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Who are the best motivational speakers on the circuit?

Who are the best motivational speakers is a question our managing director Sylvia Tidy-Harris is asked frequently. Her answer is always, “ it is impossible to say”. The reason is that there is such a fantastic choice. It is impossible to say who the best motivational speaker is.

Some of the best motivational speakers come from impressive business backgrounds. Others have achieved sporting greatness.  They may demonstrate great motivation as a result of overcoming great hardships. Or accomplished incredible feats of adventure. All are impressive.  Mind-blowingly so.

What they all have in commons is an ability to motivate workforces, large and small with their amazing achievements.  Their delivery is always professional, effective, and entertaining. They encourage employees to improve on their productivity, their attitude towards their jobs and their abilities.

Here at The Speakers Agency we offer a broad range of motivations speakers and here is small selection of who we have on offer.  The rest can be found here on our inspirational and motivational page.



Roger Flynn
Roger is passionate about transforming organisations, markets and business models and the leadership required to deliver the vision. He has driven transformational change in highly recognised global businesses (Virgin, BT, Love Holidays) He invests in media and travel businesses that have the potential to disrupt their markets.

Naomh McElhatton
Naomh is listed by the Irish Times as one of Ireland’s Top 5 Entrepreneurs.  She has spent over 18 years working in the digital and creative industries sector. Naomh regularly appears in the press and radio. Her expertise includes the world of digital education, female empowerment, leadership, and entrepreneurship.

Ashish J Thakkar
Ashish is the Founder of Mara Group and Mara Foundation. He is also the co-founder of Atlas Mara. Ashish and his family have succeeded in driving the growth of the Mara. It has gone from a  small IT business in East Africa to the globally recognized multi-sector investment group. Through its investments, Mara Corporation now employs over 11,000 people across 25 African countries in sectors spanning technology, financial services and energy. Ashish serves as Chair of the United Nations Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council and is the author of The Lion Awakes: Adventures in Africa’s Economic Miracle.  In 2017, Thakkar was appointed Chair of the Presidential Youth Advisory Group at the African Development Bank.

Dr. Florence Eid Oakden
CEO and Chief Economist of Arabia Monitor, Dr Florence Eid-Oakden has a wealth of experience. Her knowledge covers a vast amount of subjects which she can specifically cater for if necessary. She is fluent in Arabic, English, French and Spanish. These talents allow her to provide her expertise to diverse audiences across the world.


David Coulthard
David Coulthard is a former Formula One racing driver. Making his Formula One debut back in 1994, he retired in 2012. During this time he won 13 Grand Prix in a career spanning 15 seasons. Now a popular keynote speaker and TV commentator, his speeches inspire, motivate and encourage teamwork. He also brings his first-hand experience of handling the risks, the technology, the innovation and the sacrifices required to compete at the highest level. Furthermore, he has used his talents in the business arena to create a number of successful businesses. David has also held numerous ambassador roles.

Dame Tani Grey Thompson DBE
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE is an inspirational speaker and Britain’s greatest Paralympic athlete. She competed in five Paralympic Games, winning 11 Gold Medals, and is acknowledged as one of the most gifted and courageous sportswomen of her generation. In addition to her outstanding Paralympic achievements, she won the London Wheelchair Marathon a total of six times between 1992 and 2002

Michael Johnson
Michael Johnson is classed as the best 200/400 metre sprinter in the history of track & field. He is without doubt one of the greatest Olympians of all time.  Furthermore, he is a gracious and utterly spellbinding keynote speaker.

Kate Richardson-Walsh MBE
Kate Richardson-Walsh is the most capped GB  female hockey player ever and was captain of GB women’s hockey teams for 13 years.  She is a skilled and popular speaker, and an inspirational and charismatic leader, who has been widely credited for helping build the incredible team ethos and commitment which drove the GB team to a nail biting victory at the Rio Olympic Games.  A highly intelligent and experienced presenter she is more than happy to deliver keynote speeches on the themes of leadership and motivation, take part in Q&As, host and deliver team building hockey taster sessions.


Sir Ranulph Fines OBE
Probably the world’s greatest living explorer. An ex SAS Officer and former lieutenant in the Royal Scots Grey, Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE is an excellent after dinner speaker and he talks to businesses around the globe on motivation and teamwork

Yorkshire Rows
Yorkshire Rows is a team of four women who dared to dream.  Their most popular keynote is ‘Four Mums in a boat – It’ll be Fine’, in which they share the story of their remarkable row across the Atlantic.  They speak from the heart, with honesty and humour about their personal journey of discovery whilst, sharing practical strategies for dealing with life. Their fantastic spirit of adventure and can-do approach has won them countless awards. It’s also inspired ‘Four Mums in a Boat’, a bestselling book by the foursome That’s not to mention an award-winning documentary that has made thousands laugh, cry, and believe they can truly do whatever they put their mind to.

Ice Maidens
Ice Maidens Sandy Hennis & Sophie Montagne speak of their experiences as part of the first female team to ski across Antarctica using muscle power alone. In 2018 Sandy Hennis & Sophie Montagne were two of the six Ice Maidens who covered 1,704km in 2 months, setting three world records.

Miles Hilton Barber
Blind Adventurer and International Motivational Speaker Miles Hilton-Barber has spoken at over 1100 global conferences and corporate events in 70 countries around the world to date.


Alain Roberts
Alain is the Human Spiderman. A death-defying free climber, he has climbed dozens of skyscrapers around the world. He shares his hugely motivational story of how he has continued to climb despite a life-threatening fall.  Doctors told him he would never climb again. As a result he has gone on to conquer the world’s tallest buildings. Alain says, “Being a top athlete requires total concentration and some sacrifices. I have suffered a great deal, but here’s the result. Never give up make your dreams come true”.

Nova Reid
Nova is a diversity campaigner, speaker & culture change consultant. With humility and humour she uses her professional background in mental health to focus on mindset change. With a proven track record of working with organisations to confront and dismantle workplace inequality, Nova helps improve diversity from the inside-out. She’s a passionate advocate for equality and helping people be the change they want to see in the world.

Clarke Carlisle
Clarke is a hugely motivating corporate speaker and host, whose honest and moving speeches about Mental Health really educate and inspire.  He says, “As a professional footballer for 17 years, the last 13 of those whilst suffering with Complex Depressive Disorder, I encountered many social and personal difficulties. The combination of an undiagnosed illness and being emotionally illiterate, meant I developed coping strategies that were totally destructive and compounded my depression.”  Clarke now runs his own charity to raise awareness of Dual Diagnosis.

Simon Reeve
Simon is an adventurer, TV presenter and Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author.  He has a huge passion for travel, wildlife, history, current affairs, conservation and the environment. Simon is the presenter of the TV series Indian Ocean and has been around the world three times for the series Equator, Tropic of Capricorn, and Tropic of Cancer. He has traveled extensively in more than 120 countries and is a fine speaker, event and awards Host.

In addition he is a best selling author of a number of books including: The New Jackals: Ramzi Yousef, Osama bin Laden and the Future of Terrorism, a New York Times bestseller, published in 1998, which predicted the rise of al Qaeda. It was the first book in the world on bin Laden and al Qaeda. The New Jackals warned al Qaeda was planning huge attacks on the West, and concluded an apocalyptic terrorist strike by the group was almost inevitable.


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