The Impact of an Innovative Keynote Speaker

A renewed interest in in-person events is leading audiences from all over the world to travel far, and wide, in search of conference experiences that excite, promote learning, and allow people to connect with one another.

COVID-19 shifted conferences and events from in-person to virtual for the past two years, and many are looking to break out of the now familiar virtual realm into physical spaces that engage, motivate, and inspire. Still, with the challenge of ever-shrinking attention spans, what can be done to create these desired experiences?

The success of many an event – not to mention the marketing and sale of advance tickets – often comes down to who is on the marquee. Selecting an innovative keynote speaker empowers you to capture and hold attention, distinguishes your conference, and leaves your audience with lasting impact.

An Innovative Keynote Can Transform Your Event

Undoubtedly, there are countless ways that booking an innovative and interactive keynote speaker can transform your conference or event. Let’s focus on the three distinct ways ImageThink excites audiences.

Tone Setting

The keynote speaker plays a vital role in setting the tone of a conference. Consider their presentation a first impression. An inspiring keynote session primes the audience and excites with large, transformative ideas.

Maintaining Relevancy

Any speaker can lend their own expertise and reputation to an event, guaranteeing a conference’s credibility in a potentially crowded industry. A great speaker can make connections between their ideas and the real-world challenges facing attendees in the business world of today. By establishing a clear connection between the conference content and the issues that matter most to attendees, a keynote speaker can help to make an event more relevant and impactful, drawing crowds year after year.

Inspire, Engage, Galvanize

A keynote speaker is a thought leader who has the power to create a lasting impression on the audience, inspiring them to think differently and soaring a sense of curiosity and creativity. Generally, attendees should walk away with a sense of accomplishment, feeling galvanized and prepared to make connections and prompt change.

Delivering a Creative Keynote

So, you’ve decided you want to produce an innovative event. You’re ready to set the right tone, share relevant expertise from industry pioneers, and leave your audience inspired.

Take your commitment to creativity and visual leadership to the next level by engaging best-selling author, graphic facilitator, and ImageThink Founding CEO Nora Herting to deliver an interactive, visual keynote.

ImageThink Founder and CEO Nora Herting delivers keynote for WBENC.

Armed with neuroscientific evidence, visual theory, and amazing illustrations, Nora will have attendees on their feet and drawing in no time. Her talks are also supported with real-time graphic recording by an ImageThink visual strategist.

As ImageThink’s founder and a pioneer in visual leadership, Nora leads compelling conversations around the power of visual leadership as a catalyst for personal and organizational change and shares the techniques she has developed to help business leaders embrace their inner artist.

As a sought-after keynote speaker and thought leader, Nora has inspired global audiences with her creative keynotes at Cannes Lions, SXSW Interactive, The Atlantic Ideas Festival, and WBENC.

See It in Action

In 2019, The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council engaged ImageThink CEO Nora Herting as a Featured Speaker to speak on visual leadership to thousands of attendees. During her keynote, she shared expertise and insights on creative thinking with conference attendees, weaving a common thread throughout the rest of the programming.

ImageThink CEO delivering Keynote at WBENC 2019 in Baltimore Maryland in front of one of her own ImageBoards.

Along with her big talk, Nora scribed live visual notes that accompanied Marriott International CEO Arne Sorenson’s keynote and wowed the crowd. She also engaged attendees on a more intimate level by following her keynote with a hands-on workshop, given to a group of attendees interested in harnessing the power of visuals for themselves.

Visual created for client WBENC displaying key ideas from Arne Sorenson's talk.

With knowledge of the how an innovative keynote speaker can transform your event, we hope you’re inspired to plan a conference that features the values of visual strategy. 

Schedule a call with our Sales Manager to find out how you can innovative your next speaking lineup or book Nora for your next event.

An illustration of ImageThink's CEO, Nora Herting at a podium speaking on visual leadership.

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