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Speaker Spotlight: Trent Shelton Builds Better Mindsets
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Speaker Spotlight: Trent Shelton Builds Better Mindsets

Finding success in the face of adversity sometimes requires reinventing yourself, which may mean a change of career or taking on new opportunities for personal growth. But whatever your path, true prosperity will always challenge you to be more resilient, improve your mindset and be personally accountable in all that you do.

Keynote motivational speaker and author Trent Shelton has embodied each of these attributes while experiencing hardship and ultimate success. Best of all, he knows how to convey this message to vast audiences, building better mindsets for tomorrow’s leaders.

Shelton’s story

Shelton had big dreams while growing up in New Orleans and Fort Worth, Texas: he wanted to play pro football. Enrolling at Baylor University as a speech communications major helped him realize that dream. He excelled as a wide receiver for the Baylor Bears to wide acclaim. In 2007, he began his career in the NFL as a free agent, eventually becoming a wide receiver for the Indianapolis Colts, as well as the Seattle Seahawks and the Washington Commanders. But that NFL career ended abruptly. Plagued by injuries, Shelton did not make the next draft. Worse, this abrupt change led to depression and a loss of self-worth.

Home again in 2011, Shelton took an opportunity to speak at his church. His inspiring message immediately connected with the congregation. He soon took this gift online, making short YouTube videos with a curriculum for resilience through inner strength and personal responsibility. For Shelton, creating these videos served as a form of therapy. But for audiences, the videos served as deeply emotional and timeless motivational lessons. Shelton had found his true calling.

Known for his signature closing, “It’s Rehab Time,” Shelton soon founded the RehabTime Organization, a Christian-based 501(c)3 nonprofit. Here, he serves audiences worldwide with an empowering message of faith, mindset development and self-care.

Shelton’s inspirational podcast and books

With more than 800,000 subscribers on YouTube alone, the Straight Up with Trent Shelton podcast inspires millions with straight talk. Supercharged by his powerful voice and inner strength, physical fitness and reducing stress for greater well-being lie at the heart of his energetic message of personal motivation. Some of his most popular video titles include “Not Everyone Is Your Friend” and “Time to Move On: How to Change Your Life,” alongside topics including overcoming your fears and self-harm. You can find his weekly message of positive well-being and the role of fitness on platforms including Apple, Spotify and iHeart.

Shelton’s dynamic voice translates to the written page flawlessly with the same energy, style and personal assistance to achieve a healthier mindset. The Greatest You: Face Reality, Release Negativity, and Live Your Purpose and Straight Up: Honest, Unfiltered, As-Real-As-I-Can-Put-It Advice for Life’s Biggest Challenges have each gained him acclaim as an author, as well as just under five-star Amazon reviews.

With personal stories and solid advice, he guides his readers through relationships, depression and ultimate achievement as only Shelton can. Most of all, he helps his audience achieve the ultimate accomplishment: being all that you can be. And for an even deeper dive into romantic relationships, don’t miss You’re Perfect: for the heart that is meant to love you.

Keynote speaker for personal growth

Shelton’s message reaches more than 60 million people weekly through impactful videos and social media engagement, but there’s nothing quite like seeing him live at a corporate or institutional event. His energy exists in the moment and it’s irresistible. His stamina as an athlete and rhetorical gifts have led him to pack stadiums worldwide in cities including New York City and London.

Plus, as an internationally recognized motivational speaker, the mention of his name alone draws interest. A true professional, he never disappoints. He provides lasting benefits for audiences by creating a more positive work culture and inspiring every attendee to overcome challenges, develop healthier mindsets and be their best selves.

Booking information for Shelton

Booking your next motivational keynote speaker should be easy. To make your next corporate, institutional or fundraising event a success, you want professionalism and a trusted name you can rely on. The Success Speakers Bureau checks each of those blocks for you. We provide more than the best mindset speakers and executive coaches available today—we connect the businesses of today with the leaders of tomorrow.

Check booking availability for Shelton, or browse our menu of available speakers and coaches including categories such as motivational, personal development, training, celebrity and much more. You’ll find biographies, speaking reels and even bestselling book links to help you get started.

And if you’re still undecided on the best speaker for your next event, simply drop us a line. We’ll put our expertise and connections to work to make your next live or virtual event a game-winning touchdown!

Speaker Spotlight: Patrice Washington Redefines Wealth and Prosperity
Motivational, Personal Finance

Speaker Spotlight: Patrice Washington Redefines Wealth and Prosperity

Celebrity keynote speaker and author Patrice Washington wants to redefine wealth and prosperity. In fact, this inspiring young Black woman says that wealth has nothing to do with money at all. At least, not in how you pursue it. With a focus on personal development and well-being as well as financial expertise, her message goes beyond budgeting and debt management. She empowers people to find true purpose and happiness in their lives.

So what is Washington’s bold new message? And why should you book this inspiring and original young star for your next event?

A fresh take on personal finance

Those who chase only money rather than purpose often achieve neither. But those who seek purpose and fulfillment build both wealth and prosperity in their journey. That truth lies at the core of Washington’s message. Whether making a television appearance or delivering a keynote address, Washington changes the way her audience thinks of wealth.

Washington first entered the public eye as a personal finance expert, and eventually became known as “America’s Money Maven.” But her background in financial psychology led her to look even deeper into human behaviors. Why do we handle—and sometimes mishandle—our money? And who achieves lasting prosperity? Through this process, she redefined “wealth” from something you can find on a spreadsheet or in material possessions. Instead, she defines it as something bigger, something that includes the spiritual aspects of creating true fulfillment in life. Only then do we shift from a life of scarcity to one of opportunity and abundance.

