Seth Godin

Seth Godin

Author, Entrepreneur and Most of All, A Teacher

Seth Godin is an internationally recognized speaker, popular blogger, and global thought leader in innovative business ideas and marketing strategy. Named one of the Top 21 Speakers For the 21st Century by Successful Meetings magazine, Godin draws on his bestselling books and years as a marketing pioneer to motivate and inspire countless people around the world.

Godin is the author of 20 books, including Linchpin, Tribes, What to Do When It’s Your Turn, and, his most recent, The Practice: Shipping Creative Work. His books are all global bestsellers and have been translated into more than 35 languages. Godin writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership, and, most of all, changing everything.

In addition, Godin writes one of the most popular blogs in the world and is also the founder of both Yoyodyne and Squidoo. In 2013, he was one of just three professionals inducted into the Direct Marketing Hall of Fame, and in May 2018, he was inducted into the Marketing Hall of Fame as well.

Consistently ranked in the top 1% of all speakers at the events he attends, Godin has spoken twice at TED Talks, and has worked with companies as diverse as Disney, Cadillac, eBay, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Adobe, American Eagle, Eddie Bauer, and hundreds of others.

Making It to the Finish Line

Known for his motivational talks and his popularity with audiences, Seth Godin shares his insights on what he calls ‘the Lizard Brain’ and what we can do to shut it out in his creative innovation keynote.

In his talk, the bestselling author and entrepreneur explains to the audience that the hardest part of an idea, a startup, a new strategy or a business proposal is the getting started part of the equation. Godin stresses in his creative innovation keynote that coming up with simple ideas is not the hard part, but really embracing them and making sure that they are finished is. The entrepreneur knows how hard it is to share projects or ideas with the world; however, he thinks getting over these doubts — which come out for our ‘lizard brain’ — is the most important part because that “thrash at the beginning” is normal, we just need to keep going.

Setting the Right Mindset

This mindset keynote by Seth Godin seeks to establish a winning mindset for success within in business and life. He shares his tips with real world examples to further heighten the value of each.

Seth starts his keynote by stating how individuals need to change their mindset to a positive one. Nobody will remember or want to work with someone who is just mediocre. If one strives to be the best they can be with a positive attitude, they will not need to market themselves. He explains that it’s incredibly hard to force yourself out there with advertising. By offering a memorable service your advertising will be taken care of with word of mouth.

He finishes his mindset keynote with a powerful analogy. To address the thought of staying hungry after becoming successful, he answers that life is like a ski hill. You don’t quit when you reach the bottom, but instead ride it until the sun goes down.

The Impact of Common Values

This innovative speech by Seth Godin explores the significant impact of modern day tribes and the power and influence that comes with sharing similar ideas and values.

Godin explains how such technological innovations as the Internet have caused people from all sorts of backgrounds and cultures to come together into what he describes as “tribes,” to use their common ideas and beliefs to illicit change or gain power. It’s all about taking a good idea and running with it until you get what you want to achieve. Using an example of the San Francisco SPCA, Godin explains how the organization was originally founded to put down stray dogs and cats. However with the dedication and persistence of the community, they were able to turn San Francisco into a “no kill city.”

Godin’s innovative speech is a great example of how ordinary people can cause significant change by coming together with others that share the same values.

Spreading Ideas

American entrepreneur, author and marketing guru Seth Godin draws on the example of the creation and initial marketing failure of sliced bread to illustrate the importance of spreading an idea in order to sell a product. Seth Godin explores the limitations placed on an idea, no matter how brilliant, when it does not have reach.

Using several real-world examples, Seth Godin describes the importance of getting people to care about a product through marketing as it is not always about the product itself or the patent or its uses, but its cultural relevance. Seth Godin defines the era we live in as a century of idea diffusion, in which there are too many options and too little time, which is why getting attention through effective marketing can make bad or bizarre ideas more successful than boring ones.