Top Motivational Speakers

Top 10 Motivational Speakers 2023 – Ranked & Profiled

Before we explore our list of the top 10 Motivational Speakers of 2023, let’s define what motivation is for us. At Aurum, we believe it’s the magic ingredient separating plodders from sprinters. The spark that ignites explosive achievement. And the driving force behind the world’s most successful people, many of whom we have the honor to represent and work with on a regular basis as a top speakers bureau.

But where does motivation stem from? We’re not all born in a turbo-charged state, ready to perform at 100% capacity. Luckily, motivation is infectious, and the world’s top motivational speakers are highly contagious!

At Aurum Speakers Bureau, we represent an unequaled field of professional speakers, with a diverse range of backgrounds and varied expertise. Our portfolio includes a selection of the best and most inspiring motivators.

The Top 10 Motivational Speakers in the World

It wasn’t easy, but we’ve sifted, filtered, and ranked our expert orators. The result is this list of the 10 top motivational speakers 2023. We’ll continue to edit and refine this list in the years to come, to ensure you’re always kept up to date with the latest movers and shakers!

1. Who is the Number 1 Motivational Speaker?

We rank Simon Sinek as the world’s number 1 motivational speaker. Sinek is a British-American anthropologist, serial best-selling author, professional speaker, and all-round motivator!

Several of Sinek’s keynote speaking topics are based on the themes of his best-sellers. Unlike some motivational speakers, Simon Sinek has the expertise needed to shine a light on the science of motivation. His best-known book – Start with Why – explores the way that humans are programmed to be motivated by a sense of purpose – the ‘why’ behind our existence and activities.

Start with Why was something of a slow burner. First published in 2009, it was reprinted in 2011, but ultimately became the best-selling leadership book of 2016-2017. Subsequent Simon Sinek books include Leaders Eat Last, and 2018’s The Infinite Game. Lately, Simon has been speaking all around the world about the importance of The Infinite Game and How To Lead in the 21st Century.

When he isn’t writing or jet-setting between international speaking engagements, Sinek builds customized training programs. Multinational corporations, organizations, and US Government departments have all commissioned Sinek to develop courses to unlock their teams’ full potential!

We confidently rank Simon Sinek as the number 1 motivational speaker in the world. Contact us for Simon Sinek’s speaking fees and availability to speak at your next event. Before doing so, we shall warn you: he’s very difficult to engage because of his very limited availability!

2. Mel Robbins

Mel Robbins tops the list of famous female motivational speakers. In fact, she stands alone as the most-booked female speaker in any niche. Here’s why…

Robbins began her professional life as a defense attorney, exercising her oratory powers in the courtroom. She went on to host several popular television shows, including the Mel Robbins Show, and served as a CNN legal correspondent.

But her string of best-selling self-improvement books really cemented Robbins position on the podium of top female motivational speakers. Best known of these is The 5 Second Rule. This bible of empowerment and anti-procrastination techniques was an instant smash. The 5 Second Rule was 2017’s top non-fiction title on Audible – who also named it their self-development book of the year.

Mel Robbins’ prowess as a motivational speaker matches her ability as a self-help author. How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over is among the most-watched TEDx talks in history. Her keynote speaking topics focus on issues including successful selling, female leadership, and – of course – implementing that all-powerful 5 second Rule!

Learn more about top female motivational speaker Mel Robbins.

3. Nick Vujicic

It’s difficult to think of a tougher break in life than being born without limbs. But Nick Vujicic belongs to a special breed able to take inspiration from extreme adversity. It would be easy to categorize Vujicic under the label ‘disabled motivational speakers’. But the term ‘disabled’ doesn’t seem to fit a man who’s achieved so much, against such odds.

Vujicic began public speaking at the tender age of 19. He went on to secure a double major in accountancy and financial planning two years later, but his future as a motivational speaker seemed almost destined. He gave his first talk to his local prayer group, and in the years since, Vujicic has traveled the world sharing a message of hope, resilience, and thankfulness. Nowadays, Nick Vujicic is such an excellent motivational speaker that one of his talks on Overcoming Hopelessness is one of the most watched TEDx talks of all time!

Additionally, Nick is a committed Christian evangelist, and serves as President of Life Without Limbs. This non-profit ministry is based in California, where Australian-born Vujicic now resides. He also heads AIA – Attitude is Altitude – an organization that provides learning programs for teenagers, with a focus on positive social and emotional development.

As well as establishing himself among the world’s top inspirational speakers, Nick Vujicic is also a successful author. His published works include Life Without Limits, Stand Strong, and Love Without Limits. Vujicic has also produced motivational documentaries – including the brilliantly titled No Arms, No Legs, No Worries!

Learn more about top inspirational speaker Nick Vujicic.

