Apply to be a keynote, or recommend one

The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) is considering potential keynotes for its 2020 World Conference, happening 14–17 June 2020 in Chicago. IABC is the largest global association for communication professionals and our last annual World Conference drew more than 1,300 attendees from nearly 40 countries.

The following are criteria that we consider when selecting a keynote speaker:

  • An authentic, dynamic and effortless speaker with a commanding stage presence who is able to connect with audiences in a meaningful way.
  • Proven ability to present to large (1,000 attendees or more), global audiences at commercial business conferences.
  • Knowledgeable about international business with an understanding of future challenges and an ability to speak to the relevance and critical value of communication for organizations.
  • Prepared to offer breakthrough thinking, innovative ideas and creative solutions that will resonate with an audience of international business communication professionals.

Our theme is Shift: #Areyouready? We are looking for keynotes who are in a position to help our audience of communication professionals to grow their knowledge, shift their mindset and take on new strategies to support their organizations to thrive and grow. Learn about our audience.

Previous keynotes

The keynote speakers at the 2019 conference were Soledad O’Brien, Celeste Headlee, The Corporate Rebels and Peter Sheahan.

Keynote speakers at past conferences have included Maya Angelou, Guy Kawasaki, Seth Godin, Robert Kennedy Jr., Bill McDermott and Salman Rushdie.

Selection process

Leaders of IABC’s Program Advisory Committee (PAC) will review proposals regularly through the end of this year. Submit your application soon for early consideration. We typically receive more than 100 recommendations, from which a shortlist of 20 will be developed and 4-5 keynotes selected. The first keynote will be announced in November. We look forward to hearing from you!

To apply or recommend a keynote, please fill out this short form.

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