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Motivational Speech Activities For a Leadership Retreat

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Jul 23, 2012 @ 01:38 PM

inspirational speaker for leadership retreatI 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:

 Word Scramble

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!

Pick Pocket

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

__Packing tape

_ 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!

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