Motivational Speakers

Energize, motivate, and inspire your audience with motivational stories that inspire peak performance. Our renowned motivational speakers list is comprised of motivational speakers in the U.S.A. and around the world. They are leaders in sports, business, the military, and more, and they share standing-ovation-worthy stories about pushing past limits, overcoming adversity, and thriving in challenging environments. With our expansive roster of motivational keynote speakers, we'll find a speaker that fits your event like a glove.

Our Motivational Speakers

Leading Authorities, Inc. speakers bureau represents the motivational speaker or the inspirational speaker who is the right mix of entertaining and educational for your group. The insights and stories from these motivational celebrity speakers are so engaging that they stay with audiences long after the keynote is over. Some of our types of motivational speakers include, but are not limited to:

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Olympic Champion Swimmer; 10x Olympic Medalist, 21x World Champion, 14x World Record Breaker

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Katie Ledecky is a 10-time Olympic Medalist (seven Gold, three Silver) and 21-time World Championship Gold Medalist, the most for any female swimmer. She has broken 14 World Records and 37 American Records in her career. Katie was the most decorated female athlete at both Tokyo and Rio Games and had the most decorated single Olympics performance ever by a U.S. female athlete in Rio. Katie’s success has earned her USA Swimming’s Golden Goggles Award as Female Swimmer of the Year an unprecedented eight times. A recent graduate of Stanford University, Katie is passionate about the importance of education, especially STEM and leadership programs for girls. Katie went home with more hardware at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics - two gold medals and two silver medals, making her the most decorated female swimmer in individual events of all time. She also made history by winning gold at the first ever 1500m women’s event.

Legendary "Iron Man" of Baseball

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  • Local: $35,001 - $55,000*
  • US East: $75,001 and up*
  • US West: $75,001 and up*
  • Europe: $75,001 and up*
  • Asia: $75,001 and up*
One of the true legends of baseball, "Iron Man" Cal Ripken, Jr. broke several professional records during his 21 seasons, but none is as sacred as his consecutive-games-played record. Shattering Lou Gehrig's streak of 2,131 games by more than 500, Ripken displayed perseverance, endurance, and an everyday work ethic that endeared him to fans, transformed him into a national icon, and some argue, even saved baseball at its darkest moment. An inspirational speaker, philanthropist, businessman, and best-selling author, Cal Ripken, Jr. is the personification of leadership, commitment, and excellence. In warm and witty presentations filled with stories from his illustrious career, he shares how his keys to success apply to both the business world as well as the baseball field.

Astrophysicist, Former Space Science Education Lead for NASA, & Inspirational Speaker

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Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi, author the critically acclaimed memoir, A Quantum Life: My Unlikely Journey from the Streets to the Stars, is an internationally-recognized astrophysicist, science TV personality, and global education advocate who has had a long, distinguished career in academia, scientific research, and motivational speaking.

Army Ranger School Graduate, Leadership and Peak Performance Expert

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  • Local: $10,001 - $20,000*
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  • Europe: $20,001 - $35,000*
  • Asia: $20,001 - $35,000*

Lisa Jaster is one of only three women to graduate from the first integrated United States Army Ranger program, which is one of the most difficult combat training courses in the world, and she was the first female Army Reserve officer to become Ranger qualified. Lisa continues to demonstrate that barriers are meant to be broken and exemplifies how perseverance and hard work are absolutely essential to achieving your goals. Filled with humorous stories and moving anecdotes, her talks leave audiences inspired to push past adversity no matter the cost and better their lives.

Record-Breaking Explorer & Repeat TED Speaker

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  • Local: $10,001 - $20,000*
  • US East: $35,001 - $55,000*
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  • Europe: $10,001 - $20,000*
  • Asia: $35,001 - $55,000*
Polar explorer, TED speaker, and record-breaking long-distance skier Ben Saunders fuses the spirit of adventure with impressive technical ingenuity. He has five North Pole expeditions under his belt and is best known for leading one of the most ambitious expeditions in a century. Humble and self-effacing, he is an explorer of limits and his message is one of inspiration, empowerment, and boundless potential. He explores the dichotomy between ideas and action and urges audiences to consider carefully how to spend the “tiny amount of time we each have on this planet.”

