Why You Need a Networking Speaker

In this article, we discuss the impact of networking speakers and their importance in business events, ideal for corporate event planners, business leaders, professional associations, and educational institutions.

We hand-picked the best choices who excel in captivating audiences and teaching effective networking skills.

The article also covers why you need a networking speaker for your event and how you can budget for a speaker. Keep on reading to learn more.


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Meet Our Top Networking Speakers

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1. Keith Ferrazzi

Keith Ferrazzi is a renowned expert in the field of networking and relationship-building. He is the author of the bestselling books “Never Eat Alone” and “Who’s Got Your Back.”

  • Former CMO of Deloitte and Starwood Hotels
  • Founder and CEO of Ferrazzi Greenlight
  • Frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review and Forbes

Why you should hire Keith Ferrazzi: Keith brings a wealth of experience from the corporate world and offers actionable insights on how to build and maintain powerful professional networks.

2. Dr. Ivan Misner

Dr. Ivan Misner is the founder of Business Network International (BNI), the world’s largest business networking organization.

Why you should hire Dr. Ivan Misner: With decades of experience and a global network at his disposal, Dr. Misner can teach your audience the fundamentals of effective networking.

3. Susan RoAne

Susan RoAne is a networking and communication expert known for her bestselling book “How to Work a Room.”

  • Featured in major media outlets such as The New York Times and CNN
  • Over 25 years of experience in public speaking
  • Author of several books on networking and communication

Why you should hire Susan RoAne: Susan’s engaging style and practical advice make her an excellent choice for audiences looking to improve their networking skills.

4. Harvey Mackay

Harvey Mackay is a celebrated author and business speaker known for his book “Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive.”

  • Chairman of MackayMitchell Envelope Company
  • Columnist for United Feature Syndicate
  • Renowned for his motivational speaking

Why you should hire Harvey Mackay: Harvey’s blend of business acumen and motivational insights will inspire your audience to take their networking to the next level.

5. Tim Sanders

Tim Sanders is a bestselling author and former Yahoo! executive who speaks on networking, leadership, and collaboration.

  • Author of “Love Is the Killer App”
  • Former Chief Solutions Officer at Yahoo!
  • Regularly featured in major business media

Why you should hire Tim Sanders: Tim’s dynamic presentations focus on building strong professional relationships through love and generosity.

6. Jordan Harbinger

Jordan Harbinger is a social dynamics expert and host of “The Jordan Harbinger Show,” a top-rated podcast.

  • Former co-founder of The Art of Charm
  • Expert in social dynamics and networking
  • Interviewed hundreds of high-profile individuals

Why you should hire Jordan Harbinger: Jordan’s expertise in social dynamics and his practical networking tips can help your audience build meaningful connections.

7. Dorie Clark

Dorie Clark is a marketing strategy consultant, professional speaker, and author of “Stand Out” and “Reinventing You.”

  • Contributor to Harvard Business Review and Forbes
  • Adjunct professor at Duke University
  • Named one of the Top 50 Business Thinkers in the World by Thinkers50

Why you should hire Dorie Clark: Dorie’s innovative approach to personal branding and networking will provide your audience with valuable strategies to stand out in their careers.

8. Jason Harris

Jason Harris is the CEO of the creative agency Mekanism and the author of “The Soulful Art of Persuasion.”

  • Co-founder of Mekanism
  • Expert in brand strategy and networking
  • Recognized by Adweek and Forbes for his work

Why you should hire Jason Harris: Jason’s unique perspective on persuasion and networking will help your audience build authentic relationships.

9. Judy Robinett

Judy Robinett is a startup funding expert and author of “Crack the Funding Code.”

Why you should hire Judy Robinett: Judy’s deep experience in funding and networking makes her an invaluable resource for entrepreneurs and business professionals.

10. Thom Singer

Thom Singer is a professional speaker and author who specializes in human connection and networking.

  • Host of the “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” podcast
  • Author of twelve books on networking and business development
  • Known for his engaging and humorous presentation style

Why you should hire Thom Singer: Thom’s focus on real human connection and his entertaining delivery make him a great choice for any networking event.

11. Lolly Daskal

Lolly Daskal is a leadership coach and author of “The Leadership Gap.”

