FAQsWhat to expect from the Best Motivational Speakers in their Industry
FAQs: What you need to know before you get a speaker to inspire, motivate, and transform
FAQ: How important is Storytelling in a Motivational Presentation?
The Best Motivational Speakers are experts in telling stories. Storytelling allows listeners to identify with the characters in the story, yet feel safe enough about not being personally confronted and becoming defensive. Storytelling has the power to break down defenses and open the listeners’ willingness to become part of the events that play off in the story. It does not matter what type of speaker you get. If he or she is able to tell a captivating story, you have an audience that are willing to listen.
What are the differences between Transformational Speakers, Motivational Speakers, Keynote Speakers, And Inspirational Speakers?
Because most people do not really understand these differences, it is easy for speakers to claim that they are Motivational, Transformational or Inspirational Speakers.
Transformational Speakers are at the top of the ‘hierarchy’ of Transformational Speakers, Motivational Speakers, Keynote Speakers, and Inspirational Speakers. Transformational Speakers intend to initiate or bring forth some form of transformation in human beings. Transformational Speakers help motivate and transform behavior. They are the Best Motivational Speakers and provide strategies to help people develop more meaningful and successful lives. They help raise questions around perceptions, help awaken new beliefs, new awareness, and elicit new behavior. Transformational Speakers have experience and in-depth insight into human behavior and the challenges we typically face. They are knowledgeable, empathetic, and intuitive. They just know how to make a personal connection with their audience, even though a room full of people is addressed. Through their exceptional insight and understanding of human behavior, they are able to help audience members with personal growth and leadership development. They can move listeners deeply. Transformational Speakers are sincere, humble, genuine, and are able to make a listener feel that the message that is being delivered is meant for him or her in person. Messages delivered by Transformational Speakers are usually so clear and powerful that listeners will be able to clearly recall strategies given to them several months after they have heard it and still be able to implement what they have heard into practice.
Motivational Speakers aim to motivate and inspire people into action. Top Motivational Speakers help create an emotional desire and mental drive that will allow people to invest more energy and purpose in their goals. Organizations will often hire a Top Motivational Speaker to raise expectations or excitement before implementing changes in a company, or when being challenged with low employee morale. Or simply to assist in reaching a competitive edge, as is also often required by Sports Teams. Top Motivational Speakers will typically have a conversation sometime before the event to gain a greater insight into the challenges that the organization faces. A Motivational Speaker will then prepare accordingly and address these challenges specifically. A message delivered by a Motivational Speaker is less likely to endure if it is not acted upon immediately. It also depends on how personally a listener was affected by the message and how relevant it was to him. Precision and clarity of the message play a key role. A motivational message will have its maximum effect if the message is clear, precise and the listener can personally identify with the message; and then act upon it in immediately. Notice the contrast here when you compare Transformational Speakers with Motivational Speakers. Messages delivered by Transformational Speakers have a long-lasting impact. They are easy to recall and implement long after the messages have been delivered. Messages delivered by Motivational Speakers carry most of their weight in the short term. You will find that an audience member will have difficulty to recall any strategy that can be implemented into practice. A listener will be able to tell you that he enjoyed the speaker and that the Motivational Speaker was very good. But this is probably where it will end. There is one thing that all Motivational Speakers agree upon, though. A motivated employee is a more productive employee. One that is driven to succeed and find solutions. Lorne’s presentations always leave his audience highly motivated and ready to act.
One key difference between Motivational Speakers and Inspirational Speakers is the purpose of the message. An Inspirational Speaker will typically tell his own personal story. It is typically one of overcoming difficulties in severely adverse circumstances. Contrary to the task at hand for Motivational Speakers, you cannot have the same expectations from
. They do not address specific challenges that a company face, but rather just speak to inspire with their own personal story. It is not the purpose of Inspirational Speakers to change behavior, give strategies to increase sales, or to help an organization to develop a competitive edge. Inspirational Speakers will rather focus on their own history and retell it to the audience. They will tell, for example, how they overcame or survived a huge challenge, climbed a mountain, ride a long distance with a bicycle, or build a company up to a huge success. These are the type of stories we hear that inspire us to believe that if we try, we can do the same. While Lorne’s presentations are always hugely inspiring, his message is not an autobiographical one, but instead draws on the powerful success secrets we can learn from Africa’s Big Cats, that have been thriving in the face of change and competition for millennia.
