WE’VE GOT YOUR BACK.
We go to great lengths to delight you, and are with you every step of the way.
GOODMAN SPEAKERS is the leader in helping meeting professionals select the best keynote speaker for their meetings and events. That’s what we do, but that’s not who we are.
Our Magic Elixir combines our deep industry knowledge and strong speaker relationships with our team’s passion, professionalism and prescience. We’re always on the lookout for what’s new and who’s next. That’s why more meeting planners consider Goodman Speakers their “go to” speakers bureau. Simply put, when you work with us to find your next speaker, you know we’ve got your back.
Once you work with Goodman Speakers, you just want to keep working with them. It’s their integrity, their passion, the constant communication, the information sharing and all the great speaker recommendations that make them my first call, my first email, my go-to bureau. I refer everyone I know to Goodman.
— CARLIN PUTMAN, FORMER CORPORATE PLANNER, AIG
Our Process Is Our Promise. Our objective approach to speaker selection is based on years of working closely with meeting planners, their executives, and speakers. When we start collaborating with you, we’ll establish clear goals based on your business and organizational needs. Based on your meeting theme, desired takeaway messaging and other factors, we work behind the scenes to curate speaker possibilities for your review. We narrow the list and share our insights and recommendations; once you make your selection, we help you secure your speaker; as well as manage the logistical details throughout the entire event planning process.
Experience & Integrity. Our team comes to work every day ready to meet your creative challenges to find the perfect speaker to deliver messaging designed to resonate with your audience long after the speaker leaves the mainstage. For nearly 40 years, we’ve met and exceeded the expectations of hundreds of clients, including startups, Fortune 100’s, educational institutions and nonprofits. Along the way, Goodman Speakers has become best known for its deep expertise in the insurance and financial services industries.
The Right Speaker, Not Just Any Speaker. Goodman Speakers carefully vets and curates speakers; our business strategies and time-tested process (link to process page) are designed to elevate and enhance your objectives for a successful meeting. Whetheryou are looking for a speaker for the first time, a fresh way to communicate with the same audience for the 100th time—or desire that special speaker whom no one has heard before—we are there for you.
Goodman Speakers will just dig right in for you…they always get what we need. They are very smart, very responsive, and their connections are so, so vast.
— DAWN VIVENZIO, MASS MUTUAL
Visible Commitment. We are deeply involved in our industry. Founder Diane Goodman was a founding member of IASB. We sponsor speakers for industry events. Goodman Speakers is committed to this profession and to nurturing the next generation of meeting planners.
Our AHA! Moment. Every business starts with a story and this is ours: In the late 1970’s, a smart, 27-year old recently divorced mother of three—who was actively involved in her local community and in the women’s movement—set out to produce a lecture series. This of course, was before the internet, and Diane Goodman, though persistent, was unable to find a central source for speakers. (In those days, meeting and event producers typed and mailed query letters to speakers, but that’s another story).
Ahead of Our Time. Diane Goodman posited if she had a need for a centralized speaker resource, then others might too. To test her theory, Diane designed a survey, bought a list of 5,000 names, and did a mailing. Within days, Diane’s mailbox filled with requests for motivational speakers, economists, journalists, industry experts, and more. The need for a central source for speakers was validated.
Born of Prescience & Passion. Goodman Speakers Bureau opened its doors in 1979, becoming one of the first speakers bureaus in the country. Today, Goodman Speakers is a thriving boutique national speakers bureau, respected by the meeting industry, and deeply trusted by its clients and speakers.
Goodman Speakers is my go-to bureau. They understand our business, our industry and our needs. It’s a partnership. They get us, and the way we like to work; they’re not in my face, but they check in when I want them to. I like that they’re on the boutique-side because they are right by your side all the way through.
—DEBBIE LIPSKY, DIRECTOR, EVENTS
We strive for customers who are so pleased with Goodman Speakers they want to shout us out from the mountain tops. Our goal is to delight you at every step of the process.
Your success is our first priority. Our mission is to make you—and your team—the rockstars. We promise to help you find the perfect speaker, not just book any speaker.
A PERSONAL ADVOCATE
You’re paired with a partner who is 100% committed to your success: hands-on, experienced, and works directly with you from start to finish. No lackeys.
Our team’s natural curiosity and desire to learn deeply about your business fuels our intuition, enabling us to deliver fresh insights and speakers for your meeting or event.
We take “customer” and “service” equally seriously. We are here to serve you, and are with you every step of the way, from our very first conversation to the main-stage.