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Motivational Speaker SPEAKERS

The best motivational speakers are storytellers, people who have navigated extraordinary circumstances and emerged with the power to share their hard-won life’s lessons with others to awe and inspire. Drawing on their own stories of overcoming adversity, fascinating experiences and accomplishing extraordinary feats, our speakers’ keynotes spur audiences to greater achievement.

In today’s challenging and dynamic world, everyone can use a motivational boost now and then. Organizations of all sizes and scopes benefit from our speakers’ shared wisdom, humor, and profoundly expressed desire to be more, to do better. Some of our top motivational speakers include Vernice “Flygirld” Armour, Jim “The Rookie” Morris, Rick Pitino, Diana Nyad, Robert Swan, and Robyn Benincasa.

Whether you seek to rouse your group from discouragement or disengagement, or simply uplift their spirits, our compelling and captivating speakers will move audiences to laughter and to tears – taking them on an unforgettable journey.

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Mitch Gaylord

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
$5,000 to $10,000
TRAVELS FROM
Texas, USA

After becoming the first American gymnast to score a perfect 10.0 in the Olympics, Mitch Gaylord led the men’s gymnastic team to a gold medal in the team competition for the first and only time to date. Since then he has been an ambassador for fitness and taking action, inspiring audiences across America to greatness. As a young gymnast in the late 1970s/early 1980s, Mitch had a reputation as a… Read More


Rulon Gardner

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
$10,000 to $15,000
TRAVELS FROM
Utah, USA

In the 2000 Olympics, Rulon Gardner triumphed in what has become one of the most inspirational sports stories ever. The 29-year-old amateur wrestler from a Midwestern dairy farm took down Russian giant, Aleksander Karelin, the three-time defending Olympic champion who hadn’t lost an international match in fifteen years nor even given up one point in ten years. Growing up with a learning disability and constant weight issues, Rulon was never… Read More


Chris Gardner

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
$30,000 to $50,000
TRAVELS FROM
Illinois, USA

Inspirational and motivational speaker Chris Gardner draws on his extraordinary life story to share the lessons he has learned for overcoming adversity and improving performance. This life story became an autobiography, The Pursuit of Happyness, a New York Times and Washington Post #1 bestseller as well as an Academy Award nominated movie starring Will Smith. Gardner comes from the hardest of backgrounds, with poverty, domestic violence and sexual abuse being… Read More


Andre-Philippe Gagnon

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
$25,000 to $30,000
TRAVELS FROM
Quebec, Canada

Singing impressionist André Philippe Gagnon is the man of 1,000 voices. From Frank Sinatra to Johnny Cash to Pharell Williams, Gagnon began developing his repertoire at the age of five and continually expands it, keeping pace with the quick beat of today’s ever-fluctuating music industry. After performing at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival, which led to a spot on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Gagnon’s shows started selling… Read More


Dr. Calvin Mackie

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
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TRAVELS FROM
Louisiana, USA

Inspiring millions with his journey from remedial reading classes to a PhD in engineering, Dr. Calvin Mackie is an internationally admired motivational speaker. The inventor, entrepreneur, and prominent African-American community leader is an advocate in the areas of STEM education; the mentoring, training, and promotion of African American males; and rectifying the communities that have been damaged by Hurricane Katrina and the BP Oil Spill. Dr. Mackie served on the… Read More


Warren Macdonald

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
$15,000 to $20,000
TRAVELS FROM
Alberta, Canada

A catastrophic moment redefined Warren Macdonald’s life in April 1997 when a one-ton boulder fell on him during an excursion on a remote Australian island. For two days the avid environmentalist lay trapped and alone. Warren survived the ordeal losing both legs at mid thigh, but he didn’t lose his ability to pursue his passion and live life to the fullest. Though doctors told him he’d never walk again, Warren… Read More


Nick Vujicic

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
$50,000 to $75,000
TRAVELS FROM
California, USA

