Booking the right speaker is critical to the success of your event. If you’re wondering where to begin when it comes to how to find a speaker or just looking for some new ideas, you’re in luck!
We turned to our panel of experts and asked them: Have you seen any dynamic speakers recently you would recommend?
Focusing on design thinking
Duncan Wardle, former head of Disney’s creativity and innovation, is fantastic! He draws on his experiences working on design thinking with teams at Disney Animation, Lucasfilm, Marvel, Pixar, and Imagineering and Disney Parks. He is also a TedX speaker and contributor to Fast Company Magazine. He teaches Innovation and Design Thinking Masterclasses at Yale University, UNC and U.F. Every time I see him speak, he gets a standing ovation!
- Rachel Wimberly, President of Tarsus Media. Follow her on Twitter - TSNN_Rachel
You can watch his Ted Talk "The Theory of Creativity" here. It's 18 minutes long and incredibly inspiring!
Event speakers who leave a lasting impression
Mark Scharenbroich is one of the most polished speakers I have ever seen. His signature “Nice Bike” presentation is funny, touching and left a lasting impression.
I have also seen Seth Godin a few times. His “Importance of Innovation” presentation at PCMA Convening Leaders 2019 was excellent.
Additionally, I do my best to provide excellent, up-to-date presentations on events and exhibitions technology, but there are a number of other good speakers in this space including Jim Spellos and Julius Solaris.
- Corbin Ball, CSP, CMP, DES, MS - an international speaker, consultant and writer, and a 2018 inductee into the Event Industry Council's Hall of Leaders. Follow him on Twitter - corbinball
Thought provoking event speakers
A couple of my favorites are Rachel Botsman and Scott Klososky. Rachel is an expert in the sharing economy and is super thought-provoking on how trust is enabled in consumer applications like Uber. Klososky is brilliant when it comes to helping to think about the future through the lens of Humalogy — how much human effort is aided by technology. They both make my brain hurt!
-Dave Lutz, Founder of Velvet Chainsaw Consulting. Follow him on Twitter - VelChain
Just as important is to consider the format
I'll twist this question into what I think planners need to think about when they're planning their speakers. They need to just ax the idea of bringing speakers who use PowerPoints. I'm so over the speakers who say, "I'll tell a story through these PowerPoints." We need to start booking speakers who don't have a PowerPoint, but instead have an engaging story to tell. A speaker can have great video content, or even a PowerPoint running in the background. I'm just sick of all the clicking through slides!
- Will Curran, Founder of Endless Events. Follow him on Twitter - ItsWillCurran
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