I was a motivational speaker at an event where the other guest speaker was a reality star. She was a former contender on the wildly popular show, "The Bachelor."
Her motivational talk was about reaching for the stars and living your dreams. I do love this topic, but what I wanted to know is what would make a seemingly smart, attractive woman compete on national television against 30 other sexy, smart women for the attention of one man? They could not pay me enough to do this! (And no worries - they likely wouldn't, either.)
Like many reality shows, "The Bachelor" pits people against one another and does its best to bring out their worst. Women on the show are brought to the level where their claws come out and they become catty and defensive. Shouting, lying and backstabbing prevail.
Apparently, "The Bachelor" is unscripted and the women are willing to show this side of themselves to millions of viewers. When people become desperate, it seems, it makes for compelling TV.
The questions that kept going through my head and distracting me during her motivational talk were: Why did you do it? What was it like? Did you get paid? Were you paid enough? Did you really fall in love with a complete stranger? What did your friends and family think?
Unfortunately, she didn't address "The Bachelor" experience much at all during her motivational talk, other than to say it was a nice experience. Instead, the reality star turned motivational speaker told some mildly entertaining, loosely tied together stories about being a former beauty queen and coming from a big family. She was incredibly nervous and disorganized while reading her notes from the podium.
I think a reality star turned motivational speaker could be a good addition to a conference. However it would be a better session if instead of delivering a motivational speech, which the person may be ill equipped to do, the appearance was facilitated as a question and answer session. This way the audience could have those burning questions answered that I'm sure we were all wondering, and avoid the trite, wandering, canned motivational speech.
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