Motivational speaker

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Jason Lewis of Expedition 360 giving a motivational talk at a business conference in London, UK.
Motivational Speaker Doug Dvorak Presenting to Intel in the United States

A motivational speaker or inspirational speaker is a speaker who makes speeches intended to motivate or inspire an audience. Business entities may employ motivational speakers (for example) to communicate company strategy with clarity, to help employees to see the future in a positive light, and to inspire workers to pull together.[1] The talk itself is often known as a pep talk. Popular motivational speakers include Naseer Khan, Tony Robbins, Les Brown, Josh Shipp, Eric Thomas, and Lizzie Velasquez.


Modern scholarship on classical oratory as a means of persuading and moving audiences[2] can look to Cicero's De Oratore as an exemplar for "the rhetoric of motivation".[3]

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  1. ^ "Adv ice & FAQs about speakers", Speakers Corner
  2. ^ Augustine of Hippo paraphrasing Quintilian: Williams, James Dale, ed. (2009). An introduction to classical rhetoric: essential readings. John Wiley and Sons. p. 502. ISBN 978-1-4051-5860-2. Retrieved 2011-12-06. [...] the hearer [...] must be persuaded in order to move him to action. 
  3. ^ Watson, John Selby, ed. (1986). Cicero on oratory and orators. Landmarks in rhetoric and public address. Ralph A. Micken, David Potter, Richard Leo Enos. Southern Illinois University Press. p. xxviii. ISBN 978-0-8093-1293-1. Retrieved 2011-12-06. Such a work as De Oratore may serve as a point of departure for students of the rhetoric of motivation [...] 

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