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Vote Speakers into the Top25 for 2018!


PrintVisitors at SPEAKING.com vote speakers into the Top25. Votes are dynamically tallied so the Top25 changes according to live votes throughout the year. You can vote for as many different speakers as you like (a vote button is located on each speakers’ profile webpage). Just one vote per speaker.

The final vote tally will be counted on New Year’s Eve 2017 at midnight (Pacific time). At that time, speakers who have received the most total votes during the course of the year will be distinguished as 2018’s Top25 speaker honorees.

Thank you for voting and helping your favorite thought leaders reach the Top25!

Click here for a list of the Top25 speakers for 2017.

Here are the speakers currently in the running for 2018’s Top25 status:

  1. Roberto Carlos (RöC)

    One of Latin America's most influential leaders in innovation, Roberto Carlos (RöC) is the creator of Factor WOW, a methodology that is revolutionizing the way organizations do business. Twice voted one of Mexico's most promising entrepreneurs, RöC has helped hundreds of companies stand out by creating unforgettable customer experiences. His clients include Nissan México, Cemex, Bioderma, Gruma, Banorte, Afirme, CFE, Sigma Alimentos, Coca-Cola, and many more. RöC is the founder…

  2. Dr. Mark DeVolder

    Known as “The Change Specialist,” Dr. Mark DeVolder has guided some of the most high-stake transitions of recent history, preparing Colombian business leaders for the NAFTA Free Trade Agreement, aiding in the wrap up of the NASA space shuttle program, and coaching multiple companies through mergers and acquisitions. While studies show that approximately only 30% of change initiatives reach their stated goals, DeVolder has a 95% success rate as a…

  3. Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour

    It's all about the “Breakthrough Mentality": using it, Vernice “Fly Girl" Armour flew from beat cop to Marine Corps pilot in just three years and on the way became the USMC's first African American female pilot, then their first African American Female Combat Pilot. This might seem, and indeed is, a unique achievement, but after you've listened to Vernice and her inspirational “Zero to Breakthrough" flight-plan strategy you'll realize that…

  4. Kevin Abdulrahman

    Better known as “the man inspiring millions,” international author, speaker, coach, and mind nutritionist Kevin Abdulrahman is the new voice of motivation around the world. Hailing from the Middle East, but raised in New Zealand, he brings an eclectic mix of cultural knowledge that he’s leveraged to relate to people across five continents in the past 10 years. His target audience ranges from teenagers to athletes, executives, managers, CEOs, sales…

  5. Teresa Allen

    Teresa Allen's approach to communicating with your customers and increasing sales is summed up in the name of her book and her most popular keynote Common Sense Service! An internationally recognized customer service and customer engagement expert, Teresa has presented her highly acclaimed presentations across the U.S. and abroad for over two decades. Audiences rave about Teresa’s down-to-earth, fun and highly interactive presentation style combined with her cutting edge information…

  6. Allison Massari

    After surviving two horrific car accidents, artist and entrepreneur Allison Massari braved an excruciating recovery that forever changed the way she viewed life and happiness. She has since then become one of North America’s leading speakers in “personal development” and “motivation,” teaching hundreds of audiences the self-disciplinary techniques she implemented to manage change, find inner peace, and come alive again. In 1998 Allison’s car was hit at 60 MPH damaging…

  7. Duncan MacPherson

    Professional branding and client acquisition expert, Duncan MacPherson has been coaching financial professionals for over 20 years. His company Pareto Systems is at the forefront of improving productivity and practice management in financial advisors. As CEO of Pareto Systems, Duncan travels extensively throughout North America and around the world, conveying dynamic and fact-rich presentations that have made him a popular spokesperson for the knowledge-for-profit sector. Along with his team of…

  8. Les Brown

    Some motivational speakers will tell you about how to overcome adversity, but the inspirational Les Brown has lived the things he speaks of and then some. Abandoned at birth, he was lucky enough to be adopted by a very caring woman, but problems came throughout his education as teachers repeatedly and incorrectly judged him “mentally retarded." Despite not having any education beyond high school, Les Brown decided that he would…

  9. Michael Steele

    "One of the nicest, most congenial guest speakers we have ever had and extraordinarily easy to work with. Mr. Steele was a pleasure."     Newington Cropsey Foundation Michael Steele is President and CEO of The Steele Group, a company he formed in 1999. The Steele Group works with institutional and individual clients to design overall business development, investor, networking, and communications strategies. Presently, Mr. Steele is a political analyst…

  10. Kevin Harrington

    Known as the original Shark on ABC’s hit show Shark Tank Kevin Harrington is an internationally acclaimed speaker, coach, celebrity entrepreneur and one of the most successful business experts of our time. He has launched over 500 products and businesses, generating more than $5 billion in sales worldwide with iconic celebrities such as: Jack Lalanne, Tony Little, George Foreman, Billy Mays, the Hilton Family, the Jenner Family and the Kardashian…

  11. Brene Brown

    The essential question Brené asks is how can we embrace our vulnerabilities and imperfections, which are the keys to engendering feelings of authenticity and worthiness. She wants to lead her listeners and readers to a place where they realize that they deserve to be loved, to belong and be happy. The award of numerous teaching honors, including her own college’s Outstanding Faculty Award, has acknowledged Brené’s work. PBS, NPR and…

