What Clients Say

The real mark of a great keynote isn't only a highly entertaining, funny, inspiring performance. Great stage skills are merely the ante to play. Ultimately, a keynote is about the impact created in the months and years to come, driven by practical insights and actionable learnings. Don't take our word for it... see for yourself how our clients experience Josh Linkner's powerful and energizing keynote performances:

“Josh, as always you are amazing. It is quite obvious that you took the time to prepare to bring everything you have. Thank you for your coaching and support throughout. I am sending you so much gratitude. You amaze me…always!”

— Kathy Twells,
Assoc. Vice President Customer Makreting, The Coca-Cola Company

“When Josh speaks, business improves.”

— Earvin “Magic” Johnson

“Linkner hit the ball out of the park!”

— Marco Forte,
Vice President, ABC Television

“We truly appreciate how your keynote talk set the stage for the day and inspired the audience with innovative ideas, empowered them with the knowledge we can all be creative, and how you customized your session so we all felt that you knew FedEx intimately and were talking directly to us. Great job! Really enjoyed it.”

— Leanne Logan,

“Terrific! Our people were very engaged and had some great takeaways. You definitely make an impact.”

— Vicki Ruiz,


— Steve Case,
Co-Founder, AOL

“A journey that will lead to better ideas and breakthrough thinking.”

— Bill Ford, Jr.,
Executive Chairman, Ford Motor Company

“Great flair and skill.”

— Tricia Pupel,
Land O’ Lakes

“We were thrilled with Josh! He set the tone for a great conference! Thanks for all of your help!”

— Jenna Dodge,
Operations Manager, Pfizer

“Thank you for everything, Josh! You did great as always and everyone was very happy. Look forward to working with you again very soon.”

— Bianca Savona CMP,
Program Manager, American Express

“It was quite literally one of the most motivating and thought provoking two hours of my professional career. I was blown away!”

— Robert Cunningham,

“Awesome, awesome, awesome!!! Thank you Josh, you nailed your message and nicely incorporated our company into your talk.”

— Gregory F. Molinar, Ph.D.,

“Thanks again for giving a very inspiring and thought provoking speech. Members of the team were blown away by your message and walked away with tools to succeed in their role as innovators.”

— Jessica L. Locke,
Director, Office of the President, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, P.C

“Josh Linkner is a truly special entrepreneur; Part of a rare breed.”

— Eric Lefkosfsky,
CEO, Groupon

“Josh – I wanted to send you a quick note and thank you for your involvement at our Leadership Conference. Your presentation was critical and signaled our commitment to a different approach. I received positive feedback from many who attended the conference. You made a difference which is what we all try to accomplish each day. Thank you again!”

— Joseph M. Perkins,
Sr. Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Key Safety Systems

“Josh, I just wanted to send a sincere thank you for your participation in our OC event. You were an undeniable smash hit! There were tons of comments on how useful your talk was and they were even using your language (the judo chop, getting scrappy etc…) the rest of the day. I look forward to collaborating in the future!”

— Amy Bladden Shatto,
Head of Leadership Development, Avanade Inc

“Entertaining and enlightening.”

— Julian Hua,

“Thank you so much! You were a pleasure to work with and a meeting planner’s dream. Thank you for being so flexible and being so great and delivering an exceptionally tailored talk to our group. People are still raving about it today. Thanks again!”

— Monica Grinage Cooper,
CMP, Event Program Manager, International Facility Management

“You’ve had a huge impact on our group and the way I approach business.”

— Mark Zikakis,

“Josh, great talk the other day. Thanks for being a part of the overall experience. I can definitely say you left a terrific impression with my team. Lots of good discussion later that evening at dinner and the next day on your messages and the way you delivered them.”

— Grahame Burrow,
Group President, Magna Exteriors

“Josh, you were fantastic and an absolute delight to work with. Wow – what can I say except a huge THANK YOU. Your presentation was so excellent and a wonderful way to kick off our Annual Meeting. I heard so many of our members making reference to your presentation throughout the Meeting. And, signing books for two hours was a true testimonial to how well your presentation resonated with our members. Plus, you were a pure delight to work with . . . very low maintenance.”

