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Gather & Inspire.

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Gathering people together. Inspiring them with a vision of what could be. As a speaker, trainer, and communicator, Jon Barnes brings a unique, personable, and unforgettable style to small and large groups alike, blending humor, wit, and wisdom together to help awaken and shape attendees' dreams. Whether through his car-focused YouTube channel, marketing and communications training, or inspirational group workshops or book, Jon Barnes is on a mission to help others find the "creative thread" in their own story.

Brand Thyself! How to Create, Leverage, and Love Your Personal Brand

Coming Soon!
If you’ve tried and failed to create your personal brand before, you know how critical it is to KEEP GOING! And it’s not just about grit. It’s about marrying Passion and a Plan together to make your process unstoppable. Brand Thyself! is a practical, process-oriented approach to help anyone lay the foundation of their personal brand, understand the pathway to bring it to life, and discover some profound truths about themselves along the way. Packed with tips, hacks, and guidance, Brand Thyself is jam-packed with the tools you need to finally gain momentum with your personal brand.

The Future is born from your past

You set the direction. Your personal brand lights the fire.

Speaking

Book Jon to speak at your next event, conference, leadership or student event.

Training

Half day, full day, or weekend training events for large or small groups

Consulting

Insights. Ideas. Trusted counsel for situations that demand expertise.

Coaching

Partnership + encouragement. Bringing the toolbox of motivation to your future.

What People Are Saying

I’m so thankful to have been a part of Jon’s coaching cohort. Jon is an incredible teacher and is always quick to listen and understand the problems I am facing. He has given me life-changing advice and wisdom that I will continue to impart to my team and lead with at Voices of Vets.

Kassie Sandacz

Kassie Sandacz

CEO, Voices of Vets

I encourage anyone who doesn’t want to fade into the background in life to read Jon’s book a couple times, regardless of what role you are in now (or hope to be in next). Give it a try.

Jay Jesse

Jay Jesse

Managing Partner, High Stakes Partners

Everyone has a personal brand whether they like it or not. The question is if you’ll do the work to master the art and science of your personal brand and shape your perception in a way that truly encompasses the essence of your values and talents. Jon Barnes provides a compelling, easily digestible, and riveting journey to unleashing the full potential of your personal brand.

Nate Bailey

Nate Bailey

Area Vice President for National Security, Dun & Bradstreet

I’m giving this book to my team today and sharing it with my friends because Jon Barnes just nailed it… If you want to succeed in these changing times, read this book.

Bob Barry

Bob Barry

CEO, Zips Cleaners

After answering some of the tough questions in Jon’s book I am convinced that creating my own brand will help me become a better leader and allow me to live a more fulfilling and meaningful life. Many thanks!

Zack Shariff

Zack Shariff

PE, LEED AP BD+C, CEO, Allen + Shariff

The insight and expertise Jon provided helped to jump-start my creativity and proved to be one of the last stepping stones to my eureka moment. Over the next week, I developed a cohesive and mission-driven brand that’s now ready to undergo the design process. Thanks, Jon!

Kerrin Marchese

Kerrin Marchese

Content Writer & Editor/Founder, Good Deed Creative

Taking Jon’s training was fantastically helpful in building my brand as a photographer. The classes were fun and exciting every week and always jam-packed with marketing ninja goodness. You’ll walk away from the class with new friends, a polished brand, and a stacked tool case with everything you’ll need to grow your business.

Greg Ferko

Greg Ferko

Photographer, Ferko Photo

Jon is a gifted presenter – teaching and learning simultaneously while keeping the sessions engaging and fun.

Sarah Schlenker

Sarah Schlenker

Communications & Development Professional

Such a great experience learning from Jon Barnes and collaborating with people from other organizations/companies throughout Maryland. The course focused on marketing plans, video for social media, measurement, event planning, design, and content curation. I highly recommend checking out his training opportunities, especially if you are in marketing and tend to wear a lot of hats in your position!

Jordan Sosanya

Jordan Sosanya

Marketing Manager, HealthCare Access Maryland

Thanks, Jon, for the help with developing strategy, the encouragement to try new things and the push to get things rolling!

