Sept 1st, 2017 – How To Break Into The Speaking Industry

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How To Break Into The Speaking Industry

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Mark Castel

President of AEI Speakers Bureau

Mark Castel has over 30 years of experience as a lecture agent and bureau owner. After founding AEI Speakers bureau in 1991, Castel has been highly sought after by the media to comment on the lecture business. He has been interviewed by the New York Times, LA Times, The Wall Street Journal, Meetings and Incentives, and Training magazines. He has appeared as a guest on the Fox News program The O’Reilly Factor and interviewed on NPR’s All Things Considered. AEI Speakers Bureau was highlighted in an article that appeared in the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine and Jon Keller from WBZ news had him appear on a segment for the local CBS affiliate station.

Castel, a native of New York City, graduated from Fordham University in 1980. After working in New York City for two years promoting public seminars to corporations, he became a lecture agent in Boston. In 1991 he decided to start his own company with a business model that reflected the needs of AEI clients.

“AEI has been hugely successful because of our philosophy of making the client number one,” says Castel. “Most speaker bureaus consider the speakers as their clients. AEI recommends speakers that best suit the client’s needs. This means that we suggest only speakers that are an ideal fit for client events, even if they are represented by another bureau”.

Mark Castel is involved with many hobbies in his spare time. He is an avid sportsman, marksman, bow hunter and SCUBA diver, advancing to instructor and logging more than 1,000 cold water and technical dives. Castel has studied Tae Kwon Doe, Kick Boxing, and is an amateur mechanic with 1 VW from the 70’s and a Kelmark GT kit car which he built in 1980. Additionally, he spends time studying WWII history, gardening, clamming, diving in the summer and loves to cook gourmet meals (mostly with “lobsta”).

Castel met his wife Carolyn, a former client, while working on an event together. The Castels make their home in Greater Boston and have a lovely daughter, three labs, a basement full of sports memorabilia, pinball machines and WWII Allied and Axis collectibles.

 Learn more about Mark and AEI Speakers Bureau

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Marilee Driscoll

Keynote Speaker, President of National Speakers Association (New England), Consultant and Coach

Marilee Driscoll is a keynote speaker, strategy consultant and coach, and entrepreneur.  She is the president of the New England chapter of the National Speakers Association, the leading voice of the speaking profession.  She is a published author of a ‘Complete Idiot’s Guide’ book, and is finishing up 2 books for entrepreneurs and wannabe business owners (‘Sweet Spot’ and ‘Know Business’).

Marilee is passionate about business ownership.  She feels it is the best way for most of us to achieve real fulfillment, independence and leverage our legacy.  Her two current professional passions are BIZclub and

BIZclub is an easy and (very) affordable way for smart businesspeople to be consistently smarter, and get to more profits quicker with more ease.

Her second passion is and The Plymouth Show, a project she is running with support from the Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce.  Before April 2017, Plymouth hasn’t had a comprehensive events calendar – where visitors and residents could quickly and easily see the hundreds of events in the town in any month.

A graduate of BU, Marilee lived in Beacon Hill in her 20s, Charlestown in her 30s, and she now lives a mile from Plymouth Rock.

A surpressed advice columnist, Marilee is a devotee on Zen, and a regular meditator, and practices Pilates.  She is mom to a 10.2 lb. rescue Chihuahua who has a police record.

She has hugged Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, is friends with a 4-year cast member of The Deadliest Catch, and met Diane Keaton in The CBS Early Show green room in NYC.

Perhaps her proudest accomplishment is she is proud to be mom of 2 self-aware and self-supporting, feminist adult vegan sons (one in NYC, one in DC). Learn more about Marilee Driscoll

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Bobbie Carlton

Founder of Innovation Women, Carlton PR & Marketing and Innovation Nights

Bobbie Carlton is the founder of Innovation Women, an online “visibility” bureau, helping drive visibility for entrepreneurial, technical and innovative women through speaking engagements. Innovation Women helps connect event managers with awesome female speakers, thought leaders and subject matter experts, and avoid the embarrassment of the dreaded #allmalepanel.

In addition to Innovation Women, Bobbie also founded Carlton PR & Marketing, and Mass Innovation Nights, a free social media-powered new product showcase. MIN has launched more than 1000 new products which have received more than $2.1 billion in collective funding. MIN uses “crowdpromoting” strategies to encourage the local community to help promote local startups and new products to the benefit of all. Every month the program drives 2.8 million views, thousands of clicks and more visibility for local companies.

Bobbie was named one of “Ten Bostonians who have done the most for the startup community”, a recipient of a Mass High Tech All-star award, and a Boston Business Journal Woman to Watch. She was also the winner of the Marketing Sherpa Viral Campaign of the year.

Follow Bobbie on Twitter as @BobbieC @MassInno @WomenInno or @CarltonPRM


My name is Kit and I’m the founder of BostonSpeaks. I’ve started this monthly breakfast series in order to build a community where entrepreneurs, business professionals, workaholics and individuals could come together to get motivated, learn the latest tips and discover new insights. Feel free to follow me on Twitter @kitpangx 

Bio: Kit Pang is a Speaker Coach, TEDx, Inbound & Keynote Speaker and the founder of BostonSpeaks. He is on a mission to help individuals fall in love with public speaking. Kit has worked with CEOs, popular authors, celebrities, TEDx speakers and entrepreneurs looking to bring their speaking and presentation skills to the next level. @boston_speaks |




September 1st, 2017 | 8AM-10AM | Hatch Fenway, 401 Park Drive, 8th Floor Boston, MA 02215

Breakfast, Networking, Chit-Chat
Introductions, Sponsors, Announcements
Leadership, Communication and Entrepreneurial Educational Session
Panel Discussion
Closing, Shout-outs, Networking

What To Expect

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How Much Does This Event Cost?

Nada. It’s free!

How Long is the Event?

The event will be from 8am-10am. Seating will be first come, first serve. Be sure to arrive early as the room is usually packed. Feel free to leave at anytime. 

What Is This Event?

BostonSpeaks invites you to join our monthly panel breakfast series for the entrepreneurial community! Learn, network and get inspired every month as we invite some of the most exciting entrepreneurs and top thought leaders in Boston to discuss tricks-of-the-trade in their fields and the success principles they gained along the way! First Friday, Every Month!

How To Convince My Boss To Let Me Go

  1. Call in sick! (okay… just kidding but maybe not)
  2. The BostonSpeaks Series can be a great exposure for your organization. Would your boss (or even you!) like to speak at one of our upcoming events? Try this “Hey there, I just found out about this breakfast series that has the potential to offer valuable exposure for our organization and for you. I think it would be AMAZING if you were able to share your wisdom there.  It’s coming up this Friday, I would love to go and see if I can talk to the organizer about featuring you.” 
  3. Okay, if that doesn’t work…here’s an article.

What Is BostonSpeaks?

BostonSpeaks offers public speaking, presentation and communication training to help you get to the next level.

  • Do you want to become a more confident, engaging and inspiring speaker? 
  • Want to learn how to find speaking engagements and get paid to speak? Learn the business side of speaking.
  • Private coaching also available online and in-person.

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