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Chicago Motivational Speakers

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Carrie Grace
5.0
from 10 reviews
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Rachel E.
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I haven't heard a speaker this good in a long time. We thoroughly enjoyed Carrie's talk.

  • 5 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
Adonya C.
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She is an inspiring motivator to your child. She is warm, caring and very knowledgeable of all subjects. I would recommend her to anyone (child or adult). She not only helped my daughter with learning subjects for the ACT, but also with helpful hints and techniques. Lastly, my daughter also suffered from anxiety during testing. I'm happy to say she did not experience any anxiety when testing!!!

Rev. Darrell Jones
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • New on Thumbtack
Laura D.
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I had a few one-on-one sessions with Darrell. He is an excellent counselor, speaker and leader! I appreciate his calm demeanor and ability to help clear the clutter from your mind, and focus on the positive things in every situation.

  • 16 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Carol A.
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Excellent magic tricks - kept people entertained. Good personality

Barry Bradford
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Eric S.
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Barry Bradford is a very engaging and charismatic speaker. He made several presentations to my classroom on various topics via Google Hangouts. He went above and beyond on every presentation and really engaged the students from start to finish. His speaking and storytelling skills are impeccable.

MJ MVP TEAM
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Eric M.
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I highly endorse Michael "MVP" Jennings to be booked as a motivational Speaker at any School, Community or Private Event. I have enjoyed hearing him at a suburban Library Event, at his Booksigning Private Party and as a supportive softball Teammate. He is prompt, professional, engaging and very personable. He will get your crowd "fired up and ready to go!"

Erini Yoga & Wellness, Ltd.
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Maria D.
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I hired Loukia to help me with my stress and overall health. Her approach is unique. She works on changing your behaviors and mindset. She's very supportive and provided me with tools to help reduce my stress and lose weight. She's not about quick fixes. She works to get you to a point where your behavior changes for the long haul. You are really doing all the work but she has this way of getting you to see through your own BS and excuses so you WANT to change. I've worked with dietitians and nutritionists before (along with personal trainers). They were good but I never really worked through my "stuff." I think every adult can use a wellness coach!

Donohue Consulting Inc
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Gilda R.
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I hired Patrick Donohue to speak as part of the Glenbard Parent Series: GPS Navigating Healthy Families. Pat did a great job connecting with the audience and providing practical study and life skill tips for high school parents. Pat combines the motivational skills of an athletic coach, with command of a great teacher and the insight of a parent to provide a presentation that is both informative and engaging. I also hired Pat to work with student leaders. With students, Pat is energetic, interactive, funny and challenging. He pushes students to think about real issues and to become their best selves. If you hire Pat for any audience, you will be hiring a speaker who is engaging, well prepared and will make your event a success

Coaching2Dream
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Julie G.
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From the moment I first spoke with Denise, she was enthusiastic, honest and open. I could not imagine having had a better speaker for my event.

Moore Motivation, LLC
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Caitlin C.
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Dave Moore was an excellent and dynamic speaker, who was very well received by everyone in the room. His stories are captivating, and he delivers a very strong, positive message. He kept the room light and engaged. He has a great, magnetic personality, and people were truly inspired by his words and experiences. It was a pleasure working with Dave and his team to plan the event, and I wouldn’t hesitate to work with the Moore Motivated team again!

GoPositiv
5.0
from 3 reviews
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Shane Y.
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Don was a keynote speaker for the Human Capital Institute (HCI) and did a fantastic job! Attendees loved his dynamic stage presence and especially his research on the neuroscience of happiness. Don's content was very helpful and insightful, with simple ways everyone could incorporate his clever strategies into their organizations as well as their lives.

Loren Michaels Dream Squad
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Amy M.
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Loren Michaels brought an amazing motivational experience to the kids at Rich South. I look forward to working with him more in the future!

