“Eithne and her team at Speaker Ideas are trusted partners of SPAR International for over 10 years. The personal touch and the willingness to develop an in depth knowledge of our business, and our culture is the key point of difference which ensures Speaker Ideas consistently finds the right speaker to motivate, challenge and energize at our international events all over the world.”
MD, SPAR International
“We have always experienced Eithne as someone who listens carefully, thinks with us along the lines of our event briefings and comes up with great speaker ideas.”
Barry Callebaut AG
Over a number of years Speaker Ideas has become our go to source for content-rich, inspirational and though-provoking guest speakers for our leadership meetings and client events. We trust Eithne and her team to offer us unbiased and relevant proposals to match our planning briefs and to follow through with their support right up to and including the event itself.
Global Head Brands, Sponsorship & Events, The Adecco Group
We choose to work with Speaker Ideas for our client events because of the quality of their speakers and their consistently professional service.
Group Corporate Communications, Global professional services organisation.
Our annual leadership conference is held in a different capital city between Europe, Asia and the Americas every year. Speaker Ideas have never let us down in finding keynote speakers to meet the brief and also speakers to provide a ‘local’ flavour.
Fortune 500 Engineering sector Company
When our directly-sourced keynote speaker backed out with a week to go before our client summit, Eithne and her team came to the rescue with a quick shortlist of alternative and available candidates from which we were able to find a suitable fallback speaker. We’ve been involving Speaker Ideas right from the start of our planning process since then.
Event production company, Amsterdam
We trust Speaker Ideas to find us the best fit speakers and facilitators for our coaching, keynote and masterclasses around a broad range of topics and venues.
Gobal Learning & Development, Consulting company
“We have relied on Eithne and her team for a number of years to help us identify and recruit the kinds of speakers that we need to address not just the “big picture” but how global issues impact and relate to the unique needs of our very specialized sector. They have consistently done a great job, not just in terms of identifying alternatives but facilitating subsequent discussions about how presenters can adapt to our specific requirements, and making the booking process very streamlined for us”
Executive Director, AIPC
About Speaker Ideas
Based out of Amsterdam, over the past quarter century we have a built a global network that allows us to connect our clients to the most relevant and engaging experts and thought leaders who inspire, educate, challenge and entertain their audiences around the world both on stage and in live and recorded online events.
Online and virtual gatherings have always played a role in some of our client’s meeting and events plans. With COVID-19 enforcing the widespread cancellation and postponement of these gatherings, and with most global organisations having to lead some, if not all of their people in working from home, our offerings in the area of virtual and hybrid events are increasingly seen as a means to reinforce a sense of community amongst our clients’ staff and stakeholders.
The boutique nature of Speaker Ideas ensures highly personalised attention to both speakers and clients, from the first conversations about event objectives, through the speaker selection, logistics and briefing process and ending with a post-event debriefing. We keep things simple.
Speaker Ideas is a proud founding member of the EASB (European Association of Speaker Bureaux). Speaker Ideas is run by Eithne Jones, who is originally from Roscommon, Ireland.
After graduating with a degree in Japanese & International Marketing from Dublin City University, Eithne moved to Japan where she spent two years as a Coordinator of International Relations in Kawaguchi City Hall, followed by a further two years in Tokyo with a consulting & training organisation, providing tailored business communication programs for executives from Japan’s top 100 companies.
In 1996, Eithne saw an opportunity in Tokyo for a speaker bureau that would represent and connect a select number of local and international experts and thought leaders with organisers of conferences and events both in Japan and overseas. Four years later she moved to the Netherlands and established a base near Amsterdam from where Speaker Ideas has expanded its network of clients and speakers globally and is currently serving clients in over 50 countries and across all the major industries and sectors.
Eithne is a founding member of the European Association of Speaker Bureaus (EASB), and has been a long-standing Board member of the Ireland Netherlands Business Association.