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Popular Project Management Keynote Speakers,

Inspiring Stories, Practical Tools

Accelerate project team performance. Develop courageous project managers.

Navigate uncertainty and change. Thrive in a hybrid world.   

When you hire a project manager keynote speaker, you need a speaker who will transform your project managers or PMOs and give them practical tools to take action. It’s not enough to leave everyone energized and feeling good—your leaders and teams need inspiration that leads to lasting change. You need a project manager keynote speaker with real-world leadership experience and the ability to translate that experience into behavior.

Inc.’s Top 100 Most Innovative Leadership Speakers Karin Hurt and David Dye are perfect when you want an engaging project management keynote speaker who will inspire your team with proven approaches and practical tools. 

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 Most Popular Project Management Keynotes


Courageous Project Management

7 Practical Ways to be a Bit More Daring

As a project leader, you’re barraged with problems every day, and sometimes it’s easier to take the path of least resistance. You don’t speak up because it might rock the boat. You procrastinate on a decision, or don’t try that new idea because you’re afraid of failure. Or you don’t invite feedback because you might not like what you hear. In these moments, you’re missing opportunities, you’re wasting money, and you’re eroding your project team members’ trust.

Building your reputation as a courageous project manager doesn’t necessarily mean making big, bold, game-changing moves. It happens every day, little by little, as you own your team members’ strengths, speak up, stand out, and dare to take appropriate risks. This highly engaging keynote gives you practical methods to become a bit more daring every day for greater influence and impact—to become the courageous leader you would want to work for.

This keynote is perfect for:

  • Project managers looking to increase their confidence, influence and impact.
  • Project managers who want to develop a reputation for being open, innovative, reliable, high-potential performers
  • PMI meeting planners looking for a high-energy, interactive keynote that inspires their audience and leaves them with highly practical tools they can use right away

Download the Let’s Grow Leaders E-Book: 7 Practical Ways to Be a Bit More Daring

Be More Daring

Your audience will leave with:

  • Inspiration to own their strengths and contribute at a deeper level
  • Practical tools and techniques to present their ideas with confidence
  • Techniques to prepare for and hold difficult conversations up, down, and sideways, including our I.N.S.P.I.R.E. approach to performance management
  • Tools for gathering and responding to feedback

Karin or David will inspire your team with real examples of turnaround successes and powerful tools from their executive roles and their work with companies around the world. Your audience will leave with tools and techniques they can immediately apply with their teams from this project management keynote.


Project Management Keynote
Linda Jones

“Their delivery style, real-world stories, and innovative concepts kept this audience engaged. The feedback from the leaders is that they gained takeaways they could immediately apply in their volunteer and professional roles – including tools and templates. I would hire Karin and David again to improve the skills of people who manage in any capacity.”

Linda Jones, PMI Leadership Institute

Courageous Cultures

How to build more innovative and courageous project teams

What would happen if every member of your project team came to work focused on finding solutions and creating better results?

Based on ground-breaking new research in innovation and problem-solving, you’ll learn what leaders like you are doing to build more creative and solutions-oriented teams.

You’ll explore the root causes of FOSU (fear of speaking up) and techniques to turn your team’s fears and frustration into innovation.

You’ll learn techniques to navigate the elegant dance between clarity and curiosity and practical tools to help your team discover micro-innovations and share best practices.

This program is perfect for:

  • PMO leaders
  • Project managers struggling to get their project teams to think more creatively and solve problems on their own
  • Project teams looking to take their performance to the next level

Read a full review of a Courageous Cultures keynote from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Your audience will leave with:

  • Easy-to-use tools and techniques to empower solutions-thinking and customer-focused problem solving
  • A clear understanding of what’s blocking everyday innovation in their project teams
  • Communication strategies to eliminate FOSU (Fear of Speaking Up) and encourage deeper dialogue up, down and sideways
  • A plan they can apply right away

Karin or David will inspire your team with real examples of turnaround successes and powerful tools from their executive roles and their work with companies around the world. Your audience will leave with tools and techniques they can immediately apply with their teams from this project management keynote.

You can download the first few chapters of their book, Courageous Cultures here.

“Courageous Culture offers simple steps to nurture a bold organizational culture that encourages people to speak up, take smart risks, innovate, become problem-solvers, and seize competitive advantage in a fast-transforming business environment.”

Sunil Prashara, President & Chief Executive Officer, Project Management Institute

Leading Through Uncertainty and Change

How do you inspire hope and performance on your project team when you don’t know what’s coming next?

Your mission is sacred, but uncertainty and change are inescapable. Your customers need your team at their best, even when they’re feeling frustrated and confused. Your team is looking to you for confidence, inspiration, and hope.

How do you keep your project team energized and motivated when so much is changing? How do you keep them focused on what matters most without adding to their stress? How do you encourage and support your team when you don’t have all the answers?

