Here is a list of motivational speakers. Over the last decade, I’ve been exposed to a ton of them either through their books, audio programs, interviews, or seminars. Some weren’t all that good, most were decent, but a few of them were absolutely fantastic in my opinion.
They sometimes get a bad reputation for just making people feel good for the time being. They provide motivation that doesn’t last. Well, as stated throughout this website, motivation is really a short term feeling. What’s important is what you do while you’re still motivated. Do you apply the concepts these speakers teach or do you just think “that was a great speech”, wait until your motivation dies and go back to your daily routine?
If you ask some of these speakers that I am listing here, I’m sure a lot of them don’t really see themselves as a “motivational speaker” or a “motivational guru”. They’re more of a life coach. The most crucial thing you could do to improve the quality of your life is to use whatever motivation they help bring out in you as a fuel to propel you into action, massive action.
The best way to use motivation is to use it to form habits. Motivation is short-lived while habits are hard to get rid of. Yes, even good habits. If you’ve been going to the gym consistently for more than a few months like I have, you know how it feels to NOT go to the gym for more than a week.
So here’s the list of the top motivational speakers in my opinion. You’ll also see what some of their best programs are. These are in alphabetical order by first name.
- Anthony Robbins
- Brian Tracy
- Denis Waitley
- Jack Canfield
- Jim Rohn
- John Maxwell
- Les Brown
- Mark Victor Hansen
- Dr. Wayne Dyer
- Zig Ziglar