Inspirational and Motivational Speakers

Following is a selection of some of the best Inspirational and Motivational Speakers in Australia

‘Every skill can be enhanced, and every obstacle can be surmounted, if you have a winning mentality’

Liza Pavlakos

ALAN NEWEY 

Alan Newey is a survivor of a workplace accident and Australia’s Bionic Man. Having lost his right dominant arm to a conveyor belt accident, and spent many years in recovery and rehabilitation…

LIZA PAVLAKOS

Survivor, Entrepreneur & Storyteller. Liza Pavlakos is a successful keynote speaker acclaimed for energizing audiences with her straight-from-the-heart way of engaging and communicating with people…

DANNY GREEN

Danny Green, (aka as The Green Machine) is the only boxer from Australia to win four professional boxing world titles. One of the highest profile athletes in the country, Green’s laconic, affable laid back nature outside the ring belies his fierce and intense demeanor inside the ropes….

ROBYN MOORE

Robyn is Australia’s most in-demand female speaker and has delivered over 1000 presentations. She has been changing people’s perception for over 40 years over a range of Industries…

DR GLENN SINGLEMAN  

Dr. Glenn Singleman is one of Australia’s most respected and accomplished professional adventurers. He currently holds four world records in extreme sport. He is also a practising medical doctor and an acclaimed documentary filmmaker…

RAPHAELA FOXX

Raphaela Foxx is a World Leader in encouraging people to find their authentic self. Italian born Raphaela takes a passionate and original approach to help you discover your authentic self.

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PETER HILLARY

People are inspired by great adventure. And the name Hillary is synonymous with adventure. A powerful and dynamic speaker, he takes his audience “with him” on his many extraordinary experiences…

MICHAEL SCHIAVELLO

Michael Schiavello “THE VOICE”Known internationally as “The Voice”, Michael Schiavello is Australia’s most globally watched television sports presenter and commentator, broadcast to over 140 countries, best-selling author, and award winning television personality…

LEIGH WOODGATE

Leigh Woodgate is a natural horsewoman, she became a champion; a high-profile professional jumps jockey, and the only woman ever to win the famously dangerous Great Mountain Race in the Victorian High Country….

LI CUNXIN

Li Cunxin was born into utter poverty in Mao’s communist China, at the age of 11 he was selected to train in Madame Mao’s Beijing Dance Academy. And so began the journey of Mao’s Last Dancer.

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ALISA CAMPLIN

Alisa Camplin shocked the world when she took gold in Freestyle Aerial Skiing at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, having only seen snow for the first time at the age of 19!
Known for her operational excellence, resilient and outcome orientated approach to business, Camplin is also an in demand keynote speaker and business consultant

ROB REDENBACH

After a successful international career in VIP Protection, Rob Redenbach transferred the strategies of personal security and tactical communication to the business arena. Drawing from experiences that include working with the bodyguard team of Nelson Mandela in South Africa…

JOHN COUTIS

John P. Coutis is an exceptional person. Born with a severe disability that rendered his legs useless, John defied medical opinion by refusing to die. Today John speaks all around the world to tens of thousands, very enthusiastic and eagre people, whom he leaves breathless

LISA CURRY

Lisa Curry is undoubtedly one of Australia’s most popular personalities, with a unique and powerful message about weight loss, regaining your health, discipline, determination, and getting the best out of people.

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PETER FITZSIMONS

Peter FitzSimons is a well-respected columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald, speaks four languages, has played rugby for Australia, co-hosted radio shows with Mike Carlton and Doug Mulray, interviewed famous people around the globe from George Bush to Diego Maradona and written 25 best-selling books.

ROBYN DAVIDSON

Writer : explorer : filmmaker : cultural commentator Public and Inspirational speaker. At the age of 27, Robyn Davidson walked three thousand kilometres alone across the Australian desert, with a dog and four camels

DERRICK MCMANUS

In 1994 Derrick McManus was shot 14 times in less than 5 seconds with a high-powered semi-automatic rifle. Two years later he returned to full duties. Derrick’s history epitomizes durability….

