TOP 5 MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKERS IN INDIA

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Motivational speakers provide informative and inspirational speeches to clusters of people. They are employed mostly by businesses, event organizers and schools to speak on topics such as living a healthy lifestyle, organizing one’s personal life, or business and financial success. Motivational speakers are experts in tailor fitting their messages to their audiences whether it is a crowd of business executives or a class of secondary students.

Motivational speakers help individuals motivate mental, spiritual, social, physical, financial and career aspects of their lives. Motivational speakers should work hard in maintaining and developing their abilities and verbal communication skills, as this is a vital element of the job. A good motivational speaker should do research to continuously keep up with trends and events regarding the subject matter that they speak about. They must also have the skill to converse with their audiences after every speech to offer consultations and answer queries. Considered experts in their field, motivational speakers are looked to when insights are essential in that given area.

In the western world, especially in America, motivational speakers like Tony Robbins, Les Brown, Zig Ziglar, Jack Canfield, Jim Rohn and Bob Proctor have helped businesses and people grow and reach their true potential. Some of these speakers speak more than 200 days in a calender year. In India, the trend is slowly picking up, corporate world and even the Indian Army is calling motivational speakers to help their people and motivate them to do their best.

There is huge number of ‘speakers’ in India. Here is a list of 5 of the most popular ones:

No. 5 MINOCHER PATTEL

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Mr.Minocher Patel is Founder Director, Ecole Solitaire, a Residential Finishing School and Corporate Training Consultancy. Minocher Patel is an inspiring Indian motivational speaker. He has conducted many training programs for the corporate sector and student community. He is also the visiting faculty for some of the  management institutes of the country. His seminars and workshops are well known for their content backed by his entertaining style of delivery.

A management graduate from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune, Minocher participated in the ‘Train the Trainer’ program in West Germany and Finland in 1988 and is involved in training ever since. He has over seven years of experience in the private sector and thirteen years of experience as a motivational speaker and a trainer.

No. 4 T. S. MADAAN

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Mr. T.S.Madaan (Tarvinder Singh Madaan) is a Hindi Motivational Speaker and Comedian. He is a  retired LIC employee. A regular blood donor (36 times till date), an actor, a singer and a painter, he is extremely popular amongst his audience. He has served various clubs and associations as President. Born on 14 November, 1958 in a highly educated family, he himself has been trained by world’s best trainers, educators and motivators. His sessions are designed to infuse dynamism and vigour into the participants, to make them more Productive. His Motivational Talk generally consists of Positive Attitude, Big Goals, Customer Care, Human Relations, Stress Management, Anger Management, Self Confidence, Communication Skills, Behaviour, Time management etc. The various benefits to the organisation are Enhanced Productivity, Performance, Commitment, Loyalty, Employee/Employer Relations, Team Work etc. and the benefits to the audience are Enhanced Family Happiness, Social Acceptability, Self-esteem, Patience, Tolerance etc.  The delivery style is Interactive, Entertaining and Powerful. He is considered among good motivational speakers in India.

 No. 3 SHIV KHERA

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Mr. Shiv Khera is the founder of Qualified Learning Systems Inc. USA. An Author, Educator, Business Consultant and successful Entrepreneur, he is a much sought-after motivational speaker.

He inspires and encourages people, making them realize their true potential. He has taken his dynamic personal messages to opposite sides of the globe, from the U.S. to Singapore. His 30 years of research, understanding and experience have helped people on the path of personal growth and fulfillment.

Mr. Khera is the author of 12 books including international bestseller “You Can Win”, which has sold over 2 million copies in 16 languages. His other books are creating new records. He is a popular author, consultant and motivational speaker in India.

No. 2 Deepak Chopra

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Born Deepak Chopra in 1947 (he claims to have forgotten his exact birthday) in New Delhi, India.  He is a very famous motivational speaker in India. The son of an eminent cardiologist, Krishnan Chopra, Deepak at first spurned his father’s career path, wanting instead to pursue a career as a journalist. Eventually, however, he became enthralled with the subject of medicine and enrolled at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in his native city.

After a meeting with transcendental mediation guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Chopra quit his job at New England Memorial Hospital and started the Maharishi Ayur-Veda Products International, a company that specialized in alternative products, like herbal teas and oils. Co-founded with the Maharishi, the company successfully launched Chopra into the world of alternative medicine.

No. 1 M NASEER KHAN

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Mr. M Naseer Khan, today, is  the most inspiring motivational speaker and success coach in India.

Consistently ranked among top Indian motivational speakers, Naseer is by far the most energetic and captivating speaker in the country. Energy just flows when he is among the people. His events are more like a rock-concert.

Naseer uses advanced techniques like NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), Hypnosis, Music, etc. to engage the audience and lead them to use what they learn during his seminars so that they can create a positive lasting change in their life.

He was born in a small city of India- Jabalpur. One amongst 9 siblings Naseer has an inspiring story of rags-to-riches.

Naseer has worked in India, Europe and Africa with a wide variety of public and private organizations in virtually every arena, from the Military sector to Financial Services, Manufacturing, Health, I.T., Retail, Police, Universities and many more.

He is an M.B.A. from University of Macerata, Italy. Because he has studied and worked in Europe, he has a vast international exposure and a great understanding of multiculturalism. He has worked with such big institutions as The Indian Army, The Police, HCL, British Telecom, Genpact, CRS Global etc. for about 17 years. He is the founder Director of Elevate Global Training Solutions.

Naseer is famous for his very popular 5 hour long motivational event “Transformation” in India.

Naseer Khan mainly talks about The Secrets to Success,  Leadership of Tomorrow, Confidence Building, Goal Setting, Success Strategies, Power Selling, Employee Motivation, Power of Dreams, Youth Empowerment,  and Personality TRANSFORMATION.  He is an expert on enhancing productivity and happiness of your team members. The quality that sets him apart is the fun and passion that the participants feel while learning in Naseer’s seminars. They not only ‘learn’ but actually ‘do’ it with Naseer. He says ‘Knowledge is useless if you don’t use it’.

Whether you are a student, an employee, a housewife or have been in business for years, Naseer’s training will give you proven strategies and time tested systems to create a bright future. His message is simple, powerful and practical.

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  2. Very nice list. Would also like to ask what about people like Deepak Chopra and Yogesh Chabria? Why don’t you add a bit about them too. Have heard them speak and it is truly amazing and life impacting.

  3. Very Nice Blog Post. This topic has been very close to me So I have been reading a lot of Motivational Blog. One of my personal favourite speaker is Akash Gautam.

  4. I have been in the presence of plenty of motivational speakers. As a sales person, the beginning of every year was ushered in by a motivational speaker who would lift us up so that we were ready to face the thousands of challenges facing us the whole year.

    These motivational speakers were great. But, Naseer Khan stands out from them all as the foremost leader in his field. Spend time with him and you change. You’re not just motivated for the day. You literally feel yourself changing. So, what is it that makes Naseer Khan so different from the rest?

    After studying a handful and seeing the relevant patterns, I know what makes Naseer Khan so different. He has answers. He has tools. His words are real life, ready to use now and relevant to everyone. His words aren’t empty. They don’t just lift you up and leave you hanging without the tools you need to make them work. That’s why I believe Naseer Khan is the best motivational speaker in India.

    Naseer makes learning fun. We enjoy each minute in his presence. We don’t sit staring at the PPT slides even for a second. His wisdom is profound.

  5. Good list of top motivational speakers in India. But are they accessible or available? I believe they are all celebrities. I wish to see one of them live soon.

  6. Awesome information.Do you have any of above motivational speaker offer individual coaching/Mentorship Service.Do we have any leadership development institute in india for for those who wants to take up motivational speaking as Career.?

    Deep Thanks

    • Real visualization of your ideas and deep analysis of your life make you to live it full on… everyone has listen about motivation, positivity, flow of ideas and influence but implementation of these principal phenomenon needs deep force that is motivator..

  7. Yes great info. Now in india too we have good motivational speakers. earlier i heard only about shiv khera but now he seems monotonous. i love to attend motivational seminars in india. any suggestions where i can get more info on NLP?

  8. Useful info. We are too looking for a speaker in india who can inject enthusiasm in our people at our conference. But what is the criteria of choosing the best motivational speaker? How is Naseer Khan the best? What are other names in Karnataka?

  9. I saw Naseer Khan at 100 Infosec Maestros Awards at the Lalit Hotel in Mumbai. He spoke for about 50 minutes and I saw how top executives from various corporate companies got memerized. Naseer Khan is not a speaker but a genius. We got so much of wisdom with cutting edge knowledge. He started around 8 O’clock, and we had been sitting there tired and hungry since 10 am. I don’t think the audience would have bothered to listen to any other speaker. But we just loved him.

  10. This list is very helpful for event managers in India. Thanks. I found it at a good time.

    I would like to add a couple of things though:

    What makes a good motivational speaker?

    If you are thinking about hiring a motivational speaker for your event or function, read more about the characteristics of good motivational speakers:

    Flexible: Good motivational speakers are flexible in terms of how they deal with different crowds. They can quickly adapt or change their presentation or speaking style for a wide range of groups, making it personal for each and every client.

    Professional: Good motivational speakers generally make a living out of their job, so they deal with each client professionally (they show up on time, get good briefs about the project, discuss any concerns beforehand and so forth).

    Funny: While there’s a huge difference between a comedian and a motivational speaker, good keynote speakers are generally very entertaining people that can easily get a laugh out of their audience.

    Strategic thinkers: Companies often hire motivational speakers for specific reasons – they might want to motivate their teams, or they need somebody inspiring to come and speak to their staff during troubled times. Good motivational speakers are usually strategic thinkers that provide out of the box, creative ideas and solutions that can address specific problems within a company.

    Knowledgeable: Experienced motivational speakers have a wide general knowledge and have worked in a range of industries.
    Sociable: Motivational speakers that often get bookings are usually very sociable people. Their ability to interact with the crowd and different people on a personal level contributes to their likability.

    Creative: One of the reasons why people hire a motivational speaker (instead of getting somebody within the organisation to make a presentation) is because these speakers can come up with creative ways to motivate people. Being detached from the company gives the motivational speaker to see problems from an objective, independent point of view.

  11. This is a very helpful list of the best motivational speakers in India.
    There are many benefits to hiring a motivational speaker for your company’s events. They can motivate your employees to get more accomplished and they can offer some professional advice. Your employees can become tired of hearing your motivational speeches, but can really respond to a fresh perspective.

    As people get comfortable in their positions and are no longer the new employee, they tend to do less work and feel they do not have to try to get the attention of the boss. Some even feel it is better to just blend into the others and not be exceptional, but mediocre. These types of feelings can come from being too comfortable and they can come from losing the passion they once felt for their job.

    There have been studies that prove people will go through great lengths to get things accomplished if they feel the passion. If they lose the passion or never really had it in the first place, their productivity can decrease. A motivational speaker might just be the thing to give your employees back their passion for their jobs.

    Hiring the right motivational speaker can really take a lot of work off your plate. The speaker is trained to motivate people and will know exactly what to say to really to motivate your employees. This will allow you to focus on your business and not on having to prepare a speech that will aw and inspire your employees for days to come.

  12. Even the big corporate companies are hiring motivational speakers in India. A motivational speaker with the right kind of experience and competence can be a shot in the arm, he can bring in new energy and a fresh perspective. This is a good list of the “best Motivational Speakers In India” but you would do good to do your on research on all the speakers listed above individually in order to suit your needs. No doubt Naseer Khan is a class apart.

  13. I was reading the times of India online, saw the list of the best motivational speakers in India. This list is very useful. I think motivational speakers are doing a great job and there are a couple of really good ones. I also watched a documentary on BBC. It is a big industry now. I read a book The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari written by a famous Indian origin motivational speaker Robin Sharma, great wisdom. Can we include Robin Sharma in the list of “Top motivational speakers in India”?

  14. Whenever you’re planning a corporate event or gathering, part of the program almost always includes a speech from professional speakers because this is usually the best time for employees to hear words of encouragement and be inspired by someone who’s gone through so much or has gone through the same things as they did.

    When we hear the words professional speakers, we think of men and women with thundering voices, bluntly and loudly encouraging you to get up on your feet, stop moping and start moving. However, this isn’t exactly an exaggeration but speakers these days are not only limited to encouraging and inspiring. They can also be subject matter experts, tackling a topic or two that is relevant to your business, or they can also be leading authors, motivational speakers or leadership experts.

    The truth is, the speaker you hire for your event is just as important as the venue and theme you decide on, as this will not only set the tone for the event, it will also enhance the activities you have planned therein. It will put participants in the proper frame of mind and will set their expectations for the coming months after.

