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  • By James Haynes

How to give a motivational speech

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So you want to learn how to give a motivational speech. Maybe it’s for a motivational speech for work, or maybe it’s for a school project. You have an idea of what you want to speak about, but how do you actually create your talk? How do you give a motivational speech? And what makes a talk “good”?

In this post, you can read answers to all of those questions. You’ll learn tips to go through the process to create a great motivational speech from idea to completion. And you’ll learn how to write and give an inspiring motivational speech. Need examples of a motivational speech? Some examples will be at the end of this post!

What is a motivational speech?

A motivational speech is simply a talk meant to get your audience to see or do something. Many of the practices that you can do to prepare for a motivational speech apply to any other type of talk!

The best motivational speakers on the planet only have one or two talks they do and those talks are insanely good. Start by developing just one, really amazing talk that resonates deeply with your intended audience. The best marketing for your motivational speaking business is a great talk, so it is worth it to put in the hours for this part. Yes, even if your first speaking gig is a free talk at a community center.

Keep in mind: Your audience is always going to be asking two questions: “so what?” and “now what?” So what means, what does this have to do with me?  Now what  is what you want the audience to do as a result of your talk. Give them action steps to implement what you taught them. If they hear you speak but literally don’t do anything differently, what’s the point?

Giving a motivational speech is almost like mapping for a road trip. If you are going to go on a road trip, it’s easier to have a paper map or Google Maps to tell you where you’re going. But if you just get in the car and you start driving, and people are in the car asking you where we’re going, you’re in trouble! But by organizing and structuring your talk, you can lead the audience to your conclusions. And you can effectively answer those two questions: “so what?” and “now what?”

Want to learn how to write a motivational speech? Read on for 3 steps to make it unforgettable:

1. Begin with the end in mind and tell a story

Have you ever been left at the end of a speech wondering, “What was the point of this talk?” Don’t do that to your audience. When creating your talk, determine the destination that you want to take them to. Once you pick a point, then you can work backwards and reverse engineer how to get your audience to that place.

The best way to do the point of your talk is to find where your audience’s needs converge with your passions. Think about what problems you like to solve and what topics you want to talk about and look out into the world. Who is asking for solutions to those problems? Become the expert on that audience and commit yourself to meeting their needs. (for more on finding your big idea, check out this episode of The Speaker Lab podcast)

Okay, so now you have your topic, the idea you want to communicate. Now what? One of the best ways to create a memorable, relatable talk is by integrating first-person stories . You don’t have to have lost a limb or scaled Mount Everest. Keep an eye out in your everyday life for little moments that can contribute to your message. Write them down and integrate them into your talk. As you get more speaking gigs, you will very quickly learn which stories are a hit and which are total flops…which is all part of the process!

Humans relate to stories. We connect to stories. Funny stories. Sad stories. Inspirational stories. We love stories. So tell them. Lots of them. Stories will keep your audience engaged and are also easier for you to memorize. Telling stories that you lived and experienced generally makes the story better for you and the audience. For the audience, they can often times find themselves in your story. For you as the speaker, it’s much easier (and more powerful) to tell a story that you lived versus one you read in a book.

2. Write out your material

Professional speakers don’t just make stuff up. They don’t write a few thoughts on a notecard and then shoot from the hip for an entire presentation. They take the time to write and carefully craft their material.

Oftentimes speakers want to have Powerpoint or Keynote slides to use as notes for their presentation. This is lazy. Don’t do this. Any slides you use should be an enhancement not a replacement of your talk. If you’re just going to stand up there and read off the screen, what does the audience need you for?

Use Powerpoint to show images that make a point. Some speakers will build their talk around their slides. Start with the talk FIRST and then determine if slides are needed or necessary. Slides are generally most effective for showing images or videos that can’t be conveyed in words. For example, if you were in some death-defying crash and that’s part of your talk, it’s one thing to tell that story, but it’s incredibly more powerful if you show pictures or video of it all.

Consider writing out your material. Professional speakers don’t just write a few thoughts on a notecard and then shoot from the hip for an entire presentation. They take the time to write and carefully craft their material. There is no right way to create a talk. You don’t need to memorize your talk like a script, but manuscripting can help you to think through the entire presentation and to know exactly how it all flows together. Some speakers prefer to have an outline with several bullet points and flesh it out from there. Every speaker is different. Find a process that works for you. (For more on fleshing out your talk, check out this episode of the Speaker Lab podcast here .)

3. On stage, be an amplified version of you

The bigger the venue, the bigger you need to be on stage. The way you would communicate to a group of 10 people is very different than how you would need to communicate to a room of 10,000. Both should be an authentic version of you, but simply amplified to the setting. The bottom line is don’t try to be something you’re not on stage. Be you.

Keep it slow and steady. When you are talking really fast, it becomes difficult for the audience to follow. It’s hard to keep up and process. Plus the faster you talk, the harder it is to understand what you’re saying. So slow down and enunciate. Give the audience the chance to keep up with where you’re going.

Don’t be afraid of the silence. The silence to a speaker can feel deafening but it can be powerful. Silence shows confidence that you’re in control of the talk and the room and you’re continuing to guide them towards a common purpose. When you make a strong point, don’t rush to the next line. Stop and let it hang there. The silence is your friend.

For some reason, there’s this misconception that the audience is out to get you. Like they are rooting for you to fail. Nothing could be further from the truth. The audience wants you to do well. They don’t want it to be a train wreck. If they’re going to spend their precious time sitting in your session, they want it to be good. They are on your side. So relax. Take a deep breath and enjoy yourself.

By following these steps, you can set yourself up for success. Many external variables help make a motivational speech go well. Beyond working these steps before giving a motivational speech, you should try to put as many of those variables in your favor as possible. Don’t stay up late the night before at a reception. Don’t eat a massive pasta bowl before you go on stage. Try to avoid speaking during a slot when most of the audience will be distracted. If all the variables are stacked against you but you crush your talk, it can still come across as “meh” to the audience.

Keep in mind: Speaking is like playing jazz – you don’t have to give a talk the same way every time. You can improvise and mix it up sometimes, and you don’t need to plan out every hand gesture or movement or exact line you’ll use. Some of that is fine, but also be present enough with the audience that you can play jazz when the moment calls for it.

If you have a dream to inspire others with your message, you’ve probably considered taking your passion to the stage. Becoming a motivational speaker might sound like a charmed life in many ways. And while it does take hard work, it totally is. Want to go deeper and learn how to become a motivational speaker ? Check out our article, “How to Become a Motivational Speaker” here!

In the meantime, here are a few rapid fire FAQs about motivational speeches. Happy speaking!

What are some examples of a motivational speech?

Some of the best motivational speeches have been at graduations from a school or training. One example is David Foster Wallace’s famous “This is Water” speech, delivered at Kenyon College in 2005. Foster Wallace’s big idea, that liberal arts should be about taking a step outside one’s own point of view, is brought home by his analogy of a fish that can’t discern the water it swims in.

Another example of a famous motivational speech is academic researcher Brené Brown’s breakout 2010 TEDx Houston talk, “The Power of Vulnerability”, which became a top 5-viewed TED Talk online.

Looking for more examples of a motivational speech? Check out this article here.

How much money can you make as a motivational speaker?

The runway to a successful business is often slow. But many speakers make 6+ figures a year within a couple years of starting their speaking business!

What degree you need to become a motivational speaker?

It does not matter! You can have no degree or a PhD in whatever field you like and still be a great motivational speaker.

Can anyone become a motivational speaker?


How long does it take to become a motivational speaker?

This may vary quite a bit, primarily based on your state in life.

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This post is part 3 of a series of posts that where we will be sharing with you quick tips on how to deliver all types of speech that we mentioned in our most-read post on this blog, 10 Types of Speeches. Instead of just telling you that there is a motivational speech or an informative speech, we want you to know how exactly you will be delivering and structuring each one of these types of speeches.


Original post: 10 different types of Speech – Learn to choose your speech type based on the desired result

Part I. 8 Persuasive Speech Techniques & Topics

Part II . 9 Tips for Writing and Amazing Informative Speech and 120+ Topic Ideas

Being able to stand in front of an audience and try to propel them to pursue their goals is a privilege and should be treated as such. If you find yourself in a position to give motivational speeches, then you are probably a well-known speaker or a leader in some capacity, or maybe you are just a regular person, it doesn’t matter. So long as you can deliver, the audience will be grateful. In this article, we will be going over some tips on how to give an effective motivational speech and some examples of motivational speech topics. But before that, what exactly is a motivational speech?


A motivational speech is a speech that inspires people to make or drive a change. It enkindles in people the desire for a better experience. 

Related Article: How to Become a Motivational Speaker?


1. preparation is key.

This is true irrespective of the type of speech you are giving. But when it comes to motivational speeches, preparation is doubly important because you don’t want to audience to feel that you are not putting in your all. If they sense that you are “half-assing” it, they will get pulled out of the experience and would probably spend their time watching the time, waiting for you to stop. 

Do all necessary research, crosscheck your facts, make sure your numbers are right. Write down your speech and rehearse delivering it over and over again. Practice delivering the speech in front of a mirror, be expressive, use hand gestures. You will want to get to a state where the speech just flows from within you. 

How you deliver the speech is important, especially a motivational speech. The audience feeds off your charisma and energy. So, give it your all, turn up your energy. 


The first few minutes of your speech goes a long way to set the tone for the entire speech. So, do all you can to begin on a high note. If comedy isn’t your thing, avoid trying to open on a joke. A profound quote, fact or even a story will be great.

If you must introduce yourself, do it in a manner that can’t be ignored. Here’s an example, say maybe a speaker who is a millionaire online entrepreneur was invited to motivate a group of entrepreneurs. Imagine if his opening remark was, “Hi, my name is John and I have made 10 million dollars online in the past 12 months”. Now that’s an opener that can’t be ignored. You will agree with me that after a statement like that, the audience will sit up and want to hear all that the speaker has to say. 

Want to learn how to make sure you don’t bore your audience? Please check out our 5 tips for engaging your audience.


Everyone loves a good story, I know I do. The audience will most likely connect with someone whose passion and enthusiasm is palpable. And a sure-fire way to guarantee that your enthusiasm and passion shine through in your speech is to tell your own story. How you overcame your challenges to become the person you are today. And how your audience can do so too if they are determined to.

Once the audience senses that you are emotionally invested in helping them succeed, they will be hooked. Even if you are not a charismatic speaker, telling your story will elevate your speech. For more on how to tell engaging stories, check the article below.

Related Article: 8 Tips to Help You Master the Art of Storytelling


What exactly are you trying to tell your audience? It should be clear from the onset. All your points and stories should only serve to buttress your central message. Your audience should leave with one focus in mind, a sort of “matching order” if you will. If you beat around the bush without getting to the meat of the matter, your audience will leave with no idea of what action steps to take. The whole purpose of your speech would have been defeated.

Be sure to use references and examples that your audience will most likely understand and easily relate to. Always ensure that they are carried along every step of the way. To ensure your message packs a punch, check out the 8 great tips to preparing a memorable speech in the related article below.

Related Article: How to Write a Memorable Speech?


Your closing remarks will most likely be remembered by your audience long after your speech is done. You should do all you can to make those closing moments as memorable as possible.

In a much as ending with a witty comment is cool, don’t forget to give your audience clear steps to take moving forward. Give them a summary of your speech and the new beliefs they are expected to imbibe moving forward. This will help the audience assimilate your speech and have clear takeaways. 

If there is still some time left at the end of your speech, you can allow your audience members to ask questions and share experiences. This way, your audience is engaged right to the very end. Learn more about how to achieve that in with the 6 awesome tips of the article mentioned below.

