What Is A Successful Motivational Speech?
Let’s start by defining what it should be. A motivational speech has the end goal of being able to inspire an audience. It touches not only the intellect but the heart as well. Not only should it elicit action. It should also elicit an inner change in behavior, for the better, of course.
A successful talk and delivery is one that is able to convey a message clearly. It’s not just about the speaker’s charisma. Furthermore, it isn’t about being someone who is good with words. Successful motivational speakers connect with their listeners and empathize with them. At the same time, allowing listeners to relate to the message.
And it doesn’t stop there. It has a hold in the listener’s mind, so much so, that he or she will continue to recall it and apply it to their lives.
Important Points Of A Speech
Make the aim of your presentation clear. Whether it’s the opening, the body, or the closing part of your talk, be sure that the main point of your presentation is crystal. Provide examples and analogies if needed, to further your listeners’ understanding of it.
Because we’ve just mentioned these words in the above paragraph, take note of these one more time: Opening. Body. Closing. During your preparation (writing process), identify which topics to talk about in every part. This will avoid redundancy and over-emphasizing certain points. Also, it’s a good way to check what other factors need to be mentioned more, or maybe less.
Personalize it. Speak from your own experience. We’re assuming that you’re’ presenting a topic that you’re actually familiar with. Aside from the research that needs to be done here, add some examples of your own. What you say will have more oomph if your audience will hear about it from your very own perspective.
The How-Tos’ Of Writing Your Speech
Set your topic straight and create a backbone. Write down your main heading, add subheadings, and smaller subheadings (if any). Think “overview”. Then, streamline. The more concise and straightforward, the better.
Once you start writing, write as though you’re talking to someone one-on-one. This is the way your speech should feel like. People won’t want to hear someone read off of a narrative. People want to speak to directly, therefore write in that manner.
We won’t overemphasize on you doing the research you need to do. Never skip this. And examples, examples, examples!
After filling that backbone in, streamline again. Check and double-check what can be taken out and should be added in.
Create a clean closing with a brief recap of the entire piece. Don’t think about trying to impress. That will come naturally through confidence, level of preparation and knowledge of the presentation. Lastly, try to have fun!