    Before you hire professional speakers though, you should know that there are several types that you can choose from. The first thing you need to do is determine exactly what your aim is in hiring a professional speaker – is it to educate? Motivate and inspire? Drive changes and growth? Or is it simply to entertain? Depending on your aim, the professional speakers you can choose to hire include the following:

    – Motivational speakers
    – Inspirational speakers
    – After-Dinner speakers
    – Branding Speakers
    – Business Coaches
    – Change Management Speakers
    – Corporate Comedian or Entertainment

    Next, you need to determine why you want to hire a professional speaker. The biggest advantage of hiring speakers is that it motivates your employees to be more productive and if you are in the sales business, to increase sales. They will be able to tackle things like excellent work ethics and job perception. Some speakers will also be able to train employees to become better at their jobs.

    Another advantage is that professional speakers can help you develop and maintain your employees’ well-being. Think of it as an investment for the years to come, especially if you hire speakers from companies who won’t charge you booking or administrative fees for their speakers’ appearance at your event. Not only will your employees be provided with the tools they need to become better at their jobs, they will also be more driven to do their jobs well after being taught essential skills and having their perceptions about their jobs heightened. This will enable them to give more input when necessary and make better decisions.

    When hiring speakers, make sure you clearly establish upfront the purpose and topic of the event. You will also need to consider the audience demographic so that you can hire the most appropriate speaker to address them. You want employees to be inspired and hopeful so make sure you hire a speaker that doesn’t exaggerate his life stories and one that can understand what your employees are going through.

  15. Simerjeet singh, t s madaan, akash gautam, deepak chopra, ujjwal patni, himanshu rai are good motivational speakers in India. And there are some more good motivational speakers in India too we can do our research and include in the list of top motivational speakers in India will be good.

    • The good speaker should not be known for his language.
      He/she speaks Hindi or English. He should be known for his wisdom, inspiration, motivation and the unique way of delivery . He should touch people’s life by his motivational speeches
      Mr.Naseer khan is known for his absolutely unique stile of delivery . He inspires, motivates, people by his speeches. People love him for that . He is completely different from other.. I always like to attend his seminar

  16. This is a very good list of top motivational speakers in India. Public speaking is a difficult art to master. If you have previously achieved success with a presentation, a speech or even a wedding toast and are passionate about it then you may have the potential to become a great motivational speaker in India.

    The job of a motivational speaker has recently gained a lot of popularity and many people are considering a profession in this industry, potentially earning $1,000′s – $100,000′s per seminar.

    A number of efficient tips and strategies will help you achieve this goal. I can share these tips with you.

    Do You have a Special Message to Deliver as a motivational speaker?

    The greatest motivational speakers have something special to say, something that is derived from personal experiences. These people are successful because they speak on the basis of personal stories. Personal stories are convincing and easy to relate to.

    If you are interested in a motivational speaker career, you should determine the specifics that you want to get across. What does your audience want to hear and can you deliver that kind of message? Being too general or vague will simply minimize your chances of success before you have even gotten started as a motivational speaker.

    You May Need a Mentor

    You have always been a good public speaker and you believe that a motivational speaking career is right for you. The bad news is that it seems to be much easier said than done. Motivational speakers are a very specific group of orators. They influence the lives of others and as such, they hold tremendous responsibility. Learning from the best motivational speakers is a good idea. You can go and attend seminars of a great motivational speaker like Naseer Khan.

    See what others are doing. Establish connections. Talk to highly professional motivational speakers and find the right mentor who will show you the tricks of this profession. Having a mentor will help you refine your skills as a motivational speaker.

    All the best!

  17. Very informative article. But there are very few genuine motivational speakers in india n most o them keep repeating their memorized stuff from self help books. In corporate world we need good coaches and trainers who can turnaround the company. Until recently we had very few world class motivational speakers in india , we depended on the west but now the list of good motovational speakers in india is becoming longer.

    • Mr. Lalit Sachdeva call Mr.Naseer khan to your organization. He will full fill the needs of your company and people. And after that you will not be depended on the west.

  18. TS Madaan is also a good motivational speaker..I saw his motivational video on Youtube many times..It keeps us energetic every time. His teaching style is very effective and natural…Every one can understand and follow on it easily.

  19. How to Choose the Right Motivational Speaker?
    There are so many motivational speakers in India to choose from. But, I am going to help you select the best Motivational Speaker for your next event.
    There are some basic questions you can ask yourself:

    – Is the speaker credible and trustworthy?
    – Does their message make sense for your audience?
    – Do they entertain, motivate or better yet inspire your audience?
    – Are they worthy of your time and investment?

    The real question comes down to… What does your audience want to do better?

    The messages delivered and stories told by most motivational speakers, leadership gurus and professional athletes have very little staying power beyond their initial presentations. It is just the nature of “motivation” – it is short lived. Most companies and organizations want their investment in a speaker to make a difference in the lives of the audience members.

    Your audience will need to understand not only how the motivational speaker was able to change his life or accomplish a difficult task, but rather how they can make a lasting change in their own personal or professional life. Making this kind of change will require more than just simple motivation. It will take a presenter that will inspire your audience today; offer a program that will sustain the energy; and maintain the focus on the audience’s individual goals.

    The important topics are:

    Five (5) Things Motivational Speakers Should Accomplish, But Typically Don’t
    Three (3) Reasons Your Audience Will Not Stay Motivated
    Six (6) Things You Should Look for When Selecting Motivational Speakers

    After reviewing these topics, making a decision on your next motivational speaker should be a whole lot easier. If you decide that you are simply looking for a motivational speaker that will just entertain your audience then your options are almost limitless. However, if you want to truly inspire your audience to new levels of performance then you really need to take a look at the program that top motivational speakers in India have developed.
    The concepts top motivational speakers teach apply to business, sports and your personal life. As you would expect, great keynote speeches, presentations and workshops avoid the pitfalls of typical motivational speakers. Your audience will be impressed with their new found abilities. Everyone will walk away with an understanding of how to:

    1. Improve their personal performance (or the performance of those around them)
    2. Identify, create and manage change in their lives
    3. Accomplish a goal that he/she has set for him/herself
    4. Look at everyday situations with a new perception
    5. Repeat their success with additional aspirations

    The real question comes down to… What does your audience want to do better?
    Find out!

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  20. This is a very informative article and useful for event management people who require world class motivational speakers in india. Please keep posting good stuff.

  21. I saw this list of the bes motivational speakers in india today. I like to watch motivational videos and attend seminars of motivational speakers & also books of robin sharma and deepak chopra. These thins motivate us lots and we feel more ready for work.

  22. Swami Vivekananda was a great motivational speaker in India. His ideas have had a great impact on Indian youth for generations. His message to the youth is still as motivational as it was a century ago. In his words, depression, weakness, fear, selfishness and jealousy are the greatest enemies of young people. “The greatest sin is to think yourself weak. The remedy of weakness is not brooding over weakness, but thinking of strength,” he said.

    Vivekananda firmly believed that youth is the most potent catalyst for changing the fate of the country, and hence the future of the nation rests in their hands. His words have continued to inspire the young people for generations. His message is full of infinite motivation for young minds to achieve great things. “All great undertakings are achieved through mighty obstacles. Keep up the deepest mental poise. Take not even the slightest notice of what puerile creatures may be saying against you. Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached,” was his message to the young people. Swami Vivekananda called upon the youth to fully participate in the modern world while upholding nation’s ancient values. I think he was the top motivational speaker in India.

  23. Good list of best motivational speakers in India. I find the comments very infornative and helpful because i want to develop myself into a good piblic speaker. I feel i need a good success coah who can guide me and show me the nuiances. The job & profession of a motivational speaker in india is a very respectable one.

  24. I want to become a motivation speaker but i can’t find the path how can I become a motivation speaker actually I am more interested for corporate motivation speeches I know o speaker are teaching lot of topic some example, time management, sales skill, public speaking, stress management, they motivate the company employee to perform better.
    Can any body tell me how can I become a motivation speaker? and how business hire me as a speaker to their company? What skill I required? where I get for training?

  25. I was searching on Google for motivational speakers in India. actually I’m already a big fan of Naseer Khan he is such a wonderful man. He can put life into stone. t s madaan, Akash gautam , shiv khera , Deepak chopra and Paul Robinson etc are also good but Naseer has no comparison. He is the best success coach in India. I love his videos on YouTube.

  26. Thank you for your valuable comments and suggestions. We have been replying to you personally and making changes on the basis of your feedback. Feel free to tell us how we can improve the list of Best Motivational Speakers in India.

    Thanks
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  27. God knows we all need to call for motivational speaker and call for keynote speaker words spoken in our lives, and sometimes just a keynote speaker can make all the difference in the world. I have heard what I call “golden nugget” ideas from many great motivational speakers that have really made a difference for me and stuck with me. I have also heard motivational speaker, call for inspirational speaker, leadership speaker and keynote speaker who have been entertaining, but left me with little to remember shortly after I left their presence. Today corporate leaders prefer motivational speakers in their event rather than mere entertainers. A right motivational speaker can do for your team that huge perks and increments can’t. I personally am a big fan of Dr. Deepak Chopra, Tony robbins and Dr. Wayne Dyer. They are the top motivational speakers. Just watched the video on Naseer Khan and he appears to be a rising star in the east.

  28. There are very few good motivational speakers in India, most of them just shout and repeat. Deepak Chopra, Shiv Khera and Naseer Khan are men of wisdom. I would like the list of best motivational speakers to be longer in near future.

  29. This is a very good post on the best motivational speakers in India I want be on the list on the list of top 10 motivational speakers in India. Plz help me. Which books shall I read and

  30. which program should I watch. I see video of Naseer Khan he is my favourite motivational speaker in India. I am reading books of Jack Canfield also. Shiv Khera is my favourite author.

  31. Thank you Wisdom India for your reserach and insights on the top motivational speakers in India. I have been following your articles for a long time now. These days motivational speaking is a respectable profession. Motivational speakers help our events and business in a fresh new way. In India we are having better motivational speakers now.

  32. We are in manufacturing industry, sales is an extremely important part of our job. I agree with this article of wisdom India that motivational speakers can be a shot in the arm. If you can do your research and hire a motivational speaker who meets your needs then your team’s productivity and energy can go much higher. I have listened to most of top rank motivational speakers in India and learned a lot…

  33. This is a good post but i feel a motivational speaker is very general term and can mean many things. There are hundreds of motivational speakers in India these days because anyone can stand up and speak. Our business and institutions can get benefits from a person who is an expert in a certain field and has proven himself and now addresses various audiences in a motivating way. That’s why i like Dr. Deepak chopra and Naseer Khan from this list. Naseer has worked on the ground for over 17 years and has a vast first hand experience. He is not just a motivational speaker but actually a success coach.

  34. It seems like almost everything in my life can be improved with a consistent approach to it. Thanks for the post. These motivational speakers really care about this industry and they care about people becoming successful. In that website link I learned a lot about Naseer Khan. I know about many other motivational speakers in India but I did not think they would get real personal and uncover some of the things they are looking to achieve, not with making money, but with making other people successful. You get to really know these guys when you attend their seminars. These top motivational speakers can really help you realize your dreams provided you listen to them and execute what you learn. Please keep posting such good articles.

  35. i was going thru GOOGLE nd found dis list of “top motivational speakers in India”. good post. how can i establish as a motivational speaker in india? do i need any course? i saw video on the top motivational speaker naseer khan n i’m so impressed. i wud like2 b like him.

  36. Naseer Khan is a genuine motivational speaker in India with lots of creativity n Shiv Khera is a good author. The top motivational speakers in India should work towards upliftment of society in India. They can move people’s opinion.

  37. This is a good post on the top motivational speakers in India , thanks. Why not include Swami Vivekananda and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose? Please make it top 10 motivational speakers in India.

    Thanks and regards

  38. As far as definition goes, “A motivational speaker or inspirational speaker is a speaker who makes speeches intended to motivate or inspire an audience. Business entities may employ motivational speakers (for example) to communicate company strategy with clarity, to help employees to see the future in a positive light, and to inspire workers to pull together. The talk itself is often known as a pep talk.”

    Public speaking is the process and act of speaking or giving a lecture to a group of people in a structured, deliberate manner intended to inform, influence, or entertain a listening audience. Public speaking is commonly understood as face-to-face speaking between individuals and an audience for the purpose of communication. It is closely allied to “presenting”, although the latter is more often associated with commercial activity. Most of the time, public speaking is to persuade the audience.

    Among top motivational speakers in India, big corporate giants and educational institutions in Bangalore have chosen Simerjeet Singh as a motivational speaker for their corporate events in Bangalore. These include, among others, SKF, Ericsson, Novartis, CMS – Jain University, Lenovo, TataSky and the India R&D center of a leading global chip manufacturer in Bangalore.

