Storytelling Keynote Speakers

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Storytelling keynote speakers are experts at telling stories around a narrative, delivering stories to generate connections, intrigue, emotion, interest, empathy, humor and curiosity. GDA is aware of the best and thought-provoking, relational storytelling keynote speakers in the industry. When we tell stories to one another, we can get a sense of what they hope for and what they believe in. No rules, only relationships.


Keynotes: 4 Books: 3 Videos: 7

Ty Bennett

Entrepreneur, Partnership is the New Leadership

As a young entrepreneur, Ty continues to engage his team's focus to grow sales. In his talks, Ty uses the power of influence and storytelling to provide audiences with tangible techniques that will increase their influence and their impact as leaders and as salespeople.

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 7 Videos: 2

Katherine Center

Author of multiple books including Happiness for Beginners

Katherine Center is a novelist—the author of five bittersweet comic novels about love and family, including The Bright Side of Disaster, The Lost Husband, and Happiness for Beginners.

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Keynotes: 6 Books: 0 Videos: 2

John Coyle

Founder of The Art of Really Living & Olympian

John Coyle is the Founder of The Art of Really Living, an Olympic silver medalist, NBC Sports analyst, SVP and Professor of Innovation. As a speaker, his talent is weaving facts, examples and intellectual principles into engaging stories which bring his topics to life, and leave you with actionable ideas.

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Keynotes: 0 Books: 5 Videos: 2

Nancy Duarte

Communication Expert

Nancy Duarte is CEO of Duarte, Inc., the author of three award-winning books, and co-author of Illuminate: Ignite Change Through Speeches, Stories, Ceremonies, and Symbols. She has a passion for teaching others about the power of persuasive presentations to drive change in the world.

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 3 Videos: 2

Ophira Eisenberg

Canadian Comedian, Writer, and Actress

Ophira Eisenberg is a Canadian-born standup comedian and writer. She hosts NPR’s nationally syndicated comedy trivia show Ask Me Another where she interviews, jokes, and plays silly games with celebrities. 

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Keynotes: 5 Books: 2 Videos: 3

Susan Ershler

History-Making Mountain Climber, Business Executive, International Speaker and Bestselling Author

As a history-making mountain climber, business executive and author, Susan
Ershler inspires audiences to challenge their perceived limitations and reach
new heights of business and personal success.

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 1 Videos: 2

Jack Garcia

New York Times bestselling author of “Making Jack  Falcone” and Undercover FBI Agent

In his 26 years of service with the FBI and as an Undercover FBI Agent in over 100 major Undercover operations, Jack Garcia is best known for his Undercover role as "Jack Falcone," who infiltrated the Gambino crime family in New York for nearly three years.

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Keynotes: 5 Books: 1 Videos: 3

Jen Groover

Transformational Speaker, Intuitive Innovator, Movement Motivator, Energetic Educator

Jen has been tagged by SUCCESS Magazine as a “One-Woman Brand”, “Creativity & Innovation Guru”, a leading “Serial Entrepreneur” by Entrepreneur Magazine and ranked #8 by SAP in the Top 51 Influencers of Human Potential. Her content deeply connects with people of all ages and backgrounds to truly transform audiences.

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 1 Videos: 2

Peter Guber

Chairman and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment

Founder and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment, the visionary multimedia venture spanning movies, TV, sports, and new media, Peter Guber is among the most successful executives and entrepreneurs in the entertainment and communications industries.

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Keynotes: 6 Books: 3 Videos: 3

Kindra Hall

Strategic Storytelling Advisor

Kindra is a fresh voice in the industry and teaches her audiences to capture attention, close more sales and blow up their brands with strategic storytelling. Through research, case studies, and of course unforgettable stories, your group will be talking about Kindra for years.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 0 Videos: 8

Elliot Kotek

Content Chief & Co-Founder of Not Impossible, Executive Director - The Not Impossible Foundation

Elliot is a social innovator with degrees in Law, Science and Storytelling. His particular obsession is collaborating on harnessing technology and science to produce low-cost solutions for our most vulnerable populations then utilizing the power of film and the strength of brands to amplify those stories for true reach.

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Keynotes: 1 Books: 1 Videos: 8

Victoria Labalme

Performing Artist & Performance Strategist

Victoria Labalme helps people perform at their highest levels by unlocking their hidden genius. With 20 years in the Performing Arts — from Broadway to comedy, landmark films to high-profile television — her custom-crafted keynotes get people primed, inspired and prepared to tackle their pressing challenges. She delivers stunning results. 

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Keynotes: 7 Books: 1 Videos: 3

Janine Latus

Speaker on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

Her NYT bestseller, If I Am Missing or Dead, is a heart-wrenching journey tracing the roots of her own and her sister's victimization. Both a call to break the cycle of abuse and a love letter to her sister, it is an unforgettable read and she is an unforgettable speaker.

