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This week the Washington DC area will play host to one of the year’s most important events to the speaking industry: the National Speakers Association Annual Meeting, Influence 2015. NSA is a professional speaker organization that supports the pursuit of the commercial public speaking industry. The organization is relevant to our conversation as many of the speakers highlighted on this site jump-started their careers with the help and guidance of the NSA. Our posting last week covered the 10 most booked corporate and association speakers. While not everyone agreed with our selections, it is tough to argue that the 10 speakers listed are not among the most popular on the speaking circuit. Of course it is easy to look back at a 12 month period and analyze what happened but the real challenge is to look down the road and predict what will happen over the course of the next 12 months. The great hockey player Wayne Gretzky calls this “….skating to where the puck is going to be…”

Listed below are 10 speakers you should have your eye on over the next 12 months. These speakers are already some of the most popular on the circuit – based on market inertia, their work with the NSA and other industry happenings, we feel they are all candidates to make the list of the 10 most booked next year:









Our final speaker to look out for over the next 12 months is a symbolic selection that just will not look good on a baseball card: Mt. Everest.


While speakers who use the mountain as a metaphor for success in business and life have always been popular on the professional speaking circuit, we feel the interest in Everest-related speakers will peak with the September 25th release of “Everest”. The film stars Jason Clarke, Jake Gyllenhaal, Robin Wright, and Josh Brolin, and is based on Jon Krakauer’s best selling book Into Thin Air. Look for speakers who share their experience on Everest to be in high demand over the next year.

Closing Thoughts:
No one goes from being a fresh face on the circuit to speaking at 100 meetings during the course of a year – the speakers listed above are already among the most popular and on the circuit. The Speaker Experts feel that based on the previously listed criteria, they are the names to watch out for on next year’s 10 most booked speakers list.

Gary McManis & Jay Conklin

The Speaker Experts interact with hundreds of organizations looking for professional speakers in the course of a calendar year. We methodically track the subject and content requests in an effort to determine the most requested topic for the year. This year’s runaway winner was “technology” – at least 6 out of every 10 organizations we engaged with were looking for a speaker on that particular issue. The Speaker Experts believe this trend will continue to hold into 2015. With this prognostication in mind, we offer eleven technology speakers to look out for in 2015. Many of these speakers have been in demand for a number of years, while some are emerging forces on the speaking industry landscape.

Industry Game Changer
Randolph M-PhotoMarc Randolph, co-founder of Netflix
Media consumption has never been the same.

Medicine & Healthcare
Kraft-D PhotoDr. Daniel Kraft, respected physician, innovator and inventor
A healthcare expert with an eye on future trends.

Social Marketing & Sales
Scott-DM PhotoDavid Meerman Scott, Marketing and Sales Strategist
Generating attention and growing business in real-time.

Technology Trends
Uldrich-J PhotoJack Uldrich, global futurist and popular author
A visionary for capitalizing on future movements.

Cybersecurity & The Future of Things
Payton-T PhotoTheresa Payton, former White House CIO
Offers data-protection guidance in the expanding digital world.

Williams-L PhotoLuke Williams, Professor of Innovation at NYU Stern School of Business
The Australian accent makes the theme of Corporate Disruption sound inviting.

Social Media
Erik Qualman, Best Selling Author, social media and technology expert
The “Equalman” name implies he has superhero powers…he does on stage!

Adventure & Exploration
Steltzner-A PhotoAdam Steltzner, Lead Engineer for Mars Curiosity Rover
Assembled and motivated his team to put a Volkswagen-sized robot on
a planet 249 million miles from Earth.

Consumer Trends
Sheryl ConnellySheryl Connelly, Chief Futurist, Ford Motor Company
Responsible for identifying global consumer courses that impact
the company at large.

Humanity & The Greater Good
Diamandis-P PhotoPeter Diamandis, Chairman and CEO of X-Prize Foundation
Helps organizations create a culture of innovation and breakthrough opportunities.

Kaku-M PhotoDr. Michio Kaku, theoretical physicist and best selling author
Has the ability to make really complex stuff interesting for knuckleheads
like The Speaker Experts.

When your speaker selection committee lands on the theme or point of technology, it is important to drill down to exactly which aspect of the spectrum they have in mind. The list above represents a select snapshot of speakers within a number of popular technology subcategories.

The Speaker Experts feel that demand for technology speakers will be strong leading up to the third quarter of 2015. Look for a slight market correction during the fourth quarter as organizations mold their meeting themes around the 2016 General Election. Check back with the Speaker Experts later next year for our list of political and policy speakers to consider for your Legislative and Annual Meetings.

Gary McManis & Jay Conklin