This article showcases our top picks for the Best Conference Keynote Speakers. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below).
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Marvelless Mark is probably the best speaker for teams that I’ve seen. He’s definitely helped our team get out of the funk the pandemic brought on. When I first saw his keynote at a conference I was talking to some of the other attendees there about him and everybody’s saying the same things – he has a new interesting way of looking at teamwork, a really fun way to teach it (as a team building session making an entire audience work together live), and takeaways they can easily put to practice. To me, his presentation is a perfect mix of practicality, motivation, mindset and being in the moment having fun. He’s the best I’ve seen to be able to do all that within an hour on stage. He has this contagious rock n roll type energy that relates to every age group. The live interaction with the audience using drumsticks and having people go up on stage etc makes it hard to lose focus on what’s being taught. Marvelless Mark gets hired by Inc 500 companies, big international conferences, etc, which makes sense since he’s been doing it for a quarter century.
Author of one of my favorite (and one of the most popular) business books *Start with Why*, Simon Sinek has delivered an incredibly viral TedTalk on leadership and comes with a plethora of advice that champions his “why” method. You can book him for keynote speeches on eight different business topics, so you can ensure that he’s not reiterating his most popular insights if the audience is familiar with his book. The keynote address can be up to a 90-minute live session, with an unlimited amount of seats, a Q+A, and access to the recording for 30 days.
As a motivational speaker myself, I sincerely admire Brian Tracy’s personable and calm way of communicating with his audience. His work as a keynote speaker has helped plenty of people become more confident in achieving their goals. According to the Global Gurus 2021 list, Brian Tracy is ranked #7 among all the motivational speakers in the world. That’s just how good he is. One thing that stood out to me is that he is realistic. He doesn’t sugarcoat the things he says, especially when it comes to achieving success. Brian Tracy can educate and inspire people just by speaking in public. He can also help his audience see and realize their potential, making them aim for the best.
A fire explosion completely burned John O’Leary’s body at the age of nine. He fought against extraordinary odds despite having only a one percent chance of survival. A five-month hospital stay and dozens of surgeries left him without fingers, and he had to learn how to write, walk, and feed himself again. With his life lessons learned from such a tragic experience, John inspires audiences far and wide to live to the fullest, embrace each moment, and celebrate joy. As an author of best-selling books, such as On Fire and In Awe, John channeled his own life experience into both books.
Jill Christensen International is a former Fortune 500 Corporate Communications executive with a Six Sigma Green Belt who is widely regarded as one of the top women keynote speakers in the world. She specializes in understanding employee engagement, behavior, and strategy to address your lowest-scoring areas, and she is ideal for conferences, leadership, team, or manager meetings, customer events, and user group meetings.