Find The Right Speakers
When planning a corporate or association conference, the selection of the right inspirational speakers is among the most important decisions you and our committee will make.
Yes, the venue matters and the food should be world class. The high-level learning for the breakout sessions should be thought provoking. But the motivational speakers who kick off hour general sessions have the power to impact everything.
Keynote speakers set the tone for the whole conference. Their inspiring stories and action-oriented content are the thread that connects everyone in attendance. Shared experiences are how people build relationships and solidify memories, and the general sessions are the place this happens at live events.
The best motivational speakers in the world bring the inspirational content, and no matter how many changes are happening in the meetings industry, there will always be a need to have inspiring people on your agenda.
Are Speakers Worth Their Fee?
Sometimes people try to roll their eyes at the idea of motivational speaker. They act as if they are beyond that kind of program and question the cost. Choices are made to get industry leaders who are less expensive (or free) to headline their events with the purpose of saving budget, not the needs of the audience. It is true that the top motivational speakers in the world cost a lot of money to have them speak at a conference. But because you cannot afford Tony Robbins, Les Brown, Oprah Winfrey, or Amy Purdy does not mean you should skip having a great motivator at your conference.
Some non- profit organizations and companies think they can fill in the agenda with any board members or other industry experts. They assume if the person is smart, or has done something cool, that their information will stand alone. That may be true for the breakout sessions, but usually the conference participants expect more in the general sessions.
A great speaker can make the meeting memorable
If your meetings are boring, the attendance goes down. This is true of the percentage that show up for the plenary sessions and the overall conference. A reputation for amazing programs keeps people coming back.
Motivational speaking sometimes gets a bad wrap. Many who grew up watching Chris Farley’s portrayal of “Matt Foley – Motivational Speaker” on Saturday Night LIve (in the 1990s) think that inspirational speakers are frauds. But most are just the opposite. Speaking at the level needed to captivate a large audience is not for those who live in a van down by the river.
Thom Singer learned about the world of inspirational speakers watching Jim Rohn, Zig Ziglar, and Harvey Mackay. These speaking industry legends knew how to blend life changing content and personal stories, They were the perfect examples of how inspirational speakers can have impact. Decades later people remember the time they heard that one message, delivered by a great inspirational speaker, that changed their life.
In today’s world the ability to speak and inspire is more important than ever before.
After ten years as an inspirational keynote speaker, Thom Singer is committed to serving association and corporate audiences. He has delivered over 800 professional presentations and worked with clients across industry lines.
Thom is known as “The Conference Catalyst” for how he blends his content with actions that people can take while at the event to help them reach their career potential and meet more people who are present in the audience.
Thom Singer is an author and speaker who has a storytellers soul. While he is not famous like some of the top motivational speakers in the world (the ones mentioned above), he is committed to making sure that every talk is customized to the specific needs of each group. Being a corporate speaker is a huge honor, and Thom knows he is fortunate to work with amazing clients.
Inspiring people to take action is his favorite part of working as a speaker. People come to live events for many different reasons, and Thom makes sure, as either the keynote speaker or the master of ceremonies / emcee, that he has something for everyone in each speech.
Assistance In Finding Speakers
In addition to his own speaking services, Thom is always willing to help meeting organizers vet ideas for other speakers. Finding the right group of speakers, who meet with each organizations individual budget, is paramount to the success of their events. Thom Singer learned long ago that one of the best ways to serve his meeting planner clients was to always be available to brainstorm ideas for those who can weave the most inspiring stories into powerful messages that move audiences to action.
After every event (when he is booked directly), he offers up suggestions for other keynote speakers that clients can utilize for future events. Thom knows he is not the right fit for every conference. That is cool. But he wants every audience to have great inspirational speakers (as the opposite of inspiration is NOT what you want at your event).
How Can Thom Singer Inspire Your Audience?
Thom’s signature talk “Connecting with People in a Gadget-Crazed World” is a back to basics look at how we build human connections in a business climate where too many people think a like, link, share or follow is all you need for business success. Thom inspires people to return to “networking”, and proves that all opportunities in life come from people, so how we engage with others is the ticket to success.
“The Paradox of Potential” is Thom Singer’s most requested program. Most managers know that their team has potential, but if there is a gap between the potential and results, it can be frustrating for everyone. This presentation re-frames the conversation around potential and gets each individual excited to move ahead.
“The Conference Catalyst” is for events where the participants could all find more success if they were to make better connections on site at the conference. People attend live events to network, but once registered they often spend all their time with existing friends and co-workers. Thom inspires attendees to talk more to each other, and thus changes the culture of the whole event.
Have you seen Thom’s TEDx Talk – “The Art of Giving Small”.
If you are seeking an inspirational speaker that will captivate your audience and get them to engage more with people while present at the event, then you need to have a conversation with Thom Singer: Motivational keynote speaker and master of ceremonies / emcee