- It's time for a second career. What do you choose?
A stay-at-home dad. I'd enjoy putting my skills, energy, and enthusiasm to a typical and not-so-typical home life for my family. I have a feeling they would enjoy it, too.
- Who inspires you?
People who are confident, smart, funny, and able to give thoughtful consideration to conclusions they've not previously held.
- What's the best book you've read in the past year?
The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley. My dad was a band leader, and when Elvis performed around Chicago, my dad's band was often hired to back up his traveling musicians. My dad was fascinated by Elvis' manager, and I now know why.
- What's your hidden talent?
I could make a living as an auto mechanic. Need your valves adjusted?
- If you could be anywhere in the world, where would you be?
At the side of my wife, Paula.
Brian Palmer is president of the National Speakers Bureau, Libertyville, Ill. He was named 2003 International Supplier of the Year by Meeting Professionals International.