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Keynotes: 5 Books: 11 Videos: 1

Patrick Lencioni

Leading Expert on Organizational Health and Executive Team Development

Pre-eminent expert on teamwork and organizational health His book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, has appeared weekly on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list for well over a decade Has consulted to executives teams at leading Fortune 100 companies

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 1 Videos: 1

John Livesay

Author of Better Selling Through Storytelling | Helping Sales Leaders Go from Invisible to Irresistible

The Pitch Whisperer John Livesay can keynote on the topics of sales, marketing, negotiation and persuasion. John helps sales teams become revenue rockstars by leveraging the power of storytelling to go from Invisible to Irresistible with their ideal clients. His new book is ”Better Selling Through Storytelling" (2019).

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 0 Videos: 6

Bob Losure

Former Anchor - CNN Headline News, Emcee and Host, Cancer Survivor

Bob Losure is a CNN Headline News anchor and author of Five Seconds to Air: Broadcast Journalism Behind The Scenes. Losure shares his life story with great fun and panache as he chronicles his Oklahoma roots. 

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 2 Videos: 2

Matthew Luhn

Former Pixar Story Artist, Writer, Story Consultant, Creative Writing Instructor and Speaker

Matthew Luhn is a writer, story and branding consultant, creative writing instructor and keynote speaker with over 25 years' experience creating stories and characters formerly at Pixar Animation Studios, The Simpsons, and beyond.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 2 Videos: 10

Alden M. Mills

Former Navy SEAL Platoon Commander, Inc 500 CEO and Author of Be Unstoppable

Against all odds, ALDEN MILLS conquered asthma to accomplish extraordinary things: Nationally-ranked rower, a 3-time Navy SEAL platoon commander, CEO of one of the fastest growing companies in America, and author of Be Unstoppable. In doing it all, Alden failed more times than he succeeded.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 4 Videos: 1

Dr. Nick Morgan

One of America’s Top Communication Theorists and Coaches

Dr. Nick Morgan is one of America’s top communication theorists and coaches. He's an expert on storytelling, body language, presentation skills and charisma. He's written three books on communications and frequently appears on CNN as a commentator.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 2 Videos: 5

Liz Murray

Inspirational Speaker and Bestselling Author, Breaking Night

Liz Murray’s life is a triumph over adversity, and a stunning example of the importance of Dreaming Big. As the child of cocaine-addicted parents, was filled with severe challenges. Formerly homeless, Liz Murray transformed her life of despair into an inspiring journey of determination, hope and hard-won success.

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 2 Videos: 6

Ben Nemtin

The New York Times Bestselling Author, Organizational Culture Guru, Member of MTV's The Buried Life

Ben struggled with depression growing up and was forced to drop out of college. Searching for purpose, he created the world’s greatest bucket list with his three childhood friends.

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Keynotes: 6 Books: 0 Videos: 6

David Polinchock

Accomplished Innovator in Media, Technology and Experience

David has been involved in a wide range of experiential advertising programs, the introduction of virtual reality as a marketing tool and city festivals. He was even a Disney performer. He brings all of those experiences to his speaking engagements, which allow him bring his presentations to life.

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Keynotes: 7 Books: 1 Videos: 6

Mark Schulman

World-class drummer for PINK, Foreigner, Billy Idol, Beyonce', Cher & Author

A legend in the music world and currently on tour with P!NK, Mark Schulman is an incredible musician, dynamic performer and a strategic business mind who has parleyed his success on stage into true business success.

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 0 Videos: 1

Shiza Shahid

Co-Founder, The Malala Fund

Shiza co-founded the Malala Fund with Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, and led the organization as founding CEO. She focused on creating access to high quality education for all children around the world. Shiza launched NOW Ventures in Silicon Valley, the largest Venture Capital Platform in the world.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 1 Videos: 2

Janine Shepherd

A Broken Body isn't A Broken Person

Deepak Chopra calls Janine a Change Agent. Maria Shriver calls her an "Architect of Change." Her spellbinding, inspirational keynote blends the talent of a consummate storyteller with a message of resilience, defiance, acceptance and human potential.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 2 Videos: 3

Libby Spears

Educate Liberate Entertain

Libby Spears is the founder of Bravo cc. As a keynote speaker on communication and leadership topics her goal is to educate for future success, liberate you from dead end practices and entertain you because having fun is a great way to learn!

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 1 Videos: 2

Doug (Story) Stevenson, CSP

Lead, Persuade and Sell with Strategic Storytelling

Logic often fails to persuade; data dumps don’t change behavior. Whether you are pitching a vision, teaching a process, or selling a product or service, STORY is essential. Doug helps leaders, salespeople and organizations choose, craft and deliver stories that get results. Harness the power of strategic storytelling for business.

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