The 10 Most Motivational Speakers Ever


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Mark Victor Hansen – Website

(Born January 1948) An American inspirational and motivational speaker, trainer and author. He is best known as the founder and co-creator of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series.

Along with business partner, Jack Canfield, Hansen is best known for creating what Time magazine called “the publishing phenomenon of the decade”. Chicken Soup for the Soul books are one of the most successful publishing franchises in the world today, with more than 140 million books sold internationally and more than 100 licensed products. The name “Chicken Soup” was chosen because of the use of chicken soup as a home remedy for the sick. The first Chicken Soup book, published by Health Communications, Inc., sold more than 2 million copies. There are now over 140 million copies in print and in 54 languages world-wide.

Hansen has appeared on Oprah, CNN and The Today Show and was featured in Time, US News and World Report, USA Today,
Dan Millman – Website

(Born Feb 22, 1946) An author of thirteen self-help books, the most famous of which is the semi-autobiographical novel, Way of the Peaceful Warrior (1980). As the winner of the 1964 World Trampoline Championship in London, he co-captained the 1968 NCAA University of California gymnastics team and has also worked as a gymnastics instructor at Stanford University and a professor of physical education at Oberlin College. He is connected to the human potential movement along with Anthony Robbins. His early background includes modern dance and Aikido. Later he studied various yogas and martial arts while he travelled around the world, which resulted in his new calling as spiritual and motivational speaker and author.

Jack Canfield – Website


(Born August 19, 1944)is an American motivational speaker and author.He is best known as the co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series, which currently has nearly 200 titles and 112 million copies in print in over 40 languages. According to USA Today, Chicken Soup for the Soul and several of the series titles by Canfield and his writing partner, Mark Victor Hansen, were among the top 150 best-selling books of the last 15 years (October 28, 1993 through October 23, 2008).

In July 2004, Jack Canfield founded The Transformational Leadership Council, a group of thought leaders, speakers, authors, coaches, trainers, researchers, consultants, and other leaders in the fields of personal and professional development. The members of TLC meet semi-annually to network, connect, and learn from each other, to enhance members’ effectiveness and contribution in the world. As of January 2009, membership numbered 99.

Stephen R. Covey – Website

Recognized as one of Time magazine’s 25 most influential Americans, Stephen R. Covey has dedicated his life to demonstrating how every person can truly control their destiny with profound, yet straightforward guidance. As an an internationally respected leadership authority, family expert, teacher, organizational consultant, and author, his advice has given insight to millions.s a list of some of the top living Motivational Speakers that will be sure to help you get focused…


Anthony (Tony) Robbins – Website

(Born February 29, 1960) An American self-help writer and professional speaker for over 30 years. He became well known through his infomercials and bestselling self-help books, Unlimited Power: The New Science Of Personal Achievement and Awaken The Giant Within. The first edition of Unlimited Power was published by Fawcett Columbine (Ballantine Books) in 1987.


Robbins writes about subjects such as health and energy, overcoming fears, persuasive communication, and enhancing relationships. He also became well known in America and internationally through infomercials promoting personal development audio programs and motivational seminars. His audio programs, seminars and self-help products featured Neuro-linguistic programming and Ericksonian hypnosis which he studied at the start of his career. Robbins seminars also used firewalking as a metaphor for overcoming fears and limiting beliefs. Later, Robbins combined his skills and techniques with other methods claimed to effect personal change.

Wayne Dyer – Website

Dr. Deepak Chopra - Website

(Born October 22, 1946) An Indian-American medical doctor and writer. He has written extensively on spirituality and diverse topics in mind-body medicine. Chopra says that he has been profoundly influenced by Jiddu Krishnamurti.He has also been influenced by the teachings of Vedanta and the Bhagavad Gita, and by the field of quantum physics. Deepak Chopra has influenced the New Thought Movement in the United States.

Zig Ziglar – Website

(Born 6 November 1926 in Coffee County, Alabama.) His parents were John Silas Ziglar and Lila Ziglar. He was the tenth of twelve children.

In 1931, when Ziglar was five years old, his father accepted a management position at a Mississippi farm, and his family moved to Yazoo City, Mississippi, where he spent most of his early childhood. In 1932, his father died of a stroke, and his younger sister died two days later, leaving his mother to raise the remaining eleven children alone. Ziglar served in the Navy during World War II (circa 1943 to 1945). He was in the Navy V-12 Navy College Training Program, attending the University of South Carolina.

On September 15, 1944, he met his wife, Jean, at the YWCA in Jackson, Mississippi. He was 17 and she was 16. After courting her for over two years, she accepted his hand in marriage. They were married in late 1946.

Ziglar later worked as a salesman in a succession of companies, during which time his sales skills improved and his interest in motivational speaking grew.

In 1968, Ziglar became a vice president and training director for the Automotive Performance company, moving to

  • Tony Beach

    Randy Gage should be listed on this page….lear more here..

