The present study deals with motivational strategies in teaching speaking. For the purpose of this study, fifteen practicing teachers of English were interviewed. Some of those teachers work in primary schools, some in high schools and some at a university. As the instrument of this research, a semi-structured interview was used and it contains nine items. The interviews were recorded, transcribed, analysed and discussed. The first part of the research paper is theoretical. The theoretical part, based on relevant literature, attempts to define the general concept of motivation, motivational strategies in general and motivational strategies used for speaking activities. After that, it deals with the development of the speaking skill and with the problems connected with speaking activites. The second part of the paper describes the study. It explains the aim of the study, describes the sample (the participants), the instrument and the procedure. The aim of the study, i. e. research questions are defined, the participants' demographic data outlined, and then the instrument (the interview) and the procedure is described. After that, the results are listed and discussed. The discussion is based on the results and is divided into categories according to specific motivational strategies. In the end, conclusions are drawn on the basis of the results and the discussion.