Top 20 Motivational Speakers to Inspire you in 2021

As we head into the new year, many of last years challenges may still be with us. That is why it is important to rebuild your company culture and to re-energise your team in 2021, and we are here to help you bounce back.

At Keynote, our core value is simple, we help good companies continue to perform at a high level and move to the next level through motivation and education.

And the way we do this is providing you with the best motivational and inspirational speakers in the country. Couple this along with our unmatched ability to be able to help you pick the right motivational speaker for your organisation, and it is the perfect formula to help you to continue to grow.

In line with this, we have put together a list of some of the most inspirational speakers in the country, and they are here to help you drive a new pathway forward.

We hope you can take some time to look at each of the below individuals, but of course if you are wanting some assistance with assessing the best person to meet your values, then we are here to help and happy to chat at any time  on either or 1300 661 904.

Yours sincerely

The Keynote Team, Your Partner in Motivation.

Turia Pitt is likely to be the most inspirational person in Australia. She is also one of the most booked speakers in Australia. Turia delivers inspiration and motivation to those who thought there goals were out of reach. Click here to read more about Turia Pitt


Dr. Richard Harris SC OAM and Dr. Craig Challen both become national icons from their heroic in the Thai Cave Rescue. A truly remarkable story that has to be heard first hand from the men that lived it.

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Jess Gallagher is Australia’s only summer and winter Para Olympian, Jess is training to compete at the Summer Olympics in her third discipline, Rowing, to go along side her skiing and cycling Olympic success.

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Anthony Laye is on a mission to inspire you, and he does this teaching you how to live a more conscious life.

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Samantha Gash is the first woman and the youngest person, to complete the Four Deserts Grand Slam, armed with the philosophy, if you want something you’ve never had you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.

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Kurt Fearnley is a 5 time world champion and two Para Olympic Gold Medallist for the Marathon, one of the most inspirational speakers in Australia.

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Emma Murray is a mindfulness and high performance coach and considered the secret weapon behind Richmond FC premiership success.

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Justin Langer is the coach of the Australian Cricket team and the driving force behind their revival.

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Rachael Robertson is one of the only two females to lead a team to Davis Station in Antarctica developing advanced leadership skills.

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Toss Sampson is an adventurer, award-winning documentary-maker and pushing the boundaries of the body and mind.

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 Lisa McInnes-Smith shifts attitudes to improve the performance on teams and increase productivity and the bottom line.

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Gilbert Enoka is leading mental skills coach and works alongside the All Blacks to help mentally prepare them for better performance.

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Margie Warrell Empowers people to be resilient and embrace change through her personal experience and business success.

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Dan Gregory helps make the impossible…possible through behaviour and belief systems, he is the master of human behaviour.

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 Elizabeth Broderick AO is a world leader in gender equality and creating change in the workplace, she has worked tirelessly to break down structural and social barriers and inspire people to a better workplace.

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Sir Peter Cosgrove is the Leaders Leader and displays characteristics we value most as Australians.

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Louise Sauvage is an amazing athlete and a 9 time Para Olympic Gold Medallist, she is an inspiration to any team.

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 Damien Thomlinson is a soldier and Para Olympian and an inspiration to many,  his determination and commitment saw him face terror and come out triumphant.

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Sharon Bown is a Nursing Officer who narrowly escaped death in a near-fatal helicopter crash to go on an inspire people with her award winning novel: One Woman’s War and Peace.

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Q: Are keynote speakers willing to perform at a virtual event? A: Yes they are!

This year witnessed a major shift in the event industry with birth of virtual or hybrid events.

So it was only natural that motivational speakers who are one of the major assets of the events industry followed trend and adapted to the new world in events quickly.

Looking ahead we can expect to see hybrid and virtual events continue into the early part of 2020, with the most likely trend becoming groups of 100-200 people attending the meeting, then streaming to the rest of the company at their local offices or interstate.

So while this format is still a necessity, you can expect all keynote speakers to still be available to participate in a hybrid virtual events. Many of them have had to recraft their skills to suit this style of event and one of the biggest challenges is delegate engagement. It is difficult but it can be done, check out this post from motivational speaker Anthony Laye Click here to view with some useful tips you should expect from your keynote speaker when booking them for a hybrid virtual event.

It won’t be long until we are back enjoying the experience of meeting in person as there are certain things you just can’t do online, like looking each other in the eye or picking up on nonverbal communication. We have always come together to plan, debate laugh and enjoy each other’s company. But until then remember to take advantage of the virtual technology we all have available to us, and keep your team inspired by booking a motivational speaker.

Stay safe and keep smiling.

The Team from Keynote

Why it is Important to Award Your Team; and How To Do It!

A pattern that emerged in the second half of this year were an increase in organisations award events online.

As Covid continued to keep its grip on us this year, companies started to realise there is not going to be a chance to all get together to celebrate each other’s achievements.

Smart companies realised that they still have to run their award ceremonies to acknowledge their employees hard work and to make sure they don’t add to people’s disappointment in 2020.

We witnessed some clever ideas such as sending hampers to the team to enjoy the food and wine they would have at a fancy event.

But the greatest evolution was the use of a professional studios to broadcast the event. This was by far and away the best use of their event budget. A professional studio will not only provide you with a broadcast quality presentation, but they have a team of producers there to deliver seamless transitions between presenters, keynote speakers and awards recipients.

