Stanford University; Google Fellow; founder and CEO Udacity; inventor of the Driverless Car
Kevin and Christie are a remarkable team who strategically focus on using conferences and speaking engagements as a means to achieving enterprise goals. I have been thrilled as they not only recommended and obtained placements for me at wonderful events which were not even on my radar screen, but ensured that I was connected to key people at the events who are relevant to me, and helping me grow our business.They’re quick studies, personable and intensely strategic in thinking about the needs of my organization and how I could spend my time on any trip in incredibly diverse but important ways.They also are excellent in envisioning the flow of a program and laying out the logistics, contact points and numerous details that are necessary to make any event a success. I wholeheartedly recommend them for anyone focused on the strategic side of visible positioning, and I would be pleased to provide further detail in a phone call as a reference.
President and CEO, Consumer Technology Association [ CTA ]
TechTalk has helped introduce the Internet Archive to potential partners and users all over the world. Their reach and depth of connections have been invaluable.
Digital Librarian and Founder, Internet Archive
Christie and Kevin do much more than place speakers in venues – they help you use your speaker program to accomplish your marketing objectives. That’s really easy to say, but they deliver. They first work to understand what you want to accomplish – who do you want to reach with what message to achieve what result? They then inventory who in your company are the best and most appropriate speakers on which topics against those objectives, and work with those speakers to sharpen their presentation content and style.They use their networks to place those speakers, and know enough about the events they’re recommending to not waste a speaker’s time with audiences that don’t fit. They also know how to build plans to get booked into events that are notoriously difficult to achieve.I can’t imagine building an event program without them, and I’d certainly want to use them before my competitor did.
Dr. Merle Sprinzen
Former Chief Marketing Officer, S & P 500 Company
TechTalk knows how to identify the key ideas that are important to business leaders. They are highly creative and idea-driven, and work WITH you to try to make an event an experience like none other. They are a joy to work with!
Editorial Director, Conferences, Forbes and Harvard Business School Publishing
I’ve been giving talks about what I do for something like 20 years. I knew that I was good at what I do, but I never really enjoyed those talks. Working with TechTalk changed that dramatically, thoroughly, and enduringly. Kevin and Christie have that curious talent that good biographers have of listening and asking quiet, smart questions so that you find yourself articulating things you never knew you knew — and finding out more about what you think than you usually take the time to examine.They bring a deep knowledge of both the industry and communication, which they wield engagingly, simply. Working with them feels like finding your own voice, not being shaped or coached. Kevin and Christie bring two very different approaches and talents together so that there is both analytic rigor to their dissection of your message and the kind of support and direction that build a level of confidence that transforms the way you think about what you say, how you say it, and what it means to the people you are talking to.It isn’t like a conversion on the road to Damascus, but more like emerging from a week at a fabulous spa – you come out calm, clear, centered, and with energy and excitement about what you are and what you do. Did I mention that I liked working with them?
Dr. Rick E. Robinson
Founder E-Lab; Vice President, Sapient Nitro
TechTalk |Studio are truly a unique resource in the world of marketing communications. They have mastered the art of placing executive clients in the most appropriate, cutting-edge conferences and shows. Instead of the usual shotgun approach of most public relations firms in this area, they are expert marksmen, identifying the most strategic speaking opportunities for their clients and then leveraging trusted, high-level relationships with the conference decision-makers in order to secure the right speaking engagement.In addition to placement, Kevin and Christie are skilled, intuitive coaches who know how to bring out the best leadership qualities of their client executives. Through clear and supportive feedback, they help clients become confident, articulate opinion-leaders.
Partner, Harbour; former VicePresident of Marketing, Macromedia
My team coordinated a number of spokespeople who ranged in age and experience. In addition, we were participating in a variety of events with very different audiences. TechTalk secured many of those events and then came in to provide speaker training. Kevin and Christie delivered on the very messages they taught. They had spent time doing their homework about our company and industry so that they not only could share their own expertise with us but also speak intelligently with our staff about our specialized field. Whether working with our executive staff or younger managers, they’d help identify unique talents and passions that could then be tapped in future speaking engagements. They kept mindful of the key messages we wanted to deliver as an organization and coached our spokespeople to develop their distinctive voices. While they were very effective teachers, their personal commitment to us was a level of dedication that differentiates them from others.
Element 79 Partners; former Director of Public Relations, Financial Engines