8 Tips to Finding the Perfect Keynote Speaker

by Denise Irving | September 3, 2021

In-house industry leader, Rich Gibbons has this to say about the importance of hiring the perfect keynote speakers for conferences:

"The right speaker creates a common conference experience through which attendees can connect and align. Shared, meaningful platform content bonds and unifies audiences."

Why is this so important? Let’s take a look…

The “right” keynote speaker for your conference has the potential to inspire an audience to new heights. The “right” keynote speaker changes the dynamic of a meeting through powerful storytelling, unique experiences, diversity, and creativity that challenges individuals to open their minds and think differently. The “right” keynote speaker understands the importance of listening to the details of what’s needed and masterfully customizing content to create a memorable experience for attendees.

That all sounds great, right? But how do event professionals find the best keynote speakers for their events? It can feel a little overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be.

Below are eight tips to help you choose the perfect keynote:

  1. Have a clear goal for your speaker.
  2. Explain the logistics and schedule.
  3. Understand your audience and their desired outcomes.
  4. Define success.
  5. Prepare questions.
  6. Know your budget.
  7. Work with an industry-leading speakers bureau (reputation is everything).
  8. Don’t compromise.

As you work your way through the journey of booking a speaker, remember that we are always available to work through the process with you. There are many benefits when working with a speakers bureau... download our free infographic to see the perks.direct-link-infographic-downloadWe’ll partner with you from beginning to end. We have had the opportunity to work with the best talent in the industry – something we’re very proud of.


If you’re ready to start looking for your next conference keynote, check out our Top 10 Keynote Speakers of 2021.

Topics: Blog

Written by Denise Irving

Denise is new to our team, she has an adventurous side, is an outdoor enthusiast hitting trails for runs and races anywhere she can with her companion, Stella, she also loves yoga and cooking. She is extremely passionate and committed to environmental and human rights issues and is the secretary for the Board of Directors for the Shenipsit Striders, a non-profit dedicated to trail stewardship programs in Connecticut and beyond.

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