Who or what are your major influences?
My favorite band of all time is the Beach Boys. They are definitely an influence, as well as Green Day, Weezer, and the Beatles. I really like Dave Matthews, Avril Lavigne, Hilary Duff, All-American Rejects, and a slough of others.
When it comes to public speakers, I really enjoyed seeing Rudy Giuliani speak live.
And bookwise, I'm a huge fan of Jay Conrad Levinson, Ayn Rand, John Grisham, Harry Beckwith, and books about psychology.