Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Post Type Selectors
Filter by Categories
Change Management
Customer Service
Emotional Intelligence
Finding Your Passion
Generational Differences
Human Resources
Mental Health
Overcoming Adversity
Personal Growth
Social Media/Technology
Team Building
Wellness/Work-Life Balance
Women in Business

Speaker Testimonials

We Love MidAmerica Speakers Bureau!

We strive for excellence, honesty and professionalism in our business practices, but don’t just take our word for it, here’s what our speakers have to say about MidAmerica Speakers Bureau!



From Our Speakers

“Barry and Tyler Carlson have been very good people to work with. They are well organized and have been thorough and prompt in getting information out and making sure that speakers are well informed regarding what is expected at a speaking engagement. They also are frequently in attendance themselves to ensure that things go according to plan.”

Tom Osborne, Former Head Football Coach & Athletic Director, The University of Nebraska Cornhuskers

“MidAmerica Speakers Bureau is the best bureau I’ve ever worked with, and I’ve been involved with more than a dozen bureaus the past fifteen years. They work hard and put your name out there. Some bureaus are simply “order takers” and they don’t do much work other than riding their favorite ponies. Barry and Tyler keep their word, make the connections and keep you in-the-loop.”

V.J. Smith, Nationally Known Speaker, Author & South Dakota State Senator

“I’ve had the privilege to know and work with Barry and Tyler Carlson for over a decade now and they’re two of The Best! When you’re looking for a top-notch bureau that exists to “exceed” your expectations, look no further than MidAmerica Speakers Bureau!”

Aaron Davis, Entrepreneur, Speaker & Author

“I’ve very much enjoyed working with MidAmerica Speakers Bureau. Barry and Tyler have done a great job of matching me with organizations that are a good fit for my message and style of speaking. They are the only bureau I’ve worked with who has attended multiple events where I was speaking. They trust the speaker and their client enough to make the match and then let us talk with each other and work out the details without a middle man. They are gifted professionals and I’m proud to be represented by them.”

Karl Mecklenburg, CSP, Author & Six-Time NFL Pro Bowl

“I have been a professional speaker since 1988 and have had the chance to work with several bureaus…I only work with one now! MidAmerica Speakers Bureau is the best in the business! My experience with MSB is that they have the unique ability to discern which speakers work best for each event. From a meeting planner’s perspective, you will not find a better bureau, and from a speaker’s perspective, they know how to keep us happy. I know that you will have a great experience with MSB!”

Bill Cordes, Nationally Known Speaker, Author & Life Coach

“I feel privileged and humbled to work with Barry and Tyler Carlson at MSB because they pay attention to details, they exhibit trust, ethics, and quality character, and they work diligently to meet the presentation and outcome needs of their contracting clients and the speakers they represent. Barry and Tyler know their speakers and I have found that each engagement has been an awesome match. MSB is family-owned, headquartered in small-town America, and the Carlsons approach each potential engagement with client and speaker satisfaction as an ultimate outcome.”

Dr. JoAnne Owens-Nauslar, Ed.D.

“In 2012, I wanted to fulfill my dream of becoming a public speaker. I had just written a book and it was taking off. I felt I had a story and a message to share but how to get started? By chance, through a business transaction, I was introduced to Barry Carlson at MSB and I knew this was my shot at fulfilling my dream. We began with small groups with Barry coaching me afterward. Each time I got better thanks to his coaching, expertise and knowledge of how to become a great speaker. From the beginning to today, Barry and Tyler have handled every speech with precise professionalism. Their communications and interactions with me, and with their clients, are top-notch. Every booking through MSB has been amazing! I wholeheartedly trust Barry and Tyler, not just because they helped me fulfill my dream, but because of their honesty, dedication to making a difference, and most importantly, their integrity. I am honored to say that I am a part of the MSB family, because that is exactly what it is…a family!”

