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The Characteristics of a Great Keynote Speaker

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July 3, 2018

With any event, a keynote speaker is posed to add unique value. In most cases, they are the main attraction of the morning or afternoon, and therefore, finding the right one is essential to a successful event. A great keynote speaker should affect the audience and inspire them with new ideas and creativity.

Bringing on a keynoter for an event will be at cost to the client, but the benefit of a great speaker will always outweigh it.

At WWSG, our thought leaders possess the characteristics of great speakers. Being prepared, engaging, and having the ability to impact an audience, are all qualities an exceptional speaker must have in order to make a true and lasting influence.

An exceptional keynote speaker understands the power they hold while on stage, and therefore, understands the responsibility when speaking on stage to the audience. This means they should be prepared prior to the presentation and be ready to answer any questions that are asked. By being onstage, they have the authority and credibility to make statements throughout their speech, and the information provided should be organized and also engaging. Because the client is making an investment in a speaker’s presentation for their event, a great speaker engages the crowd and is able to read and connect with them. Being able to resonate with the audience is how a thought leader leaves an impact on them. An exceptional speech will affect both audience members emotionally and intellectually and can be a call-to-action that  inspires them to make a positive change.

Newt Gingrich


 One of the world’s foremost economic, social, political and security-focused conservative thinkers, Newt Gingrich, delivers both insight and clarity on the global atmosphere. A great keynote speaker should be dynamic and able to adapt to different audiences and environments, which Speaker Gingrich does seamlessly.

Speaker Gingrich has published 36 fiction and nonfiction books including 15 New York Times bestsellers. His unquenchable thirst for knowledge enables him to share unique and unparalleled insights on a wide range of topics. Audiences of all shapes, sizes and views will leave feeling both informed and enlightened.

Sara Fischer

Sara Fischer’s extensive experience as a media analyst and reporter has given her the ability to provide concise analysis of current events as they relate to an array of topics including corporate media, advertising and marketing, technology, social media, entertainment, media regulation, and more. As one of the nation’s most influential voices, Sara provides audiences with an informed and dynamic perspective on the evolution of media and the ways in which trends may soon affect their respective industries. Furthermore, her inviting and charming delivery keeps audience members engaged and on the edge of their seats.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

A global figure in every sense, Ayaan Hirsi Ali embodies both the opportunity and consequence of the human rights struggle. She reminds audiences around the world what true human rights looks like… aside from the influences of any particular group or movement, apart from the religious/political/social context of the day, and above the changing winds of globalization.

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Paul Nicklen

Renowned for bringing the most arctic and imperative stories to life, Paul Nicklen also understands the power he possesses while onstage. With his acclaimed images of the Arctic and some of Earth’s most stunning isolated regions, Nicklen has been able to found his own conservation society: SeaLegacy. His advocacy for the Arctic is what drives his passion: protecting the polar landscape through photography.

Nicklen has the power to make a positive imprint on his audiences and change their perspectives. A great speaker will do just that and leave the audience affected both emotionally and cerebrally.

Sanjay Gupta

Sanjay Gupta is a dedicated global journalist, physician and thought leader, who works to inspire and educate Americans to lead healthier, more well-informed lives. With his unique position as someone who has worked in medicine and media, Dr. Gupta is one of the most capable and  respectable voices on health and world events.

A great keynote speaker will make the crowd think and assess their lives. Dr. Gupta’s presentation engages the entire room and leaves every audience evaluating and reflecting on their role in both a global and personal perspective.

These WWSG thought leaders provide unmatched value to an event. A great speaker, whether motivational, political, or educational,  is indispensable to a successful event. Audience members will always remember the great advice, quotes, or the way they felt inspired after hearing an excellent keynote speaker.

To find more great keynote speakers for your next event, you should check out our interactive Speaker Flowchart! It helps people find the right speaker for their budget, audience, location, and more. Contact us to get started.


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