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What Can an Inspirational Speaker Bring to the Table?

Jun 17, 2008
Inspirational speakers can come from all walks of life. While perusing a list of national favorites, you will probably find explorers, athletes, cooks, businessmen, authors, comedians, scientists, inventors, actors and other everyday people with extraordinary experiences to share. No matter what their backgrounds are, inspirational speakers often have several things in common.

What makes an inspirational speaker worth the investment?
Inspirational speakers usually cost anywhere between a couple thousand and more than a hundred thousand dollars. If you pay that much money for a speaker, what kind of results can you expect?

Achievements
Many, if not all, inspirational speakers are famous for their achievements or life experiences. In addition to providing entertainment, these experiences can be powerful teaching tool for your audience.

Stories in and of themselves are powerful teaching tools. According to cognitive scientists, stories are easier for adults and children to understand and remember than other teaching tools because they are interesting, familiar and filled with causal connections that our brains are predisposed to recognize. Through stories, your audience can learn the same lessons that the speaker gleaned through experience.

Another reason why accomplishments and experiences are good qualifications for an inspirational speaker if that they often generate admiration or respect. And, if your audience respects the speaker for their accomplishments, they are more likely to pay attention.

Booking a personal with strong character and determination as your inspirational speaker is a good way to establish role models for your audience as well. After all, example is also powerful teaching tool. If your audience is impressed enough by the speaker that they want to become more like them, you may see members of that audience adopt the values that were discussed.
Speaking Ability

Amazing experiences and noteworthy accomplishments are not the only traits that make a good inspirational speaker though. It takes additional talent to relate those stories in a clear, entertaining and inspirational presentation. The style of those presentations may differ from speaker to speaker, but they need to be well organized and delivered. Comedians are good at making people laugh, economists are good at using numbers and reason to make their points and authors tend to captivate their listeners with stories.

Connection to the audience
The connection a speaker forms between himself and the audience can be accomplished in several ways. For example, some speakers are famous for their warmth, their sincerity and their energy.

Another way to form a connection between your audience and the speaker that you hire is to capitalize on shared interested between the two. For example, if your audience is a group of students from Julliard, you might want to hire a symphony conductor like Benjamin Zander. Or, if your audience is a group of businessmen, hire someone like Clayton Christensen; a business professor from Harvard and internationally known author.

There are hundreds of individuals across the country with a wealth of informational to share. All you need to do is find the right person for your budget and your audience.
About the Author
To find hundreds of inspirational speakers listed by price, profession and topic visit Nationwide Speakers (http://nationwidespeakers.com/). You won't be disappointed by the guests you can choose from. The author, Art Gib, is a freelance writer.
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