Getting a crowd of people to listen to what you’re saying is difficult enough, but inspiring a group of people into action is even harder, especially as an entrepreneur. Motivational speaking can be a challenge and with the right tools and mindset, you will succeed in creating interest in your speech and inciting the action you want to leave the listeners with. Whether this is your first speech in front of a large group or you are a seasoned speaker, these tips will help you prepare to deliver an effective speech.
Unless you’re exceptional at coming up with material or you’ve already delivered this kind of speech before, chances are you’ll need to set aside a good bit of time. Start with a brainstorming session and have goals in mind of what you’d like to achieve. Try to keep a small notebook with you at all times, just in case an idea pops into your head that you can use for the speech.
Make Sure You’re Committed to the Subject
One thing that is going to set you back is choosing a subject and working on the speech, only to change it because you’ve lost interest in the subject matter or don’t have enough material to work with. This is another reason why having a productive brainstorming session is crucial; it will eliminate the need for you to redo the speech after working on it for a time.
Listen to Other Motivational Speakers
Tune into a motivational TED Talk or try to attend an event that features a motivational speaker. This is not to get ideas from that you can use as much as it is to pick up on nonverbal cues and see how the crowd reacts to what the person is saying. Hone in on how they stand, what gestures they use, how they deliver anecdotes, and how they build their speech from beginning to end. Much like comedic stand-up, motivational speeches should be relatable and get the audience thinking.
Make it Memorable
After you leave the stage, the people in the audience should still be thinking about the words that you said. Keep them engaged by making the speech memorable. One way to do this is by injecting comedic elements to the speech. These anecdotes and observations should flow naturally and be related to the subject matter, and they are typically effective in both engaging the audience and allowing the speech to stay on their minds long after the speech.