— Anne Blouin,
Chief Learning Officer, ASAE

“Josh is an outstanding public speaker and leader. His creativity and experiences as a business leader, entrepreneur and artist comes through in his topics and speeches. He is able to create innovative subject matter from today’s issues and make them relevant and interesting to all audiences. Josh uses relevant facts about today’s market challenges, industry and your company to adapt his discussions to be truly impactful to the audience which he is presenting. I think he is a unique talent who is challenging the norms of public speaking. I work with Josh directly and would highly recommend him to any leader looking to motivate and challenge their people.”

— George Lenyo,
Ernst & Young, Detroit Managing Partner

“Josh, you did an incredible job! What a wonderful way to kick off our 2nd day.”

— Moira McFarlin,
Senior Talent Consultant, Lincoln Financial Group

“We very much enjoyed your talk and workshop. You created just the right finish and exclamation point in our program. The feedback from our team – amazing, energizing messages, entertaining and humorous, actionable learnings, things people can do right away.”

— Sajeena Warrier,
Managing Director, Intel Security

“Thank you so much for your participation in our National Expo! You rocked! I have heard only great things about your presentation.”

— SuperValu

“The State Department would like to express our sincere thanks. It has truly been a great success working with Josh.”

— Amanda J. Batt,
U.S. Department of State

“Thank YOU!! You were incredible, everyone loved you!!!”

— Stephanie Prebish,
Senior Director, Education & Accreditation, NACHA

“Josh, it was a pleasure meeting you backstage at ACUC. You did a fantastic job in your presentation. We received lots of positive feedback.”

— Rich Meade,
Chief Operating Officer & Chief of Staff, Credit Union National Association, Inc.

“Your speech was incredibly relevant for us and brilliantly funny.”

— Julie Weir,
Avanade Inc.

“Josh was a hit! He really engaged the audience while sharing a message of value to help release their creativity. Thank you for a successful event!”

— Gary Tuerack,
President, The National Society of Leadership and Success

“More impactful than you can imagine.”

— Clinton Mitchell,

“I just wanted to drop you an email to say a big thanks again for today. The feedback I have heard has been incredibly positive, and I think it really contributed to the strong outcomes for the real work we went on to do over the day. It was definitely the first time I’ve heard someone from Sony Japan give feedback to a room as Yoda! I also really appreciated how you tailored your message to the audience from the discussions in the weeks prior to the program.”

— Andrew Caldwell,

“Thank you a million times over—you nailed it with the presentation yesterday and it was spot on for our team! You sparked so many follow-on discussions yesterday and were a continued theme throughout our meeting—people are already brainstorming great new ideas about how to implement small innovations and use your tips to break down barriers on our teams.”

— Melissa Fillpek,
Director Public Affairs, American Express

“You were amazing this morning! I heard so many positive comments from customers that it was interesting, inspiring and they found some practical things they could use. Plus, you incorporated our industry and audience so well! Great job!!! You rocked it.”

— Transitions Optical

“Thank you for inspiring our Licensed Operators and our Leadership Team to think differently about the business and about what’s next. Your insights and perspectives complimented our team’s message and it strengthened the company’s position with our owner-operators.”

— Pearle Vision Centers

“I again want to tell you how inspiring your words were. Your passion was absolutely magnetic.”

— Stu Shinske,

“It was our pleasure to have you and a personal thrill to not only meet you, but to get a chance to talk to you a bit. I really appreciate that and can honestly say you are the most gracious speaker I’ve ever worked with. I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews and positive feedback on your address, and I’ve been stopped multiple times by people wanting to thank us for having you speak. Thanks again for everything. It’s very much appreciated.”

— Michael Dzick,
Conference Manager, American Society for Quality

“Josh … I’m sure I speak for everyone in the GEICO IT organization when I say that we thoroughly enjoyed your presentation. Your talk was both inspiring and motivational; and far exceeded our expectations. Thank you again for doing a great job and it was a pleasure to meet you.”

— Ben Kirson,
Manager IT Training & GEICO University, GEICO

“Josh was great! His message was a perfect fit. I heard nothing but wonderful compliments from our attendees about Josh’s presentation. Everything tied together really well throughout the entire conference. Josh’s opening keynote was an amazing start to our very successful conference!”

