While, a good speaker 'just' conveys his/her intended message, a better speaker 'moves' the audience through his words. Motivating people through speech is not as easy as it seems. It requires special skills, which can be acquired only by practice. A motivational speech includes, all the elements that can create an impact on the people listening to it. Apart from being interesting, it inspires the audience to work for a positive change. Learning to become a motivational speaker is a systematic process. Because even before addressing someone, the speaker himself needs to be positive about the subject. Unless, the speaker is not definite or optimistic about the topic of discussion, he or she may not be successful in motivating the audience. Each and every word you say as a motivator makes a difference and at the same time makes an impact. Your audience will comprise of people with different mind sets and it is imperative that your talk or speech sends a universal message. Hence, it is important that you train yourself to become a motivational speaker. Explore the tips given in this article to know how to excel in motivational speaking.
Motivational Speaking Tips
To motivate people with your speech you need to practice a lot. Rehearse your speech with your friend, family member or a colleague, before presenting it in front of the audience. While doing this, give stress to the voice modulation. Being well prepared before the speech reduces the stage fright as well.
You must have the thorough knowledge of the subject that you are going to address. Study the subject well, before formulating the speech. Be certain about, what you have to say, because lack of research will be reflected in the speech.
Mind Your Body Language
A good speaker is identified with the way he/she presents himself/herself on the stage. You should exude confidence through your body language. Maintain good eye-contact with the audience during the speech. Do not hide your hands inside your pocket, while speaking. Make use of gestures to emphasize your point. Maintain equanimity in your speech. This will make the session even more interactive.
Refining Public Speaking
You may have prepared an impeccable speech to impress the audience, but may fail owing to poor speaking skills. Oration is an art, which is either innate or is acquired with practice. A good speaking ability is the ground rule for any speaker. If you think that you lack this ability, record your speeches and listen to them. Listen to your words carefully and try to pick the mistakes. If possible get a friend or family member to listen to your speech. Ask them to correct or point out the areas which need improvement.
Know The Audience
Know how your audience needs to be motivated. A prior knowledge about the people will help you with the purpose. Consider the taste of the audience, while preparing the speech. Learn about their age group, their education, cultural background and lifestyle, because the choice of words depends a lot upon the mental level of the people listening to the speech.
Apart from being motivating, your speech should be interesting as well, if you want to create the maximum impact on the audience. Make use of metaphors, analogies and anecdotes to make the speech interesting. Make it interesting for your audience by making the speech interactive. You may ask questions to them in between the speech. Conversing with the audience will also help make the speech an interesting one.
Personal stories are convincing and help build a connection with your audience. They are something that the audience can relate to. A speech, when combined with some stories or anecdotes from your personal life can be assuring and will establish an emotional bond with the listeners. Narrating a personal experience delivers the message easily and precisely. The audience will understand why an individual’s story was used as an example, thereby, comprehending its purpose.
Give A Good Conclusion
You should summarize your speech in the most convincing way. A good conclusion will always leave an impact on the audience. They should feel satisfied, after listening to your speech. You should bring about a positive change in them, with an effective conclusion.
Listen To Your Audience
A good speaker needs to be a good listener as well. As a motivational speaker, you will mostly be offering guidance to people, so, it is important that you listen to their questions carefully and provide appropriate answers. Furthermore, at the end of the session ask for feedback. This is extremely important for you to improve as a motivational speaker. Ask your audience, whether or not the session was helpful, if yes, to what degree.
The above are some tips which may prove beneficial to you. Being motivational speaker needs a lot of experience and involves various challenges. But, the key to become a good motivational speaker lies in learning from each session. By learning each time you can hone your skills and master the art.