4. Jay Shetty

There aren’t too many former monks who’ve turned their hand to life coaching, motivational speaking, or social media stardom. So when someone does all three, it tends to get attention!

If you’re a regular viewer of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, or The Today Show, you might just know Jay Shetty’s face: He’s appeared on both. He also hosts his own YouTube channel – which boasts almost 5-million subscribers. It’s no surprise that the man who created the most-viewed Facebook video of 2018 follows the motto ‘Let’s make wisdom go viral’.

After graduating in behavioral science, Jay Shetty traveled to India. Finding himself drawn to the spiritual existence of the Vedic Monks, Shetty lived among them, spending his days in meditation or performing educational and charitable work.

Shetty’s mentor suggested that he had the potential to spread a message of inspiration far beyond India. He took the hint, and returned to London, where he became a life coach. Achievement followed achievement, and Shetty became a social media personality, responsible for the most successful HuffPost vlog. Today, Jay Shetty continues to share his pearls of wisdom online, as well as ranking among the top motivational speakers in the world!

In 2020, Shetty wrote his first book and it immediately became a worldwide bestseller: Think Like a Monk: The secret of how to harness the power of positivity and be happy now. Unsurprisingly, it is now the most requested motivational speech by Fortune 500 companies and top organizations.

Learn more about Jay Shetty and his motivational speaking topics.

5. Prince Ea

Richard Williams – widely known as Prince Ea – is the youngest motivational speaker to make our list. He’s also regularly listed among the top black motivational speakers in the world.

Prince Ea – whose name means ‘The Prince of the Earth’ in Sumerian – has one of the largest YouTube followings – with over 6-million subscribers to his channel. This innovative creator and influencer isn’t shy about tackling sensitive subjects, and his often-controversial videos regularly touch a nerve. His latest big release – Before You Catch the Virus – Watch This – explores the idea that fear is the most dangerous aspect of the Covid-19 pandemic.

But Price Ea didn’t set out to become a social media icon. After graduating with a degree in anthropology, his first professional ambition was to enter the music industry. Angered by the negative attitudes to education he encountered, Prince Ea was the force behind the Make S.M.A.R.T Cool movement.

It was in 2014 that Prince Ea transitioned from rap and hip-hop to content creation, public speaking, and social media. Today, he’s one of the most popular motivational speakers available, and is especially in demand for events with a youth focus.

Learn more about Prince Ea and contact us for a custom motivational video and keynote speech.

6. Duncan Wardle

Duncan Wardle is the epitome of “thinking outside the box,” and he has aided a number of businesses in doing so. Not only that, but his keynotes are incredibly entertaining and interactive.

Duncan was Head of Innovation & Creativity at Disney. He also worked with major studios such as Pixar, Marvel Films, Lucasfilm, and others when they needed new creative stories. His expertise is in uncovering hidden connections and inspiring people to think in new ways. And it is precisely what he emphasizes during his keynote speeches, where he inspires and revitalizes audiences all over the world.

Through his workshops, keynote speeches, and other public appearances, Duncan teaches that we must embrace innovation in order to be more human. This is the same message he’s conveyed in a number of TEDx talks.

Duncan is an excellent choice if you are looking for a motivational speaker who can inspire your audience and has a proven track record of radically boosting people’s creativity. He’s also a superb speaker on customer experience.

Learn more about Duncan Wardle, and let us help you put on an unforgettable event.

7. Nando Parrado

We all deal with traumatic events differently, but it’s safe to say that Nando Parrado has turned a story of absolute grit into a source of inspiration for everyone.

In fact, Nando was one of the few people to survive the 1972 crash of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571. He lost his mother, sister, and two friends in the crash.

Nando overcame the trauma and went on to become a famous sportsman, businessman, and television producer. But, most importantly, he chose to inspire the entire world with a story that has the potential to change people’s perceptions of life.

A story that leads you to reflect on the human ability to conquer any hurdle, whether at work or in everyday life. Throughout his keynotes, Nando emphasizes the value of surviving and thriving no matter what happens. It’s no surprise that Nando Parrado was named “Best Speaker in the World” by The World Business Forum in 2010.

Nando Parrado is an excellent pick if you’re looking for a motivational speaker who can inspire your audience to overcome any challenges.  His keynotes address various topics, including leadership, crisis management, teamwork, motivation, and dealing with one’s own fears.

Learn more about booking Nando Parrado and his inspirational story.

8. Pep Guardiola

Who better to deliver outstanding leadership and motivation speeches than someone who has led multiple football teams to victory?

Pep Guardiola started playing football when he was 13 years old and is currently the manager of Manchester City. His career began as a defender with Barcelona. He eventually became a member of the Barça Dream Team in the 1990s, helping the club win several La Liga titles, two UEFA Super Cups, and one European Cup.

