Listening to a motivational speaker’s piece doesn’t always enact long-term change in the audience. It uplifts their listeners a few hours after, it gives the audience something to talk about for the week, and it even digs up the deepest emotions out of those that relate to the speaker the most but it does not, at least not always, deliver in its declared promise to streamline your way to victory in life. A motivational speaker is a person who has a passion for public speaking and has a genuine belief in the power of mind over matter to overcome challenges. This person is also hired sometimes on the misconception that they can change established behaviors in their audience.
Misconceptions of a speaker’s promised deliverable is not wrongly put; most can blame the copy presented on their pamphlets, books, social media, and the testimonials from some of the rare few that have reached an epiphany after listening to one of their speeches. Sometimes, not even the motivational speaker himself is aware of the limit to his influence. Driven by societal needs, results of their marketing efforts may rise to false promises and outlandish statements that many either realize much later, or choose to keep such declarations for the added value their bookings seem to appear to get.
Individuals that do change after listening to a motivational speech are quite rare. These people most likely are the type of people that already have a strong will of their own. In many cases, they already have a deep understanding of their problem points and have reflected enough to the point that they have acknowledged the faults in their life that need to be corrected and already have the initiative to change for the better. Many most likely have already begun this reformation process before the speech. It often times just hasn’t been visibly acknowledged yet.
So what exactly drives individuals to change after listening to a motivational speaker? Most of the time it isn’t because of the “if I can do it, you can do it” mentality that many speakers endorse. It’s the self-awareness and change of perspective that they provide to their audience.
You see, a speaker, being a whole different person, has the ability to put the audience in the shoes of the persona the speaker is trying to portray on that stage in that moment. What persona of the speaker is being talked about here? The persona that represents the self that resonates more with the audience. Recognizing the importance of realness in their profession, a speaker is required to show a part of their own attitude and personal opinions up on stage that will relate more with the audience giving himself a chance to take his listeners on a journey through his thought process given a situation.
The speaker brings the audience to the state of open-mindedness very discreetly, as it is a tailored part of their piece. They have the ability to use their projected self to be the object of empathy for the audience, in a way forcing them to see themselves in him as he is presenting in front of them. Advantages of this method include instilling confidence in their listeners that this person in front of them has the same experiences as them and has overcome the situations that they themselves are going through.
Though very few have truly changed their behavior for the better after listening to a speaker, having activities like these for a company or team still builds rapport among members and serves as a good topic to reflect on when approached by the right attitude and mindset. By no means are motivational speakers fake, but take note of your intentions when hiring one. If it’s for the purpose of long-lasting change then there are other ways to achieve this goal with a team, but if it is to build perspective and to instill a sense of open-mindedness to a team then go ahead and get that motivational speaker on the line.