The Primary reason I take motivational speaking jobs is that I want to impact people’s lives. I once saw a bumper sticker that read: “Make a living, not a difference.” Now, I know it was intended to be humorous, but I thought, how sadly true. It’s just what so many people are doing.
I think it’s so important that we search for the “worthwhileness” of our our speaking careers –and don’t become a motivational speaker until we find it. Beforehand, if I cannot think of the statement in my speech that will make the difference, that motivational speech is not yet ready to give.
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Ask yourself this Motivational Speaking Question
After every speech, I ask myself, “Did I make a difference?” After every day, I ask myself, “Did I make a difference?” There are days when I answer…“No.” I then think of situations where I could have handled things better. Could I have been more creative and innovative — perhaps more compassionate or patient? What else could I have done to make a difference? There’s a definite connection between worthwhileness and passion. You can see one brick mason at work and ask what he’s doing. “I’m building a wall,” he replies. You see another brick mason and ask the same question. “I’m building a home,” he answers. Each is performing the same task, but they have different perspectives, different philosophies. Perhaps, too, a different quality of work. One probably finds it much easier to “call in sick.” After all, he only has bricks waiting for him, while the other has a family depending on him. In our public speaking jobs, are we building walls or homes? If we’ve shown love, if we’ve played our music, then we’ve made a difference. After public speaking opportunities, when I ask myself if I’ve made a difference, one of the criteria I consider is whether or not I’ve empowered my audience? Have I shown them that they are important? Have I proven that each of them makes a unique difference? This is the most fulfilling part of my motivational speaking career.