Hire agency expert speaker Karl Sakas for your event
Want happy audiences and high attendance at your upcoming marketing conference, association meeting, or virtual event? Hire me—author and agency expert Karl Sakas—to speak. Four countries, 28 states… and your event next!
You’ll get an interactive ‘edutainment’ talk, filled with concrete advice. As a former event organizer myself (100+ events, including a 2-day conference with hundreds of guests), I always look for ways to make your life easier and make you look good.
My advice helps agency leaders conquer growing pains, with get-the-audience-laughing talks on agency strategy, leadership, and client relationships. Watch the video below to see for yourself.
“Karl exudes energy and passion for his work with digital agencies. I had the pleasure of moderating his talk about what digital marketing agencies should consider in their services mix at SMX East in NYC. Karl is an excellent and engaging public speaker. I highly recommend him and look forward to working with him again soon.”
See Karl deliver a mini-keynote.
Want to improve as an agency leader? Here’s my top advice in under 8 minutes!
I speak 20 times a year to audiences at marketing conferences, association meetings, and virtual events. Past events include AAF, AIGA, AMA, BOLO, Bureau of Digital, INBOUND, PRSA Counselors Academy, The SoDA Academy, and more.
Topics from Karl Sakas
As a down-to-business speaker, I’m on a mission to make agencies more profitable and less stressful! My talks include:
Don’t Just ‘Make the Logo Bigger’: Reinventing How You Handle Difficult Clients
What if client delivery could run smoothly and profitably? It starts by reinventing your process—especially how you handle your most-demanding clients!
Agency advisor Karl Sakas (@KarlSakas) from Sakas & Company will share how to make work more fun and less stressful at your agency. You’ll learn:
- Three steps to keep clients happy… without giving away the farm.
- A shortcut to gather client ‘secrets’ up front, to prevent problems before things start.
- Karl’s simple yet powerful process to say “no” when clients want you to say “yes.”
Karl has advised owners at 350+ agencies worldwide. In the past 20+ years, his clients have included small businesses, large corporations, non-profits, and even an Olympic athlete. Today, he works exclusively with digital agency owners.
With interactive Q&A and fun audience improv, you’ll be laughing as you learn new ways to handle your agency’s clients. You’ll head back to work with concrete ideas you can apply immediately!
Work Less, Earn More: How to Escape the Daily Grind of Agency Ownership
What if you could escape the treadmill of running your agency? Whether you plan to keep or sell your agency, this session is for you.
To help you become increasingly “optional” at work, agency consultant Karl Sakas will introduce a simple yet powerful 4-step framework—and then share actionable tips to grow the income and free time in your life.
- Why “earning more” doesn’t require “working more,” and why “working less” doesn’t require “earning less.”
- How to navigate common obstacles in running your agency.
- What to do next to improve your situation, based on where you are today.
You’ll head back to work with specific, actionable strategies to help you become increasingly optional in your agency!
What CMOs Say When You’re Not in the Room… And How It Can Help You Grow Your Agency
What if you could read each client’s mind? Now you can… by learning what client-side CMOs say when agencies aren’t in the room.
Since 2016, author and agency advisor Karl Sakas (@KarlSakas) has run a mastermind group for CMOs, representing billions of dollars in revenue. (He can’t disclose names, but you’d recognize many of the midmarket and Fortune 500 brands.)
Come to this session to learn:
- What your agency needs to start doing immediately, so you don’t lose key accounts.
- What CMOs really care about today… and how this can either help or hurt your agency.
- How to enlist CMOs to share a bigger slice of their budget.
You’ll head back to work with specific, actionable strategies to help you improve how you serve your clients this year and beyond!
Grow Your Net Margins to 20-30% by Fixing Your Agency’s Profit Leaks
Frustrated that your agency isn’t making you more money by now? If your net profit margins are less than 20%, your agency is “leaking” profits. As an agency leader, those profit leaks keep you from doing your best work and enjoying the lifestyle you want.
You can finally start fixing the leaks this year… but you need to find them first.
Fortunately, there’s a shortcut: the Agency Value Chain framework, from agency expert Karl Sakas (@KarlSakas). You’ll learn:
- Industry benchmarks for Quick Wins, so you can find common profit leaks faster.
- A simple yet powerful step-by-step process to systematically find the biggest profit leaks at your agency.
- How to dig deeper (with your team’s help!) to start fixing your agency’s unique profit leaks.
You’ll hear back to work with specific, actionable strategies to start improving your agency’s profit margins immediately—for a more rewarding year and beyond.
Grow a More Resilient Agency... Without Requiring Appendicitis
At 35, I thought I had it all figured out: a virtual business with low overhead, great clients on every inhabited continent, and a model where I could do almost all of my client work remotely. That’s the dream, right?
Yet over Labor Day 2017, that dream turned into a nightmare. After a misdiagnosis and a week of excruciating pain, I found myself at the emergency room at 1am.
Reality Check: Not only did I have appendicitis… my appendix had ruptured. As a bonus, the hospital turned out to be out-of-network.
The experience didn’t put me out of business, but it was the wakeup call I needed—I’d made myself too mission-critical to my company.
I’ll share what I learned from this, and how you can prepare your business for the inevitable unexpected. You’ll learn:
- Why and how to make yourself “needed but not necessary.”
- Three ways to build mission-critical redundancy into your business.
- What to do first, as soon as you get home from the event.
- Symptoms to recognize you might have appendicitis.
Thanks to this event, I hope my story gives listeners the wakeup call and actionable tips you need… without requiring morphine and a six-figure hospital bill.
I’m speaking at these events. Use the links below to register online.
- “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) for agencies (on how to handle difficult clients) at INBOUND 2021: October 13 (virtually)
- Register here
- Open-access “Office Hours” Q&A session: Tuesday, November 9 at 12-1pm EST (NYC)
- Register here, free of charge
- Open-access “Office Hours” Q&A session: Tuesday, December 14 at 12-1pm EST (NYC)
- Register here, free of charge
- Open-access “Office Hours” Q&A session: Tuesday, January 11 at 12-1pm EST (NYC)
- Register here, free of charge
“Karl is truly engaging. I loved the interactive pieces, and his content left me with real takeaways that I could immediately implement.”
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