Most Popular Business Keynote Speakers of 2017
There are numerous factors that lend themselves to certain business keynote speakers being requested over and over again. Their popularity results in part from a combination of both professional expertise and personal disposition: the ability to convey information necessary for growth and improvement in a way that is relatable and understandable by all audience members. Many use humor and draw from their own life lessons and mistakes, their humanity and transparency welcomed aspects of presentations. These popular speakers know that though they are addressing situations in and of the business world, it is very much personal.
Jim Davidson has survived life-threatening circumstances and been witness to when, very tragically, lives were lost: in 1992 he dropped into an eighty-foot crevasse on Mount Rainier after a snow bridge collapse and in 2015 he was at Camp 1 on Mount Everest when earthquakes struck Nepal. He combines lessons from these incomparable personal encounters with what he has learned professionally during more than twenty years as a successful entrepreneur and deposits seeds of inspiration coupled with wisdom into the hearts of his audience members. Davidson is a dynamic speaker known for his incredible storytelling and teachings on resilience.
Known also for his resilience and perseverance, Ronan Tynan pulls from his life experiences as a world-renowned Tenor, Paralympic Gold medalist and doctor specializing in orthopedic sports injuries to inspire audiences from international dignitaries to major corporations. His presentations are filled with hope and full of moments that elicit laughter. Tynan has consistently been one of our most requested and referenced speakers, in areas ranging from leadership to employee engagement to change.
Speaking of change, popular speaker Doc Hendley is changing our world, using his professional expertise to make a real, personal difference in the lives of thousands of others. He used his skills and talent as a bartender and musician as the backdrop to his founding of the organization Water to Wine: “I dreamed of building an organization that fought water-related death and disease using different methods than anyone else. So, I started raising money to fight this water epidemic the best way I knew how, by pouring wine and playing music.” Named one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes in 2009, Hendley ranks high on our list of business keynote speakers as audiences continually embrace the uplifting messages shared from a seemingly ordinary guy with a big dream and even bigger heart, generating extraordinary change.
“None of us exist in a vacuum or bubble. As exciting as our goals may be, our best experience is not the attainment of those aspirations. It is the journey and the people along the way that give us meaning.” –Molly Fletcher
Fletcher, one of the world’s first high-powered female sports agents, combines the lessons she learned from this high-stakes industry with those from her background as an entrepreneur, philanthropist and parent to offer heartfelt and spirited presentations to audiences who walk away intrigued and inspired by her unique and unconventional techniques for building success. Called the “female Jerry Maguire” by CNN- a title fully deserved after negotiating over $500 million in contracts and representing some of the top names in sports- Fletcher delivers with passion and authenticity, empowering others to grow beyond imagined limitations.
As Managing Director with professional services firm Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) and formerly Director of Enterprise Services at Amazon.com, John Rossman also knows about shattering limitations to achieve important breakthroughs. He was a leader at Amazon, arguably the world’s most innovative and disruptive company, during its formative years and is author of the book The Amazon Way: 14 Leadership Principles of the World’s Most Disruptive Company. Rossman shares through both his writing and speaking personal stories from his days at Amazon, clearly conveying lessons learned during his tenure spent with the company that grew from start-up to global industry force in just twenty years. Through his understanding of development, disruption and branding, Rossman is able to address the best ways in which a company can utilize digital marketing while also establishing a strong, personal connection with his audience, making him a popular speaker on a long list of topics.
A company whose name is synonymous with digital marketing is the every-evolving Google. Its head of media outreach and official spokesperson Daniel Sieberg, a former reporter, is known for his in-depth knowledge on social behavior, technology trends and back-end analytics. This makes him the perfect (and very popular!) business keynote speaker to address and influence audiences on branding and marketing success through digital means. Sieberg also addresses the idea of mindfulness as it pertains to technology, sharing in his work that a balance between our digital and interpersonal lives will ultimately allow for the pursuit of technological advancements without the accompaniment of feeling overwhelmed.
Ben Nemtin used some of the most difficult days in his life as the starting point to embark on some of its most rewarding, and shares with others how to do the same. As co-founder of The Buried Life movement, Nemtin has opened up about his struggle with depression prior to creating, with friends, “the world’s greatest bucket list”. They embarked on a life-changing journey, crossing off bucket list items, healing from the inside out and transforming others’ lives along the way. He conveys this same principle to business leaders around the world: success is the result of a positive corporate culture begun from within. Each employee who is given the opportunity to pursue a dream, attain a goal, and break through barriers is given the means to make a difference in that company and the world around it. When companies engage their employees with the tools necessary to achieve personal and professional goals, the impactful effects of such will extend far beyond a company’s perimeter. Having been featured on The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and all major television networks, Nemtin’s popularity as a speaker is rooted in his honesty and openness with those on the receiving end of his work.
With a background in communications, socio-psychology and cognitive neuroscience, Dr. Steve Robbins uses the science of human behavior to help audiences understand the power of diversity, inclusion and caring for our fellow human beings. He draws from very private moments of personal pain as a Vietnamese immigrant during a time when anti-war and anti-Vietnamese sentiments made his transition to the United States a difficult and challenging transition. Yet, he doesn’t use these experiences to blame or attack but to challenge others to form new perspectives and create shifts in consciousness. Dr. Robbins’ ability to evoke both tears and laughter, to both educate and inspire, solidifies his place on our most popular speakers’ list.
The list of achievements and accolades earned by Isaac Lidsky are simply mind-blowing. The fact that he has accomplished so much is made even more pertinent to his powerful presence by the fact that he is blind. He graduated from Harvard University at nineteen and Harvard Law School with magna cum laude honors. As a United States Justice Department lawyer, he did not lose one of his appeals cases argued in federal court on behalf of the United States. Lidsky has been a successful actor, has rebuilt failing companies into industry leaders and founded a nonprofit dedicated to funding the development of treatments for blinding diseases. He has defied any limitations set before him and in a way only he can, inspires audiences to do the same, regardless of their circumstances. One of the most powerful, successful and affecting business keynote speakers we have, Lidsky continues to triumph in the most remarkable of ways.
Allison Massari found a way to take crushing adversity and turn it into a life of teaching and giving back, capturing the hearts and minds of audiences who walk away with concrete tools on how to become better business leaders and better people. After nearly losing her life twice in car accidents, sustaining burns over 50% of her body, Massari began helping young burn victims even while still in recovery. She uses all that she learned over the course of long, excruciating periods of recovery to demonstrate to others how they, too, can overcome the most difficult hurdles, whether in business or life circumstances. She has been featured on ABC, NBC, and FOX networks, is the star of the documentary Resolve and is known to clients such as Kaiser Permanente, Eli Lilly and Company, and LPL Financial as an esteemed speaker who delivers with compassion and power. She has a gift in helping others understand how to manage and succeed in their everyday lives, as well as through crises that will inevitably arise along the way.