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Julien Smith is the CEO of Breather, an on-demand space company, as well as the New York Times bestselling author of three books. Two of these, Trust Agents and The Impact Equation, were written with Chris Brogan. The third, The Flinch, has consistently remained one of the top read Kindle books since it was published in 2011.

Julien has been an author, a CEO, a professional voice actor, a radio broadcaster, and a consultant and speaker at some of the largest corporations in the world, including Google, Microsoft, American Express, Heineken International, and more. His work has also appeared in Cosmopolitan, GQ, CNN, and a host of other publications. His online work has been read by millions, literally.

Smith’s work focuses on adaptation and change, but not the “think out of the box” clichés that most companies embrace. Instead, his work draws from a deep study of the adaptive ability of the human body, as well as evolution, bio-mimicry, and an observation of nature. The blog of Lew Rockwell, one of the most prominent economists in the world, called The Flinch “the exact opposite of […] simpleton trash like Who Moved My Cheese?” Seth Godin called it “a surprise, a confrontation, a book that will push you, scare you and possibly stick with you for years to come.”
In the web’s increasingly dense and competitive marketplace, Julien’s work on how to stand out, change your-self, and do what is necessary has been embraced by many. This blog regularly receives a half a million unique visitors each month and has been praised by the likes of Daniel Pink, Tony Robbins, and others.

Despite being known best for his writing, Julien’s best communications skills lie in his public speaking. He has traveled all over the United States, Canada and the world to not only talk about adaptation to change, but also to incite it to actually happen.

On the social web, his ability to get audiences out of their seats and actually change their behaviour is second-to-none.

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Presentations

  • A Short Course on Being Awesome

    The Cult of Awesome is very exclusive, and its demands are rigorous. If you’re like most, you’ve forgotten how to be awesome, but that’s ok. We’ll teach you so you’ll never forget.

  • Insight, Adaptability, and Courage

    In a business environment as fast-paced as the current one, only three things will help you: the knowledge of where things are going, the ability to adapt quickly to new situations, and the courage to do what must be done. Providing a strong case for all three by connecting the evolution of business to the way both nature and human beings work, Julien will present a case that transforms how your organization makes decisions, both on a large scale and in their daily work.

  • The Social Forge

    Many years ago, the forge was a place where fire, anvil, hammer and chisel trans formed raw metal into tools. It was a foundation of technological progress and a center for trade. Today’s forge is the social web. Pressure and heat will test you and your com pany, making you show your true mettle. You will be either transformed (or destroyed) in the process.

    Julien will guide you through what will happen to you personally, and what must happen to your company, to survive the social forge. It’s difficult, but the only alternative is the Stone Age.

  • Social Capital and the New Tribe

    We will never need more advertising. We will always need more community, and tighter links between those we care about. Learning to build tribes using the new radios has never been more important, and understanding social capital has never been more valuable.

  • Rise of the Trust Agent

    Attention wars are raging; everyone is distracted, and competing for attention with everything else—from the 6 o’clock news to your nightly discussions at the dinner table. Your message is getting lost in the fray. Based on the New York Times bestselling book, Trust Agents, this talk will teach you the 6 aspects that help you communicate your message online, from learning to be “human at a distance,” to understanding how to leverage the online social network, to knowing how to stand out from the crowd.

  • You, Us, and the Game

    What are you on the web to do? In this talk, Julien discusses the difference between You, Us, and the Game, including what each of these types stand to gain from their alignment with each value system.

    Beginning with a deceptively simple premise, audiences come away with a stronger grasp of various success strategies, and how learning from each of the other two groups will lead to a more holistic understanding of how to get results in this competitive environment.

  • Keep It Real

    For each web community that we are trying to reach, there are two languages that we need to learn to speak: An authentic language which all digital natives are familiar with, and the local community languages, including the specialized vocabulary and social norms for each of them.

    In Keep It Real, Julien teaches us how to learn to understand each of the web’s unique tribes, how to learn to understand them, grow to appreciate them the way they appreciate each other, and finally, speak to them the way they want to be spoken to.

A Short Course on Being Awesome

The Cult of Awesome is very exclusive, and its demands are rigorous. If you’re like most, you’ve forgotten how to be awesome, but that’s ok. We’ll teach you so you’ll never forget.

Insight, Adaptability, and Courage

In a business environment as fast-paced as the current one, only three things will help you: the knowledge of where things are going, the ability to adapt quickly to new situations, and the courage to do what must be done. Providing a strong case for all three by connecting the evolution of business to the way both nature and human beings work, Julien will present a case that transforms how your organization makes decisions, both on a large scale and in their daily work.

The Social Forge

Many years ago, the forge was a place where fire, anvil, hammer and chisel trans formed raw metal into tools. It was a foundation of technological progress and a center for trade. Today’s forge is the social web. Pressure and heat will test you and your com pany, making you show your true mettle. You will be either transformed (or destroyed) in the process.

Julien will guide you through what will happen to you personally, and what must happen to your company, to survive the social forge. It’s difficult, but the only alternative is the Stone Age.

Social Capital and the New Tribe

We will never need more advertising. We will always need more community, and tighter links between those we care about. Learning to build tribes using the new radios has never been more important, and understanding social capital has never been more valuable.

Rise of the Trust Agent

Attention wars are raging; everyone is distracted, and competing for attention with everything else—from the 6 o’clock news to your nightly discussions at the dinner table. Your message is getting lost in the fray. Based on the New York Times bestselling book, Trust Agents, this talk will teach you the 6 aspects that help you communicate your message online, from learning to be “human at a distance,” to understanding how to leverage the online social network, to knowing how to stand out from the crowd.

You, Us, and the Game

What are you on the web to do? In this talk, Julien discusses the difference between You, Us, and the Game, including what each of these types stand to gain from their alignment with each value system.

Beginning with a deceptively simple premise, audiences come away with a stronger grasp of various success strategies, and how learning from each of the other two groups will lead to a more holistic understanding of how to get results in this competitive environment.

Keep It Real

For each web community that we are trying to reach, there are two languages that we need to learn to speak: An authentic language which all digital natives are familiar with, and the local community languages, including the specialized vocabulary and social norms for each of them.

In Keep It Real, Julien teaches us how to learn to understand each of the web’s unique tribes, how to learn to understand them, grow to appreciate them the way they appreciate each other, and finally, speak to them the way they want to be spoken to.

Testimonials

  • His advice … was priceless

    Julien Smith Nicholas O’Flaherty, Bullet PR
  • Julien is a breath of fresh air.

    Julien Smith Ernest Barbaric, MRUshift
  • Julien’s session was raw insight wrapped in well-timed performance art.

    Julien Smith Rob Swick, AIM Marketing Conference
  • Julien sees things from a ‘higher level’ and ‘bigger picture’ than most.

    Julien Smith Chris Burdge, Social Media Camp

Books

  • Trust Agents
  • The Impact Equation

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