As a motivational speaker and financial coach, Washington sees prosperity as a birthright. Through her podcast, books and speaking engagements, she assists all of us in reaching prosperity through purpose, discipline and joy, not self-deprivation.

Washington shines in media

Washington’s message has reached millions while gaining mass critical acclaim. Featured by Steve Harvey as a personal finance expert on both television and radio, she has also appeared on Dr. Oz and Fox & Friends. SUCCESS magazine named her on a list of the top “16 Motivational Podcasts by Black Hosts You Need to Listen To.” She has also been featured in hundreds of publications including Essence magazine and The New York Post.

Her holistic approach to wealth has also led her to host the Redefining Wealth podcast, available on platforms including Apple, Audible and Spotify. Here, Washington helps millions redefine wealth through personal transformation and well-being as she tackles issues of career and work-life balance, health and personal finance.

Washington also shines as a bestselling author. Her books include Real Money Answers for Every Woman, Real Money Answers for Men and, most recently, Redefine Wealth for Yourself: How to Stop Chasing Money and Finally Live Your Life’s Purpose. In this newest title, Washington engages and inspires readers to live their best, most prosperous lives through stories, exercises and principles including her “Six Pillars of Wealth.” At every step, she inspires us with practical methods to create goals, change habits, prioritize relationships and live with purpose in work we love.

Keynote speaking that transforms lives

Now you know why Washington has become such a shining star in the world of finance. But what can you expect when you book her as your next celebrity keynote speaker?

True to form, Washington delivers personal finance expertise and so much more. To get a sense of her energetic style, check out Patrice Washington’s Speaker Demo Reel on YouTube. No matter the audience or amount of pressure, she engages her audience with excitement and charm while leaving them with key takeaways that change lives. Washington’s signature workshops include “Redefining Wealth: A Blueprint for Creating Success on Your Own Terms” and “‘S’ is for Surrender: How to Find Peace + Prosperity in the Simplicity.”

“It’s not easy for a speaker to transfer a live moment into a virtual moment and still have it feel like you were in the room,” says a recent client. “Your virtual keynote was literally FIRE!”

Maximize your event: booking information for Washington

When you see Washington on television or read one of her books, the connection you feel is immediate. It’s like no one exists except the two of you. But, as any publisher or event planner knows, cultivating that seamless connection takes effort.

SUCCESS provides more than a century of expertise in connecting business leaders with the people whose lives they change. Today, the Success Speakers Bureau puts that experience to work for you. Book Washington now, or simply contact the Success Speakers Bureau to see how easy we make booking top thought leaders, TED speakers, personal financial coaches, women’s leadership speakers and more.

Why Hire a Motivational Keynote Speaker
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Why Hire a Motivational Keynote Speaker?

When hiring a motivational keynote speaker, your goal is the motivation of your audience. You want a professional speaker who kicks off your event in the best possible way, of course. But the long-term goal is one of transformational growth.

Consider the data. Statistics on workplace engagement show motivated employees are more engaged, while “low engagement teams endure turnover rates that are 18% to 43% higher” than their highly engaged counterparts, according to Gallup. Above all else, motivational keynote speakers enhance that engagement and increase the sense of purpose among your audience. That means activating deep, personal engagement not only during your corporate event, but for years to come.

But is it worth it to hire a motivational speaker? To answer that question, we’ll look at the role they play, the types of motivational speakers available and when (and how!) to book one.

What is a motivational keynote speaker?

A keynote speaker does more than kick off your event. Like a musician or singer in a troupe, they set the key or tone of your conference, convention or virtual event. Unlike a guest speaker who may dig into the nitty-gritty of highly specialized topics, a professional keynote speaker provides an overarching message.

This ability to introduce and frame the theme of your event in a message that uplifts the audience makes motivational speakers especially valuable as keynote speakers. Like the opening theme of a great movie, they excite and invigorate everyone in attendance. They open minds through wisdom, performance and humor, preparing your audience to receive more information.

What kinds of motivational speakers are there?

As with any profession, motivational speakers develop areas of expertise. This expertise includes learning and training, but it goes beyond that. They often develop wisdom based on deeply personal, transformational experiences, which may include anything from personal tragedy to intense military training and service. Additionally, backgrounds in overcoming poverty, severe health issues and even abuse often play an equally important role in their motivational keynote speeches by providing deeply personal and emotional narratives.

Just a few of the many types of popular motivational keynote speakers include:

Women’s leadership

Cultivating women’s leadership within your organization makes bottom-line sense, and women’s leadership keynote speakers such as Suzy Batiz bring out the best in your female workforce. Drawing from their personal experiences of working and fighting for success, women’s leadership motivational speakers encourage your leaders of tomorrow.

Self-care and well-being

Motivational speakers with specializations in self-care and well-being understand human performance. That is, we cannot perform optimally when we don’t care for ourselves—without care, we break down. Motivational speakers such as Karen M. Allen and Shawn Achor open your event with motivational messages of finding happiness in ourselves and in our work.

Health and fitness

Getting motivated to eat well and stay healthy may be one of life’s most difficult challenges. It’s also one of the most important. Fitness makes us feel and perform better in every area of our lives. Keynote speakers specializing in nutrition and health have the knowledge of what it takes to take your team to the next level. Nutrition experts such as Mo Brossette and Trent Shelton do more than deliver motivation to stay fit. They provide high-impact changes in mindset and lifestyle that amplify teamwork.