Related Article: 6 Remarkable Ways to End Your Presentation



Here is a list of motivational speech topics across a variety of fields.

Motivational Speech Topics on Personal Development

  • You are capable of more than you think.
  • Do it now, not tomorrow.
  • Discipline differentiates us.
  • Be focused.
  • How to be self-motivated.
  • Bad habits take you nowhere.
  • If they could change the world, you can too.

Motivational Speech Topics In Work and Education

  • How to Boost sales.
  • Starting your own business, the pathway to financial freedom.
  • Fail fast, fail forward.
  • Teamwork is the key to success.
  • Plan for success.
  • How to climb up the corporate ladder.
  • Stand out from your peers.
  • How to build the best team for your business.

Motivational Speech Topics in an Academic Setting

  • Be positive.
  • Align your habits to your goals.
  • Don’t give in to peer pressure.
  • Be excellent in all that you do.
  • Champions never give up.
  • Reading and studying will always be relevant.

There you have it, consider the above tips and topic ideas next time you are called upon to give a motivational speech. At the end of your speech, your audience should be thirsty for more. They should be eager to listen to you again. How do you achieve this? By giving your all; preparing adequately, telling your story, appealing to their emotions, and passing across a clear message. 


Here’s a list of the top articles you can consult to get more ideas on how to give inspiring and motivational speeches.

Bill Murphy. 7 Steps to an Inspiring and Memorable Speech. . Accessed on 08/31/2019.

Carol Morgan. How to give an inspiring and Memorable Speech. . Accessed on 08/31/2019

Samuel Rodenhizer. How to write a motivational and inspirational speech. . Accessed on 08/31/2019.

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Delivering a speech can cause even the most confident among us to break a sweat. But there are many strategies you can use to deliver a speech with poise, confidence, and conviction.

In this blog, we share three of the most effective ways to strengthen your public speaking skills. Watch these inspiring videos to see how each of these techniques is applied so you can practice them yourself.

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1. Pay Attention to Your Delivery

Watch how powerfully Donovan Livingston’s enthusiasm, energy, and purpose affects this Harvard Graduate School of Education student speech.

When preparing and delivering a speech, it’s easy to focus on your words.

Yet how you deliver those words is equally important.

Nonverbal skills such as eye contact, facial expressions, body posture, and hand gestures can enhance your speech, or undermine it.

For instance, Livingston’s nonverbal communications during this speech clearly demonstrate his comfort on the stage, his knowledge of his subject, and most importantly, his passion.

He smiles and makes eye contact with his audience. His facial expressions, especially at key moments, reflect the intensity of his words. His body is relaxed and his hand gestures subtly keep the audience focused.

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2. Structure Your Message

Listen to how an admiral takes the task of making your bed from a mundane chore to something you’ll feel empowered to do through a pristinely structured message.

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A well structured speech will help keep your audience engaged and interested.

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10 Motivational Speech Examples To Inspire You Today

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Whether you’re a speaker or not, there come times in all of our lives where we need a little motivation. Maybe you’re struggling to find your purpose or are unsure about your path in life. Maybe you just had a bad day and need a reminder that tomorrow’s a fresh start. In either case, looking to famous speakers – and their corresponding motivational speech examples – is one sure way to boost your mood and help you find the energy to keep on keepin’ on. 

Here, we’ll look at ten different speeches from some of the most famous motivational speakers of the 21st century. Some are serious and take a candid look at difficult issues in the speakers’ lives. Others are humorous, designed to balance tough topics with laughter. 

Whatever tone you need to hear at this moment, at least one of the following speakers is guaranteed to brighten your day. They’re also all incredible examples for you to follow, simply from a speaking standpoint, when you next step on stage or record a virtual event . 

Hopefully, you get as much out of these examples as our own team did and are able to put the corresponding takeaways to good use. 💓

Steve Jobs: Commencement Speech At Stanford (2005)

First of our motivational speech examples is Stanford’s 2005 commencement speech, delivered by the late Apple founder Steve Jobs. Since his passing , much has been said about Jobs, some positive, some negative, with some people going so far as to publish their criticism or praise. However, regardless of whether or not they personally admired him, few will argue against Job’s brilliance. Even for those that scrutinized his business practices or personal life while he was alive, there’s little doubt that he was a major force in shaping the world we live in today through the technology he created. 

In this speech, Jobs’ mindfulness for these differing views is readily apparent, and overall, the entire speech is surprisingly humble. Jobs structures his speech as three simple stories, and of course they’re anything but simple, once you dig beneath the surface. 

One is a rags-to-riches story, which is expected, considering Jobs’ success. Second is a story of adversity in which Jobs explains the issues he faced after being “fired” from Apple. 

But it’s the third story – one about death – that’s truly surprising. It’s not a subject you’ll hear in many commencement speeches, let alone motivational ones. Yet, in telling this story, Jobs manages to present it in a way that it’s not depressing or scary but instead inspires his audience to live life to the fullest. 

In the same way, as you shape your own motivational speeches or as you approach challenging situations, remember that simplicity and logic are all well and good, like the stories Jobs includes at the beginning of his speech. But, if you want to truly stand out and conquer your challenges, be courageous! Approach tough topics head-on, don’t be afraid to be unconventional, and you’re sure to leave a mark, just like Jobs did.

Richard St. John: 8 Secrets of Success TED Talk (2005) 

Second of our motivational speech examples is that of author, marketer, and analyst Richard St. John , namely his 2005 TED Talk. TED Talks have become a staple in the world of motivational speeches, and it’s easy to see why this one made the cut. Based on his book , 8 To Be Great , St. John’s speech cuts to the chase in a way that most speeches don’t. In fact, it’s only three minutes long! 

Plus, although many of his points are simple, the speech itself is structurally brilliant, condensing 7 years of research and 500 of St. John’s interviews into a presentation that, despite its brevity, keeps audience members on their toes. Altogether, it’s a brilliant example of the use of momentum in storytelling. When it starts, for instance, St. John begins with “It all started one day on a plane,” which for many listeners – myself included – would seem like a signal to tune out a bit. It’s like hearing a speech that starts with “Webster’s Dictionary defines…” It works, but it’s used a lot . 

That said, the rest of St. John’s speech is the polar opposite, and quickly jumps from one interesting point to another without any wasted words or time. It also incorporates carefully-placed jokes. That way, even though he covers a lot of ground, his audience remembers all of it. It also allows him to connect with his audience and, unlike many speakers, share his information without appearing to be on a pedestal. 

With your own experiences or motivational speeches, St. John’s speech offers two important lessons. First, keep it simple. You don’t have to be flashy to be memorable. Second, don’t be afraid to laugh. In presentations, humor makes you more relatable and memorable, and in life, it makes hard times easier to handle. 

Dan Pink: The Puzzle of Motivation TED Talk (2009)

Third in our list of motivational speech examples is another TED Talk, this time from career analyst and bestselling author Daniel Pink. As an author, Pink’s built his reputation on many “legs,” including his publications, awards – even a stint as chief speechwriter for former U.S. Vice President Al Gore in the late 1990s.

Like these accomplishments, Pink’s TED Talk is a model for any speaker that needs to take a boring topic – like business or politics – and turn it into something inspiring and engaging. In this case, the former of these topics is presented as a puzzle. To start with, Pink explains the common economic approach to performance, saying “If you want people to perform better, you reward them. Right?… That’s how business works.” 

However, what he says next is what really puzzles you, as a listener: There is a mismatch between what science knows and what business does….the solution is not to do more of the wrong things, to entice people with a sweeter carrot, or threaten them with a sharper stick. We need a whole new approach.”

Ultimately, the topic of performance in the workplace is a relatively common one and the question “How do I motivate myself at work?” is a common puzzle. But Pink tackles out-of-the-box thinking in an out-of-the-box way and, in the end, concludes his story with a clear takeaway from the evidence and unconventional analytics he’s shared.

Likewise, with your own speeches or decisions, start by considering all the evidence you can find. That’s just a good rule of thumb, no matter what field you’re in. But, after that, try to consider it from another angle. Like Pink’s speech, it’ll make your topic vastly more interesting, and you’re almost guaranteed to grow, personally, because of your learning process.

Mel Robbins: How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over (2011)

Number four of our motivational speech examples belongs to Mel Robbins . As speakers go, Robbins is widely respected for her unique and candid approach to difficult situations, or, as I call it, the “gut-punch” approach. In other words, she’s not afraid to talk frankly about tough stuff. 

Dig beneath the one-liners and snarky comments, though, and Robbins’ approach is really about being direct to the point of bluntness. Some of the things she advocates are platitudes – focus on getting what you want, tell yourself the truth, force yourself out of your comfort zone, etc. – but she always backs it up with data that makes the gut punches land that much harder. 

Beyond her speaking style, however, Robbins is also known for engaging with her audiences. In this speech, for instance, she not only picks an individual from her audience to highlight the overwhelming odds of simply being born (this is the data we just talked about). She then goes on to meld that statistic with a model of the human brain, saying “I describe one side of your brain as autopilot and the other side as an emergency brake” and explaining her method for getting out of your own “autopilot” mode to meet your goals.

In this way, by presenting evidence but then relating it to a real person in the room, Robbins takes a subject that could be complicated or boring and makes it relatable. Likewise, if your speaking material – or your mood – has a tendency to flatline, change things up! Be blunt with yourself and candid with your audience. Then, do whatever you need to connect your message to other’s lives. Just like Pink’s speech, taking this Mel Robbins, “gut-punch” approach will make you relatable and likable, making you memorable.

Michelle Obama: Commencement Speech at Eastern Kentucky University (2013)

Next in our list of motivational speech examples is another commencement speech, this time from former lawyer, bestselling author , and First Lady to the 44th President of the U.S. Michelle Obama. 

Since stepping into the spotlight at the White House, Obama’s been regarded by many as a woman of power, and her personal and professional accomplishments are without question. In some ways, they’ve even helped her become a celebrity. This level of fame, however, is precisely where Obama’s similarity to celebrities ends. 

For many celebrity motivational speakers, speaking is just a gig, and the amount of time they want to spend on it corresponds directly with the money they receive to be there. In cases like these, it’s clear to the audience that the speaker may not even believe what they’re saying on stage or want their audience to succeed. They just want the paycheck. 

Yet, despite Obama’s popularity and prominence, her approach to speaking is anything but flippant or snobby. It’s all about connecting with the audience in a way that shows true generosity of spirit. In fact, every point Obama touches on is quickly translated and related to her audience in a way that’s both personal and powerful, making it clear that this speech isn’t haphazardly thrown together or something she’s said to hundreds of other audiences. It was carefully crafted to tie her core values – resilience, conscientiousness and service – into the setting and the needs of her audience, so they could leave with personalized affirmation and action steps. 

By doing this, Obama never fails to deliver a message that is both moving and quietly powerful. To do the same with your own speeches, follow her lead and remember who you’re there for: not the check, not the glory, but your audience .

Brené Brown: “The Power of Vulnerability” (2013)

Number six of our motivational speech examples is the shortest on this list, a less than three-minute short film from University of Houston research professor Dr. Brené Brown . 

Although Brown originally gained traction with her 20-minute TED Talk in 2010, this speech (or “mini-speech,” rather) takes the topic of that talk – vulnerability – and concentrates on a single facet of it. Specifically, she focuses on empathy and the age-old question of how to express empathy rather than sympathy and, in doing so, authentically connect with the person you’re trying to support in the moment. 

