Many public speakers hate being called “motivational speakers”.
To them the term motivational speaker is reserved for those glorified cheerleaders. The ones who spout cliches and talk a lot but say nothing. Layer in the fact that we live in a world brimming with motivational posters, podcasts, and Youtube channels and we find ourselves in an interesting situation.
We have developed a diluted understanding of what motivation really means. We have conflated it with good feelings that rapidly decline in intensity from the motivation event.
Let’s get back to basics for a moment.
The definition of motivation is quite revealing about its true nature which is “providing with a reason to act in a certain way.“
If we go even further back, we find that the word motivation is derived from the word “Movere” which means “to move”.
Everything we ever do is a result of motivation. Something stirred inside and became the catalyst (i.e. motivated you) to change, take a leap, start. As motivational speaker you should be compelling people to take action, to reconsider tightly held beliefs, to try and do something new.
So, I no longer cringe when someone refers to me as a motivational speaker.
My job is to create the right environment for you to get moving. Instantly. And as you start moving, reconsidering, changing, the internal drive takes over and your motivation levels steadily increase in proportion to the action that you take and the results that you get.
What a privilege to provide people with a motivational moment that inspires them to do.
Acta non verba,