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We are excited to announce the brand new Speaker Awards
which will be happening live in

7th of July 2023

"We are doing this to recognise and shine a light on the incredible work many speakers are doing, and to acknowledge this with a prestigious award."


In partnership with Rethink Press and August Recognition, we celebrate the work of Speakers who have impacted their industry and/or market by sharing their knowledge, experience and expertise through speaking.

Following the last two years, we decided it was time to celebrate an industry that has supported and helped millions of people, and which often is underestimated.

We are doing this because we want to help shine the light on the incredible work a lot of speakers are doing out there; recognise it and award it. We have put together a brilliant lineup of judges who will cast their vote on who should be a leading speaker in their category.


Here is what you will benefit from by entering the Speaker Awards


The Speaker Awards will give you incredible exposure to our database and following of more than 100,000 people so you will expand your reach and get known faster. When you win or are shortlisted make sure you maximise PR exposure and update your marketing materials with the award logo including business cards, website, literature, email and sales material.


An award win, short-listing or nomination can act as a 3rd party endorsement for your business. A win can give you as a speaker the approval from your peers and people in the industry, it will show you that your activities are valued and is a sign of quality for potential bookers, events, conference and for your customers, it can be part of your sales pitch and help you stand out from the other people in your space. It can also help with relationships with people in your industry. 


You will be able to leverage the Speaker Awards to get higher paying gigs. The Speaker Awards is not like any other fake awards. It is a testament of your skills, passion and dedication to your craft and the clients you serve with your talks.The awards will push your Speaking forwards. Increase morale, get you doors and exposure you have always wanted.


Awards celebrate hard work and success and are great PR opportunities. It’s fantastic to be recognised so it’s important to make sure that people know what you as a speaker have achieved. Winning a speaker award can open doors to getting contracts and open doors that might have been shut in the past


The process for entering a speaker award can often make you stop and you to look at your speaking from a different perspective, so how far you have come and in a friendly way compare yourself to other speakers. You’ll need to make sure that you stand out from others. This will help you think about ways you could be doing things better, identify areas for improvement and is one of the ways your speaking and you could benefit that could be more valuable than the prize itself.


Awards recognise the hard work, the time invested and achievements you have gained as a speaker. Winning one can help boost your morale and improve motivation, it can help you find that extra motivation. It will shine a light and get you focused on what’s great about the work you do and you can feel proud to be a part of it.


These are the 6 awards categories

Best Live Speaker

3 to 5 minute excerpt (consecutive, not highlights) of your best live speaking event in 2022.

Best Virtual Presenter

3 to 5 minute excerpt (consecutive, not highlights) from your performance at an online speaking event in 2022.

Best TEDx Speaker

3 to 5 minutes edited highlights of your 2022 TED/TEDx talk. Must include start and finish.

Best Showreel

2 to 3 minutes. Your complete professional speaker showreel. Must include minimum 60 seconds of you speaking live.

Newcomer of the Year

If you have started speaking professionally in the year 2022, please let us know on your application.

If your entry is shortlisted, it will automatically be judged in this category too.

Speaker of the Year

The winner will be picked from the category winners

Which Area Of Expertise Does Your Talk Fall Into?


Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Wellness & Wellbeing





  • - The talk is well structured and the content is clear (we aren’t left guessing what you are talking about)
  • - It is well communicated
  • - Makes sense
  • - Powerful in its own right, gets the point across
  • - Appropriate to audience


  • - Clear
  • - Confident
  • - Audible
  • - Understandable
  • - Personal style
  • - Appropriate to audience.


  • - Personal presentation
  • - Setting Background
  • - Lighting
  • - Videography
  • - Good use of the stage
  • - Colours
  • - Props (if used)


  • - Sound quality
  • - Video quality
  • - Editing
  • - Start and finish
  • - Smooth transitions

Technical Speaking

  • - Use of body
  • - Use of tone
  • - Clearly structured
  • - Pacing
  • - Use of language  

Once you submit your application. The judges will create the shortlist. 

Then announced live online on the TBC - which you will be notified of.

Everyone who is shortlisted will be expected to attend the live evening awards event in London on the 7th of July.

Please note you will only be judged on the information submitted in your entry/ies and application form/s.

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Who can enter?

A: The awards are open to anyone who meets the criteria of the related categories.

Is there a cost to enter?

A: Yes. The cost to enter the awards is £25

How do I enter?

A: It’s very easy. Complete the online application form, upload your video and pay the entry fee for each entry. You’ll get an on-screen notification and an email to confirm we’ve received your entry.

Can I enter more than one category?

A: You are welcome to enter more than one category, however, you will need to complete, submit and pay for a separate application for each entry. The criteria for the categories will often vary, so you may need to tailor your nomination form according to the category you are entering.

What is the entry deadline?

A: Entries close on September 4th.

What happens after I submit?

A: Sit back and wait, in the meantime we will:
- Review all submissions against the set criteria (if you’ve missed anything important, we’ll contact you to clarify)
- Send all submissions to the judging panel for assessment
- Decide on the category shortlistsLet you know if you’ve been shortlisted
- Announce the shortlists on the Speaker Awards website and social media channels (Riverside/YouTube/LinkedIn)
- Announce the winners at the awards ceremony. 


TBC - Speaker Awards are announced and entries open

TBC - Entries close

TBC – Shortlist announced over Riverside/youtube/Linkedin 

7th July - Awards Presentation Event,

London - Location TBC

We can’t wait to see your application!

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*there is a non-refundable £25 admin fee for each entry

For Any Questions email [email protected]

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*there is a non-refundable £25 admin fee for each entry