  12. Hitendra Patel

    Change maker, Hitendra Patel has helped over 50 global corporations foster innovative cultures that produce tangible results. The internationally regarded thought leader is a co-founder and managing director of the IXL Center, a global consulting center that develops organizations’ capabilities to create breakthrough products, businesses, and solutions. Patel is a professor of growth and innovation at Hult International Business School, where he also serves as the board director of the…

  13. Dr. Deepak Chopra

    Dr. Deepak Chopra has written more than seventy-five books and his works are available in more than thirty-five languages. Twenty-three of those works, both fiction and non-fiction, became New York Times bestsellers. The Soul of Leadership, his latest book, was nominated as one of the top five books to read to further your career by The Wall Street Journal. A columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and Washington Post on…

  14. Nick Vujicic

    Few speakers have a better claim to be regarded as inspirational than Nicholas Vujicic. Born without arms or legs, he has overcome his disability in the most astonishing ways, setting a true example of inspiring success to any who have ever doubted their ability to achieve their goals. During his childhood in Melbourne, Australia, Nick had to cope with feelings of loneliness and depression as he questioned just what purpose…

  15. Peter Boyd

    Business and environment expert, Peter Boyd helps companies accelerate the adoption of business solutions that lower carbon emissions and increase long-term profits. Driven by his personal motto that "There is no Planet B," Boyd has been at the forefront of the green business revolution for nearly a decade. With over 15 years of private-sector experience in strategy, marketing, operations, and general management, he understands the common roadblocks companies face when…

  16. Jim Cathcart

    One of the most recognized motivational and sales speakers in the world, Jim Cathcart was named one of the “Top Sales Influencers” by Top Sales World Magazine. He has been inducted both into the Speaker Hall of Fame and the Sales and Marketing Hall of Fame in London. His TEDx speech is one of their most viewed videos of the year, ranking in the top 1%. As the author of…

  17. Muhammad Yunus

    Professor Muhammad Yunus was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for his revolutionary work in establishing the Grameen Movement; this movement, based on micro-finance for the rural poor, combines capitalism and social responsibility and has transformed the lives of millions across the world. In his home country, Bangladesh, he has had an unparalleled influence on rural development and politics. His ideas on village government (Gram Sarkar) were officially adopted…

  18. Carey Lohrenz

    The first ever female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy, Carey Lohrenz brings her experience of fast-moving, dynamic environments, where poor decision-making can lead to catastrophe, to the world of business strategy. Carey combines fascinating stories of her time in service with messages about high-performing teams and a culture of learning that is based on the very best industry practices. Audiences from Fortune 100 businesses have reveled in…

  19. Sam Richter

    Sam Richter is an internationally recognized expert in sales intelligence and online reputation management. He is the founder and CEO of the Social Selling Institute and SBR Worldwide/Know More, through which he has built innovative programs for start-up companies and some of the world’s most famous brands. He is also SVP/Chief Marketing Office at the software company, ActiFi. Previously, Sam was the president of a not-for-profit business library, and he…

  20. Terry Jones

    Founder of Travelocity.com, Terry Jones has a proven track record of leading companies that have revolutionized their industry. The former travel agent practically put travel agents out of business with Travelocity.com before moving on to co-founding and building Kayak.com and Wayblazer.com. With over three decades of experience as an entrepreneur, Jones has accumulated a wealth of knowledge from his successes and failures. As a consultant he’s used the lessons he’s…

  21. Jennifer Moss

    Honored as the Canadian Business Innovator of the Year, Jennifer Moss and her groundbreaking work on the power of happiness are transforming hundreds of schools and companies. Moss is the Cofounder of Plasticity Labs, a tech company that provides organizations with the tools to tap into employee sentiment and increase workplace happiness. Moss is the author of Unlocking Happiness at Work and also the Cofounder of The HERO Generation, a…

  22. Billie Jean King

    Billie Jean King is one of the 20th Century’s most respected women, both on and off the tennis courts. She is a champion for social change and equality in all arenas, not just in sports. As one of the most celebrated tennis players in history, Ms. King is recognized for her contributions to the women’s movement in tennis, including the struggle for equality for women in sports. In 1990, Life…

  23. Dr. Janet Lapp

    Rated by Toastmasters International as one of the top three speakers in the world, Dr. Janet Lapp has helped over 2,000 audiences from Argentina to Hong Kong become disruptive leaders. The licensed clinical psychologist has an enviable client list that includes IBM, AT&T, Allstate, New York Life, Toyota, and Kawasaki. Author of five books, Janet is the founder of ChangeFit™ Leadership Boot Camps/ChangeFit™ Labs and the creator and host of…

  24. Lisa Bodell

    Lisa Bodell is a globally recognized futurist and innovation expert. She sparks new and creative thinking at every turn. She is the CEO of futurethink, a firm that trains businesses in how to become world-class innovators. She is an award-winning author and has helped ignite innovation at the NYSE, Pfizer, Google and Lockheed Martin, to name a few. A leader on simplifying innovation and change management, Bodell is often called…

  25. Dan Thurmon

    Dan Thurmon is the president of Motivation Works, Inc., where he has helped hundreds of organizations and individuals to implement action plans and move confidently through transitions. He is a renowned speaker and recognized expert in delivering peak performances, both in the workplace and on stage. Dan began performing when he was just eleven years old in a one-man show consisting of comedy, juggling and acrobatics. He went on to…