Few speakers have a better claim to be regarded as inspirational than Nicholas Vujicic. Born without arms or legs, he has overcome his disability in the most astonishing ways, setting a true example of inspiring success to any who have ever doubted their ability to achieve their goals. During his childhood in Melbourne, Australia, Nick had to cope with feelings of loneliness and depression as he questioned just what purpose… Read More


Ed Viesturs

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$20,000 to $25,000
TRAVELS FROM
Washington, USA

Since he was a child growing up in the flatlands of Rockford, Illinois, Ed Viesturs has been fascinated by mountain climbing. When he was working as a veterinarian in the 1980s, he took months off at a time to climb in the Himalayas. Ultimately he was forced to choose between being a veterinarian or a climber; he chose to climb. In 1992, he became a recognized mountaineer when he won… Read More


Peter Vidmar

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
$10,000 to $15,000
TRAVELS FROM
California, USA

Peter Vidmar is the highest scoring American gymnast in Olympic history and the winner of numerous national and international titles. As the captain of the USA men’s gymnastics team in the 1984 Olympic games, Peter led his team to win America’s first team gold medal. He won the gold medal on the pommel horse with a perfect score of 10, and he won the silver medal in the individual all-around… Read More


Jonathan Vehar

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
$5,000 to $10,000
TRAVELS FROM
Illinois, USA

Jonathan Vehar is the President and Co-founder of New & Improved, LLC. He is an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University, the Center for Studies in Creativity at the State University of New York, Ithaca College and the Creative Problem Solving Institute. He holds a master’s degree in creativity and change leadership from the University of New York, and he has worked in advertising and marketing for agencies like Leo… Read More


Phillip Van Hooser

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
$10,000 to $15,000
TRAVELS FROM
Kentucky, USA

One of the country’s foremost leadership experts, Phillip Van Hooser has helped over 900 organizations build leadership bench strength, performance, and productivity. Driven by his belief that “Leadership is not a position but the ability to offer service and a willingness to take action,” Phil’s material is unique in that it’s hands-on and based on his experience across a variety of platforms. After working 10 years as a Fortune 500… Read More


Robert Van Arlen

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$10,000 to $15,000
TRAVELS FROM
Arizona, USA

Jazz pianist and speaker to over 250,000 salespeople across the world, Robert Van Arlen takes the title of his book, Focused Synergy, and shows you how developing synergy is the key to success in life, in teams and in organizations. His inspirational message can help anyone who is looking to improve teamwork, work through change management or who is struggling to achieve customer satisfaction. Working in CCH Legal Publishing, Robert… Read More


Rory Vaden

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
$20,000 to $25,000
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Tennessee, USA

Rory Vaden is a self-discipline strategist, author and business motivational speaker with degrees in business management, leadership, accounting and an MBA. He is the co-founder of Southwestern Consulting, a multi-million dollar international training company, and a two-time world champion of public speaking finalist for Toastmasters International. Rory has shared his unique insights on Oprah radio, in Businessweek, Publisher’s Weekly and SUCCESS Magazine. His book, Take the Stairs: 7 Steps to… Read More


Jodie Foster

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
$75,000 and above
TRAVELS FROM
California, USA

Two-time Academy Award-winning actress, Jodie Foster delivers a sense of passion, intensity, and realism to every role she takes. Considered to be one of the most talented and intelligent actors alive, her career in Hollywood spans almost 50 years, having made her on-screen debut at age two. At age thirteen after a series of child roles in commercials and television, Jodie received universal praise for her mature portrayal of a… Read More


Steve Ford

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
$5,000 to $10,000
TRAVELS FROM
California, USA

Inspirational speaker Steve Ford is a successful actor, recovering alcoholic and one-time resident of the White House (as the son of President Gerald R. Ford and Betty Ford). He offers highly personal keynote speeches that focus on ethics, character, integrity and family. Using his own life experiences from the worlds of politics and entertainment, he inspires audiences to welcome change and transformation as positive forces. Ford enjoyed a successful acting… Read More



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