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Stories of 4 Motivational Speakers to Inspire You for the Rest of Your Life

Stories of 4 Motivational Speakers to Inspire You for the Rest of Your Life

Motivational speakers are often used by businesses to motivate their employees, or to help them sell their business to others. The use of a guest motivational speaker at a meeting or conference is very common. There are some professional motivational speakers that make a lot of money giving a speech. It may amaze people what the best speakers say in their speeches.

The key to a good motivational speech is to have a great story that gives the audience inspiration to do more. Many of these stories are based on events in the speaker’s life. When they tell a great story, the audience will be moved to act in some way that will benefit themselves and others. Not all of the motivational speakers that are hired for meetings have a good story to tell. They often have to embellish their tale or create a tale that they think will reach the audience. There are some speakers that have very compelling stories. When people hear the story of these individuals, they are hit with a variety of emotions. These emotions cause the people to act and can inspire many people to do more in their own life.

Tony Robbins

Tony Robbins is a well-known life coach and motivational speaker. Millions of people have heard him speak live, on DVDs and on television. His basic message to people is that they can control their destiny through their decisions. He has been spreading his message to many others so they can do better for themselves.

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The basis of his message is to provide people with two master life lessons. The first is the science of achievement and the second is the art of fulfillment. These lessons are the basis for the motivational speeches that he gives.

Boris Becker

Many people know Boris Becker as a tennis star from the 1980s. His duels on court with legends such as John McEnroe and Andre Agassi are timeless. Unlike many athletes that go into retirement with a whimper, Boris Becker has managed to use the story of his life to challenge others to be the best that they can be. His story as a champion that was considered lucky to win helps him inspire others to challenge their doubters. He has also used his success after tennis to show how people can continue to grow.

Jack Canfield

Not everyone will recognize his name, but they will usually recognize the books that Jack Canfield has written. As the author of Chicken Soup for the Soul, Jack Canfield has managed to touch tens of millions of people with his advice on how to approach life.

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His style as a speaker is straightforward. He pushes his audience on the importance of goal setting and achieving the goals. After listening to this speaker, many people will take the time to act on what they have heard from him.

Les Brown

Les Brown has worn many different hats during his life. He has been a politician, a DJ, a TV host and a writer. It is his work as a motivational speaker that often gives him the most fulfillment. He provides his audience with a message of personal responsibility. He believes that when you take responsibility for what you do, you will have the drive to accomplish the things that you dream about.

He delivers his message to the audience in a very earnest manner. He is well-known for helping people lead more successful lives.

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A motivational story

There are some lesser known speakers that use stories that have been known to inspire. One of the stories that can move an audience involves a young boy and a waitress. The young boy entered the diner and asked how much an ice cream sundae was. The waitress told him 50 cents. He asked how much a dish of plain ice cream was. She said it was 35 cents. He ordered the plain ice cream. He left and paid his bill. The waitress found that he had left a 15 cent tip. She realized that he did not order the sundae because he knew he did not have enough money to leave a tip. The moral of the story is to always leave some of you to help others.

The stories that motivational speakers use may be part truth and part fiction. They are designed to help the audience realize the potential that they have within themselves. If they can see what another person has done to improve themselves, the audience will be inspired to try to do that too. It is a formula that has worked for a long time.

If this article has motivated you to do something, leave a comment or share it with a friend. Do something that you are inspired to do.

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Featured photo credit: President George W. Bush talks with former Columbine High School student Craig Scott/Kimberlee Hewitt via en.wikipedia.org

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Last Updated on May 21, 2019

How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

For all our social media bravado, we live in a society where communication is seen less as an art, and more as a perfunctory exercise. We spend so much time with people, yet we struggle with how to meaningfully communicate.

If you believe you have mastered effective communication, scan the list below and see whether you can see yourself in any of the examples:

Example 1

You are uncomfortable with a person’s actions or comments, and rather than telling the individual immediately, you sidestep the issue and attempt to move on as though the offending behavior or comment never happened.

You move on with the relationship and develop a pattern of not addressing challenging situations. Before long, the person with whom you are in relationship will say or do something that pushes you over the top and predictably, you explode or withdraw completely from the relationship.

In this example, hard-to-speak truths become never- expressed truths that turn into resentment and anger.

Example 2

You communicate from the head and without emotion. While what you communicate makes perfect sense to you, it comes across as cold because it lacks emotion.

People do not understand what motivates you to say what you say, and without sharing your feelings and emotions, others experience you as rude, cold or aggressive.

You will know this is a problem if people shy away from you, ignore your contributions in meetings or tell you your words hurt. You can also know you struggle in this area if you find yourself constantly apologizing for things you have said.

Example 3

You have an issue with one person, but you communicate your problem to an entirely different person.

