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Seven Selected Assumptions About Motivational Speakers

Seven Selected Assumptions About Motivational Speakers

The reader is invited to enjoy the following seven assumptions regarding motivational speakers. These assumptions are provided for your amusement as well as your edification.

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Assumption #1

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Motivational speakers can, in fact, motivate. That is, they can: inspire, energize, rekindle, excite, engender, psych, move, challenge, influence, invigorate, enlighten, encourage and captivate.

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Assumption #2

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Motivational speakers can, in truth, speak. That is, they can: talk, break silence, open their mouths, emit, utter, articulate, communicate, pipe up, speak up, speak out, hold forth, orate, be eloquent, spell binding and silver-tongued.

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Assumption #three

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Motivational speakers are the medium and "the medium is the message." (Marshall McLuhan) That indicates the message is the sender. Motivational speakers, then, deliver themselves as content. It is their take on something, their spin, their observations, their hypotheses, their slant, their histories, their experiences, their insights, their stories, their challenges, their successes, their failures, their understandings, their sense creating, their hopes, their fears, their adversities, their expertise, their humor. In brief, their lives.

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Assumptions #4 &amp #5 &amp #6

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Motivational speakers speak to an audience. (4) The audience is produced up of people who want to be there. (5) However, even if the audience is made up of reluctant attendees who had been necessary to participate, they will be won over by the speaker, who, by definition, motivates. (6) The point is there are individuals who are receiving your message. Some actively listening, some passively listening. Some resonating to your insights, some questioning, maybe rethinking, lengthy held patterns of believed and behavior. Some moved to laughter, some moved to tears. Some identifying, some examining, some weighing. Each producing sense of the words, the message, the speaker in his/her own way.

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Assumption #7

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Motivational speakers are themselves motivated by the men and women they are motivating. That is to say that the response, both verbal and nonverbal, from folks in the audience renews and refreshes the speaker who is sharing his/her message and consequently him or herself with the audience. This then forms the symbiotic relationship among speaker and listener.

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The next time the reader has an opportunity to hear a motivational speaker, feel about these assumptions and see if they bear out. And lastly, a excellent writer, like a very good speaker, need to be clear, direct and concise. Thus, the end.
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