    I agree, Naseer Khan is the best motivational speaker in India. He’s a class apart.

  39. A good motivational speaker is the one who inspires people to be self motivated. Friends what we really need is a success coach and a person who just speaks because in India we have many speakers. A speaker may come and speak and go but a coach stays with you to guide and assess you and give you valuable feedback. A great motivational speaker in not always a great success coach and a great success coach is not always a great motivational speaker. nevertheless this post on top motivational speakers in India is a good one.

  40. Naseer khan is the best motivational speaker in India because he is helping the Indian government and Indian Army. His public speaking skills are unmatched. Yes Shiv Khera is a nice author but speaking is a different ball game. The youth don’t dance to his tune. Naseer is a speaker who appeals to the youth as well as corporate world.

  41. i just saw the website of Mr Naseer Khan at http://www.naseerkhan.in and i think i would like to have him at our next convention. i really wasn’t aware such a thinker and speaker was available for us to hear. Naseer really seems to be the most impressive motivational speaker in India.

  42. Mr Naseer Khan was at Kinshasa to motivate people of Ismaili community in Democratic Republic of Congo. We are very happy to receive him here n he showed us the way to a happy and full life. Mr Naseer Khan is a remarkable motivational speaker in the world. i want to see him in DR Congo again.

  43. Naseer khan is a blessing for humanity. he is no. 1 just no. 1 naseer khan is a great thinker he is like swami vivekananda. best motivational speaker, i just love him very much

  44. Mr Deepak CHopra is a great thinker but he is not the best motivational speaker in india. i have read two of his books and he is very impressive. but it is difficult to decide who is the best motivational speaker in india.

  45. Hi Friends,

    I request you all to check this video and let me know who is the speaker in the video. I really appreciate if any one identifies the speaker and enlightens me about it.


    Regards,
    Arun

  46. I stumbled upon this website by chance and found it really interesting. I have seen many motivational speakers from India on YouTube. Some are quite interesting and many are loud speakers but I must say one thing that Mr Naseer Khan is the most promising one, his command over both languages is tremendous. If you talk about top 5 motivational speakers in India then we may want to change some of the speakers but Naseer would still remain at the top. He is truly multi faceted.

  47. I am working as Probationary Development Officer in LIC. I would like some tips from T S Madaan sir to do my work in more better way.

  48. Motivational speaking is not for everyone. Anyone can give a good word, a reassuring pat on the back of a friend who is down, but not everyone can be a motivational speaker.

    This is because an inspiring motivational speaker needs to be confident, needs to know what he is talking about, and needs to be human enough for his audience to be able to relate to him.

    A lot of people give motivational speeches for a living, but only a select few have all the characteristics needed for a speaker who can truly motivate, inspire and encourage his audience.

    Here are the top 3 characteristics you will find in the best motivational speakers today.

    A Strong Sense of Personal Motivation and Optimism

    This is perhaps the primary requirement for every motivational speaker. The process of motivating another person, let alone a crowd, can be difficult if you are not persuasive. The process of driving yourself to perform at your best, to give your 100% to every task, can be difficult to do, which makes motivational speakers who can awaken this drive in others so amazing. The secret is having their own supply of abundant motivation within themselves.

    The greatest motivational speakers have mastered the art of living motivated lives, which can be seen in their past accomplishments and even in their personal and social relationships. Without this inner motivation, a speaker’s speech falls flat, even fake. Genuinely motivated persons are effective motivators because they practice what they preach.

    Motivational speakers are also inherently optimistic. Speakers are often brought in to boost morale, to give a little bit of encouragement especially during tough times. The best motivational speakers can spot reasons to feel good despite being surrounded by tough conditions. Pair optimism with a good, compelling talk, delivered by a speaker who everyone can relate to, and you create the perfect environment for boosting morale.

    Ability to Connect

    Inner motivation and the desire to motivate others can only do so much without the inherent ability to connect. The greatest speakers in history, like Martin Luther King, JFK, Nelson Mandela, to name a few, had the ability to connect to the audience, to exude the vibe that they were one with the people in the room, that they knew what the audience was going through.

    The best motivational speakers are those speakers who the audience sees as someone who can be a best friend, a trusted buddy, someone who they can relate to. The best speakers have the gift of connecting to a crowd as a whole and connecting to every individual in that crowd, so you get the feeling that as you are listening, it is as if the speaker is talking directly to you.

    The use of humor, an air of humility, and honesty often makes this possible, since people will find it hard to connect to someone who is so put together and so overwhelmingly confident. This is perhaps the reason why most speakers tend to tell stories about past times failures or insecurities, to show the audience that they too have felt down, discouraged or afraid.

    A Good Voice

    A good voice is 90% of the delivery. A good voice, one that resonates throughout the room, delivers the message to everyone in the room. Most motivational speakers today have taken lessons so they can learn how to project their voices, because how the speech is delivered can make or break the message.

    Natural speakers have this ability to talk clearly, pace their words the right way, and modulate their voices to avoid making a boring, monotonous speech. Most people will notice that the best speakers can keep a crowd engaged just by pacing their words so that it doesn’t sound like a long, boring lecture. A good voice is also a good tool for engaging the audience, especially for speakers standing in front of a large crowd.

    These are just 3 of the top characteristics of successful and effective motivational speakers. There are so many great speeches out there, but without the right person on stage to deliver them, the message often falls on uninterested, bored ears. Inner motivation, being relatable, an air of optimism and a good voice can drive a point home better than the best written speech can.

  49. Good article on the top motivational speakers in India but Paul Robinson is also a good motivational speaker. I saw some videos of Kevin Abdurrahman and Robin Sharma too I think they are also inspiring motivational speakers.

  50. There’s No Such Thing as a Motivational Speaker:

    A friend sent this funny video dispelling the myths of motivational speakers. It has a good time poking fun at the occupational hazards of the job. But let me take the idea here one step further. There is no such thing as the job category, “Motivational Speaker.” At least, there shouldn’t be, and you shouldn’t think of yourself as one, or even aspire to become one.

    Why, you say? What’s wrong with wanting to become a motivational speaker? Don’t they make tons of money? Travel the world? Get to stay in swanky hotels and meet interesting people?

    No, no, no. That’s the wrong way to think about it. Speaking is not a profession. It’s an activity. It’s a way to communicate your passion about a subject upon which you’re expert.

    I put it this way, because the passion has to come first. The reason people will hire you to speak, and pay you lots of money, if you’re very, very good, and very, very well known, and send you around the world, and put you up in swanky hotels, is that you have something unique to say. Something absolutely fascinating. Something that no one else can put quite the way you can – and that propels audiences to do something different as a result.

    Maybe you can show people how to reach goals they think are impossible. Maybe you can explain how the new economy works better than anyone else, guiding companies to succeed with innovative products and services. Maybe you understand creativity and can share that understanding with teams, helping them become less stuck.

    So begin with the idea, the passion, the craft, the expertise. Then write your book, give your free speeches, create your community, launch your blog, and create your platform of fans and fellow believers. Once you’ve got all that down, the invitations to speak for money will come, and so will the rest of it. But speaking itself is not a profession. Yes, it’s a craft. Yes, it’s hard to do well. Yes, you can always learn to get better at it. But focus on the passion that got you there and keep that alive, and you will indeed be a motivational speaker, not to mention colleague, worker, expert, thinker, writer, and friend.

  51. PEOPLE 8 Great Role Models for Wowing a Crowd
    To be truly successful, entrepreneurs need to be great public speakers. Watching these “greats” can teach how you how to make a crowd say YES!

    Every businessperson wants and needs to be an effective public speaker. To accomplish that, however, you need role models in every category of public speaking. Here are the best of the best:

    1. Product Demos–Tony Stark
    The purpose of a demonstration is to show how a customer’s life or workplace will be different after purchasing a product.

    The least effective product demos are “spray and prays” where the demonstrator walks the customer through every feature and function of the product. Borrrrringgggg!

    The most effective product demos tell the customer’s story with the customer as the hero and the product as the “magic sword” that allows the customers to achieve the goal.

    Even though he was playing a fictional character, the most “blow them away” product demo in history was presented by Robert Downey Jr. in the first Iron Man movie.

    Best Role Model: Tony Stark (aka Robert Downey Jr.)

    2. Presentations–Steve Jobs
    The ostensible purpose of a presentation is to convey information concisely, using a combination of bulleted lists (aka talking points) and detailed graphics and charts.

    Every presentation, however, has a hidden purpose, which is to persuade the audience that what you’re saying is meaningful and important.

    The best presentations combine passion and information along with compelling arguments that reinforce the relevance of what’s begin said.

    Steve Jobs was the absolute grand-master of great business presentations. Even on those rare occasions when he was introducing a so-so product, his sense of conviction remained contagious.

    3. Speeches–Tony Robbins
    Like a pitch or presentation, a speech must to motivate and inspire the audience. However, speeches have are inherently less interactive. If there are questions, they’re typically asked at the end of the speech.

    There may be some visual aids in a speech, but the focus remains on the speaker. In large venues, a close-up of the speaker is displayed on a screen above the podium.

    Unlike presentations and pitches, speeches tend remain more or less the same for every audience. As such, they’re more rehearsed and polished.

    There’s no question in my mind that the best public speaker alive today is Anthony Robbins. While some people find him grating, there’s no question that he grabs your attention and holds it better than anyone alive today.

    4. Panel Discussions–Guy Kawasaki
    The purpose of a panel is to inform and expose the audience to differing perspectives on a single issue.

    Panels begin with a moderator introducing each panelist, who gives a short presentation outlining the position the panelist is taking on the subject matter.

    The moderator then asks questions of the panelists in order to draw out and clarify the positions that each panelist has taken. Questions are usually taken from the audience.

    The role model for panel moderatation in the business world today is Guy Kawasaki. In addition to the video, check out his advice for panel moderators.

    5. Webcasts–Marsha Collier
    A webcast is an informal one-way discussion, typically using an inexpensive web camera. The best webcasts are chatty and personal, which makes them challenging as a business communication tool.

    The most important thing to know about webcasts is that, although they’re very easy to make, they’re very difficult to make interesting.

    The business and sales guru Marsha Collier is one of the very few who has managed to combine intelligent content with a relaxed and friendly manner.

    6. Podcasts–Kerry O’Shea Gorgone
    Podcasts, like webcasts, are a fairly new communications medium for the business world. In format, they’re very much like radio interviews, but unlike radio (which tends to be news-driven), podcasts can carry a story or a theme for many episodes.

    Over the past six months, the podcast Serial has upended everyone’s idea of what’s possible using this medium. The business world hasn’t quite caught on to this kind of story-telling, so meanwhile the best role model for a solid business podcast is the ever-engaging Kerry O’Shea Gorgone who does a weekly podcast for @MarketingProfs.

    7. Sales Pitches–Ron Popeil
    The purpose of a pitch is to persuade the attendees to make a decision. As a general rule, they follow this pattern: 1) current problem/opportunity, 2) proposed solution/initiative, 3) desired decision/next steps.

    Think of sales pitches as presentations on steroids. They only include information that’s relevant to the audience and, most important, they drive to the “close”–the next steps (usually buying) that you’d like the customer to take.

    Traditional sales pitches have fallen out of favor in recent years, but if there’s any person alive today how can make a killer sales pitch, it’s living legend Ron Popiel. During a sales pitch on live television, he once sold around 10,000 rotisserie ovens worth over $1 million… in a single hour. Amazing!

    8. TED Talks–Amy Cuddy
    The TED Talk is a newly-evolved hybrid of a speech and a presentation. However, while speeches can be about anything, TED talks are usually built around the speaker’s journey in discovering and understanding something new or interesting.

    Like speeches, talks may contain a few graphics or photographs to illustrate the subject of the talk and questions are held to the end of the talk. However, TED Talks are they’re shorter than speeches, typically 20 minutes or less.

    The best TED Talks combine a compelling personality and with a fascinating subject matter. A perfect illustration of this combination is Amy Cuddy’s discussion of body language.

  52. Do I Want to Be a Inspirational Speaker?

    Inspirational speakers use their life experiences and knowledge to talk with others and motivate them to take action or change their lives. They can have practically any background. For example, speakers may be experts in their field, have survived diseases, experienced significant life challenges, or be living with disabilities.

