Top Motivational & Best Keynote Speaker

Who Is Joel?
Why Choose Him As Your Motivational Speaker?

Joel Garfinkle is one of the top motivational keynote speakers and corporate trainers in the country. He knows how to connect with, engage, and inspire his audience. Here is a sampling of his accomplishments:

Years of speaking experience:

Twenty years of professional speaking experience, as a both a keynote speaker and a corporate trainer.

A sample list of speaking clients:

Oracle, Ritz-Carlton Hotels, Toyota, National Basketball Association (NBA), Warner Bros. Entertainment, Nestlé USA, and many more.
(A complete list appears below.)

Global Guru Top 30

Recognized as one of the best:

Acknowledged as one of the top 50 executive coaches in U.S. Global Gurus listed him 14th on its list of top 30 global coaching experts. Forbes rated his company one of “America’s Best Management Consulting Firms.”

Author: Joel has written eleven books and more than 300+ articles on leadership.

Featured in National Media:

Joel has appeared on ABC News, NPR, and in the Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Newsweek, BusinessWeek, Forbes and USA Today.

Subject Matter Expert

Joel is a subject matter expert. Companies from California to the East Coast recognize him as one of the best motivational keynote speakers on:

Executive Presence

Step into Your Power, Convey
Confidence, & Lead with Conviction

Career Advancement

Release Untapped Potential
of Underutilized Leaders

Developing Influential Leaders

Five Traits That Create
High-Impact Leadership

Benefit from Joel’s Unique Perspective

What makes Joel a great motivational speaker?

  • His speeches and trainings draw on his first-hand experience of working closely with more than 1,800 coaching clients and top executives of the world’s leading companies.
  • His twenty years of executive coaching experience have provided him with insights into the secrets of what turns ordinary business professionals into influential leaders and how you can use these secrets to unlock the hidden potential of your most valued resource – your people.
  • Joel is well-known as one of the most effective and innovative executive coaches in the country. He’s coached some of the best leaders at world class companies, including: Google, Microsoft, Starbucks, Netflix, Deloitte, IBM, NBC Universal, Gap Inc., Nissan, Amazon, Visa International, Levi Strauss & Company, PricewaterhouseCoopers and New York Times.

What the Audience gains

As a motivational speaker, Joel’s top priority is highly engaged audience participation which happens in an informative and interactive learning environment.

Participants learn key skills, practical tools, unique approaches, and actionable strategies that can be immediately applied to their current work responsibilities.

Here are three important outcomes Joel’s presentations achieve:

  1. He provides long-term benefits by having his audiences immediately implement the specific action steps and useful tips learned during his presentation. His participants leave with new skills, practical tools, and innovative solutions to their current challenges.
  2. He empowers his audience with personal insights and the self-confidence to believe they can grow as leaders.
  3. He inspires participants to make commitments and take action.

Joel’s Dynamic Speaking Style


The best motivational speakers take the time to completely understand the company, division, people, culture, and environment of the audience they will be addressing.

Joel spends an extensive amount of time gathering information, conducting in-depth research, and doing multiple interviews with his client organizations so he can customize each speech or corporate training to meet their specific needs. In addition to spending time with the event coordinators during a pre-event briefing, Joel interviews at least two event participants to gain additional perspective.

Joel learns the key issues confronting employees and is able to integrate their personal stories into his presentation. Each audience is unique, and Joel prides himself on targeting his message, content, and delivery to that uniqueness.

Highly engaging
audience participation

Joel’s work as a great motivational speaker encourages a high degree of audience participation.

People do not just listen—they learn how to take immediate action. Audience involvement occurs during:

  • Small and large group peer discussions.
  • “Live” sample coaching sessions.
  • Entire audience facilitated discussions.
  • Exercises with partners and groups.
  • Structured individual self-inquiry and reflection.
  • Dynamic and interactive sessions with other participants.
  • Tips, ideas, and easy-to-implement advice.
  • Lecture and discussions on relevant topics.
  • Question-and-answer discussion with professional coaching.

speaking style

Companies from New York to California choose Joel as their keynote speaker.

Why? He has a clear, direct, no-fluff speaking style. He focuses on providing tips, ideas, and easy-to-implement advice that challenges participants at every level within an organization to think in exciting new ways.

Clients Who Have Hired Joel as a Motivational Speaker

  • Oracle
  • The Ritz-Carlton Hotels
  • Warner Bros. Entertainment
  • Toyota
  • National Basketball Association (NBA)
  • Genentech
  • Nestle USA
  • Accenture
  • Shell Chemicals
  • Henkel
  • Citibank
  • Comcast
  • Verizon
  • Federal Reserve Bank
  • Gensler
  • Eli Lilly
  • Novartis
  • VMware
  • Autodesk
  • Sun Power
  • Bank of America
  • Marriott Hotels
  • Gap Inc.
  • Charles Schwab
  • Sanofi
  • Cisco Systems
  • Wells Fargo Bank
  • Takeda
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company
  • Kohl’s
  • UC Davis ADMAN Annual Conference
  • Haas School of Business
  • NASA
  • The Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce
  • The Kentucky Society of Human Resource Management
  • Aramark
  • Boeing
  • Blue Cross
  • Gilead

As a motivational keynote speaker, based in California, Joel has specifically spoken to the following organizations

  • The Professional BusinessWomen of California (PBWC) conference – keynote speaker at one of the largest women’s organization of over 35,000 professionals worldwide.
  • Motivational speaker at the Commonwealth Club of California
  • Keynote speaker at Oracle’s Global Women’s Leadership Summit (OWL).
  • Instructor for the UCLA Extension Technical Management Program in Southern California.

An Author with a World-Wide Audience

Joel has written eleven books that are read in 25 countries. He was featured in The Art and Practice of Leadership Coaching (John Wiley and Sons), and contributed to Leader to Leader – the award-winning quarterly journal launched by the Peter F. Drucker Foundation.

Here are his eleven books:

Executive Presence: Step into Your Power, Convey Confidence, & Lead with Conviction

How to Be a Great Boss: Learn the Seven Traits all Great Bosses Have

Difficult Conversations: Practical Tactics for Crucial Communication

Getting Ahead: Three Steps to Take Your Career to the Next Level

Time Management Mastery: Stress-Free Productivity in the 7 Key Areas of Life

Love Your Work: Make the Job You Have the One You’ve Always Wanted

Get Paid What You’re Worth: Negotiate a Raise or Higher Starting Salary

16 Essential Qualities that Define Great Leaders: Learn the Ideal Behaviors, Mindset, & Habits of the Most Successful

Are You Always Stressed and Hurrying at Work?: Learn to Break Your Rush Syndrome Cycle

Land Your Dream Job

Job Searching Made Easy: A Practical Guide to Finding the Job You Need Fast

More than 300 articles:

Joel offers free leadership development articles that provide practical, “how-to” information and insights to help you become a leader, boost your career success, or develop effective leaders within your organization.

Weekly Newsletter:

He publishes a popular weekly newsletter, Fulfillment at Work, which is delivered to more than 10,000 subscribers around the world.

Career Advancement Blog:

His Career Advancement Blog delivers articles, insights, and tips to accelerate career success.

News and Media Features:

Joel has been featured in hundreds of nationally recognized news and media features.

International Change Management Consultant

Joel has worked as a consultant for two of the top consulting firms in the world:
Ernst & Young in Hong Kong and Accenture in San Francisco.

His background in executive coaching, performance improvement, and change management equips Joel with a well-rounded approach to speaking.


Joel holds a degree in psychology from San Diego State University and has completed a three-year coaching certificate program with Coach University.

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