World-Class Blind Adventurer

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  • Local: $55,001 - $75,000*
  • US East: $55,001 - $75,000*
  • US West: $55,001 - $75,000*
  • Europe: $75,001 and up*
  • Asia: $55,001 - $75,000*

For the best motivation story, Erik Weihenmayer is one of the most sought-after keynote speakers in the world. Despite losing his vision at age 14, he is an accomplished climber, paraglider, skier, and kayaker who never allows blindness interfere with his passion for pursuing an exhilarating and fulfilling life. Erik brings audiences a powerful message about harnessing the power of adversity as fuel for greatness, emphasizing the importance of building a strong “Rope Team,” and illuminating how to develop a “No Barriers Mindset.”

Retired NASA Astronaut, Rocket Scientist, Electrical Engineer, & Third African American Woman in Space

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  • Local: $20,001 - $35,000*
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  • Europe: $35,001 - $55,000*
  • Asia: $55,001 - $75,000*
A NASA astronaut, Joan Higginbotham is a trailblazing electrical engineer who in December 2006, flew aboard Space Shuttle Discovery to become the third African American woman to travel into space. Over the nearly 13-day mission, she joined the seven-member crew to continue construction of the International Space Station (ISS), embarking on four space walks and operating the station’s robotic arm. Sharing captivating insights from her 20-year distinguished career with NASA, Higginbotham inspires audiences with her personal journey of breaking barriers into space and beyond. Taking groups aboard the International Space Station and sharing her lessons-learned along the way, she highlights the keys to succeeding in her missions – including preparation, perseverance, and never giving up – and how these tactics can be applied to any endeavor.

Renowned Business Leader, CEO of EXOS the Performance Coaching Company, Former President of Equinox, Former Global President of Gatorade, Former Marketing Director at Nike and the Virgin Group

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Executive, activist, and entrepreneur, Sarah Robb O’Hagan is described by the media as everything from “Superwoman undercover” to the “Queen of the Jocks” to the ultimate example of where fierce business woman, mother, and fitness fanatic combine for an unbelievable motivational business speaker. Named among Forbes “Most Powerful Women in Sports” and recognized as one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business,” Sarah's career includes leadership roles at some of the world’s most iconic brands. She is the former CEO of Flywheel Sports, former President of Gatorade, former Director at Nike, and an internationally recognized re-inventor of brands. She is the founder of Extreme Living, a consultancy focused on bringing the best out of individuals and organizations.

Grammy-Nominated Creator of "Poetic Voice" & Inspirational Speaker

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  • US East: $55,001 - $75,000*
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  • Europe: $55,001 - $75,000*
  • Asia: $75,001 and up*

A school teacher turned actor, musician, two-time national poetry slam champion, entrepreneur, and award-winning poetic voice, any given day may now find Sekou keynoting at a leadership conference, helping a Fortune 500 company with brand messaging, or even performing pieces for Barack Obama in Oprah’s backyard. Sekou is the creator of Poetic Voice, a new, cutting-edge speaking category that seamlessly fuses inspirational speaking with spoken word poetry to make messages more moving and memorable. For over 15 years, Sekou Andrews has been helping the world’s largest organizations deliver relevant information with riveting inspiration through an innovative, unconventional category of speaking called “Poetic Voice.”

Inspirational Changemaker in Science & Society; Cutting-Edge Communicator; Founder & Director of the Ramsey Research Foundation

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  • US East: $20,001 - $35,000*
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  • Europe: $20,001 - $35,000*
  • Asia: $35,001 - $55,000*
One of only a handful of African Americans to earn a PhD in entomology, Dr. Sammy Ramsey is an inspirational science leader and communicator who has defied the odds to achieve his dreams and is a testament to the power of grit, determination, and an unwavering commitment to one’s purpose. When people said he didn’t have what it took to make his mark in entomology, he proved them wrong by making a breakthrough discovery in the field of bee research — one that could potentially reverse a devastating pandemic in bee populations. And when people told him he didn’t “look” like a scientist, he remained true to himself and redefined what a scientist could look like. Dr. Ramsey has mastered the art of unconventional thinking to arrive at innovative solutions to some of the most significant challenges shaping the future of our society and teaches organizations and individuals how they can do the same as they address their most-pressing challenges in business and life head-on.