  • Founder and CEO of Lead From Within
  • Named one of the Top 50 Leadership and Management Experts by Inc. Magazine
  • Frequent contributor to HBR and Fast Company

Why you should hire Lolly Daskal: Lolly’s insights into leadership and networking can help your audience develop strong, effective relationships in the workplace.

12. Andy Lopata

Andy Lopata is a networking strategist and author known for his practical approach to business networking.

  • Author of “Recommended” and “Connected Leadership”
  • Regular speaker at major international conferences
  • Contributor to Forbes and The Huffington Post

Why you should hire Andy Lopata: Andy’s straightforward strategies for building and leveraging networks can help your audience achieve their business goals.

13. Marsha Blackburn

Marsha Blackburn is a professional speaker and networking expert with a focus on personal growth and professional development.

  • Author of “The Personal Touch”
  • Regular contributor to business publications
  • Experienced corporate trainer and coach

Why you should hire Marsha Blackburn: Marsha’s practical advice and engaging style make her an excellent choice for audiences looking to enhance their networking skills.

14. Patrick Galvin

Patrick Galvin is a keynote speaker and author of “The Connector’s Way.”

  • Co-founder of The Galvanizing Group
  • Expert in relationship marketing
  • Regularly speaks at industry conferences and events

Why you should hire Patrick Galvin: Patrick’s emphasis on relationship marketing and his actionable tips can help your audience build stronger business connections.

15. Catherine Molloy

Catherine Molloy is a communication expert and author of “The Million Dollar Handshake.”

  • Founder of Auspac Business Advantage
  • Specialist in body language and communication
  • International speaker and trainer

Why you should hire Catherine Molloy: Catherine’s expertise in communication and body language can help your audience make a lasting impression in their networking efforts.

16. Porter Gale

Porter Gale, author of “Your Network Is Your Net Worth,” is a marketing and networking expert with a wealth of experience in the technology and startup sectors.

  • Author of “Your Network Is Your Net Worth”
  • Former VP of Marketing at Virgin America
  • Advisor to numerous startups and tech companies
  • Frequent speaker at industry conferences and events

Why you should hire Porter Gale: Porter’s expertise in leveraging networks for career and business growth makes her an invaluable speaker for any corporate event focused on networking.


At Gotham Artists, we find top notch talent and ensure your event is seamless and successful. Tap below for pricing and availability of your perfect speaker.

The Importance of Networking in Business

Networking is more than just exchanging business cards. It’s about building lasting relationships that can lead to new opportunities and business growth. A skilled networking speaker can teach your audience how to:

Develop Meaningful Connections

Understanding the importance of genuine connections can transform the way professionals network. This involves:

  • Approaching networking with a mindset of giving rather than taking
  • Building relationships based on trust and mutual benefit
  • Following up and maintaining connections over time

Enhance Networking Skills

Practical skills are essential for effective networking. Key areas to focus on include:

  • Active listening and effective communication
  • Identifying and connecting with key influencers
  • Leveraging social media for professional networking

How Networking Speakers Can Elevate Your Event

Having a networking speaker at your event can provide numerous benefits, such as:

  • Increased Engagement: Dynamic speakers captivate the audience and keep them engaged.
  • Practical Takeaways: Attendees leave with actionable strategies they can implement immediately.
  • Enhanced Networking: Speakers provide tools and techniques to improve networking effectiveness, fostering better connections among attendees.

How to Budget for a Networking Speaker

When budgeting for a networking speaker, consider the following:

  • Speaker Fees: Costs vary widely depending on the speaker’s experience and popularity.
  • Travel and Accommodation: Ensure you budget for travel, lodging, and meals.
  • Event Production: Include costs for audiovisual equipment, staging, and any additional production needs.

How to Book a Networking Speaker the Easy Way

Booking a speaker through Gotham Artists makes the process straightforward and hassle-free.

Our team handles all the details, from initial contact to final arrangements, ensuring a seamless experience.

Contact Gotham Artists to book a speaker and make your next business event truly memorable.


At Gotham Artists, we find top notch talent and ensure your event is seamless and successful. Tap below for pricing and availability of your perfect speaker.

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Article last updated on June 10th, 2024.