What is a motivational speech?

The purpose of a motivational speech is to encourage personal or professional growth in the audience. A motivational speech has the intention of motivating an audience to take a specific type of action.


When it comes to motivating an audience during a speech, a few steps must be taken in order for the speech to be effective


 Visual Aids To help people concentrate on the main points of your speech, prepare coloured, interesting visual aids to use during your motivational speaking. People like to see evidence of what you’re talking about.


 Find the Best Venue A good motivational speaker uses the right venue. It will help you establish a better connection and it will make your audience feel comfortable. The venue should correspond to the number of people you expect to show up. The surroundings should feel intimate enough, yet letting individuals enjoy some personal space. Good acoustics will be helpful, as well.


 Keep it Short No one likes long speeches. No matter how inspiring you may think you are or how funny you think you’re being, long speeches become boring in the long hand


To be a successful business motivational speaker you must show confidence in your words and body language.Being self-assured and friendly will win over your audience.


 Build an emotional connection When starting a speech, you want to connect with the audience emotionally. Why should the audience care about what I am going to say? What’s in it for them? What benefit will come from listening? Buy-in is rarely done on an intellectual level. People are more likely to listen if they can relate to you and your message on an emotion level. Does what you offer—your product, service or idea—solve a problem? Can you speak to a pain they have

 Carve out your niche Motivational speaking is, in many ways, a product that must be sold. Why should someone pay to hear you impart your message? Be able to articulate your unique experiences and show exactly how your message can benefit your listeners.


 Body Language Nothing will cool an audience quicker than a speaker who hides behind the lectern or seems uncomfortable with their own appearance.



 Make it Personal
 Adding humor or a very vivid story within your speech can add a personal touch that will allow you to connect with your audience. However, make sure that adding a personal touch adds value to the overall message you are trying to convey.


 Ensure that your speech has a simple structure and is easy to follow The simplicity criteria holds true here. You must be able to let your audience make sense of what you are saying, instead of confusing them. If they can follow your speech, then they can get your message.


The motivational talk is about the importance of service and thinking of ways to serve others”


 Close with impact To end an inspirational speech, quickly sum up your points and leave the audience with an inspirational and uplifting message. Every motivational speech should give people hope, a feeling that things are progressing, and that their efforts are making a difference.


Some of the best motivational speeches are anchored with “strong storytelling”. This is the primary difference between an informational and motivational presentation. By tying facts to a compelling story, the audience will often find it easier to make an emotional connection with the material.


Please share your motivational speech tips with us!


Myriam Balerio is the founder and writer of PA Privé. After kick starting her career as a PA and finding success as an assistant, Myriam later trained in digital and online marketing and has since combined the two disciplines in creating PA Privé, the platform through which she provides sage advice for those in the assistant profession and a network for like-mined PAs and EAs to connect. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Myriam has lived in London for over 10 years and currently lives in London with her husband and French bulldog.


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