Celebrity Chef, Decorated U.S. Army Combat Veteran, Mental Health & Wellness Advocate, TV Host

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  • US East: $55,001 - $75,000*
  • US West: $35,001 - $55,000*
  • Europe: $75,001 and up*
  • Asia: $75,001 and up*
A powerhouse presence in the world’s most famous kitchens and as a mental health and wellness advocate, Andre Rush is a celebrity chef and decorated U.S. Army combat veteran with more than 20 years of service. Renowned as the White House Chef with 24-inch biceps, Chef Rush served through the administrations of Presidents Clinton, Bush, Obama, and Trump, gaining international attention for his unmistakable muscular physique when a picture of him preparing a meal on the White House lawn went viral and received more than one hundred million views. He uses his platform to advocate on behalf of our nation’s veterans, while also sharing important messages about wellness, individual and collective growth, and the moments that shape who we are.

Major League Baseball Manager & Retired Baseball Player

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A heavy-hitter in the dugout and on the baseball diamond during his playing career, Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker has been a cornerstone presence of Major League Baseball across seven decades and is among the league’s most storied leaders as both a manager and a player. In 2022, Baker led the Astros on a historic run all the way to winning the World Series — becoming part of an elite club of people who have won the World Series as both a player and a manager, and cementing his legacy as a serial winner and team builder who excels when the game is on the line.

Adventurer, Author, First & Only Woman to Kayak the Amazon River from Source to Sea

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  • Asia: $20,001 - $35,000*
An adventurer, record-setter, and boundary-breaker, Darcy Gaechter is best known as the first woman - and member of the first team - to kayak the Amazon River from source to sea. The journey required her crew to paddle over 4,000 miles across the widest part of South America, a voyage that took 148 days to complete. She is also the author of The Kayaker’s Guide to Ecuador and Amazon Woman, an adventure memoir detailing her Amazon River expedition and the life challenges she faced to get there – the rights of which have been purchased to turn her story into a movie. Gaechter inspires audiences with her personal journey of overcoming obstacles and making the impossible possible – sharing useful tactics to take on even the most daunting of challenges and demonstrating how a strong belief in yourself and in your goal are key ingredients to any success.

Founder, Kindness Factory; Resilience Expert

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  • Local: $10,001 - $20,000*
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  • US West: $10,001 - $20,000*
  • Europe: $20,001 - $35,000*
  • Asia: $20,001 - $35,000*

A testament to the power of the human spirit, Kath Koschel is a survivor who has overcome incredible odds and unimaginable tragedy to inspire ordinary people to do extraordinary things. Koschel is formerly an elite cricketer and Ironman competitor whose world came crashing down when she broke her back twice in the span of five years and was told she’d never walk again. Instead, she faced the challenges head-on and defied all medical prognoses by teaching herself to walk again on three separate occasions. Driven by a passion to spread gratitude in the world, she founded Kindness Factory with the goal of encouraging one million acts of kindness and helping people find the light during dark times — just as she has done so many times.

Inspirational Keynote Speaker, Best Selling Author, TV Host, & Founder of the 100things Movement

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  • Europe: $20,001 - $35,000*
  • Asia: $20,001 - $35,000*
Known worldwide for pursuing an incredible list of 100 Things that he wants to achieve before he dies, Sebastian Terry’s story is surprisingly not about a bucket list. It’s about something more far reaching: Permission, choice, growth, and connection. Affected by a curious mind and the death of a close friend, Sebastian experienced a moment in his life where he asked himself a simple question: “Am I happy?”. The answer was NO and so he decided to pen down a list of 100 Things that he’d always wanted to achieve. Sebastian's incredible story has grown from an entertaining tale of adventure into a global philanthropic movement that engages a growing tribe of hundreds of thousands to not just set meaningful goals, but pull the trigger and achieve them—all while helping others do the same. Guaranteed to make you laugh, cry, and inspire motivation, his talk will re-engage, connect, and inspire your organization to move forward as one.
Make A Difference With Motivational Speakers

As one of the largest motivational speaking agencies, we represent the best motivational speakers ever—and we’re not just saying that. They offer inspiring, one-of-a-kind experiences that captivate audiences around the globe. Their unique experiences—and natural knack for speaking in front of crowds—allow them to deliver moving stories. 