DAVID PARKIN

David Parkin is one of Australia’s most inspirational and motivational corporate speakers. “Powerful, intelligent and compelling”. As a well-known achiever in both the Sporting and Academic fields, David inspires audiences with the power to perform with greater effectiveness and to rise to greater heights in their business and personal life. ..

PROF. FIONA WOOD

Winthrop Professor Fiona Wood is a Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon specialising in the field of burn care, trauma and scar reconstruction.Fiona is the Director of the WA Burns Service of Western Australia and a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Princess Margaret Hospital and Royal Perth Hospital…

ANDREW GAZE

Andrew Gaze is one of this country’s true icons and undoubtedly one of Australia’s most recognisable and popular sporting identities. Andrew has been making a name for himself in the world of sports since the mid-80s, and now works as a commentator and public speaker

DAVID CAMPESE 

David Campese is a household name in rugby. Many view David as one of the greatest and most entertaining rugby players to have ever graced the rugby field. Representing Australia for 15 years and new south wales for 11 years…

STEVEN BRADBURY OAM

Steven Bradbury is not a stand-up Comedian but he is pretty good at standing up ! Speed skater Steven Bradbury created history in Salt Lake City when he became the first Australian to win a Winter Olympic Gold Medal.

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SUSAN SHEEHAN

Susan Sheehan has been a personal and professional success Coach, PT and Pilates trainer for 25 years. She  is an International Speaker and best selling Author, managing partner in SMARTCOACH7, creator of the LiveFree40+Plan and an anthority on brain training…

ANDREW FRASER

Born in Melbourne in 1951 and for thirty years Fraser was one of Australia’s leading criminal lawyers. He defended underworld families the Moran’s and the Pettingills, businessman Alan Bond, and footballer Jimmy Krakauer…

TONY MOWBRAY

Tony Mowbray is one of Australia’s premier international Motivational and Inspirational speakers, routinely receiving standing ovations. Equally at ease delivering passionate keynote addresses, providing powerful and humourous after dinner presentations, enhancing your team building program or guiding your event as Master of Ceremonies

TAMMY VAN WISSE

On 18 February 2001, Tammy completed her greatest challenge to date by swimming the entire length of the Murray River from the alps to the ocean – a feat no one else in the world has achieved. Starting from Corryong in Victoria’s high country, it took Tammy 106 days to reach the Murray Mouth in South Australia, a distance of 2438 kilometres…

NIGEL COLLIN

As Founder and CEO of Ingenious Oz Project, a not-for-profit movement to inspire the ideas of a Nation by discovering and documenting stories of ingenious people, Nigel knows first hand what it takes to be ingenious. An ambassador for ‘Start-Up Australia’ Nigel is also author of two books

TOM POTTER

Tom Potter, founder of Australian owned Eagle Boys Pizza, left school at 15 and found himself jobless at 23. He opened his first pizza shop in Albury, New South Wales in 1987 and proceeded to build his business to become Australia and New Zealand’s largest privately owned pizza company

LAUREN JACKSON

From humble beginnings in country Victoria, Lauren’s story takes you on an incredible journey from when she left home at the tender age of 15 to pursue her dream at the Australian Institute of Sport to today where she is arguably one of the best Basketballers ever

ERIC PHILIPS OAM

Eric Philips is a polar adventurer dedicated to exploring the vast and varied ice landscapes that typify our polar regions. His outdoor career spans more than 25 years during which time he has worked professionally as an IPGA Polar Guide, outdoor educator, film maker, motivational speaker, team facilitator and musician.

