by Mike Humphrey
Okay, I’ll admit, it may not be a “science”, but there is a proven system to choosing keynote speakers that can greatly increase your chance of making the perfect choice. For 30 years I have worked with a huge spectrum of speakers, from little-known rising stars to the biggest names on the planet, and I have seen both home-runs and strikeouts when it comes to choices for keynote presenters.
So here is my system, developed from the experience of thousands of event planners, speaker agents, and speakers. Continue reading
Some topics remain interesting and relevant for weeks, months, and even years. They tend to be important topics or topics that are a majority of people can relate to. For example, a personal story that shows how a speaker overcame an obstacle like addiction or disease would never lose its human-interest factor. Evergreen speaking topics don’t have expiration dates. They are new and relevant like computers as opposed to old and irrelevant like typewriters. Permanently relevant topics are referred to as “evergreen,” because they are like evergreen trees and shrubs, which stay green throughout the year. Some evergreen topics presented by business keynote speakers include the following broad-based subjects, which may change definitions as time goes by: Continue reading
I first published this article in 2015, and there was a universal outpouring of agreement and support for promoting more women into keynote slots. In fact, for conference held in the second half of 2017 and the first half of 2018, there was nearly a doubling of the number of women keynotes. But that still leaves only 2.2 out of every 10 keynotes being women for corporate events and industry association conferences. Continue reading