It’s a hard question, but, like Richard St. John’s speech, Brown shares a lot in a short message. In many ways, it’s her brevity that forces you to sit up and listen. In a little more than two minutes, her message is simple: When someone you know feels down and alone, don’t try to make things better. Just be there with them, and stick around, even if it takes them a while to bounce back. 

To illustrate her point, Brown presents her speech alongside an animated cartoon in which a fox is the depressed party and a bear comes to her aid. This helps her take a challenging and sometimes uncomfortable situation and not just make it engaging but also light-hearted. 

Similarly, if your speech tackles a tough message, consider presenting with a visual aid to lighten the mood, and keep the message as brief as possible. Don’t be the motivational speaker equivalent of “that guy,” i.e., the speaker who drones on and on but keeps repeating the same basic points. Use your speaking ability and visual aids to make a connection in the way that suits your audience best.

Jim Carrey: Commencement Speech at Maharishi University of Management (2014)

Seventh of our motivational speech examples is a 2014 commencement speech, this time from comedian, actor, and artist Jim Carrey. As you’d expect, part of Carey’s charm is his sense of humor, and it’s largely through his comedy that he keeps the audience engaged through serious topics. He’s also mindful of his tendency to walk the comedic line and uses this unpredictability to keep his audience paying attention, as they can pretty safely assume he has another joke up his sleeve.

Additionally, besides humor, Carey also engages his audience with something we’ve yet to touch on: authenticity! Unlike the other speakers in this list, Carey is widely known for his eccentricity more than anything. Most recently, as he’s shared more and more of his artwork, he’s also gained considerable attention for his creativity. Throughout his speech, although many speakers might choose to “dumb down” these attributes, Carey instead thrives on them, staying true to his authentic self, just as he encourages the members of his audience to be. 

To conclude his speech, Carey states: “You’ll come up with your own style, and that’s part of the fun… You are ready and able to do beautiful things in this world, and after you walk through those doors today, you will only ever have two choices: love or fear. Choose love and don’t ever let fear turn you against your playful heart.”

With your own speeches – and your own personal choices – keep this mindset close and remember to be yourself. Like Carey says, “you are ready and able to do beautiful things”. Plus, I can almost guarantee there are people out there who could benefit from the stories you have to share. Just stay true to yourself, stay humble, and your audience won’t want to look away.

Simon Sinek: Live2Lead (2016)

Next in our list of motivational speech examples is a speech from writer and TED speaker Simon Sinek . As author of the bestselling leadership book Start With Why , Sinek first appeared in his 2009 TED Talk , “How Great Leaders Inspire Action.” 

Since then, he’s gone on to publish a number of additional books centered around leadership as well as how to “wake up inspired, feel safe wherever [we] are and end the day fulfilled by the work [we] do.” These three ideas can be seen consistently throughout his ongoing work, speaking included. 

In this speech, specifically, Sinek deals with leadership in the business world, but his approach is based on the idea of destroying stereotypes everywhere. In short, he’s there to “blow up” paradigms and share new ones, based on his own research and experience. Here, Sinek focuses on “trust” and “communication,” for the former. Then, he proposes replacing them with “empathy” and “perspective,” for the latter. 

Although this may sound ordinary, Sinek demonstrates that he’s not just replacing one stereotypical topic with another. He’s also urging audience members to ditch their preconceptions about that topic, so they can approach it with an open mind. After having done that, he’s then careful to only provide extremely relevant and powerful arguments for his “new take” on the topic. That way, he provides details without overwhelming the audience.

Overall, these switches between “blowing up” and building provide a sense of balance in Sinek’s speech. In your own speeches, aim for a similar balance for your audience. Keep in mind that you’re there to educate but not berate with a ton of new ideas. It sounds simplistic, but staying consistent and on-point is key if you want your audience to leave inspired to act. 

Simon T. Bailey: To Break Through, Find Your True Calling (2017)

Number nine of our motivational speech examples is a 2017 speech from Simon T. Bailey. If you’re a regular SpeakerFlow blog reader, you already know there are many reasons Bailey is legendary among professional speakers. For one thing, his personal branding and digital presence are two of the best in the speaking industry. For another, his humility is seemingly endless despite his success, a trait that’s perhaps best summarized in his book, Success Is An Inside Job : “Success is not significance. Money is not meaning. Power isn’t purpose.”

In this speech, we see this idea reinforced through the third thing that sets Bailey apart, namely his speaking skills. Because he’s talking to a business-oriented crowd, in many ways, this skill isn’t immediately apparent. Truthfully, the first part of his speech is traditional. While it’s undeniably engaging, it’s sometimes a little hard to see why he’s such a renowned orator. 

Then he digs deeper. After his initial “traditional” approach, Bailey pivots to a creative angle, explaining how to “invent your future” and be unconventional in simple ways to slowly change your mindset. He then goes on to incorporate topics like emotional equity and commitment, love and respect as universally important values, and his trip to South Africa to “get free.” Combine this surprising switch from “conventional” to “creative” with Bailey’s optimistic tone, and you can almost feel the audience connecting with him. 

To create the same atmosphere on your own stage, aim for a similar element of surprise. Remember that you’re there to speak for more than a few minutes. Consequently, building up to a powerful ending is crucial, even if that means starting slow. 

Matthew McConaughey: Commencement Speech at University of Houston (2018)

Last but not least in our motivational speech examples list is a 2018 commencement, delivered by Matthew McConaughey. 

As an actor, McConaughey has arguably delivered motivational speeches in almost all of his movie appearances. In fact, whether it’s The Lincoln Lawyer , Mud , We Are Marshall, or Dallas Buyers Club , one of his best tricks as an actor is to take each of his characters by the horns and deliver a rousing speech at a critical point in the film.

Outside of the big screen, however, McConaughey’s commencement address for the University of Houston reflects similar confidence and power, in his words, his clothing, and his body language. As a well-known celebrity, this isn’t entirely surprising, especially considering his famously “swoon-worthy” movie persona. 

That said, when he gets to the heart of the matter, McConaughey dives well beneath the surface. His pointed words about motivation, success, and life being both tough and unfair are striking in a way you don’t always hear from celebrity speakers. He may begin with platitudes and stereotypes. But, the more he explains, the more intimate the speech gets. This makes it more memorable than even his best movie speeches.

So, what can you take away from McConaughey’s speech? Simply put, whenever you’re trying to put your best foot forward, whether you’re on stage or just walking down the street, remember that being memorable doesn’t require heels or a suit. For McConaughey, who here rocks a beard and open-collared dress shirt, it’s his words that make people pay attention, not a flashy outfit or dramatic entrance. 

Likewise, in your own life, the same can be true. Just speak with confidence and conviction, and no matter how you look or what you’re wearing, people will listen. 💖

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You really don’t need to change the world, you just need to master your own self, align your values, your personality, and your purpose to your vision. That’s the core of making for a better world.

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The 24 Best Motivational Speeches Our Employees Have Ever Heard

Published: July 19, 2023

It was halftime during one of my 7th-grade football games. And we were losing 14 - 0. With our knees planted in the grass, my team was quietly huddled, drenched in sweat and defeat. Suddenly, it was game over.

A woman listens to motivational speeches through her headphones

That's when our assistant coach burst into our circle and shattered our pity party, delivering one of the best motivational speeches I've heard to this day.

I can't directly quote him because he said some inappropriate things for a blog post (and, in hindsight, probably for a bunch of 13-year-olds too).

The point is he harnessed the power of words to rejuvenate a physically and emotionally drained team. And we came back clawing to win the game.

→ Click here to download leadership lessons from HubSpot founder, Dharmesh  Shah [Free Guide].

Motivational Speech

A motivational speech can come from anywhere or anyone, but it usually has a specific audience in mind.

Whether it's a graduation speech, an all-company meeting, a championship sporting event, or a conference keynote, these speeches are designed to change how their listeners see the challenges facing them in the future.

Like in sports, being motivated at work is crucial for your performance. This rings especially true when you have a looming deadline, an important meeting, or colleagues or customers depending on your performance.

Think about the last time you felt generally unmotivated. What brought you out of that feeling? Sometimes all it takes to get you going is a good night's sleep or witnessing the benefits of your labor.

Still, other times, you might listen to someone say something that resonates with you — that alters how you've been looking at a particular task or problem.

Motivational speeches and speakers can come in all different forms, but this is the one thing they have in common — resonance. They resonate with the right listener at the right time and in the right way.

Who knows, this article is doing some for you right now. (I can dream, can't I?)

We selected 24 of the best motivational speeches from business, sports, entertainment, and other fields to help you stay motivated no matter what your work throws at you. Watch these videos if you want to feel inspired by a project.

Trust me, I was wiping my eyes after I saw them. And while the messages vary from speech to speech, they can put you in the optimal frame of mind for tackling and crushing your next big challenge.

(Disclaimer: Some speeches may contain NSFW language.)

Elon Musk: "The Importance of Never Giving Up" (2020)

Angela Ahrendts: "Leading with Empathy" (2023)

Arianna Huffington: "The Power of Sleep" (2023)

Tim Cook: "Inclusion and Diversity" (2023)

J.K. Rowling: “The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination” (2008)

Sheryl Sandberg: "Lean In" (2021)

Jim Carrey: Commencement Speech at Maharishi University of Management (2014)

Steve Jobs: "How to Live Before You Die" (2005)

Matthew McConaughey: "The Pursuit of Happiness" (2022)

Denzel Washington: "Fall Forward" (2011)

Vera Jones: “But the Blind Can Lead the Blind…” (2016)

Oprah Winfrey: "The Power of Self-Belief" (2020)

Charlie Day: Merrimack College Commencement Speech (2014)

Brené Brown: "The Power of Vulnerability" (2013)

Kobe Bryant: “The Path to Greatness" (2020)

David Foster Wallace: "This Is Water" (2005)

Carol Dweck: "The Growth Mindset" (2020)

Al Pacino: "Inch by Inch" (1999)

Satya Nadella: "Empowering Others" (2023)

Sylvester Stallone: Speech from Rocky Balboa (2006)

Will Smith: Speech from The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

Mel Robbins: "The 5 Second Rule" (2020)

Angela Duckworth: "The Power of Grit" (2020)

Kurt Russell: “This is Your Time” (2004)

The Best Motivational Speeches of All Time

1. elon musk: "the importance of never giving up" (2020), theme of speech: perseverance and resilience.

Elon Musk's "The Importance of Never Giving Up" speech about perseverance and determination is decisive.

In this speech, Musk emphasizes failing and learning from failures as keys to success. He recounts his life and career, demonstrating how he overcame challenges.

One key takeaway from Musk's speech is his advice to adopt a growth mindset.

Musk encourages listeners to view setbacks as learning experiences. He also highlights the value of perseverance, persistence, and taking risks.

Elon Musk's word serves as an upbeat reminder that perseverance, patience, and the desire to attempt things repeatedly in the face of difficulty are essential for success.

"If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it."

2. Angela Ahrendts: "Leading with Empathy" (2023)

Theme of the speech: empathetic leadership....

The "Leading with Empathy" talk by Angela Ahrendts emphasizes the importance of emotional intelligence and compassion in leadership.

According to Ahrendts, leaders must view their employees as whole people with lives outside of work. Leaders can instill trust, respect, and mutual support in their employees and organizations.

Ahrendts emphasizes the importance of team mission as well. Leaders can inspire their teams by connecting them to a greater goal.

She believes that working together fosters creativity, innovation, and growth.

"Leading with Empathy" is a powerful reminder that leadership requires more than technical knowledge. To truly inspire and motivate their employees, leaders must understand their emotional needs and create a supportive, inclusive environment.

"Empathy is the glue that holds relationships together, whether they are personal or professional."