Pep’s perseverance and hard work exemplify what motivation can do. In fact, he rose to the position of manager of Barcelona, where he was instrumental in the club’s success.

Pep Guardiola’s leadership enabled him to become the first manager in history to win six titles with the same team in a single season. He has also received numerous awards, including the 2020 Globe Soccer Awards Coach of the Century.

Although hiring Pep as a speaker can be challenging due to his commitments with Manchester City, he is available for keynotes on leadership and motivation during the off-season.

Learn how to book Pep Guardiola as a speaker and how his leadership skills can help you.

9. Steve Wozniak

Steve’s insightful and humorous speeches are the perfect choice for IT audiences, companies looking to motivate employees, and large events looking to feature a living business legend. In fact, he is a true icon when it comes to business speaking, entrepreneurship, creativity, and innovation.

The story of how he and Steve Jobs established Apple has inspired countless people worldwide. 

Wozniak was only a university student when he decided to take a break from his studies to co-found Apple. Still, he was able to stay grounded and finish his degree a few years later.

As a result of his work at Apple, Steve Wozniak obtained the 1985 National Medal of Technology. Although he no longer works with Apple, he still maintains close ties with the business.

Wozniak is currently an engineer of the Efforce team. Efforce is a company he co-founded in 2020 to assist in funding ecologically sustainable projects. Steve’s expertise as an engineer and outstanding computing background guarantee to leave the audience inspired to embrace change and ingenuity.

Learn how to book speaker Steve Wozniak and his speaking fees and availability.

10. Chris Gardner

Motivational speaker Chris Gardner has never let poverty or violence stop him from achieving his goals.

Chris’ story depicts how motivation and determination can propel you to pursue your wildest dreams even when you feel like you are destined for a life of poverty. In fact, after serving in the United States Navy, Chris relocated to San Francisco to work as a medical researcher and later in finance.

After a custody fight with his son’s mother, Gardner participated in Dean Witter Reynolds’ unpaid broker-training program. He worked side jobs while completing his training, leading him to be on the verge of becoming homeless. Despite this, Chris persevered and eventually founded his brokerage firm, Gardner Rich, in 1987.

Chris’ firm’s success soared to the point that he was able to sell his stake in the company and use the money to establish Christopher Gardner International Holdings.

In the same year, Chris published The Pursuit of Happyness, a best-selling book about his struggles and triumphs. The book was even adapted into a film starring Will Smith.

Chris is a fantastic keynote speaker who continues to inspire audiences all around the world by teaching perseverance, entrepreneurship, business ethics, and achieving goals no matter what life presents you with.

Learn more about Chris Gardner and his inspiring story.

Why Hire A Motivational Speaker?

Hiring a motivational speaker can help your company reach new heights.  After all, having a motivated and inspired workforce is the cornerstone to a successful business. 

When your employees are unmotivated, they are less productive, which ultimately impacts your company’s bottom line.  Motivational speakers can help you raise your employees’ enthusiasm and efficiency, leading to positive changes in your business.

Do Motivational Speakers Make A Difference?

When motivational speakers take the stage, they not only tell stories but also deliver emotions and share inspirational experiences that can change people’s lives.

Hiring a motivational speaker is a wise investment if you want to energize and encourage your employees through the power of words. 

In fact, motivational speakers have the ability to shift people’s perspectives, make a difference in their lives, and provide them with the tools to become better professionals.

How Much Do Motivational Speakers Charge?

A motivational speaker’s fee usually ranges from $10,000 to $100,000 USD, depending on various factors, including their achievements, expertise, and more. 

Besides the time spent on stage, the fees cover the time it takes to put on the greatest possible performance for your audience. Besides speaking fees, you will also need to cover their expenses such as business class flights, accommodation with meals and ground expenses.

How to Book a Motivational Speaker

Aurum makes it easy to book a motivational speaker for your event. Check out the incredible motivational speakers we work with, and contact us to let us know who you want to hire. 

Alternatively, we are always available to offer advice on the best motivational speaker for your event. 

To learn more about how we can help you put on a successful event, please get in touch with us.

How to Select the Best Motivational Speakers

If your goal is to leave your audience feeling energized, inspired, and motivated, then you can be confident that Aurum Speakers Bureau has the perfect speaker for you.

The top motivational speakers we’ve profiled above represent just a small slice of our portfolio of talented and uplifting orators. We encourage you to explore our full range of motivational speakers. You can find our full portfolio here. If you find yourself spoiled for choice, then you’re welcome to contact our experts for tailored advice and support.

We also encourage you to take a look at our Top 5 Business Speakers in the world. And if you are planning an online event or webinar, make sure to read our guide on how to choose the perfect virtual keynote speaker.

Good Luck!

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