Conference keynote speakers set the tone for your entire meeting, convention or event. The best presenters create electric experiences that leave attendees feeling energized and motivated, imbued with vivid takeaways that reinforce your event's message for the remainder of the conference -- and long after.
The following are among today's most in-demand speakers for meetings. These professionals have a talent for engaging audiences of all sizes, tailoring their own unique messages to fit with the theme and purpose of an event.
1. Ben Nemtin
Ben Nemtin (pictured above) is a Canadian speaker, producer, writer and television personality. He created and starred in the MTV series The Buried Life (2010), which remains the network's highest rated show ever on iTunes. He also is co-author of the book What Do You Want To Do Before You Die? and focuses many of his talks around motivation, inspiration and achieving your goals.
Ben has presented his keynote on "5 Steps to Make the Impossible Possible" to business conferences and corporate leadership teams around the world, garnering standing ovations from the likes of Amazon, FedEx, Harvard University, Levi's, Microsoft, Verizon and more. He's also been named one of the 2019 World's Top 30 Organizational Culture Professionals by Global Gurus.
"In my 38-year career, I have never hired the same speaker twice, until Ben," says Cigna Healthcare market president Gene Rapisardi. "When we did our survey of the events, his was the only segment that received a 100 percent approval rating. People were sincerely moved."
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2. Jade Simmons
Jade Simmons is an arts presenter, lecturer, renowned classical concert pianist, author and arts entrepreneur branded by the Washington Post as "A clear, powerful pianist with a magnetic personality...worth seeing any time." Though she began her career as a pianist, Simmons pivoted from playing to impressing audiences by using the piano as a vehicle (in concert with her talk) to provide inspiration and information as well as entertainment.
“We are always looking for people who are unique, new — fresh," says Aimee Kane, consultant/creative services, Meeting and Event Management. "Jade Simmons is that. She’s very dynamic. She draws you in, you just want to listen to her. The way she tells her stories and interjects her music — there’s no one like her.”
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3. Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown's résumé features a number of successful endeavors that began with his purchasing his own franchise business at the age of 17. After a solid run of 30 years in the business world, he decided to leave the corporate realm to pursue a passion for communicating what he calls The HERO Effect -- a simple philosophy that promotes the idea that winning in business and life today requires unconventional thinking.
Brown is on a mission to share his findings on how world-class organizations and high-performance people achieve their goals. In sum, he wants to help audiences expand their vision, develop their potential and grow their results.
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4. Carey Lohrenz
Carey Lohrenz is a former lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and the first female to fly the F-14 Tomcat in the U.S. military. Her motivating and engaging keynote presentations touch on her experiences in the military and how the challenges she dealt with there relate to the obstacles faced by businesses, organizations and professionals in everyday life.
"Carey Lohrenz’s keynote was fantastic! Her high-energy delivery and actionable content had an impact on all of our franchisees," says Damon Davoudpour, owner and founder, NashVegas VIP. "Carey has the unique ability to deliver content within a story that changes the way our franchisees think about leadership, innovation and helps catapult them into a new way of thinking about their business."
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