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Shane Snow

Bestselling Author of "Smartcuts" & Chief Creative Officer of Contently

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Shane Snow Biography

“The next Gladwell.” That's what fans and critics from Forbes to The L.A. Times are calling innovation expert and keynote speaker Shane Snow, the bestselling author of SMARTCUTS: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success. An award-winning entrepreneur and journalist, Snow has been declared a “Wunderkind" by The New York Times, a “Digital Maverick” by Details Magazine, and his work “Insanely addicting” by GQ.

Snow is the Chief Creative Officer of Contently, a technology company he co-founded in 2010 with the mission of creating a better media world. Contently has helped more than 50,000 freelance journalists build better careers, and provides publishing tools and creative talent for Fortune 500 companies from American Express to GE to Coca-Cola. Snow’s writing has appeared in Wired Magazine, The New Yorker, Fast Company, The Washington Post, Time and many more. He’s been named one of Forbes and Inc.’s "30 Under 30," BusinessInsider’s "Coolest People In Tech," Folio’s "15 Under 30 Magazine Innovators," a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and a recipient of Columbia University’s 2014 Innovator Award “for furthering the cause of journalism."

In his inspiring keynote presentations, Snow shatters common wisdom about success, distillling patterns from years of studying rapidly successful companies and people in a dynamic style that’s been described as “Good to Great meets MacGyver.” Through gripping stories and thought-provoking research, he offers fresh insight related to personal development, organizational growth, innovation, change management and resilience. Takeaways include why some groups are able to achieve incredible things in implausibly short amounts of time while others fall by the wayside, how to beat roadblocks and plateaus in business and life, and how to approach creative problem solving through what psychologists call "lateral thinking."

The BBC says that Snow’s ideas, "could change your life," and Maxim Magazine adds, "Snow is not telling you how to succeed; he's daring you to do it."

Speaking Topics
  • The Evolution of Media: How Technology & Content Can Impact a Brand & the Bottom Line

    In a world where “every brand is a publisher,” Shane Snow, founder of Contently, says to win at business, brands need to make content, and make it about their audience. But, as companies start building digital newsrooms, what do they need to succeed? Dynamic and informative, Snow challenges businesses to embrace the evolution of media by suggesting that giving away audience-focused content is cheaper, more inspiring and better for the world than interruptive marketing. Attendees will come away with an understanding of how to use digital media to win customers and advocates at a fraction of the cost per acquisition of traditional advertising.

  • Those Who Tell the Stories Rule the World

    The number one business skill of the next decade is not what you think. Shane Snow, founder of Contently and journalist for Wired and Fast Company, says that storytelling will be the key driver of 21st century business at both macro and micro levels — and he has the research to prove it. Why do twice as many people trust J.K. Rowling as a leader than the Queen? How do some brands steal and maintain massive market share in a few years, and how do even the most introverted employees manage to drive innovation and climb the ladder faster than others who’ve paid dues longer than them? The answer to all of these is the same: through the power of great stories. In his signature blending of dramatic narrative and rigorous science, Snow shows why stories work at a neurological level, how both businesses at large and individuals who work in them can — and must — harness the power of story to build relationships and make people care like never before.

  • Accelerating Innovation in the Age of Disruption

    Years of research have crystallized this fact: Breakthrough innovation happens when we rethink conventional wisdom. But how do you train yourself — and your organization — to think differently? How do you foster an environment where it’s safe to do so, where innovation can thrive without destroying your business? And how do you insulate yourself from disruption from fast-moving competitors? In this dynamic session, bestselling author and innovation expert Shane Snow packages rigorous research and compelling data with engaging stories that will inspire your teams and provide you with a formula for unlocking innovation in any industry.

  • Smartcuts for Spurring & Managing Change

    Change is hard. But opportunity happens in the gaps between the old and the new. How do the world’s most innovative companies manage to not only endure change, but harness it to climb to new heights — both at a macro, business level and in individual teams and projects? How do typewriter makers and children’s hospitals stay alive in the face of market shifts and competitive challenges? What can established businesses learn from revolutionaries, crazy geniuses and comedians to help manage changes big and small? In this dynamic keynote, bestselling author Shane Snow applies his Smartcuts framework to your unique industry challenges, with takeaways for leaders, managers and those on the front lines.

  • Smartcuts: How to Accelerate Success That Matters in Business & Life

    How did Jimmy Fallon get his big break on SNL as an unknown kid from Upstate New York? How did change makers turn Finland’s school system around? How did Youtube tycoon Michelle Phan, the fastest-rising U.S. presidents and the 2nd African American shoe designer in history climb to the top and achieve incredible things faster than expected? In this high-energy session, award-winning journalist and entrepreneur Shane Snow brings research and stories to life, showing attendees a framework for finding smarter paths to big goals and breakthroughs, and how to beat the plateau and generate momentum in work and life.