    The demand for an inspirational speaker’s presentations is highly dependent upon factors such as the subject matter, popular interest in the field, the speaking ability of the individual, and their experience as a speaker. The potential for income is high, but getting started as an inspirational speaker can be uniquely difficult.
    Job Requirements

    The career requirements for inspirational or motivational speakers can vary – they may have college degrees, vocational licenses, or other certifications. Most speakers have considerable experience in a particular industry or occupation. The following table highlights some of the qualifications for individuals who want to be public speakers:

    Common Requirements
    Experience Postsecondary training, several years working in a profession or interesting real-life stories***
    Key Skills Able to speak clearly*, knowledge of audience needs**, capable of keeping audiences engaged**, familiar with speech techniques for staying on point*, comfortable answering questions*, possess good stage presence**, able to use reasonable arguments** and capable of remaining energetic during meetings*
    Computer Skills Possess an understanding of how to use presentation software (e.g., PowerPoint)* and be able to utilize social media platforms***
    Technical Skills Familiar with using microphones*, able to create handouts and comfortable explaining technical instructions, if applicable**
    Additional Requirements Willingness to travel and able to work irregular hours***

    Sources: *Associated Universities, Inc., **University of Pittsburgh, ***University of Texas.
    Step 1: Become an Expert

    In this context, the term ‘expert’ is more of a general term describing a person with significant life experience or academic training. Many times, people acquire compelling life experiences by happenstance, but not everyone evaluates those experiences to determine if the lessons they contained could be used to help others. Inspirational speakers evaluate themselves frequently so that they can pass any useful information on to their audiences or clients. Common motivational life stories could discuss family relationships, overcoming an addiction or handling racial issues, or possibly consist of stories about positive personal growth.

    Individuals can also become experts through academic training and work experience. Becoming an expert in a particular field often involves attending college, developing a wide set of skills, earning degrees and working at one or more jobs. Because some career fields include on-the-job training, not all fields require college degrees. Vocational experts often use their knowledge to find innovative ways to solve problems. Many also try new approaches and continue learning about their fields. They then talk about what they’ve learned during speaking engagements.
    Step 2: Develop Public Speaking Skills

    Although most inspirational speakers are experts, not all experts can become inspirational speakers, especially if they do not possess strong public speaking skills. Individuals can gain public speaking skills by taking formal classes in the subject. Public speaking courses offered by colleges or other schools may provide information about delivering persuasive speeches, incorporating body language, using technology and fielding audience questions.

    There are also organizations and clubs that focus on helping people become better speakers. Some of these organizations are meant to help people improve their speaking skills in the workplace, but many of those lessons are applicable to individuals wanting to become professional inspirational speakers. In many of these organizations, people learn how to speak better through consistent practice and receive constructive criticism from fellow members.
    Step 3: Build Experience

    Inspirational speakers require real-world experience to develop their style and presentation. Professionals with no previous public speaking experience may consider volunteering to speak at local events or during business meetings. Vocational professionals can also volunteer to speak at schools, charitable organizations or community centers.
    Success Tip:

    Look into certification programs. Inspirational speakers can prove their level of professionalism by becoming certified. Several organizations offer different types of public speaking and leadership certification programs. To become certified, individuals may have to complete training classes and speak at a specific number of live engagements.

    Step 4: Begin Working in the Field

    After building enough experience, individuals may start charging money for speaking at events. Some inspirational speakers may organize their own seminars, which involves advertising, renting a location and processing collected fees. Some inspirational speakers may prefer employment at events organized by event coordinators. People who are experts in their field may not require any previous public speaking experience to work as an inspirational speaker, but experience can help professionals become more comfortable in front of crowds.
    Success Tips:

    Join an agency. Several agencies specialize in connecting conference organizers with inspirational speakers. Joining one or more of these agencies may help inspirational speakers find more employment opportunities. Additionally, several agencies are willing to handle fee negotiations, event scheduling and other pertinent details, allowing professionals to focus the majority of their time on their speeches and presentations.
    Publish speeches. Many inspirational speakers write books or blogs. Sometimes, people do not become inspirational speakers until after they have already published their works and been asked to speak at events. Using online platforms for blogs also allows inspirational speakers to market themselves and develop a strong following of fans.

  53. LEADERSHIP AND MOTIVATION

    Top 10 Best Motivational Speakers in the World

    Motivational speakers have had an enormous impact on my life, and millions of others, no matter what their personal situation in life may be. Their words are so powerful and inspirational, you just have to listen to their stuff on a daily basis. So it brings me to this post. I’ve been enjoying a lot of motivational videos recently, have been creating my own,  and have ended up listening to a lot of wonderful speeches.

    But who are the best motivational speakers in the world? Here’s my list of the top 10 motivational speakers in the world. These are the people you need to be following, listening to and watching on YouTube. They have transformed many people’s lives including mine.

     1) Eric Thomas

    Eric Thomas, born on September 11th 1965 in Tuscan, Arizona, was homeless at the age of 16 years old. But Eric decided that he wanted to make a better life for himself, to become someone with a life he could be proud of. E.T did just that, and pushed himself to end up playing 9 seasons as a cornerback in the NFL.

    He also managed to get the education he missed out on whilst he was homeless, and pushed himself further to achieve all the qualifications he dreamed of being able to achieve. Since playing in the NFL, Eric Thomas has become one of the best motivational speakers in the world. His YouTube videos are legendary and his best selling books have taken in millions of dollars in revenue.

    E.T’s speeches are so popular, that you’ll find he’s featured in roughly 90% of the motivational videos that others create and upload to YouTube, using compilations of clips, speeches and music.

    “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.” – Eric Thomas

     2) Tony Robbins

    Tony Robbins was born on February 29th, 1960 in Los Angeles. His life at home when he was young was described by him as abusive and chaotic, and it was because of this that he left home at the age of 17. Originally when starting out in the world of motivational speaking, Robbins was promoting seminars for Jim Rohn. He later decided to begin his own journey hosting his own seminars.

    Tony has affected and changed so many people’s lives in a positive way through his seminars, motivational speeches and best selling books. If you search for him on YouTube several videos will pop up in which he’s changed someone’s life within the time space of the recording. The favorites of mine that I’ve watched, are where he cures a young man’s stutter in 7 minutes and saves another guys marriage in 8.

     

    “One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.” – Tony Robbins

     3) Les Brown

    Les Brown was born on February 17th 1945 in Miami, Florida. Les was adopted by Mamie Brown, and whilst in grade school, was declared “educably mentally retarded”. Despite this and emotional issues it brought upon him, he was encourage by others to continue to learn and be the best he could be, leading him to unlock his full potential.

    Les is another motivational speaker who is incredibly popular among the motivational video compilations that others create, because his speeches are so deep and meaningful that they really get through to people. His top selling books: ‘It’s Not over until You Win!’ and ‘Live Your Dreams’are truly inspirational, and well worth the read.

     

    “When life knocks you down, try to land on your back. Because if you can look up, you can get up. Let your reason get you back up.” – Les Brown

     4) Jim Rohn

    Jim Rohn was born September 17th 1930 in Yakima, Washington, and passed away on December 5th 2009. Jim was a very successful entrepreneur, at one time being a Vice President of a very successful sales company, Nutri-Bio. However, after the company eventually went out of business, he was invited to speak at a meeting of one of his clubs.

    After this meeting, he was invited to speak at many other events and began making a name for himself. Jim Rohn was a wise businessman and managed to impart much of this wisdom into others. He’s definitely earned the right to be on this list of the best motivational speakers in the world.

     

    “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn

     5) Arnold Schwarzenegger

    Arnold Schwarzenegger was born on July 30th 1947, in Austria. We all know him as the world famous professional bodybuilding champion, and there’s a very inspirational story behind Arnie’s bodybuilding success.

    Schwarzenegger served in the Austrian army at the age of 18 years old for 1 year, which at the time was compulsory for all 18 year old males. During this time, he would still manage to fit in his workouts between all the training and drills, whilst most people were resting. He snuck out of camp to compete in the Junior Mr. Europe contest, which he ended up winning.

    Arnold’s discipline towards his training was incredible, and the fact that he was willing to disobey the rules of the army and sneak out of camp to compete in the contest, just goes to show how badly he wanted it. Nowadays, he’s an inspiration to many bodybuilders and a great source of motivation for anyone wanting to be successful.

     

    “For me life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

     6) Zig Ziglar

    Zig Ziglar was born on November 6th, 1926 in Alabama, and passed away on November 28th in 2012. Ziglar has 11 siblings, and at the age of five years old, his father died of a stroke, and his sister passed away two days later. Zig actually served in the army from 1935 – 1946 during World War II.

    Ziglar met his wife Jean when he was just 17 years old, and after the war began to work as a salesman for many different companies, eventually becoming the vice president for the Automotive Performance company.

    He started taking part in motivational seminars, and also wrote his first book in 1975 titled: ‘See You at the Top’. This was the first of at least 15 books he’d written during the period of 1975 and 2012. A lot of wisdom has come from Zig Ziglar over the years and he is definitely one of the best motivational speakers in the world.

     

    “You were designed for accomplishment, engineered for success, and endowed with the seeds of greatness.” – Zig Ziglar

     7) Wayne Dyer

    Dr. Wayne Dyer was born on May 10th 1940 in Detroit, and spent the majority of his childhood in an orphanage. Dyer was in the U.S Navy after graduating high school, from 1958 to 1962. He then received his degree in counselling, a profession that he chose to work in for a while before taking it one step further.

    Dyer left his teaching job and started pursuing a career in motivational speaking, holding various lectures across the states and becoming an incredibly popular author.

    The first book that Dyer ever wrote has now had over 35 million copies sold and he’s proceeded to continue with his lecture tours, release various audio tapes and publish a regular stream of books.

     

    “Passion is a feeling that tells you: this is the right thing to do. Nothing can stand in my way. It doesn’t matter what anyone else says. This feeling is so good that it cannot be ignored. I’m going to follow my bliss and act upon this glorious sensation of joy.” – Wayne Dyer

     8) Robin Sharma

    Robin Sharma was born in 1964 in Nepal, and straight out of the Dalhousie University School of Law, became a professional lawyer. But he went much further in his career than being a fully qualified and successful lawyer.

    Sharma has written a total of 15 published books, from 1995 – 2011, on the subjects of self-help and leadership. One of his most popular books written; ‘The Monk Who Sold his Ferrari‘, has sold over 5 million copies worldwide. The book is all about a character called Julian, who decides to sell his home and Ferrari to go on a spiritual journey, after being the victim to a sudden heart attack.

    Some may say that Robin Sharma’s more of a motivational author rather than speaker, but he deserves to be on this list. He’s written 12 global best sellers, and is an expert author in the world of leadership and self development.

     

    “Dreamers are mocked as impractical. The truth is they are the most practical, as their innovations lead to progress and a better way of life for all of us.” – Robin S. Sharma

     9) Brian Tracy

    Brian Tracy was born on January 5th 1944 in Vancouver, Canada, and is the CEO ofBrian Tracy International, a company that specifically sets out to help individuals and organizations develop, train and grow. Brian’s ultimate goal is to help other people achieve their goals more efficiently and be able to achieve their full potential.

    That definitely sets the foundation for aworld class motivational speaker. His lifetime achievements are phenomenal, consulting huge numbers of businesses, hosting huge numbers of seminars and conducting  years and years of research in Business, Economics, Psychology and Philosophy.

    There’s no more to say other than the title given on his website: Professional Speaker, Best Selling Author, Entrepreneur and Success Expert.

     

    “No one lives long enough to learn everything they need to learn starting from scratch. To be successful, we absolutely, positively have to find people who have already paid the price to learn the things that we need to learn to achieve our goals.” – Brian Tracy

     10) Nick Vujicic

    Nick Vujicic was born on December 4th 1982 in Melbourne, Australia. Nick was born with Tetra-Amelia syndrome, a very rare disorder whereby someone is born with an absence of all four limbs. This no doubt ably, made things incredibly tough for Nick growing up, as he struggled both mentally and physically.

    It led to him founding his very own non-profit organization called ‘Life Without Limbs’. Nick Vujicic is a true inspiration to us all, and if you’ve watched some of his motivational speeches on YouTube, you’ll realize just how much he’s been able to adapt to a life without limbs. Many people with this disorder might not be willing to work hard in order to truly push their abilities.

    Nick can type 43 words a minute on a computer. That’s right, you heard me correctly. This is a guy who has an absence of all four limbs, but can type 43 words per minute on a computer. I encourage you to watch some of his videos on YouTube, and see exactly what I’m talking about.

