Human Connection Keynote Speaker, TV Host and Moderator
Riaz Meghji Text Reviews
Riaz was a superb choice as keynote speaker for our hotel leadership conference! His message about authentic connection was timely and meaningful, and our attendees raved about his session. The hospitality business, and really every business, is about people! Riaz's tips for transcending small talk to get to extraordinary relationships were inspiring and practical for our attendees, both at work and in their personal lives. Riaz customized the message for our audience, even using specific hotel examples to make his points. He was invested in the mindset of the attendees, and he took time before and during the conference to connect with the producers and attendees alike. Highly recommend!
Jennifer Connell, VP and Global Brand Leader, Premium Distinctive and Collections Brands - Marriott International
Practical. Meaningful. Moving. Riaz's thought-provoking keynote at our Power of Connection conference was one of our highest rated sessions. He brought to life the realities of loneliness and the power we each have to create authentic human connection, especially in the exhausting and distracted world we live in. His vulnerability motivated our leaders to explore how we can cultivate collaborative relationships and build a more connected culture. I really appreciated Riaz's care in crafting the session based around the needs of our people and his skill in embedding insights about our specific team / business. He made our team feel heard & seen and it was exactly what our people needed as we close out a busy year and look forward to forging deeper connections in the new year.
Carissa Schmitz, VP, People, Strategy and Consulting - Thomson Reuters
If I had to describe his session it would be GAME-CHANGING. It struck a chord not just with me but with the entire audience, inspiring us to pause and think about how we can elevate our human connections as leaders and also as individuals and then translate that into business impact. I absolutely recommend this keynote as it has application for all industries and all departments. This session is not just meant for Sales and Marketing - it is meant for us as people - what we can do as a collective when focusing on human connection is limitless.
Kristi Tomasin, MBA, Director, Smartmail Marketing - Canada Post
Riaz reminds us all that empathy is a core business skill and that every conversation we have with peers, team members and customers can change outcomes and positively impact our relationships and business. Not only did Riaz inspire our participants with ideas, he empowered them to change their approach to interactions with others. He is easy to work with, well-prepared and customized his content to meet the challenges of our unique participants and their challenges in the current marketplace.
Jessie States, VP - Meeting Professionals International
Riaz provided dedicated and customized coaching to our hosts from beginning right through to the very end. He played to each of their strengths and provided these leaders with a simple framework to be able to fulfill their role of hosts in a way that was authentic to them. The result was tremendous. All our hosts were able to effectively tell their stories and connect to the audience in a way that was impactful. They delivered as host seamlessly - with a real confidence while showcasing a level of vulnerability that truly resonated with the audience. Thank you again Riaz for partnering with us.
Dawn Gordon, Senior Director, Internal Communications - Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
<p>Riaz Meghji’s talk, Every Conversation Counts, was perhaps the most inspiring and impactful session at our recent virtual leadership conference — practical, meaningful, and motivating. Riaz has packaged a powerful message for leaders to put to work in everyday conversations. Thank you Riaz!</p>
Walter Pela, Regional Managing Partner - KPMG
Riaz kicked off 3 days of keynote speakers in the most perfect way. From his presentation to his continuous engagement with our Brooks Team, Riaz is a force for positivity in this world, and there is no doubt in my mind that he has made a lasting impact on all of us that got the opportunity to hear him speak.
Jess Lyons, Senior Project Manager - Brooks Running
Many of us are still on a high - your presentation was truly refreshing, inspiring, and motivating! It was above and beyond what we had hoped for. Thank you for being such an authentic and engaging speaker and storyteller, and providing important guidance on human connection that we, as an organization, can all reflect on. You have helped set a positive and hopeful tone as we say goodbye to a difficult but successful two years and welcome the first year of our new, four-year strategic plan.
Linton Carter, Chief Development Officer - UNICEF Canada
Having heard Riaz speak twice now, I took many insights away to apply to both my professional and personal lives. If you have not had the honour of hearing Riaz speak or read his book, please do it. The topic of connecting with impact and purpose and the power of reflecting on your most important conversation you have ever had, as well as the ones you have not yet had is life changing.
John Huthersall, National Business Development - Kal Tire