The Best Motivational Speakers of 2022


Who are the best motivational speakers in the speaking industry right now? Every motivational speaker has their own speaking style, areas of expertise, and unique stories that have shaped their lives. When it comes to your company events, meetings, and conferences, we know you’re looking for only the best motivational speakers to present to your audience.

The best motivational speakers are the ones who receive the highest amount of bookings while time and time again delivering outstanding experiences. Our best motivational speakers receive rave reviews and always leave crowds inspired and fired up whether they’re doing a virtual or in-person talk. 

Our best motivational speakers range from famous celebrities to CEO’s, bestselling authors, retired Olympic athletes, cybersecurity experts, marketing geniuses, and entrepreneurs. If you’re looking for the best of the best motivational speakers, we’ve compiled a list for you– and it only begins to showcase all the outstanding talent on our roster.


Matthew Luhn 

Matthew Luhn is a top innovation keynote speaker and former lead animator and storyteller at Pixar Studios. Alongside his story work in Hollywood, Matthew works with Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurs, and other professionals to craft and tell stories that bridge the gap between business and heart to build stronger brands and business communication.


James Clear

James Clear is a top personal development virtual keynote speaker and the author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller Atomic Habits. His thought leadership regularly appears in the New York Times, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, Medium, and Time, and he is a regular guest for CBS This Morning. His entertaining talks teach audiences about small habits, decision-making, and continuous improvement.


Molly Bloom 

Molly Bloom is a top inspirational keynote speaker, entrepreneur, and bestselling author of Molly’s Game. Her memoir was adapted into an award-winning film by Aaron Sorkin. Bloom has appeared on numerous shows and in media outlets such as Ellen, Vice, The Los Angeles Times, NPR, Vulture, and has been asked to speak at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women.  Molly was also in the Top 3 of the US Ski Team.


JP Pawliw-Fry 

Dr. J.P. Pawliw-Fry is a top emotional intelligence keynote speaker, leadership thought leader, peak performance expert, and co-author of the New York Times bestseller, Performing Under Pressure. His work with leaders from Fortune 500 companies, U.S. Marines, Olympic athletes, NBA, and NFL teams has provided him with considerable opportunities to test his science-based tools in environments of high pressure.


Kevin O’Leary 

Kevin O’Leary is a top entrepreneur speaker, author, venture capitalist, guest judge on Shark Tank, and star on Money Court. Within his various television roles, his opinionated nature has won over millions, and he continues to impress his audiences with professional tips and personal anecdotes.


Eric O’Neill 

Eric O’Neill is a top cybersecurity keynote speaker, former FBI counterterrorism and counterintelligence operative, bestselling author of Gray Day, and the inspiration for the film Breach. Eric is also the founder of The Georgetown Group, a premier investigative and security services firm, and a National Security Strategist for Carbon Black, the leader in next-generation endpoint security.


Marc Randolph 

Marc Randolph was the co-founder and first CEO of the online movie and television streaming service Netflix. Although best known for starting Netflix, Marc’s career as an entrepreneur spans more than four decades. He’s been a founder of more than half a dozen other successful start-ups, a mentor to scores of early-stage entrepreneurs, and an investor in numerous successful tech ventures (and an even larger number of unsuccessful ones). He is the author of the internationally best-selling memoir, That Will Never Work – the birth of Netflix and the amazing life of an idea, host of the Top-10 That Will Never Work podcast, and a star of Entrepreneur Magazine’s Elevator Pitch web series. Most recently, Marc co-founded analytics software company Looker Data and currently serves as an advisor to multiple other startups, serving variously as a mentor, CEO coach, and/or board member.


Jia Jiang 

Jia Jiang is a top resilience keynote speaker with one of the most viewed TED Talks and the bestselling author of Rejection Proof. In 2019, Toastmasters International awarded Jiang the Golden Gavel, which is given annually to honor the best keynote speaker in the industry. In his book, website, and talks, Jiang provides inspiration and knowledge for people and organizations to become fearless through rejection training.


