Make your life easier by rounding up your choices of motivational speakers. To help you out with that, we’ve listed 10 qualities that you should never compromise.
A good motivational speaker is not someone who just had an epiphany and decided to share inspiration to mankind. The inspiration, wisdom, and knowledge that all motivational speakers need do not magically appear inside a person’s head. They are earned not by reading books but by experiencing and understanding life.
The genuineness of expertise is given, but above all, there should be a genuine willingness to help other people. Sure, a motivational speaker builds a career to earn a living, but that should not hinder him from wanting to help people regardless of what money can offer.
You can only benefit from a speaker’s best of abilities if he has the best of intentions. Better take a look at a speaker’s advocacy and his professional and personal missions to find out if you can meet on the same page.
A motivational speaker is still a speaker at the end of the day. He needs to get his points across, and that can only happen if he truly knows how to speak clearly, with the right tone, phasing, pronunciation, inflection, and dynamics. He has to sound accurate and with conviction if he wants to make a long-lasting appeal to the audience.
There may be cases when a speaker does not have an impressive track record but has very compelling eloquence, and vice versa. You need to decide according to what your audience need. For instance, some types of audience may favor appeal over substance, which means they would rather hear an engaging speaker with average track record than a speaker with a lofty track record but cannot speak well.
With the present culture, it is almost impossible for motivational speakers to succeed in their profession without injecting fun into their presentations. Some people want something entertaining more than something motivational and inspirational, which is why even serious topics are sometimes discussed in the lightest way possible. After all, people who badly need motivation are the ones who are currently in the dark and gray areas of their lives. The least they need is something too heavy to bear.
A good motivational speaker has to be sensitive to the needs and reactions of his audience. He cannot just continue with the program without thinking about how his audience react in real-time. He puts himself in other people’s shoes to help him self-regulate and control his words and actions as needed. Without empathy, he may just bring more offense than motivation.
Humor is not humor unless it is funny, or so what a lot of people think. The truth is, a speaker can show humor without trying to be funny. He can be amusingly absurd or cheerfully expressive. Even the dictionary does not say anything about being funny. What is important is that the speaker has a “light” disposition that can be contagious as early as the first few minutes of the presentation.
Being famous does not excuse a motivational speaker from observing good conduct, punctuality, and respect. Even if you think that the speaker deserves to act like a diva, it does not mean that the audience will share the same thought if something “unprofessional” happens in the event. Remember that the audience’s negative feedback will backfire on you.
So, motivational speakers have their own niches. You cannot really force someone to go out of his comfort zone, especially when he knows that he cannot deliver his best if he does so.
However, as the late legendary speaker and writer Dale Carnegie said, showing versatility does not require a speaker to do something he is not good at. It only requires him to cover a broader topic where his line of expertise already lies in the first place.
You need to hire someone friendly not only to make your life easier but to give the audience a chance to interact with him without you worrying every second of it. This is very important especially when you are planning pre- and post-events, such as meet-and-greet and book signing.
The reputation of motivational speakersis equivalent to their popularity. Use your networks and the internet to find out if a particular speaker has good reputation or bad. You should not take a risk with someone that people never want to work with and watch.