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"I Couldn't Lead 2 People In Silent Prayer in 2006" 

In 2006, I stood up in a small classroom to deliver my 1st presentation in Toastmasters, I WAS AFRAID. My sweaty palms trembled as I clenched my notes like a security blanket. 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… just outside of my confront 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.

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Hi, my name is Brian J. Olds, President and Founder of Black Speakers Network. I am on a mission to equip, connect and inspire the next generation of Black Professional Speakers. It doesn’t matter where you start, it only matters where you are going.

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I was the tall, skinny kid from Baltimore city who lived most of his life attempting to blend into the background and dared not to stick out. Born an introvert, I never thought I would one day stand in front of hundreds of people and confidently deliver speeches. Additionally, I never imagined that I would go on to be the founder of one of the fastest-growing and well-respected professional speaking development organizations for Black Speakers in the world.

 Here’s a direct quote from one of my favorite shows, “You’ll laugh at your fears when you find out who you are.” I can laugh now because I trusted my instinct and stepped out of my comfort zone to become the leader I am today. I SPEAK, TRAIN and EMPOWER audiences around the world to speak up by tapping into their unique gifts.

If you are a speaker, a meeting planner who needs speakers for your events, an an entrepreneur who wants to start speaking to grow your business, then I believe we have an incredible opportunity to work together. Step outside of your comfort zone and drop me a message.

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You have worked hard to write the best speech of your life. You practice day and night to memorize your message and finally the big day rolls around. Believe it or not there is a definite process to delivering a message that captures your audience’s attention, leave them hanging on your every word during your presentation and creating an experience that will impact them long after your speech is over.

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“It was a pleasure having Brian present the 5 C’s to Crafting Powerful Communication to the Student Development Services staff of Prince George’s Community College. The staff was very receptive to his presentation. Not only was Brian knowledgeable about how to work through challenges while communicating, he was conscious of his audience and the way they would use the information. There was also a bonus factor for the staff. Brian is a community college graduate and his accomplishments provided a testament to the great work the staff does at the community college. The staff saw evidence that motivating and encouraging students has its rewards. We look forward to working with Brian again.”

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- cheherazade W. Forman, EdD Dean, Student Development Services, Prince George’s Community College

He led an insightful, engaging and top rated masterclass!

"We thought of Brian as an awesome thought leader for our Elevate Your Career Virtual Conference to speak to our millennial professionals on how to improve their presentation skills. He lead an insightful, engaging and top rated masterclass on "The 5Cs of Powerful Presentations" and it was outstanding! We are so happy he spoke to our group and look forward to inviting Brian back again! Thanks again so much!"

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Brittany Cole, Founder at Career Thrivers

All my students are still raving about his session!

"Brian spoke to my students at Harford Community College and George Washington University and all my students are still raving about his session. He inspired and encouraged them through his guest lecture as well as provided them tools to move forward in their careers and life. Brian is an amazing speaker who can convey a message powerfully."

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Dr. Tammira Lucas, Executive Director of The Warnock Foundation & Co Founder of Moms As Entrepreneurs

Through his coaching, I have been able to land several speaking engagements very quickly!

"Brian is known as the “Curator of Collaboration” but he is much more than that. In the time that I’ve known Brian not only has he been overly generous with sharing his vast knowledge, but he has also the curator and Author of a #1 Best Selling Amazon book, Speak Up! The Ultimate Guide to Dominate in the Speaking Industry. This book is a must for every speaker, entrepreneur, and business professional. Brian is also a master coach. Through his coaching, I have been able to land several speaking engagements very quickly. The nuggets he has shared have not only transformed my speaking abilities but my networking and also added value to my business as a career coach which helped me to grow personally and professionally. As a polished professional, Brian is a gentleman and bold visionary leader. Every speaker needs a Brian on their personal board of directors." 

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