This article was last updated on January 26, 2022
A motivational speaker or inspirational speaker is a speaker who makes speeches intended to motivate or inspire an audience. And there are a lot of good motivational speakers around the world, but there are few that just stand out. Somehow they don’t fit into the good category. They are way above that category, they are at the top. And I really owe a lot to those people, because they are the reason I keep grinding everyday. So who are the best motivational speakers, that have inspired me the most through the years?
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The Top 10 Motivational Speakers
Eric Thomas – Website
A high school dropout. A homeless man. And now? Probably the most passionate motivational speaker ever. If we all had as much passion as him we would be on another level. He can motivate you to another level, his speeches are intense. I would suggest to every person that’s alive at this very moment and can still breathe to check out some of his speeches – You won’t be disappointed!
Thomas does not sugarcoat anything. He is nicknamed the hip-hop preacher and he is as blunt as a rapper. Thomas also talks about how it may take years to accomplish your definition of success. But, if you are truly committed to your goals and willing to make the necessary sacrifices you will be successful.
Les Brown – Website
Les Brown was born with his twin brother Wesley on February 17, 1945, in a low-income section of Miami, Florida in an abandoned building. He was subsequently given up for adoption and adopted by Mamie Brown, a then 38-year-old single woman who worked as a cafeteria attendant and domestic assistant. He was declared “educable mentally retarded” while in grade school. Despite the obvious self-esteem issues this created, with the encouragement of his mother and assistance by a helpful teacher in high school, he learned how to reach his full potential, a key point in many motivational speeches he gives now.
Brown speeches focus on the importance of having a strong belief in yourself. And he teaches that you need to be bold and have supreme self-confidence. Brown also believes many people that set goals are setting their bar too low. ” Most people fail in life not because they aim to high and miss. But, because they aim to low and hit,” said Brown. –
Tony Robbins – Website
The 6-foot 7-inch tall Tony Robbins has a commanding presence and deep booming voice. And he is very passionate speaker that loves helping people achieve their goals and to get more fulfillment out of their lives.
Many motivational speakers are mainly fluff and not much substance. However, Robbins truly understands the psychology of success. “Long ago, I realized that success leaves clues, and that people who produce outstanding results do specific things to create those results,” said Robbins.
He begins his speeches by starting with basics such as what do you want to accomplish in your life and why do you want to achieve that goal. Then, Robbins goes into more detail about techniques and concepts that can help you accomplish your goals.
Nick Vujicic – Website
I don’t know if there is a person who wouldn’t get inspired while listening to Nick. Nick Vujicic was born with no arms and no legs. Yet, he is a very happy man and he lives life with joy. He is also a funny guy with a good sense of humor. And Vujicic tells jokes in his speeches and pokes fun at himself.
He teaches the importance of determination and never giving up. And quitting is not in his vocabulary. He believes nothing is impossible. And Vujicic stresses the value of not focusing on what you cannot do instead of focusing in life on what you can control and what you can do.
My favorite quote is – The challenges in our lives are there to STRENGTHEN our CONVICTIONS. They are NOT there to run us over.
My favorite speech – No legs, No hands, No worries.
His best book – Life without limits: Inspiration for a ridiculously good life
Arnold Schwarzenegger – Website
Arnold Schwarzenegger envisions the goals that he wants to achieve then he does whatever it takes to achieve that goal. He does not care about critics or naysayers. Schwarzenegger focuses on believing in himself and using his immense work-ethic, strong self-discipline, and determination to accomplish his goals.
Schwarzenegger’s speeches talk about how success can be difficult to obtain. But, you have to be stubborn and willing to conquer any obstacles you may encounter. And it is important to follow your heart to pursue what you want to accomplish in your life. Schwarzenegger talks about how you need to ask yourself who do you want to be?
My favorite quote is – Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.
My favorite speech – 6 Rules Of Success
His best book – Total Recall: My unbelievably true life story
Zig Ziglar – Website
A talented author and motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar has an appeal that transcends barriers of age, culture, and occupation. Since 1970, he has traveled over five million miles across the world delivering powerful life improvement messages, cultivating the energy of change.
My favorite quote – What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.
My favorite speech – I really hate my job
His best book – Secrets of closing the sale
Dr. Wayne W.Dyer – Website
Dr. Wayne Dyer has written many books and featured many programs on PBS. Although born into poverty Dr. Dyer overcame this to live his dreams. Some of Dr. Dyer’s motivational speaking programs include The Power of Intention; Change your Thoughts, Change your Life; Your Ultimate Calling and Excuses begone, among others. Dyer proceeded to build on his success with lecture tours, a series of audiotapes, and regular publication of new books. He often recounted anecdotes from his family life, and repeatedly used his own life experience as an example. His self-made man success story was a part of his appeal.
My favorite quote – Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.
My favorite speech – Your reality is created by your thoughts
His best book – Wishes Fulfilled: Mastering the art of manifesting
Jim Rohn – Website
Jim Rohn has helped many people achieve success, including fellow motivational speaker Anthony Robbins. Rohn is known for his powerful speeches that hit the mind and the soul so you are more than ready to get out there and make your dreams come true.
My favorite quote – If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.
My favorite speech – Use Your Own Mind
His best book – My philosophy for successful living
Your turn now..
Which motivational speakers would you add to the list? Please share your thoughts in the comments below and I will update the article according to the comments.
P.S. As the article was getting a lot of comments and the list was rather incomplete, I decided to do another article. You can read Top 10 Motivational Speakers – Parth Two by clicking here.