"If you're thinking of having Sebastian speak at your event, go for it! We've had over a dozen speakers at Moishe House and Sebastian stacked up well with the best of them. His presentation was accessible, actionable, and intimate -- all at the same time. He's a great guy too, you really want to have him speak to your audience if you have the opportunity." -- Abraham Sorock, Coordinator of the Beijing Jewish Cultural Moishe House and Director of Atlas China
"I recently had the chance to hear Sebastian speak at Osaka Castle in Japan. His mastery-level knowledge of world history blended with actionable advice made for a relevant and enjoyable talk. Sebastian's unique outlook as well as his unconventional path through life enable him to surface themes that would otherwise go overlooked. I'd look forward to any opportunity to hear him speak again." -- Tynan, Creator of SETT Blogging Platform
"I had the pleasure of listening to Sebastian deliver a talk about productivity in late 2012. I am generally skeptical of the self-help industry but Sebastian's presentation was informative as well as practical. I learned some great insights into human psychology and was also introduced to numerous online tools that I have already incorporated into my daily life. Sebastian's tidbits of wisdom about productivity have already benefitted both my personal life and professional life." -- Ben Barth, Canadian Embassy to the People's Republic of China
Marshall brings immediately actionable insights on doing more and better work, productivity, organization, creativity, wealth, entrepreneurship, and various business functions -- wrapped into the format of interesting lessons from recent scientific studies and through comprable lessons through history.
Being an avid lover of history, Marshall can often introduce you and your audience to fascinating settings and people from the annals of Japanese, Chinese, Roman, Byzantine, Turkish, British, Russian, French, Greek, and American history -- and many more interesting and intriguing lost kingdoms and times. You'll get to hear lessons and parables from real figures who existed, and learn how they rose and fell, who won and who lost.
These are guaranteed to stick in your mind and audience, inspire and intrigue, educate and entertain. This is all combined with immediately actionable takeaways and guidelines that have been battle-tested and produced results for professionals and creatives across North America, Europe, and Asia.
Marshall's talks have been well-received at the joint Harvard/Tsinghua IMUSE event, at the Buffalo/Beijing Exhibit Opening at the Today Art Museum, at the Jewish Cultural Moishe House.
Marshall loves speaking and finding the perfect mix for your audience; customizing it with intimate anecdotes and stories of successful entrepreneurs and creatives, both contemporary and historical, as well as the state of the art in science and practical proven methodologies.
Marshall has given talks on the future of fundraising in nonprofits, economics, history, overcoming adversity, finance, biochemistry, productivity, creativity, thinking, mental models, and entrepreneurship.
If you're looking for actionable insights, an unforgettable speaking experience, and highly practical content, please email email@example.com
Carlos Miceli sent this wonderful review out to his newsletter. I love it, whether you've gotten the book or not yet, you'll definitely enjoy some of the points in it -
Book recommendation - Ikigai, by Sebastian Marshall
Sebastian Marshall, who has recently became popular online because of his stand against traditional publishing, put together a brilliant set of philosophies, ideas, recommendations and statements for anyone that's serious about becoming a better person. This is not fluffy self-development. It's serious stuff for hard-working people that can take an honest look at themselves. Ikigai, which was marketed as the "one-week book", is not original work, but a compilation of Sebastian's fundamental posts of his blog. The book is divided in chapters such as "Be Principled", "Empire", "Rationality", and "Dealing with Shit", and each chapter has a series of posts and Sebastian's answers on that particular topic.
I loved the book, and read it in a couple of days. Sebastian succeeds at making you want to do amazing things with the time that's been given to you. The reason that Sebastian gets to you is because he's real. He's had a weird life, he's kinda crazy, and he truly acts on principles. The book combines three elements very well: practicality, unconventionality and reach. Anyone can grow from reading Ikigai and applying its lessons.
I'm aware that everyone, including myself, is probably a little bit of a hypocrite. What irks me the most is when I do something, say wear a chain with my name on it, think it's cool, and then see someone else do it and think it's lame.
So when I hang around self improvement fanatics and find their quest for self improvement to be a little bit annoying and selfish, I'm horrified. Maybe I'm just as self indulgent as they are.
A good chunk of my friends are on perpetual quests for self improvement (Leo Babauta and Sebastian Marshall to name a couple), and I don't find it annoying at all. It's the opposite, actually; it's inspiring.
What's the difference, and how can I make sure I'm on the right side of it? The answer I've come to is that self improvement demands an outlet.