3. Arianna Huffington: "The Power of Sleep" (2023)

Theme of the speech: sleep and productivity.

The Huffington Post's founder, Arianna Huffington, emphasized the importance of sleep to overall health. In her 2023 speech, "The Power of Sleep," she discusses how sleep deprivation affects our health, productivity, and happiness.

Huffington observes that we have been taught to sacrifice sleep for success. She also mentions that well-rested employees are more creative, efficient, and effective.

To address these issues, Huffington proposes a cultural shift that recognizes sleep as essential to health and wellness.

She advises individuals and organizations to prioritize sleep, avoid technology before bedtime, and create a restful sleep environment. Sleep, according to Huffington, is a necessity, not a luxury.

By recognizing the importance of sleep, people and businesses can enhance their health, productivity, and general well-being.

Arianna Huffington's "The Power of Sleep" speech in 2023 emphasizes the importance of sleep and the dangers of sleep deprivation.

It promotes a culture where getting enough sleep is essential for health and well-being.

"Sleep is the Swiss Army knife of health, it does everything."

4. Tim Cook: "Inclusion and Diversity" (2023)

Theme of the speech: inclusion and diversity.

Apple CEO Tim Cook advocates for inclusion and diversity. He has been instrumental in the company's initiatives to advance fairness and equality inside its ranks and across the technology sector.

Cook has prioritized diversity and inclusion at Apple because he believes it is proper and necessary for innovation and business success.

Unconscious bias training, diverse recruitment, and employee resource groups contributed to his success.

Outside of Apple, Cook has advocated for LGBTQ+ rights and immigration reform. He has raised awareness of these issues and advocated for social change as a business leader.

Tech leaders and others have lauded Cook's commitment to diversity and inclusion. He has raised awareness of these issues, leading to significant change at Apple and elsewhere.

"Inclusion and diversity are not just buzzwords, they are fundamental values that drive innovation and creativity."

5. J.K. Rowling: “The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination” (2008)

Theme of speech: failure.

In J.K. Rowling's 2008 Harvard commencement speech, the Harry Potter author explored how two phenomena -- failure and imagination -- can be crucial to success.

While failure can help you understand where your true passion lies, and where you should focus your energy moving forward, imagination is what will allow you to empathize with other people so you can use your influence to do good.

“We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.”

"You have to understand your own personal DNA. Don't do things because I do them or Steve Jobs or Mark Cuban tried it. You need to know your personal brand and stay true to it."

6. Sheryl Sandberg: "Lean In" (2021)

Theme of the speech: gender equality and leadership.

Sheryl Sandberg's 2021 talk, "Lean In," encourages women to lean into their careers and leadership roles. She urges women to stand up for one another and themselves to overcome societal and cultural hurdles.

Sandberg highlights the need to have distinct objectives and goals and be prepared to take calculated risks to achieve them.

She also underlines how crucial it is for more female leaders to advance diversity and gender equality across all industries.

Sandberg's speech also emphasizes collaboration. She urges women to mentor other women and look for sponsors and mentors themselves.

The "Lean In" talk by Sheryl Sandberg emphasizes women's voices and perspectives in all aspects of society.

To remove barriers and foster more inclusive and varied workplaces and communities, Sandberg urges women to pursue their professional ambitions with confidence and with the help of their communities.

"We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamic, reshape the conversation, to make sure women's voices are heard and heeded, not overlooked and ignored."

7. Jim Carrey: Commencement Speech at Maharishi University of Management (2014)

Theme of speech: taking risks.

Jim Carrey might make a living as the goofiest comedian around, but in 2014, he combined classic Carrey humor with unforgettable insight at Maharishi University of Management's graduation ceremony.

Jim Carrey opened his speech dishing punchlines, but he eventually opened up about his upbringing and the role fear plays in our lives. You can actually hear the amazement in the students' reactions in the video above.

“I learned many great lessons from my father -- not the least of which is that you can fail at what you don't want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.”

8. Steve Jobs: "How to Live Before You Die" (2005)

Theme of speech: life and career.

Considering the YouTube video of Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford commencement speech has 24 million views, it's likely that you've seen this one already.

In the speech, Jobs plays on two themes: connecting the dots (anecdote: how taking a calligraphy class helped inspire the design of the Mac) and love & loss (anecdote: how getting fired from Apple helped inspire his greatest innovations).

Perhaps the most memorable part his speech comes at the end, when he quotes the (now-famous) lines from the final issue of his favorite publication, The Whole Earth Catalog:

“Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”

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9. Matthew McConaughey: "The Pursuit of Happiness" (2022)

Theme of the speech: discovering true happiness and fulfillment in life..

In "The Pursuit of Happiness," famed actor and motivational speaker Matthew McConaughey provides his enlightened viewpoint on obtaining true happiness and fulfillment.

McConaughey presents a genuine and approachable study of what it means to live a fulfilling life through sincere storytelling and personal anecdotes.

The speech discusses the significance of authenticity and remaining true to oneself. McConaughey encourages people to define their success rather than succumb to social pressures or external expectations.

He stresses aligning our behaviors and decisions with our fundamental values and passions.

McConaughey expresses his conviction in the power of thankfulness and the importance of living in the present moment. He encourages people to create a grateful mindset, recognizing the blessings and possibilities surrounding them.

By appreciating the present and finding joy in the journey, individuals can experience more profound happiness and fulfillment.

"Happiness is not a destination. It's a state of mind, a journey, and a choice we make every day."

10. Denzel Washington: "Fall Forward" (2011)

In his 2011 UPenn commencement speech, Denzel Washington highlighted three reasons why we need to embrace failure in order to be successful. First, everybody will fail at something at some point, so you better get used to it.

Second, if you never fail, take that as a sign that you're not really trying. And third, at the end of the day, failure will help you figure out what path you want to be on.

“Fall forward. Here's what I mean: Reggie Jackson struck out twenty-six-hundred times in his career — the most in the history of baseball. But you don't hear about the strikeouts. People remember the home runs.

Fall forward.

Thomas Edison conducted 1,000 failed experiments. Did you know that? I didn't know that—because #1,001 was the light bulb. Fall forward. Every failed experiment is one step closer to success.”

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11. Vera Jones: “But the Blind Can Lead the Blind…” (2016)

Theme of speech: perseverance.

Last year at INBOUND, Vera Jones told a moving story about the life lessons she's learned from raising her blind son.

She explains how having faith in your future and letting it lead you toward your true purpose will help you overcome blinding obstacles.

She also discusses how following your passion and trusting your vision develops empathy, which is a critical leadership skill.

“Passionately play your position no matter how bad things get. You are significant. Why we are here is not for our own glory. Ultimately, we're here to lead and serve everybody else. By doing that, we encourage others to do the same.”

12. Oprah Winfrey: "The Power of Self-Belief" (2020)

Theme of Speech: Self-Belief and Confidence

Oprah Winfrey's 2020 speech "The Power of Self-Belief" emphasized the importance of self-assurance. She attributed her success to her unwavering self-assurance.

According to Oprah, self-belief is not about being arrogant or overconfident. She stresses the significance of overcoming self-doubt and fear, which can prevent people from reaching their goals.

Oprah used personal stories to demonstrate how self-confidence has aided her in life and work. She encouraged her audience to believe in themselves and to embrace their inner strength.

The Power of Self-Belief" reminded us how important it is to have faith in ourselves and our ability to succeed.

"The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams."


13. Charlie Day: Merrimack College Commencement Speech (2014)

Best known for his role in the sitcom It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, actor Charlie Day had lots of wisdom to share during the 2014 commencement speech at his alma mater, Merrimack College.

Day explained to the audience how college degrees are inherently valueless, since you can't trade them in for cash. Instead, it's you, your hard work, and the risks you take that provide real value in life.

“You cannot let a fear of failure or a fear of comparison or a fear of judgment stop you from doing the things that will make you great. You cannot succeed without the risk of failure.

You cannot have a voice without the risk of criticism. You cannot love without the risk of loss. You must take these risks.”

14. Brené Brown: "The Power of Vulnerability" (2013)

The video above is an animated excerpt from researcher Brené Brown's speech, " The Power of Vulnerability ." In the speech, Brown explores how our fear of not being good enough (among other fears) drives us to shield ourselves from our own vulnerabilities.

The alternative to wearing this emotional suit of armor: Embrace vulnerability through empathizing with others.

"Empathy is a choice, and it's a vulnerable choice. Because in order to connect with you, I have to connect with something in myself that knows that feeling."


15. Kobe Bryant: “The Path to Greatness" (2020)

Theme of the speech: embracing dedication, perseverance, and a relentless pursuit of greatness..

Bryant emphasizes setting ambitious goals and working tirelessly to achieve them. Through captivating storytelling and personal anecdotes, he reveals the sacrifices and relentless effort required to excel at the highest level.

Bryant's speech is a testament to the power of hard work, discipline, and a growth mindset in attaining greatness.

The speech also explores embracing failure as a stepping stone to success. Bryant shares how setbacks and challenges can fuel personal growth and resilience.

He encourages individuals to embrace failure, learn from it, and use it as motivation to push beyond their limits.

Bryant's speech goes beyond the realm of sports, offering valuable insights and life lessons applicable to all areas of life.

His relentless pursuit of greatness and unwavering commitment to excellence inspires individuals striving to achieve their goals and dreams.

"I have self-doubt. I have insecurity. I have fear of failure. I have nights when I show up at the arena and I'm like, 'My back hurts, my feet hurt, my knees hurt. I don't have it. I just want to chill.'

We all have self-doubt. You don't deny it, but you also don't capitulate to it. You embrace it."

16. David Foster Wallace: "This Is Water" (2005)

From the opening minutes of David Foster Wallace's 2005 Kenyon College commencement speech , in which he questions commencement speech conventions, it's clear that Wallace has some serious wisdom to share.

The crux of his speech: Many of us are oblivious to our own close-mindedness. We picture ourselves as the centers of our own, individual universes, instead of seeing the bigger, more interconnected picture.

“If you're automatically sure that you know what reality is and who and what is really important, if you want to operate on your default setting, then you, like me, probably won't consider possibilities that aren't annoying and miserable.

But if you've really learned how to think, how to pay attention, then you'll know you have other options.

It will actually be within your power to experience a crowded, hot, slow, consumer hell-type situation as not only meaningful, but sacred — on fire with the same force that lit the stars: love, fellowship, the mystical oneness of all things deep down.”

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17. Carol Dweck: "The Growth Mindset" (2020)

Theme of the speech: cultivating a growth mindset for personal and professional development..

In "The Growth Mindset," Carol Dweck, a renowned psychologist, and author, delivers an enlightening speech on the power of adopting a growth mindset for personal and professional growth.

Dweck's extensive research on mindset and achievement provides the foundation for her impactful message.

Dweck explains the difference between a fixed mindset, where individuals believe their abilities are fixed traits, and a growth mindset, where individuals believe their abilities can be developed through effort and learning.

She demonstrates how a growth mindset fosters resilience, learning, and innovation through relatable stories and compelling examples.

Dweck's speech resonates with individuals seeking personal and professional development, as she provides insights into how adopting a growth mindset can positively impact all areas of life.

Her research-based approach and engaging speaking style make "The Growth Mindset" an inspiring resource for individuals striving for continuous growth and improvement.

"The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even when it's not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset."

Famous Short Speeches With Inspirational Takeaways

18. al pacino: "inch by inch" (1999), theme of speech: teamwork.

Yes, this speech is from a football movie (Any Given Sunday), but trust me: This isn't your stereotypical rah-rah-go-get-'em sports speech. It's deeper than that. It's about life, and loss, and ... gosh darn it just listen to Al Pacino.