Videos
Books
Dream Teams: Working Together Without Falling Apart

Dream Teams: Working Together Without Falling Apart

The Storytelling Edge: How to Transform Your Business, Stop Screaming into the Void, and Make People Love You

The Storytelling Edge: How to Transform Your Business, Stop Screaming into the Void, and Make People Love You

Smartcuts: The Breakthrough Power of Lateral Thinking

Smartcuts: The Breakthrough Power of Lateral Thinking

Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success

Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success

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  • How do I book Shane Snow to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Shane Snow for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Shane Snow, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Shane Snow or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Shane Snow

    Speaking fees for Shane Snow, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Shane Snow are $10,000 - $20,000 for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Shane Snow, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Shane Snow speak about?

    Shane Snow is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Culture, Journalism, Media, Motivation, Personal Growth, Publishing, Science and Technology, Speakers by Industry, Technology Speakers.
  • Where does Shane Snow travel from?

    Shane Snow generally travels from New York, NY, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Shane Snow’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Shane Snow for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Shane Snow for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Shane Snow or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.
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Bestselling Author of "Smartcuts" & Chief Creative Officer of Contently

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Shane Snow Biography

“The next Gladwell.” That's what fans and critics from Forbes to The L.A. Times are calling innovation expert and keynote speaker Shane Snow, the bestselling author of SMARTCUTS: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success. An award-winning entrepreneur and journalist, Snow has been declared a “Wunderkind" by The New York Times, a “Digital Maverick” by Details Magazine, and his work “Insanely addicting” by GQ.

Snow is the Chief Creative Officer of Contently, a technology company he co-founded in 2010 with the mission of creating a better media world. Contently has helped more than 50,000 freelance journalists build better careers, and provides publishing tools and creative talent for Fortune 500 companies from American Express to GE to Coca-Cola. Snow’s writing has appeared in Wired Magazine, The New Yorker, Fast Company, The Washington Post, Time and many more. He’s been named one of Forbes and Inc.’s "30 Under 30," BusinessInsider’s "Coolest People In Tech," Folio’s "15 Under 30 Magazine Innovators," a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and a recipient of Columbia University’s 2014 Innovator Award “for furthering the cause of journalism."

In his inspiring keynote presentations, Snow shatters common wisdom about success, distillling patterns from years of studying rapidly successful companies and people in a dynamic style that’s been described as “Good to Great meets MacGyver.” Through gripping stories and thought-provoking research, he offers fresh insight related to personal development, organizational growth, innovation, change management and resilience. Takeaways include why some groups are able to achieve incredible things in implausibly short amounts of time while others fall by the wayside, how to beat roadblocks and plateaus in business and life, and how to approach creative problem solving through what psychologists call "lateral thinking."

The BBC says that Snow’s ideas, "could change your life," and Maxim Magazine adds, "Snow is not telling you how to succeed; he's daring you to do it."

Shane Snow Speaking Topics

  • The Evolution of Media: How Technology & Content Can Impact a Brand & the Bottom Line

    In a world where “every brand is a publisher,” Shane Snow, founder of Contently, says to win at business, brands need to make content, and make it about their audience. But, as companies start building digital newsrooms, what do they need to succeed? Dynamic and informative, Snow challenges businesses to embrace the evolution of media by suggesting that giving away audience-focused content is cheaper, more inspiring and better for the world than interruptive marketing. Attendees will come away with an understanding of how to use digital media to win customers and advocates at a fraction of the cost per acquisition of traditional advertising.

  • Those Who Tell the Stories Rule the World

    The number one business skill of the next decade is not what you think. Shane Snow, founder of Contently and journalist for Wired and Fast Company, says that storytelling will be the key driver of 21st century business at both macro and micro levels — and he has the research to prove it. Why do twice as many people trust J.K. Rowling as a leader than the Queen? How do some brands steal and maintain massive market share in a few years, and how do even the most introverted employees manage to drive innovation and climb the ladder faster than others who’ve paid dues longer than them? The answer to all of these is the same: through the power of great stories. In his signature blending of dramatic narrative and rigorous science, Snow shows why stories work at a neurological level, how both businesses at large and individuals who work in them can — and must — harness the power of story to build relationships and make people care like never before.

  • Accelerating Innovation in the Age of Disruption

    Years of research have crystallized this fact: Breakthrough innovation happens when we rethink conventional wisdom. But how do you train yourself — and your organization — to think differently? How do you foster an environment where it’s safe to do so, where innovation can thrive without destroying your business? And how do you insulate yourself from disruption from fast-moving competitors? In this dynamic session, bestselling author and innovation expert Shane Snow packages rigorous research and compelling data with engaging stories that will inspire your teams and provide you with a formula for unlocking innovation in any industry.

  • Smartcuts for Spurring & Managing Change

    Change is hard. But opportunity happens in the gaps between the old and the new. How do the world’s most innovative companies manage to not only endure change, but harness it to climb to new heights — both at a macro, business level and in individual teams and projects? How do typewriter makers and children’s hospitals stay alive in the face of market shifts and competitive challenges? What can established businesses learn from revolutionaries, crazy geniuses and comedians to help manage changes big and small? In this dynamic keynote, bestselling author Shane Snow applies his Smartcuts framework to your unique industry challenges, with takeaways for leaders, managers and those on the front lines.