Personal development

Resilience, creativity and communication skills each involve—in fact, require—personal development. High-demand keynote speakers such as Jay Shetty and Anne Grady embody the importance of that development. Their messages of continual growth in the face of adversity drive audiences to become better, stronger people, which in turn creates a happier, more productive work culture. Suitable for nearly any live or virtual event, personal development speakers stimulate your audience to learn more while cultivating maximum engagement.

Motivational keynote speakers have other specialties, too. Sports, sales, real estate and financial speakers—among others—can each meaningfully help you kick off your event with humor, deep truths and excitement.

When should I book a motivational speaker?

We are all familiar with keynote speakers kicking off live, in-person conferences, conventions and corporate celebrations such as groundbreakings or product kick-off events. But motivational keynote speakers assist with virtual events such as client product education programs and prospective sales outreach events, too. Just as a keynote speaker kicks off your live event in a booked convention area, they serve the same important purpose for your virtual event. And with the popularity of hybrid events, some speakers may appear from remote locations to tie together multiple, regionally-based events.

Whatever your needs, the most important aspect is that you research and book your motivational keynote speaker in advance. We recommend starting the process up to a year in advance and—when possible—no later than six months prior to your event. This guarantees choices for access to your preferred professional keynote speaker.

Is it worth it to hire a motivational keynote speaker?

Booking a motivational speaker absolutely adds value to your event. Yes, their keynote addresses are uplifting in and of themselves. Yes, they provide emotional impact and add critical takeaways. But just as importantly, they make your ensuing presentations more memorable by providing an overarching context. Professional keynote speakers open your audience’s minds, better enabling them to receive important messages throughout your event.

From there, your decision to book a motivational speaker is one of cost-benefit analysis. We have provided data on the price of professional keynote speakers and the cost of virtual speakers specifically for a deeper dive. In either case, the most important thing you can do to get started is to work with a reputable booking agency such as The Success Speakers Bureau. That way, you are not only assured of a wide choice of keynote speaker experts, but you will also save on your time-benefit analysis, too. That’s because SUCCESS will handle all of the booking details and arrangements for you.

Learn more about us, or simply drop us a note to get started!

Top Motivational Speakers in Los Angeles
Business Speakers, Motivational

Top Motivational Speakers in Los Angeles

It’s no surprise that Los Angeles offers some of the most recognized motivational speakers in the world. After all, LA is known for producing top talent and setting tomorrow’s trends in style, health and wellness. Plus, as a major destination for business travelers and vacationers alike, it hosts some of the most exciting and high-profile conventions and conferences in the world. When you plan to hold an event in Los Angeles or the surrounding area, keep that “California vibe” going by booking local talent to deliver your keynote address. 

Here are some of our favorite motivational speakers in Los Angeles County:

James Whittaker 

Financial planning expert and motivational speaker James Whittaker wants you to Win the Day®. Armed with experience in running a company with more than $2 billion under management, this Los Angeles resident has personally advised Olympic gold medalists, billion-dollar CEOs and Special Forces operators. In each case, he helps his clients develop bulletproof plans for success through his personal motivation techniques and acute financial savvy. Whittaker’s bestselling motivational books include The Beginner’s Guide to Wealth and Andrew Carnegie’s Mental Dynamite, which was released in conjunction with the Napoleon Hill Foundation.

Whittaker’s engaging speaking style makes him unmatched as a top financial speaker in Los Angeles. Topics include “Win the Business: How to 10x Your Influence, Income and Impact” and “Win the Influence: How to Create, Manage and Leverage High-Level Relationships.” Check out Whittaker’s Win the Day® podcast on platforms including Youtube, Spotify and Apple for a glimpse of what this LA-based keynote speaker will provide for your event.

Christopher Chapman

Mindset expert and LA resident Christopher Chapman motivates audiences to embrace both their courage and curiosity on the road to success. In fact, his background includes 14 years at the Walt Disney Company as a designer, global creativity & innovation director, and innovation catalyst. Currently, he serves as the co-founder, president and head of design at Imaginology, a design studio for daring collaborations at the “frontier of impossible.”

Chapman’s motivational keynote addresses are valued across the globe for their positive and sometimes rebellious attitude. A master storyteller, his public speaking topics include:

  • Innovation
  • Creativity
  • Workplace Culture
  • Storytelling
  • Design Thinking
  • Leadership 

Tan Le

California-based keynote speaker Tan Le founded Emotiv in 2011 to “empower individuals to understand their own brain and accelerate brain research globally” using electroencephalography (EEG) hardware and software. An award-winning inventor, Le is also a highly sought-after speaker for her work in the understanding of the human brain as we adapt to merge with developing technologies. A popular TED Talk speaker, Le has been noted as one of the “most influential women in technology” by Fast Company and has been recognized by National Geographic as a top innovator and entrepreneur.

While Le and her company’s advancements exist in the realms of science, she makes her presentations relatable to her audience. Terms such as “bioinformatics” not only make sense but also become personal through Le’s delivery. In this way, she details how individuals and their unique communities can thrive and survive as humans seek personal value and happiness in the digital age.

John Salley

Tarzana, California, resident John Salley has lived the California lifestyle in the healthiest, most exciting ways possible. This NBA veteran of multiple teams, including the LA Lakers, has offered his talents as a top television host and actor. But he has found his ultimate voice more recently as a motivational speaker and wellness advocate. A vegan chef, wellness master, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Salley has made it his life’s mission to advocate for better health.

