Top Business Speaker of 2017


About Michael

Michael Brenner, has had FIFTY-THREE jobs. And he has committed his life to sharing leadership lessons from all of them. Michael started his career as a top salesperson then moved into marketing and became a CMO for 2 successful startups before the age of 35. He was the first head of digital and content marketing at software company S.A.P. He’s consulted with non-profits, startups and brands like 3M, and GE.

Michael has been named a Top Influencer by Forbes and a Top Keynote Speaker by the Huffington Post. He’s the author of a bestselling book and has written over 1,000 articles on sites like Entrepreneur Magazine, The Guardian, and Forbes.

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High-level inspiration and ideas AND tangible actions

Michael is one of the most dynamic and engaging presenters I have ever witnessed. He stands apart from other presenters because he consistently creates new material and his care for the audience’s needs is apparent throughout his presentation. An attendee at one of his sessions always walks away with both high-level inspiration and ideas AND tangible actions they can take. In my experience working with Michael as a content powerhouse and influencer, he is not only a nice person to work with but he is super responsive, thoughtful and creative. He is a great addition to any event or program.

Ellen Gomes
Leading Content Marketing / Marketo

Flawless, inspirational keynote

I wish every keynote speaker I worked with was as professional, punctual and awesome as Michael. I had the pleasure of hosting Michael as a keynote speaker at the Clever Content Conference 2016 in Copenhagen. Here, he delivered a flawless, inspirational keynote and was eager to engage in conversation with our participants and answer all their questions – and they loved him!

Michael is an extraordinary communicator with a great sense of humour. Additionally, Michael is amazing when it came to supplying promotional material and helping out promoting the event in his own network. #speakersbemorelikemichaelless

Stine Holmgaard

I Highly Recommend Him

Before too much time has passed, I wanted to recognize Michael Brenner for a fabulous presentation last Friday for American Marketing Association – Cincinnati Chapter at our Signature Speaker Series luncheon. Michael is the author of The Content Formula: Calculate the ROI of Content Marketing & Never Waste Money Again. I highly recommend him as a speaker, and encourage you to check out his book.

Travis Nipper
President-elect / AMA Cincinnati

Could Not be More Pleased

AMA Cincinnati hosted Michael Brenner as the speaker for the chapter’s Signature Speaker Series event in January 2017. He served as the headliner for an entire month of programming centered on effective content marketing.

We could not be more pleased with what Michael delivered for our audience. He provided both inspiration and pragmatic takeaways that they could take back to their jobs and implement.

On top of what Michael delivered for us, he was incredibly generous in helping to promote the event. I highly recommend Michael Brenner as a keynote speaker and author – check out his book, The Content Formula!

Dennis Devlin

Michael delivered in spades!

We asked Michael Brenner to do a full day seminar to help our newly formed WW Managing Editor team get to a common level of knowledge and expertise. The team has a variety of experiences and competencies and we needed them all at the same level with respect to Content Marketing. Michael delivered in spades! The breadth and depth of coverage were just right, the degree to which he tailored the material to our situation was perfect and his delivery style made the day fly by. Almost all of the 30+ attendees came up to me afterwards to say (a) how valuable the session was (b) how many practical things they took out of it that they could use and (c) how much they enjoyed it. I would highly recommend Michael for anyone who needs to raise the bar on their content marketing knowledge

Bob Meindl

Unmatched Ability

Michael has an unmatched ability to bring both simplicity and a sense of comfort to the complex, challenging, and ever-changing marketing world that we are facing today. His domain expertise and results helped the team see what is possible—you can feel the team’s excitement and energy after having heard from a proven thought leader.

Joseph Isaac
Global Product Marketing Leader / GE Healthcare

A perfect trifecta in terms of a speaker

Michael Brenner is one of the most valuable resources on Content Marketing you will ever meet. He is also a skilled presenter who devotes the time and attention required to understand his audience in a way that allows him to best connect with it. Michael is also incredibly responsive and accessible and always willing to discuss the objectives of an event to ensure he can design his program for maximum success. These three qualities make Michael Brenner a perfect trifecta in terms of a speaker and are why I look forward to working with him many more times in the future.

Len Herstein
CEO & President / BrandManageCamp

Both entertaining and effective

MarketingProfs worked with Michael to develop and facilitate workshop on content strategy that incorporated principles from Ann Handley and C.C. Chapman’s book, Content Rules. He worked with us to create an outline for the workshop, then built it out to our specifications with help from one of our on-staff instructional designers. Since we first offered it, he’s improved the workshop before each new session based on feedback from the previous attendee groups. His delivery is both entertaining and effective, and post-workshop surveys and reinforcement programs show that his training has a lasting impact on attendees and the way they approach content strategy.

Kerry O'Shea Gorgone

Incredibly personable and knowledgeable

I have the extreme pleasure of getting to interview some of the top speakers in the world and Michael Brenner rates at the very top of the list.  Not only is he incredibly personable and knowledgeable (possibly the most knowledgeable about content marketing than most everyone in the world), but he has a special ability to break things down in a way that just makes sense for everyone.

Dave Reimherr

Excellent speaker

Michael was an excellent speaker at our event. He was also very easy to work with and extremely flexible while we were in the weeds leading up to the event. Our attendees were very positive about his presentation.

Julie Arsenault
Vice President, Marketing / Randall-Reilly

Feels like a breath of fresh air

Michael Brenner is a fun, engaging speaker who speaks with authority and yet maintains a sense of humor. In the marketing space, he brings a necessary clarity that feels like a breath of fresh air, and that makes his material feel accessible.

Ann Handley
Chief Content Officer / MarketingProfs

The Most Highly Rated Speakers…

“Michael Brenner is always one of the most highly rated speakers at our events. His sessions are filled with useful information (not theory) and his connection with the audience is immediate – probably because he has lived through what marketers go through every day!”

Susanne Sicilian
Director of Events / Chief Marketer Magazine

A must-attend for anyone in marketing…

“Michael’s energetic and candid session, focused on his firm stance on the need for a documented content marketing strategy, should be a must-attend for anyone in marketing. Going from the “why” to the “how” in great detail is great for new content marketers and also those veterans who need get back on course.”

Cathy McPhillips
Vice President of Marketing / Content Marketing Institute

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