  54. http://www.hrmeet.com.np/

    Mr. Shekhar Golchha

    Vice President,
    Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI)
    Chairperson,
    Employer’s Council
    President,
    Nepal Automobile Dealers’ Association
    Executive member,
    Nepal-India Chamber of Commerce & Industry
    Board Member,
    Nepal China Chamber of Commerce and Industry
    Chief Patron,
    Disabled New Life Center

    Mr. Naseer Khan

    India’s Number One Motivational Speaker
    Uses advanced techniques like NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), Hypnosis
    Specializes in Power Selling, Employee Motivation , Stress Elimination, High Performance Leadership ,
    Confidence Building, Conflict Resolution, Goal Setting, Success Strategies, Law of Attraction, Psychology of Wealth,
    Power of Dreams, Youth Empowerment, and Personality TRANSFORMATION

    Dr. Sujaya Banerjee

    Human Resources professional for over 24 years
    TEDx Speaker
    Currently Chief Talent Officer at Essar
    Winner of Youth Icon Award for 2009 and the Contribution to HR Community Award awarded by the Government of Malaysia in 2012
    Presented White Papers and chaired Conferences around the world at GE’s John F. Welch Leadership Center (Crotonville), at the CLO Summit-Harvard Business School, ASTD Denver Conference 2012
    Author of the much acclaimed ‘SWITCH-How 12 Indian Companies Managed Change
    Founder of the Asia Woman Leadership Forum

  55. KATHMANDU, MAR 26 – Krishna Raj Chaudhari, Chief Manager – Human Resources at Nirdhan Utthan Bank, was on Thursday awarded with the “HR Manager of the Year – 2014”. The award carries a purse of Rs 50,000.

    The announcement was made during the eighth HR Meet organised by Growth Sellers Private Limited.

    More than 200 participants from different institutions and professions participated in the one-day event. The event featured FNCCI Vice-president Shekhar Golchha as one of the speakers who spoke on industrial relations in Nepal. The programme was further resourced by Sujaya Banerjee, Chief Talent Officer and Senior VP – HR at Essar Group, on the topic “Talent Management- Attracting and Engaging Talent for Retention”.

    India’s leading motivational speaker Naseer Khan delivered speech on “The Leadership of Tomorrow”.

    Posted on: 2015-03-27 08:33
    http://www.ekantipur.com/the-kathmandu-post/2015/03/26/money/chaudhari-bags-hr-manager-of-the-year/274668.html

  56. Speakers
    If you are searching for an engaging motivational speaker to blow the audience away at your next event, you have come to the right place.

    Simply Life Speakers Bureau is your number one source for finding the best motivational speakers in the country. Our speakers, who range from bestselling authors to business experts and Olympic gold medalists, have the ability to motivate and encourage others to see things in a more positive light through their life stories.

    Motivational speakers will inspire each person and are a guaranteed way to ensure that your event stands out, whether it is a corporate event or otherwise, by connecting on a deeper level. Employees at the top and bottom of the company ladder are important investments to the success of your business, and hiring a motivational speaker is a great way to bring everyone together. Each member of your team will walk out the room feeling re-energized and motivated.

    Please note: This is a partial list of the Motivation & Inspirational Speakers we represent. If you would like additional suggestions about speakers that will match your event goals, please simply contact one of our friendly account agents.

  57. Motivational speaking is not for everyone. Anyone can give a good word, a reassuring pat on the back of a friend who is down, but not everyone can be a motivational speaker.

    This is because an inspiring motivational speaker needs to be confident, needs to know what he is talking about, and needs to be human enough for his audience to be able to relate to him. Great motivational speakers like Naseer Khan constantly do that.

    A lot of people give motivational speechesfor a living, but only a select few have all the characteristics needed for a speaker who can truly motivate, inspire and encourage his audience.

    Here are the top 3 characteristics you will find in the best motivational speakers today.

    A Strong Sense of Personal Motivation and Optimism

    This is perhaps the primary requirement for every motivational speaker. The process of motivating another person, let alone a crowd, can be difficult if you are not persuasive. The process of driving yourself to perform at your best, to give your 100% to every task, can be difficult to do, which makes motivational speakers who can awaken this drive in others so amazing. The secret is having their own supply of abundant motivation within themselves.

    The greatest motivational speakers have mastered the art of living motivated lives, which can be seen in their past accomplishments and even in their personal and social relationships. Without this inner motivation, a speaker’s speech falls flat, even fake. Genuinely motivated persons are effective motivators because they practice what they preach.

    Motivational speakers are also inherently optimistic. Speakers are often brought in to boost morale, to give a little bit of encouragement especially during tough times. The best motivational speakers can spot reasons to feel good despite being surrounded by tough conditions. Pair optimism with a good, compelling talk, delivered by a speaker who everyone can relate to, and you create the perfect environment for boosting morale.

    Ability to Connect

    Inner motivation and the desire to motivate others can only do so much without the inherent ability to connect. The greatest speakers in history, like Martin Luther King, JFK, Nelson Mandela, to name a few, had the ability to connect to the audience, to exude the vibe that they were one with the people in the room, that they knew what the audience was going through.

    The best motivational speakers are those speakers who the audience sees as someone who can be a best friend, a trusted buddy, someone who they can relate to. The best speakers have the gift of connecting to a crowd as a whole and connecting to every individual in that crowd, so you get the feeling that as you are listening, it is as if the speaker is talking directly to you.

    The use of humor, an air of humility, and honesty often makes this possible, since people will find it hard to connect to someone who is so put together and so overwhelmingly confident. This is perhaps the reason why most speakers tend to tell stories about past times failures or insecurities, to show the audience that they too have felt down, discouraged or afraid.

    A Good Voice

    A good voice is 90% of the delivery. A good voice, one that resonates throughout the room, delivers the message to everyone in the room. Most motivational speakers today have taken lessons so they can learn how to project their voices, because how the speech is delivered can make or break the message.

    Natural speakers have this ability to talk clearly, pace their words the right way, and modulate their voices to avoid making a boring, monotonous speech. Most people will notice that the best speakers can keep a crowd engaged just by pacing their words so that it doesn’t sound like a long, boring lecture. A good voice is also a good tool for engaging the audience, especially for speakers standing in front of a large crowd.

    These are just 3 of the top characteristics of successful and effective motivational speakers. There are so many great speeches out there, but without the right person on stage to deliver them, the message often falls on uninterested, bored ears. Inner motivation, being relatable, an air of optimism and a good voice can drive a point home better than the best written speech can.

  58. This is a very helpful article for people like me who aspire to be a motivational speaker in India and this blog also helps event planners to get insights into leading motivational speakers in India. I for one am a big fan of Naseer Khan however there are quite a few promising motivational speakers in India who could be mentioned here in this blog.

    Harsh Agrawal
    Pandurang Shastri Athavale
    Vijay Batra
    Deepak Chopra
    Aisha Chaudhary
    Bhavik Gandhi
    Harish Iyer
    Shiv R. Jhawar
    Priya Kumar
    Minocher Patel
    Paul Robinson
    Bishal Sarkar,
    Srikumar Rao
    Kamal Narayan Seetha
    Anubhav Srivastava
    Sukhabodhananda
    Shivani Verma
    akash gautam
    Zubin Rashid
    Rajesh Agarwal 
    Ujjwal Patni
    Vishwas Mudagal
    Himeesh Madaan
    Tony Robbins
    Les Brown
    Jack Canfield
    Eric Thomas
    Nick Vujicic 
    Zig Ziglar 
    Dr. Wayne Dyer 
    Jim Rohn
    Stephen Covey
    Brian Tracy
    Robin Sharma
    Santosh Nair
    Shiv Khera
    Chandrashekhar Singh
    Kevin Abdulrahman
    Vijay Michihito Batra
    Vasant Chauhan
    Indrajyoti Sengupta (Ron Sen)

  59. The business of educating, inspiring, and educating audiences can be one of the most rewarding careers when the audience gets everything they expected and more. This is the challenge for professional speakers and meeting planners

    These days audiences are better educated, and thanks to abundant digital and social media, have pretty much seen and heard it all.

    This is why the traditional motivational speech is out of favor, and why the same may soon be true for the standard presentation as we know it.

    What inspires and motivates audiences these days is substance. This includes personal stories and content in all of its forms that make meaningful connections that transcend the speech.

    A True Story

    Several years ago I accepted an engagement to be the sole keynote speaker for an event, and on very short notice. As a result, it was not possible to interview audience members as I usually do, and that created some uncertainty.

    Nevertheless, the meeting planner assured me I would be addressing a mainstream small business audience, which happens to be my sweet spot.

    What I learned after my presentation was the previous speakers for this event were traditional motivational speakers, such as celebrities and Olympic athletes. I’m thankful I did not know this in advance.

    One audience member shared this with me after the event: “You’re one of the best speakers we’ve had in years.” I instantly knew he was sincere, so I thanked him and inquired as to why.

    “I don’t need to learn how to kick a football. I’m operating a local, small business, and what you shared with me today will actually help me grow my business.”

    Touchdown! Welcome to a new ball game.

    The new motivational keynote presentation is a content-rich, collaborative event that engages the audience and helps them accomplish their goals.

    What’s especially interesting is what’s working these days are lessons derived from real-life experiences by regular people. This is what is relevant and relatable for most general audiences, and therefore is defining the new motivational speaker as one that leads with content.

    In fact, a recent industry report by Tagoras and Velvet Chainsaw Consulting suggests that “current, relevant content” is the most important criteria for speaker success today, as listed by over 75% of the survey respondents.

    This is the new motivational speaker, one that …

    #1 – Collaborates with The Audience

    On the surface, I imagine it appears that speakers are communicating with our audiences when we are working. While this is true, we are also actively using all of our senses to discern even the most subtle clues that we are indeed connecting with that audience.

    This collaboration is like a dance. When it is working it is an unmistakable feeling you know with certainty.

    When a speaker views a presentation as a performance, it compromises its value. Yet, when it becomes a dance or collaboration that engages them with the speaker, and more importantly, with each other, it becomes something special, because every audience and speaker will never be as they are at that one moment in time.

    How does this work on a practical level?

    When you rigidly define the presentation in advance you limit what it can be. Whereas, when you allow it to evolve right up to the minute, and continue to keep it open as you gracefully move forward, it indeed becomes a collaborative dance with unlimited potential.

    This is one reason why I never give my presentation slides out in advance. Just the feeling of being locked in feels like I’m squeezing the life out of something that is still unborn.

    #2 – Gives the Audience Confidence

    I’ve learned over time that to be free in the moment to connect with the audience requires rigorous preparation and practice. This includes, but is not limited to the following.

    Have a structure. But don’t be locked into it. For example, something may happen minutes before you step on stage that will make for an ideal opening. (More on this in #3)

    Be ready for anything. Early in my career I hired an expert to “punch up” the humor in my presentation. The laughter I received was so unexpected I “stepped on it,” rather than giving it time to breathe. Now I know to expect the unexpected, and respond appropriately.

    Know your material. In my opinion, the reason for ums, ahs, and other speech crutches are not knowing the material well. The solution is getting in front of more audiences to get the necessary experience, with blogging being a virtual means for accomplishing the same.

    Tell stories. Stories are the lifeblood of any presentation; without them you have facts, figures, data, and information that are quickly forgotten. If that information is brought to life with a story, it becomes memorable.

    Shift to engage. There should be no fewer than 7-8 shifts in any presentation, including the opening and closing stories. These shifts or movements change the tempo and get or keep the audience engaged. Every humorist knows that whether a a joke works or not, you move on to the next one. For business speakers, this is the next shift or story.

    Experiment with preparation. I personally find it invaluable to interview members of the audience in advance. This develops a relationship with the audience before taking the stage. Plus, you acquire useful information that shapes your presentation in powerful ways, thereby making it feel more like a conversation than a presentation

    Trust the audience. Once in a while you will make amazing connections with your audience. This happens when you begin to feel the connection, and then have the courage to “step into it.” It’s literally like taking a leap into the unknown with the faith that you will be supported. While there is risk, you’ll never experience it unless you give it a try.

    Swing for the seats. When you confidently go for it all, you may win or fail, but you will never have any regrets. If you only want to make a living as motivational speaker you can just play it safe, as many do. However, if you want a career where you can really make a difference, you have to be willing to go all in.

    Surprise with hold-backs. Unlike the “one more thing” that Steve Jobs became known for, hold-backs are kept in the back pocket (so to speak) and only used when opportunities for using them presents themselves – if they do at all. The trick is knowing your audience well enough to anticipate what might happen, such as the need to cut the presentation short, stretch it out, tell a story, or have an answer to the question: What else can you do for us?

    Professional motivational speakers like Naseer Khan are always prepared for these opportunities.

    #3 – Has a Process that Always Delivers

    Finally, the new motivational speaker has a system that ensures they always deliver, no matter what . I have a checklist that continues to evolve and grow as I encounter new circumstances that provide invaluable experience.

    Immediately before the event everyone is “setting the stage.” This is when all eyes are on the motivational speaker, the one who is expected to be gracious, patient, and in control, regardless of what may be happening around them.

    Once again, the key is preparation. Here’s a partial list.

    Show up early. Speaking is a business – which means you always have to deliver. There are numberless things that can go wrong, and time is on your side when it comes to getting them remedied.

    Have a timeline. I have a habit of writing out my timeline the evening prior to every event – when I will wake up, meditate, exercise, have breakfast, etc. This gives me multiple checkpoints that ensure I get to the event on time and show up mentally prepared.

