energy in our US economy and the world economic engine.

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7 Ideas for How To Hire The Best Keynote Speaker

Posted by Jody Raines on Mar 26, 2012 10:55:00 AM

keynote speakerHiring a keynote speaker is challenging. You want to hire a motivational speaker who will share a message that resonates, and who has a message that inspires attendance at the event.  Here are 7 tips on how to hire the best keynote speaker for your event:

  1. Determine the type of keynote speaker you are interested in hiring.  For example, you may be interested in hiring someone who will educate the attendees about a certain topic or issue.  Or perhaps you wish to entertain the audience.  There may be a reason you want to promote a cause, raise funds or even create a shift in behavior.  Depending on your goals for the event, the keynote speaker will reflect your strategy.  If there is a core group of decision makers or a board who must approve the choice of keynote speaker, ask them for suggestions or their vision.
  2. Parameters that affect the availability of speakers include location, date and budget.  This will narrow the pool of keynote speakers who are available.  If you have a particular speaker in mind and are flexible about the other parameters, you can start with speaker selection, then build your event from there.  If you have a longstanding date and location, then the speaker selection is the variable.
  3. The type of presentation and the time of day of the presentation also enters into your selection process.  Whether this will be a morning speaker with a rousing and energizing presentation or a midday workshop, some speakers are skilled at one type of presentation more than another.  If you are looking for an after-dinner keynote, you may want someone who is more entertaining and humorous.  Not all topics and speakers are flexible for all situations.
  4. If you have had successful keynote presentations in the past, you may be able to catalog what made those speakers more successful than others.  If there is a common theme, there may be other speakers who would complement that messaging.
  5. Asking industry experts for references or recommendation is also a helpful way to narrow the keynote speaker search.  If your event is in an industry where there are other similar venues, you may want to see which keynote speakers have been popular for other organizations or trade events.
  6. The demographics of your audience will be key to determining the best keynote speaker.  Do you need a generalist, or someone who can address a particular current issue?  Is this a presentation to an audience that is a specific demographic?  Having an appealing keynote speaker who can connect with the attendees is obviously an important consideration. The ability of the speaker to identify with the audience makes a keynote presentation much more effective at conveying a message.
  7. Ask WWSG for assistance and help.  Asking a speakers group for their ideas may ultimately be the easiest and least expensive route.  With an understanding of the popularity and expertise of each speaker as well as the ability to understand who may be available within an area, time or price range, the advantage of asking the professionals for their ideas is evident. 
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