Having a keynote speaker at your event serves many purposes: it entertains the audience, forms a focal point for the event and creates a lasting impression that resonates with the audience to such an extent that it keeps them talking. A keynote speaker needs to grab the attention of the audience, inspire them and leave them with a message that lasts. They need to share that message with others – which of course means exposure for your event!

There are some really impactful speakers in the world today. Today we will look at some of the keynote speakers most famous across the world, and why they make such an impact.

Tony Robbins

Not exactly small and shy, Tony Robbins weighs in at 6”7’. This keynote speaker truly knows the psychology of success. His keynote addresses are well-structured, beginning with basics such as what you want to accomplish and then building up to how to achieve those goals in simple, practical steps.

“Long ago, I realised that success leaves clues, and that people who produce outstanding results do specific things to create those results.”

Les Brown

Born as one of twins and subsequently given up for adoption, you would think that Les had nothing but the odds against him. And it gets worse. He was declared educably mentally retarded – not only a strike-three against academic and employment success but also a huge knock for anyone’s self-esteem. Yet he rose against these setbacks. He became a successful teacher and today is a sought-after keynote speaker – truly a one in a million!

“Most people fail in life not because they aim too high and miss. But, because they aim too low and hit.”

Nick Vujicic

Born with no arms or legs, you would expect Nic to be less public. After all, few of us can even grasp the way such a disability can hold a person back. But not Nic – he is funny, optimistic and lives every second of his life joyously. He has an amazing sense of humour that allows him to poke fun at himself. His message is one of never giving up on yourself – in fact, never, ever giving up at all. An accomplished writer of multiple motivational books, he has inspired thousands of people as a keynote speaker.

“The challenges in our lives are there to strengthen our convictions. They are not there to run us over.”

The right keynote speaker can make or break your event. Make sure you choose a keynote speaker that not only speaks to your brand and the key message of your event, but also resonates with your audience and grabs their attention from the get-go.

Look out for Part 2 of this blog for more world-famous keynote speakers and what makes them so good!

South Africa is blessed with an abundance of inspirational and motivational keynote speakers. No matter the event, contact UP A TONE EVENTS today for the perfect keynote speaker.