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  • Matt SF

    A little disappointed that Jimmy Valvano isn’t on this list. His “never give up” speech is the first thing that comes to my mind when the topic of motivation rises.

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  • Tammy

    It’s funny – most of the time guys like this just make me a bit uncomfortable. But there’s no denying they know how to create buzz for themselves :)

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  • Pattie Pillng

    This is a group of some of my very favorite people! Great list!

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  • Smooth Skin

    Thanks for this list. I appreciate the bio’s on the different speakers and their webpage. Some of them I wasn’t familiar with, but after reading their bio, seemed interesting and having their webpage I can check them out a little more in depth now.

    Dan Millman is one of my husbands favorites, I think he rereads the book Way of the Peaceful Warrior like every year or so.

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  • wael

    you forgot Brian Tracy with his greatest book Eat That Frog

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  • Prof. A K Panda

    Great persinality. Can inspire to act upon reality.

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  • Edison Samuel

    Well i read your post and i believe that you had choosen the best ones..

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  • Millionaire Acts

    How about T.Harv Eker?
    Robert Kiyosaki?
    Adam Khoo?

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  • Matthew

    I think it’s just a list of 10 – i’m sure there’s more but i think this list is really good :)

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  • Sean H

    I agree that Randy Gage should be in there but it’s hard to narrow down to only 10!!

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  • Phineas Mutsamwira

    Kindly help me with information ragarding the contacts for the above speakers. i am in in Zimbabwe and i want to bring one of these speakers for a business forum

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  • http://h Art H

    Brian Tracy is the equal if not better than all the great speakers here. He may not be as entertaining as Zig, but his information is second to none.

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  • Guest Speaker

    Wayne Dyer is a fantastic motivational speaker

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  • Paul Uduk

    I appreciate this list. But I know there are other great and truly outstanding speakers out there. Why not ask readers to nominate to compile a global list – To 50 Of The World’s Greatest.

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  • Tanvir

    Well listed… thanks time to read some books and take actions.

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  • Eunice

    Great information. If there is a list of top/best motivational speakers/lecturers on a per country or per geographical location basis it would also be useful.
    Thanks…great work!
    .-= Eunice´s last blog ..Travel, Trips and Tours for Spa, Massage Therapy and Wellness Enthusiasts =-.

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  • Sujeet James Sarwan

    You have got the Best there Is and will be but some of the Missionary, Political Speakers have done their contributions on humanity, I wish this list would have them too as contributors who moved Men and Machine in times of need.

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  • eujenio de la garcia

    My “Top 10 Motivational Speakers” list is very similar to yours but it includes Michael Jeffreys.
    .-= eujenio de la garcia´s last blog ..Every Little Helps =-.

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  • Mike Zito

    This is a great list. However if it had been a list of the top 11, then FLOYD WICKMAN would be on the list as well. If you are in sales (especially real estate) he is the X factor.

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  • Motivation

    I was looking for John.c.maxwell in the list!!!

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  • Floyd Kay

    great man!

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  • Brian

    Brian Tracy has good info but I cant listen to him, he sounds like a robot.

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  • karim osama

    hay i love the motivitional speaches i am in the greatestcountry in the world egypt this field in our country is not the most comounist in my country because we have the secret our religion and our holy book the greatest book in the world the greatest religion in the earth which is the holy qurran this is the secret if the best life you have ever dream thank you salam aliko

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  • Leanne

    …. and I love to listen to Neville Goddard on youtube! he’s amazing! I wish I could live by his ideas.

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  • Dr Gulshan Sharma

    Given the circumstances, chidhood environment, schooling, no college education,highest degree of touching human hearts , than the living Legend is Les Brown. His voice, His self conviction, motivation, touching the inner chords of the soul all the times, when ever he speaks. May you consider he climbs the ladder to top position with the utmost clarity of his voice. its not my personal feeling, rather we have carried out a survey among 3.5 million Youth in entire northern India. Anthony Robbins lack clarity of speech. He could be the best in U.S but he wont fit in Indian environment, he rolls his words when he speaks and we find it very difficult sometimes to get his words. Late Jim Rohn was a great speaker but he had his own style of convincing. But if we wish to put soul in the dead body its Les Brown. May God bless him , may he live ling and we would wish to have him in India any time.

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  • No

    Best public speakers not in any order

    1)Zapata Mexican general during the Mexican revolution “Its bettter to die on your feet, than life on your knees”.

    2)General Pike a fabulous speakers on the Confederate side in the American civil war “All ye Southrons hear your country call you”

    3)Adolf Hitler love him or hate him you have to admit he was a fabulous speaker.

    4) Churchill not a favourite of mine but a great speaker notheless.

