Inspiration can be found anywhere.
In a world that’s losing its attention span by the second, there’s no better way to make a lasting impact than meaningful and engaging videos. And so, the next time you’re looking to get your team together and inspire them in a rousing way, look no further than the following videos –
1. Al Pacino’s speech from “Any Given Sunday”
A movie that has left a mark on movie lovers worldwide, Any Given Sunday has carved a niche for itself. And, perhaps, the most powerful moment in the movie is the monologue delivered by Al Pacino.
A powerful speech, it talks about fighting hard for every last inch of success. It also focuses on the importance of ‘healing together as a team.’ Al Pacino’s words, delivered in a moving yet powerful manner, will ignite passion within each team member. It will inspire you and your team to take on leadership challenges with renewed vigour.
We have used this video while conducting multiple team alignment workshops, including some meant for the senior leadership within an organisation.
You may watch the video here.
2. Steve Jobs commencement speech at Stanford, 2005
A personal favourite, this video never fails to inspire and engage. Delivered in his signature inimitable style, this video has become a defining element in Steve Jobs’ legacy. The speech touches three different incidents from Jobs’ personal life. He talks about the different lessons these serendipitous incidents left him with. Jobs uses humour to drive home the importance of ‘connecting the dots’ in life. He also talks about how when it comes to creativity and innovation, nothing one learns is ever wasted.
You may watch the video here.
3. Death Crawl from “Facing the giants”
Considered to be one of the most inspirational movies, Facing the giants is a timeless tale of passion, resilience, and team work. Within the movie, there comes a moment when the coach brings the team face to face with their limitless potential. It will leave your team spellbound as they reflect on their individual potential. A beautiful example of motivational leadership, it leaves a huge impact.
You may play this video, when trying to inspire your team to give their best, and beyond.
4. Indian women relay team’s at performance at the 2010 Commonwealth Games
Watching sport live is an exhilarating experience. And it become seven more engaging and impactful when you witness an underdog take over bigger teams. The thrill of watching someone fight against all odds to become a winner, is unbeatable.
The video of the Indian Women team performing (and winning) at the 4×400 relay during the CWG 2010, is a powerful experience of the same.
5. Shah Rukh Khan – Chak! De speech
If there’ sone thing Bollywood can do, it is touching the hearts of millions of people, worldwide. Shah Rukh Khan’s iconic speech as Kabir Khan, in the movie Chak De! needs no introduction.
The powerful monologue can help ignite passion in the hearts of your team members. It can help re-affirm the belief, that if they set their sights on a goal and pursue it relentlessly, during crucial times, they can be unstoppable.
6. Pregame speech from ’We Are Marshal’
‘We Are Marshal’ is a moving story about a football team and their ultimate victory. Inspired by a real-life saga, it follows the journey of a football team that has to rise from the ashes, following a deadly plane crash. A pre-game speech by the coach, played by Matthew McConaughey, is one of the most powerful scenes in the movie.
It talks about taking inspiration from the past victories to seize the moment and give it your all. You may watch the highly motivational speech here.
7. Susan Boyle’s maiden audition on “Britain’s Got Talent”
An audition for a reality show turned into a fiery example of the limitless power of hard word and perseverance. 47 years old Susan Boyle’s audition performance for the popular reality show “Britain’s got talent” left the entire audience, including the judges, speechless.
It stands in testimony to the miraculous power of never giving up on your passion. It can be used to inspire people in moments of doubt or ambiguity.
8. ‘I am a champion’ speech from Flowers Coach
‘Half the battles are won with the right mindset.’
Cricket fans all over the world would remember the confidence with which the Australian cricket team entered the stadium each time, at the peak of their career, back in the 2000s. Theit self-assured manner was often enough to destroy the opponent’s self-belief, before the game even started.
This video by Coach Flowers reinforces the importance of believing in yourself and owing the room you walk in. Flowers’ speech is a masterclass in the importance of mindset, when it comes to teamwork.
9. Severn Suzuki speaking at the UN Summit 1992
Even 20 years after the young Severn Suzuki spoke at the UN Conference in Rio, her speech continues to inspire people all over the world. The powerful delivery of an inspiring message will have your team sit up and listen.
The young Canadian’s message about social injustice and environmental issues will remind you of Greta Thunberg, and move you to adapting mindful habits. The relevance of this moving message increases with each passing year.
10. US Marines going into battle at Afghanistan
A secretly recorded pre-war talk given to a team of Marines before they leave for Afghanistan, this one’s not for the faint hearted. A pep-talk that will ignite passion in the hearts of your team members, this one is a must watch.
11. Succeeding against all odds by Nick Vujicic
“It’s a lie to think that you are not good enough. It’s a lie to think that you are not worth anything”
– Nick Vujicic.
Imagine having to go through life without any limbs to support you. Nick Vujicic has managed to turn his misfortunes into his ultimate weapon. An optimistic man, a powerful speaker, Nick uses his story to inspire millions of people, worldwide.
12. Giving up is not an option
Rocky Balboa is a movie that needs no introduction. A classic story of a man rising above all odds to emerge victorious, it is a must watch. The movie is filled with moments and dialogues that can inspire. However, our favourite is this particular scene.
