Popular Topics & Speakers for Motivational Conferences in 2024

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2023 has been another year of nationwide and global crises, events that will shape the speaking topics and popular speakers of 2024. The upcoming year will require significant rebuilding for businesses and families alike. It will be an opportunity to apply what we have learned about mental resilience and change management to our lives.

Continue reading to discover our predictions for trending conference topics in 2024, or jump straight to our top pick of motivational speakers.

5 Trending Topics for 2024 Conferences

Check out our predictions of the most popular speaking topics for 2024:

Diversity & Inclusion

Continuing the debates surrounding equality, diversity, and inclusion will be some of the most popular speaking topics of 2024. Businesses are being held accountable for their racial and gender biases, evident through their ratio of races, genders and sexualities. Hiring a diverse workforce is only one requirement; an organisation should also guarantee an inclusive atmosphere so employees of all backgrounds feel welcomed and valued.

Mental Resilience

From the global to the economic crisis, we have seen great conflicts in recent years. This can often bleed into peoples' work lives, resulting in a 24% rise in workplace burnout symptoms. Business owners will be eager to improve their employees’ mental resilience in 2024, to arm them with the strength needed to overcome adversity and stay motivated.



Many businesses have adopted home working permanently. Teamwork will be a key topic of 2024 conferences, as business owners will be eager to ensure team cohesion despite this new way of working, ultimately improving employee performance. In a world reeling from separation, team-building speakers will spark unity and community.

Change Management

No one could have predicted the unprecedented events of the previous years. Looking to the future, business owners and conference organisers will certainly value the topic of change management to prepare audiences for the challenges of 2024 better. With workplaces adapting to a post-lockdown world, this topic will help staff adjust to the “new norm”, including remote working and virtual operations.

Marginal Gains

If 2022 has taught the world anything, it is to value the small victories in life. From landing another sale to earning a positive testimonial, businesses will employ the marginal gains philosophy to remotivate their employees. A valuable factor in overcoming adversity, future conferences will empower audiences and celebrate how far people have come.


Top Motivational Speakers for 2024

Below, we explore our top conference speakers for 2024, who we predict will be in high demand from clients and event organisers.

Jake & Hannah Graf

Diversity & Inclusion Speakers

Widely considered to be the UK’s transgender power couple, Jake and Hannah Graf are rewriting the rule book on love, marriage and parenthood. In 2015, they publicly shared their gender transitions to normalise transgender experiences and improve representation. The pair tour the speaking circuit with their important message and 2024 mission - to increase inclusion in the workplace.

“Not only are Jake and Hannah charismatic, passionate, and informed speakers, but Jake's films generated a lot of important discussion and questions from our audience. Their honesty around transition and candid answers to questions was endearing, and we have had only positive feedback from our event.”

- Alexandra D’Sa, Business Analyst, Citi

Mandy Hickson

Mental Resilience Speaker

Mandy Hickson’s career is a story of two halves. To begin with, she faced great disappointment when she failed her flying RAF flying aptitude test multiple times, but with determination, Mandy later became the second female pilot to fly a Tornado GR4 on the frontline. As discussed in her 2020 book, An Officer, Not a Gentleman, Mandy fought to succeed in a male-dominated environment, a feat that shaped her as a mental resilience speaker.

“Mandy is a fantastic public speaker. She is both inspirational and extremely well prepared. Her ability to relate her own experience working under extreme pressure and in highly performing teams to everyday situations is most impressive. She tops it all with a wonderful sense of humour and great modesty. Listening to her talking about the many challenges that she has successfully overcome should be compulsory for all girls!”

- Miriam Gonzalez, Partner Dechert LLP, International Law Firm

Ollie Ollerton

Teamwork Speaker

Star of SAS: Who Dares Wins and former UK Special Forces serviceperson Ollie Ollerton has witnessed first-hand the importance of teamwork during periods of stress. While fighting on the frontlines, he survived thanks to the strength and support of his team, a sentiment that he now communicates to audiences. At events, Ollie teaches guests how to harness the power of a team unit to manage stress and pressure.

“Just a quick note to say many thanks to you and to Ollie for helping us out with last night’s Business Awards. Ollie was great and very well received. I bought him a large glass of red afterwards and then didn’t see him again as he was very popular with those who’d attended! I’ll assume he survived! Cheers and thanks again.”

- Neil Hodgkinson, Hull Daily Mail

Yuval Dvir

Change Management Speaker

Yuval Dvir is credited with turning some of the most recognisable global brands around by transforming their workplace culture. Notably, he was called upon by Skype to streamline their service and utilise emerging technologies. Yuval successfully transformed Skype into the dominant communications service it is today. Hand in hand with corporate turnaround is change management, which prepares employees for new processes and unexpected hardships in business.

Speaking Topics:

  • Transformational Leadership
  • Customer Experience
  • Business Transformation

Dave Brailsford

Marginal Gains Speaker

Best known as the coach and performance director of British Cycling, Dave Brailsford is the mastermind behind the marginal gains theory. Dave successfully transformed the team into the multiple Gold medal winners we recognise today, taking them from last to first place. His secret? The ideology is that small improvements lead to big rewards. Dave applies this philosophy to conferences and business teams to instil a winning mindset in audiences.

Speaking Topics:

  • British Cycling
  • Marginal Gains Philosophy
  • Performance Psychology

Bonus: Webinar Speakers

Accessible and cost-effective, online events bridge the geographical gap to bring audiences of all backgrounds together. This makes them essential for businesses whose employees work from home and wish to maintain motivation and team cohesion.

Some of our favourite webinar speakers for 2024 include Ken Segall, Akala and Ruby Wax, who have each adapted their speeches to suit the online format. Our virtual speakers truly are the best in the business. Engaging and educational in equal measure, they leave audiences with a better understanding of their potential.

Never organised a webinar before? Make sure to read our ultimate guide to hiring a webinar speaker to learn more!

How to Book a Speaker in 2024

To book a speaker for your conference, please call us on 0207 0787 876 or fill in our contact form.

You can also browse our impressive selection of motivational speakers and keynote speakers for hire in 2024 to read their testimonials, watch videos of them speaking and discover their career highlights.

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After graduating from his role as a celebrity sales executive to sales manager, Jack Hayes was appointed as a Director of The Motivational Speakers Agency in 2012, becoming a founding member of the European Association of Speakers Bureaux (EASB) in 2013. In his seven years as a company director, Jack has led projects for clients that include Vodafone, Credit Suisse, The Economic Times’ Global Business Summit, British Airways, the Abu Dhabi Global Financial Markets Forum (GFMF), HSBC, Lad Bible and the NHS, in addition to media collaborations with the likes of Metro, The Leicester Mercury, Sky Sports and ITV. Jack has also used his influence to convince the world’s top speakers to choose The Motivational Speakers Agency. He has built relationships with the minds behind global success stories including Tesla co-founder Martin Eberhard; former Google MD Dan Cobley and global adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes. With all the speaking opportunities that Jack has facilitated, there is one that stands out above all others as his proudest. When he began as a sales executive, there was one man Jack wanted to book as a speaker more than any other - Apple’s innovative Creative Director, Ken Segall. In 2019, Ken Segall is due to speak at our very own networking event, at London’s iconic skyscraper, Searcys at the Gherkin, proving just how committed Jack is to reaching his lofty aspirations.

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