There are three types of motivational speaker:
Someone who genuinely wants to help, someone who wants to earn money, and someone who wants to earn money by genuinely wanting to help. Wherever you are classified under, the members of your audience do not care much about it because at the end of the day, their priority is to know how you can help them and not why you are doing it.
There is no excuse for being ineffective a speaker. Once you step in front of a crowd, be sure that you are at your best and just wow them. These four tips will help you become an effective motivational speaker.
1. Know your audience
Although your audience will not have the same preferences, it is likely that they will come from a common background, such as place of residence, social status, career industry, education, culture, and interest. Find that common denominator, so that you can become relevant and relatable. The delivery of your speech and message should be appropriate to them.
You should also look at the history of the community so as not to tap sensitive issues that will lead to offense. At the same time, you can use their emotions to make an appeal of action. Was there a tragedy? Was there a common fear among the residents? Are there social or political issues that they’d rather leave untouched?
Ask around; make some calls. Ask for background information from the organizer of the event or sponsor (in case you have). It is also smart to call random attendees (if there is preregistration) for information. You can even use their stories for your speech.
If nothing seems to be fruitful, Google is always there to help.
2. Draft, write, and rewrite
List the core messages you want to share, and outline them in lessons and stories. Write the speech according to your outline, but do not forget to add entertainment value like anecdotes, jokes, and games. Once done (and you still have spare time), leave it to be checked only the next day. You will be able to find more mistakes and inconsistencies this way.
Only this time you should rewrite your speech if need be.
3. Practice the delivery
Writing a speech is different from delivering it. The audience will know if you are reading a speech for the very first time because you will sound exactly like it. They will also notice if you rely heavily on script and visual presentations.
Nothing is more disappointing than seeing a motivational speaker that does not seem prepared and interested in what he is doing. That will ruin your credibility even before your speech ends.
The best way to practice is go in front of a mirror and speak. You will see if there is something wrong or awkward about your gestures and facial expressions. It will also help to have your practice recorded, so that you can listen to yourself and catch mistakes in phrasing and pronunciation.
4. Plan your blocking
Blocking refers to your position and movement on stage. Even shows practice blocking in advance because again, the audience will know if you are not sure where to go and how to move in front of a crowd. You do not want to look like someone who is about to poop when walking to and fro the stage without coordination, right?
Plan where to start: in the middle of the stage, downstage, behind the podium, or on either side? Where do you go next? When giving the visual presentation, where do you stand that does not block the audience’s view or the projector?
An effective motivational speaker is not only good in verbal communication but also non-verbal communication.