Omar Johnson 

Omar Johnson is a top marketing and branding keynote speaker, entrepreneur, former CMO at Beats by Dre, and former VP Marketing at Apple. Adweek named Johnson a “Brand Genius,” and Business Insider named him one of the “Most Innovative CMO’s.”


Robyn Benincasa 

Robyn Benincasa is a top leadership and teamwork keynote speaker, author, and Adventure Racing World Champion. One of the highest-rated, female motivational speakers in the world, she regularly shares the stage with world leaders and business icons, her customers include many Fortune companies like Starbucks, Deloitte, Aflac, Boeing, and more.


Heather McGowan 

Heather McGowan is a top innovation keynote speaker, author, and strategic consultant. McGowan helps leaders prepare their people and organizations for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. McGowan’s clients range from start-ups to publicly traded Fortune 500 companies, including AMP Financial, Autodesk, Biogen, Citi, Accor Hotels, AARP, The World Bank, and BD Medical.


Simon T Bailey 

Simon T. Bailey is a top business keynote speaker, author, and peak performance expert. He has been named one of the top 25 people who will help you reach your business and life goals by SUCCESS magazine, joining a list that includes Brene Brown, Tony Robbins, and Oprah Winfrey.


Guy Kawasaki 

Guy Kawasaki is a top innovation keynote speaker, social media expert, chief evangelist of Canva, and a bestselling author. His entertaining, informative talks use insights from his time in the tech industry to show audiences how to create innovative services and products using tactical and practical techniques.


Ken Schmidt 

Ken Schmidt is a top customer loyalty speaker, author, and former Director of Communications at Harley-Davidson Motor Company. Ken shares stories and insights on the road to building a fanatically vocal customer base, creating a passionately loyal corporate culture, and developing leaders who inspire and motivate.


Mitch Lowe 

Mitch Lowe is a top business and entertainment keynote speaker, former COO of Redbox, and founding executive of Netflix. As VP of Business Development and Strategic Alliances for Netflix’s first 5 years and as a member of its core executive team Mitch led many of the partnerships that drove new subscribers to join Netflix such as its partnership with Best Buy and DVD manufacturers.


Cassandra Worthy 

Cassandra Worthy is a top innovation keynote speaker and Founder & CEO of Change Enthusiasm® Global, a well-respected Growth Enablement firm serving it’s client base through keynote speaking, training, and consulting. She is a former Fortune 100 Innovation Leader, highly dynamic speaker & presenter, chemical engineer, but above all else the world’s leading expert on Change Enthusiasm®.


Duncan Wardle 

Duncan Wardle is a top innovation keynote speaker. As the former Vice President of Innovation & Creativity at The Walt Disney Company, Wardle spent his 25-year career at Disney developing some of their most innovative ideas and strategies. Wardle’s newest venture, id8, has allowed him to share his creative consultant services with companies like Ford, Coca-Cola, NBA, and Apple.


Daymond John 

Daymond John is a top business and motivational keynote speaker, founder of FUBU clothing, Shark Tank judge, and the bestselling author of The Power of Broke. As a dynamic business speaker with over twenty years of hands-on proven business experience, Daymond shares the strategies that continue to bring him financial success. 


Tiffani Bova 

Tiffani Bova is a business growth keynote speaker, innovation, growth evangelist, and the author of Growth IQ. A top influencer in Customer Experience, Digital Transformation, the Future of Work, and Sales, is a regular contributor to Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Marketing Matters on Wharton Business Radio – SiriusXM and Huffington Post in addition to a variety of industry-leading podcasts on sales, marketing, and digital business.


Marcus Collins 

Dr. Marcus Collins is a top marketing virtual keynote speaker, award-winning advertiser, Head of Planning at Wieden+Kennedy New York, former Head of Digital Strategy for Beyoncé, and a Marketing Professor at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. Over the last decade, Marcus has helped “blue-chip” brands (like McDonald’s, Google, AB-InBev, and Peloton) bridge the academic-practitioner gap to create contagious marketing ideas that excite people to take action.


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