20 Speakers You Shouldn’t Miss The Opportunity To See

This article was originally published on forbes.com

What can turn any event into a life-changing experience for audience members? The keynote speaker, of course. A dynamo at the front of the room ups the energy level and banishes those oh-so-polite golf claps.

Want to hire or see a speaker who can motivate, educate, and entertain? You don’t have to go far to find superb presenters with a lot to say and secrets to share. Start your search with these crowd favorites.

1)  Lena Requist

Lena Requist is the president of ONTRAPORT, which produces a visual, all-in-one marketing campaign builder. In each of her speeches, Renquist brings tons of enthusiasm and uses her inspirational Keynotes to advise business owners on how to build startups into successful companies.

Her unique outlooks on management, productivity, and free thinking make each of her speeches entertaining. Renquist’s natural passion for inspiring other women draws out the talent she has for talking about the issues affecting female entrepreneurs and businesswomen.

2) Robert (Bob) Glazer

Robert (Bob) Glazer is the founder and managing director of Acceleration Partners, an affiliate marketing company. He is a sought-after speaker who has presented to large global audiences at more than 20 conferences, including ad:tech, Affiliate Summit, DMA, and PMI Europe.

Author of the bestselling book Performance Partnerships: The Checkered Past, Changing Present and Exciting Future of Affiliate Marketing, he has published more than 100 articles on performance marketing, strategy, culture, leadership, and entrepreneurship. Recently, Bob appeared on “The Dr. Oz Show” to discuss why companies need to make sure they work with credible partners to properly leverage the affiliate channel’s unique ability to strengthen brand awareness and drive attributable sales.

3) Erin Berman

Erin Berman is founder and storyteller with Blackbeard Studios, where she mentors other organizations that want to harness the innate power of storytelling to facilitate predictable growth.

A natural public speaker with an art for telling tales (thanks to a love of mythology and literature), she has taught marketing workshops and served as a storyteller in the Bay Area and at established venture capitalist and accelerator programs. Her Galvanize Workshop and numerous Jolt talks have solidified her as a force on the speech making scene.

4) Jaspar Weir

Jaspar Weir is co-founder and president of TaskUs, which provides leading-edge back office and customer care outsourcing. A prognosticator with an eye for details, Weir easily talks entrepreneurship to crowds representing all ages and stages, including students in the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship.

He is a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Southern California and appeared at Argyle’s 2017 Customer Experience Leadership Forum and the 2013 Sales Hacker Conference.

5) Dave Peck

Dave Peck is the Chief Marketing Office for Kind.Financial, a seed to sale cannabis tracking and compliance software company that also working on a cash-free mobile payment system for the cannabis industry. This is not the first disruptive company that Peck has been a part of, having overseen PayPal’s social strategy and influencer relations as well as digital marketing integration.

Peck has also helped develop social media strategies for big brands like Wells-Fargo, the Grammys, and Coca-Cola. He is the author of “Think Before You Engage: 100 Questions to Ask Before Starting a Social Media Marketing Campaign.” Peck has also been profiled across major media outlets like CNBC, NBC, USA Today, and The Today Show. Whether you need a blunt voice of reason or a stirring “let’s go get ‘em” rabble-rouser, you’ll find one among these speakers. Make contact and relax: They’ve got this covered.

6) Marcus Sheridan

Marcus Sheridan is president of The Sales Lion, the vehicle that takes sales and marketing out of the Dark Ages and into the future. He’s wrapped his expertise in inbound sales, HubSpot (he’s a partner), and content marketing into a package that includes tremendous authorship, dynamic workshops, and spot-on consulting. The outgoing, effervescent Sheridan has been chosen as a keynote speaker or presented at Content

Marketing World from 2012 through 2016 and HubSpot’s INBOUND Conference from 2010 through 2015, as well as at Social Media Marketing World from 2013 through 2016.

7) Erik Huberman

Erik Huberman is CEO of Hawke Media, a unique company specializing in outsourced chief marketing officer (CMO) solutions targeted at both small and large companies looking for growth.

Huberman’s unbridled optimism, coupled with his authority and wit, makes him a natural selection for speaking engagements on digital marketing, e-commerce, win-win business practices, and entrepreneurship.

8) Damian Bradfield

Damian Bradfield is the founding shareholder, president, and CMO of WeTransfer, the world’s largest file-sharing service.

A pivotal leader for the creative brand, he spearheads WeTransfer’s U.S. operations from its Los Angeles headquarters. His talks merge topics including the arts, innovation, and education, bringing clarity to business principles. Damian was a speaker at Collision 2017.

9) John Ruhlin

John Ruhlin is founder of Ruhlin Group, a company on a mission to transform business through giftology. His message is simple: Show gratitude to your customers through gift-giving, and they’ll reward your actions with loyalty.

He has spoken at Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) and is known as a straight shooter who resonates with crowds.

10) Liz Forkin Bohannon

Liz Forkin Bohannon is the founder and co-CEO of Sseko Designs, an ethical fashion company that develops employment opportunities for college-bound Ugandan women while providing meaningful self-employment opportunities to social entrepreneurs in the U.S. through the Sseko Fellows program.

