21 Motivational Speakers That Will Rock Your Next Event

Are you ready to head back to in-person events? I know we are!

According to Inc Magazine, 96% of event planners are planning to go back to in-person events this year.

And their main incentive to bring people out of their pandemic hibernation? Motivational speakers!

So we’ve updated our list from a few years ago to include some of the speakers that we’ve seen at some of the top marketing events and leadership conferences.

A Return To In-Person Events To Inspire Attendees

Kickstarting motivation to grow your business and career after two years of pandemic uncertainty can be difficult, to say the least.

As with most life skills, it’s important for business leaders to master something personally before attempting to pass it on to employees, family members, friends, and business associates.

Many of us are starting to return to traditional or hybrid work settings, but bringing a heightened level of anxiety (and sensing the same in others).

Some of us are suffering from a previously unheard-of ailment known as “Zoom Fatigue.” It can be challenging to navigate this new work environment while also remaining inspired.

Of course, productivity always provides the key to remaining successful, whether that is professionally or personally.

The speakers listed below offer expertise on a wide range of topics to help you increase motivation and productivity to ensure you have an amazing year. They just might provide the boost your organization needs to bring your engines back to full throttle.

Speaking = Giving

While I’ve been listed as a top motivational speaker, and a top business keynote speaker in the past, I wanted to share the love and list out some speakers who inspire others and who are at the forefront of their fields.

The spark that drives people to greatness resonates across all sectors and pushes people towards success regardless of their background.

So if you’re looking for someone who can inspire change and connect with people no matter the situation, or even if you just want awesome content for your event, you need to find speakers with universal insight that delves deeper than just crunching numbers and selling products.

What makes a really awesome motivational speaker?

Personal success does not equal speaking ability. The greatest motivational speaker aren’t just the ones who have achieved success in business but those who know how to practically share their insights with others.

Here are several speakers that motivate and inspire with all of their keynotes:

John Hall

Few speakers engage with an audience the way John Hall does. John is all about leaving a speech with clear takeaways, and he is willing to go the extra mile to make sure that happens.

Author of the bestselling book Top of Mind, his speeches cover content marketing, thought leadership, personal branding, and more.

Ravishankar Gundlapalli

Author of The Art of Mentoring, Ravishankar Gundlapalli wants to help audiences reach their full potential. Founder and CEO of MentorCloud, Ravi gives audiences the tools necessary to connect and learn from the right mentors in order to grow their success. If you feel your team is in need of some guidance, Ravi is the speaker for you.

Mary Lyons

In the top 1% of the financial industry nationwide, Mary Lyons wants to educate audiences on a variety of financial planning, financial investment, and financial management topics. She believes that your financial strategy should be constantly evolving and her wealth of knowledge can educate any audience on financial planning.

Jaime Taets

Jaime Taets is a strong believer that leadership and a change-resilient culture are the foundation of any successful business. CEO of Keystone Group International, she specializes in identifying growth prohibiting factors in your business. If you want to make your business more efficient and prone to growth, Jaime is a great speaker to motivate your audience.

John Ruhlin

A company’s culture is becoming extremely important in today’s job market. John Ruhlin understands that and provides the tools necessary to transform your work environment into a happy, healthy workspace. Author of Giftology and keynote topics ranging from appreciative selling and leadership to the “referability” factor, John is a great speaker to captivate your audience.

Justin Donald

Justin Donald‘s main goal is to show audiences how to build sustainable financial freedom. Author of The Lifestyle Investor, Justin teaches audiences how to build passive income in order to achieve their dreams. His speeches explain simple, proven ways to grow your wealth and create lasting financial freedom.

Gene Hammett

Gene Hammett is an executive coach who helps founders and CEOs create new company growth. After studying the leadership of fast-growth companies — the Inc 5000 — Gene discovered how their approach to leadership activates new strategies for growth. He is a best-selling author, keynote speaker, and the founder of the Growth Think Tank, recognized as a top podcast for leaders by Inc.com and Entrepreneur.com.

Brittany Hodak

Brittany Hodak is all about turning your customers into your superfans to accelerate your business’s success. Her model is simple, straightforward, and proven effective. She offers a wide variety of speaking programs that can be customized to any audience.

Shep Hyken

A positive customer service experience is crucial for the success of a business. Shep Hyken is a customer service expert and CAO, or Chief Amazement Officer, at Shepard Presentations. Customer engagement, customer service, and creating customer loyalty are a few of the topics he covers in his keynote speeches. His speeches will leave your audience with tools they can implement immediately, making him a very useful speaker.

Kerry Goyette

Founder of Aperio Consulting Group and behavioral science expert, Kerry Goyette offers a unique approach to her keynote speeches. She wants to help companies construct the most effective teams to maximize performance. Kerry offers expertise in workplace analytics, organizational development, and leadership training just to name a few.

