Bestsellers | New Speaker Books for 2018 Inspiration

November 22, 2017

The holiday season is right around the corner. It’s the perfect time of year to explore some new books, either for yourself or a gift to someone close to you. We’ve picked out some of the trending books written by speakers this holiday season, along with some of the most anticipated releases of early 2018:


Lorinda Stewart received news that no mother wants to hear. Her daughter, Amanda Lindhout, had been kidnapped outside Mogadishu, Somalia. The kidnappers demanded millions in ransom money to grant her release. Upon the suggestion of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Lorinda took on the role of primary negotiator, learning the in’s & out’s of hostage negotiation; from developing rapport to demanding Proofs of Life (POL’s). As the months passed, negotiations broke down, and she was forced to negotiate outside of official RCMP channels & raise ransom money from outside donors. Through it all – Lorinda never lost hope. Her perseverance helped bring about Amanda’s release after 460 days in captivity. Learn more about what’s become her bestselling book One Day Closer here.

In her keynote presentations, Lorinda shares some of the tools that allowed her to not only cope, but also heal during and after her ordeal, which can resonate with all of us who face challenges in life. Learn more about her speaker profile.


Bruce Dickinson is the lead vocalist of Iron Maiden, pioneers of Britain’s metal scene and one of the most influential rock bands ever. In this honest, bold, humorous memoir, he shares stories from his 30+ years at the top of rock music, his childhood, his battle with cancer and more. More than just the guy who sings for Iron Maiden, Bruce inspires. Learn more about his new book What Does This Button Do? here.

In his keynote presentations, Bruce explores entrepreneurship & risk-taking. He takes the audience back to his first business – a ‘Rent a Pencil’ operation he started at age 12 – and beyond to his Aviation business, to share key lessons & insights on how to succeed. Bruce inspires you to look at the big picture and get back up again after taking the inevitable knocks. Learn more about his speaker profile.


As Canadian Armed Forces veteran and & former sniper team leader,  Jody Mitic lost both his legs when he stepped on a landmine in Afghanistan. He knows what it means to serve your country. In this new book, he brings together both veterans & current active-duty military personnel from the Canadian Forces. From courageousness to comraderies, this book offers a peek inside of the life of the individuals that serve our nation. Learn more about Everyday Heroes here.

These stories of bravery in the face of adversity are the embodiment of Jody’s keynote presentations. If you’re looking to inspire your team to take on & overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles, then you need to put Jody in front of your audience. His ‘Never Quit’ keynote presentation pulls stories from his experience in Afghanistan to inspire audiences to get back up after unforeseen circumstances do you harm. Learn more about Jody’s presentation here.


From the vast Fraser River in British Columbia to the mighty St. Lawrence, The Globe and Mail’s Roy MacGregor has paddled, sailed & traversed some of Canada’s most iconic rivers. In this new book he expands on his hit Globe and Mail series to tell the story of Canada through its original highways: rivers. From lost tales of history to the current environmental concerns, this book tells a fascinating history of our nation & where we are headed. Learn more about Original Highways here.

In his presentations, Roy inspires pride, hope & passion for Canada, our history & our future. From historical figures to the importance of conservation and exploring our outdoors, his powerful stories will captivate any audience. Learn more about Roy’s presentations here


In his new book The Patch Sustainability & Global Cleantech Expert Chris Turner takes the reader on a journey deep into the heart of the world’s 2nd largest reserve of oil: Alberta’s Fort McMurray & the oil sands of Northern Alberta. He explains the lifecycle of an oil patch and explores how it impacts the local community, the national economy and people all over the world. Chris discusses how this region became the front line for two conflicting worldviews: industrial triumph vs. environmental stewardship. In order to both fuel the world and to save it, what do we do about oilsands? Learn more about The Patch here.

In his presentations, Chris explores the future of energy and what it means for the strategic decisions organizations need to make to not only survive but thrive. His engaging presentations always make our brightest possible future seem near at hand. Learn more about his presentations here.

Upcoming 2018 Book Releases

Keep an eye open for these new books set to hit shelves in early 2018 by some of our most in-demand keynote speakers:

Daymond JohnRise and Grind: Outperform, Outwork, and Outhustle Your Way to a More Successful and Rewarding Life

Daymond John explores how grit, persistence, and good old-fashioned hard work are the backbone of every successful business and individual, and inspires readers to Rise & Grind their way the top. He takes an up-close look at the hard-charging routines and winning secrets of individuals who have risen to the challenges in their lives and grinded their way to the very tops of their fields. 

Release Date: Jan. 23, 2018


Adrian Gostick & Chester EltonThe Best Team Wins: The New Science of High Performance

Chester & Adrian offer a breakthrough, groundbreaking guide for building today’s most collaborative teams—so any organization can operate at peak performance. This book is perfect for managers looking to build cohesive, productive teams, despite the distractions and challenges every business is facing. Drawn from data compiled through 850,000 employee engagement surveys, they offer practical ways to address the real challenges.

Release Date: Feb. 13, 2018


Lauren Toyota | Hot for Food Vegan Comfort Classics: 101 Recipes to Feed Your Face

For 7 years Lauren Toyota reigned as a relatable and vivacious Much VJ. Currently, she is devoted to creating authentic and engaging creative content on YouTube. Vegan Comfort Classics is her debut cookbook, based on her hit hot for food youtube channel, currently with over 350,000 subscribers. Never one to hold back, Lauren piles plates high with cheese sauce, ranch, and barbecue sauce, all while sharing personal stories and tips in her engaging and hilarious voice.

Release Date: Feb. 27, 2018


Laura-Stack-Book-Faster-TogetherLaura StackFaster Together: Accelerating Your Team’s Productivity

Laura Stack’s FAST model mobilizes teams to be the most effective they can be, while keeping each other’s best interests at heart. Teams learn to work together Fairly, accept Accountability, apply Systems Thinking, and maximize available Technology. An interactive assessment helps you evaluate your team’s current speed and rate of acceleration.

Release Date: Jan. 23, 2018