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Techniques Used By School Assembly Speakers to Inspire Students

Not all motivational speakers are the same. Some are more effective than others. Here are just some of the techniques used by school assembly speakers to inspire students into doing something positive or making changes in their lives:

 1. Connecting to their audience—in this case, middle school and high school students with very short attention spans. Good speakers are never boring. They are inherently approachable and relatable; students see them as someone who could very well become their friend, or someone who they aspire to be. The best motivational speakers have the ability to connect with the group as a whole as well as to every individual, so that every student feels as though the speaker is talking directly to them.

Good speakers accomplish this by using humor, humility, and honesty. All these factors make a speaker relatable. Students are likely to find it very hard to connect to someone who is standoffish, overwhelmingly confident, and too put-together. The best speakers are real humans; they are not afraid to tell stories about their past failures, problems, or insecurities. They show students that they, too, have experienced discouraged or afraid.

2. Voice.  A good voice is very important because delivery can make (or break) a message. The best motivational speakers know how to project their voices. They talk clearly, at the right pace, with proper modulation to avoid monotony. Even an otherwise long lecture can be made to sound more interesting by speakers who know how to keep a crowd engaged with their voice.

3. Use of visuals. From simple pictures to short videos, visual aids are important in keeping students interested in an inspirational talk. The best speakers use visual aids to emphasize their key points, never to distract from them.

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