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

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(September 2017)

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”. Learn more about AEI Speakers Bureau

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Marilee Driscoll

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

Marilee Driscoll has been helping businesses and individuals accomplish their goals for over 18 years.  She helps businesses identify their “sweet spot” — strategically crafting what they offer to best succeed in the marketplace….and then communicating to the right people through smart branding and messaging.

She works with business owners and organizations who want to develop and implement an intelligent, no-nonsense, sustainable brand and system to increase profitability and customer satisfaction.

In addition to her business strategy work, Marilee is also a leading voice on the topic of long-life planning in general, and long term care planning in particular.  A former insurance agent, CLU, and national instructor for the Certified Senior Advisor designation, Marilee saw her beloved grandmother need 10 years of care from age 89-99.  Author of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Long-term Care Planning,” Marilee is uniquely qualified to speak on the topic of long-life planning, and has spoken to thousands of people on the topic, from professionals at Estate Planning Council meetings to employees at Toyota’s at women’s conferences. Learn more about Marilee Driscoll 


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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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Interested in becoming a local partner? Contact Kit Pang at


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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Interested in Volunteering, Sponsoring or Speaking?

Please send an email to Kit Pang at

What Are You Waiting For?

This will not be your typical Friday morning.

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