Motivational speaker

A motivational speaker or inspirational speaker is a speaker who makes speeches intended to motivate or inspire an audience. Such speakers may attempt to challenge or transform their audiences.[1] The speech itself is popularly known as a pep talk.

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  1. ^ Gilbert, Marsha (December 2002). "Why the motivation business is booming". Ebony, volume 58 No.2. Johnson Publishing Company. p. 136. ISSN 0012-9011. Retrieved 2016-05-25. Black motivational speakers are Black but they challenge and transform Black, White and Brown listeners of every creed and orientation [...]

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Annelie Pompe

Annelie Pompe (born 1981) is an adventurer and athlete from Gothenburg, Sweden. She is as a professional adventurer, motivational speaker, photographer (mainly underwater), freediving instructor, yoga instructor, writer, personal trainer and coach.

Bob Farrell (motivational speaker)

Robert E. "Bob" Farrell (December 10, 1927 – August 14, 2015) was an American motivational speaker, author, and founder of Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour and Restaurant.

Danielle Lloyd

Danielle Lloyd (formerly O'Hara; born 16 December 1983) is an English glamour model and television personality. A former Miss England (2004) and Miss Great Britain (2006), she first rose to prominence when she was stripped of her Miss Great Britain title after posing nude in the December 2006 edition of Playboy magazine. Her title was reinstated in 2010. In January 2007 she appeared on Celebrity Big Brother. She won the celebrity edition of The Weakest Link in 2008 and Total Wipeout in 2010.

David Lim

David Lim may refer to:

David Lim (mountaineer), Singaporean mountaineer and motivational speaker

David Lim (swimmer) (born 1966), former Singapore national swimmer and current national coach

David Lim Kim San (born 1933), Singaporean music educator, administrator and conductor

David Lim (actor) (born 1983), American actor and model

Dhar Mann

Dhar Mann (born May 29, 1984) is an American entrepreneur who has engaged in business activities spanning a wide range of industries. He is currently the Founder and CEO of LiveGlam Inc., and a motivational speaker with over 1 billion views on social media dedicated to teaching people how to achieve greater success in life, relationships and business.

Eric Thomas (motivational speaker)

Eric D. Thomas, Ph.D. (born September 3, 1970) is an American motivational speaker, author and minister. Speeches by Thomas are popular on YouTube.

Florrie Fisher

Florence Louise Fisher Bacolod (September 18, 1918 – May 26, 1972), known as Florrie Fisher, was an American motivational speaker in the 1960s and 1970s who traveled to high schools in the United States, telling stories about her past as a heroin addict and prostitute. Her eccentric mannerisms and often lurid stories — which included tales of prostitution, jailhouse lesbianism, and botched abortions — made her into a cult figure in the late 1970s and 80s, with VHS tapes of her speaking engagements becoming collector's items. She is better known today as the inspiration for the character Jerri Blank on the television series Strangers with Candy.

Jim MacLaren

James E. MacLaren (April 13, 1963 – August 31, 2010) was a motivational speaker and author, noted for his record-breaking performances in the marathon and Ironman triathlon after having his left leg amputated below the knee.

MacLaren was born on 13 April 1963. He was a standout athlete in football and lacrosse at Yale University. Moreover, even before matriculating at Yale he had been a leading athlete at Vermont Academy. In 1985, at the age of 22, MacLaren lost his left leg below the knee in a motorcycle accident, and had to be defibrillated. He recovered, and went on to run the marathon in 3 hours, 16 minutes, and to finish the Ironman Hawaii in 10 hours, 42 minutes.

Then, in 1993, during the Orange County Triathlon, MacLaren was struck by a van during the bike portion of the race and collided with a signpost, rendering him a quadriplegic.

MacLaren's accident inspired members of the running community to raise funds to allow him to purchase a van he could drive with his hands. The fundraiser rose above and beyond the amount of funds necessary, and the Challenged Athletes Foundation was founded in an effort to support other disabled athletes in their efforts.