  • Smartcuts: How to Accelerate Success That Matters in Business & Life

    How did Jimmy Fallon get his big break on SNL as an unknown kid from Upstate New York? How did change makers turn Finland’s school system around? How did Youtube tycoon Michelle Phan, the fastest-rising U.S. presidents and the 2nd African American shoe designer in history climb to the top and achieve incredible things faster than expected? In this high-energy session, award-winning journalist and entrepreneur Shane Snow brings research and stories to life, showing attendees a framework for finding smarter paths to big goals and breakthroughs, and how to beat the plateau and generate momentum in work and life.

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FAQs on booking Shane Snow

  • How do I book Shane Snow to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Shane Snow for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Shane Snow, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Shane Snow or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Shane Snow

    Speaking fees for Shane Snow, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Shane Snow are $10,000 - $20,000 for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Shane Snow, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Shane Snow speak about?

    Shane Snow is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Culture, Journalism, Media, Motivation, Personal Growth, Publishing, Science and Technology, Speakers by Industry, Technology Speakers.
  • Where does Shane Snow travel from?

    Shane Snow generally travels from New York, NY, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Shane Snow’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Shane Snow for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Shane Snow for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Shane Snow or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Shane Snow is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as The Evolution of Media: How Technology & Content Can Impact a Brand & the Bottom Line, Those Who Tell the Stories Rule the World, Accelerating Innovation in the Age of Disruption, Smartcuts for Spurring & Managing Change and Smartcuts: How to Accelerate Success That Matters in Business & Life. The estimated speaking fee range to book Shane Snow for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Shane Snow generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Jeffrey Kluger, Christopher Elliott, Julian Baggini, Sabine Heller and Radhika Jones. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Shane Snow for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Shane Snow Speaking Topics

  • The Evolution of Media: How Technology & Content Can Impact a Brand & the Bottom Line

    In a world where “every brand is a publisher,” Shane Snow, founder of Contently, says to win at business, brands need to make content, and make it about their audience. But, as companies start building digital newsrooms, what do they need to succeed? Dynamic and informative, Snow challenges businesses to embrace the evolution of media by suggesting that giving away audience-focused content is cheaper, more inspiring and better for the world than interruptive marketing. Attendees will come away with an understanding of how to use digital media to win customers and advocates at a fraction of the cost per acquisition of traditional advertising.

  • Those Who Tell the Stories Rule the World

    The number one business skill of the next decade is not what you think. Shane Snow, founder of Contently and journalist for Wired and Fast Company, says that storytelling will be the key driver of 21st century business at both macro and micro levels — and he has the research to prove it. Why do twice as many people trust J.K. Rowling as a leader than the Queen? How do some brands steal and maintain massive market share in a few years, and how do even the most introverted employees manage to drive innovation and climb the ladder faster than others who’ve paid dues longer than them? The answer to all of these is the same: through the power of great stories. In his signature blending of dramatic narrative and rigorous science, Snow shows why stories work at a neurological level, how both businesses at large and individuals who work in them can — and must — harness the power of story to build relationships and make people care like never before.

  • Accelerating Innovation in the Age of Disruption

    Years of research have crystallized this fact: Breakthrough innovation happens when we rethink conventional wisdom. But how do you train yourself — and your organization — to think differently? How do you foster an environment where it’s safe to do so, where innovation can thrive without destroying your business? And how do you insulate yourself from disruption from fast-moving competitors? In this dynamic session, bestselling author and innovation expert Shane Snow packages rigorous research and compelling data with engaging stories that will inspire your teams and provide you with a formula for unlocking innovation in any industry.

  • Smartcuts for Spurring & Managing Change

    Change is hard. But opportunity happens in the gaps between the old and the new. How do the world’s most innovative companies manage to not only endure change, but harness it to climb to new heights — both at a macro, business level and in individual teams and projects? How do typewriter makers and children’s hospitals stay alive in the face of market shifts and competitive challenges? What can established businesses learn from revolutionaries, crazy geniuses and comedians to help manage changes big and small? In this dynamic keynote, bestselling author Shane Snow applies his Smartcuts framework to your unique industry challenges, with takeaways for leaders, managers and those on the front lines.

  • Smartcuts: How to Accelerate Success That Matters in Business & Life

    How did Jimmy Fallon get his big break on SNL as an unknown kid from Upstate New York? How did change makers turn Finland’s school system around? How did Youtube tycoon Michelle Phan, the fastest-rising U.S. presidents and the 2nd African American shoe designer in history climb to the top and achieve incredible things faster than expected? In this high-energy session, award-winning journalist and entrepreneur Shane Snow brings research and stories to life, showing attendees a framework for finding smarter paths to big goals and breakthroughs, and how to beat the plateau and generate momentum in work and life.

Shane Snow Speaker Videos

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    Creating Content That Makes a Difference

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All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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