Top 20 Motivational Speakers To Inspire Your Workforce

Looking to inspire your team - and business - to greatness in 2023 and beyond? Discover the best motivational speakers to generate a positive response from your workers now.

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  • Release Date: 20 January 2023
  • Update Date: 21 May 2024
  • Author: Speaker Agency
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Ensuring that employees feel engaged in the workplace is one of the most important challenges that you’ll ever face as a business owner or manager. Hiring popular motivational speakers like Les Brown or Robin Sharma to give your workers an inspiring and insightful talk is one of the most effective ways to generate immediate and long-term results.

Given that employees are 20% more productive and 87% less likely to resign when they are engaged, hiring a guest speaker is one of the best decisions you could ever make. They can bring a different perspective to help employees turn obstacles into opportunities while also enabling them to see their career from a wider lens. Still, only the top motivational speakers will yield the best results for your organisation.

In today’s climate, motivational speeches can be conducted via video as well as through in person appearances. It can be particularly rewarding for teams that are split across multiple venues, it also reduces the costs to help you attract the best motivational speakers in the world. 

If you are looking for the best motivational speakers in the world or the best motivational speakers in the UK, the following list of top motivational speakers will point you in the right direction. As well as being experts in their fields, they each have the ability to relate their personal journeys to many different industries while captivating audiences with their engaging personalities. Quite simply, they are the best in the business.

1) Caspar Craven

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Caspar Craven is one of the most inspirational speakers - in the UK and globally. Caspar is a celebrated thought leader in managing high performance teams and high stakes situations. As a motivational speaker, he has an elegant stage presence. What makes Caspar’s keynotes stand out is the fact that they are all rooted in lived experience in corporate and personal life. 

Caspar talks about Re-thinking the Rules of High-Performance Teamwork: New ways to build the resilience and commitment of your team. New techniques for learning and skills acquisition. How to move from a blame culture to building trust. 

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2) Mel Robbins

Inspiring motivational speaker, best selling author and podcast host Mel Robbins, talks about constructive lasting change and how to achieve it.

3) Felicity Aston MBE

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In 2012, Felicity Aston MBE became the first woman to ski alone across Antarctica. 

As an experienced guest speaker, Aston is a popular choice for both corporate conferences and executive training. The stories from her lifetime of expeditions teach perseverance while helping audiences develop a feeling of potential and opportunity in a range of career-based environments.

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4) Alexandra Adams

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When looking at popular motivational speakers who show audiences that they get the chance to write their own destinies, Alexandra Adams stands out as one of the UK’s premier candidates. As well as a motivational speaker, she is an avid solo traveller, writer, published poet, artist, ex-GB swimmer and skier. She has accomplished all of those things as the UK’s first deaf-blind trainee doctor, proving that anything is possible even when the odds are against you. The removal of limiting beliefs can change everything.

Stories aren’t only limited to the healthcare, sports, and travel sectors. Alexandra connects with audiences big and small across multiple business sectors. In addition to fascinating tales, she shows how modern tech can be utilised to its potential - helping workers overcome obstacles and businesses create innovative products.

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5) Ella Podmore MBE

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IET’s Young Woman Engineer of the Year in 2020  Ella Podmore MBE is materials engineer at Mclaren and a globally sought after keynote speaker.

She regularly delivers  talks about Women in STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), Equality and Diversity. 

As well as detailing her own successes, she passionately explains the future of the STEM arena and how upcoming trends can support businesses at the employee level as well as the organisational level. And the benefits can be felt by firms across all industries as all companies now rely heavily on the latest developments.

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6) Nicola Adams OBE

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Nicola Adams OBE sits at the very top table of British sporting icons. She became the first female boxer to win the Olympic Gold medal at London 2012. She subsequently defended  her title at Rio 2016. 

As a motivational speaker, Nicola inspires audiences through the brutally honest retellings of her personal journey. As an openly gay woman, she is one of the world’s top motivational speakers on addressing both LGBTQ+ and racial discrimination issues.And achieving goals.

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7) Mark Denton

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Mark Denton is a multiple award-winning keynote speaker specialising in lessons on leadership, teamwork and resilience. And those lessons come from experience after he led a team of amateurs to success in what is dubbed the toughest round-the-world yacht race. His talks help audiences learn how to “navigate the storm” by focusing on three principles (Safe, Happy and Fast).

