While there are many great business speakers in the world, there are clearly a select few who are cream of the crop. This year has seen numerous changes in the areas of the economy, healthcare, and politics, all areas which have the potential to affect businesses. Here are some of the best business experts on such topics as economics and finance who are also some of the world’s most sought-after business speakers.
Barbara Corcoran may be famous for role as a panellist on the ABC show Shark Tank, but she’s also an entrepreneur, author, and real estate mogul. Her business keynote presentation tells her story of how she turned a $1,000 loan into a $5 billion real estate company. As a speaker, Barbara offers her infectious energy and front-line business experience to any group she speaks to. Inspirational, motivational and, at times, outrageous, Barbara’s attitude is a refreshing approach to success in business.
Magic Johnson enjoyed a 13-year career as a professional basketball player, which including an Olympic gold medal and 12 NBA All-Star appearances. Today, he is one of the most requested business speakers. After his retirement from basketball, Magic chose to become an entrepreneur and a spokesperson on HIV education. He also took a seat in the board room. He set up the Magic Johnson Development Corporation, which constructs property in minority suburban and urban neighbourhoods that have long been neglected. He now runs Magic Johnson Enterprises, which is always evolving, frequently buying and selling assets. It also owns, or has owned, franchised branches of T.G.I. Fridays, Burger King, and Starbucks. Johnson also invested in both the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Lakers teams.
Matthew Luhn is one of Pixar’s original story creators. An accomplished story consultant, instructor, storyteller, and business keynote speaker, Luna left college for a career at Pixar and now often lends his speaking skills at large corporate events. In the past, he’s spoken at Dreamforce in San Francisco, a three-day conference from SalesForce about the significance of storytelling and of making an audience feel something through advertising and marketing materials.
Among the world’s most colourful and popular business speakers is Fredrik Eklund. The high-kicking, energetic broker at Douglas Elliman has also managed to secure more than two billion dollars worth of closed residential sales. Consistently rated as the best luxury broker in New York City, Eklund achieved record-breaking sales in almost 30 Manhattan-based buildings in 2016 alone, and can often be seen showing apartments off to big-name celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez and Sarah Jessica Parker.
Eklund also starred in the hit series from Bravo, Million Dollar Listing New York. Today, he speaks at key business events, and with his record-breaking sales skills and larger-than-life personality, he knows how to attract the attention of any size audience. One of his most memorable events took place in Sweden when he spoke to an audience of almost 3,000 people, delivering one of his most successful presentations.