Motivational speakers are usually invited to graduation ceremonies, team buildings, business seminars, and other events that require inspirational talks. But why would anyone need an inspirational talk?
An inspirational talk is needed from time to time to uplift your weary soul and to motivate you in achieving your goals. Sometimes, it is also needed to provide you additional knowledge and to help you understand things you do not understand or value before. An inspirational talk feeds your emotional and psychological needs as a person, because each individual needs a little boost every once in a while. When an inspirational talk gives you a positive feeling even before the session ends, then the speaker you just listened to is surely effective.
However, not all motivational speakers can actually motivate. There are phonies that just live by the title but cannot actually provide an inspiring talk. There are only two things that make a motivational speaker ineffective. It is either he often shouts and scolds the audience or he is just plain boring. The criteria of boring encompass speakers who talk very slow, speakers who talk very soft, or speakers who seem like talking to themselves. In other words, these kinds of speakers cannot connect with the audience, which in fact is the most important element of being a motivational speaker. When your boredom surpasses your enthusiasm to listen, then that is the end of any motivational speaker’s career.
Effective motivational speakers, on the other hand, should have the ability to keep you hooked in everything they say. And most importantly, they should bring forth a positive change in you. They should make you feel like a new person once the session has ended. They should make you feel like you can do anything once you step out of the seminar hall. They should make you feel and think of those things because that is their primary goal, to motivate you.
Moreover, it is also essential that you have learned something from the talk, because an effective motivational speaker can incorporate motivation into the actual content of the talk. Consider this example – a speaker talks about the secrets of a successful business. In the course of his sessions, the speaker must be able to enumerate and explain the ‘secrets’ he is talking about. He should also use anecdotes to make effective examples. Most of all, he should be able to tell his story of failure and success. Not in a bragging way, but in an inspiring way.
What makes them different from other speakers is that they do not just talk. They do not just stand in front of a huge number of people to make funny remarks, to tell stories, or to scold. They are called motivational speakers because they have something essential and extraordinary up their sleeves.
They do not just talk. They motivate. They reach each individual’s core and touch them with their voices of encouragement, inspiration, and optimism. You should know that, motivational speakers are ambassadors of positivity. If they have one common idea in every lesson or talk they engage at, that is probably optimism or setting a positive perspective in everything.
You may not see it but maybe, most of the time you focus more on your problems. And when you hear a motivational speaker talk, boom! It just hits you right to your core. Because he experienced it and he knows that his audience is experiencing it too, and that is the essence of a motivational speaker. Simply put, any speaker cannot be a motivational speaker if he cannot strike the core of his audience.