New York Times bestselling authors are among the most prized keynote speakers for conferences and other events. Booking a bestselling author for your event creates a unique opportunity to generate change and motivate people throughout your organization. Some reasons authors make ideal speakers include:
- Expertise: Bestselling authors have researched and written extensively on their topics. As high-profile personalities, their expert insights have been vetted through review by other industry experts, as well as by thousands and even millions of readers.
- Credibility: Becoming a New York Times bestselling author isn’t easy. That recognition guarantees that your guest or keynote speaker has new and interesting ideas that are credible to the public and valuable to fields including personal growth, professional development, team-building, leadership training, sales and overall best business practices.
- Inspiration: Bestselling authors are no ordinary mindfulness or business experts. They also know how to weave their knowledge into an inspirational narrative through storytelling, such as the journey of their own personal success.
- Engagement: Melding that gift for inspirational narrative with well-practiced speaking skills is an unstoppable combination. Bestselling authors provide engaging presentations that reach audiences both emotionally and intellectually. Booking authors helps you create an event that is as memorable as it is transformational.
- Publicity and promotion: Making the New York Times bestseller list generates buzz for authors’ events and attracts diverse audiences. Bestselling authors also catch the eye of other industry experts and thought leaders, creating high-value networking opportunities.
With these benefits in mind, let’s look at 10 New York Times bestselling authors to consider booking for your event.
Jay Shetty’s first book, Think Like A Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Everyday, made a No. 1 debut at the New York Times. Named a “game-changer” by Forbes, this award-winning storyteller also made a splash online.
Shetty’s social media channels have earned millions of followers, and his On Purpose podcast received the People’s Voice award in health and wellness at The Webby Awards in 2022. A wellness and purpose coach and entrepreneur, Shetty speaks on topics that include “purpose,” “branding,” “innovation” and others.
A giant in the world of real estate, Grant Cardone advocates for others to reach their own pinnacles of success and financial security. The author of one of his bestselling books, The 10X Rule, Cardone founded both the 10X Movement and the 10X Growth Conference. He inspires others to strive for greater gains while teaching them how to set goals and identify barriers like self-doubt.
Cardone brings to your event not only celebrity status, but the knowledge that led him to build a “portfolio [valued at] over $4 billion in multifamily properties,” according to his website.
Keynote business speaker Cy Wakeman brings more than two decades of excellence as a global thought leader and corporate culture and leadership consultant. She provides leaders and teams the tools needed to sharpen focus, increase productivity and achieve excellence. Companies such as Facebook, Google and even NASA have booked her services.
Wakeman’s New York Times bestselling book Reality-Based Leadership has cemented her standing as a corporate culture thought leader. Her speaking topics include “Employee Engagement is Broken,” “Reality-Based Leadership” and others.
New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling Never Fly Solo author Lt. Col. Waldo Waldman learned leadership in the U.S. Air Force. Today, he has risen in the civilian ranks as well, becoming an in-demand leadership speaker and executive coach. He’s even been inducted into the Professional Speakers Hall of Fame, an honor bestowed to fewer than 300 professional speakers worldwide.
A combat decorated F-16 fighter pilot, Waldman assists corporations such as Dell EMC, Aflac and Home Depot through coaching and highly engaging keynote addresses. In each case, he provides expertise in building a culture where potential is maximized and people lead with integrity.
TEDx speaker Rory Vaden became a bestselling author with insights shared in Take the Stairs: 7 Steps to Achieving True Success. He has also contributed to publications such as Forbes and HuffPost, sharing his deep, practical knowledge on time management, self-discipline and productivity.
As a keynote speaker, Vaden is best known for his expertise in the psychology of leadership, motivation and influence-building. He has addressed audiences at the Global Leadership Summit, as well as major corporations such as Cargill, Merck, True Value and Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Organizational psychologist and author Tasha Eurich, Ph.D., debuted at No. 8 on the New York Times bestsellers list. With Bankable Leadership, she brought her groundbreaking research in self-awareness to vast audiences.
As an executive coach, Eurich has assisted leaders in improving their communications and governance skills, and her keynote addresses reinforce the self-awareness strategies needed for personal and professional success. Her client list includes Salesforce, Walmart and the NBA, among countless others.
As the bestselling author of You’re Invited: The Art and Science of Connection, Trust, and Belonging, Levy shares his unique insights into human behavior, drawing from his extensive research and personal experiences. He has spoken to audiences around the world, from Fortune 500 companies to startups. In each case, his knowledge and presentation style motivates audiences and provides them with tools to build trust and connection.
Branding guru, television personality and bestselling author Daymond John has what it takes to drive success for you and your team. As an entrepreneur and business leader, he co-founded FUBU, a fashion brand that grew into a multibillion-dollar empire. As a speaker, he delivers the inside knowledge needed to inspire long-lasting and far-reaching success.
John’s game-changing books include Rise and Grind, Powershift and The Power of Broke. With the energetic style that made him a Shark Tank celebrity, he delivers practical, no-nonsense methods to better communicate your brand, supercharge your executive sales teams and establish lasting success.
Sharon Lechter has dedicated her career to empowering people with the knowledge and skills required to achieve financial security and business success. In fact, she is recognized as a top speaker and authority on financial literacy and has helped people around the world improve their financial literacy skills. As a master mentor, she has delivered addresses for American Airlines, The California Women’s Conference, Harvard University, IBM and many other top companies.
Renowned keynote speaker and bestselling author Neil Pasricha has inspired followers around the world to live more fulfilling lives through intentional living through a blend of his deep knowledge of business, well-being and happiness and an infectious stage presence.
Pasricha’s motivational bestsellers include The Book of Awesome and The Happiness Equation. A TEDx speaker, Pasricha has delivered addresses for Harvard, SXSW, Shopify and others. Each time, he brings unique insights for building resilience, happiness, trust and greater overall mental health.