  • 26 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Jim E.
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John was excellent to work with in every facet. He was quick to respond and engaging in the process leading up to his presentation, and his engagement (I wouldn't call it a "speech", as there was so much audience participation) was excellent. I would highly recommend.

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Gina L.
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I love working with Kelsey. She is so encouraging, motivating and positive. Her training and meal plans are straight forward and easy to understand. She is an excellent coach and is always asking how she can better help you - a good trainer will just give you a plan. An excellent trainer will always constantly be helping you, asking you how they can help you, encouraging you. She isn't only a trainer, but she is your friend. ❤ I still have a ways to go, but I've learned so much from Kelsey and I'm eating right, exercising, losing fat mass and building muscles which is my goals that's she's helping me achieve.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Adam G.
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Overall, Darlene did a great job. There was some positive feedback from some of the members of the Association.

  • 20 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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You are your choices. Dan is an inspirational speaker and author who has a hard-hitting message that changes peoples lives. He is a quad amputee who will reach and move your audience to understand that choices and attitude determine results.

  • 28 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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I give personal attention that get results instead of relying upon a bunch of time-consuming profiles and instruments

  • 14 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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Heidi Kramer is a registered and licensed dietitian with a B.S. in Dietetics, Nutrition and Food Science from Northern Illinois University. She is a nutrition consultant, inspirational speaker, and author/writer with over 20 years of experience in public speaking and the healthcare industry. Heidi is the owner of Life Inspired Speaking, where as a nutrition expert and breast cancer survivor, she has inspired audiences of 10-10,000 with the message of hope and healing, and achieving one's personal health best. Currently, she resides in Cary, Illinois where she meets clients for consultations, teaches weekly classes, and facilitates her widely popular "Inspired Living: A Healthy Weigh of Life" programs. Heidi is a contributing nutrition writer for McHenry County Living Magazine, where on a local level, she is inspiring health and wellness in her own community. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association and the Illinois Dietetic Association. Heidi has always believed that creating balance and wellness in your life happens one healthy choice at a time! For more about Heidi's philosophy on nutrition and fresh food living, visit her website.

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Anita Smith endeavors to coach adolescent girls and women in empowerment and healthier self-perception through supplying options for change, growth, and develop by way of workshops, mentoring, training, conferences and resources by the aid of quality products, services, integrity, reliability, faith, and hard work for the purpose of adapting or transforming their mindsets to break the unhealthy, pre-set rules governing their lives. * Crystal M. Gaines, client: Crystal M. hired me as a speaker in 2010 and hired me more than once. Top qualities: expert, on time, high integrity “We requested Anita to speak to our youth and women on personal development. She was knowledgeable, very encouraging, and our attendees came away with a new perspective.” * Quincy Bingham, client: Quincy hired me as a career coach in 2009 and hired me more than once. Top qualities: great results, expert, good value “Anita identified what messages I was trying to convey and helped me to effectively communicate those messages, verbally and non-verbally with my clients, friends, and family, especially when the stakes were high. We worked on my body language, pitch, tone, gestures, style of dress and the overall synergy of my presence. The sessions were fun, yet extremely informative! Now I use nearly everything I learned on an everyday basis. I feel like a new me!” * Veela Ammons, Owner/Founder, Image and Beauty Management, colleague She worked directly with me. “Anita Smith is a consummate professional, not only as a teacher, trainer, coach, but she is also a phenomenal speaker. I've had the pleasure of working with her on some projects and would welcome the opportunity again. Her enthusiasm is contagious. I'm glad that I know her. Sincerely, Veela Ammons” * Olguine Oriental, student, University of Saint Thomas - School of Business, colleague Olguine worked directly with me. “Anita is an amazing speaker and really inspires others when she speaks. I truly enjoyed your motivational talks and would love to attend more in the future. Thank you for making Miss Black Minnesota such a positive event.” January 5, 2011 * Arthur Horton III, educational counselor - TRiO, City Colleges of Chicago, colleague He worked with me. “Ms. Smith is one of the best motivational speakers that I have met. When we appeared for a speaking engagement without students, she performed so well that we had to bring her back a second time. She really connected well with students, and it helped motivate them to find out what they do well and move forward in their future endeavors whether it be college or technical school.” January 12, 2011 * Nancy Tennicott, client Nancy hired me as a model in 2003. Top qualities: personable, on time, high integrity “Anita was one of our models at Ford Models. She proved herself to be a very reliable and personable model.” May 12, 2010 I also do phone consultations.

