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Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and nine other bestselling thrillers. In addition to his fiction, Brad is one of the only authors to ever have books on the… Read more
- Don’t Let Anyone Tell You ‘No’
Brad’s family moved from Brooklyn to Miami with only $1,200 to their name. A decade later, he got 24 rejection letters for his first novel. A year after that, he started his climb to the #1 spot on the New York Times Bestseller List and his own television show. The adventure between is a classic tale with a truly incredible ending.
- How To Be A Hero
On the night Brad Meltzer's first son was born, he began collecting heroes for his boy. And for nearly a decade, Meltzer studied these heroes throughout history. From Thomas Jefferson (who had the humility to never publicly take credit for writing the Declaration of Independence) to the Wright Brothers (who brought extra materials to every test flight, anticipating their own failure) to George Washington to Rosa Parks to Mr. Rogers, Meltzer reminds us that their stories are not about fame-they're about what we are all capable of on our very best days. See why Meltzer's book on heroes-from Jackie Robinson, to Abraham Lincoln, to Eleanor Roosevelt-shot up the inspirational bestseller list. Let Meltzer teach you how to find (and be) the real hero in your life. And the power of never letting anyone tell you ‘No.’
- The Greatest Risk You’ll Ever Take
What’s the greatest risk you’ll ever take in your life? It’s admitting what you want. We all know what we want. But we rarely admit it. Why? Because putting yourself out there—especially emotionally—is scary. If you admit what you want, you risk not getting it. And failure terrifies us. So how do you actually pull it off? How do you take the greatest risk you’ll ever take in your life and admit what you want? You need to do three things: Remember what you love, remember what got you here, and most important, remember what terrifies you.
- What's Your Legacy?
When The Wall Street Journal told Brad that one of his charitable acts would be in his obituary, it sent Brad on a quest to find out what else his legacy might be. Hear the funny, inspiring, and always entertaining story that will never let you look at your life the same way again.
Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and nine other bestselling thrillers. In addition to his fiction, Brad is one of the only authors to ever have books on the bestseller list for Non-Fiction (History Decoded) Advice (Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter), Children’s Books ( I am Amelia Earhart and I am Abraham Lincoln) and even comic books (Justice League of America), for which he won the prestigious Eisner Award. He is also the host ofBrad Meltzer’s Decoded on The History Channel, and Brad Meltzer’s Lost History on H2. The Hollywood Reporter recently put him on their list of Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors.
Thanks to his TV show, Brad is also responsible for helping find the missing 9/11 flag that the firefighters raised at Ground Zero, making national news on the recent 15th anniversary of 9/11. For sure, it’s tough to find anyone being so successful in so many different mediums of the popular culture. But why does Brad thrive in all these different professions? His belief that ordinary people change the world. It is that core belief that runs through every one of his projects.
But what will inspire and dazzle audiences is Meltzer’s personal story, which took him from the loss of his father’s job, to the #1 spot on the bestseller list. Twice. It is a story filled with perseverance, focus, and the commitment to one’s dream. And thanks to his recent nonfiction hits, Heroes For My Son and Heroes For My Daughter, it is a story filled with the inspirational tales of the Wright Brothers, Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks, Jim Henson, Mr. Rogers and more. It is a story that has been told to corporate leaders, industry heads, U.S. Senators, Supreme Court Justices, and even recurring invitations from a former U.S. President. Brad is always entertaining, but in this book he wrote for his son and daughter, he is simply one of the most inspiring speakers you’ll hear.
Meltzer is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia Law School. His books have spent over a year on the bestseller lists, and have been translated into over 25 languages, from Hebrew to Bulgarian. Meltzer has played himself as an extra in Woody Allen's Celebrity and earned credit from Columbia Law School for writing his first book, which becameThe Tenth Justice. Before all of that, he got 24 rejection letters for his true first novel, which still sits on his shelf, published by Kinko's.
Meltzer has appeared on NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News, and the
top TV shows in the country, including The Today
Show,The O’Reilly Factor, Good Morning
America, CNN, Fox & Friends, Lou
Dobbs Tonight and dozens more. He’s been featured everywhere
including Vanity Fair,USA Today, People
Magazine, Time Magazine,Newsweek,
Entertainment Weekly, New York Times, Washington
Post, and nearly every major newspaper in the country, which
is why he’s been called “America’s Historian.”
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The opening keynote with Brad Meltzer was fantastic! You’re right… he’s SUCH a good speaker. Others on the steering committee commented on how he was probably the best speaker that we’ve had in the 14 years of running the festival. Thank you!Vegas Valley Book Festival
"At a time when we need to embrace change, Brad serves as a shining example of someone unafraid of taking leaps and testing boundaries. He was a crowd favorite."Advertising Age
“I am constantly looking for the best and the brightest celebrities, best-selling authors and motivational speakers to engage, entertain and educate our audience. Brad Meltzer delivered an outstanding presentation. Brad’s message on success and leadership really inspired students because he is an excellent storyteller. He emanates authenticity and speaks from the heart. He is one of the most humble, easygoing people I have had the pleasure to work with.”The National Society of Leadership and Success
"Mr. Meltzer was a joy with which to work; he provided a great program, was terrific answering fans' questions and autographing books; I hope that we have an opportunity to host work with him again in the future."Barr Library
“Drawing on the conference themes of innovation, collaboration and education, Mr. Meltzer inspired more than 2,000 attendees to contemplate their legacies. His thought-provoking and humorous presentation elicited a positive emotional response from the audience, resonating personally with each attendee. His performance was, in a word, outstanding.”The Electronic Payments Association
"Brad Meltzer was just fantastic! He was so entertaining and unbelievably funny."Willard Public Library
"Excellent! He is such a good speaker! Everyone really enjoyed his talk and there was a huge line for him to sign books."Mountain/Plains library Association
"Everything went great! Brad was amazing and he hit it right out of the park. He was the best start to our conference and I am so pleased that we had the opportunity to work with him."Indiana Youth Institute
“OUTSTANDING presentation was the unanimous result for Brad Meltzer’s presentation on the Guest surveys we received at the completion of our Executive Forum last week. There was not one rating below this – that’s a first in the 6 years I have been working on this event.”QualCare Healthcare