Top Traits of Successful Motivational Speakers

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This Report will do 2 things for you:

1. Briefly talk about a few common (but pretty funny) stereotypes of motivational speakers. We’ll have a look at some real-life examples from the huge variety of motivational speakers on the circuit now.

2. Give some great tips on how to present your inspirational speeches by exploring the top 6 key ingredients that powerful motivational speakers have in common.

The end goal of this article is to help empower you to create and deliver your inspirational motivational speeches so that you can go forward and help others make positive changes in their own lives.

When someone starts talking about motivational speakers, most people either:

Bring up their own favourite speakers and share how said speaker(s) changed their life, or Roll their eyes and groan…. More often than not, people do the latter. When it comes to stereotypes, motivational speakers seem to get the blunt end of the stick. Often perceived as frantic, loud, and in-your-face, this type of public speaking commonly gets ignored for being, well, all speak .

However, there is a very definite (and growing) fan-base for motivational presentations. After all, the words of inspiration and insight that a genuinely good motivational speaker shares can create the kind of”a-ha” moments that truly resonate!

Inciting favorable changes for everything from kicking bad habits to chasing your dreams and living the life you have imagined – quality speakers can inspire their audiences to realize the internal potential for achievement that resides within all of us.

The fact is that a strong motivational speaker can be a real force to be reckoned with, regardless of what your own personal opinion of them may be!


Really good, based motivational speakers control some pretty good coin – Tony Robbins, as an example, charges at least $100,000 per participation.

The reason for this is that great motivators can impact the lives of thousands in one presentation, creating a literally exponential return on investment.

But the tactics that they use to inspire are often radically different, so how can they all end up achieving the same impact?

Let’s take a look at the very different styles of 3 best motivational speakers to figure this out.

– Tony Robbins: Energetic Motivation

He literally gets attendees out of their seats, hyped up and boldly crying out affirmational mantras of succeeding together.

The end result is a crowd of inspired go-getters that are prepared to”ask better questions, and as a result get better answers” – answers that will (hopefully) help them navigate the road to happiness and success.

Other speakers, like the amazing and super smart astronaut Dr. Roberta Bondar, choose to share their motivational public addresses with more intimate audiences in particular niches and preferences.

Dr. Bondar’s strategy is noticeably very distinct to Tony Robbins’; her presence and spoken words are significantly calmer and her talks tend to keep the decibels at more ear-friendly levels. But her message consistently inspires people to pursue their”peak performance possible” because she drops pearls of wisdom and dishes out food for thought.

Yet other speakers rely on humor to deliver their message, like the hilarious Steve Rizzo. Having walked away from his career as a comic who shared the stage with greats such as Jerry Seinfeld and Rodney Dangerfield, Steve uses his sharp comedic timing to send messages of perseverance through adversity that inspire crowds to”live the dream” For Steve, laughter is the best motivation.

When you boil it all down, successful motivational speakers come in all shapes and styles – but they all manage to inspire their audiences to create positive, impactful changes in their lives.

They do this by finding their own presentational style and playing to it. In figuring out what works best for them and using it to their advantage, they successfully add an air of credibility to their talks. And this authenticity is crucial.

After all, no one wants to listen to somebody who does not earnestly, 1000% believe in what they’re preaching!

Like top motivational speaker booking agent, Rich Libner of MCP Speakers, says when talking about his own Boca Raton Raccoon Removal,

“It’s important to remember that motivational speakers such as Tony Robbins, Roberta Bondar, or Steve Rizzo aren’t much different from the rest of us. They all have fears, failures, problems, and dirty dishes.”
So if they can talk to and inspire audiences of people, then you can too!

Believe it or not, there’s a simple recipe for producing and delivering a successful motivational speech.

No matter if you choose to use the over-the-top energetic approach of Mr. Robbins or the comedic delivery of Steve Rizzo, following these vital ingredients can help you on your path to motivational speaking success.

Tell a fantastic story, and tell it well.
Our evolutionary history has predisposed us to loving a fantastic story.
Consider this: Every known culture in human history has tales. From sitting by a fire and listening as elders tell stories of gods & monsters to purchasing a movie ticket and immersing ourselves in some epic cinematic adventure – we, as a species, absolutely love a good story. We always have.

A good story uses a familiar pattern to convey meaning, with the most common pattern being the traditional failure-epiphany-struggle-success plot…

Know it. Love it. Use it.

Be clear with what you are referring to.
Nobody likes to listen to someone yammer on with no easy-to-spot point. Much like Charlie Brown’s teacher, public speakers that drone on without a clear intent or purpose quickly lose their audience’s attention and become background noise.
Let your audience know within the first 2 minutes why you’re talking to them and what you are referring to. After that, ensure that every anecdote, narrative, and tip you inform directly relates back to your own purpose for being there.

In other words, give them a roadmap for what to expect from the presentation – and stick to it!

Create your own buy-in.
Picking up on point number 2, a fantastic means of producing your own purchase would be to let your audience know what to expect from the get-go. Tony Robbins is a master of this, often starting his talking presentations with the following formula:
Today, I will speak with you about _______. I am speaking to you about it since ________. My goal at the end is to motivate you to ________ so that you can ________. [-> Input engaging but easy question to cap your intro and spur audience involvement here.]

You don’t need to copy that exact formula, but hopefully you get the idea.

After establishing your roadmap, among the best ways of further boosting audience buy is by encouraging participation. There are far more ways to encourage audience interaction than this article can list, but a key point is to be sure that the participation is directed and relevant (and safe!)

For ideas on ways to foster positive audience participation, just Google”audience participation”.

The #1 really best way to alienate your audience is by being a downer. Including singling out someone to pick on throughout your presentation, relating horrible things that happened to individuals without providing a positive spin or end, and generally being a low-energy Debbie downer.
The trick to motivation – particularly motivational speaking – is to remain positive. People are paying attention to you since they’re after some sort of positive change, so stay positive with your motivational messaging!

Provide another way of looking at things.
A basic ingredient to making positive change is to alter how you look at things.
Like famous motivational speaker Wayne Dyer once said, “Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.”

… Pretty deep, right?

It is also 100% true. Psychologists and marketers alike have known for decades that the greatest way to influence positive change is foster a positive perspective. From addiction treatments to brand allegiance, the power of altering a person’s perspective is undeniable.

Inspire your audience to look at things differently by sharing a different (and positive) lens through which to view life’s challenges and hardships.

Practice. Practice. … Then practice some more.
Polished motivational speeches don’t happen overnight and even top-notch motivational pros still flub every-so-often. Practice makes perfect though, so practice for perfection!


In the long run, the most motivational portion of any inspirational speech is what the audience chooses to do with what they’ve just heard. So help them make the right choice by using the above 6 tips next time you decide to get up and speak sweet words of inspiration!

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