As public speakers prepare to conclude the year, they are certainly spoiled for choice on speaking topics. From Brexit and international politics, to the COVID-19 pandemic and protests against police violence, 2020 has pushed businesses and the general public alike to the limits of their mental resilience.
Public speakers are more important than ever, with their toolbox for determination audiences across the country would benefit from the inspiring pick-me-up of a motivational speaker, or the enlightening insight of a keynote business speaker.
What’s more, the public speaking industry itself has undergone a monumental shift. Gone are the days of traditional, in-person events, now there is a new form of presentation in town – the webinar. At Champions Speakers, our adaptable thought leaders have adjusted their services to suit 2020’s climate, adding webinars and other virtual events to their repertoire of talent. With the influential speakers featured in this post, events in 2020 will be as impactful as ever.
Our Predictions for the Most Popular Speaking Topics of 2020:
Surprisingly, the United Kingdom leaving the EU in January was overshadowed by the subsequent global pandemic – but that doesn’t make it any less pivotal to our country’s future. Politics and business speakers alike are regularly booked to inform company of the upcoming changes to trade and international relations, preparing them for a very different Britain. We have a range of experts on Brexit, who can be booked for events.
Diversity & Inclusion
Sparked in America and shared across the globe, conservations surrounding race have been a prevalent speaking topic of 2020. With thousands of people urging companies to make real, meaningful changes to their workplace inclusion, many business leaders are looking to diversity and inclusion speakers for guidance. In 2020, the expected standard for diversity has been significantly risen.
It is no secret that America faces one of its most important general elections. With the Democrats and Republicans locked in a fiery debate over infection rates and the number of American deaths from COVID-19, international politics speakers are in high demand for their insider knowledge and unbiased commentary. Audiences across the globe are waiting with bated breath to hear the results of the US’ November election.
The COVID-19 Pandemic
2020 can be defined by a single landmark event; the global Coronavirus pandemic. First identified in late 2019, the infectious disease has reached over 19 million global cases and 700,000 deaths (correct as of August 6th). Though cases are decreasing, the disease has had a devasting effect on public health services and small business, making experts in corporate turnaround essential for industry events.
Aside from the danger to health that COVID-19 poses, the nationwide lockdown has also had a catastrophic effect on mental health across the country. With the Government imposed lockdown separating family and friends, 69% of British adults reported feelings of anxiety caused by the pandemic. Mental health and wellbeing speakers will be essential bookings for Winter 2020.
The Future of Work
Since in-person team meetings have been replaced with Zoom conference calls, the future of work will never be the same again. Technology speakers will focus on the infrastructure needed to adapt to the changing times, teaching corporate audiences how to support their employees working from home. With our innovative business speakers, your business will stay ahead of the curve.
Our Pick of the Best Speakers for Your 2020 Winter Event:
Samantha Clarke’s strategies for workplace wellbeing are more important now than ever. In the era of diversity, she starred in Momondo’s The World Piece campaign in June 2019, using her reputation as a happiness consultant to compliment the poignant promotion for inclusion.
Since then, Samantha has become a vocal supporter for diversity in 2020, presenting the positive effects that inclusion can have on employee mental health. From new perspectives to better decision making, she can provide benefits of an inclusive workplace, and the steps needed to achieve cultural diversity in a corporate team.
Sir Dave Brailsford
With the sporting world currently on pause, an Olympic speaker like Sir Dave Brailsford can supply predictions for athletes to watch and suggest ways to modernise the cycling industry. His insight provides audiences with a glimpse into the future of competing, while his extensive knowledge of the marginal gains theory, coined by Dave, will inspire personal development.
Otherwise known as the 1% Factor, Dave’s marginal gains theory suggests that small improvements can lead to big results. With 2020 proving to be the year of new professional ventures, his strategy for sustainable corporate growth ensures that audiences see immediate results, while preventing burn out.
Robert Peston has been an informative outlet during 2020, whether he has been reporting on Brexit or COVID-19. As the Political Editor for ITV News, his up close and personal broadcasts straight from the steps of Parliament have given a voice to the British public, while his gruelling debates with Prime Minister Boris Johnson have been entertaining to say the least; “if Dominic Cummings can visit Barnard Castle, why can’t we?”