— Laura Fuller,
Director of Professional Development, LeadingAge Michigan

“Josh Linkner made a huge impact on our organization. His message on creativity and innovation was spot-on and his work has had a lasting effect. After hiring him for one conference where he was voted the top speaker by far, we promptly invited him back to present to a larger audience. His keynote was high-energy, interactive, and left us with specific tools and techniques to improve our creative output.”

— Juergen Rochert,
Vice President, Daimler Financial

“I thoroughly enjoyed your talk yesterday – as I said I have seen many speakers and you stood out as one of the best.”

— Gino Blefari,
CEO, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

“Josh’s energy, enthusiasm and love for what he does really shines through. He also puts the right balance of simple, concise messages with humor. Yet at the same time you know he is serious by the examples of what he does with his own business. The presentation and content were both a ‘10’.”

— Lisa K Miller,
VP Events, Michigan Economic Development Corporation

“Awesome! Best speaker in 15 years! Just what our group needed.”

— Tina Briad,
Oakwood Health System

“Josh has unmatched ability to embrace innovation. At his repeated visits to Viacom, Josh has consistently offered the strategic ideas and practical techniques necessary to drive creative thinking.”

— Nia Bates,
Director of Strategic Partnerships, Viacom

“Josh, THANK YOU… You knocked it out of the park for us. It is a great honor to have had you speak.”

— Troy Grabel,
Director of Marketing, Lean Logistics, Inc.

OUTSTANDING.  Every example resonated.  We need to have you back.  You nailed it.  Exactly what we wanted.”

— Richard Davis,
CEO, US Bank

“We have worked with Josh Linkner many times in the past, and he never ceases to amaze or please us. He is one of the easiest speakers in the industry with whom to work. Add on top of that that he is scary smart, incredibly engaging, and the consummate performer – and the combination is unbeatable. Each time we work together he brings something new to the table – this year hiring local musicians to round out a jazz trio that he led on guitar. Weaving the musical element into his presentation on creativity really elevated the entire experience. We love Josh and look forward to our next adventure together.”

— Len Herstein,
CEO, ManageCamp, Inc.

“Your presentation was phenomenal. I’m leaving today with renewed energy, ideas and enthusiasm.”

— Erica Oppenheimer,
Associated Financial Group

“THANK YOU!!!! Your session was fantastic and based on all the comments I received onsite it was the top rated session.”

— Mike Gunnells,
Senior Manager Business Solutions, PPG Industries

“It has been such a great experience and opportunity to work with you. Our entire team and our clients have totally and thoroughly enjoyed your presentation and have taken so many great ideas away from it. Your feedback scores average 98% so far from D.C. to Atlanta! You are a huge hit with everyone and we so appreciate the energy, enthusiasm, excellent content and delivery that you bring to each conference. It has been an honor and a pleasure meeting and working with you. You are so accomplished and yet so humble. You are truly unique. A great leader and a wonderful example for so many.”

— Jeanne Gaudette,
Marketing Manager, Fidelity Investments

“I want to personally thank you for keynoting our industry event and delivering the most dynamic presentation I have seen in the 21 years since the event was started. Large events like these require audience engagement and you were able to deliver that through your multi-media presentation, Q&A, and sheer force of personality. Your creativity topic hit home to every leader in the room. My only regret is we should have had you address the attendees at the very beginning of the conference to set the tone for our entire event. Thank you again for sharing your energy, passion, and skill to our industry conference.”

— Rob Lowy,
Publishing Director, Industry Week

“Inspiration through engaging stories, powerful examples, and easy-to-follow processes.”

— Scott Dorsey,
Co-Founder, Exact Target

“Josh’s presentation provided inspiration and a powerful reminder to our team that problems can be solved and good ideas are made great through the use of creative thinking. We are incorporating his ideas into our daily activities and thoroughly enjoyed his use of humor to engage our team. Josh is an excellent presenter.”

— Karen Davis,
Executive Director, Make-A-Wish Foundation

“I wanted to thank you for a fantastic speech at the Summit last week. I’ve gotten great feedback from everyone I’ve talked to so far and it was a perfect end to our event. One guy told me he couldn’t believe how well your message went along with our theme. I specifically appreciate your effort to tailor your message to our company and our industry. Thank you!!”