With our expansive roster of motivational keynote speakers, we’ll find a speaker that fits your event like a glove. Looking for a motivational speaker who’s an Olympic medalist to talk about the limits they pushed past to stand on the podium? Check. Looking for a motivational speaker who is also a blind adventurer? Check. How about a motivational celebrity speaker to discuss the adversity they overcame in the industry? Or an adventurer who’s been to the farthest reaches of the globe? Check and check.

Whether you are seeking top business speakers, corporate speakers, an American motivational speaker, a black motivational speaker, a life coach, youth motivational speakers, female motivational speakers, influential motivational speakers, national speakers, sales motivational speakers, business motivational speakers, or a motivational author, we have you covered. Our corporate motivational speakers cover topics such as public speaking, inspiring people, inspirational stories, public influence, how to unleash the power, the pursuit of happiness, provide pep talks, and share powerful and motivational speaker quotes. LAI's popular motivational speakers share inspirational stories through a motivated seminar or any other in-person, hybrid, or virtual format.

Leading Authorities speakers bureau provides access to inspirational, motivational, and exciting keynote speakers who are sure to catch the attention of audiences while encouraging and supporting them as well. It’s also important to note that motivational speakers accomplish more than just moving and inspiring, they have the potential to change perspectives and outlooks as well.

The Importance of Motivational Speakers

Motivational speakers are important for any type of organization in any situation. Even if employee morale is high, a motivational speaker can encourage the audience to continue feeling that way. If employee morale is low, a motivational speaker can inspire your audience to boost themselves and increase productiveness and feelings of motivation. Motivational speakers are needed to:

  • Inspire, support, reassure, and uplift employees who may be in a rut by talking about relatable experiences and hardships. Poppy Jamie, founder of Happy Not Perfect, combines her own struggle with perfectionism and life purposes with cutting-edge science to help groups tackle today’s culture of anxiety and perfection.
  • Motivational speakers can provide energy and inspiration in the workplace by boosting employee morale and ensuring everyone is on the same page. Joan Higginbotham, a retired NASA astronaut and electrical engineer, inspires audiences with her trailblazing journey into space and beyond, sharing how to tackle any endeavor like a NASA astronaut for success.
  • Motivational speakers can change the way that audiences view themselves and the world around them. Darcy Gaechter, the first woman to kayak the Amazon River, takes audiences along her heart-pounding expeditions to demonstrate the power of self-belief and perseverance in overcoming even the most daunting challenges.
  • In a world full of negatives, a motivational speaker is the positive light that everyone needs to keep them moving forward. Sebastian Terry, the creator of 100 Things Philanthropic Movement, provides a tool kit that can transfer into anyone’s personal or professional lives as they set out with a structure to conquer any goal.

Things to Consider When Choosing a Speaker for Your Event

Booking a motivational speaker can be a great way to inspire and energize your audience, but it's important to choose the right speaker to achieve success for your upcoming event. From NFL players and Navy Seals to best-selling authors and CEOs, with so many motivational speakers out there, it can be challenging to know where to start. However, by keeping a few key considerations in mind, you can find a speaker who will connect with your audience and deliver a memorable and impactful message. Continue reading to discover the critical factors to consider when booking a motivational speaker and gain some valuable insights, tips, and questions to assist you in making the optimal choice for your event.

