Your speakers, presenters, and entertainers (a.k.a The Talent – Celebrity Virtual Talent) are the spice that makes your virtual events worthwhile. Talent will make or break an event, so it’s important to empower them as much as possible. During our years of working with Celebrity Talent below are some keys to success.
Choose Celebrity Talent that understands how to transpose a stage presentation into the virtual arena. Ask for example videos or to see them present virtually for a few minutes. Provide them with insight into your audience’s preferences and ensure they have everything they need to be successful.
Keep them visible
Explore creative ways to move between the presenter and their visuals, to avoid losing audience interest. It is important for attendees to see the facial features and body language of the presenter, as a large part of all human communication is rooted in visual cues.
Drive engagement between the presenter and their audience, by encouraging them to use the chat, Q&A, and breakout rooms. There are lots of opportunities to spark engagement. However, the Celebrity Talent – virtually must possess both the knowledge and with authentic desire.
Don’t skimp on Celebrity talent
The experience of your event is important, and your Celebrity talent is the primary magnet that attracts attendees. Establishing the best possible outcome for your event, means securing great Talent. These are individuals who are presenting their life’s work. Giving a virtual presentation takes the same amount of knowledge, preparation, and skill. Only the travel/out-of-office time is different. Therefore, you should expect to pay around 50- 75% of their typical fee.
Please find below our top 10 Celebrity Talent that are available to join your next Virtual Presentation.
- Mike Babcock – Mike Babcock is the Former Head Coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings. Considered one of the most successful coaches in professional hockey history, he is the only coach ever to win a Stanley Cup, Olympic Gold Medal and World Championship title. Babcock combines his exceptional insight into leadership, teamwork, and goal setting with unique stories from playing hockey in the minors in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to coaching NHL greats.
- Jeanne Beker – Jeanne Beker started her career as an actress, but moved into radio and then television as co-host of the ground-breaking series, The NewMusic, and entertainment anchor on CityPulse News. She went on to become the host of the internationally syndicated Fashion Television (FT), which aired for 27 years and had viewers in more than 130 countries.
- Scotty Bowman – Scotty Bowman is a living legend in the world of professional sports. A larger-than-life figure, Bowman has shattered nearly every coaching record in the NHL. He is simply one of the best coaches of any sport in any era. Bowman, stands alongside distinguished leaders like football’s Vince Lombardi, basketball’s Arnold ‘Red’ Auerbach, and baseball’s Casey Stengel and Connie Mack.
- Kelly Hrudey – In the world of professional hockey, what plays out behind closed doors is just as important as what plays out on the ice itself. Former professional goaltender, Hockey Night in Canada broadcaster and NHL on Sportsnet analyst Kelly Hrudey takes audiences behind the scenes of Canada’s national game, sharing stories he lived from both the locker room and the rink during his 15-year career with the NHL. Entertaining and insightful, Hrudey’s tales of the famous and the infamous in hockey history are not to be missed.
- Karina Leblanc – The retired Canadian World Class Womens’ football player is now Head of Women’s Football for CONCACAF and its 41 countries. This has been the perfect position in connecting her passion with purpose, as she works to lead the confederation in seeing that football has the power to save young girls lives through the sport. She travels the globe where she participates in leadership initiatives and delivers motivational keynote addresses, speaking to diverse audiences. She has spoken at the United Nations General Assembly events on two separate occasions, as well as the United Nations Race Against Climate Change this past December. A dynamic speaker, she has engaged large audiences at major events including Canada’s 150th Celebration, WE Day, Women Empowerment Conferences as well as several Leadership Conferences and was the Host of TED x Vancouver in 2018.
- Tracy Moore – Tracy is the host of Canada’s longest-running lifestyle show Cityline. From Monday to Friday on City Tracy can be seen across the country trying DIY projects, learning new recipes, and sizing up the latest fashions. Aside from being an energetic mom to two young children, she is known for her laid-back style, easy laugh and love of fashion, fitness and all things shoe-related.
- Heather Moyse – Describing Heather Moyse in one phrase is a difficult task. She is so much to so many: multi-sport national athlete (bobsleigh, rugby, cycling), inspirational speaker, ambassador, humanitarian, and above all, champion and leader. She is a 4-time Olympian and 2-time Olympic gold medalist, but she is not your typical Olympian. She didn’t grow up dreaming of going to the Olympics. In fact, she didn’t start taking sport seriously and lifting weights until she was 27 years old, when she was suddenly faced with the challenge of learning a new sport and competing in the Olympics five months later. According to Heather, “This alone demonstrates the fact that no one was ‘born’ to do anything. It is our choices that determine the direction and story of our lives!”
- Cabral “Cabbie” Richards – Cabral Richards, better known as “Cabbie”, has brought a fresh approach to the world of sports reporting. He interned at The Score in 2001, where he pitched his own show – Cabbie on the Street. The show transformed from a set of five-minute interviews to a popular half-hour weekly segment. His “in-your-face” interviews with some of the world’s elite athletes have gained him fame across North America. From an ongoing “friendship” saga with Kobe to dressing room “insiders” with NHLers, Cabbie has built quite the rep.
- Jack Armstrong – Best known as the colorful and entertaining voice of the of the 2019 NBA Championship winning Toronto Raptors, Jack Armstrong has spent more than two decades covering the NBA and College basketball for TSN and NBA TV. His broadcast work has earned him multiple Canadian Screen Awards and helped an entire nation fall in love with Canada’s basketball team.
- Lisa Longball – Lisa currently holds the Canadian Women’s Long Drive record at 350 yards 2 feet 2 inches. In addition to her competitive career, Lisa is a Golf Journalist for several publications including Inside Golf Magazine and has had her own column in Golf Digest Canada. Lisa is a successful Keynote Peak Performance speaker at Conferences and Conventions and is a Golf Entertainer for many Corporate/Charity Golf Tournaments across North America including events on the PGA Tour and Champions Tour.
And many more! Not only are these celebrities’ influential people, but they are also professional speakers who educate, enlighten, and entertain their audience.
For nearly 25 years, ProSpeakers.com has prided itself on our ability to combine the perfect speakers with the right events, undergirded by our concierge level attention to detail and logistics. In that spirit, we’re here to help you keep your audiences engaged virtually during this unprecedented time. We’re happy to offer assistance both with choosing the right speaker for the moment and delivering their message to your organization remotely. Contact us today and let’s work together on building a memorable, impactful virtual event.
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