Inspirational Speakers

Our inspirational keynotes tell wonderful stories of redemption, tragedy and triumph. Inspirational narratives become signposts to direct us to our personal journeys toward the incredible.

Our stable of inspirational speakers are able to motivate audiences to see beyond the limits they have put on themselves.

For more information on our range of event speakers, visit our Speakers Bureau or call 1300 884 485 now. Or begin your journey of inspiration by adding our talent to your shortlist below.

Our inspirational speakers will show you that the unchallenged ability of today is the squandered potential of tomorrow.

Talent exists in every company, sport and pastime. Not only do our Sydney and NSW-based inspirational speakers have a great deal of ability, but their personal stories reveal a “how to” when applying their timeless principles to our own lives.

Take the first step to achieving greatness and add our talent to your shortlist below. Or discover more about why our Speakers Bureau is Australia’s favourite and call 1300 884 485 now.

Experiencing first-hand the narratives of people who’ve achieved outstanding efforts gives us a glimpse into the boundless capacities of our own souls. Understanding how our inspirational speakers overcame insurmountable odds reminds us that we are capable of being more fearless than we ever envisioned.

These narratives of triumph, loss, heartache and success provide us with unique principles on how to shift our attitude towards greatness.

Begin your inspirational journey by adding the Melbourne-based talent below to your shortlist, or call us on 1300 884 485 today to experience award-winning service from Australia’s favourite Speakers Bureau.

Stories that are inspirational remind us that greatness can be achieved by us – we are reminded to never give up, and to never give up on the chance that you can conquer “impossible”.

Our inspirational speakers from Brisbane and the Gold Coast have realized their great success not only through being gifted, but having focus and the internal strength to transform their ability into greatness.

Preview the inspirational talent below and begin your shortlist, or discover more about our Speakers Bureau and call 1300 884 485 today.

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   stars in movies    author event host and MC

Anh Do has played to sell out crowds at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and The Sydney Opera House. As one of Australia's most sought after stand-up comedians, Anh is an accomplished comedian and MC as well as a talented writer, actor and producer. Areas of speciality include Inspirational Speakers. After bagging all the comedy awards around town, including the Sydney Comedian of the Year, and appearing on all the TV shows that feature comedians, including “Thank God You’re Here” and “Rove Live”, Anh finally realized that those regular gigs at Rooty Hill bikers club would one day get him killed, so he has supplemented the income with acting, film producing and writing.
  • The Footy Show (TV Program)
  • Good News Week (TV Program)
  • Independent Grocers of Australia (IGA)
  • The Footy Show (TV Program)
  • Anh Does Brazil (TV Program)
  • Anh Does Iceland (TV Program)
  • Anh Does Scandinavia (TV Program)
  • Anh Does Britain (TV Program)
  • Anh Does Vietnam (TV Program)

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award winner    author    stars in movies

The real life star of Mao's Last Dancer Li Cunxin was born into utter poverty in Mao's communist China. Areas of speciality include Inspirational Speakers. In extraordinary moment of chance at the age of 11 he was selected to train in Madame Maos Beijing Dance Academy never having ever heard of let alone seen ballet performed. And so began Lis journey. The 7 years of harsh training regime at the Beijing Dance Academy taught him discipline, resilience, determination and perseverance. Lis astounding drive and relentless hard work made him one of the best dancers China has produced.
  • Australian Father of the Year (2009)
  • Australian Book of the Year - Mao's Last Dancer
  • Queensland Ballet
  • Houston Ballet
  • Australian Ballet
  • Penguin Books Australia

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award winner    has video    theatre productions

Todd Sampson is an articulate and captivating keynote speaker who engages listeners with his humour, and his insights into advertising, marketing, creativity, management and personal achievement. Areas of speciality include Inspirational Speakers. Todd started as the CEO of Leo Burnett, a company which has been awarded as the 7th most creative advertising agency in the world. In his time as CEO, the company won Agency of the Year an impressive 12 times. Todd has now stepped back into a role as non-executive chairman.
  • Titanium at Cannes
  • Yahoo Chair for Innovation (2008)
  • Life on the Line (TV Program)
  • Redesign My Brain (TV Program)
  • Earth Hour Initiative
  • ABC TV
  • Gruen Transfer (TV Program)
  • Gruen Planet (TV Program)
  • The Project (TV Program)
  • BodyHack (TV Program)
  • Network Ten

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The life of Paul de Gelder sounds more like a fictional book than reality. His choices have taken him on quite a journey; from being a rebel, to a strip club worker and a drug dealer. He's been an adventurer, a soldier, a fitness fanatic and a Navy diver. His experiences have also led him to become a motivational speaker and encouraged him to mentor kids nationwide. Paul has had an amazing life! Areas of speciality include Inspirational Speakers. In early 2009, Paul was testing diving equipment in Sydney Harbour when he was attacked by an enormous bull shark. The attack left him without his right hand and his left leg. Amazingly, instead of this horrific experience causing Paul to feel anger towards this underwater predator, it has resulted in him developing a strong appreciation for them.

