8 The Best Motivational Speakers Of All Time

Words have an immense power of converting an extremist into a regular person and vice versa. It is a beauty of words that Mahatma Gandhi could lead his troops to march for him and Imran Khan could turn the tables around in Pakistan. Speaking and addressing a bunch of people is not an easy task. It requires the right selection of phrases paired with a substantial amount of confidence. However, for some people in the world it’s not a complicated matter. These are the people who can inspire thousands of people with the beauty in their speeches. Here is the list of the top 8 motivational speakers of all time:

1. Osho:

Osho, popularly known as Acharya Rajneesh was born on December 11, 1931 in India. He is popular because of spiritual lessons that he gave to his followers. The international following that he gathered was incomparable and no other spiritual leader has garnered such respect and reputation so far. He taught philosophy at colleges before turning into a public speaker. He is the most controversial speaker as he criticized the great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi. The openness about sexuality in his lectures earned him the name of “Sex Guru” in the western world. There is an ashram in Pune which is dedicated to the followers of Osho. The Ashram is called “Rajneeshpuram”. It was the strength of his words that millions of people cried on his death on 19 January, 1990.


2. Imran Khan:

Born on 25 November 1952, Imran Khan has several disciplines attached to his career resume. He has remained a successful cricketer winning the world cup for Pakistan. He serves as the chancellor of Bradford University. He is now the chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-i-insaf (PTI). It is the multi-dimensional personality of this person that he is able to speak on any topic that is assigned to him. He is considered to be one of the best motivational speakers of all time. This is the reason why he is called for special lectures in the University of Oxford. People of Pakistan are hopeful of some significant changes in Pakistan as they see Imran as a true leader. Imran Khan is fluent in Hindi, English and his local native Pakistani language.  He is able to address people of all standards and class. Such attributes make him the best speaker of all times.

Imran Khan


3. Mahatma Gandhi:

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on 2 October 1869 in the Porbandar district of Gujarat. He is known to be the fore-runner of Indian Independence. Many people believe that India would not have gained independence without his efforts. He was also a great speaker and it was the intensity in his voice that he moved the Indians to fight against British men by following an agenda of Satyagraha. Mahatma Gandhi had left for London in 1888 to study law. It was there that he developed the wits and confidence to speak in front of a crowd. Later on, he fought for the independence of South Africa and India. It is recorded that thousands of people walked behind him in the Dandi march where he openly expressed distrust over British rules. Mahatma Gandhi was one of the best motivational speakers of all time.

Mahatma Gandhi

4. Barack Obama:

Born on August 4, 1961, Barack Obama is the 44th president of the USA. He is known to be a free speaker and inspires the youth of the nation to believe in doing something different. It is because of his speech abilities that he is back in power again this time around. The speech that he gave on the pledge ceremony of his first run as the US president is still regarded as one of the best speeches delivered by a US president over the years. He moves the public with the smart selection of vocabulary in his speech.

Barack Obama

5. Nelson Mandela:

Popularly known as the global icon of the world, Nelson Mandela is a great motivational speaker of all time. He served jail sentence for almost a quarter of his life because he had the dream clear in his mind. Nelson Mandela moved youth and people of all ages into the revolution for independent South Africa. It was the result of his efforts that he was given the post of President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.

Nelson Mandela

6. Mark Victor Hansen:

Mark Hansen was born in January 1948. He was born in America and known to be one of the best motivational speakers of all time. He is also the founder of “Chicken Soup for the soul” series. He is known to revolutionize the publishing process that was carried on for years in the old fashion. Chicken soup is today the best publishing houses around the world.  He is the greatest motivational speaker that the world got until date. It was a result of his speaking skills that he convinced the market experts to help him turn the tide for the publishing scenario.

Mark Victor Hansen

7. Oprah Winfrey:

One of the only woman billionaire who does not belong to any industrialist background, Oprah Winfrey has won a million of hearts over the years with her soft spoken attitude and speaking skills. It is the beauty of her words that majority of people all around the world follow her talk show where she chats with celebrities. She is one of the greatest speakers of all time.

Oprah Winfrey

8. Narendra Modi:

Last on the list is the very powerful, Narendra Modi. He is serving as the chief Minister of Gujarat at the moment. Known for his cut throat speeches, he is the most organized and far sighted leader of India. With his speaking skills, he is able to move even a dead person. It is because of his motivational skills that he is standing as the opponent for the post of Prime Minister for the next Indian PM polls.

Narendra Modi


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