Not all good speakers are memorable. Not all memorable speakers are good. Why not have both if you can? Here are five tips to become a memorable motivational speaker:
1. Show your personality.
People love a motivational speaker who is true to himself. They love him not only for his speech but for his likeable personality on stage. That is what you call charisma.
When you try to hide your personality for the sake of displaying an air of formality, strictness, or authority, you lose the personal touch that could have helped you connect not only as a speaker, but as a person. In the end, you become less effective because you do not deliver naturally.
Don’t compromise your personality. Let the audience love you for what you are. Use your humor if that is the style you want to establish. Be acerbically candid if that is your personality. Let the audience choose whether they want you or not because at the end of the day, those who want you will support you and those who hate you will find someone else to listen to.
2. Tap the audience’s emotions.
People remember well when they are touched emotionally by a motivational speaker. Your goal is not to share a funny anecdote; rather, it is to make them laugh. Your goal is not to tell a heartwarming story; rather, it is to make them teary-eyed. Your goal is not to make an argument; rather, it is to convince them to take action. There is a whole range of emotions that you can tap into, but you should only do it to make your message clearer.
3. Act big with your presentation.
Why not act big with your presentation if you have all the means in the first place: a good and flexible material, capable devices in the venue, and enough time to do a visually appealing presentation? Big presentations, when done at the right moment and the right way, can make you stand out in the audience’s memories.
Acting big does not mean presenting a speech with annoying exaggeration. It only means using all the resources available to make your delivery clearer and more fun.
4. Stay on site a little longer.
A motivational speaker who leaves the venue right after delivery loses the chance to reinforce the impression he gave during his speech. The audience expects a speaker to be approachable, so they can be easily disappointed when they see that he hurryingly gets out of sight.
There are a lot of reasons to stay a little longer in the venue. There are a lot of other after-speech activities to be held to make a lasting impression. For example, you can hold a book-signing session if you are a published author. You can personally sell items to those who want to take home souvenirs. You can talk to random audience members to establish your image as approachable and friendly. It only takes one mouth to spread the news to dozens of other people.
You can also give free consultation to your audience. Maybe some of them want to talk with you for another speaking engagement. There are a lot of opportunities that you might be missing by leaving too early.
5. Meet the audience before you start.
It is easier for a motivational speaker to make an amicable impression when he mingles with the audience before he starts. The audience have less tendency to show prejudice when they have already established a connection with you, whether it was through a short chit-chat or a warm handshake. You can also use this time to get additional information about their problems, preferences, and experiences, which you can use as your future material.
6. Wrap up with a quick list.
The audience won’t remember everything you say, which is why it is important to give a rundown as you end your speech. This can be a quick summary of the topics you discussed or a list of keywords you want them to remember.