Clay Hebert

Speaker | Marketing Strategist | Crowdfunding Hacks | Seth Godin Alternative MBA

Helping Financial Professionals Answer the Question “SO...WHAT DO YOU DO?”

We never get a second chance to make a first impression. But most of us blow it. Often.

We introduce ourselves hundreds of times every year. Yet most of us do it very poorly. After an embarrassing self-introduction to one of his heroes, Clay Hebert vowed to improve how he introduces himself. In this funny, energetic presentation, you’ll learn Clay’s simple six-words or less framework to develop a simple, confident way to introduce yourself or your business and start every relationship off on the right foot.

Clay Hebert delivers inspiring keynotes that help organizations tell better stories, grow their companies and do work that matters. He speaks frequently at conferences and client events on marketing, growth, storytelling, innovation, and creativity.

  • The Perfect Intro: How To Confidently Introduce Yourself Or Your Business (In Six Words Or Less)
  • Connections, Collisions And The Future Of Work

Clay has been called ‘The Brain’ by his colleagues and clients… now I can see why. I had the privilege of participating in his Perfect Intro workshop for one of my clients in the insurance industry and they were captivated by his knowledge, style, and delivery. His practical advice for sales leaders is fantastic. Each attendee left with their own version of the Perfect Intro they could use at conferences, on client appointments/pitches, social media profiles, and networking events. I was also able to work with him 1:1 on my Perfect Intro and participated his Perfect System consulting. He has literally saved me thousands of hours, emails, and also dollars. His system has streamlined the communications with our team and clients. Hire Clay. You will be so glad you did. He helps you win new business, drive sales, increase productivity and see results.
Neen James

His corporate speaking clients have included everyone from Accenture to Zappos as well as some of the top universities and nonprofits in the world.

Travels From:  California
City: San Diego
$10,001 to $15,000


After a decade at Accenture, the world’s largest consulting firm, Clay Hebert left corporate America and attended the most selective and unique marketing MBA program in the country, a six month journey working directly with Seth Godin and eight other amazing people.

Clay speaks at conferences around the globe on crowdfunding, innovation, creativity, marketing, entrepreneurship and the future of work. He has been a featured speaker at The Lean Startup Conference, LessConf, Blogworld, Social Fresh, World Domination Summit, Superhero You, Mastermind Talks, MisfitConf, The Work Revolution Summit, creativeLIVE, The Lean Startup Conference and more.

His corporate speaking clients have included everyone from Accenture to Zappos as well as some of the top universities and nonprofits in the world.

His work and writing has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, Lifehacker, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Inc. Magazine and The Next Web.


You never get a second chance to make a first impression.

But unfortunately, most of us blow it. Often.

We introduce ourselves all the time. And most of us do it poorly. One study says we meet about 1,000 new people per year on average. That’s about 80,000 people in a lifetime.

After an embarrassing introduction to one of his heroes, Clay developed ‘The Perfect Intro’ a simple framework to confidently introduce yourself or your business, in only six words or less.

His keynote explains why introducing yourself more clearly and confidently is important. Clay uses stories and examples to highlight the base framework and then explain how they can customize it (with more examples).

After the keynote, attendees are excited to test and talk through their new intros to find what works for them.

Key takeaways:

  • The three myths about introductions
  • Why we get introductions wrong (and how to get them right)
  • A simple formula to confidently introduce yourself or your business
  • How to have a different intro for each room and context (and when to use which)
  • Where you can (instantly) use your new introductions

The value of improved collaboration is clear. Better information sharing. Increased productivity. Enhanced innovation. Even a better corporate culture.

But many companies struggle with how to design, enable and measure collaboration in their organization. It took 12 years, an accidental discovery, multiple rejections, a serendipitous connection and an innovative marketing strategy for 3M to create and launch the Post-It Note, a now iconic product that accounts for hundreds of millions in revenue. But it almost never happened.

After a decade working at the largest consulting firm in the world (with over 390,000 employees) Clay spent years studying collaboration in companies large and small. In this entertaining talk, Clay explains not just how to encourage collaboration, but how to measure it and how to embed it in the culture of your organization.

Key takeaways:

  • Why so many companies struggle with collaboration
  • How to maximize the benefits of of collaboration using Sprints, Permitted Bootlegging and Microfailures
  • Simple, low-risk collaboration initiatives companies can implement immediately
  • How to measure your collaboration initiatives
  • How to increase ‘collisions’ and foster an internal culture of collaboration and innovation

Areas of expertise

  • The Perfect Intro
  • Crowd Funding
  • Collaboration
  • Marketing

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