Josh Steimle

Shenzhen, China

Tell us about yourself; who are you and what do you do for fun?

I’m just a punk skater kid who somehow ended up running an international marketing agency and writing a lot of stuff. I’m having a blast living in China right now and learning Mandarin, and my favorite thing to do is hang out with my family. I also love trail running and getting out to skateboard when I can.

What got you into speaking? Is it what you expected?

After I began writing for Forbes then I started getting offers, all unpaid, but sometimes covering travel and lodging. I had great fun doing it, and it was good for my business, so I started doing more of it, then I started getting paid, and it’s been much more rewarding than I ever expected.

Tell us about your hardest moment as a speaker so far.

My hardest moment as a speak so far has been giving a TEDx talk in front of 1,000 people. I can talk for two hours with zero preparation and do a great job with rave reviews. But 15 minutes? I prepared for two months and it still wasn’t nearly enough.

What has been your biggest success as a speaker so far?

Anytime someone contacts me and says “I heard you speak and you said such and such, so I did it, and I got these great results!” then it makes it all worth it. I love knowing that what I say matters and is making a difference. It’s very humbling.

What was your biggest struggle before finding The Speaker Lab?

Before The Speaker Lab, I really struggled with having a vision of what’s possible. I didn’t know what I didn’t know. I didn’t know who hired speakers, how to contact them, how much to charge, how to create an agreement, how to manage the relationship, etc.

How has The Speaker Lab helped you and your business?

The Speaker Lab has helped me gain the confidence to ask for what I’m worth and be willing to walk away if necessary.

What is your number one goal over the next 6 months to a year?

My number one goal over the next 6 months to a year is to put on the largest marketing conference in China, with over 8,000 people. It’s already happening at, and TSL was part of giving me the confidence to make it a reality.

About Josh Steimle

Josh Steimle is a speaker, writer, and entrepreneur. He has written over 200 articles for publications like Forbes, Inc, Mashable, TechCrunch, Entrepreneur, and Time, and is the author of Chief Marketing Officers at Work. The book contains 29 interviews with CMOs from organizations like GE, the Harvard Business School, Spotify, Target, and PayPal and was recognized in Success Magazine as one of the 5 Best Business Books of 2016. Josh is the CEO of MWI, a digital marketing firm he founded in 1999 with offices in Hong Kong, Singapore, China, and the U.S. Forbes recognized Josh as one of 25 Marketing Influencers To Watch In 2017, Josh was ranked #7 on Richtopia’s list of Top 100 Most Influential CMOs, and data from social media research firm Leadtail ranked Josh #11 on their list of People Most Mentioned and Retweeted by CMOs. Josh has been interviewed for national TV, radio, and leading podcasts on topics related to technology, marketing, and entrepreneurship, and in Asia, Josh consults with leaders in government on topics related to entrepreneurship and startups.

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