Top Motivational Keynote Speaker

Motivational Keynote Speaker James Taylor has been featured in Forbes, BBC and The Wall Street Journal and his clients including many of the Fortune 500.

Top Motivational Keynote Speaker James Taylor is an inspiring and enlightening keynote speaker, author, and entrepreneur, well known for his expertise in motivation, creativity, innovation, and leadership. During the past 20 years, Taylor has traveled the world delivering highly motivating and entertaining keynote speeches to businesses and individuals from industries related to technology, banking, law, pharmaceuticals, insurance, financial services, consumer products, education, professional services, healthcare, and many more.

Traveling from the US to Asia and Europe to the Middle East, Taylor provides insights to his public on topics such as motivation, productivity, adaptation to change, and innovation. His clients include several Global Fortune 500 companies, such as Apple, McDonald’s, Cisco, Sony, Accenture, Diageo, Hogan Lovells, Roche, EY, Intuit, GSG, Bell, AL-Futtaim, UPS, Visa, Tata, Dell, Chubb, IBM, Honeywell, alongside several national governments.

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“James Taylor was a fantastic keynote speaker. His presentation was an insightful and entertaining closing keynote for the event audience. James also hosted a small group presentation for the G3 Company Sales Meeting earlier in the year that was also great.” 

Kristi Kawana, Events & Marketing Director, G3 Communications

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General Information about Motivation for Meeting Planners and Prospective Clients.

Motivation is one of the most important ingredients that contributes to enhancing, guiding, and maintaining goal-oriented behavior. It is the driving force behind human actions. Affective, biological, and cognitive forces are all involved in motivational behavior. However, motivation does not refer only to these forces; it also involves factors that initiate and maintain the focus on the proposed goals. Motivation is a major key to success, and understanding it properly can help individuals feel more in control of their lives, take action, engage in health-oriented behaviors, improve efficiency, reduce addictions, and improve overall well-being and happiness.

The three big components of motivation are activation, persistence, and intensity. They are all crucial since, after taking action (activation), we need continued effort (persistence) toward achieving a goal, and balanced vigor (intensity) in pursuing the proposed tasks. There are many methods to improve motivation. The most effective ones include: focusing on the things that really matter, dividing larger or seemingly overwhelming ends into smaller steps, enhancing confidence, and doing things in areas in which we feel more skilled or capable.

For companies, having a motivated team is highly important. The best businesses have a holistic approach to motivation. They employ both intrinsic and extrinsic motivators (two terms discussed in motivational psychology theories) in order to build powerful, highly motivated teams. While intrinsic motivation refers to finding pleasure in the work itself, extrinsic motivation relates to rewards achieved through great work, such as recognition, awards, privileges, bonuses, or promotions.


In addition to booking James Taylor as your motivational keynote speaker here are some of the most popular books on motivation:

Master Your Motivation: A Practical Guide to Unstick Yourself, Build Momentum and Sustain Long-Term Motivation (Mastery Series)
by Thibaut Meurisse

Handbook of Competence and Motivation, Second Edition: Theory and Application
by Andrew J. Elliot and Carol S. Dweck

Get It Done: Surprising Lessons from the Science of Motivation
by Ayelet Fishbach

How to Make Sh*t Happen: Make more money, get in better shape, create epic relationships and control your life!
by Sean Whalen

The Motivation Manifesto
by Brendon Burchard


Here is a selection of other motivation-related conferences and events that book motivational keynote speakers:

The Passion Summit, Chicago, IL, US

Get Motivated, Denver, CO, US and other Locations Nationwide

International Conference on Motivation (ICM), Dresden, Germany

2022 VIRTUAL Conference: Embedding Employee Recognition, Motivation and Belonging

The Motivation Experience Conference & Expo, White Plains, NY, US


There are a number of highly rated podcast shows that cover all things motivational.

Happier with Gretchen Rubin

The Goal Digger Podcast

The Science of Success

How To Fail With Elizabeth Day

The Tony Robbins Podcast

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“Phenomenal and very engaging in the session…managed to captivate everyone’s attention and the feedback from the team has been super good”
  • – Senior Manager, Global Accounts
“Thank you for sharing valuable insights on key attributes/traits of a leader. The session was received extremely well and I am looking to another opportunity to invite you for your valuable interaction with our team.”
  • – Managing Director
“Your presentation was one of the most interesting topics at the conference. It was an honor for us to have you as one of our keynote speakers.”
  • – Chairman of the Board
“Thank you very much for your keynote at our event. It was indeed very well received and we had some fantastic feedback from the colleagues.”
  • – HR Director
“Thank you for bringing us a unique session on boosting our creativity in the age of artificial intelligence at our annual event. Your keynote was authentic, inspirational and entertaining, truly engaging the audience from the beginning. Participants and customers provided us with many delighted comments.”
  • – CEO
“Creative, thought provoking, inspirational and well-presented.”
  • Co-Chair
“One of the most insightful, impactful and powerful presentations that I have seen in years.”
  • – Partner
“Easy to work with, powerful content, dynamic and engaging. What more can you ask for in a speaker.”
  • – Group Event Director
“In my 20 years of planning conferences and working with keynoters to help them understand our unique audience, I’ve never seen a keynote speaker prepare at the level James did. All that preparation showed during the keynote; it was full of relevant and entertaining stories as well as highly visually engaging. Our members were blown away.”
  • – President (ABPM logo)



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