He's pouring his soul out!

“Either we heal as a team or we're gonna crumble, inch by inch, play by play, till we're finished. We're in hell right now, gentlemen, believe me.

And we can stay here and get the $&#@ kicked out of us, or we can fight our way back into the light. We can climb out of hell, one inch at a time.”

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19. Satya Nadella: "Empowering Others" (2023)

Theme of the Speech: Empowerment and Collaboration

Satya Nadella's 2023 lecture, "Empowering Others," emphasizes the importance of leadership that empowers others rather than focusing on personal success.

He emphasizes the importance of leaders cultivating a culture of inclusion and belonging in which everyone feels respected and able to accomplish their best work.

Nadella also discusses the significance of technology in positive development. Some of society's most important issues may be resolved by technology, but proper development and application are required.

According to Nadella, empathy and emotional intelligence are essential for outstanding leadership. He suggests that Leaders listen to and understand. their team members' needs and motivations.

Leaders can develop a culture of trust and collaboration that will help the team flourish.

Satya Nadella's "Empowering Others" provides a special message about leadership in the current day. By emphasizing diversity, empathy, and responsible innovation, Nadella encourages audiences to strive for excellence while being mindful of their impact on others and the world.

"Success is not just about what we achieve individually, but what we enable others to achieve."

20. Sylvester Stallone: Speech from Rocky Balboa (2006)

Theme of speech: never give up.

I had to put this one next since it plays along the same themes as Denzel Washington's UPenn speech. In the scene above, from the 2006 film Rocky Balboa, the title character (played by Sylvester Stallone) is having a heart-to-heart with his son.

The advice he gives him: Don't let your failures or the adversity you face slow you down. Keep. Moving. Forward.

“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place, and I don't care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it.

You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard you hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done!”

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21. Will Smith: Speech from The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

Theme of speech: don’t let them bring you down.

Here's another speech from the big screen, this time from the 2006 film The Pursuit of Happyness.

In the scene above, Will Smith's character explains to his son why he shouldn't pursue basketball (because he'll end up being "below average") before having a major change of heart.

“Don't ever let somebody tell you ... you can't do something. Not even me. All right? You got a dream. You gotta protect it. People can't do something themselves, they want to tell you can't do it. If you want something, go get it. Period.”

22. Mel Robbins: "The 5 Second Rule" (2020)

Theme of the Speech: Action and Overcoming Self-Doubt

The "The 5 Second Rule" speech by Mel Robbins promotes action to achieve goals and overcome concerns and doubts.

When confronted with a decision or action that needs to be completed but you are hesitating or procrastinating, countdown from 5, and then act. According to Robbins, this method breaks habit loops that keep us unhealthy.

Counting down and taking action may assist us in overcoming uncertainty and self-doubt and moving toward our objectives. For success, Robbins also promotes mentality and self-talk.

She believes that to realize our potential, we must consciously reframe negative thoughts and limiting beliefs.

Mel Robbins' presentation "The 5 Second Rule" is a practical and efficient technique to overcome procrastination and achieve goals.

Robbins inspires listeners to take command of their lives and achieve by emphasizing attitude, self-talk, and positive actions.

"You are never going to feel like doing the things that are tough, difficult, or uncertain, but you have a choice."

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23. Angela Duckworth: "The Power of Grit" (2020)

Theme of the Speech: Spirit and Perseverance

Angela Duckworth examines the significance of perseverance and resilience in achievement in her book "The Power of Grit." According to Duckworth, grit—passion and determination—is essential for long-term success and overcoming obstacles.

Duckworth addresses grit and mentality, believing that people who view challenges and setbacks as opportunities for growth rather than threats will develop resilience and determination over time.

She advocates for a growth mindset, which believes people can acquire intelligence and other qualities through hard work. Duckworth places a premium on rigorous practice to achieve skill and mastery.

She recommends soliciting feedback, setting challenging goals, and intentionally improving abilities and succeeding. Angela Duckworth's "The Power of Grit" illuminates long-term achievement.

Duckworth emphasizes attitude, focused practice, and resilience to urge listeners to acquire grit and pursue their passions with tenacity.

"Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality."

24. Kurt Russell: “This is Your Time” (2004)

Theme of speech: inspiring and believing in your team.

The Miracle on Ice is still considered the biggest upset in Olympic hockey history. And for good reason. The Soviet Union won six of the last seven Olympic gold medals, and the U.S. team consisted only of amateur players.

It was obvious the Soviets were better. But, in the movie Miracle, which told the incredible story of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team, Kurt Russell's character — Coach Herb Brooks — knew that this game was different.

The U.S. was better than the Soviets that day. And his speech conveyed such a strong belief in his team that they pulled off one of the greatest sports moments of the 20th century.

“If we played 'em ten times, they might win nine. But not this game… Not tonight. Tonight, we skate with them. Tonight, we stay with them. And we shut them down because we can!

Tonight, WE are the greatest hockey team in the world. You were born to be hockey players, every one of you. And you were meant to be here tonight. This is your time.”

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A motivational speech is a very strong tool that allows you to influence large masses. It allows you to utilize the platform to inspire people and actually become a catalyst for change. A good motivational speaker can command the audience and communicate an effective call for action.

A good motivational speech needs many elements. One of which is a good motivational speech topic. This is why we’ve compiled a handy list of 100+ motivational speech topics for students, for youths, for presentations, and much more.

Being a good motivational speaker is not just to wow the stage but also important in any walk of life. In a professional setting, you’ll need to motivate your team members. Even if you’re looking to make your way to higher positions, you will need to display these skills. This is why we’ve included instructions on how to construct a motivational speech as well.

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Structure of a motivational speech, capture attention, illustrate the need, satisfy the need, visualize the future, encourage action, power words for a motivational speech, ingredients of a call-to-action speech, motivational speech topics for students, business & management topics, medical topics, family and parenting topics, self-improvement topics, topics about technology, science topics, social topics, famous quotes, wrapping up,.

Motivational speeches are not only important for the stage. While it is tempting to give a good speech, learning to give a good motivational speech instills a lot of good qualities in you. Learning to read audience cues, having a confident tone, commanding a call-to-action are all qualities that will help you in life. These qualities can also turn you into a good leader. You’ll be able to lead a group of people into a consensus and get results.

Most speeches follow a similar structure: opening, body, and conclusion. The only changes are made to make the speech more effective. For example, motivational speeches typically begin with a hook. This can be any shocking fact, statistic, or sweeping statement. A good approach is to highlight a problem that is relatable. Once you capture their attention, it is easier to maintain.

Any audience decides within the first 30 seconds of a speech whether or not they will be paying attention to the rest of it. It is imperative that they listen to your build-up for your conclusion to have an impact deserving of change. For the body of your speech, make sure you come prepared with facts from reliable sources. Back all your facts with real-life examples and evidence. These are things that keep the audience listening. In conclusion, you will want a powerful closing, followed by a call-to-action.

What is Monroe’s Motivated Sequence?

Monroe’s motivated sequence is a popular technique of persuasion. This technique applies to a wide variety of motivational topics. If you want to succeed as a motivational speaker, you will need to understand this structure well. There are five elements to be aware of:

Capturing your audience’s attention is a very important aspect of a motivational speech. The tools you can use for this can be humor, facts, statistics, quotations, thought-provoking questions, and much more. Depending on how long your speech is, you will need to weave all these throughout your speech. You will definitely need to include this in your opening, but if your speech is longer, you will need to plan them between 1-5 minute intervals.

Every person has a need. Human beings are selfish creatures. To get their attention, you will need to offer solutions to problems they can relate to. Sometimes people aren’t even aware of this need. For this, you will need to first illustrate what kind of need your speech will cover. Utilize arguments and evidence as persuasion devices. Draw attention to the negatives while highlighting the benefits. When you take this approach, you make the audience more aware of the problem and, in turn make them more open to accepting a solution.

Once you have explained the problem, the next step is to offer the solution. Once the audience is willing to accept solutions, you can direct them more easily. Present viable solutions and be specific. Back every solution with convincing data or examples, and be as clear as you can when explaining. If the floor is open to questions, you need to be prepared to answer any counter-arguments.

This is where you build a hypothetical situation. Many people might feel disconnected with a model that is simply based on a problem/solution basis. To make it easier to connect, try to create a visualization. You build an example of a scenario where the solution is followed versus one where it isn’t. Give detailed accounts for both to build as much relatability as possible. This helps the audience clearly see the advantages, disadvantages, and, most importantly, the consequences of their choices. Try not to exaggerate too much as it can break your connection with the audience. Keep it simple but realistic.

Encouraging action is part of the conclusion of your speech. This is the end result of the build-up where you inform the audience exactly what actions they can undertake to solve their problems. Make sure the action is not vague so that the call-to-action is actually effective. Don’t simply mention the action but explain exactly what results can be expected from that action. Keep expectations believable, and don’t pad the numbers. Guide your audience step by step and inspire action.

Motivational speeches make use of action terms to deliver the message more effectively. These work on the subconscious of your audience. So if you can weave these into your script, you are bound to have better results.

These are simply examples, but you’ll notice that they’re all action words and verbs. These words themselves inspire action or provide encouragement. Use them cleverly throughout your speech.

We’ve understood what call-to-action is. It is a statement that inspires an audience to act. But how exactly do you incite such a response? Here are a few ingredients that make this possible:

  • Debating a polarizing or controversial topic.
  • Inciting emotion.
  • Encouraging small changes in daily habits.
  • Dangling a tempting goal for them to achieve.
  • Highlighting the advantages over disadvantages.
  • Making the action look simple but significant.

100+ Motivational Speech Topics

No matter the setting, you might need to look for motivational speech topics in a dizzying array of fields. Don’t worry. We’ve got your back! Below is an extensive list of motivational speech topics.