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The person in whom you confide lacks the authority to resolve the matter troubling you, and while you have vented and expressed frustration, the underlying challenge is unresolved.

Example 4

You grew up in a family with destructive communication habits and those habits play out in your current relationships.

Because you have never stopped to ask why you communicate the way you do and whether your communication style still works, you may lack understanding of how your words impact others and how to implement positive change.

If you find yourself in any of the situations described above, this article is for you.

Communication can build or decimate worlds and it is important we get it right. Regardless of your professional aspirations or personal goals, you can improve your communication skills if you:

  • Understand your own communication style
  • Tailor your style depending on the needs of the audience
  • Communicate with precision and care
  • Be mindful of your delivery, timing and messenger

1. Understand Your Communication Style

To communicate effectively, you must understand the communication legacy passed down from our parents, grandparents or caregivers. Each of us grew up with spoken and unspoken rules about communication.

In some families, direct communication is practiced and honored. In other families, family members are encouraged to shy away from difficult conversations. Some families appreciate open and frank dialogue and others do not. Other families practice silence about substantive matters, that is, they seldom or rarely broach difficult conversations at all.

Before you can appreciate the nuance required in communication, it helps to know the familial patterns you grew up with.

2. Learn Others Communication Styles

Communicating effectively requires you to take a step back, assess the intended recipient of your communication and think through how the individual prefers to be communicated with. Once you know this, you can tailor your message in a way that increases the likelihood of being heard. This also prevents you from assuming the way you communicate with one group is appropriate or right for all groups or people.

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If you are unsure how to determine the styles of the groups or persons with whom you are interacting, you can always ask them:

“How do you prefer to receive information?”

This approach requires listening, both to what the individuals say as well as what is unspoken. Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson noted that the best communicators are also great listeners.

To communicate effectively from relationship to relationship and situation to situation, you must understand the communication needs of others.

3. Exercise Precision and Care

A recent engagement underscored for me the importance of exercising care when communicating.

On a recent trip to Ohio, I decided to meet up with an old friend to go for a walk. As we strolled through the soccer park, my friend gently announced that he had something to talk about, he was upset with me. His introduction to the problem allowed me to mentally shift gears and prepare for the conversation.

Shortly after introducing the shift in conversation, my friend asked me why I didn’t invite him to the launch party for my business. He lives in Ohio and I live in the D.C. area.

I explained that the event snuck up on me, and I only started planning the invite list three weeks before the event. Due to the last-minute nature of the gathering, I opted to invite people in the DMV area versus my friends from outside the area – I didn’t want to be disrespectful by asking them to travel on such short notice.

I also noted that I didn’t want to be disappointed if he and others declined to come to the event. So I played it safe in terms of inviting people who were local.

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In the moment, I felt the conversation went very well. I also checked in with my friend a few days after our walk, affirmed my appreciation for his willingness to communicate his upset and our ability to work through it.

The way this conversation unfolded exemplified effective communication. My friend approached me with grace and vulnerability. He approached me with a level of curiosity that didn’t put me on my heels — I was able to really listen to what he was saying, apologize for how my decision impacted him and vow that going forward, I would always ask rather than making decisions for him and others.

Our relationship is intact, and I now have information that will help me become a better friend to him and others.

4. Be Mindful of Delivery, Timing and Messenger

Communicating effectively also requires thinking through the delivery of the message one intends to communicate as well as the appropriate time for the discussion.

In an Entrepreneur.com column, VIP Contributor Deep Patel, noted that persons interested in communicating well need to master the art of timing. Patel noted,[1]

“Great comedians, like all great communicators, are able to feel out their audience to determine when to move on to a new topic or when to reiterate an idea.”

Communicating effectively also requires thoughtfulness about the messenger. A person prone to dramatic, angry outbursts should never be called upon to deliver constructive feedback, especially to people whom they do not know. The immediate aftermath of a mass shooting is not the ideal time to talk about the importance of the Second Amendment rights.

Like everyone else, I must work to ensure my communication is layered with precision and care.

It requires precision because words must be carefully tailored to the person with whom you are speaking.

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It requires intentionality because before one communicates, one should think about the audience and what the audience needs in order to hear your message the way you intended it to be communicated.

It requires active listening which is about hearing verbal and nonverbal messages.

Even though we may be right in what we say, how we say it could derail the impact of the message and the other parties’ ability to hear the message.

Communicating with care is also about saying things that the people in our life need to hear and doing so with love.

The Bottom Line

When I left the meeting with my dear friend, I wondered if I was replicating or modeling this level of openness and transparency in the rest of my relationships.

I was intrigued and appreciative. He’d clearly thought about what he wanted to say to me, picked the appropriate time to share his feedback and then delivered it with care. He hit the ball out of the park and I’m hopeful we all do the same.

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