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by Loren G. Edelstein | September 01, 2015
In our September 2015 M&C Research poll, we asked meeting professionals, "Who is the single best speaker you have heard in the past two years?" Following are their responses, arranged in alphabetical order, some with verbatim comments attached. Look them up on the Internet for more details and the speakers bureaus that represent them. (See results from 2012 here and 2014 here.)

• Jon Acuff, author, motivational
• Sekou Andrews, poetic inspiration
• Simon T. Bailey, business, inspiration
• Ron Baron, motivational
• Alan Beaulieu, principal of ITR Economics, author, economic issues
• Dr. Steve Bedwell, business
• Rachel Benedict of Visit Denver
• Dr. Bertice Berry, motivational
• Walter Bond, business, motivational
• Norm Bossio, management consultant
• Kendal Broad-Wright, motivational
• George W. Bush, former U.S. president
• Ben Carson, conservative commentator
• Dr. Lowell Catlett, futurist, economics
• Bill Clinton, former U.S. president
• Hillary Clinton, former U.S. secretary of state
• Anderson Cooper, CNN journalist
• Andrew Davis, author of Brandscaping. Andrew delivers relevant, meaningful information in a highly entertaining format/fashion. Our audiences love his style, talent and presentation.
• Ben and Kelly Decker of Decker communications, coaching, consulting, communications
• Michael Dominguez, senior vice president, chief sales officer for MGM Resorts International, sales strategies, hospitality industry
• Jason Dorsey, "The Gen Y Guy," future trends
• Andrew Evans, National Geographic Live; he is a photographer who used public transportation to get from Washington, D.C.,  to Antarctica. He told his story with pictures, and it was relevant to us as we are a public transportation association. He got rave reviews; we had heard about him through other state transit associations.
• Cameron Ferguson, general manager at Caterpillar Inc., inspirational
• Keith Ferrazzi, business, motivational
• Lee Fisher, CEO of Cities
• Michael Formosa, business
• Nancy Friedman, "The Telephone Doctor," customer service, business; awesome and connected with audience
• Juliet Funt, daughter of Candid Camera's Allen Funt, business
• Robin Getman, CSP, president, InterACT Group
• Eric Greitens, former Navy Seal, leadership and peak performance
• Kenneth Gronbach, demography, generational marketing
• Peter Hanley, negotiation, customer service, small businesses
• Chef Jeff Henderson, former incarcerated felon, food, motivational
• Sue Hershkowitz, customer loyalty, communications
• Immaculee Ilibagiza (Rwanda massacre survivor)
• Larry G. Jones, motivational singer, comedian
• Derreck Kayongo, Global Soap Project
• Chip Kidd, graphic design, inspiration
• David Knowlton, New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, former deputy commissioner of health for N.J.; former chair of the Leapfrog Foundation; member of the National Quality Forum• Dave McGillivray, motivational
• Dr. Abe Korn One of the best speakers I have heard. I saw him speak on a cruise ship and he was amazing.
• Gene Kranz, former NASA flight director, and Jim Lovell, astronaut, each playing dramatic roles on either end of the storied Apollo 13 flight in 1970. Fantastic presentation, and  the audience loved it!
• Josh Linkner, innovation, creativity
• Tim Lowry, low-country storyteller out of Charleston, S.C. He was an outstanding speaker at our customer summit in Charleston last year.
• Anna Madsen, paster with Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, religion, inspirational
• Randolph Mantooth, actor, writer, producer, former star of TV show Emergency, medicine, special interest in firefighters and paramedics• Commander Mark McGinnis, motivational
• Lance Miller, corporate trainer
• Dave Mitchell, leadership expert, sommelier
• Adrian Morrison, Internet entrepreneur
• Col. Mike Mullane, former Space Shuttle astronaut, motivational
• Kordell Norton, "America's Charisma Consultant"
• Diana Nyad, long-distance swimmer, inspirational
• John O'Leary, burn survivor, motivational
• Vincent Palacios, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
• Dustin Pari, religious inspiration
• Jessica Pettitt, motivational
• Daniel Pink, business, motivational
• David Pogue, technology
• Vince Poscente, motivational
• Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. secretary of state, business, world affairs
• Noah Rickun, business
• Denise Ryan, motivational
• Joe Schmit, "inspirational influence"
• Rick Searfoss, CSP
• Dennis Snow, customer service, business
• Patrick Stewart, actor, raconteur
• Dr. Barbara Strand, motivational, strategic management
• Shawna Suckow, CMP, founder, Senior Planners Industry Network and one of M&C's Top 25 Women in the Meetings Industry
• Josh Sundquist, Paralympic ski racer, author, motivational
• James Arnold Taylor, actor, writer, motivational
• Aaron Thomas, teacher, coach, motivational
• Col. Mark Tillman, former commander Air Force One, motivational
• Jeff Tobe, customer-experience expert
• Jack Uldrich, future trends, emerging technologies• Eric Wahl, graffiti artist, motivational
• Rob "Waldo" Waldman, motivational
• Micheal Wallis, historian and biographer of the American West
• Crystal Washington, technology
• Sinikka Waugh, conflict resolution
• Stephen Wolfram, science, technology
• Patti Wood, body language expert
• Kevin Yanushefski, senior associate, marketing operations, for Cvent; business, marketing