Consider motivation illustrated by the engine in your car. Your engine runs on fuel and so does motivation. Like your engine, it can run on different types and different grades of fuel.
The engine is just one part of the whole vehicle, though a significant one, to enable forward movement. Likewise, words are the fuel that, when given to the right motivational type engine, can produce change in thought or behavior.
There are different types of engines that need different types of fuel. Similarly, there are different types of motivators that work for different types of people and in different situations.
Some will work better than others or will work for some and not others. The motivators (fuel) are the words we use to align with the types of motivation (engines) that propel or move people in behavioral patterns.
Like a car, it takes more than an engine and fuel to move you. You need a transmission, drive train, and wheels. For motivation to work there needs to be a means or ability to attain the behavior.
Motivation Illustrated With Words
What is needed to motivate? The words you use (your fuel) needs to meet or apply to the motivational types to effectively motivate an audience. This is where truth and honesty are paramount.
Although the audience may not see through untruth or insincerity initially, they will eventually.
The definition of motivation should include the thought that regardless of what ever motivation is created by a public speaker, the receiving listener is where the actuation has to come from.
A classic example is the get rich quick scheme. Do some get rich. Absolutely although it is probably the people selling the scheme. The extrinsic motivation, getting rich can act like nitrous oxide (a fuel that makes cars go faster) in the engine. It can propel the engine for a short way very fast. However it will soon burn up the engine and there will be no sustaining power.
Intrinsic motivation, like the tortoise will be the fuel that will win the rat race. This fuel comes in the form words that speak of benefits. The benefits have to resonate with the listener. Just like diesel fuel will not work in a gas engine, the benefits have to fit the listener.
The Right Fuel
On knowing the listener and right benefit, next the fuel has to fill the tank. This filling the tank involves a communication technique called dialog.
Even speaking from a stage or podium, you can carry our a dialog with the audience. Dialog involves skillful use of questions. It is communicating to the soul.
Communicating to the soul involves needs awareness questions. Also benefits questions are essential.
Questions like...if you do nothing for your retirement, what will your life be like in the next five, ten or twenty years.
If you master speaking to the internal person, you will be able to fill the tank that fuels the engine that drives the individual to greater accomplishments.
An entire website could be devoted to the use of questions. There is more beyond motivation illustrated.
Motivation illustrated as a car engine is just one way to enhance your audiences understanding. As an exercise, can you think of another way to illustrate motivation?
The next question to ask, does it work?
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