Top 15 Motivational Speakers

We've ranked the top motivational speakers from around the world, based on popularity.

What you can learn from them

People mentioned in this list are experts in motivation and have spent their careers inspiring people at seminars, through online classes and with books.

Watching these top motivational speakers interact with their audience is a great way to improve your own communication skills. One of the best known is Tony Robbins, who uses a range of physical and verbal techniques to captivate thousands of people attending his seminars.

After going through the list, spend some time looking at recordings of their seminars and observe how they use their body language, eye contact, vary the pace of their voice and engage with the audience.

Here are 15 of the most popular motivational speakers from around the world.

Motivational speakers

1. Dave Ramsey

David Ramsey is an American financial author, radio host, television personality, and motivational speaker. His show and writings strongly focus on encouraging people to get out of debt.

Twitter: 864K Followers
Facebook: 4.1M Likes
Popularity: 361K searches/month

2. Tony Robbins

Tony Robbins is an American motivational speaker, personal finance instructor, and self-help author. He became well known from his infomercials and self-help books: Unlimited Power, Unleash the Power Within and Awaken the Giant Within.

Twitter: 3.3M Followers
Facebook: 3.7M Likes
Popularity: 261K searches/month

3. Nick Vujicic

Nick Vujicic is an Australian Christian evangelist and top motivational speaker born with Phocomelia, a rare disorder characterised by the absence of legs and arms.

Twitter: 427K Followers
Facebook: 9.3M Likes
Popularity: 201K searches/month

4. Eckhart Tolle

Eckhart Tolle is a German-born resident of Canada, best known as the author of The Power of Now and A New Earth: Awakening to your Life’s Purpose. In 2011, he was listed by Watkins Review as the most spiritually influential person in the world.

Twitter: 588K Followers
Facebook: 1.8M Likes
Popularity: 201K searches/month

5. Louise Hay

Louise Lynn Hay was an American motivational author and the founder of Hay House, she authored several New Thought self-help books, including the 1984 book, You Can Heal Your Life. Louise Hay died on the morning of August 30, 2017 at age 90.

Twitter: 385K Followers
Facebook: 2.6M Likes
Popularity: 165K searches/month

6. Chris Gardner

Chris Gardner is an American entrepreneur, investor, stockbroker, motivational speaker, author, and philanthropist who, during the early 1980s, struggled with homelessness while raising his toddler son. Gardner’s book of memoirs, The Pursuit of Happyness, was published in May 2006.

Twitter: 22K Followers
Facebook: 218K Likes
Popularity: 135K searches/month

7. Robert Kiyosaki

Robert Kiyosaki is an American businessman, investor, self-help author, educator, motivational speaker, financial literacy activist, financial commentator, and radio personality. Kiyosaki is the founder of the Rich Dad Company, who provide financial and business education to people through books, videos, games, seminars, blogs, coaching, and workshops.

Twitter: 1.1M Followers
Facebook: 4.0M Likes
Popularity: 110K searches/month

8. Eric Thomas

Eric Thomas is an American motivational speaker, author and minister. After becoming known as a motivational speaker, Thomas founded a company to offer education consulting, executive coaching and athletic development, including athletes such as Lebron James.

Twitter: 392K Followers
Facebook: 864K Likes
Popularity: 74K searches/month

9. Les Brown

Leslie Brown is an American motivational speaker, author, radio DJ, former television host, and former politician as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives. As a motivational speaker, he uses the catch phrase “it’s possible!” and teaches people to follow their dreams as he learned to do.

Twitter: 131K Followers
Facebook: 1.3M Likes
Popularity: 60K searches/month

10. Suze Orman

Suze Orman is an American author, financial advisor, motivational speaker, and television host. In 1987, she founded the Suze Orman Financial Group. Her program The Suze Orman Show began airing on CNBC in 2002 and won a Gracie Award for Outstanding Program Host on CNBC for it. She has written several books on the topic of personal finance.

Twitter: 1.46M Followers
Facebook: 565K Likes
Popularity: 49K searches/month

11. Iyanla Vanzant

Iyanla Vanzant is an American inspirational speaker, lawyer, New Thought spiritual teacher, author, life coach and television personality. She can currently be seen on television as the host of Iyanla: Fix My Life, and as a frequently featured guest teacher of Oprah’s Lifeclass on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

Twitter: 1.98M Followers
Facebook: 2.9M Likes
Popularity: 40K searches/month

12. Amy Purdy

Amy Gale is an American actress, model, world-class snowboarder and 2014 Paralympic bronze medalist, co-founder of Adaptive Action Sports, professional motivational speaker, clothing designer and author.

Twitter: 70K Followers
Facebook: 153K Likes
Popularity: 27K searches/month

13. Jack Canfield

Jack Canfield is an American author, motivational speaker, seminar leader, corporate trainer, and entrepreneur. He is the co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, which has more than 500 million copies in print. In 2005 Canfield co-authored The Success Principles.

Twitter: 1.22M Followers
Facebook: 1.11M Likes
Popularity: 22K searches/month

14. T. Harv Eker

T. Harv Eker is an author, businessman and motivational speaker known for his theories on wealth and motivation. He is the author of the book Secrets of the Millionaire Mind published by HarperCollins.

Twitter: 131K Followers
Facebook: 784K Likes
Popularity: 16K searches/month

15. Darren Hardy

Darren Hardy is an American author, keynote speaker, advisor, and former publisher of SUCCESS magazine. Hardy is a New York Times best-selling author, who wrote The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster and The Compound Effect.

Twitter: 247K Followers
Facebook: 702K Likes
Popularity: 10K searches/month

*popularity indicates average number of Google searches since 2018.

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