Salley’s message of personal reinvention through healthy living, mindfulness and a vegan diet has motivated millions to become stronger, healthier and more focused. He is actively involved in advocating for organizations focused on boosting children’s nutrition and fighting against animal cruelty and diabetes.

Oya Thomas

Inspirational speaker Oya Thomas began her career at age 10 as a singer and actress and launched her own modeling and talent management agency while still in her teens. This combined business drive and understanding of performance has made her a rising star among inspirational speakers in Los Angeles and beyond.

Yet, Thomas remains down-to-earth as a women’s speaker, delivering addresses for women’s groups and churches as well as major brands and institutions such as PayPal, Showtime, the NAACP and others. In each keynote delivery, she offers her unique talent as a “soul-centered strategist.” Her book, The 5 Star Points for Success: Manifest Your Dreams, Live Your Life’s Purpose, carries a coveted 5-Star total review on Amazon.

Ashley Stahl

Ashley Stahl begins with a simple question: “What should you do with your life?” In this way, her career as a bestselling author, motivational keynote speaker and career coach is not so different from her career as a counterterrorism expert. She does the reconnaissance, learns the facts and then directs best actions from there.

A TEDx speaker, this Los Angeles-based author of You Turn: Get Unstuck, Discover Your Direction, and Design Your Dream Career has supported clients in 31 countries. Every time, she assists both individuals and companies in building confidence and finding fulfillment while achieving their goals. Stahl has been featured in The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and other major outlets.

Booking a keynote speaker for your LA event

Booking an LA-based speaker for your keynote address helps keep that local color and excitement going throughout your event. But that doesn’t mean you should disregard other options. Professional speakers travel worldwide, of course. Plus, virtual deliveries have become standard practice, putting nearly any speaker at your fingertips.

As part of your research, be sure to check out The Success Speakers Bureau. Our huge collection of professional keynote speakers and executive coaches is easily searchable by the type of speaker you need including sales, health and fitness, marketing and much more. Or simply contact us with a note describing your event needs. We’ll put our 125 years of networking and relationship-building to work for you. Together, we’ll not only find the right speaker for you, but we’ll even handle all of the booking details. Booking the best motivational speaker for your Los Angeles event has never been easier!

Is It Worth Hiring a Virtual Keynote Speaker?
Business Speakers, Keynote, Motivational, Uncategorized, Virtual

Is It Worth Hiring a Virtual Keynote Speaker?

Motivational speakers and executive coaches have prospered through virtual keynote delivery. By uploading their TED Talks and training classes, they can digitally access far more clients than by relying on in-person presentations alone. But for you—the executive, marketing professional or event planner—are virtual keynote speakers worth hiring? And are the booking fees comparable to hiring a live or in-person professional speaker?

Making the best decision largely depends on the type of event you plan to hold. Online events such as webinars benefit greatly from a recognized virtual speaker. On the other hand, live events such as conferences often find a hybrid mix of in-person and remote presentations to be advantageous. Let’s look more carefully at when it’s worth hiring a virtual speaker and steps you can take to make your event a success.

When should I hire a virtual speaker?

Webinars have grown in popularity in recent years, having proven themselves to be a powerful marketing tool. With customers and prospects scattered across regions, the nation or even the world, digital events provide the most cost-effective means of client education, retention and prospect development. In fact, in a 2021 Demand Generation Benchmark Survey Report, 53% of respondents found webinars “generated the most qualified leads for the top of the funnel,” and 42% found that they “[converted] and [accelerated] leads at the middle and late stages of the funnel.”

Nothing beats kicking off your digital event quite like a virtual keynote speaker. Top professional speakers benefit your event by:

Of course, the keynotes themselves add their own value. Top speakers provide professional delivery and proven expertise in everything from personal branding and self-care to real estate and finance. That is, they provide the same benefits as an introductory speaker for your live corporate event. Plus, you can book a virtual speaker to deliver your keynote live or prerecorded. You might even choose a mix, offering something such as a prerecorded keynote plus a live Q&A period.

Best of all, a virtual keynote speaker can actually engage your attendees better than a professional speaker at a live event. That’s because staff, customers and prospective clients can easily ask questions through direct messaging. This allows you to screen questions and discover what it is your clients most want to know.

Can I hire a virtual speaker for a conference or other live event?

Yes. You can benefit from a virtual speaker at your live event, too. These hybrid events take advantage of both in-person and virtual presentations, providing the best of both worlds. First, you provide your attendees the opportunity to engage in hands-on training, product awareness, breakout sessions and person-to-person networking. But you also can offer your guests the top speakers from anywhere in the nation—or the world.

Some multi-day live events have become very creative in making the best use of the hybrid model. For instance, a high-ranking corporate officer may kick off your first and final day while your high-profile virtual keynote speaker delivers an address on a day in between to keep the energy alive and the momentum going.

What does it cost to hire a virtual versus a live speaker?

The cost benefits of hiring a virtual keynote speaker can be exponential. That’s because no matter how large your live facility is, you aren’t limited. With a virtual event, you can have as many staff, clients and prospects in attendance as your marketing and communications teams can deliver. Email blasts, newsletter links, social media and search engine advertising can each scale your event without added cost.

