by Loren G. Edelstein | July 01, 2010

Who is the best keynote presenter you have ever heard or used? Here's what meeting planners told us (listed alphabetically).

Simon Bailey (achieving individual and organizational brilliance;

Tony Bennett (business speaker, individual and organizational effectiveness;

Ken Blanchard (customer loyalty, employee engagement, leadership, organizational change;

Walter Bond ("The Accountability Leader";

Nancy Goodman Brinker (founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure;

Marcus Buckingham (executive coaching, strengths-driven performance, leadership;

James Burke (science/technology historian, TV personality;

Charles Carroll (chef, culinary leadership/teamwork, career development;

Dr. Lowell Catlett (futurist, economist at New Mexico State University;

Dr. Stephen R. Covey (author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and others;

Lt. Gen. Roméo Dallaire (retired Canadian senator/military official, human rights activist;

Mike Ditka (former coach of NFL's Chicago Bears;

Dr. Sophia Dziegielewski (social work, human behavior, health care;

Ryan Estis (sales strategies, leadership skills;

Durwood Fincher ("Mr. Doubletalk," humorous take on corporate culture, customized for client;

Frances X. Frei (professor, Harvard Business School, specialist in service excellence;

Nancy Friedman ("The Telephone Doctor," motivational business topics;

Patricia Fripp (executive speech coach, presentation-skills trainer;

Dr. Benny J. Gallaway (marine ecologist;

Tim Gard (humor as a business skill, professional enthusiasm;

Christopher Gardner (rose from being homeless to best-selling author/entrepreneur;

Bill Gates (Microsoft chairman;

Rudy Giuliani (former New York City mayor, speaks on politics, leadership, crisis management;

Barbara Glanz (improving employee morale, retention, productivity;

Dr. Al Gobar (real-estate economist;

Doris Kearns Goodwin (presidential historian, political news analyst;

Al Gore (45th U.S. vice president, author of An Inconvenient Truth;

T. Scott Gross (performance management consultant;

Erin Gruwell (educator, inspirational speaker, author of The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them;

Jeremy Gutsche (creativity, leadership and innovation strategy;

Keith Harrell (motivational speaker, "attitude coach";

Lou Heckler (motivational, management training, customer service;

Regina Herzlinger ("The Godmother of Customer-Driven Health Care," Harvard Business School;

Art Holst (former NFL official, speaks on business topics, motivation, change, football;

Lou Holtz (retired football coach, sportscaster, author;

Brian Jones (laws of dating, building better relationships;

Dewitt Jones (professional photographer, speaks on creativity, passion and vision;

Leland Kaiser, Ph.D. (health-care futurist;

John Kasich (candidate for governor of Ohio;

Don Keady (CEO of Australian Institute of Sales, Marketing & Management;

Rich Kizer & Georganne Bender (business success, branding, customer service, generational differences;

Keith Krach (business entrepreneur, technology pioneer;

Mike Krzyzewski ("Coach K," Duke head coach, motivational/sports themes;

Paul Laudicina (A.T. Kearney chairman, global business policy isssues;

Jay Leno (humor, entertainment;

Allison Levine (team captain for the first American Women's Everest Expedition;
George Lucas (sales consulting, training and recruitment;

Clay B. Marsh, M.D. (pulmonary disease expert, Ohio State University;

Josh McDowell (Christian faith, humanitarian efforts;

Dr. Johnny Miller (motivational/inspirational topics;

Mike Mullane (U.S. astronaut, author;

Dr. Kjell Nordstrom (business speaker and author on corporate strategy, leadership and globalization;

James Oberstar (Minnesota congressman, transportation policy expert;

Sarah Palin (governor of Alaska 2006-2009, Republican vice-presidential nominee 2008;

Dawn Penfold (meetings industry career specialist;

Bertrand Piccard (balloonist, topics on pioneering spirit, overcoming stress, finding inspiration;

Charlie Plumb (former Navy fighter pilot/POW;

Colin Powell (retired Army general, U.S. secretary of state 2001-'05;

Aron Ralston (rock climber who amputated his own arm;

Mike Rayburn ("World's Funniest Guitar Virtuoso," blends music and comedy;

Susan RoAne (motivational business topics, how to work a room, connecting with people;

Tony Robbins (motivational speaker on achieving one's dreams;

Patricia Russell-McCloud, J.D. (work/life balance, education, diversity, leadership;

Mark Sanborn (leadership development;

Tim Sanders ("The People-Centric Business Expert," CSR/sustainability, leadership;

Eric Schlosser (author of Fast Food Nation;

Norman Schwarzkopf (retired U.S. Army general/Gulf War;

Dave Schwensen (communication/presentation skills, personal creativity, humor;

Bradley Seitz (CEO of Topaz International, business travel topics;

Randy Siegal (fostering dynamic leadership;

Sam Silverstein (helping businesses create a culture based in accountability;

Jack Sims (marketing, business growth, brand awareness;

Stan Slap (corporate strategist, business speaker;

Michael Tchong (future trends, insipiration;

Richard Thornburgh (lawyer, governor, former attorney general;

Phillip Van Hooser (leadership development strategist;

Erik Wahl (artist, presents on untapped potential, leadership, empowerment;

Mikki Williams (work/life balance, change, communication skills, creativity;

Larry Winget ("The Pitbull of Personal Development";

Bill Whitley (attracting and engaging clients, achieving top sales performance;

Peter Yesawich (chairman and CEO, YPartnership advertising/marketing/PR agency;

Zig Ziglar (motivational speaker, performance trainer;

Gayle Zinda (cancer awareness, motivational messages;