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DARREN FLANAGAN

That one phone call changed Darren’s life from being an ordinary family man into one of the real heroes of the ‘Great Escape’. His story is emotive, dramatic and extraordinary. It’s one of endurance and the triumph of the human spirit. As a result of the rescue, Todd and Brant nicknamed Darren ‘The Gun’

JESSICA WATSON OAM

Jessica Watson set out to become the youngest person to sail solo non-stop and unassisted around the World. In January 2012, Jessica was announced in the Australia Day Honours list, receiving an OAM (Order of Australia Medal) for services to sailing and being a role model for the youth of Australia

JAMES WOOD

James Wood – “This doesn’t happen to me!”…. that was what went through my head when the doctor told me I had broken my back & damaged my spinal cord.I was just getting to a great stage in my life, living independently, great job & career options, nice car & a couple of motorbikes. Good friends and a steady relationship.All of this changed because I made some wrong CHOICES while doing a simple job at work!…

PETER BLAND

Peter Bland’s lifelong urge to walk the thin line between adventure and catastrophe has led him to the ends of the earth and forced him to test the limits of his own body.In 1998, 35-year-old Peter Bland fulfilled his lifetime ambition by becoming the first Australian to walk to the North Magnetic Pole, and the only one to have ventured to both the North and South Magnetic Poles..
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ROSIE PEKAR

Described as ‘sharp, energetic, motivational and relevant’, Rosie Pekar’s a supreme motivator who speaks with humour and challenging, real-life stories.Rosie Pekar specializes in success building topics including personal development, inspiration, negotiation, leadership, and resilience programs. Based on the Gold Coast, Australia and Hermosa Beach…

TIM GIBSON

Born in Melbourne and raised in Brisbane, Australia, Tim Gibson has many loves. Drumming, skiing, body surfing, exploring, reading, sharing a smile. But one has been at the forefront of his mind since being a little boy; flying.

MARK ‘ SQUIZ’ SQUIRRELL OAM

Mark Squirrell – Everest Summiteer, Humanitarian, Commando, Speaker and Author. From car bombings to meeting Yasser Arafat and making it to the summit of Mount Everest, Mark ‘Squiz’ Squirrell has experienced more than many can dream about…

YOSSI GHINSBERG

Li Cunxin was born into utter poverty in Mao’s communist China, at the age of 11 he was selected to train in Madame Mao’s Beijing Dance Academy. And so began the journey of Mao’s Last Dancer.

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HEATHER SWAN

Heather Swan is a dual world record holding wingsuit pilot, a mountaineer, an award winning writer, an adventure photographer, wife & mother, and popular professional
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DARREN BERRY

An enduring figure in Australian First Class cricket across a 15-year span, Darren Berry set a new benchmark for wicketkeepers at domestic level…

KATRINA WEBB

Katrina Webb is recognised and acknowledged for her unique athleticism and outstanding success as a Paralympic athlete. Katrina’s success as an athlete and as a business woman has been recognised internationally

STAN ‘THE MAN’ LONGINIDIS

Hall of Fame legend, 8 time World Champion. Stan ‘The Man’ Longinidis  is a Keynote and Motivational Speaker who addresses topics such as mindset, leadership, performance, productivity



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TRISH JACKSON

Trish Jackson is a survivor of the drug Thalidomide, she was born with 3 tiny fingers on each underdeveloped hand and her tiny hands are attached to her shoulders as she was born without arms.  She also had six holes in her heart and under developed lungs.  Despite the best medical opinions that she would not survive, she survived.

MARK MATTHEWS

In the last 10 years Mark Matthews has taken himself from a penniless want-to-be surfer, to an international brand name, part time philosopher, story teller, big wave surfing legend and all round good guy. His story is one of commitment, leadership, hardwork, innovation, struggle and maximizing available talent

PETER THURIN

Peter Thurin is the founder of blackbelt in excellence and has been empowering thousands of people from all parts of the world for over a dozen years. He is a dynamic, inspirational and professional speaker, program presenter, facilitator and mentor. He is an author and international business consultant

LAUREN BURNS

Lauren Burns created sporting history by winning the first Olympic gold medal for Taekwondo when the sport made its debut at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Lauren’s autobiography, Fighting Spirit was listed in the Sydney Morning Herald as the number one best selling sports book



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RACHAEL ROBERTSON

Antarctica in Winter is totally inaccessible – which means once the last ship leaves in February no one can get in or out of the place, ever, until the ship returns in November. Rachael Robertson did exactly that.
Rachael led an expedition to Antarctica and was responsible for the welfare and safety of the 18 members of her team for an entire year

