10 Highest Rated New Speakers

We are constantly on the lookout for new Speakers and have reviewed over 12,000 in the 15 years we have been in business. Before we add any new Speaker to our site we review their references, check out their backgrounds, and make sure they have what it takes to deliver outstanding presentations for our clients. Here are our highest rated new Speakers of 2017:

  • Bill Taylor Co-founder of Fast Company Magazine, Best-selling Author and Speaker on Business Strategy & Growth 
  • Brent Gleeson Navy Seal Combat Veteran & Motivational Leadership Speaker 
  • Chad Hymas World-Class Wheelchair Athlete & Speaker on Overcoming Adversity
  • Nataly Kogan Happiness Expert, Venture Capitalist & Successful Tech Entrepreneur
  • Dr. Daniel Kraft Stanford and Harvard Trained Physician-scientist, Inventor and Entrepreneur
  • Kyle Maynard Mountaineer, Award-winning Extreme Athlete & Best-selling Author
  • Dambisa Moyo Global Economist & Distinguished Scholar
  • Erica Orange Leading Futurist & Speaker on Global Trends
  • Neil Pasricha Bestselling Author & Speaker on Leadership Development
  • Dr. Julie Williamson Thought Leader on Business Strategy & Growth

 

Top 10 Closing Speakers For Your Next Event

After two or three days of great content you need a great Closing Speaker to inspire your attendees before they head home. Great Closing Speakers use the power of story to motivate people to take action with what they’ve learned. They connect with people on a very personal level with examples of courage, raising the bar, pushing the limits, and going for gold. The Closing Speakers below will give your attendees a powerful experience that they will remember long after the event has ended.


Mike Abrashoff

Mike Abrashoff’s story of turning one of the lowest performing naval ships into one of the finest in the Pacific Fleet will have audiences inspired to take initiative within their own leadership and collaborative roles. Mike’s keynotes are an engaging combination of great storytelling and practical advice on leadership, teamwork, and peak performance.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Mike-Abrashoff

Dr. Robert Ballard 

Dr. Ballard will have audiences captivated with his tales of the deep. His presentations will inspire attendees to develop a culture of teamwork as well as motivate them to venture into uncharted territory – leading to new discoveries, creativity, and innovation.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Dr.-Robert-Ballard

 

Walter Bond 

Walter Bond’s unique presentation style motivates audiences to take responsibility for their own continued improvement, teaching attendees how personal and organizational accountability creates teamwork and engagement. Walter’s keynotes are funny, insightful, and full of great stories that inspire sustained success.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Walter-Bond

 

Lee Cockerell

Lee Cockerell is as much a customer service speaker as he is a leadership, workplace culture, and employee engagement speaker. Lee’s message is simple: treat your people well and in return they will treat your guests well. Lee believes that exceptional customer service starts from within an organization and resonates outwards. His dynamic presentation style will leave sales audiences ready to look at customer service from a whole new angle.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Lee-Cockerell

Dr. Janet Lapp 

One of the most dynamic and entertaining speakers on the circuit Dr. Janet Lapp’s keynotes will have you laughing and learning. Her presentations are funny, engaging, and highly motivating. Dr. Lapp’s keynote will leave attendees feeling energized and ready to face challenges with fortitude and positivity.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Dr.-Janet-Lapp

 

Vince Poscente

Vince Poscente has a great story – and that story has an even better moral. Vince’s lively presentations teach audiences how to take on big challenges without fear and how to execute big idea quickly. Each of Vince’s keynotes are tailored to the specific needs of the audience, providing important observations about where, how, and when you and your team can accelerate.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Vince-Poscente

Mike Rayburn

Hilarious and unique, Mike Rayburn’s presentations are like nothing you’ve seen before. As a guitar virtuoso, Mike will inspire audiences to challenge their perceived limitations and teach them how to push themselves and their organizations beyond existing barriers.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Mike-Rayburn

 

Steve Rizzo

Steve Rizzo’s interactive presentations will have attendees taking notes in between gales of laughter. He will teach your audience how to develop and maintain a positive attitude – creating a more cohesive and healthy working environment.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Steve-Rizzo

 

Scott Snook

Scott Snook tells stories. His stories (or case studies) demonstrate how leadership is discovered, cultivated, and sustained. His presentations are extremely thought-provoking and deliver his message on a mental and emotional level. Audiences leave feeling inspired to take control of their own leadership objectives within their organizations.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Scott-A.-Snook

Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson’s energetic and captivating presentations make him a wonderful closing speaker for any event. Mark’s keynotes are very insightful and well researched – he knows your business and your competition and provides great tools and motivation to help your business grow beyond what you thought possible.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Mark-Thompson

To Learn more about these speakers contact [email protected]

Derek Sweeney is the Director of Speaker Ideas at The Sweeney Agency. www.thesweeneyagency.com. For 15 years Derek has been helping clients find the right Speakers for their events. Derek can be reached at 1-866-727-7555 or [email protected] 

Top 10 Closing Speakers for July 2015

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A great closing speaker is one who sends your audience away on a high note. They are inspiring, motivational, and energizing – often with a compelling story that reaches people on an emotional level. After two or three days of heavy content, a speaker who entertains and engages your attendees will leave them feeling excited and ready to implement everything they’ve learned. Here are the Top 10 Closing Speakers* for July 2015:

Mike Abrashoff | Formal Naval Commander and Speaker on Inspired Leadership

Mike Abrashoff’s story of turning one of the lowest performing naval ships into one of the finest in the Pacific Fleet will have audiences inspired to take initiative within their own leadership and collaborative roles.  Mike’s keynotes are an engaging combination of great storytelling and practical advice on leadership, teamwork, and peak performance.

Stacy Allison | First American female to reach Mount Everest summit, Speaker on Risk

Stacy Allison’s stories of adventure will inspire audiences to undertake their own exciting ventures. Attendees will no longer want to run from risk but rather they will be ready to approach it with eagerness and excitement.

Dr. Robert Ballard | Deep-sea Explorer and Discoverer of Titanic Wreckage

Dr. Ballard will have audiences captivated with his tales of the deep. His presentations will inspire attendees to develop a culture of teamwork as well as motivate them to venture into uncharted territory – leading to new discoveries and innovation.

Robyn Benincasa | CNN Hero, Firefighter, and Motivational Speaker on Teamwork 

As an adventure racer and firefighter, Robyn Beninicasa has amazing stories about leadership, change, and human synergy. Her high energy keynotes will have audiences feeling empowered to perform at their maximum potential both personally and professionally.

Tom Flick | Former NFL Quarterback, Authority on Leadership, Teamwork, and Peak Performance

Tom Flick draws on his extensive knowledge as an athlete and leader in corporate America to deliver a high intensity, and inspirational message to his audiences. He is a skilled storyteller who will galvanize attendees to take the necessary steps to achieve greatness.

Adam Kreek | Olympic Gold Medalist, Adventure Rower and Motivational Speaker

A gifted storyteller, Adam Kreek will captivate your audience with his amazing adventures. His focus on preparation and teamwork will motivate your audience to foster a culture of collaboration and development.

Dr. Janet Lapp | Authority Change Management and Employee Engagement

Dr. Janet Lapp is one of the most dynamic and entertaining speakers on the circuit. Her presentations are funny, engaging, and highly motivating. Dr. Lapp’s keynote will leave attendees feeling energized and ready to face challenges with fortitude and positivity.

Mike Rayburn | Musician, Entertainer, and Speaker

Hilarious and unique, Mike Rayburn’s presentations are like nothing you’ve seen before. As a guitar virtuoso, Mike will inspire audiences to challenge their perceived limitations and teach them how to push themselves and their organizations beyond existing barriers.

Steve Rizzo | Motivational Speaker on The Power of Positivity

Steve Rizzo’s interactive presentations will have attendees laughing and learning. He will teach your audience how to develop and maintain a positive attitude – creating a more cohesive and healthy working environment.

Rick Searfoss | Astronaut and Inspiring Speaker on Teamwork and Leadership

Rick Searfoss will have audiences fascinated with his presentation which combines exciting imagery and moving stories of leadership, teamwork, and personal performance. He will leave attendees committed to holding themselves and their business to new and higher standards of greatness.

*Speakers are listed in alphabetical order

What Makes a Great Closing Speaker?

After 2 or 3 days of content, you need to send people away with an emotional connection to what they have just experienced. All that data over the previous 2-3 days will be further diluted if you end with another data presentation. Instead, consider ending with a powerful story that appeals to people’s emotions and can be connected back to your theme or conference goal. People remember great stories months and even years after hearing them, and if that story is connected to your theme or key message, they will remember that too.

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