When booked for winter events, Robert can discuss the Government’s failings during the Coronavirus pandemic, and reflect upon the effects of Brexit on British businesses. A first-hand perspective like Robert’s is not to be missed.
News reporter turned television presenter, Steph McGovern, has certainly kept us entertained during the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic. Her popular shows Steph’s Talks and The Steph Show have welcomed audiences into her living room, and provided a welcome relief to the doom and gloom of the daily infection rates.
At future events, Steph can discuss how the broadcasting industry will change following the pandemic, both positively and negatively, based on her own experiences. She has already proven to be a dab hand at online content, so is the perfect webinar host for your event. Whether she is discussing the entertainment industry or hosting an event, few can compete with Steph’s effortless confidence.
As one of the top adventurers available to book, and widely considered to be the best British female explorer, a speaker like Bonita Norris will inspire greatness in audiences. At a time where the public are eager to be transported out of the turbulent 2020, and to the tips of Mount Everest on Bonita’s landmark 2010 expedition.
During a time where confidence is low and anxiety is high, Bonita’s inspiring tale of perseverance in the face of doubt will inspire audiences. From an amateur climber to one of the best mountaineers in the country, she will teach 2020 audiences that though the road may seem tough now, soon the clouds will clear and the summit will be in sight.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Sir Ranulph Fiennes has used his story to inspire in 2020, despite his tour titled Living Dangerously being rescheduled. From podcasts to online interviews, and countless streamed online events, he has been a beacon of positivity during even the darkest moments of the year. Ranulph remains one of the most popular speakers on the circuit, more popular now than ever.
For winter events, Ranulph is booked to share how he overcame adversity, to aid audiences on their journey of personal development following such a challenging year. He connects with those in attendance of his speeches, to translate the endurance strategies that he employed for corporate audiences.
ITV’s former Chief Political Correspondent, Daisy McAndrew has been at the forefront of Prince Harry and Megan Markle’s controversial decision to distance themselves from the Royal Family. Supplying informative commentary on the landmark moments, she has reflected upon the staggering differences between the Royal brothers, and whether that led to Prince Harry’s decision.
The former Economics Editor can also discuss the financial impact of Brexit and COVID-19 on UK businesses, shining an informative light on the situation. She has also supported her fellow journalists and influential politicians in the fight for inclusion and equality, using her platform to promote the importance of diversity.
Piers Linney, star investor on Dragon’s Den, was named in the 2018 Top 100 BAME Leaders in Business. Throughout 2020, he has produced insightful YouTube videos on the COVID-19 pandemic, the struggles faced by many businesses and the ways startups can take advantage of such turbulent times. A speaker like Piers will guide businesses through the chaos of Brexit and COVID.
The perfect winter 2020 speaker for entrepreneurial audiences, he supplies advice on international trade and business loans. As a diversity speaker, Piers promotes the importance of inclusion in the workplace, providing corporate audiences with a step by step guide for supporting employees from diverse backgrounds.
Dr. Ranj Singh
Dr. Ranj Singh’s honest, articulate advice during the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic has been a welcome relief for confused families across the country. The popular television doctor has appeared regularly on This Morning and hosting informative campaigns, using his reputation as a knowledgeable resident medical professional to cut through the misinformation and provide tangible methods to prevent COVID-19.
Dr. Singh’s Q&As have provided viewers with a voice, taking their concerns straight to a medical professional. He has been a guiding light for the people of Britain, and continues to discuss the impact of Coronavirus with corporate audiences at events. The perfect webinar speaker, Dr. Singh’s advice can positively impact thousands of viewers – and even save lives.
Both enlightening and entertaining, mental health advocate Ruby Wax promotes positivity and compassion – when she isn’t entertaining audiences of her comedy shows! The American comedian has shared her concerns over the COVID-19 lockdown in the United Kingdom, suggesting that there could be a “mental health fallout” as many still struggle with the ongoing restrictions.
When booked for winter events, Ruby can prepare businesses for the support they will need to offer their employees, as life goes back to normal. With anxiety running high, managers must support their employees now more than ever – a speaker like Ruby will show them how.
Contact the Champions Speakers agency to book one of the talented speakers featured in this article, for your event today. Simply call a booking agent on 0207 1010 553 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free quote.