    5) JFK “Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country”. Stolen by pretty much every single president (especially Obama and David Cameron)

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  • Anupam Bhatia


    I am from India.I want to become a motivational speaker.
    Please guide me in this regard.
    Thanking You,
    Yours Sincerely,

    Anupam Bhatia

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  • Joseph Dass


    I am an indian living in Dubai. My calling is to become a motivational speaker. I will need your help & guidance in this regards. Pls help by showing way.

    Warm regards,

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  • Lani

    Where’s the chicks?

    Carolyn Myss
    Louise Hay
    Marianne Williamson
    Esther Hicks
    Byron Katie
    Sonia Choquette
    Suze Orman

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  • Raymundo

    I think this is a stupid list cuz they only have the top 10 AMERICAN motivational speakers and not speakers from around the world.

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  • sebastian paul

    sir, lot of motivational speakers have weakness,how can they rectify.firstly they rectify that weakness then motivate others.

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  • O’peters Zubi

    Awesome list, very impressive, with the inclusion of their sites makes it more valuable, although i would have loved to see John Maxwell & Brian Tracy on the list, but it’s a 10 man list… Great job keep it up

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  • Aiyede Edith

    Hi, i had always wanted to be a motivational speaker. I know i can do it, but hw do i start?

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  • http://Empower2Power Dana Woods

    I am just starting out in the professional speaking business and I look forward to being in your top ten list, regardless of gender,

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  • femilola enikanoselu

    Every one with diffrent taste all the 10 speakers and others being suggest are unique.but unfortunate none from africa,all is well.

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  • Megha

    Very very informative.. Good one

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  • Robin

    M Naseer Khan is one of the most inspiring and passionate motivational speakers and corporate trainers in India. He has been conducting programmes on Confidence Building, Goal Setting, Success Strategies, Employee Motivation and Power of Dreams etc. for the corporate sector and student community. His workshops and seminars are very popular because of their high quality content backed by his unique and entertaining style of delivery.

    M Naseer Khan is India’s leading motivational speaker, business strategist and success coach and a great keynote speaker for conferences.

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  • brendah

    i like……………am from kenya definately will try to check them out.

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  • Richard Bernard

    Nice list. very informative. Yes,I agree with Robin. Naseer Khan is really India’s leading motivational speaker, business strategist and success coach and a great keynote speaker for conferences. He just entrances his audiences and they are bound to follow through on his suggestions. Naseer’s knowledge is incredible. His name should also be included in the list.

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  • http://UnderConstruction Craig R. Lancaster RASAC

    I spent 15 years in the oldest maximum security prison west of the Mississippi. Wrote a program (inpatient) over 13 years ago which lasts one year. The success ratio was over 65% (Over one year clean and sober). Also held seminar in the prison where judges, congressman etc attended. Have video’s of me
    doing what I do. Motivate others to recover. I wrote a book called “Just Deserts”, of which over 500 have been distributed. Video “Change comes from within” over 500 copies. C. Lancaster 501-884-6805 I am effective and will give my first seminar successfully
    free, chargeing only travel expenses. I was an addict, hurt no-one and have won awards while I was in prison from the Black Legislative Congress. I was the first prisoner to become a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. I was vice president of a fortune 500 company, prior to going to prison. How did I end up with a 30 year sentence? I found out after seven years of incarceration that my x-father in law (I divorced my wife while in prison) took my sentencing
    Judge to Colorado fly fishing two weeks before my sentencing. I learned of this from my ministers wife.
    There is so much more, but I will suceed in this endeavor. By the way, my Uncle is Elmore Leonard who was married to my aunt. He convinced me to pursue this path….guess he didn’t want competition as an author.
    Craig R. Lancaster RASAC; BS Business, Masters ….etc. Hope to talk to you soon.

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  • Greg Renstrom

    Great speakers move society to bedcome a better society This is what courage is all about I talk on this subject and move people. These speakers are awesome yet what are they doing to help America now? Great question not just for them but for us. Our Country is within deep trouble It is time to activate our courage Join my facebook page and welcome to acceleration. ALL THE BEST!

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  • Dave “The Shef” Sheffield

    Great list of the best motivational speakers. All of these awesome speakers have one thing in common: they share the importance of building yourself throughout the process of building your business.


    Another suggestion for a great speaker and awesome author would be Andy Andrews. While he writes inspirational fiction, the stories and principals he shares in his best selling books stick!


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  • Brian Richards

    have you seen naseer khan? he is the best motivational speaker from india. Google him.

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  • le babua

    is it le babua

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  • CJ

    Please check your links. Quite a few of the website links for these speakers are broken. Thank.

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  • John Scott

    Looking for a motivational speakers cruise for last two weeks of June 2012

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  • jagdish

    where is jitendra adhia

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  • deepak dwivedi

    this is top ten motivational great trainer in the world aur bahut jald deepak dwivedi arabpati ka nam hoga.
    deepak dwivedi arabpati raipur c.g
     call +918878591192

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    • gautam chatterjee

      chutiye insaaan

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