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Lorna Jane is testament to the fact that following your dreams can lead to great things. Co-founder and creative director of her namesake brand, Lorna Jane never set out to establish a multi-million dollar fitness inspired clothing label with stores throughout Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. Areas of speciality include Inspirational Speakers. The humble beginnings of the Lorna Jane brand date back to 1989, when Lorna Jane Clarkson herself started the business in a small studio on the top floor of a fitness centre. Her business inspiration, to make activewear that made women look and feel great.

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award winner    author

Kurt Fearnley is world-beater in and out of his racing wheelchair. The three-time Paralympic Gold Medallist has won marathons all around the world, including the prestigious New York, London and Chicago marathons multiple times. His exploits are not confined to wheelchair racing having crawled the Kokoda track and sailing on a winning Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race crew. Areas of speciality include Inspirational Speakers. Raised in the small country town of Carcoar, Kurt Fearnley has always been determined. Being born without the lower portion of his spine has never held him back, from backyard games of football to crawling along the Great Wall of China, he always has a go.
  • Commonwealth Athlete of the Year with a Disability
  • 2004 Medal of the Order of Australia
  • 2007 New South Wales Institute of Sport Athlete of the Year
  • 2007 Confederation of Australian Sport Athlete of the Year with a Disability
  • 2007 New South Wales Sports Federation Athlete of the Year
  • 2009 NSW Young Australian of the Year
  • Australian Records: 400m 800m 5000m 10000m (track and road) Half Marathon and Marathon
  • Paralympic Records: 5000m and Marathon
  • 2014 AIS Sport Performance Awards: Sport Personality of the Year
  • NSW Australia Day Council
  • Australian Volunteers International
  • Oakley

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award winner    has video    author

Gill Hicks is considered to be one of the most thought-provoking, powerful and life affirming female speakers in Australia and the UK. She is globally known as a survivor of the London terrorist Bombings on July 7th, 2005. Areas of speciality include Inspirational Speakers. There are few people who have endured such unimaginable trauma and are able to rejoice and celebrate just being alive. Equally there are few people who can speak about a tragic event in such an engaging and uplifting manner. Her appreciation and gratitude is infectious and offers a brilliant reminder of just how precious our lives are.
  • Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
  • UK's Australian Woman of the Year 2009
  • M.A.D for Peace

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Justin Jones (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. Areas of speciality include Inspirational Speakers. Jonesy is one of Australia’s premier public speakers and adventurers who is constantly pushing the boundaries of human endurance. Global audiences are demanding to hear the story of how he succeeded in completing two of the greatest adventures of all time. To date he has shared their story with over 250 000 people including many of Australia’s ASX200 companies, business leaders and professional sporting teams. Jonesy’s presentation is the perfect compliment to open or close a conference, motivate staff or provide an inspirational after dinner speech. His workshops highlight lessons learnt from the forefront of adventure and how they are applicable to business and life in general. Stunning footage and imagery have been craftily moulded to convey key messages that all can learn from. Jonesy is highly motivated to work with you in creating the perfect keynote for your next function or conference.
  • Australian Geographic Young Adventurer of the Year 2008

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award winner    has video

Bob Geldof is an influential and inspirational speaker. He is highly entertaining and has great insight into the socio-political arena and is highly sought after by companies who wish to benefit from his sensational presentations. Passion is undisputedly one of his strengths, but so too is the vitality of his message. Areas of speciality include Inspirational Speakers. A self-styled campaigner, Bob Geldof is tremendously well informed on a broad range of global humanitarian and political issues. His presentations are highly provocative and he uplifts and inspires audiences as he motivates through his own personal experiences and the lessons learned from Live Aid.
  • World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates Man of Peace 2005
  • Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
  • Man of Peace Award 2005
  • Beacon Fellowship Prize 2005
  • The Freedom of Dublin City 2006
  • Nichols-Chancellor's Medal from Vanderbilt University 2008
  • The Freedom of the City of London 2013
  • Live Aid
  • Band Aid
  • ONE CampaignLive 8
  • Polydor
  • Atlantic (US)

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award winner    stars in movies

Film director, screenwriter, and teacher Khoa Do is one of the funniest and most moving speakers in Australia. His presentation topics range from tapping into inherent creativity, following your passions, and harnessing natural talent to reach success. Areas of speciality include Inspirational Speakers. Khoa arrived in Australia as a refugee from Vietnam and, since then, has specialised in working with marginalised communities, including at-risk and homeless youths, former convicted prisoners, and fellow refugees. He was the youngest film director in Australian history to be nominated for an AFI Award for Best Director for his film The Finished People, which was also nominated for 2 other AFI Awards, 3 Film Critics’ Circle Awards, 2 Australian Writers’ Guild Awards, and an Australian Screen Director’s Award. The Finished People was also shortlisted for a 2001 Academy Award.
  • 2005 Young Australian of the Year