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Capitol City Speakers Bureau's Rita and Mike Klemm are pleased to welcome a new granddaughter to the family. Baby and Mom are doing great!


25th AnniversaryAt Capitol City Speakers Bureau, we've experienced some major changes over the last 26 years. In 1993, email wasn't yet used by the masses. Google hadn't been founded. The Dow teetered around 3,300. In January of 1993, a start-up company named the Capitol City Speakers Bureau began operations. Client contacts were stored in the Rolodex pictured above. Our first website didn't even launch until four years later!

But change hasn't been the only constant for us throughout our 26 years in business. Our superior customer service and our respected relationships with speakers and event planners remain steadfast even as we adjust and grow. Twenty-five years later, we are grateful for both the changes and the constants.

We no longer use that Rolodex, but today we book the most prominent business leaders, sports personalities, motivational speakers and healthcare experts across the industry! As we commemorate 26 years in January 2019, we are celebrating each and every opportunity to help thrill your audience and make your event a tremendous success. We extend our deepest gratitude for your trust and support!




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2019 Cavett Award Winner

Phil Van Hooser



2019 CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame Inductees!

Carey Lohrenz, CSP, CPAE Bill Stainton, CSP, CPAE Rory Vaden, CSP, CPAE





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The 10 Decision The 10¢ Decision: How Small Change Pays Off Big

In this short, easy-to-read book, Laurie Guest shares the insights she gained in each phase of her working life. During every endeavor, she remained committed to providing great service to every customer/patient/guest she encountered. She has also collected quite a few examples through the years that prove each of her points in a relatable fashion. The 10¢ Decision: How Small Change Pays Off Big shares 11 guiding principles of customer service, as well as techniques to attract and keep new customers in a way that doesn't have to cost a fortune.

Do Business Better: Traits, Habits, and Actions To Help You Succeed

After speaking to companies such as Merck, Land O'Lakes, and Cargill, and 2,000 audiences across the world, Damian Mason, successful businessman, agriculturalist, podcaster, and writer, wants to help you achieve your entrepreneurial goals and live a better life. While other business books claim to tell you how to reach success, they fall short because they don't address the fact that success is different for each of us. Do Business Better helps you define success on your terms, then shows you how to achieve it.

Do Business Better

Fearless Success Fearless Success: Beyond High Performance

The quest for perfection is not only possible, it's actually our natural state. The underlying "Glad To Be Here" ethos is at the core of everything author and former Blue Angel pilot, John Foley teaches. With this foundation in place, any individual or team looking to achieve greatness can easily understand and implement John's tools and processes. Imagine what the same preparation and mindset that allowed him to fly in formation mere inches apart from another jet can do for you and your organization. In Fearless Success, John gives us the secrets that elite performers know and practice on a daily basis.

The Best Sales Book Ever / The Best Sales Leadership Book Ever

Two powerful books in one from sales experts Connie PodestaConnie Podesta and Meridith Elliott Powell. Whether you work in Sales or Sales Leadership, this book is -hands down- the resource you need right now. Comprehensive strategies. Straight talk. Brilliant insights that can transform your career. If you want to sell more, make more money, land larger customers, build stronger relationships, and get the recognition you deserve, The Best Sales Book Ever describes exactly how to do it. The Best Sales Leadership Book Ever provides you with a concise, candid discussion about the leadership habits and behaviors that are critical if you want to develop a high-producing, goal-smashing Sales team.

Best Sales Leadership/Sales Book Ever

Eat REAL Cookbook Eat REAL Cookbook: 28-Day Kickstart

Increase your appetite for naturally disease-preventing foods, slash junk food cravings for the whole family, and develop an "innate" ability to get dinner on the table with Zonya Foco's Eat REAL Cookbook! Join Zonya on a "nothing processed" journey that focuses on wholesome and delicious REAL food, with its variety of health-boosting nutrients. This 28-Day REAL Food Kickstart is just the thing to step you and your family into a healthy (and waist-whittling!) REAL food eating lifestyle that is so crazy delicious, you will feel like the family meal hero of the decade!

The Algorithmic Leader: How to Be Smart When Machines Are Smarter Than You

Futurist and global nomad Mike Walsh has synthesized years of research and interviews with some of the world's top business leaders, AI pioneers, and data scientists into a set of 10 principles about what it takes to succeed in the algorithmic age. The Algorithmic Leader offers a hopeful and practical guide for leaders of all types, and organizations of all sizes, to survive and thrive in this era of unprecedented change. By applying Mike's 10 core principles, readers will be able to design their own journey of personal transformation, harness the power of algorithms, and chart a clear path ahead--for their company, their team, and themselves.

The Algorithmic Leader




Many of the speaker's bio pages on our website include video clips of speeches, interviews and performances. We are constantly updating and adding to our Video Library. Watch speakers in action right from your computer!




2019 Class of Certified Speaking Professionals!

Axel Liebetrau, CSP
Barbara Khozam, CSP
Cheryl Knowlton, CSP
Corey Perlman, CSP
Darcy Luoma, CSP
David Fram, CSP
Douglas Andrew, CSP
Dr. Volker Busch, CSP
Eddie Turner, CSP
Elizabeth McCormick, CSP
Graeme Newell, CSP
Hilary Blair, CSP
Holly Hoffman, CSP
Isabelle Fontaine, CSP
James Robilotta, CSP
Jan Ditgen, CSP
Janel Anderson, PhD, CSP
Jennifer Eggers, CSP
Joe Mull, CSP
Joe Schmit, CSP
Kim Hodous, CSP
Laura Williams, CSP
Laurie Maddalena, CSP
Lisa Ryan, CSP
Mark Brown, CSP
Mark Fenner, CSP
Michelle Villalobos, CSP
Niklas Myhr, PhD, CSP
Pamela Robinson, CSP
Paul Meshanko, CSP
Peter Margaratis, CSP, MAcc, CSP
Phil Jones, CSP
Ramon Ray, CSP
Sarah McVanel, CSP
Scott Crabtree, CSP
Shawna Suckow, CSP
Sherene McHenry, PhD, CSP
Sheri Prentiss, MD, MPH, CPS/A, CSP
Stan Phelps, CSP
Tami Evans, CSP
Thomas Frey, CSP




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