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About Scott Harris…
Scott Harris is the president and founder of Mustang Marketing, a full-service marketing firm that has served Southern California businesses for nearly 30 years and grown into the biggest marketing firm in Ventura County.
But he has also spent the last 20 years building up a second career in speaking—to college students, business owners, non-profit organizations, elected officials and industry peers. Scott’s speaking success has made him a sought-after guest speaker throughout the state and granted him access to nationwide speaking engagements.
His business resume and experience are evident whenever Scott has the opportunity to speak on nearly every aspect of marketing, strategic planning, branding and business management. Scott has built his successful marketing company on strategically driven creative, and it is that tagline that fuels his marketing speeches and seminars: an emphasis on a strategic approach that brings the most out of any company’s marketing collateral.
His passion for education and belief that our future rests in the hands of the young has made college students his favorite audience, and prompted Scott to pursue other educational endeavors, including teaching community college courses, serving on university- and education-oriented boards and co-founding Pepperdine University’s Career Action Program, where he continues to mentor students today.
Suggested Keynote Programs…
The Power of 52
Define your success. Create your success. Live your success. This speech discusses how to achieve success in your life, highlighting the necessity of defining what that means to you personally. Scott uses the simplicity of a deck of cards to serve as time markers on potential achievements: one step, one week, one year at a time to get yourself to where you want to be in life. This starts with identifying your own goals and definition of success — a path of self-awareness that Scott helps facilitate with personal anecdotes, examples and insightful questions.
Don’t Hate Mondays
Build a life in which you do not dread Monday morning. It’s easy to love the weekends, but this speech centers on finding the right balance in your life between your career, where you live, social life, etc. so that you look forward to Mondays — or, at least, don’t hate them. It’s an easy barometer for knowing if one is on the right path, and Scott uses this measurement to help inspire his audiences to really think about what they want from their careers and life in general.
The world changes often and quickly. The days of landing a job right after college and retiring with the same company are a thing of the past. And for most of this generation of students, the odds are you won’t retire in the same industry that you start in. Which means that establishing your Personal Brand is more important than ever. This speech identifies the importance of a Personal Brand, and how to establish, grow and develop it so that it can work for you your entire life, providing you with a roadmap for navigating a variety of career paths filled with different jobs, industries and companies.
What They’re Saying…
“Scott’s humor and wry observations about life help platform ideas worth considering and, frankly, embracing. Broad interests, a first-class mind and a boatload of experiences render him not only good company but also a great speaker.”
Andrew K. Benton, President
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“For many years, Scott has been a guest speaker at our university on numerous subjects. Students and adults alike respond to his open and honest conversational style with interest and attention. He has been one of our most popular speakers.”
Chris Kimball, President
California Lutheran University
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“Scott is the thinking person’s Renaissance man. He’s an ideal speaker because he doesn’t just speak, he starts conversations. He connects ideas not only in his speeches, but prompts his audience to do so, as well. He provokes introspection. Choosing him for speaking engagements has always proven to be a good investment.”
Pam Eddinger, President
Bunker Hill Community College
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“Scott’s engaging and humorous style make his compelling messages not only enjoyable, but leaves his audiences wanting more. It usually takes him at least an hour to leave the venue because so many want to continue the ‘conversation.’ It is this personal style that makes everyone in the room feel he is speaking directly to them. A blend of voracious reading, addiction to current events and a willingness to continue learning gives each of his speeches something unique and special.”
Dianne McKay, District Trustee on the
Ventura County Community College Board
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“Scott’s survey [based on his speech] posed practical, compelling questions I never thought to consider. I have a much clearer understanding of my work and living expectations now — something I didn’t even gain in leadership coursework at UC Berkeley.”
Zahra A. Alamire, student
University of California, Berkeley
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“I found [Scott’s] speech to be very inspirational, and it got my mind turning. I have been thinking a lot about what [he] spoke of, and it has sparked a lot of new ideas in ways that I have never thought before. All that I needed was for somebody to speak to me in a different way, and voice the truth. Previously, I always wanted to create a successful business, but I now understand that I must define what success is for me, and than I can pursue whatever I need to in order to achieve that success. I hope to follow [his] words, and pave my own path for success.”
Jeffrey Tedmori, student at
California State University, Channel Islands