Is it possible to motivate someone in under 5 minutes? Yes! In fact, a motivational speech is actually a collection of small snippets of inspirational speechs that could be taken apart and delivered on their own. It has been said that the best motivational speeches are short so the thoughts can be easily remembered and recalled. The most successful speeches are those that don't conjure up the traditional image of 'speech' but, instead, take the audience on an enjoyable journey from one thought to the next.