Keynote Speaking

Bruce M Firestone, PhD, is an effective keynote speaker for organizations with a positive focus on creating opportunities for their stakeholder group. He writes, speaks and coaches in the fields of urban development, urban design, development economics, real estate and entrepreneurship.

"Bruce Firestone has an inspirational message and a voice that will break down the walls," Carolyn Parker, Triple I Event Services Inc

Firestone also advises countries, towns and cities as well as economic development agencies on how to develop live-work-play-learn-shop-grow-make-build-affordable-diversified-sustainable-visitable-neo-urbanist communities based on the principal that nothing is sustainable unless it is also economically sustainable.

"You wowed the crowd, Bruce! Everyone wants me to bring you back to speak in the future! Thanks for making me look like a rock star for bringing you to the Bay!" Kristen Oliver, Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association executive director, Thunder Bay

Some of Prof Bruce's most popular keynotes are:

GOATS ON THE ROOF — bootstrapping your local economy to a sustainable future

REALTOPIA — how to avoid eating cat food by providing for yourself & your family via real estate investing

STARTOPIA — how to start any business for less than $5,000

ANIMATING MAIN STREET — keeping your entrepreneurs at home & attracting more of them to your community

Prof Bruce's keynotes are not just about inspiring attendees and communities to do better/to be better, they are also about learning how to achieve that. He tailors each speech to his audience so no two are alike–he wants to know what are the top issues in your community/enterprise/group and then work on solving those…

"Bruce's keynote presentations are inspiring, entertaining and educational. He took the time to learn about our organization, our goals and exactly what we wanted to accomplish at our event. He created a fully customized deck for each keynote and we'll certainly invite him back to address our group again," George Tierney, Director, Marketing Services, Guildcrest Homes

"Bruce Firestone's keynote at the Growing Rural Tourism Conference in Camrose, Alberta was so inspirational and spellbinding that he almost sold me a campground in rural Ontario!" Rick Barr, Barr Estate Winery, Sherwood Park, Alberta

"What made Bruce's keynote really special was his charisma on stage; he can definitely charm a crowd. His content about entrepreneurship and the sense of humor in his presentation were awesome, but there's really one thing that made it exceptional—his stories and case studies. They were powerful and motivational, especially the one on how he persevered in his battle to land an NHL team for Ottawa. That made me feel like I was capable of everything after his talk," Cedric Meloche, founder, The Box Summit

"It always amazes me the things I bring away from these events. Sometimes, they are specifically related to my business, and then sometimes it is something that just strikes a chord for that moment in my life. That was the case this year with Prof Bruce at the Growing Rural Tourism conference in Camrose. I left with more insight and the will to implement needed changes," Heather Edwards, potterybyheather.com

"Having Dr Bruce M Firestone at Bizfest.ca was a huge success. I heard nothing but positive feedback from all our delegates. One delegate even said she would have listened to him speak all day. His message was inspiring and the delivery very relatable and down to earth. Prof Bruce not only delivered but went above and beyond, offering to be available for an additional Q&A session, when one of my other presenters had to back out at the last minute. The fact that the Q&A session was packed, directly following his keynote speaks volumes to how much delegates enjoyed and respected his message," Amy Malyon, Event Coordinator, Cornwall Chamber of Commerce

"I have been to many presentations about many different topics but what kept me interested in Prof Bruce's SS Networking keynote—how to make a great elevator pitch—were his stories. Having been in sales for a few years, the one thing I have found is that people will listen to a story but not to a sales pitch. I felt Bruce's presentation was "real"; he backed up everything with a story. I have often found myself listening to other people talk and silently asking myself the question, "OK, but how do you know this works?" I also like how Bruce made it very clear that if you can't figure who you are and where you come from, you can't move forward or improve. I found that to be totally true early in my life. Prof Bruce was definitely the highlight of the afternoon," Keith McGibbon, Director of Business Development

"Prof Bruce was an exceptional speaker and a huge hit with all our students and corporate delegates. His keynote at the 2013 Deloitte Energize Your Future Conference was informative and very interesting. All attendees were enthusiastic about meeting him and hearing his story," Serena Myles, Business Students Association, University of Alberta School of Business, Edmonton

"I so enjoyed Prof Bruce's presentation to our home-building group. Bruce is a born teacher, and I should know—I was one for many years. He's very inspirational and extremely dynamic. I'd love for him to come to our area and show us how to animate our community and local economy," Shannon McMullan, Perivale Gallery, Manitoulin Island ON

Remember what makes Prof Bruce's keynotes different? They are 75% about learning outcomes and 25% about inspiration, and each one is different, tailored to individual audiences.

Topics that Prof Bruce can cover for your organization may include:

1. Future Vision: predictions, thoughts and inspiration

2. Bootstrap Your Local Economy, how a few entrepreneurs can reshape a community

3. Retire Early Retire Rich: via real estate investing

4. Startup DNA: business success decoded

5. Firestone's Power Laws of Selling

6. Home Building's Future: how to add value and differentiate yourself plus how to really create affordable housing

7. How to Amp Your Village, Town or City: and keep your most valuable resource (your kids) at home

8. Business Models for the 21st Century: so the harder you work, the more money you'll make

9. Self-finance: the secrets to capitalizing and bootstrapping practically any new enterprise

10. Secrets to Creating and Building a Successful Micro Business: developing your own PB4L, personal business for life

11. New Marketing: earning trust rather than buying it

12. Pro Sports: how the Ottawa Senators were founded and why major leagues matter

13. Modern Era Sponsorship: how to get sponsors for practically anything

14. Modern Era Publishing Models: how to sell at least 5,000 copies of practically anything and why you should avoid Amazon, Apple and other platforms so you can make some real money as an author

15. How to animate everything from outer suburbia and old industrial parks to downtown, inner cities, villages and towns: catalysts for growth

To book Prof Bruce for your next event, please contact: Ms Nina Brooks, EA, ninabrooks@rogers.com or send a message to Prof Bruce using the contact form below.

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