The ultimate goal of motivational speaking is to stimulate and empower people to try to make positive changes in their life. But to effect this change and make this change permanent so that it can be translated to productivity or whatever it is that must be achieved, a speaker must provide his/her audience with inspiration.
Experiences: The source of Inspiration
Speaking can be learned and perfected through practice but inspiration comes from within. Inspired motivational speakers will inevitably and constantly exude inspiration like an aura that affects all the people around them. Inspiration may come from your own wealth of personal experiences, that is you could have emerged victorious from a difficult ordeal or if you are armed with a powerful insight, you can also use the experiences of others as your source of inspiration and communicate it to people in such a way that they too may feel inspired. Seeing a butterfly struggling to get out of its cocoon during a morning walk in the garden can be used to deliver a powerful message about change and the beauty it can bring.
Inspiration must also be tangible, that is, people must feel it all the time when speaker is around. People must see it on the speaker’s demeanor and how they deal with others and with adversities. The speaker’s reputation, behavior and character are perhaps the greatest tools to inspire people. Great motivational speakers inspire people to be successful by showing living a life of success.
Conveying Inspiration: The Power of Storytelling
It is not enough that the audience see and feel inspiration from motivational speakers. Most of the time, it is necessary that you dig deeper into the audience and touch something inside of them so deep, that they will be convinced that whatever idea you are selling can also apply to them. This maybe the primary reason why sometimes, religion and appeal to values works! This is where the power of storytelling comes to play. Ever wondered why movies and novels appeal to people? It is because these works touch people’s emotions – it shows them that they are not the only ones feeling love, hardships or triumphs. Persuasion may come with appealing to the intellectual side of people but inspiration digs deeper to people’s desires and values. The way how motivational speakers tell a story can incite familiar emotions that make the audience identify with the speaker, making them open for suggestions and the idea for change. However, you must take caution not to sound so bragging and self-righteous lest the audience may think that you are self-absorbed and does not really care to your audience.
How to keep people inspired
Inspiration is like a fire, once kindled, you should keep it burning if you want to stay warm. People may get inspired in speaking engagements but only some of them will continue to get inspired when they get home and start to face their realities. The point is, inspiration will just become a transient thing for most. Motivational speakers can keep people inspired by having supplemental written material such as self-help books or articles for the audience so that even if the speaker is not there, the fire of inspiration will still remain burning. Exploiting the power of social media will also do the trick. You can use Twitter and Facebook accounts to tweet and post motivational quotes for your followers. Your reputation and how you live your life is also a potent weapon to keep people inspired. Live what you preach to show people the true meaning of success. This would truly inspire people to make them emulate and listen to your teachings.
An motivational speaker is an effective speaker should be able to speak to his audience on a personal level.