Beverly Weber

Beverly Weber

Former Development Director, Laurel Pregnancy Center

Jon knows how to get content moving! Get some of his brains!

Dave Lowe

Dave Lowe

CEO, isiFederal

Through his own creative storytelling, and teaching style, Jon inspires you to want to make noise about your idea, your story, your brand. He has the ability to convince you that with energy and enthusiasm – once you set your mind to something, anything is possible, and he provides the tools to help create the strategy to get you there.

Margaret Barry

Margaret Barry

Former Director of Brand Development and Merchandising, The Greene Turtle

Jon’s deep knowledge and insightful advice for using LinkedIn has helped us deploy our content and execute our initial on-line marketing strategy. Having an experienced guide, concrete plan and detailed roadmap makes all the difference.

Steve Pimpo

Steve Pimpo

Principal, Greenhouse Consulting

Jon is very knowledgeable and has taken on the role of an educator amongst other things, so we can all be trained on the proper processes for our marketing plans and initiatives. It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Jon and his team.

Diana Wolf

Diana Wolf

MA, BCBA, LBA, co-CEO of Verbal Beginnings

Jon Barnes is the manifestation of inexhaustible enthusiasm. He gathers and inspires professionals from a spectrum of industries, disciplines, and career paths in an effort to provide transformative insight and divergent perspective… and he does it with compelling verve.

Pete Burch

Pete Burch

Board Member, Production Club of Baltimore

Jon brings the discipline, planning, attention to detail, and certain “X Factor” that helps BTS stand out in the crowd. The results are demonstrable, measurable, and directly impact our ability to meet our goals. We could not be happier with his support and partnership.

David Tohn

David Tohn

CEO, BTS

Jon’s energy and commitment to the success of our team were evident from day one. He actively listened to and understood our needs and goals, and then helped design a plan that gave everyone the chance to do their best and most creative work. Jon is a ringleader of creative organization and a must for your organization!”

Theresa Caragol

Theresa Caragol

Founder and CEO, AchieveUnite

Jon lays out a simple and pragmatic process for finding and establishing your personal brand in a natural and actionable way.

Nicole Anderson

Nicole Anderson

Vice President, Corporate Communications, Ciena

Jon has walked the walk, and has now packaged up the discovery, formula, and path to personal branding.

Randy Goldstein

Randy Goldstein

Founder, Bizmarquee.com, Inc.

The Jon Barnes is indefatigable! I’ve seen him dive in, focus and even obsess over large client brands but equally, over personal brands. He does this through his innate desire to help people find their sweet spot and lean into it so they can thrive.

Steve Smallman

Steve Smallman

CEO, Fifteen4

Jon’s brain does what isn’t always easy for highly creative people- reverse engineering the process to highlight the mechanics behind the art.

Bill Rozier

Bill Rozier

Vice President, Marketing, BlackSky

Jon has a centered and focused style of working through his courses. This laser focus was crucial in keeping everyone on track through multiple weeks of information that, in my case, shed light in the gaps of my limited knowledge.

Luca Ponce

Stylist

Working with Jon has been a dream. He helped me, who self identifies as an extremely right brained and creative person step fully into the whole of who I truly am so that I could bring my brand and website to life. He made things easy for me to understand and could tell when I was getting overwhelmed and quickly helped me pull out of that mindset. I highly recommend Jon. He’s a marketing and branding wizard and so glad he’s on my team!

Kelly Rae Kerwin

Kelly Rae Kerwin

Shamanic Healer, Twin Cities Reiki

Jon is one of the most dynamic and engaging speakers we have ever had at our conferences. His presentations are both entertaining and insightful. He is a true expert on social video, and also a natural public speaker. He is always incredibly prepared, and takes the time to understand the event ahead of time and tailor his talk appropriately.

Paul Sherman

Paul Sherman

CEO, Potomac Tech Wire

Jon Barnes means business. Jon is highly effective with great ideas who gets things done.

 

Ethan Draddy

Ethan Draddy

CEO & Scout Executive at Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America

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