Top 7 Most Notable Virtual Keynote Speakers
COVID-19 has been a huge roadblock in the lives of many including live speakers who utilize their platforms to spread valuable messages. Virtual is the new normal, and while unexpected, these speakers listed below have taken on this challenge and have created virtual spaces that allow their thoughtful ideas to reach their key audiences.
1. Simon Sinek
Simon Sinek is an internationally celebrated keynote speaker who delivers powerful speeches on the topic of leadership. In 2021 he has been focusing on discussing how to lead during a crisis, a relevant topic, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The British-American author and inspirational speaker has written five books, including best-seller Start With Why and Find Your Why. His Ted Talks are yet another way he has continued to spread his message of mental health, leadership, and discovering the “why” in your life through his own experiences.
2. Gary Vee
Gary Vaynerchuk better known as “Gary Vee,” is an entrepreneur, author, speaker, and a prominent virtual personality. He is one of the most sought-after and world-renowned speakers in the nation, and his best work is featured through his digital marketing and social media company VaynerMedia. He has empowering speeches that engage his audiences and urge them to create their own destiny and path.
3. Sarah Blakely
As the founder and owner of Spanx, the shapewear brand, Sara Blakely was at one time the youngest self-made billionaire. She co-owns the Atlanta Hawks basketball team and has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, Forbes, Vanity Fair, The New York Times, and more. She continues to give keynote speeches that address women’s empowerment, her journey as an entrepreneur, and leadership.
4. Erik Qualman
Erik Qualman is a unique motivational speaker and the #1 bestselling author of “The Focus Project”. With keynote performances in over 55 countries, Erik Qualman has reached more than 35 million people with powerful messages relating to digital leadership, digital transformation, innovation, and focus. As a keynote speaker, he utilizes pioneering video–storytelling techniques to convey his ideas and was voted the 2nd Most Likeable Author in the World behind Harry Potter’s J.K. Rowling. He is the owner of Equalman Studios, his own animation studio, so his virtual performances are industry-leading, allowing him to work with major companies such as Disney, Cartier, Starbucks, Hershey’s, and many more.
5. Molly Bloom
Molly Bloom is an award-winning keynote speaker whose focus is on uplifting other women while discussing her own challenges. She began her career as a professional skier but was quickly halted after her scoliosis diagnosis and surgery, and later her memoir Molly’s Game was adapted into a Blockbuster movie. During the pandemic, Molly has launched “One World Group”, which aims to help women facing any sort of challenges and especially those who have been affected greatly by COVID-19.
6. Sally Hogshead
Sally Hogshead is a New York Times bestselling author who carefully curates each keynote speech to fit her audience’s goals and ambitions. Her varying unique speeches are uplifting, motivating, and driven by branding principles stemming from her background as an advertising copywriter and her ability to define differentiating traits within each individual. She is one of 172 individuals in the Speaker Hall of Fame, a prestigious award within the industry for professional excellence.
7. Erica Dhawan
Erica Dhawan is a widely recognized author, speaker, and advisor. Her speeches focus on the power of the digital age and its effects on modern teamwork. Her ability to engage her audiences through humor, anecdotes, and research strategies to build teamwork in this day and age is what has put her at the top in her field. Erica is the author of Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence and Digital Body Language and has been named by Thinkers50 as the “Oprah of Management Thinkers”.