Keynote Speakers are Public Speakers who deliver the primary speeches, or as we refer to it, the Keynote Address. A Keynote Speaker will deliver a speech that addresses the objectives of a meeting. Keynote Speakers will deliver their speeches at the end of an event, such as Award Functions, Conferences, Summits, Annual Meetings or Training Programs. The speech that is delivered by a Keynote Speaker is often viewed as the highlight of the event and most of the time the main reason why people will attend an event. Their speeches are very specific and relevant towards the outcome that the organizers wish to obtain. It can also be industry specific with the objective to educate. The general purpose of a keynote can be to educate, motivate or to inspire. Lorne’s presentations are a synthesis of motivation, inspiration, and education. His entertaining delivery and captivating storytelling have made Lorne an acclaimed and sought-after keynote speaker around the world.
Keynote Speakers – what should I expect from them?
Keynote Speakers speak with the purpose to motivate an audience into taking action or changing their behaviour. Keynote Speakers will use various emotive methods to relate to their audience and to inspire action. They are often hired by companies to inspire, motivate and train or help employees to set goals and strategies and leave a lasting impression on the audience. They use professional, and often entertaining platform skills to make a listener feel like his goals are within reach. A good and well trained Keynote Speaker will typically do his homework before he engages with the audience. Often, a company will have some particular problem or request in mind, such as a desire to improve teamwork between employees, or help employees understand what is required to beat their competition. The real task at hand for Keynote Speakers is to get employees to want to do something instead of an organization having to use other methods such as politics, demoralizing evaluations, rules, intimidation, financial incentives, or threats to get results. Keynote Speakers have the ability to raise employee engagement, raise energy levels and the willingness amongst employees to want to invest themselves in their work. It is not the work of Keynote Speakers to build job skills, but rather to strengthen the corporate culture and to inspire employees in understanding the power of working with the objectives of a leadership team and engage with the goals of the organization. Keynote Speakers help leadership teams to understand the power of building trust and unity with the rest of the workforce.
When is the best time to slot in your Top Motivational Speakers?
It is important for Event Organizers to understand exactly what to expect before they start looking for their Top Motivational Speakers. Opening Motivational Speakers plays a pivotal role in getting attendees to engage with purpose. A willing attendee will listen with purpose, to understand and learn. You will want your audience to be revved up and looking forward to the rest of the event. Closing Motivational Speakers changes the way attendees feel about an event before going home. It makes the difference between learning a lot and taking that knowledge back to their workplace with enthusiasm and the willingness to implement what they have learned. It also changes the way attendees will remember a conference and thereby increasing the chances that he will return to the next conference with high expectations. You want attendees to start with high expectations and to leave on a high note.
At what events do event managers typically get motivational speakers?
- Business Strategy Meetings
- Conferences and Conventions
- Leadership Summits
- Organizational Retreats
- Sales Conferences
- Teambuilding Events
- Sports Teams
- Breakfast or Lunch Meetings
- After Dinner or Awards Functions
How big are the audiences that Motivational Speakers normally speak to?
An experienced speaker should be used to speaking to really any type of audience. A speaker can typically be asked to address audiences from anywhere between 100 and 300 members. But great Conference Keynote Speakers can easily address 1500 members at world conferences. There is no exception to the rule. A speaker can also be invited as an After-Dinner Speaker to as little as 20 members in a crowd. The best way to prepare for your event is to do your homework, read reviews, and get recommendations about speakers. A speaker with frequent exposure to all kinds of situations might help you prepare well. You can certainly expect an experienced speaker to assist you with a few good tips and some advice if you are dealing with a situation you have not encountered before.
How long do Motivational Speakers typically speak?
