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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, Vikram Mansharamani, David Meerman Scott, Bill Taylor, Bill Walton, and Bob Woodward.

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Managing/Leading Change | Motivation | Leadership

LEADERSHIP Q&A: FIRST WOMAN USAF THUNDERBIRD PILOT IS ROCK-STAR AVIATOR

By: Tony D'Amelio
February 15th, 2018

COL. NICOLE MALACHOWSKI (USAF, RET.) has an indomitable spirit. Determined from the age of five to fly fighter jets, she went on to a distinguished 21-year career in the United States Air Force and became the first woman to be part of the Thunderbirds, the elite USAF air demonstration squadron. The ultimate high-performance-under-pressure team, Nicole and five other Thunderbirds flew at over 400 mph and 300 feet off the ground – separated by as little as 36 inches. Nicole is a rock star in military aviation and was inducted into the Women in Aviation International Pioneer Hall of Fame Museum.

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Managing/Leading Change | Motivation | Leadership | Organizational Culture

Col. Nicole Malachowski (USAF, Ret.), First Woman Thunderbird Pilot, Joins DN

By: Tony D'Amelio
January 16th, 2018

COL. NICOLE MALACHOWSKI (USAF, RET.), a rock star in military aviation, has just joined the D'Amelio Network which will manage her speaking career.

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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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Speaking Industry

Event Planning Checklist: Think Backward When Booking Event Speakers

By: Tony D'Amelio
October 17th, 2017

THE DRAMA-FREE WAY OF BOOKING EVENT SPEAKERS Choosing a speaker for an important event can become a frustrating experience. There are so many choices it can become difficult to know how to sift through them all. And then there’s the challenging process of getting all the stakeholders to agree on the candidate.

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Managing/Leading Change | Organizational Culture

WORKPLACE CULTURE MATTERS -- TOP SPEAKERS ON CORPORATE CULTURE

By: Tony D'Amelio
September 12th, 2017

Most leaders don’t need convincing that a focus on transforming organizational culture pays big dividends. What a company is to its customers is inextricably tied to the workplace culture it creates for its own people. Recognizing this direct link between corporate culture and competitiveness & profitability, the topic of culture is popular at business meetings and events.   Below I've highlighted advice from four top keynote speakers and seminar leaders who are popular choices for such meetings because their insights help jump-start fresh thinking.  Their ideas can help transform your culture to unleash the power of your organization. 

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Innovation | Motivation | Organizational Culture

DON'T LET GOALS BECOME LIMITS: ACHIEVING BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE

By: Tony D'Amelio
August 29th, 2017

MIKE ABRASHOFF'S "NO-LIMITS MANAGEMENT" CREATES A CULTURE OF INNOVATION What organization isn’t searching for a path to inspire breakthrough performance by engaging the employees differently? If you’re among them, this story will inspire some fresh thinking on the subject.

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IF YOU'RE BOOKING EVENT SPEAKERS, DON'T OVERLOOK PRE-EVENT CALLS

By: Tony D'Amelio
August 15th, 2017

TIPS FOR YOUR EVENT PLANNING CHECKLIST Taking your time to choose the right speaker is a great first step to a successful outcome. After that, a well-planned pre-event call, about 3-4 weeks in advance of your program, will make certain your speaker has the best chance to shine and meet your objectives.

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Corporate Event Planners FAQ: How the Speaking Industry Works

By: Tony D'Amelio
August 1st, 2017

As anyone who has been booking speakers for events can readily attest, the speaking industry can be one very confusing space to navigate to the outsider. Those of us on the inside are used to it, but if you only step into this world a few times a year, making sense of how things work can be a daunting prospect. As someone who’s been involved in bringing talent and audiences together for my entire career, I thought I’d offer up a few essential insights that would be useful to corporate event planners - both novice and veterans alike.

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Event Ideas | Speaking Industry

Event Planning Checklist (Pt 3): On-site Event Tips from Top Speakers

By: Tony D'Amelio
July 25th, 2017

This is the last in my series on avoiding disaster when booking event speakers. The idea is for top speakers to talk about their onsite experiences in a way that provides some useful lessons and reminders. Ideally, their insights will find their way into your event planning checklist.

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Event Ideas | Speaking Industry

Transform Your Event: Top Panel Moderator Creates Engaging Panel Discussions

By: Tony D'Amelio
July 18th, 2017

TAKE CONTROL OF THE CONTENT/MESSAGE How can you generate maximum impact from the outside speakers at your next meeting or conference? How can you make sure the speakers’ insights are relevant and focused on what matters most to your audience? In my years helping event planners wrestle with that challenge, I have found there is sometimes no substitute for adding an experienced interviewer, discussion leader, or panel moderator. The difference it can make to the quality of the content delivery can be sizable.

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Motivation | Leadership

Bill Walton: Learning to Lace My Shoes  was a John Wooden Success Lesson

By: Tony D'Amelio
July 11th, 2017

SUCCESS STARTS WITH THE FOUNDATION Basketball legend and top sports motivational speaker BILL WALTON will never forget his first practice under the legendary UCLA Bruins coach John Wooden.  Walton and the other star recruits, plus famous seniors and members of national championship UCLA teams, were anxious to get started.  But first, John Wooden says, “Men, this is how you put your shoes and socks on.”  Some of the returning players had been through this before; no matter - they were going to learn it again.   Walton, the country's top-recruited player that year, thought “WHAT!!!???!!!  We're top players!  We don't need this!" But learning to tie shoes properly was vital to Wooden.  It meant star players would never get a blister which would keep them from playing.  The team can’t be its best unless everyone’s able to play.    John Wooden is arguably the greatest coach of all-time, regardless of sport yet he never talked about winning.  Wooden taught his players to focus on doing their best; which meant practicing the fundamentals well.  Like the proper way to lace up shoes.  It was a John Wooden success lesson.   No matter what we do, the brilliant execution of the fundamentals is essential. Bill Walton credits the lessons he learned from Coach John Wooden for creating the foundation for his success on the court and in life.  A top sports motivational speaker, Bill draws on the wisdom of John Wooden and brings that message to audiences, as he does in this video:

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