For a virtual corporate event, of course you need a digital keynote speaker. They set the tone while adding excitement, expertise and professionalism to your event. If your corporate event is hybrid, booking your professional speaker to deliver their keynote address virtually may save you money on booking fees.

But with virtual delivery being so popular, a lower fee is not always the case. The most important thing is to book your preferred professional speaker well in advance. See the Success Speakers Bureau website for current virtual keynote speaker availability and rates.

Is it easy to book my next virtual keynote speaker?

It’s never been easier. The world’s top motivational speakers and coaches are available through trusted booking partners. Not only do top speaking talent agencies help you choose the right speaker, but they also handle all the booking details for you. That way, you can get back to doing what you do best—planning your next virtual event!

Browse the perfect keynote speakers for your virtual event, or drop the Success Speakers Bureau a note with your virtual or live event needs. With speakers such as Grant Cardone, Anne Grady, Anthony O’Neal and Allison Graham, we’re sure to have the right speaker for you.

Find the Top Motivational Speakers in the United States for Your Next Event

Find the Top Motivational Speakers in the United States for Your Next Event

A growing number of organizations both big and small have learned the benefits of hiring a professional speaker. They breathe new life and enthusiasm into an organization, reaching employees at a personal level and inspiring leadership, creativity and resilience in the face of challenges. Best of all, learning how to hire a professional speaker for your corporate event is surprisingly easy.

Finding the best speaker for your event may seem daunting at first. To help get you started, we’ve compiled some of our favorites among the most powerful and authoritative motivational speakers in the U.S. today:

Mel Robbins

Mel Robbins has assisted more than half a million students in improving their mindset and building courage and confidence through her online courses. This best-selling author of The 5 Second Rule relies on both science and personal experience to challenge students and attendees to be their best. 

At one time, Robbins found herself $800,000 in debt. Today, her message of happiness, fulfillment and resilience has made her one of the most in-demand motivational speakers in the U.S. This TEDx speaker has worked with top companies such as Microsoft and JP Morgan Chase as well as veterans organizations and medical establishments, and she brings her savvy, motivational speaking style to every keynote speaking engagement.

Anne Grady

Building resilience is key to personal and professional success, and Anne Grady stands above the crowd as an expert in the field. A popular TEDx speaker and entrepreneur, Grady goes beyond encouragement and motivational speaking by sharing the science to back up her approach to struggling through even the most adverse challenges.

One of the most in-demand speakers in the U.S., Grady has been featured in news outlets throughout the nation including Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Fast Company, Inc. Magazine and Fox Business. Founder of the Anne Grady Group, she assists organizations in better understanding resilience and improving performance.

Tony Robbins

When it comes to sheer star-power, it’s hard to top Tony Robbins. As one of the most famous motivational speakers in the U.S. today, he is also known as an author and philanthropist. Some of his motivational books include Unlimited Power, Awaken the Giant Within and Unshakeable.

As an expert in company culture, Robbins has worked with everyone from U.S. presidents to rock bands as well as leading corporate brands. Robbins has been named one of the top six business leaders in the world by American Express and one of the top 200 business gurus by Harvard Business Press. As a coach, he motivates leaders to “unleash the power within.”

Suzy Batiz

No one knows the power of resilience and motivation better than someone who has powered through the hardest times to reach success. Motivational speaker, entrepreneur and author Suzy Batiz has done it all. Poverty, abuse and bankruptcy are in her past now as she assists others on their own personal paths to success.

A transformative speaker, Batiz takes audiences on a journey to help them realize that truly, anything is possible. Relying on both outcome-based evidence and intuition, Batiz’s brand of motivation stands alone. She motivates audiences to stop waiting and take control of their own lives from top to bottom, and that message of resilience has inspired millions to do the same. Apart from live speaking engagements, Batiz has also been featured on CNBC as well as Forbes, Fast Company and Entrepreneur.

Rory Vaden

A business speaker and expert in motivational psychology, Rory Vaden has delivered keynote addresses for Google, Aflac, Merck, Intel and others. He’s also the best-selling author of Take the Stairs: 7 Steps to Achieving True Success. Vaden’s TEDx talk, “How to Multiply Your Time,” remains popular with more than 4 million views due to his engaging style and methods-based approach to prioritization and time management.

A popular podcaster, Vaden’s passion remains in coaching leaders and teams to achieve beyond their known limits. Vaden’s keynote programs speak to the heart of improving business culture and performance with topics such as “Multiply Your Time,” “Rock Solid Reputation” and “Influential Personal Brand.”

Chris Widener

When it comes to truly engaging audiences, Chris Widener understands the value of humor. His style captivates audiences with his relatability and then, as only a master keynote speaker can do, he leaves you with timeless, actionable truths.

A former representative for the state of Ohio, Widener is a member of the Motivational Speakers Hall of Fame. His dynamic style has made him a highly-demanded speaker in the U.S., Canada, and beyond, and his clients include Cisco Systems, Microsoft and the Harvard Business School. Yes, he remains one of the most relatable speakers around, engaging every member of the audience from CEO to intern. Author of more than 20 books including Secrets to Life and Happiness and The Art of Influence, Widener speaks honestly throughout the U.S. on topics such as the power of integrity, optimism, service and excellence.

Daren Martin

You should already know Dr. Daren Martin for his best-selling book A Company of Owners: Maximizing Employee Engagement. If you do, you know that he’s a gifted expert in inspiring employees and transforming corporate culture. And as a top U.S. motivational speaker, Martin brings that same invigorating brand of high-octane inspiration to your employees at a deeply personal level.

