Brian J. Olds, president and founder of Black Speakers Network, is the cover of the September Speakers Magazine. He is on a mission to equip, connect, and inspire the next generation of Black professional speakers.
“In 2006, I stood up in a small classroom to deliver my first presentation in Toastmasters; I was afraid. I didn’t want to speak, but I knew I had to because instinctively I recognized that everything I wanted in life was waiting for me outside of my comfort zone. It was there that I discovered not only my passion for speaking but also my desire to create platforms to assist current and aspiring professional speakers in reaching the audience they were called to serve,” said Olds.
Brian J. Olds saw a gap in the marketplace, so he wanted to help current and aspiring black speakers gain clarity on their message, mission, their marketing, how to monetize and manage their speaking business to take it to the next level. He decided to start a Black Speakers Network (BSN) in 2016.
“As a speaker, marketing your business is essential. At BSN, we seek to create opportunities for our members by connecting them directly to top-level meeting planners and platform hosts that are in search of elite black professional speakers,” said Brian. BSN presence has grown organically – especially after he connected with Speakers Magazine’s publisher, Pam Perry in 2017.
This year, BSN plans an inaugural global summit. “We are hosting a three-day action-packed event of industry experts to train aspiring speakers,” said Olds. “The event is curated for professionals across all industries who want to reach the top of their speaking game and score major wins by tapping into expert secrets for unrivaled profitability,”. During our virtual event, attendees will gain exclusive insight on how to ignite their audience, seize the opportunity, and generate demand for their message long after they leave the platform.” He added.