Topics: Acting for Entrepreneurs, Political Correctness, Business Building, College Speaking, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Networking, Personal Development
Areas: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York; National
Titles: Business Development Coach, Author, Entertainment Speaker
In a Nutshell
Can mastering the art of storytelling boost sales and leadership skills? “Actors are often sales people, even when they’re not onstage,” says Clyde Long, a lifelong performer who grew up working dinner theater in his father’s theater company. The founder of Riddlesbrood, his own successful company, Clyde is also a powerful keynote speaker who shows entrepreneurs and corporations how to use acting techniques to boost sales and profits. “Actors are trained in the best and most effective ways to grab your attention,” he points out, “and you can use the same skills for team building and to hook customers and clients.” In his fun, entertaining presentations, Clyde reveals the secrets of presence, personal magnetism, tonality and pitch, vocal volume, and nonverbal communication which are “Acting 101,” but often seriously lacking in the corporate and entrepreneurial worlds. “By using storytelling in everyday interactions,” says Clyde, “you can both boost sales, build effective teams, and strengthen your branding!”
Is your group or business struggling with issues of “political correctness”? In a second, provocative keynote, Clyde takes a hard yet entertaining look at the PC issue and how it affects our lives. If you’re wondering how to navigate these turbulent waters, both personally and professionally, Clyde’s eye-opening talk may gently challenge your own beliefs about free speech and tolerance. As a performer, Clyde has seen it all, and his interactive presentation gives the audience an opportunity to explore this risky subject openly, without fear, including the impact PC is having on the worlds of business, comedy and entertainment.
Whether you opt for his talk on boosting your business through storytelling or how to navigate the PC world, your audience will leave Clyde Long’s presentations thoroughly entertained and with new skills to improve their lives.
Clyde began performing as a child in his father’s theater company and has appeared in more than 5,000 shows to date. He started his own company, Riddlesbrood, in 2000, and today it’s one of the most popular companies in the New York-New Jersey area, performing more than 100 murder mysteries and dinner theater shows per year.
He served in the military for four years as an Army paratrooper.
Clyde has written over 20 scripts, directed more than 35 shows, and his novel, The Greatest Brochure in the World, demonstrates how storytelling can flesh out and pump up your brand.
What people are saying…
“[Your performance was] truly one of the highlights of the entire two-day meeting and did much for morale.”
– Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association, Manheim, PA
Offered as keynotes, breakouts, seminars or workshops, retreats, trainings and webinars, and customized for your group. Clyde is also available as a panel guest or moderator.
How to Survive and Thrive in Today’s Politically Correct World
Speech and language dictate thought, and when we limit or allow others to limit what is permissible to say, we allow others to limit what we think. This is a danger to a free society. This provocative presentation will challenge the audience to see the prevailing beliefs of political correctness in a new light and show the irrationality, hypocrisy and illogic that often underpins the call for censorship.
Promote Your Brand through Storytelling
This presentation will show your audience how storytelling can be a useful channel to use when promoting your brand in the marketplace. Humans are hardwired to listen and remember stories, yet most companies boil down their features and benefits to mere bullet points. This is a mistake and results in a ‘tuning out’ by potential clients. But folding your business and its mission into a story makes your brand more compelling, and it’s a powerful way to stand out from your competitors!
Acting Tips for Leaders, Sales Reps and Entrepreneurs
Actors often are sales people when they are not onstage. Why? Because we like to talk! Plus, we’re trained in the best and most effective ways to get the attention of an audience of listeners. These techniques can be applied not just to the stage but to many areas of life, including business, leadership and sales. You’ll learn how presence, personal magnetism, tonality and pitch, vocal volume, and nonverbal communication—all acting 101—are skills that you can develop and put to use right now in your personal and professional life.
“I grew up in the entertainment industry working with my father at a dinner theater in South Jersey and started my own theater company in 2000. I have personally been in over 5,000 shows in my lifetime, and as a company, we have performed over 1,500 shows. Currently Riddlesbrood is one of the most successful and vibrant theater companies in the New York-New Jersey area, performing more than 150 murder mysteries and dinner theater shows per year at multiple locations. In addition, we produce three large Broadway-style shows for the “Arts on the MOVE” Performing Arts Program for children and teens.”
You pull the curtain aside and barely perceive a dark blur hanging in the back of the theater. Something lurks behind the audience—peering betwixt innocent faces. Looking over slumped shoulders; encroaching, watching and waiting for a sign to invade. What this thing is you cannot tell. Yet, sometimes, Reader, seemingly innocent brochures can peddle more than mere amenities. Sometimes, they unfold into the inexplicable—unshrouding dark things long kept hidden. For, while some act upon the stage, a drama of a more wicked order plays out among the crowd. Make no mistake, you are on the precipice of being drawn into a baffling riddle which will likely unnerve you—a perilous pathway to theater’s crueler side… Read more