It is powerful and moving, and can work like an adrenaline shot for your team.
13. Living your dreams
“Everything you are running away from is in your head”
A video that could help your team push through your fears and continue forward. The Video teaches you to face your failures, step up from them, and turn them into the gateway to the greatest life you ever wanted.
14. Admiral H. Mc Raven commencement speech at University of Texas
This commencement speech by Naval Adm. William H. McRaven at the Texas university is perhaps the single most powerful speech ever written. He talks about the 10 ‘commandments’ that everyone should take away from the US Seals training, and apply in their life. From the importance of self-discipline to never giving up, his speech packs it all.
15. Matthew McConaughey’s Oscar speech
Matthew McConaughey is perhaps one of the most eccentric Hollywood actors. With a trailblazing autobiography to his name, and a path carved with conviction, he has always taken the path less followed.
His victory speech on winning the Best Actor at the Academy awards in 2014 reflects his genius, as well as his journey. His inspiring message talks about always trying to be our best and expressing gratitude for every opportunity, that comes our way.
16. Simon Sinek on Empathy
When people are financially motivated, they are looking for a return. When they are emotionally invested, they are looking to contribute.
Simon Sinek is a man who needs no introduction. His books, sessions, and even social media work – they all focus on enabling the right work culture. A man who defined leadership as the skill of enabling and empowering those who are in your charge, rather than being in charge.
In one of his most memorable speeches, he talks about the importance of empathy for leaders, across organisations. It is the perfect fit for your next leadership and team building conference.
17. Carpe Diem! Robin Williams’ speech from Dead Poets Society
A beautiful movie, Dead Poets Society takes the audience on a heartfelt journey of finding your passion, and encourages one to believe in themselves.
One of the most celebrated moments of the movie is a robust monologue by the timeless actor Robin Williams. Playing the role of Professor Keats, he encourages his students to be present in every moment and give it their all. He talks about their individual legacies are for them to create, and fills them with hope and passion. This video can leave your team members feeling optimistic and filled with excitement for what lies ahead.
18. Oprah Winfrey’s moving commencement speech
A woman who has made herself immortal in the eyes of history, Oprah Winfrey is an unstoppable force of nature. Her life story is one of passion, hard work, and perseverance. She overcame gender and racial disparities to become the first African American woman to produce and host a national talk show.
Her namesake foundations and humanitarian contributions continue to make this world a better place. In this video, she imparts the three most important lessons that every person needs to apply in their own lives.
19. Tony Robbins on living right
A man who has helped thousands of celebrities and millions of people worldwide uncover their hidden potential, Tony Robbins continues to make this world a better place, every day.
In this video, he talks about the things every individual needs to focus on every day. He focuses on values that define an efficient leader, a successful organisation, or even a team of high performing individuals.
20. Warren Buffet’s 10 rules for success
Warren Buffet is considered to be the most intelligent investor of the 20th Century. His books, speeches, and ideas have revolutionised investing for thousands of leaders across industries. In this video, he shared his 10 most sacred rules for success.
21. Mel Robbins and her 5 seconds rule
Mel Robbins is a world famous motivational speaker and media person. She is also the author of the international best seller book – ‘The 5 Seconds Rule.’ In this video she talks about the the magical power of making decisions in the span of 5 seconds.
Watch her unveil the limitless power of taking control of your thoughts here.
22. Lilly Singh on dealing with failures
Global YouTube sensation Lilly Singh is now a household name. Her hilarious sketches on YouTube and her social media platforms are loved by millions of people worldwide. Her journey to fame has been anything but easy, but she makes it look effortless.
She inspires millions of women worldwide by constantly smashing new glass ceilings and making it look fun. She became the first person of Indian descent to host an American major broadcast network late-night talk show. Watch her talk about how being passionate about your work is the only way to push through obstacles and negative thoughts.
23. Priyanka Chopra Jonas on building a legacy
One of the world’s highest paid actresses, entrepreneur, producer, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and a host of other titles cannot even begins to describe Priyanka Chopra Jonas. Her journey has allowed girls from all spheres of life to aspire for a better life.
Her constant zeal to do something new, something different continues to inspire people all over the world. Watch her break down the rules of becoming a true achiever, in this powerful video.
24. Natalie Portman’s Harvard Commencement
A proud Harvard alumna, Portman is an actor with the most interesting life story. She started her acting career at the young age of 12. She even managed to pursue a Harvard degree while filming the Star Wars prequel trilogy. Her acting skills are only matched by her intelligent sense of humour.
In this commencement speech for the class of 2015, she talks about the importance of discovering one’s individuality, taking risks, and setting personal goals. Her speech is filled with funny jabs, nostalgic anecdotes, and inspirational insights.
25. Meghan Markle’s UN Speech
Even before becoming the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle had been working actively to fight gender and racial disparities. As the global ambassador for World Vision and as an advocate for UN Women, she has worked with various organisations to empower women all over the world.
At the UN Women Conference in 2015, she delivered a heartfelt speech about the urgent need for gender equality in the world. A proud feminist, she talks about her personal experiences and the limitless potential of every small step one can take to ensure equality.
That brings us to the end of this wonderful list. Do let us know if any of these videos are also your favourite. We would love to hear from you.