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Top 5 Speakers to Inspire your Attendees

By Leah Doyle | Nov. 18, 2019

An impactful keynote speaker with a great message can help your event soar to new heights by engaging attendees, increasing the meeting’s social presence, and even encouraging repeat attendance.

From world-class athletes to enthralling storytellers, we have the right speakers to inspire and engage your attendees. Here are some of the top inspirational speakers on the circuit right now.

Jeff Henderson | Celebrity Chef

From humble beginnings in South Central Los Angeles to imprisoned drug dealer, and now an award-winning celebrity chef and best-selling author, Chef Jeff is a role model for anyone who needs encouragement to reinvent their lives. Since he discovered his passion and gift for cooking in the unlikeliest of places – prison – Jeff has completely turned his life around, and today serves as a popular and powerful voice for self-transformation.

Maja Kazazic | Genocide Survivor & Entrepreneur

When she was 16 years old, Maja Kazazic's life changed forever. In the summer of 1993, two years into the Bosnian War – a genocide that killed 250,000 people and injured millions – a rocket propelled grenade exploded in her courtyard destroying her home and killing five of her friends. Her legs were shattered in the blast, and her face and arm were peppered with shrapnel. Maja was determined to succeed; she had the will to overcome any obstacle. Despite the challenges presented to her as a below-the-knee amputee, she was able to build a new life beyond anyone's expectations.

Josh Sundquist | Paralympian & Cancer Survivor

Josh Sundquist is a Paralympian and bestselling author who has shared his story at events across the world. His high-energy blend of humor and inspiration motivates audiences to adopt his ski racing motto 1MT1MT (one more thing, one more time) to elevate their performance in sales, customer service, quality improvement, leadership, and more. Josh's life story is a reminder of how all our stories are interconnected, how even our smallest actions and decisions impact the world around us. People walk away with a fresh perspective on everything they have to be grateful for, with resolve to overcome whatever challenges they may be facing, and with a commitment to do 1MT1MT to reach their fullest potential.

Ben Nemtin | Co-Creator of MTV's The Buried Life

In a pit of depression, Ben and his three best friends decided to create the world's greatest bucket list to make them feel alive. They bought a rickety old bus and criss-crossed North America, achieving the unthinkable. And most importantly, every time they accomplished a dream, they helped a complete stranger cross something off their bucket list. From playing basketball with President Obama to streaking a soccer field, from raising over $400,000 for charity to placing a record-breaking $250,000 bet on roulette – Ben's bucket list quest has inspired millions to chase their dreams.

Michelle Poler | Fear Facer & Influencer

In April 2015, Michelle embarked on a 100-day project that would change the course of her life. Born to a family of Holocaust survivors, Michelle was accustomed to living with fear. But when she moved to New York, she quickly realized that the "Big Apple" was not for the fearful. In order to rewrite her definition of fear and change her approach to life, Michelle decided to face 100 of her fears in a period of 100 days, uploading every experience to Youtube sharing them with the world. In 2016 Michelle founded Hello Fears, a social movement to make the world a braver place – empowering millions to step outside of their comfort zone and tap into their full potential.

As always, we are also ready to make recommendations based on your specific objectives, so let us know if you’d like to connect!


Written by Leah Doyle
Leah originally joined SpeakInc in 2006 and currently serves as their Marketing Coordinator. Originally from Southern California, Leah is a graduate of San Diego State University. She currently lives in Jacksonville, FL with her husband, John, and their two children. If she's not taxiing her kids to softball and soccer, you can find her at the beach or a local coffee shop!

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