Top TED Speakers to Book for Your Next Event

TED speakers offer unique advantages when you’re booking a motivational speaker for your next corporate event. Whether seeking a keynote speaker for a conference or as an executive coach, you know TED speakers provide the chops and professionalism it takes to deliver exactly the address you need. After all, because the vetting has already been done for you, you can be sure that you’re only booking the best. Motivational speakers with a TED delivery to their name have proven that they:

  • Engage audiences both in-person and as remote keynote speakers
  • Offer something of unique and lasting value
  • Have the professionalism it takes to engage your audience
  • Provide additional name recognition for your event

Plus, TEDx and TED Talk speakers have another added benefit: it’s easy to check out their past keynotes. Professional style, subject matter and delivery all matter when hiring your next keynote speaker—but so does the ability to deliver under the pressure of millions of online viewers. That is why we have provided you with a list of some of the best Ted Talk speakers available to book for 2023.

Shawn Achor

TEDx speaker, top self-care motivational speaker and happiness expert Shawn Achor knows the science of mental fitness. A New York Times bestselling author of both The Happiness Advantage and Big Potential, he is also “one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success,” according to his website. His 12 years of experience teaching positive psychology at Harvard not only earned him more than a dozen distinguished teaching awards, but led him to speak as a keynote expert for Intel, the NBA and other top brands. In fact, Achor has worked with over one third of existing Fortune 100 companies. With public speaking deliveries made in over 50 countries as well as for the Pentagon and the White House, Achor’s message has proven to be engaging and impactful for any audience.

More than 25 million people have benefitted from Achor’s TEDx Talk, “The Happy Secret to Better Work.” For further insight into Achor’s engaging style, see his other TEDxBloomington address, “The Happiness Advantage: Linking Positive Brains to Performance.”

Mel Robbins

TEDx alum Mel Robbins authored the No. 1 bestselling book The 5 Second Rule, as well as six No. 1 audiobooks on Audible. An Ivy League-educated lawyer and mother of three, this life coach and professional event speaker also hosted the nationally syndicated Mel Robbins Show. More than half a million students have benefited from her online mindset training courses, gaining the confidence and courage they need to succeed in life and in business. Additionally, her focused understanding of human nature, business savvy and entertaining delivery have led her to speak for Chase, Kellogg’s, Microsoft and countless virtual corporate events.

Robbins captivated her TEDx audience in San Francisco on the subjects of navigating mental clutter and getting the satisfaction you want out of life. Watch her TEDxSF presentation “How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over.

Nataly Kogan

TEDx speaker and in-demand international keynote speaker Nataly Kogan has delivered addresses for Google, Allstate, GE Capital and other major companies and brands. Her message of optimizing emotional fitness to elevate leadership led her to found Happier Inc. and create her Happier @ Work™ and leadership programs, utilizing her Happier Method™ to grow emotional fitness. Her most recent book, The Awesome Human Project, continues her lifelong mission of helping others reduce stress, express gratitude and find both joy and success in life in order to become the most awesome humans they can be. Kogan has also held executive positions at Venture Capital Fund, McKinsey and Microsoft.

Kogan shared her message of finding happiness in work and in life at a TEDx presentation in Boston. Learn more about her exciting style and message of purposeful living and resilience by sampling her TEDxBoston presentation “Sharer of Joy.”

Rory Vaden

When Douglasville, Georgia, welcomed Rory Vaden for a TEDx delivery, they received more than an inductee into the Professional Speakers Hall of Fame. They heard from one of the world’s leading experts on productivity and upgrading your performance. Vaden has put his expertise to work in numerous bestselling books including Take the Stairs: 7 Steps to Achieving True Success and Procrastinate on Purpose: 5 Permissions to Multiply Your Time. A leader in the psychology of self-discipline strategies, Vaden has been featured in SUCCESS Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and other outlets for his invaluable insights. As a professional speaker, companies such as Cargill, Merck, True Value and Google have invited him for his brilliant and engaging keynote addresses.

Join more than four million viewers and see Vaden’s TEDxDouglasville presentation, “How to Multiply Your Time.” You’ll never forget his powerful message, and neither will your audience.

Alexia Vernon

Women’s leadership expert and top executive coach Alexia Vernon serves as founder and president of Step into Your Moxie, a certified women- and disability-owned business. Here, she assists organizations and brands develop better communications and training strategies to unlock new opportunities and build company growth. A TEDx alum and popular broadcaster of Moxielicious®, Vernon is also author of the award-winning book, Step into Your Moxie: Amplify Your Voice, Visibility, and Influence in the World. Her empowering message has served her as a top keynote speaker at institutions such as St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Washington State University, Zappos and even the United Nations. She assists leaders in pushing through their discomfort to develop the best mindset to achieve their goals.

A virtual speaking trainer and leader of the Spotlight Speakers Collective, Vernon delivered her powerful TEDxWilmingtonWomen address, “A New Paradigm for Feminism,” in Wilmington, Delaware. 

Karen M. Allen

Mindset expert, 2023 Top Female Speaker and TEDx speaking alum Karen Millsap Allen empowers audiences to live better. She developed her transformational mental exercise, Stop & Shift, to break individuals out of the negative thought cycles holding them back from happiness and success. Her healing methods have been sought by clients such as Sprint, Hubspot, Google, Wawa and other top global brands. At her professional speaking presentations, Allen draws deeply from personal tragedy, loss, coping and eventual growth using proven methods of positive psychology. Her style, experience, wit and humanity combine to make her one of the top motivational speakers today.

Allen spoke for TEDx in Orlando, Florida, on loss, coping, resilience and personal growth. Don’t miss her TEDxOrlando talk, “Use Your Tragedy to Change the World.”

Jon Levy

Every company needs to build two things to grow: relationships and trust. That is why so many corporations trust relationship expert Jon Levy. A behavioral scientist and author of the New York Times bestselling book You’re Invited: The Art and Science of Connection, Trust, and Belonging, Levy built his reputation on results-driven networking acumen. His singular expertise in cultivating influence led him to create The Influencers Dinner over a decade ago, an event which has hosted myriad industry leaders including Olympians, executives and musicians. Levy has spoken for companies including Google and Poptech, and has been featured by news outlets including CNN, Forbes and Business Insider for his brand-building and networking insights.

Get a taste for what Levy has to offer your next event with his TED Salon talk, “What Makes Us Influential?