Many can speak in front of a podium and deliver a speech. Many can say a few seemingly sensible ideas and make people believe that things will get better. Many can talk to an audience with so much confidence but not all of them can leave these people touched and transformed by the end of their discourse. Only a good motivational speaker can do this.
There is a particular set of characteristics that good speakers have in common. These qualities make them effective in teaching the minds and touching the hearts of people. Despite the diversity in the topics that they will be discussing about or the audience that they will be facing, these qualities will help them get to the soft spot of their listeners. These are what can be considered the staple characteristics of an effective motivational speaker.
How can anyone be motivated to quit smoking when the speaker himself smokes and has no intention of stopping? How can anyone find hope in life while listening to a suicidal speaker whose words are all of misery and forlorn? How can a speaker convince the audience to save money from their earnings when he cannot stop himself from spending all of what he has indulgently?
A good motivational speaker leads a motivated life. They can sway crowds with their words because they themselves have swayed with these same words. They talk about the principles which they themselves have used in their own struggles and triumphs. More often than not, it is easier to believe the people who have been in the same situation and who have experienced the same feelings. Their inner inspiration makes them genuine and convincing. They embody their speech. They walk their talk.
Some speakers may have lead motivated lives and followed the principles they are advocating but not all of them know how to speak with the masses. It is therefore a must for a good motivational speaker to master the art of connecting with the listeners. Speakers should be able to make them feel that they are on the same page with them. They can relate and click with the crowd. They can talk to the people as if they are the latter’s confidante.
Also, effective speakers are persuasive. They do not need to coerce anyone to follow them. They can convince them to step up in a subtle manner. They can string their words carefully and sound as natural as possible in delivering their statements. They know that overly assertive speakers just tend to offend or discourage their listeners from accepting their advocacies and principles.
There are many techniques in persuading an audience. Speakers can try challenging them with a question or drawing their attention into a strong argumentative point. Those with a good sense of humor can start off by joking. Those with their own rags-to-riches story can start by narrating this to them. The key here is to play to one’s own strengths and pool of experiences.
Aside from these things, speakers should be confident but not self-possessed. They should not boast of or gloat over their achievements. They may be funny but not in the expense of others. They should try to uplift the audience’s mood, not feel bad about themselves. They should be honest and sincere but not tactless. They should not mislead the people or give them false hopes. The know how to empathize with the people. They can put themselves in the position of the audience.
Again, a good motivational speaker leads motivated a motivated life, masters the art of connecting with the audience and persuades them without coercion. These three characteristics can surely boost one’s ability to speak in front of many people. These are necessary to be able to become effective motivational tongues.