speaker charlie hoehn
Charlie Hoehn is a professional speaker, an entrepreneur, and the author of two popular books:
After graduating from college with a marketing degree in 2008 (the worst economy in 80 years), Charlie spent months struggling to find a job — any job. He spent his days emailing his resume to hundreds of companies... and never hearing back.
One night, he decided to change his strategy. He would only work on projects he actually cared about, with people he wanted to learn from. He began offering entrepreneurs, artists, and startups his services on a free trial basis.
The result? Charlie landed multiple dream gigs. Companies started approaching him with offers, and he turned them away.
First, he helped Ramit Sethi launch a New York Times bestselling book...
Then he traveled across the country with Tucker Max as a videographer on a nationwide movie tour...
Then he worked alongside Tim Ferriss during the production and launch of The 4-Hour Body, which hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and eventually sold over a million copies.
Charlie blogged about his experiences, sharing with others what he'd learned. After receiving hundreds of emails from students and job seekers all over the world, inquiring as to how he was able to build such a unique career over the span of two years, Charlie decided to share his strategy.
Over the course of a weekend, he wrote a short ebook called Recession-Proof Graduate. It was an instant hit among job hunters, and eventually lead to an equally popular TEDx talk called "The New Way to Work." To date, the book has been downloaded over 150,000 times, and the talk has more than 100,000 views -- reaching over a quarter million people.
Charlie continued working with Tim Ferriss for the next three years as his "Director of Special Projects." Together, they collaborated on a variety of endeavors, such as the Opening the Kimono Event -- a 3-day seminar in Napa Valley on next generation content marketing.
Shortly after Tim began work on The 4-Hour Chef, Charlie decided to take time off from work. A few months later, he began collaborating with his friends Chad Mureta and Jason Adams on a DVD course called App Empire (based on Chad's popular book), which taught people how to create their own app business.
Charlie lead the direction and production of the course, and also advised on the marketing. The launch of App Empire was a huge success, with revenues of $2.6 million over a 10-day sales period.
A few months later, Charlie and Ramit released their first app. Negotiate It allowed the user to reduce their bills and waive fees by providing them with the counter-scripts to customer service operators. The app was featured in O Magazine.
After spending a year and a half working in San Francisco, Charlie decided to move back to Colorado. He lived in Keystone for several months, working on a full-length version of Recession-Proof Graduate. After getting a case of cabin fever, he decided to move down to Austin to finish his work.
A few months passed and the book still wasn't coming together. He cut 25,000 words from the manuscript, and posted an excerpt on his blog called "How I Cured My Anxiety." The post immediately took off, and for nearly a year, it held the #1 result on Google for the search "cure anxiety."
Due to the popularity of the post, Charlie decided to create a second book -- a personal memoir on overcoming debilitating stress and recovering from burnout. He self-published the book at the beginning of 2014. Play It Away became an instant hit among entrepreneurs, executives, and students.
Today, Charlie is still living in Austin. In his spare time, he performs improv, writes, plays with his friends and their dogs, and looks for speaking opportunities in exotic locations. He is embarrassed to talk about himself in third person, and he no longer has a beard.