If  you want to learn how to cultivate physical, emotional, and psychological safety, Mark’s inspiring speeches are the perfect solution. Making him one of the very top motivational speakers. 

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8) Aldo Kane

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Aldo Kane is one of the UK’s greatest motivational speakers, and not least because he is one of the most familiar faces in the field of extreme exploration.

As a hard-hitting journalist working in extreme situations, Aldo is not afraid to discuss topics with honesty. His topics of conversation include Lessons from the Edge, Emotional Intelligence, and Resilience and Mental Strength. Given their importance in business - as well as life - his talks have become a hit with businesses around the globe.

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9) Dr Reena Kotecha

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Dr Reena Kotecha is a globally sought after Keynote speaker and Organisational Wellbeing Consultant. She is also an  International Advisory Board Member for Headspace Health, and a  Mindfulness Research Advisor at University of Cambridge.

From Mindful Self Compassion to Creating Psychological Safety Reena has a great repertoire of keynote speakers. Reena keynotes are inspiring people from all backgrounds; surgeons, technologists, cosmetics to finance.

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10) Chris Moon MBE

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Chris Moon MBE is one of the most famous motivational speakers in the UK, transforming mindsets by helping audiences redefine the concept of what is possible. He completed the London Marathon just one year after leaving hospital following the loss of his lower arm and leg following a landmine explosion on a charity endeavour.

In addition to providing bespoke motivational speeches, he can cover dedicated areas such as sales, leadership, diversity, and change management. 

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11) Tony Robbins

Tony Robbins is a global superstar. A world renowned speaker, author, coach and mentor. He is one of the best motivational speakers in world business. Especially appealing to anyone that has read Unlimited Power, Unleash the Power Within or Awaken the Giant Within all of which sold over a million copies. 

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12) Dr. Michael Gervais

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Dr. Michael Gervais is one of the top 10 best motivational speakers in the world. A high performance psychologist who works with clients at the elite echelons of sports, entertainment, and business. 

Michael Gervais worked with Felix Baumgartner on the Redbull Stratos Project. He is responsible for saving the project by guiding Felix to overcome the high level of anxiety and fear of closed spaces.

From resilience to consistency and commitment, his speeches will show employees how to become winners in their own rights. This includes redefining success so that it can be a catalyst for ongoing productivity.

13) Jamil Qureshi

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Globally recognised as an expert in high performance psychology and business coaching, Jamil Qureshi is one of the top 10 motivational speakers in his field. He has featured on several ‘most influential people’ lists for golf and sport. Supported hundreds of top athletes including six world #1s. 

Jamil uses performance enhancing psychology to promote high performance teams across a wide range of business verticals. He is available for personal appearances and virtual meetings, delivering content in leadership, goal setting, and personal development.

His humorous yet engaging approach to keynote speaking will deliver a memorable experience for everyone in the audience. An immediate mindset shift that can inspire sustained productivity and strategic thinking at an individual, team, and organisational level.

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14) Tom Bilyeau

Tom Bilyeau is a graduate of the University of Southern California and is one of the greatest motivational speakers to upload weekly content on YouTube. In fact, he has over 3 million subscribers who tune in to hear his wisdom on a range of topics.

Relevant subjects for business include the ‘10x Your Productivity’ and ‘Find Your Purpose’. His in person keynote appearances and virtual speeches are bespoke for the client. So, your business and workforce will receive content that is tailored to its needs.

He is the brain behind Impact Theory and the co-founder of Quest Nutrition, showing his capabilities across multiple sectors.

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15) Nick Vujicic

Born with Phocomelia, a rare condition meaning he has no limbs, Nick Vujicic has become a New York Times best-selling author, entrepreneur, and sought motivational speaker in the world. His speeches on turning obstacles into opportunities have supported thousands of people through live audiences and millions more through online videos, virtual events, and podcasts. He is also the brain behind the Attitude Is Altitude Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Curriculum.

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16) Brene Brown

Brene Brown is a superbly inspiring keynote speaker, author, podcast host, and lecturer. Her motivational speeches cover a wide range of subjects that can be framed to work within business landscapes.

Examples include the Imperative of Owning Our Stories and A Courageous Approach to Feedback. Her highly engaging and emotive speeches help individuals relate key themes back to their personal journeys, enabling them to consider their personal journeys and achievements.

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17) Gary Vaynerchuk

Outspoken, driven and inspiring Gary Vaynerchuck is known for accurately guessing business and technology trends as well as their impact and uptake on wider society.

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