Rob Lawless

Tagline: Human Relationships

Talent Highlights

  • Create more connected, empathetic, and successful relationships in the workplace and with your clients through the exponential power of human connection.

  • In 2015, Rob Lawless set out to meet 10,000 people, spending one hour with each person to truly understand their stories. 

  • Rob believes that genuine human connection is something important in today’s world and through his journey, Rob has discovered how the power of intentional connection can unite, connect and empower us in ways far deeper than we ever imagined.

Keynote Topics

In 2015, keynote speaker Rob Lawless began a journey to make 10,000 new friends. 

Today, Rob shares insights on the transformative impact of intentional connections in creating positive, inclusive, and empowering organizational cultures. 

The power of meaningful and intentional connection.

As companies strive to stay competitive in a fast-paced and ever-changing market, there is an increased need to attract, engage and retain top talent.

According to BetterUp Labs, employees who feel excluded from the workplace experience a 25% reduction in productivity, as well as a 50% greater risk of employee turnover.

Through his keynote Rob empowers leaders to unlock the value of meaningful connections to foster belonging, innovation, and opportunities within their organization.

Rob’s interactive and captivating keynote will take you through his incredible experience of connecting with thousands of people and how meaningful connections can drive growth and innovation.

Audiences will walk away from Rob’s keynote with the ability to:

Foster a sense of belonging & community
By leveraging the potential of deliberate and significant connections, companies can nurture a heightened sense of unity and belonging within their workforce.

Broaden their collective vision
By embracing diverse perspectives through intentional interactions, organizations can expand their shared outlook and drive innovation.

Unlock unprecedented opportunities
Meaningful connections pave the way for discovering untapped possibilities, enabling corporations to excel in their respective fields.

During his keynote, Rob also shares his interactive FRIEND framework which makes creating lasting and meaningful connections easy (even for introverts!) and intentional. 

Rob has used this to create meaningful connections with over 5,600 people from 90+ countries.

With the FRIEND framework, audiences walk away with the tools they need to:

Facilitate conversations
By knowing what questions to ask, individuals will have the ability to dig deeper in their conversations to connect on a deeper level and create strong relationships.

Practice Active Listening
Active listening will ensure that conversations are meaningful and productive allowing for greater understanding and connection between people.

Set Intentions For Connection
Becoming more intentional about connection will help audience members tap into the compounding value of connection over time.

Through his experience in connecting with over 5,600 people from 90+ countries, Rob demonstrates how investing in human connection can lead not only to better business outcomes, but also create more inclusive environments where everyone feels welcomed and valued.

Ready to put the power of intentional connection to work for your organization? Your audience will leave inspired and ready to create meaningful connections with their teams and customers.  


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Travels from:

  • Philadelphia, PA

Fee Range:

  • Fees* $10,001 - $20,000




Rob Lawless isn’t your typical keynote speaker. He’s a man on a mission, a mission to meet 10,000 different people for an hour each day. This extraordinary journey has not only transformed his life but has also inspired thousands around the world. As a motivational keynote speaker, Rob Lawless brings a unique perspective on human […]

Rob Lawless isn’t your typical keynote speaker. He’s a man on a mission, a mission to meet 10,000 different people for an hour each day. This extraordinary journey has not only transformed his life but has also inspired thousands around the world. As a motivational keynote speaker, Rob Lawless brings a unique perspective on human connection, resilience, and the power of stepping out of your comfort zone.

About Rob Lawless:

Hailing from the vibrant city of Philadelphia, Rob Lawless embarked on his remarkable journey in 2015 with a simple yet profound goal: to spend an hour with 10,000 different people. Armed with nothing but his curiosity, open heart, and a passion for meaningful connections, Rob set out to break down barriers, foster empathy, and spread positivity one encounter at a time.

The Mission: What started as a personal challenge quickly evolved into something much bigger. Through his project, “Rob’s 10K Friends,” Rob Lawless has traveled across the United States, meeting people from all walks of life – from CEOs to artists, from students to seniors. Each interaction is a testament to the power of human connection and the beauty of shared experiences.

Areas of Expertise:

  1. Human Connection: Rob Lawless is a master of forging genuine connections with people from diverse backgrounds. Through his project, he has honed his ability to listen, empathize, and find common ground with individuals from all walks of life. His insights into human nature and the importance of authentic relationships are invaluable in today’s digital age, where meaningful connections often take a backseat to virtual interactions.
  2. Resilience and Vulnerability: Rob’s journey is not without its challenges. From navigating logistical hurdles to facing rejection, he has learned valuable lessons in resilience and perseverance. By sharing his own struggles and triumphs, Rob inspires audiences to embrace vulnerability, overcome obstacles, and seize the opportunities that come their way.
  3. Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone: Meeting 10,000 people may seem like an insurmountable task, but Rob Lawless proves that anything is possible when you dare to step out of your comfort zone. His journey is a testament to the transformative power of taking risks, embracing uncertainty, and embracing the unknown. Rob’s message encourages audiences to push past their fears, embrace discomfort, and embrace the richness of life’s experiences.
  4. Building Community: At its core, Rob’s project is about building community – one connection at a time. Through his engaging storytelling and infectious enthusiasm, he inspires audiences to cultivate meaningful relationships, foster inclusivity, and create spaces where everyone feels valued and heard.
  5. Spreading Positivity: In a world filled with negativity and division, Rob Lawless is a beacon of positivity and hope. His uplifting message reminds audiences of the inherent goodness in humanity and the transformative power of kindness, empathy, and compassion. By sharing stories of connection and kindness, Rob ignites a ripple effect of positivity that resonates far beyond the confines of his project.

Why Book Rob Lawless as a Keynote Speaker through Speakers Inc:

  1. Unique Storytelling: Rob Lawless’s journey is unlike anything you’ve ever heard before. His captivating storytelling and genuine passion for human connection will leave a lasting impression on your audience, sparking conversations and inspiring action long after the event is over.
  2. Relevant Message: In today’s fast-paced world, the need for authentic connection has never been greater. Rob Lawless’s message resonates with people of all ages and backgrounds, reminding them of the importance of building meaningful relationships and fostering community in an increasingly digital world.
  3. Interactive Presentations: Rob doesn’t just talk – he engages. His interactive presentations encourage audience participation, fostering a sense of connection and camaraderie among attendees. Whether it’s through Q&A sessions, group activities, or personal anecdotes, Rob ensures that every audience member feels seen, heard, and valued.
  4. Positive Impact: By booking Rob Lawless as a keynote speaker, you’re not just investing in a memorable event – you’re investing in positive change. Rob’s message of empathy, resilience, and human connection has the power to transform lives, spark conversations, and inspire action, both within your organization and beyond.
  5. Tailored Approach: Every event is unique, and Rob understands the importance of tailoring his message to suit the specific needs and goals of your audience. Whether you’re hosting a corporate conference, a leadership retreat, or a community event, Rob will work closely with you to deliver a presentation that resonates with your audience and leaves a lasting impact.

In conclusion, Rob Lawless is more than just a keynote speaker – he’s a catalyst for change, a champion of human connection, and a beacon of hope in a world that often feels divided. By sharing his remarkable journey and profound insights, Rob inspires audiences to embrace vulnerability, cultivate meaningful relationships, and make a positive impact in their communities and beyond. Book Rob Lawless through Speakers Inc today, and embark on a journey of connection, resilience, and transformation.

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