  • Expertise and Experience: When searching for a motivational speaker, seek out someone who has a proven history of delivering impactful presentations, and possesses expertise in the specific topic or theme that aligns with your event's goals. Additionally, you may want to check for any reviews, testimonials, or referrals from previous clients to help determine the speaker's effectiveness and reliability.
  • Style and Tone: It is crucial to select a speaker whose style and tone align with your audience's preferences and your event's theme. Consider whether the speaker's delivery is high-energy and dynamic or more subdued and thoughtful to set the appropriate tone and engage your audience effectively.
  • Tailored Message: Confirm that the speaker you book can adapt their message and delivery to align with your event's objectives, audience, and theme is crucial to your event’s success. The best motivational speakers should be capable of customizing their content to cater to your audience's specific needs and interests.
  • Audience Relevance: Ensure that the motivational speaker you select can captivate your audience with a topic that is relevant to their interests and values. It is important to ensure that the speaker's message aligns with your audience's preferences.
  • Delivery Style: Assess the speaker's presentation style, which includes their utilization of visual aids, interaction with the audience, and energy level. Choosing a speaker who is ethical, professional, and cooperative, and who will portray your organization in a positive manner is crucial to your event’s success.

Qualities of Great Motivational Speakers

The most outstanding motivational speakers possess unique qualities that set them apart and leave a long-lasting impression on their audience. Aside from their expertise and ability to engage, the most exceptional speakers can adapt their message to cater to the specific interests and requirements of their audience. They are passionate about their message, which helps to inspire and motivate others, and they are always well-prepared, conducting research on the audience and event to deliver a personalized and impactful presentation. Below is a list of the top 5 qualities to consider when selecting a motivational speaker for your next event.

  1. Authenticity: An exceptional motivational speaker delivers their message with authenticity and sincerity. They share personal experiences and insights that resonate with the audience on an emotional level, creating a powerful connection. Being authentic on stage is crucial for a motivational speaker because it helps them establish a genuine connection with their audience and build trust.
  2. Adaptability: The most effective motivational speakers recognize the importance of thorough preparation before delivering a presentation. They devote time and effort to researching the audience, the event, and any other relevant factors such as the industry or organization. Through this understanding, they can create a tailored message that is relevant, engaging, and resonates with the audience. By taking the time to personalize their approach, they can deliver a more impactful presentation that fosters a strong connection with attendees and creates a memorable experience for all.
  3. Professionalism: Along with possessing excellent communication and motivational skills, a professional speaker should also demonstrate a high level of integrity, ethics, and decorum. They are well-prepared for the event and arrive on time, with appropriate attire and equipment. A professional speaker should show genuine interest and commitment towards your event’s success. Furthermore, a professional speaker should be able to represent your organization positively, aligning their message with your brand values and vision. By selecting a speaker who exemplifies professionalism in every aspect of their work, you can ensure a successful event that leaves a positive and lasting impression on attendees.
  4. Passion: A skilled motivational speaker exudes passion and conviction in their message, which can inspire audiences to take action. Their ability to motivate and empower their audience to make positive changes in their lives is a testament to their expertise and commitment. They often use personal anecdotes or real-life examples to illustrate the importance of perseverance and determination in achieving success.
  5. Engagement: Ensure that the motivational speaker you choose has the ability to keep your audience engaged and interested through their presentation, utilizing techniques such as humor and storytelling. They may also incorporate interactive elements, such as audience participation or Q&A sessions. One way to assess a speaker's engagement skills is to check their social media and watch videos from past events. This can give you a sense of their speaking style and how they connect with their audience. You can also read reviews or testimonials from previous clients to get a sense of their ability to engage and inspire.

Learn More About Us

At Leading Authorities, we take pride in representing a diverse group of powerful women and men who have overcome obstacles and achieved success in their respective fields. With our carefully curated roster of motivational people and speakers available to inspire and motivate your audience, we make it easier for you to find the perfect fit for your event. Our vast network of connections and extensive experience also enables us to help you find the perfect speaker and ensure the success of your event. Our team of dedicated professionals will work closely with you to understand your goals and objectives, providing tailored recommendations based on your specific needs. To book a powerful motivational speaker that will leave a lasting impact on your audience, contact us today to learn more about how we can help.

For more information about our expansive roster of elite keynote speakers or to book one of these talented speakers for hire for your next event or meeting, contact our team today. 

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If you are looking for a specific popular speaker not listed above, we still encourage you to contact our team as we specialize in placing hard-to-find and in-demand keynote speakers from all around the world, which may not be listed on our website.