Gordie Bufton

Too often, many of us are left unfulfilled and unhappy by our work. Author of The Connection Effect and Eluding Reality, Gordie Bufton wants to help audiences live in the present moment. From a troubled addict to a now thriving entrepreneur, Gordie offers a unique perspective for audiences to fulfill their life, both personally and professionally.

Mark Lachance

Mark Lachance, CEO of Maxy Media Inc., is all about leadership development. Author of the bestselling book The Lucky Formula, his formula for blitzscaling companies and organizations can be extremely beneficial for teams who want to promote rapid growth. Mark is a great speaker to book if your team needs an extra boost of motivation.

Alex Demczak

Alex Demczak, the author of Thrive U, is a former SEC quarterback for the Missouri Tigers. Alex is an inspiring communicator, facilitator, and trainer who challenges businesses, schools, sports teams, and non-profits to maximize their potential and make a difference. Alex frequently delivers keynotes and conducts training programs based on The Power of Positive Leadership and The Power of a Positive Team.

Lena Requist

Lena Requist creates leaders. She is the founder of Driver’s Ed, a productivity course designed to put people in the driver’s seat of their professional lives as well as the president of Ontraport, a CRM and automation platform. Lena is also the founder of Ontraport Women in Business, a community that empowers over 300 women to make the most out of their careers. Lena’s enthusiasm for helping others makes her a powerful speaker on subjects like professional development and female empowerment.

Tracey Grace

Tracey Grace has grit. Before breaking into tech by founding IBEX IT Business Experts, Tracey led successful sales teams at companies like Learning Tree and FedEx. At IBEX, she helps organizations like NASA and Amazon implement and train workers on cutting-edge technologies. Although her professional expertise lies in IT governance and change management, she’s a uniquely powerful authority on topics like diversity, networking, and leadership.

Chris Schembra

Few people fit the definition of a renaissance man like Chris Schembra. At his day job as the founder of 7:47, a relationship-building dinner service, Schembra helps business leaders communicate gratitude over shared meals. Outside of 7:47 Schembra, is an award-winning Broadway producer, real estate manager, and marketing consultant. Personal development, gratitude, and entrepreneurship are topics well within Schembra’s wheelhouse.

Mada Seghete

Mada Seghete is a fantastic case study of what it means to stay agile in today’s world. Originally a software engineer, Mada has since founded Branch, a deep linking platform that services clients like Yelp, Tinder, and Starbucks. Mada speaks about her experiences in companies of all kinds and how staying at the cutting edge of what’s going on in tech and business keeps you a cut above the competition.

Andrew Thomas

As one of the chief architects behind smart home company SkyBell, Andrew Thomas has established himself as one of the leading experts on both the Internet of Things and company growth in general. As a thinker, Andrew’s greatest asset is his radical honesty on what makes companies grow and what gets people motivated. Making growth happen both personally and professionally is one of the many things that Andrew such a valuable speaker.

Scott Stratten

Scott Stratten is changing the way people think about marketing. In addition to writing five bestselling books, Scott has established himself as a thought leader in an increasingly fractured marketing landscape. Keeping your eyes on what’s important can be difficult in a distracted and technology-focused world, but Scott’s speaking has a special way of getting people to understand how to forge ahead in their field.

Brian Scudamore

As a college student looking for a way to pay tuition, Brian Scudamore spent his last $700 to buy a used truck. Brian went on to turn that purchase into the world’s largest junk removal service, 1-800-GOT-JUNK and create a series of well known home service brands. No wonder, then, that when Brian speaks about business, tenacity, and being willing to fail, people listen. Brian has shared his wisdom at events like Fortune’s Small Business Magazine national conference and television shows ranging from Undercover Boss to the View.

Bob Glazer

Few speakers can offer expertise on stimulating and influencing others like Bob Glazer. Bob is the CEO of Acceleration Partners where he’s been named the 2nd best CEO of small and medium sized companies in America by GlassDoor. In addition to leading a successful organization, Bob is renowned for his ability to connect with people of all kinds on a daily basis at his work. Bob’s speaking can bring some of that human-centered thinking to your workplace.

I hope you found this list helpful.

And if you want to book me for a presentation that motivates your audience on understanding exactly what content marketing is, or how to deal with mean people who suck in your business, just contact me now.

Michael Brenner  is a Top CMO, Content Marketing and Digital Marketing Influencer, an international keynote speaker, author of "Mean People Suck" and "The Content Formula" and he is the CEO and Founder of Marketing Insider Group, a leading Content Marketing Agency . He has worked in leadership positions in sales and marketing for global brands like SAP and Nielsen, as well as for thriving startups. Today, Michael helps build successful content marketing programs for leading brands and startups alike. Subscribe here for regular updates.

4 thoughts on “21 Motivational Speakers That Will Rock Your Next Event

  1. How does one get in touch with these speakers if they are interested in booking them for an event?

    1. Hi Leeanne,

      I would reach out to them on LinkedIn. That’s where most of my speaking leads come in! If there’s someone specific you want to reach, let me know. Chances are I know them personally!

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