Top Ten Best Professional Motivational Speakers

It takes more than a catch phrase and a gimmicky marketing strategy to become a truly motivational speaker. Some speakers rely on years of research into the science of the mind while others rely on their own personal struggles and experience.

Regardless of the source, there are a few qualities possessed by successful speakers that make them great at what they do - motivating others to find success and happiness in their lives.

Below are the best motivational speakers in the business. Whether you get to hear them speak live, purchase one of their products, or just watch a YouTube video, these individuals will get you motivated to change your life for the better.

These Individuals are not simply leaders who happen to give good speeches but rather, speakers who make a living at motivating others.
The Top Ten
1 Eric Thomas

His street-savvy style and rapid-fire prose come from being homeless in Detroit as a youth. His marriage of over 20 years, business focus on pushing people to better themselves through hard work, and laid-back delivery make him both relatable and powerful.

From books to podcasts to YouTube videos, even offering some free products on his website, E.T., the Hip-Hop Preacher, has all the bases covered.

The man just makes you obsessed with improving in everything you do!

2 Tony Robbins

Everyone knows Tony Robbins. While he doesn't come from a background of poverty or overcoming adversity, his advice on unlocking your inner potential is no less powerful. Try to get past the cliché and actually listen to his message.

3 Les Brown

This former politician turned author does just about everything. He writes books, hosts a radio show, and is one of the most powerful motivational speakers on the scene. Don't let his 70-year-old stature fool you. He has been through a journey from being born in an abandoned building to being adopted, to being declared mentally retarded in school, to becoming a U.S. Congressman and TV show host. His speeches are powerful and motivating.

4 Zig Ziglar

Not just a fixture of the corporate world, Zig spoke to everyone about anything. As a WWII vet, a salesman, and an author, Zig touched the lives of everyone he met - and millions more he never knew of. His Southern drawl pulls you into his prescription for happiness and purpose.

5 Eckhart Tolle

While Eckhart is often associated with his books, which may seem a bit new-agey, his personal philosophy is both powerful and infectious. Coming from a deep depression, Eckhart broke through to the other side and experienced a personal kind of Nirvana that he is quick to teach about. His words are not meant as a meditation technique, but they will change your perspective on your priorities.

6 Jim Rohn

Jim comes from a hard-working family background and quickly rose to financial success. Listening to him teaches you how to become a millionaire, as you learn from someone who did.

7 Wayne Dyer

Another Detroit native, Wayne has been on the scene for decades. His books have become some of the best-selling books of all time. From his early life as an orphan, he overcame life's challenges and is eager to show you how to do the same.

8 Nick Vujicic

"Someone who has no arms, no legs, and speaks about how enjoyable their life is" is motivational for people to never give up.

9 Stephen Covey

His book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, has become synonymous with motivational speaking. As a college professor and doctor, his credentials are rooted in both personal experience and scientific research.

10 Deepak Chopra

Often dismissed as a new-age guru, Deepak specializes in a combination of holistic medicine and enlightened personal philosophy. His ideas and speeches on personal power are engaging and empowering.

The Contenders
11 C. T. Fletcher

From the streets of Compton (and proud of it), he gets you pumped up to work out as well as to see beyond your own potential. While you mainly see him in a gym pumping iron, he has extended his motivational efforts into the classroom. He helps kids of all ages understand that there's more to life than meeting expectations.

12 Joel Osteen
13 Iyanla Vanzant

As a staple on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Iyanla is not only a motivational speaker and author but also a lawyer. She teaches the power of healthy relationships and personal freedom.

14 Jarrod Clark

He has helped me get through many of the troubles in my life so far.

15 Neel Raman

He inspires entrepreneurs and highly motivated professionals to express their greatness and share their passions. He empowers them with the clarity, confidence, and tools they need to be successful in business and life.

16 Sandeep Maheshwari
17 Arnold Schwarzenegger Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger is an Austrian-American actor, filmmaker, businessman, investor, author, philanthropist, activist, former professional bodybuilder and former politician.
18 Benny Hinn
19 Andrew Tate
20 Julien Blanc
21 Rousawn Dozier
22 Paul Dinletir
23 Greg Plitt
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