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List of Famous Public Speakers

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This list of famous public speakers includes photos, bios, and other information, when available. Who are the top public speakers in the world? This includes the most prominent public speakers, living and dead, both from America and abroad. Some of these popular public speakers are also responsible for the longest speeches in history and the best presidential speeche of all time. This list of notable public speakers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these famous speakers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned public speakers.

No great public speakers list would be complete without big names like Deepak Chopra and Mike Huckabee. All these good public speakers know that it takes lots of practice, critical thinking, and confidence to be ranked among the greatest public speakers ever - and everyone on this list has that in spades. Many celebrities also show off their public speaking skills during these best commencement speeches and the greatest Oscar acceptance speeches. (We also have a list of the weirdest Oscar acceptance speeches.)

From reputable, prominent, and well known public speakers to the lesser known public speakers of today, these are some of the best public speakers giving notable speeches left and right. Who are the most famous public speakers ever? What are the names of famous public speakers? Take a look below!

  • Jennifer Baumgardner (born 1970) is a writer, activist, filmmaker, and lecturer whose work explores abortion, sex, bisexuality, rape, single parenthood, and women's power. From 2013 to 2017, she...  more
  • William H 'Doc' Eason (born July 22, 1947) is an American magician who specializes in bar magic. For 27 years, he was the featured entertainer at John Denver's World Famous Tower Comedy/ Magic Bar in...  more
  • Peter Tertzakian (born 1961) is an economist and author. He is the Executive Director of the Arc Energy Research Institute, as well as the Chief Energy Economist & Managing Director at ARC Financial...  more
  • L. Hunter Lovins (née Sheldon, born 1950) is an American environmentalist, author, sustainable development proponent, co-founder of Rocky Mountain Institute, and president of the nonprofit...  more
  • Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D. (born January 4, 1943) is an public speaker, writer, filmmaker and activist who is internationally recognized for her work on the image of women in advertising and her critical...  more
  • Aaron Vincent McGruder (born May 29, 1974) is an American writer, lecturer, producer, screenwriter and cartoonist best known for writing and drawing The Boondocks, a Universal Press Syndicate comic...  more
  • Mark E. Sackett has no plans to sit still anytime soon, he lives in 2 cities and on a plane, he owns 11 related creative businesses and thrives on being inventive daily as he works in Branding,...  more
  • Daniel Keauhou Matsu "Danny" Yamashiro (born December 5, 1967) survived a 400-foot (122 meters) fall from the ridge of the Nuʻuanu Pali in Honolulu, Hawaii, at 18....  more
  • Deanna "Dee" Wallace (née Bowers; born December 14, 1948), also known as Dee Wallace Stone, is an American actress. She is perhaps best known for her role as Mary, the mother, in the 1982 blockbuster...  more
  • Jesus F. Gonzalez was an American author, primarily of horror fiction. He has written many notable novels and has done collaborations with Bram Stoker Award winners Mike Oliveri and Brian Keene. His...  more
  • David Allen Friedman (born May 16, 1950) is a film and theatre composer, songwriter, author, lyricist and conductor based in New York City. He received a 1997 Backstage Bistro Award for Composer of...  more
  • Eckhart Tolle ( EK-art TOL-ə; German pronunciation: [ˈɛkhaʁt ˈtɔlə], born Ulrich Leonard Tölle, February 16, 1948) is a spiritual teacher. He is a German-born resident of Canada best known as the...  more
  • Sir John Randolph Leslie, 3rd Baronet (Irish: Sir Seaghán Leslaigh; 24 September 1885 – 14 August 1971), commonly known as Sir Shane Leslie, was an Irish-born diplomat and writer. He was a first...  more
  • Erwin Raphael McManus (August 28, 1958) is an author, futurist, filmmaker, and designer. He is the lead pastor of Mosaic, a Southern Baptist affiliated emerging church in Los Angeles, California....  more
  • Bernice Albertine King (born March 28, 1963) is an American minister and the youngest child of civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. She was five years old when her...  more
  • Joseph M. Marshall III

    Joseph M. Marshall III (born c. 1946, Brulé Lakota, Sicangu Oyate) is a historian, writer, teacher, craftsman, administrator, actor, and public speaker. He was a founding board member in 1971 of...  more
  • Elisabeth Elliot (née Howard; December 21, 1926 – June 15, 2015) was a Christian author and speaker. Her first husband, Jim Elliot, was killed in 1956 while attempting to make missionary contact with...  more
  • Donald "Don" Miller (born August 12, 1971) is an American author, public speaker, and business owner. He is the CEO of StoryBrand, a company that helps businesses clarify their messages. He made his...  more
  • John Robert Colombo, CM (born March 24, 1936) is a Canadian author, editor, and poet. He has published over 200 titles, including major anthologies and reference works....  more
  • Brian Keene (born September 22, 1967) is an American author and podcaster, primarily known for his work in horror, dark fantasy, crime fiction, and comic books. He has won the 2014 World Horror...  more
  • Brian Tracy (born January 5, 1944) is a Canadian-American motivational public speaker and self-development author. He is the author of over seventy books that have been translated into dozens of...  more
  • Jacqui Cooper (born 6 January 1973 in Melbourne, Australia) is a retired Australian freestyle skier and motivational speaker. Cooper started skiing aerials at age 16 and was on the Australian team...  more
  • Alina Tugend is an American journalist, public speaker and writer....  more