A Motivational Speaker normally speaks between 45 and 90 minutes. But this can always be discussed, depending on what your needs are and what the speaker offers. If a speaker is doing this for say, more than 10 years, such a speaker can often comfortably fit into various roles. This is particularly true if such a person is an experienced International Motivational Speaker who has traveled a lot already. This is what is required from experienced International Motivational Speakers. If you get someone that has trouble adapting, you should start wondering if you have the right person for the job. Whether you need him as a Business Motivational Speaker, a Conference Keynote Speaker or as an After-Dinner Speaker. If you are working with an experienced speaker, he will also be able to advise you on what works well and what does not.
How much should I expect to pay for Motivational Speakers?
Surely you can get Motivational Speakers that are willing to talk for $300, or maybe even for free. There are also Motivational Speakers, typically some Famous Motivational Speakers or some Celebrity Speakers, who will charge you nothing less than a few $100,000. But certainly, if a Top Motivational Speaker is worth his weight in gold, he will at a minimum, value himself enough also to charge a reasonable fee. That tends to range anywhere between $5000 and $50,000.
So, there are quite a few considerations here. How does your budget look? In general, you can expect to get what you pay for. And if you are looking for a Motivational Speaker that is worth his salt, you should expect to pay a fee according to that. If you only want to kill time, then it is ok to look for a speaker that is willing to charge you only $300. But in general, the Best Motivational Speakers are also willing to negotiate.
Normally they do take into consideration what you can afford and so this should encourage you to ask if you need to. Prices charged by speakers mostly depend on experience, availability, and fame. If budget is not a problem, you can consider these top 40 ranked-list These are the top 40 Famous Motivational Speakers and Authors who are ranking at the top of the Alexa Rank on the internet. Some of them are listed here. Brian Tracy, Tony Robbins, Gary Vaynerchuck, Bob Proctor, Joe Vitale, Suze Orman, Matt Morris, John Maxwell, Marianne Williamson, T. Harv Eker, Loral Langemeier, Malcolm Gladwell, Eric Thomas, Nick Vujicic, Les Brown.
Is it my safest choice to choose a Celebrity Speaker from a Motivational Speakers List?
There are excellent Celebrity Speakers, but there are also horrible ones. Being a celebrity does not define you as a speaker, and less so as a Top Inspirational Speaker. Even more than just that, chances are you will pay a far bigger rate than you will do with another well trained and experienced person on your Best Motivational Speakers List. Having a celebrity at your event might be great to fill the seats. But to have your event to be booked again and again, you need to have more than just that. Top Motivational Speakers will make your audience feel appreciated, inspired and motivated. He or she will also bring some humor to your event – a key aspect that is required to have your audience leave with a memorable experience and wanting to come back again and again.
Should I hire a speaker on the Top 10 Motivational Speakers List?
Well, let me ask you this. If you are looking for one of the Top 10 Motivational Speakers, amongst whom should such a speaker be classified as one of the Best Motivational Speakers? There is no established standard where speakers get ranked as number 1, 2, or 3. Usually, bloggers will make a selection of their Top 10 Motivational Speakers that they are aware of or came across on the internet after doing some research. There are literally hundreds of Top Motivational Speakers that make a profound difference. Read more about how to find your Best Motivational Speaker in the section that follows.
How will I know when I have chosen a Top Motivational Speaker from my list?
It is true that there is no shortage of International Motivational Speakers available today to choose from. Chances are that you will find a Best Motivational Speakers List with literally hundreds of them, even in close vicinity of your area. And your challenge will be to choose one, not knowing if a particular speaker will really have the ability to make the impact on your audience that you wish to get. A huge majority of people who call themselves Motivational Speakers today are people who assigned themselves this title after learning to speak to an audience a few times without having the proper training or skills required to deliver the real results that are required. Ask yourself, what are the take-aways that you want for your audience. And do they get the desired results? Because this industry allows for anyone to assign this title to him or herself, it has become a big challenge to Events Organizers and Conference Organizers to sift through thousands of people on Speaker Bureaus’ Best Motivational Speakers Lists, and other places on the internet. Often on sites like these, self-acclaimed speakers and Top Motivational Speakers are viewed in the same light. It can become an almost impossible task to differentiate the one from another. The only way that you can determine whether you get a Top Motivational Speaker who can live up to your expectations, is to do a bit of your own research. There are plenty of listing services online. The problem with many Speaker Bureau websites, although not all, is that it has become a numbers game. It can become an impossible task from distinguishing between quality and quantity. Some of these websites clearly state in their terms and conditions that they do not do checks on content or the quality of their speakers. The intent may very well also be that they want to give everyone a fair chance. It does not make things easier though for an Event Organizer. So, there is an important number of key questions that you should ask before making this expensive decision – not only in monetary value but also in terms of valuing your reputation.