    Notice everything. Walk and feel the room before setting up for the event (preferably the day prior) when you can be alone. Notice lighting, temperature, cords that may be trip hazards, background noise. This is a great time to visualize an outstanding outcome!

    Write down names, phone numbers, and keep them handy. Everyone that you meet will be honored if you acknowledge them by name. Plus, having the phone numbers of everyone that can help troubleshoot if necessary is an essential best practice.

    Greet the audience before the event begins. When you can greet people before you take the stage you honor their presence and build a bond that can only get even stronger.

    Test, test, test all of the AV. Ideally, this should be done multiple times, preferably beginning the the day prior.

    Get centered. This may vary for some, but I know many motivational speakers take a few minutes of quiet time as I do to before taking the stage to clear their minds and get centered. While this can be challenging when you are the center of attention, it can be disguised as a last-minute “restroom break.”

    Keep your focus. Before the program its easy to get distracted by any number of things, including multiple presentations at the event, or upcoming events in the coming days. In the film The Verdict, Paul Newman is a down on his luck attorney who gets one last chance with a big case. He reminds himself over and over, “There is no other case. This is the only case. THIS – is the case.” I do the same for every presentation to keep my focus. Trust your Intuition. When you are on stage anything is possible. The more you trust and act on your intuition, the more likely the event will prove to be a success. Stick to your process. I was once asked by a meeting planner (in advance) to stop my presentation to an audience of over 500 and conduct a brief Q&A. This was a mistake. I lost control of the room, as well as the buoyant energy that we created up to that point. My process has since been revised, and this will never happen again, at least not without moderators to help manage the process. This underscores one thing that some speakers forget. Regardless of the cause, the speaker always bears full responsibility for what they can control, which is nearly everything associated with their program. Failure to do so will not earn you sympathy – or get you rehired. Leave late. Running off-stage is not only disrespectful of the audience, it is a missed opportunity. Patiently meeting and greeting with audience members is considered by most meeting planners to be an extension of the formal program. Plan for this, however long it may take. Just to set the record straight, I have never (and will never) refer to myself as motivational speaker. That phrase just happens to be one that is readily recognizable to most people, especially those outside of the meetings and events industry. Like so many others that see the future clearly, I consider myself to be a content speaker that is willing to do whatever it takes to deliver a collaborative experience that engages every audience member with as many others as possible.

  60. I read this blog on India’s best motivational speakers today. Thank you wisdomindia for putting up such a beautiful article as it inspires me to prepare my motivational speech with confidence. I wish to be like Tony Robins and Naseer Khan one day. Now I work in a network marketing company and the internet articles and videos are helping me a lot.

  61. A motivational speaker or inspirational speaker is a speaker who makes speeches intended to motivate or inspire an audience. Business entities may employ motivational speakers (for example) to communicate company strategy with clarity, to help employees to see the future in a positive light, and to inspire workers to pull together. The talk itself is often known as a pep talk. Popular motivational speakers include Eric Thomas, Tony Robbins, Les Brown and Naseer Khan.

    Antiquity
    Modern scholarship on classical oratory as a means of persuading and moving audiences[2] can look to Cicero’s De Oratore as an exemplar for “the rhetoric of motivation”.

  62. Hi Manisha,

    At the outset let me compliment you on deciding to be a trainer and motivational speaker. I am taking the liberty of adding my suggestions for your consideration.

    To be a good trainer a prerequisite is good communication skills, and in particular effective presentation and public speaking skills. However, the heart and brains of the training still remains the domain knowledge but even the most knowledgeable person would fail miserably as a trainer without effective communications skills. To further improve your communication skills find a local Toastmasters club in your city and join them.

    To get the academic inputs on training you can do the course from Indian Society for Training and Development (ISTD) as planned. Alternatively you can also attend some Train The Trainer (TTT) programs offered by private institutions.

    To get going, focus on those topics that you are familiar with, confident about, passionate about or have a good grounding in. Keep updating yourself by reading extensively and start outlining the broad course contents keeping in mind the type of audience you are likely to address. In particular pay attention to the type of exercise, examples, activities that you will use during the program to reinforce a point or make the learning relevant. I would also suggest that you attend some corporate training by professionals on topics of your interest to get a feel of how it is structured and delivered.

    If you have no corporate training experience, ideally take a few sessions for post graduate students in colleges or for social service clubs like Lions and Rotary’s so that you gain in experience and also can fine tune your material. Once you are confident, approach a few corporates and the first few training programs are vital for future reference and for your own confidence.

    I would also invite you to visit the following Inspirational and Motivational Blogs which can also assist you in improving your vocabulary and communication skills.

  63. LEADERSHIP AND MOTIVATION

    Top 10 Best Motivational Speakers in the World

    motivational-speakers

    Motivational speakers have had an enormous impact on my life, and millions of others, no matter what their personal situation in life may be. Their words are so powerful and inspirational, you just have to listen to their stuff on a daily basis. So it brings me to this post. I’ve been enjoying a lot of motivational videos recently, have been creating my own, and have ended up listening to a lot of wonderful speeches.

    I agree that Naseer Khan is the best motivational and inspirational speaker in India, Google consistently ranks him number one. But who are the best motivational speakers in the world? Here’s my list of the top 10 motivational speakers in the world. These are the people you need to be following, listening to and watching on YouTube. They have transformed many people’s lives including mine.

    1) Eric Thomas

    Eric Thomas, born on September 11th 1965 in Tuscan, Arizona, was homeless at the age of 16 years old. But Eric decided that he wanted to make a better life for himself, to become someone with a life he could be proud of. E.T did just that, and pushed himself to end up playing 9 seasons as a cornerback in the NFL.

    He also managed to get the education he missed out on whilst he was homeless, and pushed himself further to achieve all the qualifications he dreamed of being able to achieve. Since playing in the NFL, Eric Thomas has become one of the best motivational speakers in the world. His YouTube videos are legendary and his best selling books have taken in millions of dollars in revenue.

    E.T’s speeches are so popular, that you’ll find he’s featured in roughly 90% of the motivational videos that others create and upload to YouTube, using compilations of clips, speeches and music.

    “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.” – Eric Thomas

    2) Tony Robbins

    Tony Robbins was born on February 29th, 1960 in Los Angeles. His life at home when he was young was described by him as abusive and chaotic, and it was because of this that he left home at the age of 17. Originally when starting out in the world of motivational speaking, Robbins was promoting seminars for Jim Rohn. He later decided to begin his own journey hosting his own seminars.

    Tony has affected and changed so many people’s lives in a positive way through his seminars, motivational speeches and best selling books. If you search for him on YouTube several videos will pop up in which he’s changed someone’s life within the time space of the recording. The favorites of mine that I’ve watched, are where he cures a young man’s stutter in 7 minutes and saves another guys marriage in 8.

    “One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.” – Tony Robbins

    3) Les Brown

    Les Brown was born on February 17th 1945 in Miami, Florida. Les was adopted by Mamie Brown, and whilst in grade school, was declared “educably mentally retarded”. Despite this and emotional issues it brought upon him, he was encourage by others to continue to learn and be the best he could be, leading him to unlock his full potential.

    Les is another motivational speaker who is incredibly popular among the motivational video compilations that others create, because his speeches are so deep and meaningful that they really get through to people. His top selling books: ‘It’s Not over until You Win!’ and ‘Live Your Dreams’ are truly inspirational, and well worth the read.

    “When life knocks you down, try to land on your back. Because if you can look up, you can get up. Let your reason get you back up.” – Les Brown

    4) Jim Rohn

    Jim Rohn was born September 17th 1930 in Yakima, Washington, and passed away on December 5th 2009. Jim was a very successful entrepreneur, at one time being a Vice President of a very successful sales company, Nutri-Bio. However, after the company eventually went out of business, he was invited to speak at a meeting of one of his clubs.

    After this meeting, he was invited to speak at many other events and began making a name for himself. Jim Rohn was a wise businessman and managed to impart much of this wisdom into others. He’s definitely earned the right to be on this list of the best motivational speakers in the world.

    “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn

    5) Arnold Schwarzenegger

    Arnold Schwarzenegger was born on July 30th 1947, in Austria. We all know him as the world famous professional bodybuilding champion, and there’s a very inspirational story behind Arnie’s bodybuilding success.

    Schwarzenegger served in the Austrian army at the age of 18 years old for 1 year, which at the time was compulsory for all 18 year old males. During this time, he would still manage to fit in his workouts between all the training and drills, whilst most people were resting. He snuck out of camp to compete in the Junior Mr. Europe contest, which he ended up winning.

    Arnold’s discipline towards his training was incredible, and the fact that he was willing to disobey the rules of the army and sneak out of camp to compete in the contest, just goes to show how badly he wanted it. Nowadays, he’s an inspiration to many bodybuilders and a great source of motivation for anyone wanting to be successful.

    “For me life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

    6) Zig Ziglar

    Zig Ziglar was born on November 6th, 1926 in Alabama, and passed away on November 28th in 2012. Ziglar has 11 siblings, and at the age of five years old, his father died of a stroke, and his sister passed away two days later. Zig actually served in the army from 1935 – 1946 during World War II.

    Ziglar met his wife Jean when he was just 17 years old, and after the war began to work as a salesman for many different companies, eventually becoming the vice president for the Automotive Performance company.

    He started taking part in motivational seminars, and also wrote his first book in 1975 titled: ‘See You at the Top’. This was the first of at least 15 books he’d written during the period of 1975 and 2012. A lot of wisdom has come from Zig Ziglar over the years and he is definitely one of the best motivational speakers in the world.

    “You were designed for accomplishment, engineered for success, and endowed with the seeds of greatness.” – Zig Ziglar

    7) Wayne Dyer

    Dr. Wayne Dyer was born on May 10th 1940 in Detroit, and spent the majority of his childhood in an orphanage. Dyer was in the U.S Navy after graduating high school, from 1958 to 1962. He then received his degree in counselling, a profession that he chose to work in for a while before taking it one step further.

    Dyer left his teaching job and started pursuing a career in motivational speaking, holding various lectures across the states and becoming an incredibly popular author.

    The first book that Dyer ever wrote has now had over 35 million copies sold and he’s proceeded to continue with his lecture tours, release various audio tapes and publish a regular stream of books.

    “Passion is a feeling that tells you: this is the right thing to do. Nothing can stand in my way. It doesn’t matter what anyone else says. This feeling is so good that it cannot be ignored. I’m going to follow my bliss and act upon this glorious sensation of joy.” – Wayne Dyer

    8) Robin Sharma

    Robin Sharma was born in 1964 in Nepal, and straight out of the Dalhousie University School of Law, became a professional lawyer. But he went much further in his career than being a fully qualified and successful lawyer.

    Sharma has written a total of 15 published books, from 1995 – 2011, on the subjects of self-help and leadership. One of his most popular books written; ‘The Monk Who Sold his Ferrari‘, has sold over 5 million copies worldwide. The book is all about a character called Julian, who decides to sell his home and Ferrari to go on a spiritual journey, after being the victim to a sudden heart attack.

    Some may say that Robin Sharma’s more of a motivational author rather than speaker, but he deserves to be on this list. He’s written 12 global best sellers, and is an expert author in the world of leadership and self development.

    “Dreamers are mocked as impractical. The truth is they are the most practical, as their innovations lead to progress and a better way of life for all of us.” – Robin S. Sharma

    9) Brian Tracy

    Brian Tracy was born on January 5th 1944 in Vancouver, Canada, and is the CEO of Brian Tracy International, a company that specifically sets out to help individuals and organizations develop, train and grow. Brian’s ultimate goal is to help other people achieve their goals more efficiently and be able to achieve their full potential.

    That definitely sets the foundation for a world class motivational speaker. His lifetime achievements are phenomenal, consulting huge numbers of businesses, hosting huge numbers of seminars and conducting years and years of research in Business, Economics, Psychology and Philosophy.

    There’s no more to say other than the title given on his website: Professional Speaker, Best Selling Author, Entrepreneur and Success Expert.

    “No one lives long enough to learn everything they need to learn starting from scratch. To be successful, we absolutely, positively have to find people who have already paid the price to learn the things that we need to learn to achieve our goals.” – Brian Tracy

    10) Nick Vujicic

    Nick Vujicic was born on December 4th 1982 in Melbourne, Australia. Nick was born with Tetra-Amelia syndrome, a very rare disorder whereby someone is born with an absence of all four limbs. This no doubt ably, made things incredibly tough for Nick growing up, as he struggled both mentally and physically.