Another important use of the event budget, was the use of a professional Master of Ceremonies or host. Remote presentations can have some challenges and using an experienced MC will definitely make a difference if you experience any difficulties. Televisions Hosts and Comedians have been a saviour to many events, a TV host is accustomed to switching the run order if a guest is not available or a comedian can fill until things are back on track. We have witnessed some high profile TV hosts and comedians we have placed into events save the day more than once this year.

We may be up and down for a while when it comes to restricted numbers in venues however, we need to keep in mind and keep focus on those delivering our business services.  Staff must continue to be recognized, acknowledged and supported and keeping momentum through Company Awards is a great way to show company appreciation and stimulate morale.

Get the Team Together for an End of Year Laugh

Introducing “The Virtualist”

Experience an interactive virtual show the entire team can enjoy.

Internationally Renowned Mentalist Anthony Laye has been captivating audiences with his mind blowing ability to seemingly read peoples thoughts and control their choices.

His online mind bending show is the perfect way to entertain your team at your end of year function or end of week drinks.

One of the biggest challenges organisations are currently facing with online meetings and events is finding entertainment that is interactive, engaging and doesn’t feel like the team are sitting watching Youtube or Netflix.

In this modern era of communication, we need to explore new ways of creating experiences that can take a group of people living at distance and bring them together.

Are you ready to enter the world of Virtualism – Check out Anthony Laye in Action!

For more information about this dynamic show or to book Anthony Laye, please contact us on 1300 661 904 or email

“An outstanding performance! Anthony Laye had the audience in the palm of his hand from the moment he joins you audience virtually. His show is both exciting and intriguing; hilarious and entertaining. Anthony will have your guests wanting more and asking themselves “How did he do it!?”. Anthony is one of the best performers I have come across”

‘Our Gift To You’ with Steve Simpson

Steve Simpson is a workplace cultural expert. In this short video he touches on what workplace cultures are going through with the upheaval that they have never experienced before.

Steve Simpson is a workplace cultural expert. In this short video he touches on what workplace cultures are going through with the upheaval that they have never experienced before. Many company cultures have been shattered and it is going to be a long road to recovery, Steve believes there are four important principals that should be followed in order to keep or rebuild your company culture.

We hope you are continuing to enjoy “Our Gift To You” series of videos featuring some of the best thought leaders and motivational speakers from the Keynote Entertainment roster. Please feel free to get in touch with us on 1300 661 904 to discuss how a virtual presentation can help your company stay connected in lock down

How should I be turning up? Create your story…..

In this inspirational video from Anthony Laye, he discusses how sometimes the darkest moments can help you become a better version of yourself. Anthony highlights the need for consciousness in our behavior as well as our interactions and communications when moving forward from these challenging times.

As we slowly return to our workplaces and resume normality in our daily lives, Anthony shares some powerful thoughts and direction around the question ‘How Should I Be Turning Up’?’.  A simple question that opens the door to better outcomes and better workplaces.

Anthony demonstrates how ‘turning up’ impacts the outcome of our every day. As companies start to rebuild their culture and relationships, how you choose to turn up will have a direct impact on your pathway forward.

A influential global speaker, Anthony is committed to bringing conscious communication to your organisation and helping your company and staff return and rebuild.

Great Virtual Speakers for R U OK? Day.

R U OK? Day probably takes on more significance this year than it ever has previously!

If you are looking to run and R U OK? Virtual Event or you want to check in with your team and give them a little help along the way in 2020, we have many fantastic speakers available who can present virtually on mental health and wellbeing and mindfulness.

Two standouts for us are Graeme Cowan who specialises in stressful work places and who is a non-executive Director of R U OK? and Chelsea Pottenger who is a mental health and mindfulness speaker and an Ambassador for R U OK?

Find out more about R U OK? By visiting their site and watching this video.


Samantha Gash and Mark Wales feature in the new Bear Grylls Series

Two of our most Inspirational Keynote Speakers Samantha Gash & Mark Wales will be appearing this evenings premier of the Amazon Prime series  The World’s Toughest Race,  Eco Challenge Fiji with Bear Grylls.

Samantha Gash is an accomplished lawyer and ultra-marathon runner and shows us her leadership skills as the head of Team Aussie Rescue alongside Mark who is also a member of the team and a former SAS member.

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It’s Time For A Laugh!

Q. So how do you run a ‘funny’ virtual event?

A. Let someone else do it for you!

In its fourth success season, the hilarious Network 10 program ‘Hughesy We Have A Problem’ is now virtual and ready for your next event!

Dave Hughes and Dave O’Neil team up to host this memorable virtual show online. Following the same scenario as the TV show, Hughesy and popular comedic Dave O’Neil will solve all your company problems and leave your staff laughing and wanting more. Nothing is too much for these boys! If Julie from Finance is having an issue, they will solve it !

Dave and Dave have been hosting this successful virtual online event during the lockdown and feedback has been fantastic.  Clients are loving the concept allowing staff to switch off and enjoy some great entertainment while staying connected as a team.

How it works is simple! Companies collaborate with staff and submit their PROBLEMS prior to the event and then Dave and Dave will help them with solutions! This incredibly funny event can be live streamed or pre-recorded and tailored to your needs.

A fun activity, great for company culture and making sure you stay connected.  These little initiatives make the difference for everyone’s mental health given the current global state. So……if Julie from Finance is having an issue, then Dave and Dave will solve it….well at least they will attempt to!

For other great speaker options and ideas please visit our website.