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  • Benefits of studying in a multicultural environment.
  • Taking control of your environment for growth.
  • Is there such a thing as efficient internet surfing?
  • Discipline: the art of doing things that you don’t want to do.
  • Hitting Rock-bottom: when the only way is up.
  • Research-based analysis of key determinants of success in a professional setting.
  • Self-improvement is a background app.
  • Violent video games and their effects on education.
  • Benefits of being the first to utilize emerging technologies
  • Benefits of mastering Excel in 2020.
  • Possibilities of professional success without education.
  • How to be pro-active when you don’t feel like it?
  • Is homework actually beneficial or an old relic of a dated education system?
  • Should school curriculums be rigid or flexible?
  • High-quality education and its impact and importance.
  • Experience over knowledge in priority for the overall school experience.
  • Managing expectations to increase your happiness potential.
  • Learning as a moving goalpost.
  • Comparison of international educational systems: Are we doing the best we can?
  • Free education model implementation in the USA.
  • The key to launching your own business- persistence.
  • Innovation is plenty; Initiation is the key.
  • Productivity and happiness: how to make them go hand-in-hand?
  • Is imagination the new ignition?
  • Failure as the most important ingredient of success.
  • The phoenix strategy: rising from your failures.
  • Motivating your employees via appreciation.
  • Biggest failures that have led to glorious successes.
  • Common features of successful startups.
  • Moving ahead as a team: the key to emerge above the crowd.
  • Video games in an office environment to encourage teamwork.
  • Big technological changes in the last five years and the trajectory of investment possibilities.
  • Blockchain technology and its impact on businesses around the world
  • How cryptocurrency changed the game?
  • How would the world change when cryptocurrency is fully integrated?
  • Enforcing transparent financial operations: An international comparison.
  • Preparing the youth for the evolving job market – what skills should US schools focus on?
  • Customer feedback: How to utilize it to maximize improvement?
  • Corporate responsibility as a tool in empathy.
  • Success stories for resilience in bigger businesses.
  • Is spaced out repetition the key to mastering study materials?
  • Current generations and their role in addressing global warming, pollution, and other global concerns.
  • Low temperatures in surgeries to prevent brain damage.
  • Post-graduation tips for US students.
  • Importance of balanced social life for academic excellence.
  • Coping with the psychological stresses in the medical field: Inspirational Stories
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  • Gearing current advances in medicines towards a longer average lifespan.
  • Nursing jobs are excellent for extroverts due to opportunities for social interaction.
  • Emergency injections with oxygen-containing lipid microvesicles as an innovative way to save lives.
  • Using injections with expandable beads into open wounds to stop severe bleeding from accidents and save lives.
  • An argument in favor of investments into preventive medicine measures for US society.
  • Use of psychedelic substances in treating depression.
  • Raising kids in closer contact with nature as an immunity build-up against asthma.
  • Educating behavior that encourages charitable acts in your children
  • Discussing the divide for polarizing views of students on environmental issues.
  • Stories of heroic deeds performed by scientists throughout history
  • Women empowerment, as seen in the last three generations via real-life examples.
  • Being a man and how the definition has shifted in the 21st century.
  • Worldview and values: perspective difference in a man and a woman.
  • How traditional families can transition to contemporary lifestyles.
  • How to be a role model for your children in a professional setting?
  • How to be a role model for your children in a personal and community setting?
  • Importance of introducing positive influences of successful people to children and adolescents.
  • Building an honest and open communication with your children early on.
  • Patience and observation as essential parenting tools.
  • Breaking the myth of “your true calling.”
  • Basic meditation tricks as tools for better self-control.
  • Living for your resumé or living for your eulogy
  • Why setting a minimum of one goal per year is the key to success?
  • Different meditation types and how they can help us.
  • Using vulnerability as a tool for self-growth.
  • How meditation can affect our gene expression: Scientific perspective
  • Can empathy be trained via meditation?
  • How to be comfortable being uncomfortable.
  • Comparison of MRIs in a regular versus meditating brain as an argument in favor of meditation.
  • A look into energy therapies and their effectiveness.
  • Keeping an open mind and learning adaptability in a constantly evolving world.
  • How to strive for higher goals without hitting a high wall of expectations?
  • Habits: How they make and break us?
  • How to change actions as key ingredients for self-improvement?
  • Giving equal importance to daily goals.
  • Inspiring success stories of self-improvement via character change.
  • AI and machine learning as efficiency power-ups.
  • The role of technology in going green for the future.
  • A look into cycling in Copenhagen and Amsterdam: change is possible by individual efforts.
  • How cities can encourage environmentally-friendly lifestyles.
  • Electric cars to make our future air breathable.
  • Solar energy as the cure-all for health concerns brought by air pollution.
  • Solar energy is getting rapidly cheaper than thermoelectric energy.
  • Monitoring the shift to Tesla as a huge shift in the convention.
  • Research on nuclear fusion devices able to deliver virtually unlimited energy
  • Smart investments into renewable energy for longterm affordable electricity.
  • Harnessing free, renewable electricity for an economic boost.
  • Irrigating deserts with desalinated water powered by renewable energy.
  • Harnessing waves and tidal energy.
  • Impact of utilizing nuclear fusion on civilization.
  • Balancing a high standard of living and budgeting infrastructure costs for city-wide development.
  • Incorporating nature into city planning.
  • Diet plans that reduce environmental impact as well as animal suffering.
  • How non-vegetarians can change their diets to help the environment.
  • Easy tips for households to change their impact on the environment.
  • How are shopping habits destroying the environment?
  • The positive impact that electric container barges introduced by Tesla could have on maritime transport and the environment.
  • Drones as a breakthrough technology for package delivery.
  • Self-driving electric cars as the future of taxi services.
  • Hyperloop and its impact on transportation speed and reliable scheduling.
  • Curiosity Rover – the gift of viewing Martian sunsets.
  • Impactful cost cuts for the space exploration program via recovery and reuse of first stages (rocket boosters)
  • Why computer scripts are the undisputed champs for a successful drone landing on Mars.
  • Possibilities of establishing self-sufficient colonies on Mars.
  • Benefits of an extensive array of satellites to monitor every square inch on Earth in real-time (early warnings about tsunamis, earthquakes, solving traffic congestion, improved farming, better weather prediction, etc.).
  • How to control the fake news epidemic on the Internet
  • Success stories of leaders that lead empires.
  • Revisiting the role of churches in a modern society
  • Positive thinking as a skill set that can be sharpened.
  • “There is no secret in life. Life’s aim, if it has one, is simply to be always looking for temptations.” (Oscar Wilde)
  • “If there must be trouble, let it be in my day that my child may have peace.” (Tom Paine)
  • Humans – creatures on two legs and ungrateful (F. Dostoevsky)
  • Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education. (Franklin D. Roosevelt)
  • “Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.” (Mahatma Gandhi)
  • “Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” (Lou Holtz)

Giving a motivational speech requires a lot of command over your body language, speech structure, and tone. A good motivational speech topic is a solid start. Try to pick something that you are passionate about as it will show when the audience sees you speak. There are many powerful words that subconsciously work on the listeners as well. Make sure you don’t forget the key ingredient: practice. All the best!

100 Motivational Speech Topics

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Choosing the right motivational speech topics can be a difficult task. It’s important to select topics that will engage and inspire your audience. Whether you’re speaking to a group of employees, students, or community members, the topics you choose should be relevant to your audience and be something they can connect to. 

To help you get started, we’ve put together a list of 101 motivational speech topics that will help you reach your desired goals. From inspiring stories to actionable advice, these topics will give you the tools you need to inspire and motivate your audience.

  • Unleashing Your Creativity
  • Unlock Your Potential: Harness the Power of Positive Thinking
  • Embracing Diversity 
  • Transform Fear into Strength
  • Make Failure a Stepping Stone to Success
  • Choose Courage Over Fear: Overcome Your Challenges and Reach Your Goals
  • Start Small and Create Big Impact: Live with a Purpose and Make a Difference
  • Discover the Power of Resilience
  • Overcoming Adversity and Finding Your Purpose
  • Cultivate Gratitude: Appreciate What You Have and Create a Life of Abundance
  • The Law of Attraction: How to Manifest Your Desires
  • How to Live a Fulfilling Life
  • The Journey to Personal Growth
  • Embracing Change
  • Don’t Settle for Anything Less
  • Make a Difference in the World: Find Your Voice
  • Be Fearless and Believe in Yourself
  • You Are Stronger Than You Think 
  • Overcoming Challenges
  • Taking Control of Your Journey
  • Remember Your Why: Staying Inspired and Motivated
  • Unlock Your Inner Wisdom
  • The Potential for Growth and Achievement
  • Unlock Your Hidden Potential
  • Create the Future You Want
  • The Art of Communication: Building Strong Relationships and Connections
  • The Role of Positive Habits in Success
  • The Journey to Success: Lessons from Inspiring Role Models
  • Visualize Your Success and Make it Happen
  • Unleash Your Inner Leader: Strategies for Becoming a Leader
  • The Art of Self-Confidence: How to Believe in Yourself
  • How to Reclaim Your Life and Pursue Your Dreams
  • The Link Between Success and Confidence: How to Boost Both
  • Making the Most of Your Time
  • Don’t Just Waste Time – Invest It
  • Prioritizing to Get the Most Out of Each Day
  • Carpe Diem – Seize the Day
  • Don’t Let Time Become Your Master
  • Your Self-Worth is Not Defined by Others
  • Start Loving Yourself Today
  • Living Courageously and Reaping the Rewards
  • Daring to Dream Big
  • Rising Above Fear and Uncertainty
  • Maximizing Your Productivity: Tips and Strategies
  • The Role of Habits in Being Productive
  • The Power of a Positive Mindset and Productivity
  • Finding Your Flow: How to Get into a Productive State of Mind
  • The Importance of Taking Breaks and Recharging
  • The Power of Planning and Organization in Increasing Productivity
  • Benefits of Eating Healthy: Why It’s Important for Your Body and Mind”
  • Power of a Balanced Diet and How to Achieve It
  • Importance of Eating Real, Whole Foods
  • The Role of Hydration in a Healthy Diet
  • Overcoming Cravings and Making Healthy Choices
  • How to Make Healthy Eating a Sustainable Lifestyle
  • The Power of Plant-Based Eating
  • The Importance of Meal Planning and Preparing Healthy Meals
  • The Connection Between Mind and Body: How Healthy Eating Affects Your Mental Health
  • Overcoming the Imposter Syndrome: Believing in Your Own Enoughness
  • Reframing Your Inner Critic and Believing in Your Own Capabilities
  • Taking Pride in Your Accomplishments
  • Confidence is a Choice: How to Make It Yours
  • Creating a Confident Mindset
  • Your Body is a Work of Art: Celebrate It
  • Find Gratitude in Your Physical Being
  • Your Body is a Temple: Treat It with Care and Respect
  • Focus on Health and Well-Being, Not Appearance
  • How to Overcome the Fear of Judgement
  • The Art of Letting Go
  • How to Reject the Pressure to Fit In
  • The True Meaning of Freedom
  • How to Pursue Your Own Path
  • How to Find the Courage to Stand Out from the Crowd
  • Overcoming the Fear of Criticism
  • How to Let Go of Other People’s Opinions
  • Live a Life Unbound by Society’s Rules
  • The Art of Being Fearless
  • The Courage to Choose Your Own Path: How to Tune Out the Naysayers
  • Embrace Your True Self
  • How to Find Authenticity in a World of False Standards 
  • The Art of Problem-Solving
  • Finding the Silver Lining: How to Make the Most of Difficult Situations
  • How to Bounce Back from Setbacks
  • Turning Challenges into Opportunities
  • From Adversity to Triumph
  • The Mindset of a Champion
  • The Power of Focus and Determination
  • Reaching the Summit: How to Achieve Success
  • The Top of the Mountain: Celebrating Your Accomplishments and Looking Ahead
  • The Secret to Staying at the Top
  • Turning Dreams into Reality: How to Reach the Highest Level of Success 
  • Climbing the Ladder of Success
  • Reaching the Pinnacle of Achievement
  • Achieving Success in the Face of Adversity
  • Living with Purpose: Stepping into Your Potential and Making an Impact
  • Don’t Just Survive, Thrive: Living Life with Intention
  • Life Is What You Make It
  • Appreciating What You Have and Going After What You Want
  • Life Is Yours to Create: Making Your Mark and Making a Difference
  • Embracing the Present Moment 

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, motivational speech topics can be used to inspire and motivate audiences of all ages. They can be tailored to specific audiences and topics, making them a great way to reach out to people who may be struggling with something. Whether it’s a fear of failure, a lack of self-confidence, or just a desire to make positive changes in their lives, motivational speech topics can provide the spark needed to make those changes. 

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Having a sense of purpose in both your professional and personal life is critical to your success. It is useful advice in an impending deadline, an important presentation, or when clients rely on your performance.

Words can revitalize you on both a physical and emotional level. Motivational speeches may help you stay focused on your objectives while also motivating your team. Having the right words to say the right thing at the right moment has the power to transform you and challenge your thinking.

You can use these motivational speeches to stay inspired and fulfilled no matter what life throws at you. These speeches will remind you why you do what you do and how much you enjoy doing it.