Rob Quillen, Speaker & Award-Winning Author

“Barry and Tyler Carlson care…they care about the businesses they are serving, they care about treating their speakers with respect and integrity, and they care that the people in the audience are impacted positively and inspired by the message. MSB is a growing company that continually embraces the values of a family-run and family-oriented business. It is comforting to know that Barry and Tyler honor their word, and work hard for all parties to deliver a GOLD STANDARD service.”

Rhonda Revelle, Head Softball Coach, The University of Nebraska Cornhuskers

“I have never written a recommendation for a Speakers Bureau before, in fact, I don’t think it’s ever even crossed my mind until I met Barry and Tyler Carlson. They are the first bureau owners I have ever met who insist on seeing speakers and entertainers, in-person, before they put them on their roster. Not only that, when they first contacted me, they wanted to meet me in-person, and have a conversation over coffee. So, not only did they want to see me on stage, they wanted to know what kind of person I was because after all, they were going to match me with businesses that had put their trust in them. Barry and Tyler Carlson are the real deal. They’re honest and sincere and the quintessential professionals. I am proud to be on their roster; it has added inspiration to do my best.”

T. Marni Vos, Humorist, Comedian & Motivator

“While being a bit new at this highly competitive game of public speaking, I find that Barry and Tyler Carlson and the great folks at MidAmerica Speakers Bureau have their game plan well in hand. Truly professional in every aspect, working above and beyond the call, Barry and Tyler will ensure that all of the i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed, thereby reducing any stress related to your upcoming event. MSB has a wonderfully diverse and talented group of speakers, each and every one sure to turn your event into the ‘best one of the year!’ I am most definitely proud to be associated with Barry and Tyler Carlson and MidAmerica Speakers Bureau!”

Clayton C. Anderson, United States Astronaut, Retired

“I have been professionally speaking for the past 10 years and have worked with a number of different speakers bureaus. I can say without reservation that MidAmerica Speakers Bureau ranks right at the top. Barry Carlson and his son, Tyler, have built MSB based on relationships. Honesty and ethical business practice are staples at MSB. Barry and Tyler are very involved with both clients and speakers. They take the time to get to know the speakers they represent as well as the clients they book for. The Carlsons have an uncanny knack for matching the right speaker with every event. I would not hesitate to recommend Barry and Tyler to anyone who is in need of a quality speaker, or a quality speaker in need of representation. I am a firm believer that who you associate with is who you become. I am all about surrounding myself with winners and MidAmerica Speakers Bureau definitely fits that bill!”

Kevin Kush, Motivational Speaker

“It’s great to work with quality individuals and an outstanding organization such as Barry and Tyler Carlson’s MSB! They truly care about both the speaker and the audience. Both Barry and Tyler have driven several miles to hear me speak while I was in Nebraska. They simply wanted to meet me and learn more about what I do both on stage and off the stage. In twenty years of speaking, I’ve never had someone do this. They actually care so much about speakers and clients that they devote time to actually go, listen and observe, and then take that knowledge to create the perfect fit for each group. It is so refreshing to work with a team like MSB!”

Andrew McCrea, Nationally Syndicated Radio Host, Speaker & Author

“Having the opportunity to work with MidAmerica Speakers Bureau has been an incredible honor and privilege. Barry Carlson believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself. His support, both professionally and personally, has made me a better speaker. Barry and his son, Tyler, make a wonderful team. They work closely with the client to find the perfect speaker for the event. Their hard work and excellent communication make MidAmerica Speakers Bureau one of the best in the business. If you are looking for a bureau that respects their speakers and clients, you have come to the right place. I highly recommend them!”

Holly Hoffman, Motivational Speaker, Inner Depth, LLC

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Barry and Tyler Carlson and MSB and the experience has been nothing but positive. I worked with another bureau for only a short period of time because their only priority was to fill a spot. Barry and Tyler are concerned about filling a need and they work hard to find the best match for their clients. Everything they do is handled professionally. They are trustworthy and they truly care about both their clients and their speakers. They also do a fantastic job of communicating with all parties involved. I look forward to many more years of working with Barry and Tyler Carlson.”

