Top Keynote Motivational Speakers for 2017

Finding the right speaker for your corporate event can be challenging. Many have the ability to speak to an audience, only a select few have the ability to genuinely engage a whole audience and provide motivation, inspiration and entertainment.

These top motivational speakers are the ones to look out for in 2017.

Waleed Aly

Waleed Aly top keynote speaker

Many of you may know Waleed as host of the popular Channel 10 evening show ‘The Project’. However, there is far more to this man than you would think!

Television viewers are not the only people who take notice of Waleed’s opinions, he was also an invited participant in the Prime Minister’s 2020 summit and has lectured politics at Monash University while working in their Global Terrorism Research Centre.

Waleed has also been known to write a good book, with his debut ‘People Like Us: How Arrogance is Dividing Islam and the West’, being shortlisted for many awards.

Waleed has been an inspirational person to many, supporting many worthy causes such as the United Nations international day for the elimination of violence against women. He also played lead guitar in a theatrical production of Pink Floyd: The Wall, which raised $60,000 to rebuild a school in Afghanistan which had been destroyed by terrorism.

Find out more about Waleed Aly.

Todd Sampson

Todd Sampson top keynote motivational speaker

Todd is another person who makes headlines off the television screen as well as on it.

Not only can he be seen on the television shows Body Hack, The Project, The Gruen Transfer, Redesign My Brain, he is known as an advertising expert and one of the most influential executives in Australia, being awarded CEO of the year twice.

Todd also seeks challenges outside of the business arena, co-creating Earth Hour – an environmental movement which has involved more than 1.4 billion people. He has also climbed Mount Everest – unguided!

Todd is in high demand as a corporate speaker, as not only is he engaging, the depth and breadth of his knowledge makes him ideal for a variety of audiences.

Find out more about Todd Sampson.

Deng Adut

Deng Adut top motivational speaker 2017

Imagine you were snatched from your family as a six-year-old child, forced to become a child soldier, being shot in the back and finally arriving in Australia as a 15-year-old unable to read or write? What would you do?

Deng Adut managed to find a job, learn English, study accounting and law and become a lawyer. Deng now helps marginalised refugees with legal advice, mentoring and support.

Deng is an articulate and inspirational speaker that can engage an audience and motivate those in more fortunate positions to achieve more. Deng was awarded the NSW Australian of the Year for 2017 and is a strong contender for the 2017 Australian of the Year.

Find out more about Deng Adut.

General David Morrison

General David Morrison top keynote speaker

Those who are looking for a corporate speaker that can motivate, inspire and drive positive change within their organisation always ask for General David Morrison. If you’re planning a corporate event for 2017 it would be wise to ask for the services of this man early, as he is often booked in advance by organisations such as the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, the Lowy Institute and the Sydney Institute.

So why is this speaker in such high demand?

General Morrison had a 36 year career in the Australian army, where he progressed from a soldier to the Chief of Army. Throughout his time in the army, he has taken a firm stance on gender equality and cultural stance. He became well-known after a video of him ordering army troops to accept women as equals or ‘get out’ went viral.

General Morrison’s achievements also include being made an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2010 and the 2016 Australian of the Year.

Audiences can expect to be inspired and educated about issues such as gender equality, organisational culture, crisis management, change management, team building and leadership.

Find out more about General David Morrison.

Peter Helliar

Peter Helliar, or his alter-ego ‘Strauchanie’ might not be a world-class academic, business leader, or motivational speaker, but if you’re looking for someone who can make a room laugh – no one else can do it better!

Pete has been entertaining crowds since his Melbourne comedy circuit in the nineties. He played a key role in Rove through the noughties and has been part of various football shows, where he would often don a blond mullet wig and portray the character of Strauchanie, the most unlikely AFL draftee.

Peter is also a regular member of the panel on The Project, showcasing his talent at making jokes in a variety of topical areas.

Find out more about Peter Helliar.

Michelle Bridges

Worried the atmosphere in your organisation has become a bit flat? Looking for somebody that can fill the room with energy and drive your employees to the next level?

Michelle Bridges is not only a respected leader in the fitness industry, she has the ability to educate and inspire those from any industry type on topics such as leadership, motivation and change management.

When Michelle was 14 years old, she presented an idea to her school mistress that she would run fitness classes for fellow students who did not play sports or smoked. Since then she has promoted fitness and lifestyle change through a variety of mediums such as the television show ‘The Biggest Loser’, various books and an online weight loss program.

Michelle has created her own fitness apparel range and food range and supports many high profile charities.

Find out more about Michelle Bridges.


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