How Motivational Speeches Move People

People are propelled ahead by motivation. It rouses individuals from their complacency and opens their eyes to the thrilling possibilities that lie ahead. It is where motivational speeches help people to rise beyond the shackles of their ordinary existences.

Although motivation has a profound and even mystical effect on individuals, it is not as elusive as it first seems. Best motivational speeches are those that provoke thinking and meaning.

What Makes The Best Motivational Speeches

Best motivational speeches all have one thing in common: they’re filled with emotion . Emotions influence our decisions, behaviors, and viewpoints in every area of our lives. Motivational speeches are often filled with: 

  • Anecdotes about overcoming adversity
  • Perseverance
  • Achieving success

Speakers who use emotive topics and talking points that the audience can connect to are more likely to motivate the audience.

Plus, make them believe that they can overcome whatever obstacles stand in their way. The feeling of hope often sparks inspiration.

Qualities of Good Motivational Speakers

A few of the most effective motivational speakers share the characteristics listed below.

For more knowledge in delivering a motivational speech , here are some tips:

  • Initiate mobility . Speakers begin with a speech , but concentrating the audience on various elements leads to a specific outcome. 
  • Straight to the point . Speakers convince the audience of their credibility while giving their speeches.
  • Make it interesting . An effective motivational speaker knows that just standing in front of an audience and blathering is never appreciated.

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Motivational Speeches From Universities

Motivational speeches from well-known people are given during graduation each year to encourage students. Here are the best motivational speeches during the commencement exercises of different universities:

1. Denzel Washington – University of Pennsylvania

Denzel Washington’s motivational speech discusses the importance of taking chances in life and how. It is among the finest motivational speeches that are valid for business owners. He stated that when you fail, you should fall forward to his graduation address. Also, he encourages people to embrace failure and grow from it. 

2. Steve Jobs – Stanford University

Definitely among the finest motivational speeches ever! His motivational speech discussed life’s setbacks, such as death, and how understanding death may help people make better life decisions. His comments to the graduating class on the value of learning and pursuing goals were the most valuable advice he could give them.

3. Jim Carrey – Maharishi University

At Maharishi University in Iowa, actor, and comedian Jim Carrey delivered one of the most original graduation addresses ever. His takeaway from his motivational speech is: Never give up on your goals and never give up on yourself. Indeed, it is one of the best motivational speeches.

4. J.K. Rowling – Harvard University

Several publishers rejected J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series before it was finally accepted, as is well known. However, before she became successful, she was in a desperate position and was about to become bankrupt. In her Harvard address, she stressed the importance of not being afraid of failure and of persisting in the face of adversity.

5. Matthew McConaughey – University of Houston

Next on our list is Matthew McConaughey’s motivational speech . His speech has various excellent ideas. But, the one that stood out was when he said that we should approach happiness constantly.

In the end, he discovered that everything came into place when he approached things step by step. After everything was said and done, Matthew McConaughey gave one of the best motivational speeches in recent years.

6. Michelle Obama – Eastern Kentucky University

Michelle Obama delivered a commencement speech to the Eastern Kentucky University class of 2013. She urged them to keep challenging their assumptions and find a way to make their flaws work for them. Her speech focused on giving the students motivation about life. 

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7. Peter Dinklage – Bennington College

Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage is well-known for his portrayal as Tyrion Lannister in the show. He delivered the Bennington College graduating speech in 2012. The message he delivered to the graduating class focused on perseverance and doing everything it takes to succeed. 

8. John Roberts – Cardigan Mountain School

US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts addressed his son’s graduating high school class in 2017. It’s not good luck; he wishes the grads in his address. He expresses his want for kids to experience loneliness, failure, and defeat from time to time. 

9. Natalie Portman – Harvard University

Actress Natalie Portman addressed Harvard University’s 2015 graduating class during their graduation ceremony. She uses wide brushstrokes from all periods of her life to build a picture in her compelling speech . Also, she claims to have discovered that taking measured risks may result in life-altering benefits, as she has done it herself.

10. Meryl Streep – Barnard College

Meryl Streep is most recognized for being a 16-time nominee and 2-time winner at the Academy Awards. While at Barnard College, she made a memorable graduating address in 2010 that inspired the audience. However, in her address, she emphasized the importance of her relationships with family and friends. 

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Motivational Speeches From Ted Talk

Reaffirming your confidence in humanity is one of the most powerful benefits of listening to motivational speeches. Next time you need a little additional energy, have this list handy.

1. Elizabeth Gilbert

Famous author and TED speaker Elizabeth Gilbert spoke about how we all have a “genius” that we may unleash. She is the author of the best-selling book Eat, Pray, Love. Gilbert’s motivational speech emphasized the importance of not being intimidated or scared of success. 

2. Tony Robbins

One of the most well-known motivational speakers today is Tony Robbins. This TED lecture, in particular, has a profound effect on the listener. It addresses two major issues in its title, “Why We Do What We Do.”

We learn about ourselves and others by asking these kinds of inquiries. What should you remember? Yourself is the only person who can decide whether or not you succeed.

3. Richard St. John

Next on our list of motivational speeches is Richard St. John’s TED Talk from 2005, given by the author, marketer, and analyst. St. John’s address, which was based on his book “8 To Be Great,” gets to the point in a manner that most speeches don’t

The remainder of St. John’s discourse makes fast transitions from one intriguing topic to the next without wasting time or words. There are also a few well-placed jokes in there. As a result, even though he covers a lot of subjects, his audience retains what he says.

4. Dan Pink

As a writer, Dan Pink’s reputation is supported by a wide range of “legs,” such as his writings and accolades. Also, in the late 1990s, he was the primary speechwriter for former US Vice President Al Gore.

Pink’s TED Talk is a role model for everyone who wants to take a dull subject and convert it into motivating. He started his speech by examining how most economists see the performance, stating, “If you want people to perform better, you reward them. Right? That’s how business works.”

5. Mel Robbins

As far as speakers go, Mel Robbins has a solid reputation for taking a direct and honest stance on even the most emotional subjects. Due to this, she’s not scared to speak her mind regarding difficult issues. She only chooses a person from her audience to underscore her speech ’s enormous chances of being born.

6. Simon Sinek

First seen in his 2009 TED Talk “How Great Leaders Inspire Action,” Simon Sinek is a best-selling author. Sinek proves that he’s not just switching from one stereotyped issue to another. In addition, he encourages audiences to let go of their preconceived notions about the subject to approach it with a fresh perspective.

7. Tali Sharot

Dr. Tali Sharot is dedicated to helping people realize their dreams, both personal and professional. She works to increase awareness of the impact that emotions can have on our decisions and behavior. In this TED talk, she talks about how to motivate yourself to change your behavior.

8. Brene Brown

Brene Brown, a Texan with a penchant for ranting and raving, is an authority on shame and vulnerability. A key focus of Brown’s research is human connection. Over 16 million people have seen her motivational TED presentation in which she offers a profound discovery from her studies. It launched her on a personal mission to understand both herself and humankind.

9. Malcolm Gladwell

It wouldn’t be a list of motivational speeches without Malcolm Gladwell being included. Gladwell tells the tale of a guy who refused to believe in the existence of a ‘perfect’ spaghetti sauce. It contains important insights for executives who want to create work environments where their employees are pleased.

10. Sam Berns

It is one of the best motivational speeches you’ll ever see. A 17-year-old Sam became a public face for Progeria, a hereditary disorder with the evocative moniker aging sickness. While some claimed Sam would never transcend the constraints others had placed on him, he refused to let his illness define him.

He led the life he wanted, ignoring his disease and the things that set him apart in favor of his goals. It’s a remarkable heirloom left by a unique young man.

Best Motivational Speeches From Movies

While narrative and actors are important in movies, speeches leave an impression on audiences. So, here are the best motivational speeches from movies to help you out:

1. Any Given Sunday

To prepare for a rough day, hear this inspiring lecture from a well-known motivational speaker. It focuses on the importance of inches in American Football, even though we prefer to disregard them. He speaks about how his team may gain an inch on their competition by focusing on the little details of winning.

Irrespective of whether or not you saw the film, it provided cinemagoers with one of the most motivational speeches ever. You don’t have to yell or curse a lot. Depending on your personality, it may cause you to enter what we refer to as “the zone.” Speeches in earlier films have included theatrical components; this one does not.

3. Hoosiers

Even though we’re still in college, we’ve already gained enough life experience to realize that working hard doesn’t guarantee a W. Even if we give it our all, dozing off in the library at 3 a.m. on top of our books, that doesn’t guarantee an A. Isn’t it enough if you’re giving it your all?

4. Friday Night Lights

Is it possible for you to speak the truth to your friends while looking them in the eye? That you put out all of your efforts? Coach Gaines, in this film, says that if you can accomplish it with love in your heart, you’ve achieved perfection. In this scenario, his message inspires honesty, camaraderie, and love among his team members.

5. Rocky Balboa

Rocky Balboa reminds his kid that life isn’t fair in this scene since he is a father figure in the Rocky franchise. It is like boxing in that how hard you punch back is immaterial. According to him, what matters is how much you can absorb and how quickly you can go ahead.

6. The Pursuit of Happiness

It’s worth mentioning that the whole picture is moving since it depicts father-son relationships. In this speech , a father instructs his kid to never give up on his dreams, no matter how unlikely it may seem to others. To summarize, if someone tells you that you can’t attain your objectives, don’t believe them.

7. Wolf of Wall Street

The main hero’s speech in Wolf of Wall Street is encouraging because it takes achievement into account. Seeing examples of people who rose from poverty to riches might encourage others to risk when an opportunity arises. Since his speech , it’s become more important to have a decent standard of life.

8. Braveheart

William Wallace gives a speech in this scene on the importance of freedom to a human being. For him, independence trumps the monotony of everyday existence. The speech has the potential to motivate listeners to take real action instead of just producing food.

9. The Shawshank Redemption

Motivational speeches like this one demonstrate confidence in an optimistic future. You can still use it, even if you have to put in a lot of work to get there while another guy gives up. It would help if you had an optimistic outlook on life’s prospects at all times.

10. Independence Day

In this film, the president discusses the importance of humanism and goodwill amongst all countries. His message is motivational because he talks about uniting against common adversaries and preserving lives. If you’re thinking about international relations, this speech is a gold mine.

Parting Words

That concludes our selection of the best motivational speeches to get you through the tough times ahead! Let’s take a look at some of the common themes that appear in all of these talks.

  • It’s critical that you like your work.
  • Even if you fail, that’s not the end of the world.
  • It would be better if you aspired to it.

Now, think about the topics that will motivate your listeners to pay attention to what you have to say. You may also use the Orai App to help you enhance your public speaking skills and capture the attention of your audience. Furthermore, take advantage of the free trial offer and get started right now.

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Preparing a motivational speech is an interesting yet challenging task. You have to go through the  persuasive speech  writing process before being able to deliver a motivational speech. To deliver a successful motivational speech you must possess the essentials to be able to influence others.

Finding the inspiration and courage to motivate others, itself is a difficult task. It is impossible to motivate others if you are not motivated. Hence, you need to make sure that whatever you write in your motivational speech, every word must come from the heart.

The first thing that you are going to need to write an effective motivational speech is a good motivational topic. For your convenience, we have compiled a list of simple, easy, effective as well as good motivational topics.

This list of motivational speech topics contains topics for all academic levels and also for professionals. Dive into the blog and check out the list and choose the best topic for your speech.

A good motivational speech topic is an essential element to deliver an influential and successful motivational speech. Take a look at our list of motivational  persuasive speech topics  for students and professionals.

