The voice of a younger generation is booming ever louder at conferences and events, according to Speakers Corner. Research by the leading speaker bureau also highlights a threefold demand for female keynote speakers over the last five years.

In 2018 female keynote presenters and moderators made up 35% of the top booked speakers compared to just 10% in 2013. Another notable shift is a move to knowledge-based speakers as opposed to more traditional celebrity talent.

Nick Gold, managing director of Speakers Corner and incoming president of the International Association of Speaker Bureaus, comments: “Clients increasingly want to draw on the learnings from entrepreneurs and innovators who have broken personal barriers, and are called upon to share their messages and knowledge. Just as Greta Thunberg and Malala Yousafzai grasped the global stage; we are seeing clients ask for a new type of candour and approach to the messages they are sharing at their events.” 

Recognising the demand for a new generation of presenters and protagonists, Speakers Corners has curated a roster of thought leaders and young entrepreneurs to add diversity and new thinking at events with their ’30 Under 30: Rising Stars” campaign.    


Nick continues: “‘The Wisdom of Youth’ is in demand across the board as corporates seek to challenge their norms. This new generation of speaker isn’t afraid to speak up through bold and brave statements that are clearly being listened to.”

Adam is the co-founder and editor of Adam, a technology evangelist also organises Event Tech Live, Europe’s only show dedicated to event technology and the Event Technology Awards. Both events take place in November, London.