I go to a lot of top conferences. And there are always smart marketing and leadership speakers that can talk tactics or strategy. But it’s a different skill set to truly motivate people to become better versions of themselves. I call this strategy in my own keynote speaking appearances “inspiration to action.”
I think that’s part of what separates me from many other speakers you might see. But I’m not alone. Since 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 10 of the speakers that motivate and inspire with all of their keynotes:
1. John Hall
John Hall has been featured on countless lists for being one of the best motivational speakers, and knowing John personally, I can’t disagree. He is amazing at getting audiences to develop trust touchpoints so that they are consistently engaging the people around them. His book Top of Mind has become a bestseller by spreading his motivational philosophy across the world, but seeing John deliver his wisdom in person is an invaluable experience itself.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. John Ruhlin
John Ruhlin’s unique philosophy makes him a great speaker for shaping the culture of your workplace. As the founder of The Ruhlin Group, John has worked with clients as successful and diverse as Morgan Stanley and the Chicago Cubs. John’s turned his idea of “giftology,” the unique power of gift-giving, into a bestselling book that has made waves across the business world. If you’re looking to get inspired and inspire those around you, John is a natural choice.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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 connects, just contact me now.