I was a motivational guest speaker for a group of insurance agents where the guest speaker before me literally put the audience to sleep. He could be a very dynamic and engaging speaker but from the outset I could tell he was going to bore us. These are the 3 clues that indicate a guest speaker will be boring:
- One dimensional. A good motivational speech varies presentation style with humor, facts, analogy, demonstration, interaction, stories and more. A one dimentional style like standing stiffly at the front of the room and reciting facts or pointing at a PowerPoint will have people nodding off.
- Irrelevant information. Sometimes when listening to a speech I wonder, why is this important? Obviously it is important to the guest speaker but why is it important to this audience? If a motivational guest speaker tells stories, they really have to be to the point and linked to the message (and the audience)or they are a waste of time, even if they are entertaining.
- Too much information. Most guest speakers error on the side of including to much content. Audience are busy and distracted and will only take away one or two points anyways. Guest speakers should consider the one or two principals they want the audience to take away and build content around these.
I enjoyed being a motivational speaker for the insurance agents although the crowd was sparse as many people had left.
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