9 Inspiring Speakers in History

Powerful charismatic speakers throughout history have shaped society and impacted countless lives. This guide explores some of the most incredible speakers in the world and they were able to shape change.

  • Release Date: 16 March 2023
  • Update Date: 21 May 2024
  • Author: Speaker Agency

1) J. F. Kennedy

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Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States. He was a powerful speaker who could easily captivate and maintain control of an audience. His words carried and many of his speeches are instantly recognisable. He used speeches to win elections or inspire the country when he was in power. 

Kennedy was known for his fantastic use of tone to emphasise a message which he needed to convey. He would also regularly repeat the main message throughout the speech to ensure that it reached the audience. People who saw Kennedy speak often viewed him as authentic and genuine. He is still considered one of the most inspiring speakers in American history. 

2) Winston Churchill


Another Head of State, Churchill is widely known for being in power in the UK during the time of the Second World War. He led the country to victory and his speeches are still quoted to this day. However, it is interesting to note that he initially found it difficult to speak publically. It took him a little time to speak with authority. 

When he spoke, Churchill made a point to use language that suggested he was one of the people and with them through times of trouble. The best motivational speakers still use this tactic today. He spoke with confidence and inspired an entire country when they needed a powerful leader the most. 

3) Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey amazed audiences for years with her incredible speeches. She has often completed TEDx talks and is known for being able to change the opinion of an audience over a short period. Similar to J.F.K., she commonly repeated her theme throughout her speeches.

She also made a clear focus on both thanks and gratitude. Her most significant speeches include “Learn From Every Mistake” and “Your Truth Is The Most Powerful Tool.”

4) Tony Robbins

Tony Robbins is often considered to be one of the top 10  motivational speakers in the world. He has spoken in front of millions of people over the course of his career. Robbins is an author, coach, best selling author and motivational speaker. 

He has a powerful voice which ensures that his messages are easy to understand. His speeches are focused on encouraging people to take more control of their life and ensure that they can live with the right level of purpose. 

His style is somewhere between Gary Vaynerchuk and Nick Vujicic.

5) Brene Brown

Brene Brown is unique because during her speeches she takes a scientific approach. She will always back up anything she says with empirical evidence. This helps ensure that her speeches feel more authentic. 

Her speeches often revolve around topics such as shame, vulnerability, as well as empathy. She has a clear focus on helping people understand humanness and tends to connect her speeches to turning points in her own life. She has helped countless people change their life by offering a new outlook. 

6) Martin Luther King Jr


Martin Luther King Jr was a Civil Rights Activist and an American Minister. He is often viewed as the most provoking speaker ever to walk the earth. It’s difficult to find anyone who doesn’t know a little of his “I Have A Dream” speech. 

He attempted to use his speeches to argue for peaceful resolutions to the issues of racism that still plague America and many other countries around the world to this day. He was able to make his speeches visual and ensure that people in the audience could see his point clearly. He ensured that his speeches had high levels of clarity and consistency so that he was always able to demonstrate the ideas that he represented. 

7) Mister Rogers

Fred Rogers is another unique example of a motivational speaker. His speeches were directed toward children and he provided practical advice to them through his shows. His speeches had such an impact that they earned him both a Presidential Medal of Freedom and a Peabody Award. 

Rogers regularly used rhetoric to ensure that he could communicate effectively with virtually any audience including children. He even appeared during a senate committee, arguing to save the funding his show needed to continue. 

8) Harvey Milk


Harvey Milk was the first openly gay man to be elected to office in California. He won his seat in 1977 and provided a memorable and perhaps devastating “Give Them Hope” speech. This was part of the California Gay Freedom Day. 

The speech occurred just months before he was assassinated however the speech was focused on providing hope to those who had none. Despite the fact that his time was cut tragically short, his speeches were powerful and significant to many. 

9) Mel Robbins

World renowned podcaster, best selling Mel Robbins is  a popular motivational speaker.

Inspiring people to make a positive change in their lives. Author of New York Times best selling The High 5 Habit and Number one best selling % Second Rule, Mel Robbins’s 6 books sold several million copies. Mel is digital entrepreneur with home production team that can transform a virtual event into a memorable interactive experience.

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