    It led to him founding his very own non-profit organization called ‘Life Without Limbs’. Nick Vujicic is a true inspiration to us all, and if you’ve watched some of his motivational speeches on YouTube, you’ll realize just how much he’s been able to adapt to a life without limbs. Many people with this disorder might not be willing to work hard in order to truly push their abilities.

    Nick can type 43 words a minute on a computer. That’s right, you heard me correctly. This is a guy who has an absence of all four limbs, but can type 43 words per minute on a computer. I encourage you to watch some of his videos on YouTube, and see exactly what I’m talking about.

    “It’s a lie to think you’re not good enough. It’s a lie to think you’re not worth anything.” – Nick Vujicic

  64. Most professions today need certain specific skill sets that have to be learned in the classroom or through experience. While formal education provides a basic framework to all of us, we still need to invest time and effort in acquiring knowledge and functional skills specific to an industry. That’s where professional trainers come into the picture.

    There is no checklist to follow in order to excel in this profession. You not only need tremendous confidence in your level of expertise, but also in your ability to educate and engage an audience.

    In an online chat with Get Ahead readers on June 23, Sunder Ramachandran, founder and managing partner of WCH (We Create Headstarts) Training Solutions, a corporate training solutions organisation, fielded questions related to careers on corporate training and how one can go about becoming one.

    For those of you who missed the chat, here is the unedited chat transcript:

    hitesh asked, do i need an MBA to be corporate trainer, i just finished my BA with eco and history
    Sunder Ramachandran answers, at 2011-06-23 15:03:17Hi Hitesh. An MBA is not essential. What you need is domain expertise and life experience.
    rishabh asked, What kind of future prospects it there for corporate trainer? is it only a big city job?
    Sunder Ramachandran answers, Hi Rishabh. Infact there are more opportunities in Tier 2 and Tier 3 towns given that there is a huge demand for training people in smaller cities on employability skills.
    shanu asked, Hello Sir,what does it take to be a corporate trainer? do i need special education qualification?
    Sunder Ramachandran answers, Hi Shanu .Trainers should have excellent interpersonal skills, and an ability to present themselves with confidence, speak before a large audience with conviction, a mature thought process to create training material relevant to their audience, spontaneity to respond to difficult situations with ease, a good sense of humour, loads of enthusiasm and most importantly a passion for the subject matter that is being presented. Education gives you discipline while experience would help you connect with your audience as a trainer. They both go hand in glove.
    nitin asked, Hi..I recently got a phd in management (strategy and innovation) from a reasonably good b-school in india. My communication skills are also quite good. Can you please let me know around how much i can make as a corporate trainer. Can you please tell me the salary range i can expect to make?
    Sunder Ramachandran answers, Hi Nitin. It depends on whether you puruse a full time career with an organisation or choose to be an independent consulting. It’s safe to assume that for strategy and leadership engagements, you can command parity with what top business consultants earn.
    Mike asked, With a lot of Online Learning Tutorials do you think the need of Trainers may be affected?
    Sunder Ramachandran answers, Good question Mike. Online learnig compliments instructor led training. The best way to learn is to design an integrated learning model which has both instructor and online interface. In the Indian eco system, instructor led learning is still in demand.
    VIKE asked, i have very good command over creating training material and can i sell that also and please tellme where to sell it?
    Sunder Ramachandran answers, Hi Vike. You can consider sites like guru.com. There are various other sites where content can be put up for auction.
    PMSS asked, What is the SCOPE for Corporate Trainers in in the ERP/CRM space.
    Sunder Ramachandran answers, Hi. There is a huge demand for customers service trainers in retail, hospitality and BPO sectors.
    Nitin Gade asked, HI Sunder I have take some tanings in colleages in Institutes but have never taken anu Coporate but what is major diffrence in instutute traning and coporate tranings
    Sunder Ramachandran answers, Hi Nitin. The facilitation style will vary with the audience. In a corpoarte set up, you will have to tie learning to the contextual needs of the professionals you are training. The need for customisation is higher in the case of work place learning.
    ganesh4890 asked, Are there any firms which recurits Pharamacy related trainers?
    Sunder Ramachandran answers, Hi Ganesh. All Pharma firms hire full time trainers for training their front line teams.
    Diwakar asked, Is e-learning a threat to corporate trainers. I know you need classroom based training when it comes to softskills, but what about technical training?
    Sunder Ramachandran answers, Hi Diwakar. refer to my previous answer on the same subject. E-learning compliments classroom training and is certainly not a threat.
    nitin asked, I am a b-school prof, can you please tell me how to go about doing independent corporate training along with my job. around how many hours i can teach per month and around how much i can get per hour?
    Sunder Ramachandran answers, Hi Nitin. It’s a broad question. remuneration is based on your domain expertise, experience and the kind of engagements that you choose.
    aspirant asked, i m rishabh from mumbai and have been in marketing and advertising for 10 years now. i m keen on taking training as a profession. have done that on and off in some of my jobs. do i need to get trained myself before starting as a trainer? which training organisations can i look at for a job?
    Sunder Ramachandran answers, There are several ‘Train the Trainer’ programmes available for aspiring trainers. Most certification programmes last anywhere between 3 to 5 days. Academic bodies like ISTD (Indian Society of Training & Development) and XLRI (Jamshedpur) offer such certifications. These certifications are also offered by several Training and Consulting firms. Getting a certification is a good start for new trainers and usually helps them understand ‘training’ as a function and also helps them acquire ‘trainer-like qualities’.
    pooja asked, Hello sir, what skills one should acquire to be a trainer. As am an HR professional and training and motivation sessions are quite common. But till the time, I have involved in organizing such sessions and not acted as a trainer. I am very good in making training material. Can I also be a successful trainer.
    Sunder Ramachandran answers, Hi Pooja. There is no checklist to follow in order to excel in this profession. You not only need tremendous confidence in your level of expertise, but also in your ability to entertain and educate an audience.
    ajita asked, Hi I am a member of junior chamber and a consultant trainer at Birla sunlife insurance as well. what chances i have to persue career in corporate training. i am in nagpur, mah
    Sunder Ramachandran answers, Hi Ajita. It seems you are already a part of the profession. Are you looking at an upgrade or change of domains?
    Mike asked, How Good is being a Corporate Trainer for a Long Term Plan in India?
    Sunder Ramachandran answers, Hi Mike. Progressive organisations have realised that training their employees on a continuous basis is the only real way to stay ahead of the competition. Corporate trainers typically find themselves teaching topics that people don’t learn in their formal education, such as communication skills, business writing etiquette, public speaking, presentation skills and other job-specific functional and technical skills. There is a great need on behalf of corporations to improve the way their employees present themselves to the outside world and training them is the straightforward answer. Trainers have the option of working as in-house trainers with organisations, join a specialist training firm or even work as independent/freelance trainers.
    sree asked, Hi Sundar, I am a HR Professional and wish to pursue corporate training, as a freelance consultant, what do you think would be the best possible method to approach colleges, as i am not the best of salesman ?
    Sunder Ramachandran answers, Hi Sree. Every college has an active training and placement cell. Try and speak to them as they are the ones responsible for hiring independent trainers.
    PMSS asked, Somehow I could’nt get across my point I want to know about the scope for some one who want to provide SAP or Siebel training
    Sunder Ramachandran answers, There is scope in both the retail space by working as an independent trainer with institutes providing these trainings as well as with IT firms that hire full time ERP trainers.
    jyotishkumar asked, any scope for fresher in corporate training
    Sunder Ramachandran answers, Hi Jyoti. Corporate training is typically a job people come to after they’ve worked for a while and gained considerable experience.
    Sagar@26 asked, Hello sir,Does the corporate trainer is restricted to a specific particularly HR etc, or their is scope for it in Finance and Marketing domain.Also what are the future job prospects at a starter levels for people to enter at primary level
    Sunder Ramachandran answers, Hi Sagar. For functional and technical training, professional qualifications are important. As a matter of fact, you would be evaluated on your educational background. Broadly trainers are required in all domains.
    Muthu asked, This must be important question in everybody’s ming. How to market myself if i am trainer ? what are the lead generation channel for trainers ?
    Sunder Ramachandran answers, Hi Muthu. You can start by associating with training organisations to learn the business. Once you understand the buying behaviour of training and HR managers who outsource training, you could start doing your own business development as well. You need to be persistent.
    sandeep asked, which train the trainer program you recommend for a 1 year old in industry ?
    Sunder Ramachandran answers, Hi Sandeep. Answered a similar question before. You must note that certification says nothing about quality or richness of experience and does not measure or reflect the hard-to-quantify characteristics that distinguish a ‘seasoned trainer’ from a novice. It is, however, a great ‘starting point’ for those relatively new to the field.
    Neeru asked, Hi Sunder. I am a trainer with an experience of 11 years. Now I wish to work as a freelance trainer. Where to look for opportunities?
    Sunder Ramachandran answers, Hi Neeru. A good first step will be to get empanelled with leading training firms in India and work with them on a project basis.
    aj asked, HI Sunder, i am a lawyer with 13 years of experience and very good at speaking and lectures, can i be a corporate trainer..
    Sunder Ramachandran answers, Sure you can AJ. However I must caution that if you thought that anyone armed with above average public speaking skills and a funny icebreaker could become a Corporate Trainer, think again, because there is more to it than what meets the eye. You need to approcah it clinically.
    ritu asked, hello, why in todays scenario an imp branch like training receives less focus in any organizatuion ?
    Sunder Ramachandran answers, Hi Ritu. Not sure if you are referring to a particular sector becaue most industries invest a tremendous amount of time and money on training.
    satish asked, Hi Sunder, I am from the accounting backgrounding (A/c’s anager), at age of 37. I am having tremendous interest basically in motivational training. How could I go to gain knowledge into training field so that can able to use it to train others?
    Sunder Ramachandran answers, Hi Satish. There are several well established HR & Consulting firms that offer training support. As a matter of fact, trainers generally are fairly well networked and connected. There are several training networks and forums where professionals exchange ideas. Trying searching for training forums online and share your expertise and experience with potential recruiters.
    milan asked,Hi Sunder, I’m a trainer in soft skills and want to start my own venture. What is the best way to start and market the programs which I would like to conduct. Primarily would like to focus on recent graduates and mid level professionals.
    Sunder Ramachandran answers,Hi Milan. There are several online networks and social platforms that connect trainers and HR professionals. So, you can share your value proposition through these mediums.
    shrawan asked,Sir,what are basic skills required to become a successful trainer
    Sunder Ramachandran answers,Hi Shrawan. Trainers should have excellent interpersonal skills, an ability to present themselves with confidence, speak before a large audience with conviction, a mature thought process to create training material relevant to their audience, spontaneity to respond to difficult situations with ease, a good sense of humour, loads of enthusiasm and most importantly a passion for the subject matter that is being presented. Education gives you discipline while experience would help you connect with your audience as a trainer. They both go hand in glove.
    satish asked, Hi Sunder, Frankly speaking I dont have much interest in A/c’g. In this field I can accidently, as there was no other source of income. How can I stretch myself into field of training with some of my abilities into field of trekking etc? (my interest is lies in treking and visiting different places)
    Sunder Ramachandran answers, You could consider outbound training. There is learning that can be derived from adventure activities and often corporates use trekking, rafting and other forms of intense activities to drive an organisational message.
    vsn asked, it is unfortunate that some of my important questions here did not get answered
    Sunder Ramachandran answers, Hi VSN. Please ask your question.
    vsn asked, which skills are most in demand for corporate training? In which skills do people earn most?
    Sunder Ramachandran answers, Hi VSN. Corporate trainers typically find themselves teaching topics that people don’t learn in their formal education, such as communication skills, business writing etiquette, public speaking, presentation skills and other job-specific functional and technical skills. Technical skills typically pay higher as there is a shortage of trainers in this domain.
    vsn asked, to a previous question you said salary for corporate trainers depend on lot of factors. I just want to know the salary range for independent training now the exact amount. Can you please specify the range around how much people get, so that people here can make the proper decision. I am looking at business disciplines. Thanks
    Sunder Ramachandran answers, Hi VSN. There are trainers who make 2500 a day and there are trainers who make 25000 or even more for a day’s training. That’s why it’s difficult to generalise.
    AK asked, What is the best way to start in this profession? I have 0 years experience and i am planning to start in the field of mind power etc
    Sunder Ramachandran answers, You would only start getting assignments once people know about your area of expertise. Try contacting local training organisations and get a few assignments
    juhin asked, Hi, can training be done with distance education or have to attend classes? i am working in a media company in bangalore but want to change my line
    Sunder Ramachandran answers, Hi Juhin. There are several train the trainer programs that are conducted in Bangalore. It’s better to learn first hand as this is a skill based profession and distance learning may not give you the value add that real time interaction can.
    Sunder Ramachandran says, Thanks for joining the chat everyone. Remember that Trainers need to possess a natural ease in dealing with people, an ability to present themselves with confidence, speak before a large audience with conviction, a mature thought process to create training material relevant to their audience, spontaneity to respond to difficult situations with ease, a good sense of humour, loads of enthusiasm and most importantly a passion for the subject matter that is being presented. Most good trainers also have that indefinable ‘charm’ that makes them create magic in a training forum and leave a lasting impact.

