Top 5 motivational and inspirational speakers

The best motivational speakers possess the magnetism and star quality to lift and inspire an audience, ensuring that by the time the event has finished, everyone who has been listening feels energised and excited about the future. The audience may be CEOs, employees, young people or just interested spectators – whatever their background and experience, the successful motivational speaker will stimulate them emotionally and intellectually, providing insights, solutions and, sometimes, a whole new way of thinking.

Top motivational speakers are also performers – not necessarily because they are energetic on stage, but because the way they deliver their message is compelling, thought-provoking and, often, laced with the right amount of humour.

Here are the top five motivational and inspirational speakers at Riva Media. They’re very different individuals, but all are first class communicators who know how to lift an audience.

Bear Grylls explorer and keynote speaker

At the age of 23, Bear Grylls became the youngest Briton to climb Mount Everest, even though he had broken his back in a parachute jump just two years earlier. Bear spent three years as a soldier in the British Special Forces, as part of 21 SAS Regiment, refining the survival skills that have become his calling card as an international television star, featuring in seven seasons of the Discovery Channel’s Emmy Award-nominated Man vs. Wild TV series, which became one of the most-watched shows on the planet.

Bear has hosted more extreme adventure shows across more global networks than anyone else, including five seasons of the global hit TV show Running Wild with Bear Grylls. President Obama, Julia Roberts, Roger Federer, Will Ferrell, Channing Tatum, and Kate Winslet are among the celebrities who have joined him on some epic adventures. He also hosts the Emmy Award-nominated interactive Netflix show You Vs Wild as well as Emmy Award-nominated National Geographic landmark series Hostile Planet.

Bear has become one of the most world’s most popular inspirational and motivational speakers, with talks and presentations that are challenging and entertaining, provoking and energising audiences. His specialist topics include leadership, teamwork, resilience and the art of survival, encompassing both the outdoors and the indoors challenges we all face in hour daily lives. As an after-dinner motivational speaker, he has stories and anecdotes that will amaze and entertain.

I recently received a request for a speaker who embodies “beyond impossible”. Dr Karen Darke MBE immediately sprang to mind. At the age of 21, Karen was paralysed from the chest down in an accident, while sea cliff climbing, but has since turned adversity into triumph, winning Paralympic gold for hand-cycling in Rio 2016.  It was the 79th medal for Britain, and 79 being the elemental number for Gold led to Karen creating Quest 79 a project that has seen Karen cycling 7 continents in 9 iconic rides, raising £79K for Spinal Injuries. She is also a Guinness World Record holder for landspeed by armpower and has skied across icecaps, kayaked at extreme latitudes of the planet, and hand-cycled across the world’s biggest mountain ranges and alongside some of the longest rivers.

Karen is able to share the secret to her resilience and mental fortitude, working as a motivational and inspirational speaker, helping audiences to “find inner gold”. She has carried out extensive studies of what goes on “inside” and her speeches and talks are based on these unique explorations of mind, resilience and performance, showing how the power of the mind and language can make a positive impact on your emotions; improving presence, performance and wellbeing. Karen encourages people to view life as an adventure and embrace opportunities to learn and grow. Polar explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes says “Karen’s captivating story shines a bright light on the meaning of challenge and on the limitless capabilities of the human spirit.”

Karen Darke motivational speaker and sportswoman
Kathryn Parsons Keynote Speaker and technology speaker

For business leaders and entrepreneurs navigating the dynamic technological challenges and changes unfolding across the globe, Kathryn Parsons is an inspirational figure. Kathryn founded her company Decoded in 2011 on a credit card and a promise to “teach code in a day”. It has since gone on to share code, data and cyber skills to over half a million people in more than 85 cities worldwide, working with the likes of Unilever, Nike, HSBC, Burberry, Citi and MasterCard.

Kathryn is an Inspirational Speaker on how to rewire your business, energising leaders and individuals on how they can embrace a digital economy. She is also a Motivational Speaker, teaching audiences how to embrace lifelong learning, by giving themselves permission to learn and grow.

Kathryn is an inspirational speaker for young people looking to follow a career in technology and successfully campaigned for coding to become mandatory on the UK National Curriculum. She’s particularly passionate about encouraging women to work in technology. Vogue Magazine has described Kathryn as “Internationally, one of the most influential people in technology today”

Luke Tyburski is a specialist motivational speaker, with a track record backed by glowing testimonials from a series of delighted clients. Luke has known adversity, battling depression, binge eating, and suicidal tendencies to conquer some of the world’s most extreme ultra-endurance challenges. He has run through the Sahara desert, down Mt Everest, across a tropical forest in China and has undertaken mountainous double Ironman triathlons, multiple 150 mile ultra-marathons and 250 mile non-stop bike rides.

Charismatic and an inspirational speaker, Luke is a performance coach working with business leaders and providing workshops and talks to motivate and inspire staff. Jason King from EtchRock gave this testimonial: “A first-class presentation delivered by a world-class public speaker. Luke Tyburski kept our guests spellbound with his adventure stories.”

Luke Tyburski motivational speaker
Samantha Johnson presenter and event host

Samantha Johnson is Sports Broadcaster and Motivational Speaker featured in the PowerList ‘Top 20 of Britain’s Most Influential People Under 40’ for her achievements in the media. Samantha hosts global sports shows for TRT World and has also presented for Sky Sports News, BeIN Sports and Chelsea TV.

A specialist in Diversity and Inclusion, she was featured in UEFA’s documentary ‘Outraged’.

Samantha’s expertise and experience has been in high demand for event work. She has chaired and featured on panels at the House of Commons, Wembley Stadium and the home of Manchester City.

She has also worked as a mentor and inspirational speaker at universities and schools in the UK and Turkey. Past clients have spoken of her “charm”, “engaging personality” and powerful public speaking skills.

Call Us: 0208 541 1996| Email Us:

Contact Us