Again MacLaren recovered, and used a wheelchair. MacLaren then worked as a motivational speaker and author.

He was awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2005 ESPY Awards presentation. He died August 31, 2010, in his sleep.

Joe Simpson (mountaineer)

Joe Simpson (born 1960) is an English mountaineer, author and motivational speaker. While climbing in Peru in 1985, he suffered severe injuries and was thought lost after falling into a crevasse, but he survived and managed to crawl back to his base camp. He described the ordeal in his book Touching the Void, which was adapted into a film in 2003.

Kevin Sharp

Kevin Grant Sharp (December 10, 1970 – April 19, 2014) was an American country music singer, author, and motivational speaker. Sharp came on the country music scene in 1996 with his first single "Nobody Knows", which topped the Billboard country chart for four weeks. The same year, Sharp released his first album, Measure of a Man.Having survived a rare form of bone cancer in his teenage years, Sharp became actively involved in the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He wrote an inspirational book about his life and his fight with cancer, and occasionally toured the United States as a motivational speaker.

List of American Inuit

This is a partial list of Notable American Inuit, especially Iñupiat, who largely reside in Alaska. The Arctic and subarctic dwelling Inuit (formerly referred to as Eskimo) are a group of culturally similar indigenous peoples inhabiting Canada.

John Baker, dog musher, pilot and motivational speaker

Irene Bedard, actor

Ada Blackjack, castaway

Rita Pitka Blumenstein, traditional doctor,

Ramy Brooks, kennel owner and operator, motivational speaker, and dog musher

Ray Mala, actor

Uyaquk, Moravian missionary and linguistic genius

Matt Foley

Matt Foley is a fictional character from the sketch comedy program Saturday Night Live performed by Chris Farley. Foley is a motivational speaker who exhibits characteristics that someone in that position would not typically have: whereas motivational speakers are typically successful and charismatic, Foley is abrasive, clumsy, and down on his luck. The character was popular in its original run and went on to become one of Farley's best-known characters.

Nick Vujicic

Nicholas James Vujicic ( VOY-chitch; born 4 December 1982) is an Australian Christian evangelist and motivational speaker born with tetra-amelia syndrome, a rare disorder (called phocomelia) characterized by the absence of arms and legs.

Ron Clark (teacher)

Ron L. Clark, Jr. (born October 24, 1972) is an American educator who has worked with disadvantaged students in rural North Carolina and New York City and founded the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, Georgia. Clark is a New York Times bestselling author and motivational speaker on the topic of inspiring educators.

Sangram Singh

Sangram Singh (born 21 July 1985), is an Indian wrestler, actor, motivational speaker and philanthropist. He has also appeared in a number of reality television shows, such as Survivor India and was finalist of season seven of Bigg Boss in 2013 & many others. In July 2015, he won the Commonwealth Heavyweight Wrestling Championship that was held in South Africa. He was awarded the title of World's Best Wrestler by the World Wrestling Professionals.


Scary may refer to:

Scary, West Virginia, U.S.

Scary, in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, a village in the Shire

"Scary", a song by Britney Spears from Femme FatalePeople:

Little Miss Scary, a Little Miss character

"Scary" Terry Taylor, stage name used briefly by American professional wrestler Terry Taylor (born 1955)

Scary Spice, Mel B, stage name for English singer, member of Spice Girls (born 1975)

Scary Sherri, nickname for American professional wrestler Sherri Martel (born 1958–2007)

The Scary Guy, American motivational speaker

Simon Sinek

Simon Oliver Sinek (born October 9, 1973) is a British-American author, motivational speaker and organizational consultant. He is the author of five books, including Start With Why (2009).

Terri Utley

Terri Lea Britt (née Utley; born 1961) is an American beauty queen and motivational speaker from Arkansas who was crowned Miss USA in 1982.

Terry Evanshen

Terrence Anthony "Terry" Evanshen (born June 13, 1944) is a motivational speaker and former star receiver in the Canadian Football League.


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