This article was originally published on Inc.com December 19th, 2014
By Jeff Haden
"I do a number of speaking events every year, and people often ask me to recommend great speakers. (Hopefully that's not because they were less than thrilled by myperformance.)
Unfortunately, I haven't seen as many people speak as I would like, so my list of suggested speakers is fairly short.
Fortunately, Kevin Kruse has seen a ton of speakers. A keynote speaker in his own right, and best-selling author of books on employee engagement and wholehearted leadership, he's compiled a list of his favorite leadership speakers and trainers; most Kruse has seen in person, and he's also hired a number of them to speak at his own events.
(And he's also a humble guy; while he left himself off, he definitely belongs on any list of great business speakers.)
Check out some of the following people the next time you need a great speaker. And if you're deciding whether to attend a particular event and one of them is on the program, drop everything and go. You'll be glad you did."