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Laughter is the Best Motivation

Jun 19, 2008
Companies of all sizes are starting to bring in motivational speakers to help rev up the energy levels and enthusiasm among employees. But motivational speakers can benefit areas way outside increased productivity in the business sector, motivational speakers are good for everything from drawing supporters for political campaigns to inspiring spiritual growth.

Most people don't particularly like being told what to do and how to do their jobs better. And yet, Motivational speakers make a great deal of money doing just that, and people love them for it. It moves some people to tears. They become lifelong fans and purchase all the motivational speakers' publications. What is the motivational speaker's secret to telling people their business and gaining disciples? Having a good laugh. Several motivational speakers have left their mark on society by being not only inspiring, but funny.

Milt Abel has been a motivational speaker, who might aptly be called a standup comic as well, for over twenty years. His venues and clients are as varied as the countless anecdotes he tells, ranging from cruise ships, to university campuses, to corporate events. His motivational approach is subtle and unassuming; Abel focuses on observations and experiences with his wife and children. His jokes aren't critical, divisive or derisive. Few people want to be motivated by a speaker who is mocking or targeting them. Abel suggests positive change through stories that are inoffensive and hilarious, making people more will to let their guard down and listen to what he says.

Another popular motivational speaker, whose own life is as inspiring as the speeches he gives, is Patch Adams, a man introduced to the world by the film of that name starring Robin Williams. Patch Adams is a physician and founder of The Gesundheit Institute, a free health care facility. He is a physical and emotional healer as well as motivational speaker and funny man who believes that happiness and laughter can do more for a person's health and wellbeing than anything else. Patch Adams travels the country utilizing his medical knowledge and training as a street clown to make people laugh.

Brad Wilcox is a popular motivational speaker among Christian youth. He attends dozens of Christian youth conferences and conventions inspiring a love for the scriptures and dedication to Christian values through his countless stories that are sometimes hilarious, sometimes poignant, and often both.

All of these motivational speakers have different areas of expertise and hope to motivate people in different aspects of their lives, but the common thread, and the secret to their success, is a good dose of humor. It works like preaching, nagging, bribing, and coercing never has and never will.
About the Author
Motivational speakers (http://www.nationwidespeakers.com/category/3) are entertaining and inspiring for employees, patients, and youth. The author Art Gib is a freelance writer.
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