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Tony D'Amelio

Tony has spent his career putting talented people and audiences together, first in the music business and later representing the world's leading speakers. After concluding 27 years as Executive Vice President of the Washington Speakers Bureau, Tony launched D'Amelio Network, a boutique firm that manages the speaking activities of a select group of experts on business, management, politics and current events. Clients include: Mike Abrashoff, Geoff Colvin, Katty Kay, Polly LaBarre, Nicole Malachowski, David Meerman Scott, Bill Taylor, Bill Walton, and Bob Woodward.

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Bill Walton | Motivation

A feel-good story for Valentine’s Day:  BILL WALTON leads with his heart

By: Tony D'Amelio
February 14th, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day! On the day that we celebrate the heart, I want to share a story about a very special man. Basketball legend BILL WALTON is a true gentle man whose limitless kindness toward others reveals deep humanity and enormous heart. Not a week goes by that I don't hear one or two stories about Bill's generosity of spirit, but this one especially caught my attention. 

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Mike Abrashoff

5 fun things about MIKE ABRASHOFF, author of It's Your Ship

By: Tony D'Amelio
February 7th, 2019

MIKE ABRASHOFF is widely known for his role in one of the most storied of organizational turnarounds. At age 36, Mike took command of the U.S. Navy's near-worst ship in the Pacific fleet, the USS Benfold. Within 12 months it became the best ship in the entire Navy…using the very same crew! That transformation vaulted Mike into near legendary status. He wrote three books on the subject - the most successful, It's Your Ship, has sold over 1.1 million copies.  Like all of us, there's more to Mike than what we know at the surface. Here are 5 fun you couldn't possible know about Mike Abrashoff - until now:

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Tips for booking the right speakers ebook

Event Planning Advice from Industry Professionals

Discover the dos and don'ts of booking speakers. Learn best practices for achieving success with speakers with this expert insight.

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Nicole Malachowski | Motivation | Organizational Culture

Breaking Barriers: 1st female Thunderbird pilot has message for women

By: Tony D'Amelio
January 31st, 2019

COL. NICOLE MALACHOWSKI (USAF, RET) wanted to fly military fighter jets since the age of five when she saw her first air show. She achieved that dream and then some. A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Nicole was among the first group of women to fly modern fighter aircraft, one of the first women to fly in combat (logging 188 combat hours), and the first-ever woman to fly in the USAF Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron. 

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Motivation

Keeping Up With Beloved Basketball Legend Bill Walton

By: Tony D'Amelio
January 29th, 2019

Keeping up with legendary basketball icon BILL WALTON, the most colorful and original sports personality on television, can be a real challenge. He is always on the move - making news and having fun. Here are some recent fun videos and articles on Bill:

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American Politics | Bob Woodward

Tony D'Amelio and Bob Woodward hit the road

By: Tony D'Amelio
January 25th, 2019

I was with BOB WOODWARD in Toronto and New Haven for public ticketed events in the past week. What amazes me most when we travel together is the awe and reverence people display when they meet him. I saw it over and over in the many events we've done together since the release of his latest book.  Steve Paikin, the popular veteran TVO broadcaster, was not immune to that feeling.  He moderated the Toronto event and wrote this piece recapping what he called “one of the greatest nights of my life.” 

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HR Focus | Future | Managing/Leading Change

Humans are Underrated: Geoff Colvin on LinkedIn Emerging Jobs Report

By: Tony D'Amelio
January 22nd, 2019

Fortune magazine just highlighted LinkedIn’s U.S. Emerging Jobs Report for 2018. LinkedIn measured the fastest growing jobs and skills in the country and is a window on the future of work. It highlights some stunning information like this:           -Top Five Emerging Jobs          -Top Five In-Demand Skills (Biggest Skills Gap)          -Top Five Majors for Professionals in Emerging Jobs          -Top Five Fastest-Growing by Job Title

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5 fun things to know about: Marketing expert DAVID MEERMAN SCOTT

By: Tony D'Amelio
January 8th, 2019

David Meerman Scott is well-known for his groundbreaking work identifying the new rules of marketing, PR, and social selling. He pioneered the word "newsjacking" to define a strategy he refined for getting attention for your product, service, or idea by tying it to breaking news. We thought it might be fun to look beyond his career and find out what really makes David tick. Here are the 5 fun things to know about David Meerman Scott. 1. David's first job was when he was 16 years old.  He worked after school and on Saturdays at the New Canaan Cheese Shop in CT.  At the time, he could cut a half pound of brie to within 2/100th of a pound nearly every time. At the New Canaan Cheese shot in CT.  David is on the right.

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Speaking Industry

1983 – The Year That Changed the Speaking Business

By: Tony D'Amelio
December 21st, 2018

As I was thinking back on 2018 I realized that this year is the 25th anniversary of a milestone event that rocked the speaking industry; something that’s not been repeated since. If you were in the industry back in 1983, you’ll remember just how profoundly things changed. 

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What drives your business success? It could be different from what you think.

By: Tony D'Amelio
December 12th, 2018

It's a ritual for business folk to take stock at the end of the year and consider changes that might make business in the new year even better.  If that’s on your agenda too, the conversation I had with Dario Presutto, the man who's cut my hair for more than 33 years, might be of interest. Dario Salon is on West 55th Street in New York and he is absolutely amazing. If you’re ever in the city – Dario really IS the man to see!

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American Politics

BBC's KATTY KAY Immortalized on Saturday Night Live and Jeopardy

By: Tony D'Amelio
December 6th, 2018

BBC News anchor KATTY KAY can cross off two big honors this month. SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE PARODIED KATTY IN A SKIT THIS WEEKEND BBC News anchor can cross off two big honors this month. First, Saturday Night Live parodied MSNBC’s Morning Joe program following the announcement that the show’s co-hosts, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, got married in November.  "Katty" was shown trying to get a word in edgewise – and then comes back at the very end. Watch the whole 6:06 if you can – very funny.  Katty later posted on Twitter, "So now that Claire Foy’s played me on SNL⁩ - can I play the Queen?"

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