Named “The Culture Architect” by top leaders in business, Dallas-based Martin has spoken for audiences globally. In each case, he brings his background of business success, team management and executive coaching together in a dynamic presentation to reverse negative mindsets and optimize teams.

Book your next keynote speaker in the United States

Finding the right motivational speaker requires planning, diligence and research. Most of all, it requires starting with trusted sources.

The Success Speakers Bureau provides more than top U.S. keynote speakers and simple booking. It brings 1 1/4 centuries of credibility, legacy and professional trust. Search from dozens of top motivational speakers in the U.S. today and feel confident in choosing only the best with the support and ease you expect from Success.

5 Top Self-Care Motivational Speakers to Give Your Team the Lift They Need
Motivational, Personal Development

5 Top Self-Care Motivational Speakers to Give Your Team the Lift They Need

Self-care means taking the time and energy to stay physically, emotionally and psychologically healthy. That includes everything from eating well to an exercise regime and time outdoors. It also involves setting aside time for meditation and getting enough sleep. The personal benefits of self-care compound for each of us in a short time and we become healthier, happier, more resilient and less fatigued.

Self-care activities enhance our relationships, too. While we might spend time away from others for personal care, we learn to better live in the moment. We become less irritable and respond better to the needs of others. Simply put, we feel more refreshed, supportive and ready to handle challenging situations.

And isn’t that what you want from your staff and leadership teams?

Personal care for employees is good for business.

Hiring a self-care keynote speaker for your next corporate event does more than energize your team in the short-term. It can instill a sense of personal purpose for your employees that spreads throughout the organization, and it lasts. A healthy, happy, more resilient team not only gets along better, but is more productive, healthier and more creative.

Hiring a personal care speaker has grown in popularity in recent years among top and emergent organizations for each of these reasons and more. But if you want to find a truly effective speaker, where do you start? And what speakers are available for your next event? Here’s a list of our favorites to get you going.

Who are the top self-care speakers available today?

Allison Graham

Allison Graham helps leaders and teams to overcome frustration and work anxiety through a three-part problem-solving framework. The result of this step-by-step approach is higher team optimization with less stress and burnout. Her book Take Back Your Weekends outlines the thought patterns that lead to frustration and anxiety and helps readers meet challenging times with resilience. Graham has spoken professionally since 2006 and her presentations are renowned as some of the best in the industry, combining a conversational style with evidence-based key takeaways.

Allison Graham Quote: “We need downtime to recover. When we work for hours on end, even when we’re on a roll, performance can dwindle.”

Karen M. Allen

Founder of the popular 100% Human movement, mindset expert Karen M. Allen empowers individuals and teams through a deep and personal understanding of positive psychology and post-traumatic growth. Her skill at engaging audiences has become widely renowned. She has spoken for TEDx and has a client list that includes top companies such as Google, AT&T, Women’s Foodservice Forum, Experian and many others. She has also been featured in Forbes and SHRM Magazine as well as on Good Morning America and MSNBC. As a self-care speaker for your team, Allen is one of a kind.

Karen M. Allen Quote: “It’s my big, bold mission to help people get unstuck and let go of that problem-free life they’ve been taught to expect.”

Nataly Kogan

Emotional fitness leads to better leadership. No one understands this better than Happier Now and Gratitude Daily author Nataly Kogan. A globally renowned expert on the nexus of resilience and leadership, she is also the founder of the Happier Method™ and CEO of Happier. As a global keynote speaker, she engages audiences with wit and charm while helping them improve their emotional fitness through evidence-based methods. Whether overcoming adversity or even the latest work challenge, Kogan’s vision of self-care and gratitude helps any team feel stronger, more resilient and courageous. 

Nataly Kogan Quote: “Gratitude reminds us of all that is good amidst the difficult.”

Shawn Achor

Author of The Happiness Advantage and Big Potential, keynote speaker Shawn Achor delivered a Ted Talk that has become one of the most popular of all time. In fact, his address “The happy secret to better work” currently stands at 24 million views. This engaging and informed speaker spent 12 years at Harvard, earning multiple teaching awards and publications. He is considered one of the world’s leading experts on happiness and success, with his research featured on covers of The Harvard Business Review. This author of Big Potential has served clients ranging from the U.S. Treasury to the NFL, bringing his message of positive personal growth and leadership to millions of engaged listeners.

Shawn Achor Quote: “Happiness is not the belief that we don’t need to change; it’s the realization that we can.”

Suzy Batiz

Do you ever feel stuck in life? So have individual members of your team. It’s natural, but that doesn’t mean you need to stay in that dark place. Speaker Suzy Batiz challenges her audiences to understand that anything is possible. A success story in her own right, Batiz understands the despair of poverty and abuse. From that darkness, she transformed herself into an entrepreneur who embraces life at its most purposeful. Named one of Forbes’ Richest Self-Made Women in America, Batiz has been featured in CNBC, Fast Company, Forbes and many other publications as well as popular television. Her message of growth, resilience, transformation and success speaks to all audiences, making her one of the most sought-after and effective self-care speakers available today.

Suzy Batiz Quote: “What you focus on creates your world.”

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How a Real Estate Motivational Speaker Can Reduce Agent Burnout and Reinvigorate Teams
Motivational, Real Estate

How a Real Estate Motivational Speaker Can Reduce Agent Burnout and Reinvigorate Teams

Leadership speakers for real estate conferences and other events are in high demand—and there’s a reason.

