Nearly everyone in sales could use motivation from time to time.
After all, sales is the most demanding, stressful job. And sometimes the rewards – closing a deal, satisfying a customer or building a new relationship – aren’t enough to stay motivated.
That’s when an inspirational word from some of the best speakers can help.
Here’s that help for days you need to be inspired from 10 of the best female motivational speakers.
1. Stacey Flowers
Message: Happy people succeed
Many professionals assume they’ll be happy when they’re successful. But motivational speaker and researcher Stacey Flowers found that it works the other way: Happy people succeed. In this video, she tells you about the five people you need to be happy (and how the success will follow).
2. Mel Robbins
Message: Stop screwing yourself
Mel Robbins is wildly popular because she lays it on the line, no mincing words. She’s not a motivational speaker who coddles you, tells you how wonderful you are and justifies your failures. She thinks most of us don’t succeed because of our own doing. Here she tells you to get over “fine” and stop screwing yourself over.
3. Paula Stone Williams
Message: Be authentic
If you feel like it’s not an even playing field out there, Paula Stone Williams will set the record straight. She’s funny and pragmatic because she gives it to you from both sides of the situation. She’s a phenomenal female speaker now. She was a successful male CEO not long ago.
4. Iyanla Vanzant
Message: Put yourself first
Iyanla Vanzant is full of great advice, inspiration and spunk. Here are her 10 best pieces of advice all wrapped up in a short, inspirational video. She’s generous with her content. So if you want more motivation, you’ll find plenty of her videos on YouTube.
5. J.K Rowling
Message: Fearing failure spawns success
Failure sucks – especially when you’re wallowing in it. But J.K. Rowling gives perhaps the most inspirational speech ever on why failure can be a gift. Fearing failure spawns success. One failure can – and should – lead to another try that results in success. And if you don’t want to listen to the Harvard commencement speech on failure, you can read it here.
6. Brené Brown
Message: Take responsibility to achieve more
Brené Brown has a library of videos. She’s a researcher unlike no other. She’s logical, insightful and down-to-earth. Brown takes years of research, turns it into stripped-down, straight-talk that will get you to take responsibility and achieve more.
7. Dianna David
Message: Have the balls to follow your dreams
Are you reaching for your dreams or just going through the motions? Are you smashing goals or hoping for the best? Are you headed toward the career you want or collecting a paycheck? Dianna David might be the motivational cure. In this talk, she suggests you “have the balls to follow your dreams.”
8. Robin Roberts
Message: Be courageous
Think you face challenges? Think you have an uphill battle? Think success is so far-fetched you can’t even imagine what it’ll feel like. Then you need Robin Roberts. In this short clip, she accepts the Arthur Ashe Award for courage at the ESPYS and makes you feel like you can do anything by making your “mess your message.”
9. Ellen DeGeneres
Message: Stay true to yourself
Not going to kid you – you’ll laugh on your way to inspiration. In this commencement speech, Ellen DeGeneres focuses on the importance of staying true to yourself – learning from experiences and working hard – in pursuit of your goals.
10. Sylvia Baffour
Message: Do more out of meaning
Sylvia Baffour believes we do too much out of fear – of the unknown or even known – and not enough out of meaning. She suggests finding courage to work toward what is meaningful to you.