Dave Zimmer, Speaker & Author

“I have known Barry and Tyler Carlson for a few years now, and I believe they are two of the hardest working men in the business. They are a pleasure to work with and I believe I can learn a great deal from them about the business. They are passionate and are both perfectionists in their dealings with others. My future with MidAmerica Speakers Bureau is so bright, I gotta wear shades!”

Johnny ”The Jet” Rodgers, 1972 Heisman Trophy Winner, Speaker, Author & Coach

“I have been speaking professionally since 1995, and have been represented by many speaker bureaus. I can honestly say that working with Barry and Tyler and MidAmerica Speakers Bureau has been an absolute pleasure! Their attention to getting it right is THE BEST! I truly appreciate how brilliantly they have matched my message with the clients’ objectives. Their attention to detail during the planning process always helps set the speaker up to make the client’s experience a home run. MSB has continued to make me say “WOW” even after the event. The amazing immediate following up with the client to get their feedback always generates some fantastic testimonials. And then they invest in future opportunities by including the most current testimonials on my personal page of their website. All I can say is WOW!!! I am proud to be a member of the MidAmerica Speakers Bureau team, and I highly recommend them to any professional speaker who wants to grow their business!”

Rob Bell, Certified Speaking Professional, FOCUS Consulting, LLC

“Barry and Tyler Carlson and MSB are shining examples of integrity in today’s crowded and competitive speaking business. Their reputation is impeccable and they work hard to keep it that way. They personally meet each speaker and watch him or her in action before allowing them to become part of the bureau. They get to know meeting planners on a personal basis and work hard to match them with just the right speakers for their events. Barry and Tyler are honest and trustworthy and willing to go the extra mile. I enthusiastically give them my highest recommendation!”

Jeff Beals, International Speaker & Award-Winning Author

“MSB and Barry and Tyler Carlson are special for one simple reason…integrity! I don’t hesitate for a moment to tell anyone that how they run MSB is so incredibly refreshing that as a speaker you just can’t help but say great things about them. Passion for the client, the speaker, and the outcome of the engagement is what makes them so special. What is ironic in what I’m sharing is that they have never booked me. Despite not having worked directly with them, I’ve seen their work and more importantly their results. There is not an audience, or a speaker, who has worked with MSB that is not impressed with the Carlsons and what they have created. How do I know this? I’ve asked in conversations with speakers and clients, and it’s impossible to find anyone saying anything less than stellar about Barry, Tyler, and their team!”

Mark Hunter, "The Sales Hunter"

“I have been working with Barry and Tyler Carlson and MidAmerica Speakers Bureau for a little under 8 years. In my 30+ years as a comedian and speaker, I have worked with only a handful of bureaus as honest, meticulous and professional as MSB! They are truly concerned about finding just the right speaker for each of their clients’ events. I remember the first event I ever did for Barry he drove 70 miles to see the show, just to make sure everyone was happy! I don’t think I’ve ever had an agent do that! MidAmerica Speakers Bureau is building a great roster of speakers, and Barry and Tyler are always trying to find new ways to make their bureau better. Their focus is on excellence, and believe me…they deliver!”

Tim Cavanagh, Comedian & Radio Personality

“Barry Carlson is a speaker, coach and motivational leader who just happens to run a speakers bureau. I have known Barry for several years, before the creation of MSB. He is passionate about assembling a team of talented speakers and providing them with the most professional representation possible. I am honored to be one of his first speakers and am very pleased with his representation!”

Paul Bryant, Professional Speaker & Author of “The Purpose Living Leader”

“I have been working with Barry and Tyler Carlson for an extended period of time and have found them to be excellent colleagues. It’s a pleasure to work with someone who is responsive, concerned about doing what is best for the customer, and committed to excellence. Barry and Tyler are honest, forthright, and yet tactful in all of their communication with others. They are committed to building a top-notch operation by selecting speakers who they feel will represent the organization well, and, at the same time, represent a wide array of topics. It has been a pleasure to work with a top-quality organization and I look forward to continued success with MidAmerica Speakers Bureau in the future.”

