This article will do Two things for you:
1. Briefly talk about a few common (but pretty funny) stereotypes of motivational speakers. We’ll have a look at a few real-life examples from the huge assortment of motivational speakers on the circuit today.
2. Give some great tips on how to present your own motivational speeches by researching the top 6 important ingredients that powerful motivational speakers have in common.
The end goal of this article is to help enable you to create and deliver your inspirational motivational speeches so that you can go forward and help others make positive changes in their own lives.
SPEAK IT OUT LOUD
When someone starts talking about motivational speakers, most people either:
Bring up their own favorite speakers and discuss how said speaker(s) changed their life, or
Roll their eyes and groan.
When it comes to stereotypes, motivational speakers seem to get the blunt end of the stick. Often perceived as frantic, loud, and in-your-face, this sort of public speaking commonly gets dismissed for being, well, all speak .
However, there’s a very definite (and growing) fan-base for motivational presentations. After all, the words of inspiration and insight that a truly good motivational speaker shares can create the kind of”a-ha” moments that truly resonate!
Inciting positive changes for everything from kicking bad habits to pursuing your dreams and living the life you’ve imagined – quality speakers may inspire their audiences to realize the internal potential for achievement that resides within all of us.
The simple fact is that a strong motivational speaker can be a real force to be reckoned with, whatever your own personal opinion of them may be!
Various APPROACHES. SAME POINT.
Really good, established motivational speakers control some pretty decent coin – Tony Robbins, for instance, charges at least $100,000 per engagement.
The rationale for this is that great motivators can impact the lives of thousands in a single presentation, making a literally exponential return on investment.
But the tactics they use to inspire are often radically different, so how do they all end up achieving the exact same impact?
Let’s take a look at the very different styles of 3 top motivational speakers to figure this out.
He literally gets attendees out of their chairs, hyped up and boldly crying out affirmational mantras of success together.
The end result is a bunch of inspired go-getters that are prepared to”ask better questions, and as a result get better answers” – answers that will (hopefully) help them navigate the road to happiness and success.
Other speakers, like the amazing and super smart astronaut Dr. Roberta Bondar, choose to share their inspirational public speeches with more intimate audiences in particular niches and settings.
Dr. Bondar’s approach is clearly very different to Tony Robbins’; her existence and spoken words are significantly calmer and her talks tend to keep the decibels at greater ear-friendly levels. But her message consistently inspires people to pursue their”peak performance possible” as she drops pearls of wisdom and dishes out food for thought.
Yet other speakers rely on humor to deliver their message, like the hilarious Steve Rizzo. Having walked away from his career as a comic who shared the stage with greats such as Jerry Seinfeld and Rodney Dangerfield, Steve uses his sharp comedic timing to deliver messages of perseverance through adversity that inspire audiences to”live the dream”
When you boil it all down, successful motivational speakers come in all shapes and styles – but they all manage to inspire their audiences to create positive, impactful changes in their lives.
They do this by discovering their own presentational style and playing with it. In figuring out what works best for them and using it to their advantage, they successfully add an air of authenticity to their talks.
After all, nobody wants to listen to somebody who doesn’t earnestly, 1000% believe in what they’re preaching!
Like top motivational speaker booking agent, Rich Libner of MCP Speakers, says when speaking about his own roster of speakers on the circuit,
“It’s important to remember that motivational speakers such as Tony Robbins, Roberta Bondar, or Steve Rizzo are not much different from the rest of us. They all have fears, failures, problems, and dirty dishes.”
So if they can speak to and inspire audiences of people, then you can too!
Believe it or not, there is a simple recipe for producing and delivering a successful motivational speech.
No matter if you decide to use the over-the-top energetic approach of Mr. Robbins or the comedic delivery of Steve Rizzo, after these vital ingredients can help you on your path to motivational speaking success.
Tell a good story, and tell it well.
Our evolutionary history has predisposed us to enjoying a fantastic story.
Consider this: Every known culture in human history has stories. From sitting by a fire and listening as elders tell stories of gods & monsters to purchasing a movie ticket and immersing ourselves in some epic cinematic adventure – we, as a species, absolutely love a good story.
A fantastic story uses a familiar pattern to convey meaning, with the most common pattern being the traditional failure-epiphany-struggle-success plot…
Know it. Love it. Use it.
Be clear with what you’re referring to.
Nobody likes to listen to someone yammer on with no easy-to-spot point. Much like Charlie Brown’s teacher, public speakers that drone on without a clear intent or purpose quickly lose their audience’s attention and become background noise.
Keep it snappy and on-point. Let your audience know within the first 2 minutes why you’re talking to them and what you’re referring to. After that, ensure that each and every anecdote, story, and tip you tell directly relates back to your purpose for being there.
To put it differently, give them a roadmap for what to expect from your presentation – and stick with it!
Create your own buy-in.
Picking up on point number 2, a fantastic means of creating your own buy-in is to let your audience know what to expect from the get-go. Tony Robbins is a master of this, often starting his speaking presentations with the following formula:
Now, I will talk to you about _______. I am talking to you about it since ________. My goal at the end is to motivate you to ________ so that you can ________. [-> Enter engaging but easy question to cap your intro and spur audience involvement here.]
You don’t have to copy that exact formula, but hopefully you get the idea.
After setting out your roadmap, one of the most effective ways of further fostering audience buy-in is by encouraging participation. There are more ways to encourage audience interaction than this report can list, but a key point is to be sure that the involvement is guided and relevant (and safe!)
For ideas on ways to foster positive audience participation, just Google”audience participation”.
The #1 very best way to alienate your audience is by being a downer. This includes singling out someone to select on during your presentation, relating horrible things that happened to individuals without supplying a positive spin or ending, and generally being a low-energy Debbie downer.
The key to motivation – especially motivational speaking – is to stay positive. People are paying attention to you because they’re after some sort of positive change, so stay positive with your inspirational messaging!
Offer another way of looking at things.
A basic ingredient to creating positive change is to alter how you look at things.
… Pretty deep, right?
It is also 100% authentic. Psychologists and entrepreneurs alike have known for decades that the biggest way to effect positive change is nurture a positive outlook. From dependence treatments to brand allegiance, the power of altering a person’s perspective is undeniable.
Inspire your audience to look at things differently by sharing a different (and positive) lens through which to view life’s challenges and hardships.
Practice. Practice. … Then practice some more.
Polished motivational speeches do not occur overnight and even elite motivational pros still flub every-so-often. Practice makes perfect though, so exercise for perfection!
MOTIVATING SUSTAINED MOTIVATION
In the long run, the most motivational portion of any inspirational speech is exactly what the audience chooses to do with what they have just heard. So help them make the best choice by using the aforementioned 6 tips next time you decide to get up and speak sweet words of inspiration!