Today’s firms face a growing challenge: high turnover rates among their agents. In fact, the turnover rate among real estate agents grew from 35% in 2016 to 49% in 2020 according to Zippia. Each agent or broker lost means a new one must be trained. Worse, the connections that your agent built over time need to be repaired and rebuilt. Many are lost entirely.

Most agents quit for obvious reasons, such as difficulty networking and failure to develop leads. Not giving up requires enormous determination, self-discipline and, most of all, motivation. That is where hiring a successful real estate motivational speaker at your next conference can help.

Keynote speakers make a difference at your next real estate conference

Someone fresh to the real estate game may feel on top of the world. After all, they took their courses, aced their tests and obtained the license they sought. Many have bachelor’s and even master’s degrees. Plus, they just landed their first job with a great real estate company. It seems nothing can hold them back!

Yet, those first weeks prove challenging. Weeks turn to months and even years, and some of the best leads—the ones your agents nurtured with love and care on weekends and after-hours—fall through with a phone call. More often, they fall through with an email or prolonged silence. For many, burn out sets in even before that first sale.

Leadership speakers have been through these trials, too. It’s one thing to off-handedly say that persistence wins the race, but it’s another to hear it from someone who has been there, often having struggled for years. A great real estate motivational speaker will connect with your audience through true, relatable stories that can have your team both laughing and crying in the same breath.

Team members who may have felt isolated and ready to give up will bond not just with the speaker but with each other. While competition often brings out your agents’ best performance, the shared experience evoked by a great real estate speaker provides the needed fuel and comradery to keep going.

The best real estate speakers inspire through their own success

Every great story has an arc. And while your speaker knows the difficulties faced by their agents, they also know the road to success. That achievement in itself will inspire your team.

Sales coach and speaker Grant Cardone started his career in auto repair sales. He faced many trials including addiction. Today, he is the best-selling author of The 10X Rule and Dominate Your Market with an estimated value in the billions due to his business and real estate acumen and perseverance. Trainer, coach and speaker Ben Fairfield, on the other hand, didn’t enter the world of real estate until 2005. Then this Idaho native spearheaded the largest Century 21 franchise in the world.

These great real estate speakers won’t need to brag. Their success speaks for itself and inspires your real estate sales team to aim higher and remain focused. They know the accomplishment that comes from never giving up.

Look for practicality in your speaker

The right business speaker has more to offer than inspiration and star power for its own sake. You need someone familiar with real estate who will know the how of agent success, too. On top of relating the trials and tribulations of their own journeys, a great speaker will offer practical methods for success including:

  • Presentation tips & networking advice
  • Advanced use of digital media
  • Low/no cost advertising
  • Navigating and leveraging open houses for success
  • Lead follow-up tips and more

Easily find a great motivational speaker for your real estate event

Real estate company events are unlike any others. From international conferences to local and regional showcase events, you will find an unusual mix of prospective buyers, sellers, media and investors. Many speakers will be involved, and finding the right keynote speaker who can captivate and motivate all audiences is critical. And if you are a real estate firm owner, manager or event organizer, you need someone to motivate your team and hold them together for the long haul.

Online speaker services such as BettsWorks and The Success Speakers Bureau assist you in finding the top motivational speakers for your real estate conference or other corporate event. These leadership sites not only narrow your search to the best speakers available, but they ensure that booking top talent is just a few clicks away.

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How Much Does a Professional Keynote Speaker Cost?

How Much Does a Professional Keynote Speaker Cost?

Although the cost of hiring a professional speaker varies widely, you can narrow that price tag down to a reasonable range. Let’s clear up what that speaking fee range is and how you can get the most for your dollar. We’ll start at the top.

Who are the highest-paid public speakers?

The highest-priced speakers tend to be highly visible, particularly in the realm of global politics or fame as a business mogul. For instance, Tony Blair and Bill Clinton have reportedly earned up to about half a million dollars for speaking engagements, while Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump have each commanded a price of $1 million or more. Similarly, Al Gore has been estimated to earn between $100,000 and $1 million per speaking engagement.

But don’t let those price tags worry you. These are the highest fees of some of the most publicly visible people in the U.S. Suffice to say, the combination of high public recognition and political or economic influence equate to higher fees. For your convention or other corporate event, you likely want a speaker who is more niche.

What can I expect to pay for a professional event speaker?

In some ways, the formula of “influence plus recognition equals higher speaking fees” that makes Richard Branson or Oprah Winfrey so costly plays out across the board. A celebrity speaker may run between $25,000 and $100,000.

A relative newcomer, on the other hand, may charge only $1,500 to $5,000 while top professionals may charge $5,000 to $10,000 or more. Other factors can come into play, such as location, venue and immediate availability. Still, the largest determinant of a speaker’s fee really boils down to popularity. A renowned speaker will be in higher demand, and therefore will likely charge a higher speaking fee.

What should I look for in a motivational speaker to get the best value?

If you have a large corporate budget, you will likely prefer to hire a top-tier professional capable of grabbing headlines at your event. But it’s not simply a case of “you get what you pay for.” Remember, every celebrity speaker started out as a newcomer at one time.

If you have a smaller budget, it just means that you have to research a little more. Look carefully at the speaker’s public media such as TEDx talks, YouTube videos and professional websites. Ensure that their subject matter, style and mission align with your needs. You might find just the motivational speaker you need to inspire your team or public guests.

