The Business of Speaking with Stan Phelps

Join host Tim McDonald on The Business of Speaking Show as he’s joined by guest Stan Phelps to discuss how he got involved in speaking, what he’s learned along the way and how he’s made it look easy transitioning to online and virtual events. 

Tune in LIVE on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at 9:00am EDT on YouTube. If you can’t make it live, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel and get notified when the video is added to our playlist. 

Who is Stan Phelps?

Stan Phelps is the Founder of, a think tank of customer experience and employee engagement experts based at the Frontier in Research Triangle Park. He is a TEDx speaker, Forbes contributor, IBM Futurist and Certified Speaking Professional that inspires leaders to think differently about their most important stakeholders. Stan’s keynotes and workshops focus on the value of customer experience as a competitive differentiator and the importance of employee engagement in building a strong corporate culture. He has spoken at over 400 events in 16 countries (US, Canada, UK, Spain, Ecuador, Peru, The Netherlands, Japan, Russia, France, Germany, Australia, Bahrain, Malaysia, Israel, Singapore, Vietnam, and Sweden) for Fortune 500 brands such as IBM, Target, ESPN, UPS, Ricoh, GSK, Tesco, and Citi.

Stan challenges brands to explore new opportunities, showing them how to be more successful in tomorrow’s changing world. Working with clients to create keynotes and workshops that are memorable, meaningful and on-brand. 

He’s the author of 10 books: Purple Goldfish, Green Goldfish, Golden Goldfish, Blue Goldfish, Purple Goldfish-Service Edition, Red Goldfish, Pink Goldfish, Purple Goldfish-Franchise Edition, Yellow Goldfish, and Gray Goldfish. They all focus on the little ways to drive differentiation, increase loyalty, and promote positive word of mouth.

Prior to focusing on speaking, Stan held leadership positions at IMG, adidas, and the PGA of America. He also spent seven years as Chief Solutions Officer at Synergy, an award winning experiential marketing agency. At Synergy, he helped create larger than life brand experiences for brands such as KFC, M&M’s, Starbucks and organizations such as NASCAR, MLS, and the USTA. 

Stan started writing and speaking in 2009 on the belief that “differentiation via added value” can be a game changing strategy. For far too long, the overwhelming majority of marketing has fixated on the eyes and ears of the prospect. Not enough has been focused on creating experiences for current customers that drive referrals. Great customer experience is about being so remarkable that people can’t help but talk about you. That if you absolutely delight someone – they will not only come back, but they’ll bring their friends.

Stan received his BS in Marketing and Human Resources from Marist College, a JD/MBA from Villanova University, and a certificate for Achieving Breakthrough Service from Harvard Business School. 

He is a Past-President of the AMA Triangle, a 700+ member chapter of the American Marketing Association. He also currently serves on the Advisory Board for Special Spectators. Stan lives in Cary, North Carolina with his wife Jennifer and two boys Thomas & James.

Connect with Stan on Twitter , Facebook, LinkedIn ,  and of course YouTube and his website.


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