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Peter Shankman

Peter Shankman

Keynote Speaker: Thought-Leader in Communication & Customer Service

Peter Shankman Biography

Peter Shankman is a spectacular example of what happens when you merge the power of pure creativity with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and a dose of adventure, and make it work to your advantage. An author, entrepreneur and corporate keynote speaker, this “worldwide connector” is recognized worldwide for radically new ways of thinking about customer service, social media, PR, marketing, advertising, and ADHD.

Peter is best known for founding Help A Reporter Out, (HARO) which in under a year became the de-facto standard for thousands of journalists looking for sources on deadline, offering them more than 200,000 sources around the world looking to be quoted in the media. HARO is currently the largest free source repository in the world, sending out over 1,500 queries from worldwide media each week. HARO’s tagline, “Everyone is an Expert at Something”, proves over and over again to be true, as thousands of new members join at helpareporter.com each week. In June of 2010, less than two years after Peter started HARO in his apartment, it was acquired by Vocus, Inc.

Peter is the founder of ShankMinds: Breakthrough, an online community of business professionals from around the world who come together to give and get advice, increase their business, and improve their lives.

Additionally, Peter is also the founder and CEO of The Geek Factory, Inc., a boutique Social Media, Marketing and PR Strategy firm located in New York City, with clients worldwide. His blog, which he launched in 1995 at https://www.shankman.com, both comments on and generates news and conversation. Peter’s Customer Service and Social Media clients have included American Express, Sprint, SAP, The US Department of Defense, Royal Bank of Canada, Snapple Beverage Group, Saudi Aramco, Foley Hoag LLP, NASA, Haworth, Sheraton, Walt Disney World, Abercrombie and Kent, The Ad Council, Discovery Networks, New Frontier Media, Napster, Juno, Dream Catcher Destinations Club, Harrah’s Hotels, and many, many others.

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Peter Shankman Speaking Topics

Nice Companies Finish First: Why Cutthroat Management Is Over–and Collaboration Is In

The era of authoritarian cowboy CEOs like Jack Welch and Lee Iacocca is over. In an age of increasing transparency and access, it just doesn’t pay to be a jerk—to employees, customers, competitors, or anyone else. In Nice Companies Finish First, Shankman, a pioneer in modern PR, marketing, advertising, social media, and customer service, profiles the famously nice executives, entrepreneurs, and companies that are setting the standard for success in this new collaborative world. He explores the new hallmarks of effective leadership, including loyalty, optimism, humility, and a reverence for customer service, and shows how leaders like Jet Blue’s Dave Needleman, Tony Hsieh of Zappos, Steve Jobs of Apple, Ken Chenault of Amex, Indra Nooyi of Pepsi, and the team behind Patagonia harness these traits to build productive, open, and happy workplaces for the benefit of their employees, themselves, and the bottom line.

Can We Do That?! Outrageous PR Stunts That Work — And Why Your Company Needs Them

This fun and friendly book looks at real-life PR stunts that will blow your mind and inspire you to develop innovative and creative ways to get your company noticed. PR guru Peter Shankman chronicles the most ridiculous, outrageous, and possibly crazy PR stunts of all time—explaining why some work and others don't. This is a funny, insightful guide to winning the PR game.

Customer Service: New Rules for a Social Media World

How to use social and viral technologies to supercharge customer service - and avoid disasters along the way. This was written right after I sold HARO, and takes all of what I learned from my amazing time building and successfully selling that company.

Peter Shankman Videos

Spark.me 2019 - Peter Shankman - “Welcome to the Customer ...
Peter Shankman: What I Learned From Living With A Faster Brain ...
IZEAFest 2017: Peter Shankman

How to book Peter Shankman?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Peter Shankman for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Peter Shankman, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Peter Shankman or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Peter Shankman?

Booking fees for Peter Shankman, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Peter Shankman, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Peter Shankman?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Peter Shankman for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Peter Shankman for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Peter Shankman or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Peter Shankman or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Peter Shankman is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Marketing, Customer Service and Business Leadership. The estimated speaking fee range to book Peter Shankman for live events is $10,000 - $20,000, and for virtual events $10,000 - $20,000. Peter Shankman generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Robert Spector, Micah Solomon and Blake Morgan. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Peter Shankman for an upcoming event.

Peter Shankman Speaking Topics

  • Nice Companies Finish First: Why Cutthroat Management Is Over–and Collaboration Is In

    The era of authoritarian cowboy CEOs like Jack Welch and Lee Iacocca is over. In an age of increasing transparency and access, it just doesn’t pay to be a jerk—to employees, customers, competitors, or anyone else. In Nice Companies Finish First, Shankman, a pioneer in modern PR, marketing, advertising, social media, and customer service, profiles the famously nice executives, entrepreneurs, and companies that are setting the standard for success in this new collaborative world. He explores the new hallmarks of effective leadership, including loyalty, optimism, humility, and a reverence for customer service, and shows how leaders like Jet Blue’s Dave Needleman, Tony Hsieh of Zappos, Steve Jobs of Apple, Ken Chenault of Amex, Indra Nooyi of Pepsi, and the team behind Patagonia harness these traits to build productive, open, and happy workplaces for the benefit of their employees, themselves, and the bottom line.

  • Can We Do That?! Outrageous PR Stunts That Work — And Why Your Company Needs Them

    This fun and friendly book looks at real-life PR stunts that will blow your mind and inspire you to develop innovative and creative ways to get your company noticed. PR guru Peter Shankman chronicles the most ridiculous, outrageous, and possibly crazy PR stunts of all time—explaining why some work and others don't. This is a funny, insightful guide to winning the PR game.

  • Customer Service: New Rules for a Social Media World

    How to use social and viral technologies to supercharge customer service - and avoid disasters along the way. This was written right after I sold HARO, and takes all of what I learned from my amazing time building and successfully selling that company.

Peter Shankman Videos

Spark.me 2019 - Peter Shankman - “Welcome to the Customer ...
Peter Shankman: What I Learned From Living With A Faster Brain ...
IZEAFest 2017: Peter Shankman

Peter Shankman News

How to book Peter Shankman?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Peter Shankman for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Peter Shankman, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Peter Shankman or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Peter Shankman?

Booking fees for Peter Shankman, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Peter Shankman, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Peter Shankman?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Peter Shankman for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Peter Shankman for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Peter Shankman or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Peter Shankman or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Peter Shankman is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Marketing, Customer Service and Business Leadership. The estimated speaking fee range to book Peter Shankman for live events is $10,000 - $20,000, and for virtual events $10,000 - $20,000. Peter Shankman generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Robert Spector, Micah Solomon and Blake Morgan. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Peter Shankman for an upcoming event.

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