If you’re reading this article then you’ve most probably heard of these household names: Brian Tracy, Anthony Robbins, Zig Ziglar to name some of the earlier ones and of course Timothy Ferriss and Ryan Holiday to name the more recent. What do these people all have in common? They are the very definition of a phenomenal motivational speaker and we think to ourselves they must be born with the oratorical prowess (of course not) but rarely ask if we can be like them. The answer to the latter is a resounding YES.
At motivational-speaker-success, we make it a point to uphold the highest standards in public speaking. We train consultants, professors, and those who wish to be motivational speaker. We unanimously believe that public speaking is as much an art as it is a science. We tweak everything from the subtlest expression down to the last grain of thought that makes the script. And we’re here to help you.
We know you’re interested in developing your presentation skills but for now, we are going to focus on your message first. In any case, before you can deliver a standing ovation-worthy performance, you have to learn how to make your message foolproof. So, without further ado, below are the key points you need to take note of plus some steps you can utilize to effectively improve the quality and overall impact of your message. The typical newbie motivational speaker fails to look into this.
1. APPLY YOURSELF
While it is necessary for an aspiring motivational speaker to research about things like target demographic, self-improvement, financial management, and habit formation, it is also important to make use of your own area of expertise to augment the experience of your audience. Not only will you be able to add depth to your message, you will also be able to articulate your points more effectively and effortlessly which will translate to confidence when you hit the stage. You automatically exude confidence when you know exactly what you’re talking about.
2. DECLUTTER YOUR MESSAGE
Once you have enough material to work with, consolidate your key discussions into three simple points. You can add more but try to keep all your key points to a maximum of seven because on average, the human brain can only hold seven pieces of information in the short term. Also, summarize long passages and try to mitigate fillers.
Furthermore, although redundancies are needed to maximize recall, too much will only serve to make your message dragging. You want a concise message with breaks ideally every ten minutes to pique the interest of your audience. A break, in this case is anything from a joke, a funny quote, or a gag reel that has something to do with your current topic.
An important note: make sure you think about what your audience is in immediate need of. No, not band-aid fixes but something they can work on or implement right away.
Now, here comes the challenging part: it is one thing to know something in your head. To know and feel something deep in your bones is something else entirely. Your audience needs to know that you feel for them and that you ARE them. Your message has to have the ability and quality to compel people to take action.
Practice your topic with enough mastery to actually know about it enough that it is integrated to your very fiber of being. Do whatever it takes: practice in front of a mirror. Record yourself. Listen to your message over and over again and do your best to be objective about what you hear. If you think you need to drag a friend into it, by all means do so. You can also do a dry run in front of a few of your most trusted individuals who you know are objective enough to give you quality feedback. Use their feedback to make your message airtight and you’ll be alright.