Motivational speakers use a variety of methods to inspire their audience. These may range from simple one-speaker events that do not seek active audience participation to ones that are driven by the audience with the speaker just conducting the proceedings. The scale of the sessions also differs. Some may range from larger assemblies that involve hundreds of participants to smaller ones with only a few people in attendance.
Also, every motivational speaker is not the same in his or her approach. Some may prefer illustrations or stories to drive home a point while others may use their own or the audience’s real life examples. Let’s take a look at the different aspects that make a speaker ideal for a particular audience.
- Engaging the Audience: The setting of the session could either be the speaker speaking alone or engaging with the audience. It can be done by asking questions or opinions or through a sharing of experiences. The speakers are always required to know the audience so that certain adjustments can be made in the approach as when required and the required results are achieved.
- An Effective Stage: The stage is a dynamic unit in the entire interaction. It could be the traditional stage where the speaker talks from a platform in front of the audience or a more informal one where the speaker goes about the participants to elicit a better response. There may be a difference in how the audience is seated and how they are allowed to interact. Some speakers may separate the audience and make them sit among strangers to get a more personal response from the listeners.
- The Type of Audience: Not every speaker deals with all types of audiences. There are those who prefer business professionals while others may opt to speak to children and help nurture their growth. The subject matter definitely varies on the type of audience. Other factors, such as engagement level, time of speech, etc. are also dependent on the participants.
- The Choice of Venues: There are speakers who prefer to work in only certain kinds of venues. Some cater to large auditoriums whereas there are those who feel comfortable in closed smaller groups. The venues depend on the material being discussed, the audience who are listening in, the length of time of the speech, etc.
Despite their varied approach, it must be remembered that though motivational speakers may differ in their approach, but their effectiveness is phenomenal in helping people move out of their ennui and take charge of their lives.