In this high-energy, interactive project management keynote, you will learn practical ways to inspire and encourage your project team, particularly during times of uncertainty and change, and to show up strong for your customers—and for yourselves, your family, and the people you work with.

Through strategic storytelling, humor, and interactive exercises, your project managers will leave with more confidence and competence for greater influence and impact.

This program is perfect for:

  • Fast growing PMOs
  • PMI organizations serving highly disrupted, fast-changing industries
  • Organizations going through times of significant change (e.g. mergers, restructures)

 The audience will leave with:

  • Confidence to navigate through uncertainty with poise
  • Communication techniques to keep their project teams focused on what matters most
  • Techniques for strengthening influence and impact as a project manager
  • Tools to encourage problem-solving and best practice sharing
  • Strategic questions to help uncover new strategic opportunities and insights

Join project management keynote speakers Karin or David to get the antidote to uncertainty, help your leaders and teams to thrive during times of change, and make ambiguity work for you, not against you. We will work with you to fully customize this program based on your biggest pain points. This highly interactive program will give your team an opportunity to surface and have candid conversations that address their fears, and give them to tools to navigate the change with more confidence and competence.

Dynamic and engaging…definitely one of the top 10 speakers that I’ve heard in my 40+ years. Highly recommended to speak at any event seeking interaction, practical knowledge and relevant application for any organization.”

Roy Burton, Chief Financial Officer, PMIWDC, Ass’t Director, Treasury Inspector General

Winning Well

Breakthrough Results – Without Losing Your Soul

Do you ever wish your project team had more energy, would get more done, or solve problems on their own?

It’s tempting to demand more, tighten control, and micromanage to get more results out of your project team…but there is a better way. 

WINNING WELL is a practical leadership strategy to achieve breakthrough results that really last. Get results while keeping your project management team (and yourself) energized, motivated and inspired.

“You’ll learn 6 concepts you can’t lead without and practical tools to build high-performance, high-engagement teams.”

Join award-winning authors, Karin Hurt or David Dye, as they use humor and real-life examples to guide you and your team through the art of inspiration, influence, and lasting impact.

This program is perfect for:

  • Overwhelmed project managers ready for a breakthrough
  • Those working to take their results and relationships to the next level
  • Project Managers working to build a high-performing, high-engagement culture
  • Project Management Teams looking for practical tools and techniques they can use right away

 The audience will leave with:

  • Ways to stay focused on the MIT (most important things) that contribute to consistent, breakthrough results
  • Tools to correct poor performance without drama
  • Techniques to build better relationships up, down and sideways
  • A better understanding of how to give each team member what they need most to take their performance to the next level
  • Tools for building a more competent, confident team
  • Long term strategies to keep the team on track

About our bestselling book Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results – Without Losing Your Soul

Join award-winning authors, Karin Hurt or David Dye for practical leadership tools, tactics and strategies to achieve breakthrough results that really last.

Winning Well by Karin Hurt and David Dye
Linda Jones

David and Karin worked really well with our team. It was almost uncanny how relevant the content was – perfect for our team and the issues that we face on a day-to-day basis.”

Sean Barrett, VP Product Management, Albertsons

project management keynote speaker Karin Hurt

PMI Chapter Leadership

Seven Ways To Turn Your Volunteers Into Brand Ambassadors

Great commercials, strong PR, a brilliant social media strategy all warrant effort when building your PMI chapter’s brand. But there’s no better PR than an army of loyal volunteers and employees living and breathing your brand. You know the type – individuals with enthusiasm bursting from their veins – talking up your chapter with their friends and colleagues at every work event, family gathering, and sporting event they attend. “No, I’m telling you PMI changed my life! Or “I’m so sorry you had that experience, it’s not usually like that.”

Yes, you can define your brand and advertise it. But don’t overlook the power of your volunteers as brand ambassadors. Our best people want to be part of the inner circle. To build sustainability and strengthen your competitive advantage, increase ownership by treating your volunteers as owners of your brand. In this high-energy project management keynote, you’ll learn seven ways to get both your volunteers and members advocating for your brand. The added bonus is that these can also be used for your employees! 

  • Be the Brand: Live the values, be the experience
  • Be Bold: Build a compelling, articulate vision of who you serve and how
  • Be Focused: Communicate what matters most and why
  • Be Buttoned Up: Develop a consistent cadence of clear accountability and execution
  • Be Engaging: Create opportunities for micro-engagement and sharing
  • Be Open: Actively solicited input and look for ways to improve
  • Be Connected: Invest in developing genuine human


Linda Jones

“Karin Hurt and David Dye are a dynamic duo. They are amazing speakers and their message is thought-provoking and real. The recently attended PMI Heartland’s Professional Development Day and delivered an inspiring keynote and 4 breakout sessions throughout the day and “exceeded expectations.” If you have the opportunity to hire speakers for any event, your first choice should be Karin Hurt and David Dye.”

Kristine Braun, VP Marketing & Communications, PMI HEARTLAND