10 Professional Speakers You’ll Want to Book ASAP

Carolyn Strauss

Written by Tim Grable

May 20, 2018

The power to inspire, educate and entertain is a winning formula we’re pretty sure any event planner is seeking when deciding on their guest panel at corporate events.

Professional speakers are called ‘professional’ precisely because they’ve managed to find a formula that helps them stand out. They’ve also worked on improving it continuously.

The best keynote speakers have great stage presence and insightful content.
They also know precisely how to present their ideas, so they keep their audience engaged throughout their presentation. They make themselves liked and leave the audience feeling energized and inspired.

You’re about to read about 10 of these certified professionals in the art of keynote speaking and understand why you need someone of their caliber to elevate your event.

Professional Speakers Will Delight and Energize Your Audience

7 Professional Speakers You'll Want to Book ASAP

Booking professional keynote speakers makes your event more valuable in more ways than one.

First off, it’s the educational value. With their content, speakers can bring new knowledge and insight to help your audience grow and improve different aspects of their personal lives or careers.

Plus, there’s the excitement factor they add to an event by providing world-class entertainment.

Last but not least, professional speakers add significant marketing value to your event.  Booking a pro speaker makes your event easier to promote by increasing its perceived value.

If you’re considering booking a speaker and want someone who checks all the boxes, here are 10 suggestions to take into account.

Keynote Speakers Who Will Add Tremendous Value to Your Event

1. Todd Cohen

A seasoned keynote speaker, Todd specializes in helping companies create a successful sales culture to increase client retention and boost revenue.

However, unlike traditional “sales coaches” who only focus on sales teams, Todd’s dives deep into the mindset and behavior of selling and shows how “Everyone’s in Sales.”

Your guests will learn how everything they do impacts the customer’s decision-making process – and how they can contribute to the growth of the organization by acknowledging every action they take is a new selling opportunity.

Plus, by skillfully using humor and real-life examples which are easy to grasp, Todd manages to captivate guests’ attention and keep them engaged through the presentation.

Check out the video below to get a better sense of Todd’s style as a speaker – as well as the kind of value he can add to your event:

2. Margaret Cary

A physician, executive coach and former CEO, Margaret is internationally-known as a motivational speaker who brings forward the latest research in leadership development through highly-interactive keynote presentations.

One of the things which make her stand out from other professional speakers is her incredible ability to connect to her audience through:

  • Real-time coaching. It’s not uncommon for Margaret to engage the audience and help them work through some of the challenges they experience in their life – right there and then.
  • Powerful storytelling.
  • Humor (just the right dose of it).

See how all of these elements come together to create a compelling, engaging presentation by watching the video below.

If you enjoyed that, then you can learn more about Margaret’s available programs and workshops here.

3. Barbara Khozam

Barbara has spoken to over 75,000 employees and executives throughout 10 countries, making her one of the most experienced professional speakers you can book for your events.

She is a leading expert on Customer Service, helping companies from all over the world identify their most significant customer service mistakes and create exceptional customer experiences by:

  • leveraging the power of effective leadership
  • employing the right attitude
  • learning to communicate effectively.

Barbara is also well-known for her “high energy/high impact” delivery and her incredible wit – making her an instant hit with audiences from around the world.

If you’re curious to see what some of the people who sat in the audience had to say about her performance on stage, click play on the video below:

4. Carolyn Strauss

A Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) distinction is a guarantee that the female keynote speaker can deliver excellence in their speeches.

Carolyn Strauss holds a CSP, but with that said, it’s worth having a look at the reasons why.

Carolyn Strauss, 4 Professional Speakers You'll Want to Book ASAP

First of all, she’s a sales specialist, with 18 years of experience on The Home Shopping Network. Secondly, she hosted her radio show, which further helped her improve her flow as a speaker.

Carolyn’s talks are aimed at sales reps, managers, organizations, and any group of professionals who needs to develop a more proactive mindset.

5. Philipp Van Hooser

Leadership is one of those skills that’s hard to teach because it mostly depends on the ‘learner’s’ willingness to discover an extra layer of inner resources.

The way professional speakers like Philipp Van Hooser approach this is by equipping leaders with the right tools for addressing workplace challenges.

Philipp Van Hooser

With over three decades of speaking experience (a CSP and a CPAE certify that), Philipp is also well-acquainted with the Fortune 500 top-tier companies with whom he collaborated with over the span of his career.

