best motivational speakers in 2017

Each and every one of us has struggled to find motivation at some point in our lives, whether it’s regarding our job, education, or relationships we are in, despite the fact that motivation is all around us.

It comes in many shapes and forms. It can be as something as a simple quote that will get us going, a movie we have just watched, an inspiring song, or a book.

But, sometimes, the biggest motivator of them of them all is the uplifting and wise words from another human being.  That is where motivational speakers come in.

They are professionals which enable us to maximize our potential and make our lives significantly better in every way.

In order to help you save time and point you in the right direction, we have compiled a list of 10 best motivational speakers in 2017.

Best Motivational Speakers in 2017

1. Nick Vujicic

If you have ever needed proof that a motivational speaker practices what he or she preaches, then look no further than Nick Vujicic.

Born in Australia in 1982 with a disorder called Phocomelia, which basically means he was born without limbs.

Yet, despite this adversity, he was able to become a motivational speaker and inspire millions of other people, start a non-profit organization “Life without Limbs”, and his own motivational speaking company.

After reading an article about a man with the similar disability, he turned his life around and became a motivational speaker.

2. Eric Thomas

Another speaker who is truly a source of inspiration and someone who has worked their way from the bottom is Eric Thomas.

He didn’t have much of a childhood, and things got even worse as he got older, because he had dropped out of high school, and was living on the street for a while.

But, that didn’t stop him from starting over again and getting his high school degree, after which he met his significant other, who convinced him to pursue a college degree.

Now holding a PhD, Eric Thomas is a true example of how we can overcome anything.

3. Jim Rohn

Jim Rohn was leading a pretty mediocre life as a clerk, but it was when he attended a lecture on entrepreneurship that he decided to start his own business.

He succeeded, but he didn’t become a motivational speaker right away. You could say he became one almost by accident after he spoke at a Rotary club.

It turned out he was very good at it, so he decided to put his efforts into motivating and educating others.

4. Tony Robbins

Tony Robbins has an immense stage presence which forces you to take notice right away. He comes from a financially modest family.

His mother divorced his father and even attacked Tony with a knife. Also, he had to start working at a young age in order to support himself and his siblings.

It was Jim Rohn who inspired him to strive for more, and treated him as his apprentice of sorts. He began promoting Rohn’s work, and now he’s one of the best life coaches in the world.

5. Les Brown

Unlike some of the other speakers on this list, Les Brown was actually inspired by a boring motivational speaker, because he thought he could do much better.

And he was right. But for Brown, things didn’t come easy in life. For starters, he was born in an abandoned building.

Then he was given up for adoption, grew up poor, and was even declared as “educable mentally retarded”. Nowadays, he is wildly successful and dedicated to helping others overcome the hardships in their lives.

6. Robin Sharma

One of the biggest names when it comes to motivational speaking is certainly Robin Sharma. He wasn’t satisfied with his life as a lawyer.

Instead, he quit his day job and wrote several best-selling books, including “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari”.  

He used his experience to start giving motivational speeches and has since done so for some of the biggest companies in the world, such as HP and Microsoft. Also, he is famous for his leadership training programs.

7. Jack Canfield

Jack Canfield went from shaping the young minds of tomorrow as a teacher, to being one of the greatest motivational speakers and best-selling authors of all time.

His most famous work, “Chicken Soup for the Soul” has sold millions, but that’s just the tips of the iceberg.

He is also the Guinness World Record holder for simultaneously having seven books on the New York Times list of best-sellers. Perhaps he would hold another record, if we were to count the number of people he has inspired.

8. Dr. Wayne Dyer

Even though he is no longer with us, Dr. Wayne Dyer’s legacy still stands.

Before he became a motivational speaker and a best-selling writer, he was growing up in Detroit in an orphanage, because his mother couldn’t support him and all of his siblings.

After serving in the US Navy, he worked his way up from being a high school guidance counselor to becoming a psychology professor and a world-renowned author.

9. Chris Gardner

Chris Gardner’s story is so moving, it has inspired a movie named “The Pursuit of Happyness” starring Will Smith. In case you have seen it, it is all true.

He found himself homeless and without a job, but to make matters even more difficult, he was living on the street with his young son.

Today, he is a millionaire, motivational speaker, stock broker, and lots of other things. And he is now giving back to the world by inspiring others to do the same.

10. Zig Ziglar

Another motivational speaker who has passed away, yet left a legion of followers behind him is Zig Ziglar. His story is nothing short of amazing.

He worked his way up from being a salesman, to acting as a vice president for Automotive Performance Company. We can also add best-selling author to the list of his achievements.

Giving motivational speeches was something he went on to do even after he fell and lost his short-term memory.


In case you are lacking inspiration, check out some of the names on this list. They have been through it all, yet they have emerged as winners, despite encountering some massive obstacles in their lives. You can do the same.


  1. The image of successful person is happy, smiling, satisfied with his/her life person, who is satisfied with who he/she is and is up to his/her goals. They don’t dwell on problems, they solve them. Great article!


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