5 Keynote Speakers Everyone’s Talking About

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Here are 5 of the most sought-after keynote speakers to build buzz at your event.

Your keynote speaker can make or break the opening session and is your best weapon for keeping people around until the end of the meeting. Here are 5 keynote speakers that come highly recommended for 2018:

Mel Robbins

ita group calls Mel Robbins “one of the most sought after motivational speakers to deliver business expanding, life-changing, interactive keynotes that inspire change, challenge thinking and accelerate personal and professional growth. Her TEDx Talk on “How To Stop Screwing Yourself Over” has over 10 million views across 37 countries, and her book on the brain and productivity, Stop Saying You’re Fine, has been translated into four languages.

Andrew Davis

The Huffington Post calls Andrew Davis “one of the most entertaining speakers you will ever hear. Andrew will make you believe that you can ignite conversations around your brand and build moments of inspiration for your customers.” Davis, who made their annual list of top business speakers, is the author of Brandscaping and Town Inc. and is usually booked as an opening keynoter to get the event off to an energized start.

Paul Axtell

A member of the meetings industry, Paul Axtell, founder of Designing Conversations That Work and author of Meetings Matter, made Inc. magazine’s list of the top 100 leadership speakers of 2018. His keynote focuses on specific strategies to facilitate effective, engaging meetings.

Paula Zucotti

Global media platform The Drum named ethnographer Paula Zucotti one of the Top 50 Female Speakers of 2018. As a student of culture and society, Zuccotti uses her knowledge to forecast trends. Her book, Every Thing We Touch, is a telling visual account of the relationships humans have with the world and themselves. She has spoken at Dubai Design Week and  the AIGA design conference, among others.

Gretchen Carlson

Looking for a more political speaker? Top speakers bureau Leading Authorities featured 10 of its hottest speakers at Inspire, a February event for meeting planners. Among them was acclaimed broadcast news anchor and journalist Gretchen Carlson, the former host of The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson. One of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2017, she offers candid speeches on the day’s biggest news as well as women’s leadership and empowerment



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Barbara Scofidio is Editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In her 30 years in the industry, she has become known for her passion around greening meetings, growing awareness of human trafficking and promoting CSR activities as part of business events. She is currently a member of SITE's Women IN Leadership committee and the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee. She was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of SITE for 30 years, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. Before joining Prevue in 2014, she served as Editor of Corporate Meetings & Incentives (MeetingsNet) for more than 20 years. She has a BA in Literature/Rhetoric from Binghamton University. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.