Author: Ruth Harmon

Five Common Blunders of Motivational Speakers

Avoid these five common blunders of motivational speakers if you want to be taken seriously in your profession.

1. Not paying attention to what the moderator says

SpeakerOpposing and repeating what a moderator says is one of the biggest blunders a motivational speaker can make. Usually, the moderator gives the introductory speech which aims to provide the outline of what’s about to unfold. In such case, there is no longer any necessity to give a preview of your presentation or explain what it is all about. Just proceed with the main discussion.

The moderator might also explain the theme and goal of the event, so do not waste any minute of your time on things that have just been said. What’s worse is if you are going to say something that directly opposes the moderator’s words. Also, avoid redundant introductions.

Do not run a whole list of your achievements and explain why you are the speaker if the moderator has already done so.

2. Not checking if the setup has already been finalized before he starts

Is the microphone working (whatever type of microphone you are using)? Are the volume and effects perfect for the venue?

Is your media presentation ready for playback? Does the technical operator know the exact sequence and transition points of the presentation? Is the copy of your speech safely opened in the computer?

Are the handouts or reference materials prepared to be distributed at the right moment? Will the snacks be served at the right time because you do not want to dismiss the audience for a break without something to eat? Are the audience already seated and prepared to listen?

The main role of a motivational speaker is to give a moving speech, but that does not mean he has to take everything else for granted. The presentation starts from the moment the audience is greeted, to the time they leave the venue.

3. Connecting the projector to his actual computer

You probably have seen this before, where the projector shows the contents of the motivational speaker’s computer. It is more convenient to just play the media presentation directly from a personal computer (like a laptop), especially if the speaker will be the operator himself. He knows how to operate his own PC, so he is probably more comfortable with it.

The problem with this habit is that the motivational speaker risks himself of being embarrassed in front of a large crowd, like when there are things in his computer that are not meant to be projected on the screen. It is probably inconvenient to transfer your media presentation to another device and have it operated there without being familiar with it. But this is just a small effort for the big embarrassment you might experience if you decide not to do it.

4. Getting lost in his own emotions

A motivational speech can be emotionally overwhelming even for a motivational speaker sometimes. There is a deep personal connection that usually comes from his experiences. It is okay to be emotional but not too much, to the point breaking down.

A speaker who gets lost in his own emotions tends to exaggerate the delivery of his speech that he already starts to sound like a worship leader proclaiming the hundreds of ill people who miraculously got healed through his divine gift. Furthermore, it is easy to get disorganized when there is emotional turbulence involved, and that will render the speech a little ambiguous.

5. Talking about himself too much

Motivation comes from within, so it is no surprise that motivational speakers speak from experience. But sometimes, some speakers focus too much on using their experiences to motivate other people that they end up discussing their life stories rather than focusing on the application of the lessons. For the nth time, a motivational speech is never about the speaker; it’s about the audience.

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