Motivational speakers inspire, motivate and channel passion to bring about a change. They can act as a success guru, a mentor, a leader, and are known to boost happiness, sales, leadership, and performance in people. They can energise, guide and present real life inspiration to a crowd, and are rightfully regarded as “agents of change”.
Here are a few such inspirational speakers of India who have proven their powers of motivation:
Dr. A. Velumani
A farmer’s son, Dr. A Velumani is the Chairman, Managing Director and Founder of Thyrocare – a chain of leading medical diagnosis laboratories. He, along with this wife built Thyrocare out of nothing, and under his leadership, it became India’s largest thyroid testing laboratory, with a network of more than 1,000 outlets across India, Nepal, Bangladesh and the Middle East. Dr. Velumani enjoys sharing the journey of his life with people all over the world and actively speaks at numerous conferences. He is one of the most popular inspirational speakers in India.
Major General GD Bakshi
Major General Gagandeep Bakshi, or GD Bakshi as he is popularly known, is one of the most revered Indian war veterans. He was awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal for his distinguished service during the Kargil War and is widely considered a defence expert, often making appearances on national military debates. General Bakshi is also a writer and has penned 24 books and over 110 papers in numerous journals. Apart from his dedication towards the army, he has also served as a faculty for numerous defence schools and is one of the most sought after keynote speakers.
Vicky Roy – a young ragpicker who went from the streets of Bengal to White House – by becoming a world class photographer. Vicky was 11 years old when he ran away from home by catching a train to Delhi. With nothing but 900 bucks in his pockets – Vicky made his living by selling used water bottles at New Delhi Railway station until he was taken in by an NGO – Salaam Baalak Trust, where he realised his knack for photography. Today, Vicky’s photographs are nothing short of a global phenomenon. He was also awarded the MIT Media Fellowship in 2014, and became a part of the Forbes Asia 30 under 30 list in 2016. Vicky proudly embraces his humble beginning and loves to share his inspiring journey.
Dr. Arunima Sinha
The former Volleyball player Arunima Sinha is the first female amputee in the world to scale the Mount Everest and Mount Vinson with an amputated leg. She is one of the most popular motivational speakers from India. She climbed the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest in 2013, at the age of 25 and the highest peak of Antarctica, Mount Vinson on 4 January, 2019, at the age of 30. Arunima lost her leg at a tragic incident while resisting a robbery in a train, and refusing to accept the tag of an indigent, Arunima decided to pursue one of the most challenging journeys known to mankind. She became the first Indian Amputee woman to scale the Mount Everest with a prosthetic leg. She is also a recipient of India’s fourth highest civilian award, the Padma Shri and the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award, and has successfully completed a Doctorate Degree from University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, United Kingdom
Dr. Vivek Bindra
Dr. Vivek Bindra, a thought leader, motivational speaker, leadership trainer and a business coach – specializes in empowering people to realize their true potential. As a keynote speaker, millions of people have benefited from his energetic workshops worldwide. He has been instrumental in providing CEO coaching to over Top 100 CEOs in the country, and has been conferred with the Best Leadership Trainer in Asia Award by Marshall Goldsmith at World HRD Congress. He is a very popular inspirational speakers of India. He is also a record holder with the Golden Book of World Records for training the largest gathering of HR professionals under one roof, and has written numerous high power motivational books. He has a huge fanbase with over 8 million subscribers on YouTube and a viewership of more than 330 Million.
Dr. Rajdeep Manwani
Rajdeep Manwani is a professor at Jain University, Bangalore. An academician, trainer, motivational speaker and quizmaster par excellence – Dr. Manwani has lived a story that never fails to inspire. After losing his eyesight at a very young age – Dr. Manwani decided to not give up and pursue his dreams to the fullest. Today, the 44 year old Rajdeep is a lecturer, motivational speaker, life coach, and an occasional quiz master. He is one of the top inspirational speakers of India. He holds the record of being adjudged the best impromptu speaker for four years in India and Sri Lanka for the years 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012, and has been awarded the “Distinguished Toastmaster” award – highest award in Toastmasters International.
Ankur Warikoo is the CEO and co-founder of nearbuy.com – India’s No.1 discovery and transaction platform. Ankur’s remarkable journey has won him numerous accolades for his spirited entrepreneurship and passion. From an aspiring physicist and astronaut to life as a management consultant, and then a serial entrepreneur. He was named one of India’s Forbes 40 Under 40. Warikoo is passionate about entrepreneurship and spends a lot of time sharing and documenting his experiences. He is an active inspirational speaker and makes time to speak to an audience at least once every week.
Vani Kabir, “The Modern Sufi” is an author, a branding innovator, advertising strategist, and a storyteller. She is a professional keynote speaker in India who takes pride in leaving the audience charged up and ready to take action, and is a recipient of the Cannes Gold Award for design, She has a passion for speaking up and has spoken at various TEDx conferences globally. She constantly hosts open mics to stay in touch with her audience and also enjoys teaching underprivileged students.
Ashwani Lohani, “The Turnaround Man” – is the current Managing Director of Air India. He is the embodiment of a leader who leads from the front, and gets things done. He is credited with saving the life of several organisations – including Air India, Indian Railways, Madhya Pradesh Tourism, and more, and rifghtfully deserves his title of “The Turnaround Man”. He is a Limca Record Holder for successfully completing four engineering degrees at the same time, and also has a place in Guinness Book of Records for successfully running the “Fairy Queen” express – the world’s oldest working steam locomotive.
Lt. Gen. DS Hooda
Lt. Gen. DS Hooda is the former General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Indian army’s Northern Command. He was the Northern Army Commander during the ‘Surgical Strike’ in September 2016 carried out by India against militant launch pads across the Line of Control in Pakistani-administered Kashmir, and inflicted significant casualties. He is most prominently known for his views on Kashmir with a strong emphasis on human rights. With a career spanning 40 years, he has served on both the Northern and Eastern borders of India.
He is a decorated army veteran and has been honoured with the Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, Ati Vishist Seva Medal and the Vishisht Seva Medal. He has also served on the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea for which he was awarded the UNMEE Medal.
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