  65. I think Robert Platt Bell, Patent Attorney was right in saying if you work for a company that closes the office for a day, so you can go hear a “motivational speaker” – stay behind and update your resume instead. No organization can be successful merely by wishing to be so, as Motivational Speakers claim. And any company that squanders not only the funds necessary to hire motivational speakers, but also wastes vast amounts of human talent by forcing people to attend these mindless rallies, is sure to go belly-up in short order.

    So why do people follow motivational speakers? Why do some companies hire them? It may seem counter-intuitive at first. But motivational speakers basically are the descendants of old P.T. Barnum – selling people what that want to hear. Their mantra is that you can get what you want, merely by desiring it – by having the right attitude – and that other things, like talent, education, quality, and cost control, are less relevant. Any company that follows the formula of the motivational speaker is driving the bus off the cliff.

    And yet, many companies hire these clowns and stay in business. The reason is, of course, that the damage done to the company, while extensive, is not always enough to sink it – right away. It may take time for employees to be “de-motivated” by these experiences – realizing that a motivational speaker like Naseer Khan is being paid a million bucks, while they, as working employees, are denied raises. And it may take a while for the more talented employees to see the writing on the wall and leave. But will happen, over time.

    You see, if you are in business selling widgets, what will make your company more successful is to have better widgets and a lower cost. Once you do that, all the “motivation” in the world won’t make an ounce of difference. The company selling crappy, overpriced widgets will fail in the marketplace, no matter how many motivational speakers they hire. And yes, this is in part what happened to GM.

    When companies start to fail, the writing is on the wall for everyone to see. Managers, often confounded with difficult choices, opt to deny reality (and thus deny having to make hard choices) by going to esoteric solutions or to motivational seminars – both of which often serve only to accelerate the demise of the company.

    When I was at GM, I worked in the Ball Bearing division (New Departure-Hyatt Bearings). We had a division manger who was responsible for running three factories. Our cost structure, in terms of labor, was nearly triple what our nearest U.S. competitor was paying, as we paid UAW wage scale while our competitor paid cheaper wages, to union workers who were non-automotive. And of course, our overseas competition was murder – offering staggeringly higher quality at lower prices. It was a game with the deck stacked from the start. The only solution would be to lower labor costs – or close the factories. The former was deemed “impossible” while the latter ended up being inevitable – particularly due to the inaction of management.

    Our division manager, however, had other ideas – pretty far out ideas. Motivating the workers, he said, was the issue. And the workers were not motivated because the environment they were in was claustrophobic and depressing. His theory was that the machines were “too tall” and thus the workers could not see about them – and thus became depressed and worked less hard.

    His solution was to build an entire factory where all the machines would be five feet high or less. And it was done, too, at considerable cost to the company. Of course, not all machines could be made five feet high, so pits were dug in the floor to mount the machine below floor level so that only five feet of the machine would protrude.

    It was, to say the least, a nightmare. When things broke down (which they often did in this scenario) people had to crawl down into unsafe pits to maintain machines or fetch parts. Conveyor belts had to jog up and down, as they could not extend to the ceiling, but only five feet (or sometimes extend below grade). The entire theory of modern plant design – the single story flat-floored factory – was defeated. Altering or moving machines became impossible, making manufacturing totally inflexible.

    Worse yet, when selecting machine tools, as I was assigned to do, we had to take height into consideration as the ultimate criteria. So a machine tool that cost 50% more, had a lower output rate, and was not as accurate was selected over better machines simply by the fact it came in a 4’11”.

    And of course, the vaunted theory of the five-foot-high factory didn’t work as advertised, but was a nightmare. The problem with employee morale was that they were in fact overpaid and under-worked, and people who are spoiled tend to go looking for trouble and hate their jobs. And even if they could be “motivated” by shorter machines, it is highly unlikely they would make up the nearly 3:1 delta on labor costs we were facing.

    This inept manager’s reward for this multi-million dollar nightmare? He was promoted to head of Guide Lamp division.

    The story goes on, of course. Managers looking for oddball solutions to perfectly straightforward problems. And the motivational speaker fits right into this sort of thinking. If we can just have the right attitude – like the motivational speaker says – we can move mountains!

    But the key here in understanding these folks is to look at their own records. The record of “achievement” if often spurious and vague, if not outright fraudulent. They have accomplished little in the way of real progress in life, other than to shout their blandishments at motivational meetings.

    Having a good attitude in life is, of course, a good thing. But like these misguided “self-esteem” classes they hold in the inner city ghettos, attitude without underlying factual basis to support it is meaningless at best, and corrosive to the soul at worst.

    Telling some poor kid from the ghetto who is failing all this classes that he should have “self-esteem” is not the answer – the kid knows he sucks at school and his father is a crack addict. Self-esteem is the goal of getting good grades, leaving the ghetto, getting a good job and taking care of yourself. You can’t have the reward of self-esteem without the sacrifice and hard work it takes to get it.

    Similarly, telling a worker at a company that sells substandard products and is losing market share that if only they had the right ATTITUDE the company would be profitable, is nothing short of cruel. All this is doing is taking management ineptness and passing it on to the worker – as if the worker were at fault for the poor management and problems in the factory.

    And that, in short, is probably what the managers who subscribe to this nonsense are doing – trying to say “Hey, it isn’t me – its these crummy workers and their lousy attitudes! I hired the best motivational speaker there was!”

    The reality is, most workers want to do a good job. They want to cut costs and help the bottom line. You don’t need to “motivate” them to “think outside the box” to provide “continual quality improvement.” In most cases, they are trying to do just this – but their ideas are dismissed at meetings or are told “we’ll get back to you on that.” Before long, they stop trying. If your workers are not motivated, it is the fault of management for de-motivating them, and a motivational speaker is not the answer.

    And sometimes, closing the factory and moving on IS the only solution. But many managers, particularly the middle-level kind, reject this because it means they will be out of a job. So motivational speakers are hired and the real problems of being competitive are papered over with blandishments and sloganeering. The underlying problems of bloated management, high labor cost, low productivity, poor product design, outdated manufacturing equipment – and other real-world issues that good management should address – are ignored.

    If you find yourself thinking of hiring a motivational speaker – or worse yet, a consultant – maybe it is time to throw in the towel and admit failure. The motivational speaker cannot save your company through “attitude”. And hiring a consultant is just a tacit admission that you’ve forgotten how to run your own business.

    * * *

    One of the blandishments the motivational speakers at Carrier said was “We want you to worker smarter, not harder!” But in reality, what they really needed was for people to work harder – and for less money. Our union wage scale was about 3x of our competitors and 10x of overseas labor. The same things were tried there as at GM – esoteric engineering solutions to “leapfrog” the competition (the Vega Engine, the Spiny-Fin Coil). But when the technology backfired, well, we were worse off than before.

    Both plants have since closed and the jobs moved overseas. Perhaps if management and labor worked together to develop solutions earlier on (and that means pay cuts) the plants would still be in business. Or maybe the closures were inevitable, and the money spent on motivational speakers and esoteric engineering would have been better spent returning profits to the shareholders. Just a thought.

  66. Whether you’re giving a report in a college classroom, or delivering a speech to thousands, public speaking is an important skill to master. Everyone has their favorite tips, including picturing the audience naked, but no one says it better than great speakers themselves. Read on to find out how 23 great public speakers learned how to do such a great job.
    Be persistent and practice: “All the great speakers were bad speakers at first.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Know your purpose: “You shouldn’t give a public speech unless you want to make something happen.” -Tom Peters
    Be a real person: “If you have enthusiasm and excitement, if you show your humanity up there, that’s when the audience starts to warm up.” -Richard LaGravenese
    Believe in your message: “If you believe in something, you can talk about it. All my life I have been very, very shy. To get in front of a crowd drives me nuts, but I have a message to deliver.” -Jack LaLanne
    Offer a moving speech that sticks with your audience: “Have a unifying theme tethered to a powerful, inspirational story.” -Ken Starr
    Seek our your most difficult audience member: “Engage the lowest common denominator, someone with a negative attitude or who can’t concentrate. If I can engage that person, everyone else with fall like a domino.” -Erin Gruwell
    Don’t bore your audience with unnecessary data — deliver a simple message: “I speak at nursery schools; benefactors ask me to speak for Earth Day. It is invariably the most challenging presentation I ever give, but I force myself to do that because it really forces me to get down and think [about] the basic message and how can I communicate it as simply as possible.” -Allen Hershkowitz
    Speak for your audience, not yourself: “The single most important thing you can do is put yourself in other people’s heads and hearts. I think about what they truly need, not what I want to talk about. Whatever size the group, whether five or 5,000 people, you have to at least try to imagine what each of those individuals are there for. -Tony Robbins
    Use humor appropriately: “Never make any jokes in the morning. They’re absolutely deadly. No one has gotten their full dose of caffeine.” -Dick Rudder
    Resist the urge to speed through, and get attention by speaking slowly.: “Slow down, especially at the beginning of a speech. You’ll get the audience’s attention by pausing.” -Bob Kerrey
    Consider how you can entertain your audience: “There is always risk with being funny and controversial that the audience will miss your message, but I think there is a better chance they’ll hear it if you are entertaining.” -Scott McNealy
    Never underestimate the power of eye contact: “When I’m preaching, I’m not speaking to 800 people–I’m trying to speak to each person individually,” he says. “I move from west to east, making contact with people for a second or two. If there’s someone who seems disengaged, I’ll keep coming back in hopes of reaching them. But you have to be very careful: If you’re talking about, say, adultery, you don’t want the person you are looking at thinking that you’ve found them out!” -Rev. Kieran Harrington
    Warm up with one on one conversation first: “If you are the type that gets frightened or intimidated by speaking to large groups, it doesn’t hurt to speak to a couple people in the audience before you start your speech.” -Kate White
    Always be prepared ahead of time: “I have the speech nailed two weeks before I have to give it. I don’t go out with a written speech, but with eight to 10 line connectors [transitions between points I want to make].” -Glenn Rothman
    Avoid using jargon, and never assume your audience knows your topic: “Too many speeches are either too dense or too dull, particularly in the corporate sphere. Use examples that include dialogue–two people talking to each other in their own spoken language. Don’t assume your audience knows your topic. Never fall into jargon.” -Floyd Abrams
    Have a “front page news” message: “Step one: Literally write the headline you want a newspaper to carry as if your speech were going to make front-page news. If you can’t, your message is too complicated, too boring or too vague to impress anyone. Step two: Be substantive. Make a strong prediction, take a controversial stand or deliver a keen insight–but back it up with facts and research. Step three: Be entertaining. Use anecdotes and self-deprecating humor to connect with the crowd. Step four: Don’t speak too long. Even a good speech loses people after at most, 40 minutes.” -Ari Fleischer
    Dream about your speech at night: “The night before a speech, I go over my notes right before I go to sleep. There’s almost something magical about it. You remember the words in a dreamlike state and it helps your brain absorb the material.” -Sally Koslow
    Remember to have soul in your speaking: “I believe that one always does himself and his audience an injustice when he speaks merely for the sake of speaking. I do not believe that one should speak unless, deep down in his heart, he feels convinced that he has a message to deliver. When one feels, from the bottom of his feet to the top of his head, that he has something to say that is going to help some individual or some cause, then let him say it; and in delivering his message I do not believe that many of the artificial rules of elocution can, under such circumstances, help him very much. Although there are certain things, such as pauses, breathing, and pitch of voice, that are very important, none of these can take the place of soul in an address. When I have an address to deliver, I like to forget all about the rules for the proper use of the English language, and all about rhetoric and that sort of thing, and I like to make the audience forget all about these things, too.” -Booker T. Washington
    Repeat yourself without sounding repetitive: “Say the same things over in different ways, especially when you are trying to sell something. When I would teach law, I did this as an educational tool, but it’s also a sales tool. It will make an imprint that people will remember.” -Judge Maria Lopez
    Choose your words carefully: “Never say anything about yourself you do not want to come true.” -Brian Tracy
    Consider the unknown first: “A man does not know what he is saying until he knows what he is not saying.” – G. K. Chesterton
    Know that it’s an honor to be asked to speak: “Compliment the audience. Every invitation to speak is a compliment and an honor to you, so you better recognize that starting off.” -Dr. Robert H. Schuller
    Mean what you say, and be careful not to overspeak: “Little said is soon amended. There is always time to add a word, never to withdraw one.” -Baltasar Gracian

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