Liz is known for her fun and dynamic speaking style and her personal stories about taking risks, building a brand with purpose, and striving for gender equality and social enterprise at universities, conferences, and gatherings across the globe, including Catalyst, Plywood People, and the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.

11) Sanjeev Saxena

Sanjeev Saxena is founder and CEO of POC Medical Systems, which is a company of experienced technology and biomedical professionals that have developed a patent-protected Pandora Point-of-Care testing product for breast cancer. This diagnostics solution is helping more people get tested earlier on, saving lives, where previously issues like geographic inaccessibility and cost prohibition stood in the way.

Saxena is also a serial entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience in sales, marketing, and operations within the biomedical industry, including the development of several biotech and medical device companies like Sepragen, Scanis, and Actis Biologics. He has been recognized with awards for his innovative business ideas and significant contributions to biomedical solutions. Saxena received the Udhog Lagu Award and the European Science Award as well was nominated for the 2011 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur Year of the Year Award in India.

12) Justin Rezvani

Justin Rezvani is CEO of theAmplify, a company that has revolutionized the way we think about influencer marketing. His talks drive home the power that influencers have, emphasizing how anyone can utilize them to build a brand, move a product, and scale a corporation.

His easygoing style appeals to audiences of all ages, and it especially resonates with up-and-coming Millennials. Rezvani recently spoke at Forbes’ 30 Under 30 at Cross Campus.

13) Jeff Winters

Jeff Winters is CEO of Sapper Consulting, which is using technology to revitalize sales techniques.

His talks cover all topics related to marketing, marketing automation, and sales and are well-regarded, thanks to his deep understanding of and passion for all things sales-related.

14) Jeff Henderson

Jeff Henderson built a 15-year marketing career at Chick-fil-A, Inc., the Atlanta Braves, Callaway Gardens, and Lake Lanier Islands Resort. He has unique firsthand knowledge of both the nonprofit and for-profit worlds.

A founding member of Launch Youniversity,Jeff has also become a trusted voice for business and nonprofit leaders in the area of communication coaching. He has helped numerous leaders improve their communication because, as he says, “leadership eventually comes with a microphone.”

15) Jeff Shinabarger

Jeff Shinabarger, the founder and executive director of Plywood People, is a social entrepreneur, the bestselling author of More or Less and Yes or No, and the creator of Path by Plywood, a six-week community experience that challenges ideas and ushers them into reality.

Jeff wants to make Atlanta a center for social innovation, personally engaging in more than 250 related startups. His work has appeared in USA WEEKEND, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, CNN, The Huffington Post, the Chicago Sun-Times, Coca-Cola, Christianity Today, and Relevant Magazine.

16) Brad Formsma

Brad Formsma is the founder and president of ilikegiving.com, a master storyteller and speaker, and the author of the bestselling book “I Like Giving: The Transforming Power of a Generous Life,” named one of the top inspirational books of 2015.

Brad has inspired organizations like Do it Best Corp., Johns Hopkins University, and many other businesses across the United States with a refreshing approach to engaging teams, which impacts employee retention, customer service, and an organization’s health. He has been featured on “TODAY” and Fox News.

17) Kristi Zuhlke

Kristi Zuhlke is CEO and co-founder of KnowledgeHound, a company that enables clients to finally understand and use the data at their fingertips.

She frequently talks to groups about why market research is in trouble as an industry, how large CPG companies are allowing themselves to lose to startups, and why large companies aren’t getting innovative or partnering with startups. Her down-to-earth approach and likability as a top market research insight expert make her a great choice.

18) Ben Maitland-Lewis

Ben Maitland-Lewis is CEO and founder of Pretty Instant, the business that partners professional photographers with corporations. Maitland-Lewis’ speaking engagements, fueled by his years at Sony BMG, previous business ventures, and agencies run the gamut from sales, marketing, and creative entrepreneurship to strategic sponsorships and partnerships.

As a featured panelist for the Hill Holliday-produced #TVnext, he spoke alongside the Advertising Age editor-at-large and BET’s head of content. He’s a regular at Midem in Cannes, Harvard University, and other educational institutions.

19) Matt Sunshine

Matt Sunshine is managing partner with The Center for Sales Strategy/Lead G2, a firm determined to evangelize the strength of “smarketing” techniques. A frequent keynote speaker and moderator, he provides audiences with insights on lead generation, inbound marketing, digital marketing, sales growth, and related topics. In addition to his talks, he is a writer for a top sales blog and contributes regularly to business magazines.

20) Clinton Senkow

Clinton Senkow is Co-founder & Chief Operating Officer of Influencive which is a platform that shares unconventional wisdom from influential minds around the world that reaches millions of people around the world. He’s a two-time G20 YEA Entrepreneur representing Canada and a contributing writer for The Huffington Post, Mogul and Thrive Global.

Senkow shares his expertise around personal branding, writing, and entrepreneurship. He recently spoke in 2017 at Totem Summit and was the keynote speaker at Junior Achievements Future Leaders Week.

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