Philipp Van Hooser is the man you want if your audience needs to:

  • Assemble better-performing teams.
  • Ensure sustained leadership growth.
  • Create better conflict management policies.
  • Build healthy multi-generational interaction.

6. Lenora Billings-Harris

Leadership doesn’t only mean ‘inspiring’ or ’empowering’ employees; it also implies that someone in a leadership position approaches their role from other perspectives, such as inclusion and diversity.

Fortunately, to do this, they can choose a professional speaker who is an expert on the issue. One such speaker is Lenora Billings-Harris.

Lenora Billings-Harris

As one of the Global Thought Leaders on Diversity and Inclusion, and former president of the National Speakers Association, Lenora Billings-Harris is an authority in this aspect of thoughtful and inclusive leadership.

NASA, Toyota or Marriott International are just a few of the top-tier companies that adopted her views.

7. Willie Jolley

Most professional speakers are not just masters of public speaking. Willie Jolley brilliantly illustrates this profile, being at the same time, an acclaimed author, charismatic media persona and award-winning speaker.

Upon hiring him, you’ll understand why he’s been designated as one of the ‘5 Outstanding Speakers in the World’ by the Toastmasters International members.

Willie Jolley

He’ll bring a highly energetic stage presence and deliver insights into how one can build a change-embracing mindset. Willie’s discourse is structured on his patented VDAD formula – vision, decision, action, desire – which aims to marry excellence with forward-thinking.

8. Sonia Satra

One of the best keynote speakers, Sonia is a mindset and fitness thought leader who specializes in personal transformation.

Her focus is on teaching people from all over the world how to build a powerful link between their minds, bodies, and emotions to create lasting change.

In her presentations, Sonia shares her personal story of how she changed her fixed mindset to a growth mindset – taking the audience along on a transformative, inspirational journey.

That journey ends with people feeling rejuvenated, re-energized, and empowered to create the life they want and reach personal greatness.

In the video below, you can see a condensed version of Sonia’s Mindset Reset Keynote which always gets everyone up on their feet.

9. Mike Wittenstein

A top customer experience design consultant, Mike has more than 30,000 hours of experience helping leaders overcome tough, critical problems, while cutting costs and increasing profits.

As a coach and speaker fluent in more than four languages, Mike has helped transform businesses from all over the world with his hands-on presentations which cover a variety of topics such as:

  • using technology to deliver high-quality customer experiences
  • earning authentic engagement from employees and clients
  • aligning experiences and the brands which offer them.

In the video below, you can watch Mike talk about what he says is one of the top secrets to better services and increased profits: anticipation.

10. Steve Rizzo

“You are the creator of your success, and happiness and attitude is everything.”

It’s one of the key messages Hall of Fame motivational speaker Steve Rizzo incorporates into his powerful presentations to empower the audience to maximize success and happiness.

Steve Rizzo is one of the keynote speakers to consider if you need help with:

  • giving your sales team a boost in motivation
  • increasing employee morale
  • turning employees into strong leaders by helping them develop new qualities
  • learning to manage stress and view change as a positive development better.

Plus, Steve’s presentations are exciting and full of humor.

Here’s what one of his previous clients had to say about one of his performances: “Never has my group learned so much and laughed so hard in one sitting!”

Watch the 4-minute clip below to see how Steve manages to mix in tremendous knowledge with his distinctive brand of humor.

Discover Even More Professional Speakers in Our Portfolio

In case you’re looking for more options, we’ve got you covered.

Start browsing our portfolio now to find the best keynote speakers, covering a wide array of topics, from company culture to sales, productivity, business growth, leadership, and more.

We want to conclude by noting an important aspect: the 7 speakers highlighted in this article are in high demand (and not just cross the USA). So if you’re reading this article and would like to book one of them for your event(s), make sure you head over to the contact form here and specify all the necessary details.

Your Source for the Best Keynote Speakers

It’s good to have options when searching for the right entertainment for your event, and you’ll find plenty of them when browsing through our portfolio of speakers, artists, and comedians. Side note: don’t miss out on other great professionals on The Grable Group list – you might find an unexpected fit for your event.   

Got some questions for us? No problem! Give us a call at (615) 283-0039. We’re always happy to hear from you and help you bring the best entertainment on stage at your events.

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