Why should I attend INFLUENCE?




If you want actionable conference content (not that “could have been an email”-style session you dread), you come to INFLUENCE. You’re a busy person – us, too. So the strategies you learn at INFLUENCE will be quick, concise, and actionable the moment you get back to your desk.
What’s knowledge without the motivation to implement it? Here at INFLUENCE, we like to think of ourselves as a triple threat: educational, inspirational, and implementable. You’ll leave the conference not only with cutting-edge tactics for your speaking business, but feeling like you’re a superhero.
Another similarity between speakers and superheroes? Doing your job well can be kind of lonely. It’s much easier with a network of like-minded individuals around you to help push your ideas and your business forward. Step out of the Fortress of Solitude and join us in D.C. this August.


Since 2015, INFLUENCE has been inspiring speakers to inspire others. We celebrate the living, breathing, human part of the business – and encourage speakers to do the same with their own audiences. Year after year, INFLUENCE gathers the best speakers into one (gorgeous) space for four days of reflection and education. With around forty breakout sessions this year on top of some absolutely killer main stage content, whatever your speaking business needs, we’ve got solutions in spades. 

But that’s not all we do. We know that some of the best ideas happen when great minds get together. So we provide ample time and opportunity to network – that way, you can trade tactics, mix methods, and share strategies from smart people just like you. Between our community groups and our special events (stay tuned – they’re amazing) we’re confident you’ll find partners, allies, and guides to push your speaking quest forward.


1. You want to find new ways to impress your clients.
2. You want to achieve the headspace for new ideas.
3. You want to learn about emerging trends in the
     speaking industry.
4. You know that D.C. is an incredible, international-class city.

5. You want to be inspired by the incredible stories of our main 
    stage speakers.
6. You can avoid Linda from accounting by going on a work trip.
7. You want to network with other speaking experts.
8. You’d enjoy learning how to be a better storyteller.
9. You want to be a more organized speaker.
10. You’d like to master your own finances.
11. You want to find revenue sources beyond keynoting.
12. You want to implement better social media practices.
13. You want to find a better work/life balance.
14. You want to get better at client outreach.
15. You want to improve your stage blocking.
16. You’re trying to write an e-book. (Or a not-so-e book.)
17. You’re trying out some different business models
      and want ideas.
18. Your performance techniques could use an update.
19. You need a new workflow.
20. Copyrighting and trademarking seem like a headache to you.
21. You’re worried about cybersecurity in your speaking business.
22. You’ve been feeling a little uninspired lately.
23. You want to find leads easier.
24. You care about the ethics of the speaking business.
25. You want to be a more inclusive speaker.

26. Bureaus and sales reps seem like added stress.
27. You want to be funnier.
28. Keynotes could be a little less work on you.
29. You’re speaker staff and your boss wants you to come (you
       totally should) OR you’re a speaker and you want your staff to
       learn some cool tricks.
30. You want to know what to do if an emergency happens on site.
31. Building an online community is important to you.
32. You don’t know what “voice first learning strategies” are.
33. You’re always on the road, basically live out of a suitcase, and
      need some excellent travel hacks.
34. Your crisis communication could always use an upgrade.
35. You want cooler slide design, videos, or props.
36. You want to dip your toes into the eLearning business.
37. You want to build a better contract.
38. You care about your digital footprint.
39. You’d like to hone in on your target audiences.
40. You want to tailor your humor to more people.
41. You want to keep your audience totally enraptured.
42. You want to stay abreast of new event technologies.
43. Scaling your business sounds like a neat idea.
44. You could probably outsource some of your work to free time.
45. Budgeting seems more like a four-letter word.
46. You want to #BeABetterBoss to your staff.
47. You’re always on the hunt for a better story to tell.
48. You want to discuss the unknowns in the speaking industry.
49. You want to find out which kinds of outreach
work for
50. You’d like to have easier sales conversations.