If you’re a student of public speaking or personal growth, you know that one just expert isn’t enough to learn from. You need to develop your own personal growth plan and speaking stye using a variety of perspectives and approaches.
In this article, we’ve provided a quick reference for seven top motivational speakers for you to be inspired by and to learn from.
- Anthony “Tony” Robbins
Tony Robbins is probably the most successful motivational speaker of the 20th /early 21rst century. He started out as a sales person for Jim Rohn’s seminar company and today he conducts worldwide leadership and personal growth seminars through his partnership with world renowned psychologist “Cloe Madanes.” Robbins uses a combination of NLP and human needs psychology to help people make positive changes and to overcome disempowering habits.
Visit the official Tony Robbins website.
- Les Brown
Les Brown was born in poverty in Liberty City, Miami Florida with his twin brother and was raised by a single mother named “Mamie Brown,” who adopted him just a few weeks after his birth. At a young age, he was labeled as being mentally retarded and for many years believed that he’d never be successful. Today, Les Brown is considered one of the most influential motivational speakers in the world.
He is also an accomplished author, TV and Radio personality founder of Les Brown Unlimited Inc. and the winner of the National Speaker’s Association’s “Council of Peers Award of Excellence,” the 1992 top 5 speakers award from Toastmaster International and the winner of a Chicago-area Emmy for his speech presentations entitled “You Deserve.”
Visit the official Les Brown website.
- Bob Proctor
Bob Proctor has now become very well known for his narrative role in the blockbuster movie “The Secret,” but he also had a long track record for helping people to become wealthy and successful prior to his role in this movie. His book and accompanying multi-media series “You Were Born Rich,” includes some of the most clear cut strategies and explanations for how to develop a prosperity mindset and how to become prosperous and successful.
Bob Proctor started out making less than 14k a year and at a time when his total debt was higher than his yearly income. After reading the motivational classic “Think and Grow Rich,” he was inspired to start his own cleaning company which quickly brought him a yearly income well over six figures. After selling his cleaning business, Proctor went to work for Earl Nightingale’s company and studied under Earl for years before starting his own company “Life Success Inc.”
Visit the official Bob Proctor website.
- Zig Ziglar
Zig Ziglar was born in Coffee County Alabama and is the 10th of 12 children. Although Ziglar grew up in poverty, he quickly discovered his ability as a salesperson when he went to work selling cookware. Soon after marrying his wife Jean, who he calls “The Redhead,”, he began working as a speaker and sales trainer.
Ziglar is now one of the world’s most well respected motivational speakers and sales trainers and the author of several books and courses on selling and on goal achievement including: “See You At the Top,” “Over the Top,” and “How to Be a Winner.” Ziglar is known for his positive mental attitude and his ability to motivate and to inspire others.
Visit the official Zig Ziglar website.
- Jack Canfield
Jack Canfield is best known as the creator of the bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul book series, which have now sold over 100 copies worldwide and been translated into over 80 languages. Canfield is also a successful speaker, coach and the author of the bestselling book “The Success Habits.”
Jack Canfield is the founder of the ”Transformational Leadership Council,” a mastermind group of personal and professional development professionals with over 100 members.
Visit the official Jack Canfield website.
- Deepak Chopra
Deepak Chopra was born in India to a well-known Indian cardiologist named Krishan Chopra. Deepak is a medical doctor with a background in endocrinology as well as an author and public speaker who specializes in subjects of spirituality, chakra healing, mind-body medicine and alternative healing methods.
He is a lecturer at the Harvard supported “Update in Internal Medicine” and now considered an international authority on personal and spiritual growth and the role of the mind in healing the body.
Visit the official Deepak Chopra website.
- Steven Covey
Dr. Steven Covey is the author of the leadership classic: “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” and was recently recognized by Time magazine as one of the 25 most influential America people. He is a world renowned speaker on the subjects of leadership, family relationships and organizational effectiveness.
The impact Steven Covey’s teachings are also reflected in the works of his son “Steven MR Covey,“ who is the author “The Speed of Trust.”
Visit the official Steven Covey website.