Author and Speaker Jeff Korhan

Professional Speaker Jeff Korhan


Is Jeff the right speaker for your event?

This page will help you learn more about Jeff and how he can contribute to making your next event a success! Scroll down for the following information:

  • Ideal audience
  • Business and industry experience
  • Author bio
  • Speaking schedule
  • Unedited videos in front of live audiences
  • Keynote presentations
  • Testimonials
  • Speaking Fees
  • Published author
  • Contact information

Ideal Audience 

Ideal audiences include:

  • Entrepreneurs and mainstream small businesses
  • Associations and member organizations that support small businesses
  • Enterprises whose primary customers are small business.

My presentation topics (programs listed below) are focused around both the use of new media marketing and related technologies (such as mobile), as well as their practical business growth applications (sales and marketing), and influences on relevant business practices and trends.

Practical Business Experience

As the founder and operator of a “brick and mortar” construction services business for 20 years, I understand their challenges.

I speak the language of small business – understanding what it is like to meet budgets, to go out and get customers, and to keep them in both prosperous and challenging times.  I understand what it is like to cover a payroll, to deal with bureaucratic regulations, and to work in competitive situations that are both fair and unfair.

This is why my greatest value to audiences is not only my understanding of new media marketing and business trends, but my ability to present everything in a context that is easily understood and readily implemented.

In fact, in addition to my authentic and informative style, audiences especially value my skill for simplifying technology and complex business ideas to make them practical and useful.

Author Bio

Jeff Korhan, MBA, is the author of Built-In Social: Essential Social Marketing Practices for Every Small Business (Wiley 2013), an Amazon Top 10 Social Media for Business bestseller that delivers proven methods for converting social marketing best practices into profitable outcomes.

He is a small business marketing expert helping mainstream businesses use social media and Internet marketing to create exceptional customer experiences that accelerate business growth.

Korhan was a Fortune 50 Sales and Marketing Executive who later founded a landscape services company that was twice named Small Business of the Year during its two decades of operation 

Jeff is a syndicated publisher and regular content contributor to leading business publications, with his own New Media and Small Business Marketing site ranking among the Top 100 Small Business blogs in the world by Technorati Media.

He lives in suburban Chicago, Illinois.

Industry Experience

Construction, retail, hospitality and transportation, rental and equipment, construction, horticulture and agriculture, economic development, professional services, and healthcare.

Selected Repeat Clients and Associations

Industrial Fabrics Association International, Agrium Advanced Technologies,Tree Care industry Association, Snow and Ice Management Association, Mega Group USA, American Nursery and Landscape Association, Professional Landcare Network, Miami University, National Speakers Association, Canadian Association of Professional Speakers, National Pavement Expo, Caterpillar, American Bus Association.

Speaking Schedule

Whenever a date is held or confirmed by my office, it immediately appears on this schedule. If you notice that I plan to be in your area, please contact me and I’ll be happy to arrange a personal meeting.

Popular Programs for 2014

Using Social Media to Better Understand and Serve Your Customers  

Customer service is moving online, and that means social media is no longer optional for businesses. The social web gives consumers a voice and exceptional leverage in a business environment where quality and competitive pricing are expected. Learn how to participate in the conversation and manage it well to create sustainable opportunities for business growth.


Essential Social Marketing Practices for Every Small Business  

Social media is dramatically influencing how you should market and operate your business today. It is the reason every small business is now its own media company – or should be.  This program will give you a foundation for understanding how to effectively use social media now, for capably navigating future changes to keep your business relevant in the markets you serve.


Relationship Selling in The Trust Economy

Relationships are essential in a business environment that places a premium on trust. Learn how to skillfully combine traditional selling practices with digital and social technologies to earn the attention of buyers, engage them with your business, and convert that trust into profitable outcomes.


Additional Programs

Leveraging the Power of Mobile Technologies and Cloud Computing

Optimizing Your Marketing for the Intersection of Social, Local, and Mobile

Implementing a Content Marketing Strategy to Make Your Business a Media Company

How to Use LinkedIn to Be a Better Connected Sales Professional


Jeff is an accomplished speaker and social marketing expert. He received high reviews as a speaker from our conference attendees, and he willingly offers to help small and mid-size business owners achieve greater success.”  Martin Tirado, CEO, Snow and Ice Management Association

“Jeff has excellent insights into social media in general, and more importantly, how it applies to business. He has the ability to explain complex concepts in a simple and easy to understand manner. ” Roger Phelps, Promotional Communications Manager, STIHL Inc

“Finally – The practical application of social media I have been looking for.  You were an excellent presenter, and I’m excited about introducing your ideas into our organization.” Kathy Mattson, VP of Member Services, Industrial Fabrics Association International

Your contribution to our goal of providing high quality education to the long term care profession is greatly appreciated.  Over 85% of our attendees rated your presentation as excellent!” Allison Boyette, COO, North Carolina Health Care Facilities Association

“Jeff”s presentation on social media got our Publicity Committee to go in a whole new direction. Members were blown away with all the potential there is to market their businesses, but they needed to hear it from an expert.  I highly recommend Jeff as a speaker.” Barb Scheibe, Executive Director, Wisconsin Landscape Contractors Association

Speaking Fees and Working with Me

It is necessary for us to have a conversation to understand how I can best help your group, after which I can quote an appropriate fee, plus travel expenses from the Chicago area. Scroll down for ways to contact me directly, or if you prefer, I can recommend speaker bureaus that represent me.

You will find me easy to work with, thorough in my pre and post-program work, and willing to do more than just speaking to help make your event successful.


Keynote presentation for local retailers

Embedded within this site are hundreds of articles, with many of them directly attributable to my work with small business audiences, such as this one for local retailers.

Here’s a link to press coverage of the keynote presentation that followed.

Published Author

Amazon Top 10 Bestseller - Social Media for Small Business

Amazon Bestseller – Social Media for Small Business

As consumer move online in greater numbers, their collective voice will create disruption in every community, business sector, and industry.

Is your business or organization ready?

Built-In Social: Essential Social Marketing Practices for Every Small Business was written specifically for mainstream small businesses, to provide proven methods for converting social marketing best practices into profitable outcomes.

Learn more by downloading the Table of Contents, Introduction, and Chapter One here.

You can also check out the extensive media coverage here.

Contact Jeff

For more information on hiring Jeff to speak to your organization call +1-630-774-8350, email, or use the web-based contact form here.

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