AND A MEGA DOSE OF INNOVATION.
Want to bring big ideas to your big event WITHOUT overwhelming your audience?
Using approachable storytelling, highly-visual slides, and tangible bonus materials I take those big ideas and turn them into bite-sized concepts that your audience can easily understand and implement.
Whether you’re looking to explore modern technology’s effect on marketing, ways to future-proof your brand, or the cultural nuances that are shaping the corporate landscape, I’ve created customized presentations covering all that and more!
HI, I’M NICOLA SMITH
Founder and CEO of REBEL & REASON
A rebel since birth, I’ve instinctively approached most situations by asking two simple, yet powerful questions: "Why?" and "Why not?"
Growing up in South Africa, I recognized my rebellious spirit for what it was – a vital problem-solving talent that enabled me to see possibility where others saw only closed doors.
Now as a corporate consultant, public speaker, and Certified Women’s Business Enterprise entrepreneur, I embrace my purpose-driven rebellion as the ultimate entrepreneurial superpower!
MY PASSION AND PURPOSE ARE HELPING OTHERS CONNECT THE DOTS THAT
ENABLE INNOVATION THROUGH THOUGHT-PROVOKING PRESENTATIONS.
“Nicola is a dynamic and captivating speaker. From panel discussion to keynote, Nicola never fails to deliver on insightful, and well thought out points. Her storytelling is refreshing and she understands how to keep an audience’s attention, whether it be 5 or 500 people!”
WHAT DO YOU GET WHEN YOU BOOK NICOLA SMITH?
From information that’s specific to your industry to larger globalized trends in our society, we’ll take a nuanced look at what’s really going on just beneath the surface.
We won’t waste time on ideological theories that your audience can’t relate to – the illustrative stories I share will help them make sense of new ideas.
No guesswork here! My presentations are driven by data and tangible results and talking about staying on the cutting edge of what comes next is no different.
TAKEAWAYS & TOOLS
When I leave the stage, your audience will come away with a fresh perspective, a ton of motivation, and bonus materials that they can start using right away.
AND, OF COURSE, ME!
With over 17 years of experience working in the world of thought leadership and innovation, I’ve worked with top companies and entities around the globe.
PAST AUDIENCES INCLUDE:
My best audiences are usually found at Leadership Events, Marketing Conferences, Corporate Gatherings, Tech Summits, Women's Empowerment Groups, and so on.
“Nicola connects to her audience with fresh insights. Not only does she crisply explain her unique perspectives, she also tells her audience what they can do to be more effective markers.”
“Nicola was a high-energy and engaging speaker; she ignited a conversation amongst RILA’s retailers about the industry’s future, and how brands need to think differently about reaching consumers. Rebel & Reason’s work is sorely needed for our industry in this period of profound disruption.”
Ready to Book?
Every event is unique, so tell us a little about yours!
Once your completed application form has been received, it will be reviewed and I will reach out to set up a time to discuss your needs and objectives so that we can tailor the experience to your audience. Depending on location, this consultation may take place in-person or via a call.
We'll talk through all the nitty-gritty details of your event and make a plan that puts your goals and vision at the forefront of the presentation.
Cost can vary based on a few factors including location, date, audience size, etc.
While I do have a standard fee structure available upon request, the reality is that when prospective clients share their budget with my team first, it allows us to immediately understand what we’re working with and look for ways to make it work.
As a general rule, this is the best and most stress-free way to work with your budget.
You might be surprised at the options available to you, even if your budget is below the standard fee structure.
That depends -- are the details of your event negotiable?
If you have some flexibility with your event date, location, audience size or composition, etc. then there’s a very good chance that we can have some flexibility on the fees as well.
At the end of the day, my number one goal is to spread my message of opportunity and optimism, and I’m open to exploring the many ways that I can bring that to your event.
If you think I’m the right speaker for your event, go ahead and reach out.
Unless otherwise agreed upon, my travel expenses (flights, hotel accommodations, ground transportation, and meals) are included in my booking fee. I am happy to fly economy for domestic flights under 5 hours, but for longer or international flights, business class is strongly preferred.
Upon request, we can provide an ALL INCLUSIVE FEE which takes the stress of booking travel accommodations for all attendees off of your plate. Some clients prefer this method as it can simplify the process and pricing for their events, and we are happy to provide that!
In order to secure a particular event date, a signed contract (or memorandum of understanding) and a 50% deposit of the speaking fee is required. We have a standard contract that we can provide but are also happy to use your format if you prefer.
For international events, I will not initiate travel before a deposit and the contract are received.
Just about everything including cash and BitCoin!
However, if you plan to pay using either method please let us know in advance and be aware of the following:
For cash payments -- We know that in some parts of the world, cash is preferred and that’s cool by us! Paying with cash will not affect the flexibility of the speaking fee although it may affect your deposit rate. ALL INCOME, regardless of its source, is declared with the IRS and the US Customs and Border Protection Services where applicable.
For BitCoin payments -- Since the value of Bitcoin changes from day to day, the conversion rate for the 50% deposit may be different from the conversion rate for the final payment (the conversion will be calculated using the price of Bitcoin on the day of payment).
We are not responsible for these price fluctuations. They are a result of daily Bitcoin trading on independent cryptocurrency exchanges all around the world.
Presentation slides may be provided upon request as Keynote or PowerPoint files, but there are a few things to keep in mind.
My presentations are visually-driven and I don’t read directly from my slides. Without the verbal narration, what you see will be lacking in context and deeper meaning -- plus, with an average of 80+ slides for each 60-minute speaking engagement, file sizes easily grow beyond the 10MB limit of most sharing platforms.
If you have any templates or other digital assets that you would like to have incorporated, please be sure to discuss this well in advance of your presentation deadline.
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