I am an inspirational speaker for several leadership retreats this summer. This means half and full day workshops, which gives me room in my motivational talk to do some morale boosters - audience participation activities.
Some of the speech activities I consider when I have this luxury are:
At the end of a motivational speech, I may do this closing exercise. I will take key concepts learned, i.e. Socializer (personality type), and scramble each word, like below:
R C I S O A L Z E I
and display them on PowerPoint. Working in groups, participants aim to be the first to unscramble the words. Once unscrambled, they must summarize what we learned about the concepts.
The group that unscrambles the most words and correctly identifies them wins and gets a prize, usually a motivational speech on audio to keep the inspiration going!
I was an inspirational speaker at a leadership retreat for the Children's Hospital Network last week. This retreat was the first time I tried this activity in conjunction with a motivational speech; it's a good team building exercise. If I were to do it again, I would use more relevant items; the list below contains the best pick pocket choices I could come up with.
I divide participants into groups of 5 and give them 5 minutes to retrieve these items. The group who retrieves the most wins!
Pick Pocket List
__ Pictures of themselves (including others is OK, but they must be in the photo)
__ Credit card without a signature
__ Drug store receipt
__ Grocery list
__ Airline club card
__ Black comb
__ Electronic pager/beeper
__ Money clip
__ Fitness club card
__ Coupon for any food or restaurant item
__Mints or chewing gum
_ Paper clip
__A match book
The key to a good leadership retreat is to keep motivational speech activities short, to the point and tailor them to the group and lessons learned.
Stay tuned for our next blog, Part Two with More Motivational Speech Activities!