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I am a Chicago-based motivational speaker. Are you looking for a speaker who will motivate, inspire, and educate your audience, while keeping them laughing and engaged? You've found me. I’m a professional speaker who shares practical, realistic information about a variety of topics, ranging from healthy lifestyles to stress management to goal-setting, with audiences both large and small. I speak about a variety of topics, and will customize a presentation to meet your group's unique needs. Some of my most popular topics include: * Break your Bad Habits—and Replace Them with Better Ones (health/wellness) * Beyond Deep Breathing: Beat Day-to-Day Stress (health/wellness) * Make the Most of your Minutes: Time Management that Works (work/motivation/productivity) I've been speaking professionally for more than a decade, and I have appeared as a keynoter, breakout session leader, and in-service presenter at dozens of events, both in the Chicago area and throughout the country.

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As a professional humorist, corporate entertainer, and motivational speaker, Tim Clue's output behind the stand is out in front. Dynamic, inspirational, and with a razor-sharp wit, Tim is smart without snark. Before he was a stand-up comedian, Tim was a teacher of communication and theater, with an emphasis on speech and rhetoric. Now a published author and humorous business event speaker, Tim often says, "If you want them to listen, tell them. If you want them to call, make them laugh." Tim's high-powered performing skills provide the customized and corporate-friendly delivery system that will surely be the hit of your event. Not just a funny speaker, Tim combines an original, highly interactive show which combines your culture and messages with his humor, making for an unforgettable night. A favorite on SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and a sensation on YouTube, with his unique thoughts on debt, Tim has easily hit the funny bone for hundreds of first-rate firms, such as impressing the top brass at Caterpillar with his PowerPoint satire, entertaining and motivating at the Microsoft Office conference, and he has regularly consulted for Bombardier, the makers of Ski-Doo watercraft, assisting in bringing their product line to a worldwide clientele at their annual conferences, among many, many others. P.S. Tim Clue travels the entire U.S., not just 150 miles.

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Need motivational speaking

Chicago, IL

  • Event type
    Corporate or organization conference
  • Speaker theme
    Theme (Sales / Motivational)
  • Audience age
    Working professionals
  • Number of guests
    51 - 100
  • Details
    We will be concluding our 3 day National Sales meeting with a motivational speaker. This individual ideally would have a sales background and would utilize those experiences to help motivate and inspire the team to utilize all of the knowledge they took in over the previous 2.5 days.
  • $1275
    Average price

Need a Motivational Speaker

Chicago, IL

  • Event type
    Corporate or organization conference
  • Age of guests
    18 and older
  • Details
    I am on the team at Hillshire Brands R&D and we are interested in obtaining a speaker to talk at our Annual Summer Meeting. We have allowed about 45 minutes at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, July 26th. The meeting will be held at the Chicago History Museum. Although I have had some motivational speaker recommendations, most were not in the Chicago area. A number of things could be relevant to the innovation work we are doing at our R&D center. I think my peers will relate to the topics about expanding their vision, exploring their passions and to embracing the journey. The talk might involve our central focus on Innovation. The personnel in attendance consist of Product Developers, Process Engineers, Food Scientists, Packaging Engineers, Sensory and Insights, Wellness and Nutrition, and Pilot Plant facilities personnel. Would someone be able to provide a rough estimate of speaker fees for an event like this? Since this is a relatively short talk we would like to find a local speaker for this occasion. My contact information is below. Please get in touch.
  • $1000
    Average price
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