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Speakers with Powerful True Stories

by Maddie Glading
Speakers with incredible true stories

A topic that we've noticed is gaining momentum for 2018 events is speakers with powerful, true stories. We represent many speakers with incredible life stories—from military veterans and explorers to everyday heroes. Here's a great list for brainstorming speakers for your next event:

Robert O’Neill, Former SEAL Team Six Leader 
Rob is one of the most popular speakers on the circuit and the author of the New York Times best-selling memoir, The Operator: Firing the Shots that Killed Osama bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Six Warrior. His messages—"Never quit,” “Complacency kills,” and “Don’t let your fears give way to panic”—are told through incredible true stories and resonate with any audience facing big goals or a desire to be better. 

Chris Voss, Former FBI Lead International Kidnapping Negotiator
A top FBI negotiator turned business consultant, Chris blends gripping anecdotes with lessons in negotiation. He shares the real stories behind high-profile international kidnappings and bank robberies and uses them to illustrate how to get ahead in any conversation or negotiation. He talks reading people, the art of persuasion, and protecting against your own vulnerabilities.

Erik Weihenmayer, World-class Blind Adventurer and the first blind person in history to reach the summit of Mt. Everest
If you need a motivational kick-off speaker, we highly recommend Erik. He has an amazing gift for connecting with audiences, and shares his messages of getting beyond negativity and seeing past limitations by recounting his personal experiences of climbing Mt. Everest and kayaking the Grand Canyon. He’s a speaker who has really “walked the walk,” and builds up audiences who need a boost.

The “Paris Train Heroes”
Childhood friends, Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, and Spencer Stone were thrust into the international spotlight on August 21, 2015, when their bravery and quick-thinking thwarted a would-be terror attack on a Paris-bound train with roughly 500 passengers on board. They are the authors of the new book, The 15:17 to Paris, which is now being made into a feature film directed by Clint Eastwood. They talk about overcoming adversity, the importance of relationships, how to embrace unexpected opportunities, and pushing past fear.

Patricia Wilson, TED Speaker and Former CEO of Make-a-Wish Greater Bay Area Chapter
Wilson is best-known as the mastermind behind the incredible effort to turn San Francisco into Gotham City so that a cancer patient named Miles could become Batkid for a day. A main character in the documentary “Batkid Begins,” she shares the story behind how the day came together. Her emotional and inspirational talk leaves audiences with incredible takeaways on leadership, teamwork, and creating an atmosphere of excellence.

Ben Saunders, World-record Breaking Polar Explorer and Three-time TED Speaker
Earlier this month, Ben embarked on the most ambitious adventure of his career—an attempt to make the first solo and unsupported crossing of Antarctica. He will begin accepting speaking engagements again this spring, when he will talk about doing the impossible and his belief that “No one else is an authority on your potential.” Ben was dubbed a “master story teller” by the TED conference.

Dakota Meyer, Medal of Honor Recipient and New York Times Best-selling Author of Into the Fire
After risking his own life to provide cover for more than 30 soldiers during a battle in Afghanistan, Dakota was the first living Marine to receive the Medal of Honor since 1973. His motivational talk draws on incredible stories and visuals that move audiences to reexamine their own lives and fight for accountability and achievement.

Do you have an event where one of these speakers could be a great fit? Get in touch with a member of our team today.

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