Nicholas Boothman

Nicholas Boothman

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Communications Expert: Turning first impressions into profitable relationships

Nicholas Boothman has been called “one of the leading experts in face-to-face communication in the world” by The New York Times.

He has taught his revolutionary technique of “Risk and Rapport by Design” to thousands of corporations, colleges and universities around the world including the Queens, Harvard, and London Business schools.

His books, How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less and How to Connect in Business in 90 Seconds or Less have sold more than two million copies in more than thirty languages.

A former fashion and advertising photographer who dealt with hundreds of new faces a week for clients like AT&T, Revlon and Coca-Cola, he is now recognized as a world-renowned expert in turning first impressions into profitable relationships.

The New York Times calls him “the new Dale Carnegie,” the Economist Magazine calls him “truly inspirational,” and Good Morning America says, “His book is my bible!”

With his unique and engaging style, Nicholas shares his strategies on using body language and sensory acuity to make fast, warm, meaningful connections with anyone, anytime and anywhere.

Nicholas spent the first 25 years of his working life as a fashion photographer and as a father of five children. He met so many people with tremendous potential but without any people skills – they were like roses with rubber bands wrapped around them – and they’d never blossom until someone took off that rubber band. He made up his mind to be that person.

He took a risk and traded in his cameras for a laptop. Before long he was visiting schools showing kids how to ace interviews and get jobs. From there it grew fast and within 6 months he was invited to be the kick-off speaker at the AT&T Canada annual convention at the Metro Convention Centre in Toronto. That event kick-started his new career as a speaker and author.

Today he speaks all over the world and his books have been translated into more than 30 languages. His hottest business speeches are How to Connect in Business in 90 Seconds or Less and Be Brave Take Risks and Make Great Things Happen. And why not? Connecting and stepping out of your comfort zone are the only ways individuals and businesses can grow and innovate.

More than 500 corporations, thousands of small businesses, and six of the world’s leading business schools have contacted him to rally and inspire their staff to take risks, connect, communicate and articulate their business ideas.

He lives on a farm outside Toronto Canada with his wife Wendy, the most exciting person he has ever met.

And he still goes into schools.

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How to Connect in Business in 90 Seconds or Less

The only skill every professional need.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re launching a new product line, interviewing for a job, selling real estate or designing concept cars: when you’re explaining the benefits of a decision, persuading teams to incorporate new processes or showing stakeholders how a project will turn a profit, the ability to connect and convince quickly is the most important skill you can have – in any field.

We can’t choose our neighbours and we can’t make a living selling to our friends. We don’t have the luxury of choosing our colleagues, our managers, our clients or counterparts in other companies. But we can choose how to get cooperation, rather than confrontation or apathy with them, and with all sorts of different people.

How to Connect in Business in 90 Seconds or Less is all about how you can become more successful in business and life by learning how to connect with your customers, clients, colleagues, bosses, employees, audiences and even total strangers in ninety seconds or less and articulate ideas so they are remembered and get acted on.

The Socially Smart Leader

In today’s innovation culture, successful leaders aren’t just skilled smart – they’re socially smart too.

Once upon a time superior cognitive skills were enough to get you to the top of the corporate ladder. But, being smart isn’t enough to guarantee a place at the top in the business world anymore. Leaders today have to be socially smart too.

“Your social smarts are just as important as your intelligence when it comes to achieving success.” That’s according to new research published in in the Review of Economics and Statistics. “The highest-earning management positions and leadership roles are filled by people who possess both intelligence and social adeptness”

How to Survive to a Hundred and Five

Over the last 160 years, the human lifespan has grown by more than 40 years – in a straight line. That means every four years it has grown by one year. That’s six hours a day. In other words, a baby born tomorrow will live 6 hours longer than a baby born today!

Researchers at Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, the world’s leading authority on the subject, say there is no biological or evolutionary reason for this growth to slow down. Actuaries in that country forecast a child born in 2015 will, on average, live to 105.

But, they won’t live that long. Their self-talk, their lifestyle, their postal code and their unwillingness to take risks will whisk them away before their time is up.

What they can do about it, and what we can all do about it is what this talk is about. And, the sooner you start, the better.

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Training the New York Supercops includes daily discussions on the works of Aristotle, George Orwell and Nicholas Boothman.

The New Yorker Magazine

They don’t call him the ‘kick-start expert’ for nothing. Nick sets the tone for the day and has people connecting like old trusted friends in no time at all.


Nick has an ability to cut through so much of the blather that is dished out these days. His preparation was critical in giving our team HELPFUL tools they could take out into the workplace immediately.

Volkswagen of America

Great Job! Everyone at our convention really enjoyed your talk. It was impressive to witness all the conversations that followed.

The UPS Store

I have personally worked with Nick on 3 events and in each he has gotten rave reviews.

AT&T, New York

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