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Motivational Speech Activities from an Inspirational Speaker

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Jul 05, 2012 @ 03:36 PM

Inspirational speakerA motivational speech varies in length. Usually an inspirational speaker will deliver a 45 to 90 minute motivational speech. This is a limited time frame and usually involves a larger crowd, so interaction may be limited.

To get the most out of your motivational speaker budget, invite your keynote speaker to also deliver a workshop or break out session.

In these longer sessions, more content can be digested and the inspirational message can be reinforced. Interaction is a must to keep the audience awake and engaged.  In a longer session, I like to present some motivational speech activities that tie together my content and engage the audience.

Here is one of those motivational speech activities:


The Buck Stops Here


1)Ask participants to take out a dollar bill (in Canada, we use loonies, because we like loose change) or any other denomination they have ($2, $5, a quarter)

Have participants wave the money in the air and find someone near them that has the same denomination.

Tell them they now have the opportunity to share valuable information (relative to the course or a certain topic) and get paid for it. The catch is the other person has to decide if the information is really that valuable. If it is, they will pay for it. If it's not, they won't.

Participants now search for things that would be valuable and helpful to tell there partners and, to increase its value, interesting ways to give them the information. There are no rules about what can be shared - gossip, bribery, joke telling ... are all legally possible.

You can frame the discussion around your topic, a corporate event or change going on in the organization to make it more relevant. The partner must decide if the information has value (if it's interesting, relevant or new information) or if it holds no interest for them (they already know this or don't care).

After a short time period, instruct the group to decide if the information was of value and pay up, then the other partner gets a crack at it.  Depending upon their "financial situation" they are to either sit down (if they are broke) or carry on a conversation with someone else.

At the end, tally up the money and decide who wins!

To debrief the motivational speech activity, ask people to reflect on:

What made information valuable?  Value is usually determined by:

  • Relevance to the person ( i.e. if your partner is an accountant, you might tell them about a new accounting software you've heard of)
  • The information itself and its impact on your partner and/or a larger group
  • The timeliness of the information shared
  • The presentation of the information

The presentation is often overlooked.  Think about how you present information to others at work and how you could make it more valuable and relevant.




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