- Find out how long a Motivational Speaker is working in this industry. You will want to have an experienced speaker who is long enough in this industry to know how to handle unforeseen circumstances, know how to read his audience, and know how to adapt to the reaction of the audience. Yet, a Motivational Speaker should also be in touch with innovation, time- and cultural shifts that are happening over time. In other words, he or she must be able to understand the behavior of modern society and be able to relate to them.
- Look at some good Motivational Speakers Youtube Videos and compare that with some of the Motivational Speakers you have in mind. If it is only promotional slides, you may be tricked by good marketing material. Try to see the speaker in action and look at his Testimonials page to see who his audience is.
- Work through your Best Motivational Speakers List (a list of websites is given further down where you can explore more). Look at Motivational Speakers’ websites and look at their reviews. Look at who have used their services before. If they have some big-name companies listed as clients, you can be fairly certain that your selection from your list can get tick mark. Keep this list, both with the tick marks and the crosses for future reference, and build on that.
- Do some of your own research about some speakers that are listed on Speaker Bureau Websites. This will assist you in making informed decisions. Ensure you are able to understand the similarities and differences amongst the concepts of Motivational Speakers, Inspirational Speakers, Keynote Speakers, and Transformational Speakers (a term used rarely because the general public is not familiar with it). After Dinner Speakers, Conference Keynote Speakers, Business Motivational Speakers, Leadership Speakers, Public Speakers, International Speakers, and Corporate Speakers can all fall in one of the above categories. Only, we use these terms to show our association with previous successes and events we have been involved with or give preference to.
- Look at promotional material. Professional and Top Motivational Speakers take that very seriously. They are in the game of understanding people and working with them. That is where their passion lies. And that said, I recommend you have a conversation with a few Motivational Speakers before you make a choice. Speak to them at length. Certainly, the way they treat you should be an indicator of how important their audiences are to them as well. True, they travel a lot and the manner and speed of response to your requests will definitely reflect on the personality of the Motivational Speaker. In my case, due to the nature of my talks and being out in the bush sometimes with no internet connection to stay on top with what I bring to my audience, it can be a challenge. Because, when I do make contact with clients, I prefer to speak to them in person.
“Your presentation was brilliant, Lorne. In my job, I hear a lot of motivational speakers and much of it is a rehash of other presentations or literature. This was different…… Pure, base animal behaviours captured through tireless detailed observation and then expertly translated into our world of human beings in the workplace. An intellectual triumph.”
Where Lorne Frequently Speaks
United States and Canada
Atlanta GA; Greater Atlanta Area; Los Angeles SC; San Diego CA; San Francisco CA; Denver CO; Washington DC; Miami FL; Tampa, FL; Chicago IL; Detroit MI; Las Vegas NV; New York NY; Philadelphia PA; Phoenix, AZ; Dallas TX; Houston TX; Seattle WA; Vancouver BC; Toronto ON; Edmonton AB
Europe and the UK
Paris, France; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Munich, Germany; Frankfurt, Germany; Oslo, Norway; Stockholm, Sweden; London, England; Edinburgh, Scotland; Dublin, Ireland; Belfast, Ireland;
Africa and the Middle East
Cape Town, South Africa; Johannesburg, South Africa; Pretoria, South Africa; Durban, South Africa; Nairobi, Kenya; Lagos, Nigeria; Windhoek, Namibia; Dubai, UAE; Abu Dhabi, UAE
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Singapore; Hong Kong; Sydney, Australia; Melbourne, Australia: Auckland, New
Zealand; New Delhi, India; Mumbai, India
"Lorne, I want to personally thank you. You made each session so relevant to our world. Your delivery is professional, entertaining and inspiring - every time... absolutely outstanding ... the ‘lessons that Big Cat guy spoke on’ is one thing they all really remember and still refer to."
