Bruce’s Favourite Business Speakers

The way to become a great speaker is to listen! Bruce keeps up with the latest global speakers and is always on the lookout for those with a completely unique take on current events. Here’s a list of some of Bruce’s top picks for international keynote speakers who are certain to leave the audience inspired.

Top 5 International Business Speakers

Malcolm Gladwell

The author of five New York Times bestsellers — The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, and David and Goliath – Malcolm Gladwell is also a unique and captivating presenter and storyteller. He has an exceptional ability to translate complexity and make meaning out of various social and scientific phenomena.

This influential and gifted storyteller has become a hugely popular speaker with a big name. Keynotes by Malcolm Gladwell are subtle, educational and in high demand. Sure to pique audience’s intellectual curiosity, Malcolm is a famous name for good reason.

Malcolm Gladwell’s talks include:

  • Value of Variability: The importance of variety to happiness
  • Cultivating Creative Chaos: Contrasting logic and creativity
  • The Road to Success: Personal life lessons for success
  • Maximising Natural Skills: How talent can be maximised
  • Mastering Communication Through Fields: What to avoid in conversation
  • A Place for Technology: Core human problems and social media


Steven Pinker

As an experimental psychologist, Steven Pinker is interested in all aspects of language, mind, and human nature. He’s an optimist who believes in humanity’s ability to tackle problems, and he shows the real progress humanity is constantly making over time.

Pinker’s insight is founded in research he conducts on a variety of topics in psychology and cognitive science, including common knowledge – things that everyone knows – language acquisition, emotion, the moral sense, rationality, and trends in violence.

He’s currently a Johnstone Professor of Psychology at Harvard and has also taught at Stanford and MIT. He has won numerous prizes for his research, his teaching, and his books, including The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, The Blank Slate, The Better Angels of Our Nature, The Sense of Style, and Enlightenment Now.

Steven Pinker’s talks include:

  • What our language habits reveal
  • The surprising decline in violence
  • Human nature and the blank slate
  • The long reach of reason
  • Is the world getting better or worse? A look at the numbers


Gary Vaynerchuk (aka GaryVee)

Gary Vaynerchuk is the chairman of VaynerX, a modern-day media and communications holding company, and CEO of VaynerMedia, a full-service advertising agency servicing Fortune 100 clients. Vaynerchuk is a serial entrepreneur, and is considered one of the leading global minds on what’s next in culture, relevance and the internet.

GaryVee recognises trends and patterns to help others understand how these shifts impact markets and consumer behaviour. Whether its emerging artists, esports, NFT investing or digital communications, he understands how to bring brand relevance to the forefront.

Alongside running multiple businesses, GaryVee documents his life through his social media channels with more than 34 million followers and more than 272 million monthly views across all platforms.  His podcast ‘The GaryVee Audio Experience’ ranks among the top podcasts globally.  He’s also a five-time New York Times bestselling author and highly sought-after public speaker.

Gary Vaynerchuk’s talks include:

  • How to tell stories in an A.D.D world
  • Jab Jab Jab Right Hook
  • If you ignore this marketing strategy, you already lost
  • My thoughts on entrepreneurship


Dr Pippa Malmgren

Dr Pippa Malmgren is an economist who makes sense of the economy by writing books, founding tech businesses, advising policymakers and public speaking. She’s a great 21st century thinker and is able to connect the dots of disparate global events by decoding the signals she distils from the vast datasets that are all around us, plotting likely outcomes of today’s actions, tomorrow.

She is the Founder and CEO of, an AI-led accelerator; a partner of The Monaco Foundry, a start-up incubator; and a special advisor to Avonhurst, a legal and consulting firm in the UK specialising in deals, policy and capital raising.

Dr Malmgren served President George W Bush in the White House as special assistant to the President and on The National Economic Council. Before joining the White House, she ran the Bankers Trust Asset Management business in Asia and was then appointed as the global chief currency strategist, before being named the deputy Head of global strategy at UBS.

She has won numerous awards and written a number of influential books including The Infinite Leader, The Leadership Lab, Geopolitics for Investors and Signals: How Everyday Signs Help Us Navigate the World’s Turbulent Economy.

Dr Pippa Malmgren’s talks include:

  • The upside of COVID
  • The Quantum Recovery
  • Glocalisation
  • Markets Post 2020/Post US Elections
  • Conscious Capitalism
  • Making Economics Engaging
  • Trump, Social Credit, AI & Virtual Reality
  • Leadership for the 21st Century


Simon Sinek

The founder of The Optimism Company, Simon Sinek is a memorable and captivating communicator whose quick-fire responses to questions on public platforms about leadership shows his depth of his knowledge. He has devoted his professional life to helping build others, envisioning a world where people wake up inspired, safe and fulfilled.

A trained ethnographer, Simon is fascinated by the people and organisations that make the greatest and longest lasting impact. Over the years, he has discovered some remarkable patterns about how they think, act, and

communicate, as well as the environments in which people operate at their natural best.

His unconventional and innovative views on business and leadership have attracted international attention, and he has met with a broad array of leaders and organisations in nearly every industry. He frequently works with branches of the US Armed Forces and agencies of the US government, and is an adjunct member of the RAND Corporation—one of the most highly regarded think tanks in the world.

Simon Sinek’s talks include:

  • How great leaders inspire action
  • How to discover your ‘why’ in difficult times
  • Why good leaders make you feel safe


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