#ThursdayThought – Motivational Speakers
Many people look down on motivational speakers, books and other media because they feel it’s “snake oil” or “all fluff”.
These critics want “meat on the bone”, practical “nuts and bolts” to put in play and make an impact.
One who hears the critique of these folks will think that motivational speaking has no place in someone’s professional or personal life.
Honestly, there are generally two camps of people who attend, read and/or listen to what other people have to say. Those who are looking for the actionable steps, and others who are looking for a mindset change.
Motivational speaking primarily is helping others get people to think and believe in themselves. In this age where the loneliness epidemic is being identified, and the news and politicians spreading negativity, and the reality of bad breaks in life, people need hope. And great leaders instill hope.
One of the ironies in today’s speaking is the impact of storytelling. We have come to realize the framing of a message with a parallel story to underline it is a proven method for people to have takeaway actions. Yet isn’t that what motivational speakers do?
Some people are moving forward, motivated and have the right mindset to succeed. They want the “meat on the bone”. Others need that first rung of the ladder, that lift up out of their current failing mindset and believing in themselves to make those first steps towards lasting change.
There is a place for both motivation and strategic advice. It all depends on what that individual needs at that time.
Yes, some motivational speakers are snake oil salespeople. But so are some so-called experts who provide impractical business advice for being an entrepreneur, creating a real estate business or how to make a fortune on SnapChat.
As with anything, we should judge anything based on the merits of the overall good someone creates for others and not the fringe people that dilute the call, or the recipient’s inability to heed that advice.
And especially not our bias because we don’t think it will work for us.