Tom McClung, Senior Director & Coach, The Growth Coach

“When I first met Barry and Tyler Carlson, I had already spoken to many groups throughout Nebraska and around the world, from Seattle to New York to Austria. I had also already given two TEDx talks. And yet, Barry and Tyler not only wanted to meet with me so we could get to know each other, but they also insisted on hearing one of my talks in-person. Barry and Tyler do this with all of their potential speakers. Why? So they can have complete confidence that all of the speakers in their bureau are everything they say they are. Rest assured, if you go with any speaker from MidAmerica Speakers Bureau, you can feel confident that you are only getting the best of the best. If only all speakers bureaus—and other businesses—operated with such attention to quality and detail!”

Jeff Koterba, Speaker, Author, Writer, Tour Guide & Cartoonist

“During all of my interactions with MidAmerica Speakers Bureau, I have experienced that they always do things the Nebraska way! That is, they are honest, hard-working, punctual, cordial, well-organized, have great follow-thru, and they never “bust the trust. It is always a pleasant experience to work with Barry, Tyler and the crew that makes them look good. Doing things the “Nebraska way” always works well, and that is why I have no reservations about recommending MidAmerica Speakers Bureau for all of your needs.”

Allen Beermann, Executive Director, NE Press Association & Former NE Secretary of State

“I would highly recommend Barry and Tyler at MSB. They are personable, thorough, and they do exactly what they say they will do. Barry drove eight hours round-trip just to listen to me speak! Their attention to detail is spot on. The MSB staff was timely in getting my information on the website, and they offered suggestions and assistance where needed. Within one week of joining MidAmerica Speakers Bureau, they had already booked me for a speaking engagement. Barry and Tyler are people that believe in their mission and will work for you!”

Mark Potter, Coach

“Barry Carlson has developed a speakers bureau that is truly one of the best in the nation. The quality of speakers and variety of topics and interests they cover is simply amazing. Barry and his son, Tyler, are extremely professional in how they communicate their expectations to each speaker. Their attention to detail and standards push each speaker to improve and expand their ability to deliver an engaging, thought-provoking and entertaining speech. The Carlsons often attend speeches and provide positive evaluations to enhance the speaker’s ability to deliver a great speech. It is truly a pleasure to be a part of a bureau that has high standards, provides insights, gives feedback and is incredibly supportive of their speakers. I thank them for believing in me!”

Jim Weeks, Teacher & Coach

“It was a true pleasure to work with MidAmerica Speakers Bureau. They booked me and took care of all of the logistics of my visit so that I could show up and speak. How nice it was to be able to focus on my presentation instead of all of the booking details. My host was fully prepared for my visit and the day was amazing! Hats off to Barry and Tyler Carlson for taking the stress out of being a public speaker!!! I feel privileged to be a member of such a reputable organization!”

Julia Cook, M.S. National Award-Winning Children’s Author & Parenting Expert

“It has been my honor to work with MidAmerica Speakers Bureau. Barry and Tyler are highly dedicated to seeing that both the speaker and the client have exactly what they need to ensure a smooth, successful event. They are 100% committed to excellence, and they follow through on this commitment through their attention to detail and ongoing communication with all involved. MidAmerica Speakers Bureau’s ultimate goal for each event is that we ‘knock it out of the park’ in meeting and exceeding the client’s expectations, and Barry and Tyler provide every support possible to ensure that happens. It’s always great a pleasure to work with Barry, Tyler and MSB.”

Brenda Clark Hamilton, Nationally Known Speaker & Workplace Trainer


MidAmerica Speakers Bureau

Trust is a must or MSB is a bust...we will never bust your trust!

Want to stay informed on the latest news including any new MSB additions? Sign up now for our emails!

Email Sign Up

Our Location

1620 28th Street
Central City, NE 68826