TRAV BELL

Trav Bell is The Bucket List Guy…The Worldʼs #1 Bucket List Expert. As a self-appointed ʻBucket Listologistʼ, Trav has obsessively studied the Bucket List phenomenon & blended the worldʼs best Positive Psychology principals to create his own unique Bucket List Life Philosophy. He has designed his life around his Bucket List and now he helps Bucket Listers all over the globe create and cross off theirs…

JESSE MARTIN

On October 31st 1999, aged 18, Jesse became the youngest person in history to circumnavigate the globe, solo nonstop and unassisted. People from all walks of life followed Jesse’s 328 day journey. The fact that over 25,000 lined the shores at Sandringham to welcome him home is just one indication of the impact he has had on young and old alike

JUSTIN JONES

Justin Jones (or other wise affectionately known as Jonesy) is one of Australia’s premier motivational speakers and extreme adventurers. Constantly pushing the boundaries of human endurance he has undertaken a number of large scale expeditions over the past 14 years. Two in particular have captured global acclaim and attention, setting 2 Guinness World records



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CATHERINE PLANO

Catherine Plano is known in her community as an innovative leader and creative entrepreneur who specialises in helping people achieve their goals and dreams. She is passionate about assisting others to reach their highest ambitions and live a life that is fulfilling and rich

MATT LEVY

Matthew Levy was born premature at 25 weeks with Cerebral Palsy and is legally blind. He has had approximately 40-50 operations ranging from Heart, Lungs, brain and ear. From the very beginning life was a challenge, with the support of his parents and countless medical professionals he was able to come out the other end strong and motivated to achieve in life

AMANDA STEVENS

Energetic. Inspiring. Humourous. Engaging. Memorable. These are just some of the words used to describe Amanda Stevens, CSP. After wowing audiences in 14 countries for more than a decade on the speaking circuit, Amanda is widely regarded as one of the best female speakers in Australia

DARYL ELLIOTT GREEN

In May 2000, Daryl Elliott Green and two fellow officers were on a routine job when they were ambushed by a man wielding a gun. He shot Daryl twice in the face and shoulder. Despite critical injuries, Daryl responded by drawing his firearm and searching for the shooter while trying to protect his colleagues



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DON ELGIN

They don’t come any livelier than the boy from the bush, Don Elgin.  Entertaining, motivational and an all round larrikin; he represented Australia in the athletics at four World Championships, three Paralympic Games, two World Cups and a Commonwealth Games

DUNCAN ARMSTRONG

Olympian, television presenter, public speaker, charity worker Duncan Armstrong is all these things and much more.Duncan approaches everything in life with the same zestful attitude that helped him win Olympic Gold for Australia…

GEOFF KNIGHT

Geoff Knight’s path from bullied choirboy to notorious bikie to international operatic tenor is a compelling true story, as inspirational as it is instructive. Geoff shares how he’s turned hard-knock life lessons into a compelling and empowering story that inspires an attitude that nothing is impossible...

JONATHAN GRAVENOR

From War Zones to Olympic Games, from Red Carpets to National Elections, if it was a big story,  Jonathan Gravenor was there. For over two decades he was a Foreign Correspondent, a Broadcast Journalist, and Presenter delivering the news to millions of people. In the word of Journalism he had it all, that is until that all included cancer…

SHAUN O’GORMAN

Shaun O’Gorman is a critical stress consultant, keynote speaker, author, and podcaster. After joining the Queensland Police Service in 1989, Shaun worked in the Police Dog Squad for many years as well as the Covert Surveillance unit. While in the K9 unit Shaun was involved in repetitive high-risk critical incidents ranging from violent street brawls, high-speed pursuits, barricaded suspects and shooting incidents.

TRACY BARRELL

Tracy Barrell is hilarious, inspiring and informative. She entertains her audiences by providing a frank and extraordinary account of her life journey ‘1 arm, 1 skateboard, 1 me’…

KALEY CHU

Kaley Chu is an author, speaker, people connector and Business Development Manager at Equi Wealth. In 2018, Kaley turned lunch into a life changing experience. Not just one lunch, but 100 of them. With strangers, over a year!...

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