Pros: When it comes to the topics of business and economics, the name Steve Forbes carries a ton of name recognition. His presentation was focused on the economy but he did mix in a few interesting stories about politics.
He did a question and answer session and answered every question very directly.
One note, the audience was not filled with finance people but rather a mix of engineers, marketers and CEOs. The keynote was well received by the entire audience and there were still questions coming from the audience after the session time was up.
Steve Forbes took time after the session to sign autographs and talk with people individually as well.
Cons: Steve Forbes is not a young man, so some thought must be given to the way he will get on and off the stage. While the presentation was very interesting, it came off a little dry, but again the audience in general seemed very interested in his insight.
Bottom Line: If you are looking for a keynote with strong name recognition and a definite opinion on the economy, then Steve Forbes is someone to look into.