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What is the objective of motivational speaking?

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Susan Gemell
Communications Director, Inspiring Speakers Bureau

The goal of motivational speaking is to elicit action by conveying a highly emotional message. It's a trait of charismatic leaders, and it comes in handy when dealing with challenging situations or a lot of ambiguity.

The objective is to persuade the audience to alter their minds or act in a specific way. In politics, advertising, and sales promotion, it is a frequent resource.

A motivational speech is a beauty in words, and it's a valuable resource that extends beyond merely speaking effectively. What is the goal of it? By appealing to our emotions, we can promote introspection or sway convictions. Some speeches, such as Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream," demonstrate how words may shift the course of history.

When standing in front of dozens of people, any speaker aspires to deliver motivational speaking, which transforms a simple lecture into an exciting tale. Without a question, it is the most difficult form of public speaking and necessitates a higher degree of oratory. However, we shouldn't be too concerned with attaining this level because it isn't always the ideal strategy. Before giving a speech, you should analyze the target audience and the goals you wish to achieve.

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Robert Decker
Communications Director, Inspiring Speakers Bureau

Motivational speakers devote a significant amount of time to learning from and reflecting on their personal experiences, particularly those that have significantly impacted their understanding of the human condition.

Inspiring speakers typically take a different attitude to past adversity and suffering, seeing them as opportunities to learn and grow.

Their stories are frequently incredible tales of healing and progress, which is why their ideas are so powerful: they help listeners put their own negative experiences in context and feel encouraged to make positive changes in their lives.

Great presenters have a natural gravitas that enthralls an audience and makes you want to believe what they're saying.

Every word they say, every pause they take, every motion and body language they utilize is well-rehearsed for the message to reach and resonate with listeners.

Years of practice speaking in front of an audience are required, but the payoff is clear: you remember their messages, trust them, and feel motivated to act.

They represent you and your organization while they are on stage, so they must be pleasant and relatable.

One of a speaker's objectives is to encourage people to take action in their lives or businesses.

They not only cause a shift in attitude, but they also prompt quick action.

Motivational speeches lead listeners through a succession of easy steps, often simply small modifications daily that have a long-term influence.

What distinguishes them from the typical TED talk: the audience leaving a motivational speech often exudes a greater sense of purpose and is more determined to change.

As a result, a motivational speech may substantially benefit firms and organizations by instilling in their employees a strong desire to change for the better and guiding the organization toward a sustainable culture and purposeful business practice.

 

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Sophia McQuire
Moderator, Inspiring Speakers Bureau

Motivational speeches are more about narrative than motivation. Inspirational, stimulating, conflict-inducing, and action-inducing stories. It's about delving into a fascinating subject, addressing exciting occurrences that elicit strong reactions, telling an enthralling story to captivate the audience, and disseminating well-recognized themes to appeal to one's fundamental impulses.

Motivational speeches appeal to people's emotions by making them feel good about a person's narrative, an event, or a philosophy that they can use in their own life. Because motivation is an emotional process, these speeches may motivate some individuals for a brief time. Students, business executives, and Internet users listen to billionaires, monks, and philosophers intending to become financially motivated, but what excites their emotions is the pleasure of a tale.

This isn't to say that motivating speeches aren't effective. The popularity of the lecture and the speaker's compelling narrative produce specific emotional changes that influence human motivation, but the transformative capabilities of such speeches seem overstated. The exceptional levels of transformative drive claimed by speakers may change a select few, but they are marketing ploys designed to deceive an unsuspecting consumer or business.

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