By Ryan Putnam
You might think 2010 International Auctioneers Conference and Show keynote speaker Devin Henderson has something up his sleeve.
Don’t spend too much time trying to figure out what it is, though, because in the mean time he’ll probably have swiped your wristwatch.
Never fear, the National Auctioneers Association hasn’t resorted to booking a shady character to give the keynote address at Conference and Show — it has hired one of the most unique and entertaining speakers in the business.
Henderson has a message, but he has an unusual way of delivering it to his audience. His presentation is full of surprises and acts of magic that never fail to astound even the most astute audiences.
In addition to being an energetic motivational speaker, Henderson is an award-winning magician. He was recently named “2010 Stage Magician of the Year” by the International Brotherhood of Magicians.
He has appeared on FOX, CBS, NBC and multiple television commercials throughout his career. He regularly performs coast to coast in front of Fortune 500 companies, churches and college campuses.
His keynote speech: “Schmooze ‘em or Lose ‘em,” focuses on what Henderson calls “The magic of treating people well.”
Henderson built his business from the ground up and says his career is based on personal connections he has with his clients.
“Relationships with clients are just like relationships with your friends, or your relatives,” Henderson says. “Schmoozing is a way to make positive impressions on people and build up satisfying and lasting relationships with your clients. It basically boils down to the ‘golden rule,’ and how treating other people well pays dividends for everyone involved.”