DALE CROSSMAN - ED.D, IPM PROGRAMS, NASA, FLORIDA, U.S.A.
"I was blown away ... Lorne is unique and I really feel he would please any audience. His was and still is one of the most talked about presentations we've seen."
MATTHEW NEWNHAM – BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, ASTRAIA TECHNOLOGY, CAPE TOWN, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA
"Your presentation was brilliant, Lorne. In my job, I hear a lot from motivational speakers and much of it is a rehash of other presentations or literature. This was different…… Pure, base animal behaviours ... expertly translated into the world of human beings ... An intellectual triumph."
MARK SUDDABY - GROCERY DIRECTOR, TESCO STORES, UNITED KINGDOM
"…I was struck by your powerful message that can benefit all of us in today's world of chaos and change. Goose-bumps stuff! We immediately implemented your lessons around teamwork and leadership and are already noticing a huge difference. ..."
CAROL HALLING - ORGANIZATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS MANAGER, AT&T, U.S.A
"The standing ovation said it all. You have something rich and powerful ... which you expertly fit right in line with our conference... a provocative and exciting approach… absolutely unique and fascinating."
ISISARA BEY - SENIOR DIRECTOR, SONY MUSIC CORPORATE AFFAIRS, U.S.A.
Lorne Sulcas - The Big Cat Guy
Atlanta Convention Centre
Atlanta, Capital of Georgia
Atlanta is the largest city and capital of Georgia and situated in the northwest part of the state at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains near the Chattahoochee River. The first European settler was Hardy Ivy, who built a cabin there in 1833.
Atlanta is a unique destination in the heart of the South. It is the capital of the U.S. state of Georgia and apart from its fine dining, shopping, and rich history, it is also host to one of the most connected convention spaces.
One of these convention centers, the Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart, has a team of experts with more than 50 years of experience in operating, managing, and providing solutions for events of any size. It has 500,000 square feet of space, 100,000 square feet of contiguous space and over 45 breakout rooms.
Did you know that there are over 55 streets with the name "Peachtree" in Atlanta? Apparently, they're named after the Native American village of “Standing Pitch Tree.”
Atlanta's symbol is a phoenix because. Atlanta was the only city in North American destroyed as an act of war. Only 400 buildings survived after General Sherman burnt it to the ground. So the city is almost completely rebuilt after the fact.
A highlight of visiting The King Center in Atlanta
Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in a two-story frame Queen Anne style house that was built in 1895 and bought by his grandfather in 1909. After Dr. King's assassination on April 4, 1968 plans were begun to restore the house as a historic museum.
Dr. King was born and lived in this house for the first twelve years of his life.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is considered the busiest airport in the world because it’s just a three-hour flight from many major American cities.
Things you might not have known about Atlanta
- Atlanta is the major commercial and transportation hub of the southeast United States.
- Atlanta has one of the world's largest aquariums which offers an up-close look at exotic marine life where you can also learn about aquatic habitats and see of the most diverse examples of oceanic life in the world.
- World of Coca-Cola is situated at Pemberton Place, Atlanta, the only place where you can explore the fascinating story of the world’s best-known beverage brand.
- One of the largest Hindu temples outside of India is located in the Atlanta metro area.
- Stone Mountain outside Atlanta is one of the largest blocks of exposed granite in the world.
- It was an Atlanta resident, Margaret Mitchell, who wrote the well-known novel, "Gone with the Wind". An ankle injury kept her from walking and so she reverted to writing her novel.
- The Winecoff Hotel was thought to be absolutely fireproof when it was built in 1913. But an enormous fire engulfed the hotel in 1946 and 119 people died. As a result of this tragic event, President Truman called a conference that led to the creation of modern-day fire safety codes. The hotel is known today as the Ellis Hotel.