Also, don’t narrow your list too tightly before contacting your preferred speakers or their booking agents. Once you are down to between three and five, begin reaching out. You may find that some of them are simply unavailable for the time or location that you have in mind. Also, as with any entrepreneurial pursuit or commodity, public speakers have fluctuations in demand, creating fluctuations in fees. An underbooked speaker whose fees press your top budget limit may charge less than an overbooked speaker whose fee is often lower.

It’s about more than money.

Finally, effectively communicate your exact needs at this booking stage. For instance, a professional speaker who seems overbooked may happen to be in your city or region at the time of your event. Or perhaps your event involves a cause they are intimately interested in that would lead them to consider scheduling you in. Professional speakers are dynamic people with deep passions about their work. While money is involved, try not to think of the arrangement simply in terms of a transaction. Be ready to sell the speaker or booking agent on how your event aligns with their mission, who your attendees will be and why your event will enhance the speaker’s portfolio or cause.

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Top 10 Motivational Speaker of All Time

Top 10 Motivational Speaker of All Time

Motivational speakers have moved audiences for millenia. But the digital era has created a golden age of public speakers never seen before.

When the first Ted Talks were posted online in 2006, relatively few people had heard of them. Within just 3 months, they reached more than a million viewers. Speaker websites, social media and easier means of hiring keynote speakers provided new and exciting platforms for top talent. Let’s pay tribute to 10 of the best from this exciting and ongoing era.

Deepak Chopra

No professional speaker’s name is more synonymous with motivation than Deepak Chopra. Associated with New Age idealism, his holistic, metaphysical worldview has inspired millions with nearly 100 published books including The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success and Metahuman: Unleashing Your Infinite Potential. A highly in-demand personality to this day, he has earned the Toastmasters International Top Five Outstanding Speakers award as well as a Carnegie award for great immigrants.

Mel Robbins

Mel Robbins became a best-selling author of both The High 5 Habit and The 5 Second Rule for a reason. It’s in her uncanny ability to bring the same personal, uplifting and useful advice to print and audio as she brings to her keynote addresses. The talk show host offers a practical, science-based approach to her motivational speeches, serving clinical professionals as well as top brands such as JP Morgan Chase and Microsoft. When it comes to inspiring organizational transformation, Robbins earns her place among the top motivational speakers of all time.

Bob Proctor

Considered by many an early architect of the modern motivational speaking movement, Bob Proctor was also a renowned self-help author. He believed that positive self-image plays a critical role in success. This view carried over into his numerous books including The Secret Science of Getting Rich and Change Your Paradigm, Change Your Life. He became one of the most in-demand speakers for corporate seminars across North America. Canadian-born Proctor passed away in 2022 at age 87, but his influence will last for generations.

Anne Grady

Resilience expert Anne Grady takes a scientific and compassionate approach to helping others stay strong and motivated. A two-time TEDx speaker, Grady has worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies as well as nonprofits to build resilience and improve performance among managers and teams. Her speaking style flawlessly interweaves humor, inspiration and hard truths, making this Mind over Moment author one of the most truly inspiring motivational speakers available today.

Gary Vaynerchuk

If you use Facebook or LinkedIn, you’re probably familiar with Gary Vaynerchuk. This serial entrepreneur and motivational speaker earned his place as a master of social media and one of the most influential personalities across platforms. A five-time best-selling author, his works include Twelve and a Half and Crushing It! This prolific and dynamic speaker has also been named by BusinessWeek as one of the 20 people every entrepreneur should follow.

Daymond John

Staying motivated during tough times challenges even the top business leaders. Motivational speaker, entrepreneur and television personality Daymond John excels at keeping you focused and on track. This Shark Tank host founded and serves as CEO of The Shark Group, a brand management and consulting firm. His own early business challenges inform his keynote address with a stated goal to “help you avoid making the same costly mistakes that I’ve made.” John has also authored numerous books to keep you on track including Rise and Grind and The Brand Within.

Zig Ziglar

Prior to his passing in 2015, motivational speaker Zig Ziglar spoke at events alongside presidents and prime ministers. He also served as a sales coach and entrepreneur, bringing a deeply-rooted ethical take to his business approach. One of the most-quoted keynote speakers of all time, his religious roots played out in his caring for others. His more than 30 published books include Sell Your Way to the Top and Goals: How to Get the Most Out of Your Life.

Echkhart Tolle

Profundity does not need to be complicated. Eckhart Tolle provides a simple yet enlightening keynote experience, guiding listeners to lead a more fulfilled life through inner peace. A highly sought speaker worldwide, he can reach audiences in German and Spanish as well as in English. He also authored the best-seller The Power of Now and A New Earth, both of which are renowned for their spiritually-driven motivational influence.

Les Brown

Former state congressperson of Ohio Les Brown implores his audiences to stop and tell themselves, “I have greatness within me.” Reaching audiences of up to 80,000, he also coaches Fortune 500 CEOs, small business owners and not-for-profit companies with his positive message of personal success and corporate growth. He has a particular gift for finding commonalities among us, allowing him to reach audiences regardless of background or nationality. His best-selling books include You’ve Got to Be Hungry and The Greatness Within You.

Karen M. Allen

No motivational speaker list is complete without 100% Human™ movement founder Karen M. Allen. This relative newcomer has come in hot with a client list that includes Google, Travelers Insurance, the Women’s Foodservice Forum and many more. A favorite among millennial audiences as well as more seasoned business leaders, her keynote addresses focus on equipping individuals to develop and nurture healthier mindsets for both personal and professional growth.

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