What makes a good conference speaker?

A good conference speaker delivers a mixture of inspiration and insights. The best guest speakers share their experience and invite the audience to draw parallels, without telling them how to run their organisation. As with all speeches, the secret lies in story telling rather than graphs.

What is a speaker bureau?

A speaker bureau advises which speakers, presenters or performers match the buyers’ objectives and budget. They do not normally represent the talent exclusively, so the advice offered is ostensibly impartial. Unlike theatrical and model agencies, the buyer is the client – not the talent.

What is the best agency for booking speakers?

The best speaker agencies listen to the brief, deliver on their promise and elicit the desired audience reaction. This is still a ‘human’ business – relying on in depth knowledge, relationships and integrity. The last matters because speaker fees vary enormously, giving free range to rogue agents.

Where can I find a keynote speaker?

Keynote speakers are a conference highlight, so the stakes are high when setting out to find one. Unless you know who you want and you’ve seen them speak, you will need expert advice from a reputable agency or bureau. Write a detailed brief, interrogate their proposals and ask for relevant reviews.

Where can I find a motivational speaker?

There are as many types of motivational speaker as there are styles of dress – from Paralympians to entrepreneurs to so-called ‘performance gurus.’ And there are good and less good in each category. The best way to find out who’s right for your audience is to ask a speaker bureau for a range of suggestions.

JLA Presents

Event - 30/04/2024 - 9:00 am

Speakers Breakfast

Understanding AI Now

Priya Lakhani and Anne-Marie Imafidon

Please join us in our JLab studio near Oxford Circus at 08:30am on Tuesday 30th April for our next speaker’s breakfast event. Following our sell-out event for IWD back in February, we will be joined by three fantastic speakers for an exploration of the uses, myths and concerns surrounding AI.


JLA, 14 Berners Street, London


Event - 06/02/2024 - 9:00 am

Speakers Breakfast

Looking Ahead to International Women’s Day

Samira Ahmed, Eniola Aluko, and Alex Mahon

We were joined by four fantastic speakers to look ahead at International Women’s Day. With the theme of this year’s event being #InspireInclusion, we were lucky enough to hear from four women who have each blazed a trail in their respective fields: CEO of Channel 4, Alex Mahon; the former Australian Prime Minister and Chair of Kings’ Global Institute of Women’s Leadership, Julia Gillard; one of the leading voices in football, Eniola Aluko MBE; and broadcaster and journalist, Samira Ahmed.


Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4QH