— Eric Brown,
Hoar Construction

“I am sure you hear it a lot, but you were fantastic – truly inspired the audience and I continue to hear great things. Thanks for taking the time to make your message Genesys and industry specific — really nailed it.”

— Keith Pearce,
Genesys Telecommunications

“One of the most creative thinkers on the planet.”

— Nick Morgan,
Ph.D., President, Public Words

“Your presentation was filled with great energy and new ways of thinking. It created a buzz throughout our team. I cannot even count how many commented on your presentation and how great it was and that they really needed to hear this type of content.”

— Debra Florence,

“Compelling, insightful, and practical.”

— Brian Owens,

“Josh, thank you for not only a great presentation but for challenging our team to make that next step forward. I got stopped multiple times and the feedback was very positive, ‘That was great’, ‘Wow – he really got us’, ‘A great wake-up call’, ‘Makes me want to do better’. A big thank you for your straight forward handling of the questions. Even the questions were a bit of a wake-up call for the team. Your energy, story, tips and drive were exceptional.”

— Steve Smith,
Vice President IT, GEICO

“Your presentation was fantastic and really delivered on our theme. We’ve heard nothing but great feedback about the information you shared and have no doubt many of our teams will be using the ‘role-storming’ model for future brainstorming sessions. It was a pleasure working with you and we appreciated the effort you put in to ensuring the presentation met the meeting objectives and was relevant and entertaining for our broad audience.”

— Traci Plate,
Chief of Staff North America, GSK Consumer Healthcare

“Josh Linkner is the perfect model of what one should want from a speaker. During the planning and preparation period, he is accessible, flexible, engaged, attentive, and truly invested in understanding the client, the objectives, and the desired outcomes. He makes himself available for phone calls, answers emails, and generally provides a level of confidence that he is going to deliver the goods. And then he does. His passion and love for championing and teaching creativity is clear in his energy, his well-designed stories/case studies, and in the overall presentation of his topic. Add his pleasant demeanor and overall likeability to his deep subject matter expertise and you’ve got the total package. If you are thinking of working with Josh, stop thinking – just do it.”

— Len Herstein,
CEO, Brand Manage Camp


— Bill Emerson,
CEO, Quicken Loans

“Hey Josh, you were AMAZING! Thank you so much for your awesome message, it is exactly what our community needed. I have already heard so many people say it was great and made an impact on them. Thank you again, you are a rock star.”

— Ben Teague,
Executive Director, Asheville Chamber of Commerce

“Thank you so much for keynoting The Marketing Forum. Your presentation was perfectly on target! It was just what we had discussed; targeted for this audience, combining a 30,000 mile view with specific takeaways to implement now.”

— Chyai Mulberg,
Conference Manager, Richmond Events

“Josh brought a great source of refreshing content about creativity in business that was just what our Inc. GrowCo Conference needed. His energy and enthusiasm about the topic inspired attendees and gave them takeaways to implement in their own companies. Josh has a strong stage presence and was extremely easy to work with.”

— Karlie Krieger,
Director of Events, Inc. Magazine

“Hi Josh. I just wanted to reach out and tell you how much I enjoyed working with you and your team in preparation for our event. Our members really enjoyed what you had to say and the inspirational manner in which you expressed yourself. I was standing in the back during your keynote, and one of our long-time members who often facilitates for us, turned and gave me a thumbs up, whispering “He’s gooooood.”

— Association for Retail Environments


— Sarah Pitkin,
Group M

“Josh, I can tell you with a 1000% confidence that you have opened minds of our people. The buzz and excitement following your presentation was palpable.”

— Angeline Johnson,
Innovation Program Senior Manager, Moss Adams LLP

“Josh, Thanks for a simply magnificent job yesterday with our Cox Automotive leadership team. You hit it outta the park. Folks were still talking about you last night. This was dynamic for all.”

— Sandy Schwartz,
CEO, Cox Automotive

“Josh did a tremendous job and his creativity message resonated perfectly with the audience and was right on target.”

— National Association of REALTORS

“His passion is contagious.”

— Lauren Rosinski,
Deloitte Consulting