Some topics remain interesting and relevant for weeks, months, and even years. They tend to be important topics or topics that are a majority of people can relate to. For example, a personal story that shows how a speaker overcame an obstacle like addiction or disease would never lose its human-interest factor. Evergreen speaking topics don’t have expiration dates. They are new and relevant like computers as opposed to old and irrelevant like typewriters. Permanently relevant topics are referred to as “evergreen,” because they are like evergreen trees and shrubs, which stay green throughout the year. Some evergreen topics presented by business keynote speakers include the following broad-based subjects, which may change definitions as time goes by: Continue reading
All motivational speakers are not just self-help gurus, although there’s certainly nothing wrong with getting help for yourself. The point is, there are many kinds of speakers and numerous topics to be addressed. So, if you have the desire to be a motivational speaker, you might want to consider what the best world-class speakers have in common.
- Strong public speaking skills.
- Passion for a message.
- Know the audience.
- Deliver a timely message.
- Stay focused on a topic.
- Having empathy for others.
- Be and sound authentic.
By Mike Humphrey (originally published on LinkedIn)
There is a familiar frustration with organizations regarding speakers. You pay them good money to deliver a speech that really means something to your audience, and in turn, your organization. You conduct pre-event phone calls and send packets of info with the speaker. Yet they walk on stage with relatively the same speech they always deliver. It is a good speech, but might have been so much better…it could have spoken directly to the audience and made the impact that you had hoped for.
Why do so many speakers struggle with customizing their speeches? Continue reading