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Carol Grace Anderson
"Get Fired Up" and grab the hearts and minds of your audience with an energizing, inspiring, and humorous look at life’s challenges
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Ed Brodow
Author of The Success Trap, Ed helps attendees overcome challenges and reach new levels of achievement
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Mimi Donaldson
Mimi highlights motivational and teambuilding principles that are crucial for today’s hard-fought personal and professional success
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Chip Eichelberger
Known as an "Audience Arsonist," this former point man for Tony Robbins is the perfect opener or closer to get your audience "switched on" for lasting results
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Vicki Hitzges
Vicki delivers inspiration, perspectives and strategies that are lasting tools to reshape the way your workforce interacts and achieves
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Harry Paul
Bring "Harry the Fish Guy" to your event and your attendees will leave saying "I don’t have to go to work, I get to go to work!"
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Jeff Salz
One of world's leading adventurers and explorers helps your audience chart new paths through this time of challenge and transformation
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Mark Scharenbroich
Mark will take your audience on a ride as he shares his famous "Nice Bike" principle for making stronger and more meaningful connections in life & business
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Robert H. Thompson
Robert’s "Four Commitment" model helps leaders build strong relationships up, down and sideways to ignite passion, purpose & performance
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Jeff Tobe
Learn how to "color outside the lines" to create the ideal customer experience, from one of the top 15 motivational speakers in North America
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Erik Wahl
Internationally recognized graffiti artist, author and entrepreneur shares "The Art of Vision" and redefines the term "keynote speaker"
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Joel Zeff
Joel will captivate your audience with a combo of improv comedy and thought leadership on creativity, teamwork and communication
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What are the defining qualities of a Motivational Speaker?

Historically, anyone who spoke professionally would often be labeled as a motivational speaker, regardless of the actual content of their presentations. For instance, Wikipedia defines a motivational speaker as “a professional speaker, facilitator or trainer who speaks to audiences, usually for a fee” — pretty broad definition.
Lumping all professional speakers into the category of “motivational speakers” presents challenges for meeting professionals and is frustrating to speakers who feel that “motivational speaker” is not the appropriate category for them.

True motivational speakers come from many different backgrounds and possess the proven ability to lift up, educate and motivate their audiences. The best of them will engage the audience by sharing best practices, experiences and life lessons while utilizing humor, storytelling, and originality — and refraining from “canned” speeches.

How are Motivational Speakers utilized in meetings, conferences and conventions?

A motivational speaker is typically engaged to generate an immediate response among presentation participants, boosting enthusiasm and energy while delivering relevant, practical content coinciding with a meeting’s theme or objectives.

Motivational speakers are often utilized as keynote speakers to open or close events in dynamic fashion, with a typical presentation ranging from 45 to 90 minutes, although some are as short as 30 minutes or as long as two hours.

If you are seeking more in-depth content, we can help you identify and engage a speaker to lead a workshop or seminar session that generally lasts between three hours and several days.

What is the difference between a Motivational Speaker and an Inspirational Speaker?

Wikipedia describes a motivational speaker as one who has “the proven ability to lift up, educate and motivate their audiences.” In contrast, Wikipedia defines an inspirational speaker as one who “address[es] audiences with the aim of inspiring the listeners to higher values or engendering understanding about life and themselves.”To inspire, according to the American Heritage Dictionary, is to fill with enlivening or exalting emotion. To motivate is to provide with an incentive; move to action; impel. Note that inspiration connects with emotion; motivation connects with action.

Call us at 615-526-6600 or complete the form below to schedule a free consultation and we’ll help you identify the right motivational speaker(s) for your upcoming meeting.

Why work with The Speakers Group?

Shawn Ellis, Founder of The Speakers Group

Shawn Ellis

Called “a refreshing change from other speakers bureaus,” The Speakers Group is led by industry veteran, Shawn Ellis, who currently serves on the Board of the International Association of Speakers Bureaus and has been helping clients secure speakers for their events since 1999. Whereas some speakers bureaus represent thousands of speakers, The Speakers Group features fewer than 300 speakers, experts and thought leaders, all carefully selected based on their ability to deliver a dynamic, meaningful message, while also delivering outstanding service to our clients (i.e. no prima donnas allowed!).

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