Motivational Speech Topics for Middle School Students

  • The more your study, the more you learn
  • Healthy eating has several benefits
  • Early to bed and early to rise, make a man healthy, wealthy, and wise
  • You need to open your eyes to conquer the dreams you have watched with closed eyes
  • There is a whole new world to win for those who dare to dream
  • I want to become an astronaut
  • The day I will graduate from college
  • Being a winner
  • My future is in my hands
  • Dear Dad, I will make you proud

Motivational Speech Topics for High School Students

  • If you get control over your tongue, you can control the world
  • Think positive, act positive
  • Meditation brings positive thinking
  • In order to conquer the world, you need to be disciplined
  • One day I’m going to land on the moon
  • In order to be successful, you need to follow the rules and regulation
  • Parents need to understand their kids during their teenage
  • We should do more charity
  • Effective ways of communication
  • Patience, patience, and patience

Great Motivational Speech Topics for College Students

  • Unity, faith and discipline, the key to success
  • Girls can also ask boys out
  • Set your goals, break the bad habits, and win the world
  • Happiness can’t be measured
  • If you were born poor, that was not your fault, but if you’ll die poor, that’ll be your fault
  • Supportive teams and environments can bring a positive change
  • Academic achievements boost the self-confidence
  • We need to have a balanced social life, professional and personal life
  • J. K. Rowling is my role model
  • We should help each other

Motivational Speech Topics for Employees

  • Women should be encouraged to work
  • Women in combat strengthen armed forces
  • Hard work always pays off
  • Housewives should be paid for house chores
  • Time management plays a great role in self-growth
  • Good employees should get bonus rewards for their performance
  • A word of appreciation from bosses motivates the team to perform better
  • Work hard until you get satisfied with your designation
  • Women should have the right to pursue their career after marriage
  • Both men and women employees should be paid equally

Motivational Speech Topics for Teachers

  • The teaching profession should be equal to the other great professions
  • Teachers can bring a huge change by producing leaders from their class
  • Do your job to the very best of your ability
  • Teachers need to build a strong relationship with students for student’s well being
  • Teachers should handle nil students with care
  • We need to motivate people to choose teaching as a profession
  • Teachers can change lives
  • The teaching profession should be paid equally as other professions
  • Be proactive, it's all you need to achieve success
  • Enjoying the moment is important than clicking the pictures

Funny Motivational Speech Topics

  • The truth will set you off but first, it will kick your ass
  • Starting a golf club after retirement is not a waste of time
  • Women look like a robot after getting the botox injections
  • “Work hard in high school the rest is easy”, it's a trap, don't fall for it
  • Dogs are more loyal than humans
  • Eat chewing gums and get a flat face
  • Life is too short to take stress, eat bad and less sleep
  • People never die of starvation but often of indigestion
  • Craziness should count as originality
  • An egg is a way for a chicken to get another chicken

Persuasive Motivational Speech Topics

  • Learn to deal with the challenges of contemporary life
  • Life is too short to wear boring clothes
  • Love at first sight really doesn’t exist
  • Drinking diet coke will help you lose weight
  • Laugh while you still have teeth
  • Before social media, people had a real-life
  • Why cinderella's shoes fall off in the first place if it perfectly fits in the end
  • Marry the person who gives you the same feeling you get when you see your food coming, at a restaurant
  • Sometimes the best answer is not giving an answer
  • The Internet has killed the communication

5-minute Motivational Speech Topics

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  • Chasing an idle dream is a good habit
  • How to make fun of your life
  • How to maintain a long-distance friendship
  • Meditation types and what we can learn from them
  • Same-sex couples should be allowed to adopt kids
  • Plastic surgery should only be used by the victim of an accident
  • Drugs testing on animals should be limited
  • Religion and politics should be separate
  • Humour is the best way to resolve conflicts

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  • Importance of working smart in life
  • Cutting off a negative attitude towards others
  • Importance of having a positive mindset for excellence in class
  • The secret of turning your dreams in realities
  • How to overcome the temptation of missing classes
  • The role of prayer in the life of a student
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  • How to reduce anxiety during a job interview
  • How to propose to the love of your life romantically
  • Ways of becoming a responsible youth
  • How to change the state of your family
  • Taking risks for a higher course
  • How to admit and learn from mistakes
  • Dealing with drug addiction and overcoming it
  • How to make potential contacts for your future
  • Resisting the temptation of clubbing and drinking
  • How to amend your ways
  • The art of recovering from an exam failure
  • Using the internet to better your knowledge base
  • How to study beyond professional attainment
  • Advantages of resilience in college
  • Tips for developing self-motivation in college
  • Making use of community service in college to shape a better future
  • How meditation can change your life
  • Learning from the experience of Steve Jobs
  • Developing positive thinking and patience
  • How your dreams and aspirations keep you going
  • How girls can ask boys out
  • Why it is okay for men to cry
  • Why men should not kneel when proposing to women
  • Never take on a food challenge, it will disappoint you
  • Why there should be insurance to cover for breakups
  • Teachers should make jokes in class
  • How to get lost and found effortlessly
  • Why women need to keep silent
  • Why men keep long beards
  • How to attract a girl who ignores you

motivational speech topics

  • Tips on reducing global warming
  • How environments play a role in patient recovery
  • Benefits resulting from planting trees
  • Lifelong importance of protecting water catchment areas
  • Successful stories of environmental champions
  • Reflecting on the privilege of rains
  • How to tame poachers once and for all
  • Curbing the occurrence of bush fires
  • Why we should recycle waste
  • How to encourage environmentally-friendly lifestyles
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Prince Harry Makes Poignant Reference to Queen Elizabeth During Rare UK Public Appearance

The Duke of Sussex was attending the WellChild Awards at the Hurlingham Club in London.

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Reminding the audience that he was unable to attend last year’s awards as Queen Elizabeth died that same day, the Duke said, “she would have been the first person to insist that I still come to be with you all instead of going to her. And that's precisely why I know, exactly one year on, that she is looking down on all of us tonight, happy we're together continuing to spotlight such an incredible community."

The Prince has been Patron of WellChild since 2007 and it was one of the few patronages that he kept when stepping back from his royal role in March 2020 . This evening, he presented an award to six-year-old Violet, who was born with a brain condition that has meant she had undergone multiple surgeries. After posing for a photograph with the little girl, Harry delivered his five minute speech.

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“Tonight we meet to celebrate the tremendous strength and spirit of children and young people across the UK and the individuals who are transforming at home care for thousands,” he began. The Prince went on to share his “sincerest admiration and respect” for the parents and carers for the work that they do and the challenges they face. “You are all proof that not all superheroes wear capes,” the Prince said.

The Prince’s award was one of several handed out this evening to inspirational children, their family members and those who support them. “The number of children and young people in the UK living with long-term, complex medical needs is growing,” WellChild Chief Executive, Matt James said in a statement.

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Following the event, Prince Harry will travel to Düsseldorf for the Invictus Games , where the opening ceremony will take place on Saturday evening. He will be joined by Meghan later in the week. The Prince is not expected to see his father or brother while in Europe.

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Town & Country Contributing Editor Victoria Murphy has reported on the British Royal Family since 2010. She has interviewed Prince Harry and has travelled the world covering several royal tours. She is a frequent contributor to Good Morning America. Victoria authored Town & Country book The Queen: A Life in Pictures , released in 2021. 

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Leavenworth mayor speaks on drug addiction, lessons during Recovery Walk

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Organizers and some attendees of the National Recovery Walk event pose for a picture at South Park on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2023.

Recounting his journey from Lansing Correctional Facility to mayor of Leavenworth, Jermaine Wilson’s message to attendees of Saturday’s Recovery Walk at South Park was to never allow your past to define you.

“Learn from your past, but don’t live in it,” Wilson said, telling the Journal-World that his words of encouragement were well-received. “People told me the speech was very inspiring and gave them hope to help them along their journey of becoming sober.”

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Leavenworth Mayor Jermaine Wilson attends the national Recovery Walk event at South Park on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2023.

Wilson said that his outlook on life changed after joining the prison fellowship program while incarcerated for a drug conviction.

“Don’t allow the perceptions of others to become your reality,” he said.

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A luminary display was set up at South Park on Saturday, Set. 9, 2023, honoring those who have succumbed to drug addiction.

Designed to increase public awareness in the realm of mental health and addiction recovery, the event was hosted by the Douglas County government in observance of National Recovery Month. The event, which included a walk around the park and a luminary display, also promotes and supports “evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the nation’s strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and communities who make recovery in all its forms possible,” according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

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Watch Tom Brady’s speech from Patriots halftime ceremony

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Tom Brady returned to Gillette Stadium on Sunday and was honored during halftime of the Patriots -Eagles game with a ceremony.

Brady — who opened the game by ringing the bell at the top of the new lighthouse — unzipped his jacket to reveal his No. 12 Patriots jersey and ran down the sideline like he used to during his two-decade run in New England. He capped it off by yelling, “Let’s Go!” before getting on the stage with his three kids.

Before he even began his speech, Patriots owner Robert Kraft announced he was waiving the four-year waiting period and will induct Brady into the team’s Hall of Fame next June.

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Brady thanked his family and former teammates ( many in attendance ) before ending his speech with , “One thing I’m sure of and that will never change is that I am a Patriot for life.”

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Biden administration coerced social media giants into possible free speech violations: court

The White House, health officials and the FBI may have violated the First Amendment rights of people posting about COVID-19 and elections on social media by pressuring technology companies to suppress or remove the posts , a federal appeals court ruled late Friday.

The decision from the conservative 5th Circuit Court of Appeals partly upheld an order from a Louisiana federal judge that blocked many federal agencies from having contact with companies like Facebook , YouTube and X, formerly Twitter, about content moderation.

But the 75-page opinion from three-judge panel also significantly narrowed the scope of the order that was a major victory for conservatives.

The Biden administration has 10 days to seek a Supreme Court review of the ruling.

“DOJ is reviewing the court’s decision and will evaluate its options in this case," the White House said in a statement. "This administration has promoted responsible actions to protect public health, safety, and security when confronted by challenges like a deadly pandemic and foreign attacks on our elections. Our consistent view remains that social media platforms have a critical responsibility to take account of the effects their platforms are having on the American people, but make independent choices about the information they present.”

The states of Louisiana and Missouri filed the lawsuit along with a conservative website owner and four people who opposed the administration’s COVID-19 policy.

The lawsuit accused administration officials of coercing platforms into taking down controversial content including election fraud , the FBI's handling of Hunter Biden's laptop and the COVID pandemic .

The 5th Circuit panel found that the White House coerced the platforms through “intimidating messages and threats of adverse consequences” and commandeered the decision-making processes of social media companies, particularly in handling pandemic-related and 2020 election posts.

“It is true that the officials have an interest in engaging with social media companies, including on issues such as misinformation and election interference. But the government is not permitted to advance these interests to the extent that it engages in viewpoint suppression,” the judges wrote. 

The appeals court pared down U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty’s July 4 ruling, saying it was "overbroad." Doughty said the lawsuit may involve "the most massive attack against free speech in United States' history."

It also removed also some agencies from the order: the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency and the State Department. Many of those government officials, the judges ruled, were “permissibly exercising government speech.” 

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry called Friday’s ruling a major win against censorship.

"This is a significant victory for the American people,” Landry said in a statement to USA TODAY. “And it confirms what we have said from the very beginning: the federal government is not permitted to engage in viewpoint suppression, no matter your political ideology.”

Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey posted on X: "The Fifth Circuit has upheld the district court’s order in our free speech case, Missouri v. Biden, enjoining the White House, Surgeon General, CDC, & FBI from violating the First Amendment rights of millions of Americans."


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