Sep 08

Prof Bruce is available to give inspiring addresses including keynote speeches for your organization.

“Having Dr Bruce M Firestone at 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, October 2013.

“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,” Business Students Association, University of Alberta School of Business, Edmonton, September 2013.

University of Alberta talk, What the Future May Bring

How Support for Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurs Creates a Diverse, Innovative and Sustainable Future

Economic Development Agencies
Schools, Colleges, Universities
Banks, Financial Institutions
Entrepreneurs, Intrapreneurs and Artpreneurs
Product Managers, Project Managers
International Aid Agencies
City, Town, County, State, Provincial Governments
Not-for-Profits, Charities, NGOs

Type of Speech—
Keynote with learning outcomes
Length of 45 minutes to 60 minutes

Main Messaging—
• You’ll never get anywhere without analysis/focus/determination/passion
• It does not take many entrepreneurs to change economic prospects of any community
• Economic future of city-states depends on development of entrepreneur, artpreneur and intrapreneur class, tolerance of and encouragement of diversity and getting the pre-conditions for economic takeoff right

• Ottawa Senators—Don’t Back Down/Mike McCuaig/Tom Lederer/Premier Bob Rae story
• Ottawa Business News—Getting a Seat at the Table
• Apple’s iPhone—Greatest Profit Generator Ever
• Wilderness Tours—Ask for Forgiveness Rather than Beg for Permission
• Nortel v IBM—Business Models Count
• Patafies Inc— Essential Innovation
• Ottawa Senators—Character test

Learning Outcomes—
• ‘Leisure is the new infrastructure,’ Eric Kuhne,
• Developing a culture of and support for a creative class of entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and artpreneurs as well as a tolerance for diversity
• Creating and capitalizing sustainable enterprises

Inspirational Messaging—
• Trust is number one in life and business—NHL gives franchises to people they like and trust
• You can start over—at 55
• Teamwork—people need people
• Leadership matters—small number of entrepreneurs can change everything in a community
• Think on your feet—flexibility and workarounds needed

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Bruce is an entrepreneur/real estate broker/developer/coach/urban guru/keynote speaker/Sens founder/novelist/columnist/peerless husband/dad.