How to Choose the Right Speaker for Your Event (with Examples)

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Written by Tim Grable

May 29, 2018

The process of choosing the right speaker can be pretty intimidating. That’s because it’s a “make it or break it” kind of endeavor.

It can help you put together a stand-out, valuable evening which everyone will remember. Alternatively, it can lead to your event being yet another case of guests continuously looking down at their phones in boredom.

So, keep on reading to find out a few best practices to keep in mind when browsing for a speaker. These will help you make an inspired pick.

Narrow Down Your Search

When you first start out searching for the right speaker, you may be overwhelmed by how many options you have. So, a great way to focus your efforts in the right direction is to outline a general profile of the type of speaker who will best match your event.

Do you want a celebrity speaker, an expert, or maybe someone who has a genuinely inspirational life story? Answer this question by taking the audience, budget and overall goals and purpose of the event into account.

Consider working with an established entertainment agency in case you need professional advice when it comes to choosing the right speaker for your event.

How to Choose the Right Speaker for Your Event (with Examples)

Look at Reviews from Past Clients

Reviews are an excellent way to figure out not only if a speaker will be able to meet expectations but also if they are a good fit for your specific event. Also, it helps to know how the speaker was received by prior audiences – a detail which many event planners will include when reviewing a speaker.

Taking this into consideration, we would recommend picking someone like Yoram Solomon. A teamwork researcher, author and inspirational speaker, he specializes in helping organizations build a culture of innovation.

The 40 glowing remarks from past clients which accompany his online profile are proof of his vast experience and skillfulness.

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Watch Videos from Prior Events

Keep in mind is that the keynote speaker will set the tone at your event, so it’s essential to get a sense of their overall style and personality as well – not just their area of expertise.

Nowadays, this is very easy to do thanks to videos which showcase the speakers in action on stage. This type of footage is notably revealing when it comes to how well a keynote speaker will match your brand and the main messages you want to get across.

No event is entirely like the other, so there is no single type of speaker that we can suggest for all occasions.

However, consider booking a motivational speaker like Randy Fox who can capture your attention within the first seconds of listening to them speak.

As you can see from the clip below, Randy’s incredible energy, on-point delivery of ideas and undeniable stage charisma all come together to engage guests from the get-go.

Need More Help Finding the Right Speaker?

A right decision is an informed, well-researched decision.

So, in case you need further options, feel free to browse through our selection of top keynote speakers. We’re confident you’ll find someone who can provide an excellent program which supports your goals and offers real value for guests.

Contact us if you need any additional information. We’re always excited to hear from you.

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