Famous Motivational Speakers

Famous Motivational Speakers are athletes, entertainers, business owners, and bestselling authors who are well known for their talent and success but also have a motivational message to tell about how they overcame adversity to reach their full potential. Try one of the top eleven famous motivational speakers in 2019 for your next event or keynote.

Earvin “Magic” Johnson

Magic Johnson is known for his 13-year professional basketball career with the L.A. Lakers, including 12 NBA All-Star games and an Olympic gold medal win. After retiring from professional basketball, Magic became a leading spokesperson for HIV education and a motivational speaker. Johnson delivers a passionate message about his life story, what motivated him, and how we can all make a difference in our community.

Molly Bloom

Molly Bloom is an inspirational speaker, bestselling author of Molly’s Game, and was the business mind behind the most exclusive, high-stakes poker game in the world. Her story covers everything from starting her business knowing nothing about poker to losing everything—then overcoming addiction and rebuilding her life.

Brad Montague

Brad Montague is a storytelling expert and inspirational speaker famous for co-creating the “Kid President” viral videos in 2013. In his talks, Brad shares stories of how his small, funny video became a hit and the life lessons he learned from the experience.

Mel Robbins

Mel Robbins is best known for her TEDxTalk “How To Stop Screwing Yourself Over.” She is a powerful motivational keynote speaker who shares the story of overcoming her depression and turning her life around with “the five-second rule.” Mel helps break the habit of procrastination and self-doubt so you can become a more confident and productive individual.

Daymond John

Daymond John is a motivational speaker, founder of FUBU clothing, and reality TV investor on Shark Tank. Daymond shares his inspirational story of overcoming tough times to grow FUBU clothing from a garage startup to a multi-million dollar company. 

Brené Brown

Dr. Brené Brown is a motivational speaker and emotional intelligence expert, famous for her TEDx talk “The Power of Vulnerability” (one of the top 5 TED talks in the world) and her Netflix special The Call to Courage. Brené inspires audiences with her story of learning to embrace vulnerability and shows how others can do the same.

Abby Wambach

Abby came to fame as the co-captain of the 2015 U.S. Women’s World Cup Champion Team and as a two-time Olympic medalist. She inspires audiences with her talks on commitment, resilience, excellence, and sisterhood.

Bert Jacobs

Bert Jacobs along with his brother John Jacobs created the Life is Good t-shirt company, originally selling t-shirts from their van. Neither one had a background in business at the start but their company took off, becoming a huge success. Despite making countless mistakes along the way, they learned how to use optimism to stay on top. 

Michio Kaku

Dr. Michio Kaku is one of the most widely recognized people in science today, appearing on international TV and radio for his unique insights. His talks on the future of the mind inspire audiences everywhere.

Bethany Hamilton

Bethany Hamilton was a rising teenage surfing sensation when she lost her arm to a 14-foot tiger shark. But one month after the attack, Bethany returned to the water and just over a year later she won her first national title. Bethany’s comeback story has been told as theNew York Times bestselling autobiography, Soul Surfer, and the 2011 film with the same title. 

Jack Canfield

The originator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and a prolific self-development author, Jack is recognized as America’s number one motivational speaker. Jack inspires audiences to participate more fully in life, show more compassion, dream bigger, and persevere in the face of setbacks.

Bring one of these famous motivational speakers to your next event; they are sure to add a touch of cachet and inspire your audience to reach new heights.

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