The Do’s and Don’ts of Motivational Speaking that All Rookies Should Know

Motivational speaking may not be for everyone, but you can definitely improve your skills to make it closer to success. Let these do’s and don’ts be your guide.


1.Do speak about what you believe in

A reality TV star can talk about things he doesn’t really care about, but it’s okay because most fans usually don’t care if it’s sincere or not, scripted or natural. For as long as it is entertaining, it’s fine.

On the other hand, a motivational speaker is an open book who shows his strengths and weaknesses to the whole world to impart a lesson. That’s why they are some of the well-loved personalities in the world.

People would easily know when motivational speakers are sincere with their messages. People have instincts and they need emotional impact to be satisfied. Don’t risk looking “fake” by saying things that only look good on paper.

2.Do maximize your “power space”

Keynote speakerYour “power space” is your upper body, from your chest to your head including your shoulders and arms. This space is your tool to make your statements even more convincing.

Questions are made more compelling when matched with the right facial expressions. Presentations of ideas are clearer with body movements and gestures. Anecdotes are more moving when matched with proper blocking. Words, movements, and expressions always come in package because they work best with one another.


1.Don’t rush

Usually, a motivational speaker only has a limited time to deliver his speech unless it is his excusive conference. Hence, he has to be concise.

A short allotted time is not an excuse to speak too fast and present a topic haphazardly. Instead of hurrying to finish your long speech in a short period of time, write the speech wisely so as to include only the really substantial matters. Have an editor see it or practice the timing so that you can estimate the length of speech you’ll need for the time you have. You can also use an online tool to help you convert a written speech into time projection.

2.Don’t pretend to not see the audiences’ reactions

Negative reactions are always scary. That’s why many rookie motivational speakers choose to ignore them. They believe that when they don’t see the reactions, they’re not real. Even Katniss Everdeen was advised to only look at Cinna, her stylist, when on stage to fight her nerves in The Hunger Games movie.

This is a tried-and-true method in controlling nerves, but it also leaves a motivational speaker unable to adjust according to the reactions of his audiences. It’s humiliating to see people frown, laugh, or look dumbfounded when it’s not your intention in any way, but being aware of their reactions gives you a clue that says something is not quite right. By picking up the hint, you can fix the damage by changing topic, changing tone, pumping up your energy, elaborating further, talking louder, and whatever is needed to address their concerns.

3.Don’t use highfalutin words

It’s very amateurish to try to impress the audience with highfalutin words. Surprisingly though, a lot of speakers still do it. It may actually work in school when impressing a professor, but definitely not when faced with an audience who don’t care about useless words in their lives.

A motivational speaker doesn’t give a lecture that appeals to the intelligence. He tells a story that appeals to the emotions. Don’t waste your time trying to establish yourself as a know-it-all because that will just make the audience feel that you are not relatable. Instead, show them that you are one of them who is only able to pick himself up.

Author Bio:
Motivational speaker provides keynotes and break out sessions for corporate events and association meetings that are drop dead funny, motivational and full of proven research results on what the most successful do differently.

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