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Types of Speeches: The Motivational Speech

Donkey with a carrot on a stringIf you decide to become a professional speaker or use speaking as an integral part of your marketing strategy, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the various types of speeches you might be asked to give. In this series of posts, I’ll give you the basics on a variety of types of presentations you can prepare. At the end of this post, I’ve listed previous articles in this series.

What is a motivational speech?
The purpose of a motivational speech is to encourage personal or professional growth in the audience. It is very similar to the inspirational speech (which I will talk about later in this series) but has a slightly different intent.

Both types of presentations are positive an upbeat, but where a motivational speech has the intention of motivating an audience to take a specific type of action, an inspirational speech’s main goal is to create an emotional experience that may or may not lead to a specific action.

How to motivate
I read in my Toastmasters manual that the purpose of motivation is to “cause others to think, believe and act as you want them to, and have them like it.” I love that definition because that part at the end is the key … anyone can use force, authority or other techniques to get people to do what they want them to … but to have them like it at the same time? That takes skill and finesse.

There are some key elements to making a speech motivational:
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