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Meet Melbourne’s Top 10 Motivational Speakers

It takes more than a knack for public speaking to earn the title of Motivational Speaker. You know when you meet a true one – that moment someone captures your attention so powerfully and passionately, with a presence so commanding, so captivating, that you’re engrossed in every single word. You’re inspired to act. You feel like you have unlimited potential and the capability to make anything happen. Their impact is enormous, and their unique ability to make a lasting impression sets them apart from the pack. So how can you find one of these truly inspiring Motivational Speakers in Melbourne? We’re here to help!

Besides being one of the most liveable cities on earth, Melbourne is lauded as the ‘sporting capital of the world’ and famed for its rich cultural diversity, its vibrant arts scene and its cosmopolitan social life. It’s no wonder then that it’s also home to some of the world’s best Motivational Speakers.

Whether you’re looking for a global sporting hero to inject some team spirit, a Military Commando to share his learnings on leadership and performance or advice on maintaining unrelenting focus from one of the world’s toughest endurance athletes, Melbourne’s Motivational Speakers are world-class.

Melbourne’s Top 10 Motivational Speakers

1. Dr. Jessica Gallagher
Jess Gallagher motivational speaker
Jessica Gallagher was the first Australian athlete – Olympic or Paralympic – to medal at both a Summer and Winter Olympic Games. As a sight-impaired high-performance athlete in the dangerous world of Alpine Skiing, Jess shares the practical ways she shaped her risk appetite and turned fear into a must-have component of her mindset, skill and performance. She gives audiences tips and tools to create positive and sustainable habits to live their best life, and she does it with rare style. Read more about Jess here.

2. Dylan Alcott OAM
Dylan Alcott OAM motivational speaker
When Dylan Alcott retired from tennis after the 2022 Australian Open, he did so with 15 grand slam singles titles, eight grand slam doubles titles, four Paralympic gold and two silver medals to his name. He was also the first male in history, of any ability, to claim the illustrious Golden Slam. But it’s his off-field efforts to alter the way people with disabilities are perceived in the wider community that really sets this Aussie legend apart, and that helped earn him the 2022 Australian of the Year award. With a unique and incredibly moving story to tell, Dylan inspires audiences worldwide to be the best versions of themselves. Read more about Dylan here.

3. Tiffany Hall
Tiffany Halltiff hall motivational speaker is Australia’s most famous ninja. Celebrity trainer, founder of lifestyle program TIFFXO.com, author, podcaster, TV regular, martial arts expert and mum, Tiff has many titles tucked under her 6th Dan Taekwondo black belt. As a respected and passionate health and wellness authority, Tiff is a wonderful role model for audiences of all ages. She’s also a dynamic speaker, intent on helping others shine, galvanising them into action to become happy, healthy and confident. Read more about Tiffany here.

4. Cathy Freeman OAM
cathy freeman motivational speakerWho can forget that iconic moment at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, when Cathy Freeman OAM won gold in the 400m and proudly waved both the Australian and Aboriginal flags on her victory lap? As the first Indigenous Australian to win a gold medal and the first Australian woman to run under 50 seconds, Cathy’s achievements have been recognised with an Australian of the Year title and awards including World Sportswoman of the Year. One of Australia’s most admired and respected athletes, Cathy is a national treasure recognised for her modesty, free spirit and passion for family and country – the Cathy Freeman Foundation, which she established in 2007, has so far helped over 1600 indigenous children in remote communities receive an education. Her passion and conviction are unparalleled, and her story will motivate and inspire. Read more about Cathy here.

5. Samantha Gash
samantha gashIf Samantha Gash looked remarkably comfortable in the uncomfortable surrounds of the latest season of Survivor Australia, it’s because she’s no stranger to tough conditions. She was the first woman, and the youngest person at the time, to complete the Four Deserts Grand Slam – one of the world’s toughest endurance competitions that spans 1000kms across the hottest, coldest, driest and windiest deserts on earth. Combining that grit and focus with her experience working for the largest international law firm in the world, Samantha now uses running as a vehicle for social change. Using authentic storytelling and dramatic documentary footage to share her journey, Samantha teaches teams how to manage industry disruption and how to become comfortable in discomfort. Read more about Samantha here.

6. Mark (Squiz) Squirrell OAM
mark squirrellFrom the world’s most brutal war zones to the summit of Mt Everest, Mark Squirrell’s journey from military commando to International Aid Worker is equal amounts inspiring and enthralling. His thrilling recount of his career, and the knowledge he shares about leadership, teamwork and communication, is priceless for leaders and aspiring leaders alike. Squiz’s use of authentic footage and Virtual Reality goggles in his keynotes, workshops and team building activities make his presentations a truly unforgettable experience. Read more about Mark here.

7. Rachael Robertson
rachael robertsonBattling extreme and hostile conditions to lead a team of eighteen strangers in Antarctica for twelve months is an excellent way to develop advanced leadership skills. If you don’t have the time or the means though, let Rachael Robertson share her remarkable journey to building a resilient and respectful team in a challenging environment. You could just read the book she wrote about her experience, ‘Leading on the Edge’, but then you’d miss out on the full power of her captivating and humour-filled presentation, full of unique insights that will fire up your team to face challenges head-on and take the next step in their leadership journey. Read more about Rachael here.

8. Lisa McInnes-Smith
Lisa McInnes-SmithThrough her study and practice in Sport Psychology, Lisa McInnes-Smith has developed unique concepts around peak personal performance, passionately inspiring people to elevate their performance with simple, practical steps. She’s presented to more than 2 million people across 26 countries, authored seven best-selling books and is the first person outside North America to be inducted into the international Speaker Hall of Fame. Lisa’s uplifting and thoroughly entertaining presenting style can inspire even the most uninspired team to greatness. Read more about Lisa here.

9. Debbie Lee
debbie leeDebbie Lee is a pioneer of women’s football with more than 30 years’ experience at elite and community level. She has worked tirelessly to improve the representation and participation of women in the AFL and was instrumental in establishing the AFLW. Currently National Women and Girl’s Action Plan Lead at the AFL, Debbie’s previous roles include General Manager of Women’s Football at the Western Bulldogs and Melbourne Football Clubs. She also had a distinguished 302game playing career, representing Victoria 16 times (6 as captain), was a 6-time All Australian, 5-time Helen Lambert Medallist (equivalent to Brownlow) and 2-time premiership player. Debbie is also an AFL Life Member, and the first woman to be inducted into the AFL’s Hall of Fame. Read more about Debbie here. 

10. Dr. Louise Mahler
louise mahlerDr. Louise Mahler is the leading authority on the psychology of face-to-face engagement. She combines years of professional performance on the European opera stage with an award-winning PhD in Business to teach people the skills to ‘be heard’ in hostile environments. As a Master Practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Louise coaches her audiences on the mind-body-voice connection she calls Vocal Intelligence. When she takes to the stage, her audience is treated to a transformative, candid and interactive presentation, filled with large doses of humour, reflection and passion, leaving them energised to achieve things they never thought they would. Read more about Louise here.


With so much Melbourne talent on offer, it was difficult to limit our list to the Top 10, so if you have a brief for us we’d be happy to provide you with a curated list of Motivational Speakers specific to your needs. Get in touch with us for a chat to get the ball rolling!