How to Give an Inspirational Speech in 5 Minutes or Less
Is it possible to motivate someone in under 5 minutes? Yes! In fact, a motivational speech is actually a collection of small snippets of inspirational speechs that could be taken apart and delivered on their own. It has been said that the best motivational speeches are short so the thoughts can be easily remembered and recalled. The most successful speeches are those that don't conjure up the traditional image of 'speech' but, instead, take the audience on an enjoyable journey from one thought to the next.
Leaders regularily need to boost morale and the most impactful way to do it is through a speech. Here are some tips to construct a quick and timely motivational speech:
OPEN. Get their attention. You have 10 seconds or less to get people's attention. This is not the place to smother the group with facts and information. Open with some drama and create some excitement:
Say something startling or provocative.
Use relevant, timely information.
Share a short, funny, motivational story that links to the goal of your motivational speech.
Decide what needs to be said and what doesn't. This is something many people overlook. Don't overwhelm people with too much information, especially technical information that requires study and deliberation to really understand. Decide what your main goal is (what you want to motivate people to do), then focus and simplify your message around this.
Close with impact. To end an inspirational speech, quickly sum up your points and leave the audience with an inspirational and uplifting message. Every motivational speech should give people hope, a feeling that things are progressing, and that their efforts are making a difference.
Delivery. An inspirational speech is part content and part delivery. I believe delivery is even more important than information. Content is an abundant commodity easily accessible through Google or other search engine of choice. It is your ability to deliver the information with charisma that makes your inspirational speech impactful.
When giving an inspirational speech, focus on increasing your energy level, pausing after important points and speaking to the audience not at them.