Public Speaking Motivation

The Basics of Motivating in Public Speech

The art of public speaking motivation requires the use of words to bring about change in behaviors, attitudes and feelings. Reaching audiences on different levels, these words are the catalyst for change.

It should be noted that public speaking motivation does work but not for everyone and not all the time. What are the various factors involved in this type of public speaking? What are the various theories about what makes us do what we do.

Beyond Maslow Theory of Motivation considers the various human motivations.

Motivation Theories considers the drives that move us to do what we do.

Types of Motivation First, review the types of motivation.

Content Theory of Motivation Theories on the ways minds are motivated.

Your Introduction needs to connect to your audience viscerally. Here is a sample illustration that can help move your audience to change.

Find out how story telling can enhance your public speaking motivation ability and consider a real life example using the theories presented here.

Negative Motivation When you should not and Yes, when you should use this.

What can you learn from a Million Dollar Motivational Speaker She earns $100,000 per month. Looking at what she does may help you on your path toward paid public speaking.

What is the Definition of Motivation? provides a basic consideration.

    Learn about intrinsic and extrinsic motivators and actuators are. Also find an illustration to better understand it.

Public Speaking Motivational Review

Do you know what the drives that motivate us are? You will find them in the Motivation Theories section of These are important because knowing how drives move us will help a speaker to tailor the words to reach the motivational needs based on those drives. There is a bonus here. You can address two or even three different drives in the same public speech or lecture.

Overeating Speech Example This is one way to motivate. It starts initially by inflicting pain, softening it and framing it as an opportunity.

The Personality Types of the audience needs to be considered.

Knowing this information will enable matching the appropriate communication style with the personality of those being spoken to.

Are You the Messenger? of your organization? Your public speaking motivation starts with the example you live in your life.

    Hold yourself to a standard higher than anyone expects of you if you hold this position. You become more than the sum of your job duties and description. Your audience may be a few or just one. Do you know what can build your confidence and start you on your way? Consider next...

Motivating in the Workplace... do you know the two reasons it could fail. Do you know how to succeed. Master motivating groups or individuals and you will be on your way to master audiences.

Benefit Public Speaking puts motivational public speaking to work for a worthy cause.

Some Will Not Budge...A True Story of colleagues and change.

Reach The Audience Mind, speaking to the mental actuators of the audience.

    To be effective also requires communicating to the motivational type of the audience. This is accomplished by triggering mental actuators.

    Do you know how mental actuation works? Get a brief tutorial on mental triggers and the audience mind. Then check out its accompanying page where coherence with connectives can be used to bring about or motivate a response in the reader.

Storytelling can make public speaking motivation attainable by anyone.

    Using five basic principles you can incorporate a story into your public speaking and effectively reach the audience.

Inspirational Motivation can come from stories.

My Personal Example of Being Motivated is a true life experience.

    This example will demonstrate how my wife helped me find and create a new piece of art. You will see the words, actions and the actual art work as it progressed. Look at how emotions and feeling were used along with questions and how it was accomplished. In this example my wife aided me to create more of my art beyond my imagination simply with the use of words.

Moving With Discipline? will answer the question...How Can Discipline and the art of public speaking motivation be combined?

Is it Possible to Get a Job Motivating? In the marketing world there are a number of motivational speaking jobs available. Would you like to learn more?

    Public Speaking Motivation Types Include

    Physiological Needs Like Praise

    Emotional needs


    Self control

    Spiritual needs

    Neuro-reprogramming Public Speaking Motivation Speaker Skills

    Enthusiasm, the speaking skill that moves an audience. The first of three sections.

    How You Can Improve Enthusiasm considers two ways to improve enthusiasm.

      For experienced public speakers and those challenged with sharing their emotional connection with a subject. This is the second of three sections.

    Appropriate Enthusiasm, considers when best to use enthusiasm.

      Do you know when and where to use enthusiasm for a motivating speech and what to avoid. This is the third of three sections.

    Anyone can use different kinds of communication to effect behavioral changes in others. It is a basic human ability that starts from birth. A baby crying will move a mother to attend to whatever needs are indicated.

    Using public speaking motivation to ethically move an audience to a positive outcome is truly an art. You will find numerous tricks and suggestions on the "how-to" both in books and on the web. They are all good. However, to effectively move the majority in such a way as to leave a lasting impression will require a deeper understanding of how it works.

    First, consider the basics of what is involved in motivation. This will be the foundation for the words you will use and the way you will use them.

    Do You Understand...

      What is motivation?

      What is needed to move someone?

      What are the types of motivation?

      Custom tailored to fit the audience

      The above all help to answer the question, 'How do I motivate in my speech, talk, or presentation?"

      To fulfill the needs of the adult learner, in addition to talking to their listening style, they need to know what's in it for them. This requires tailoring the style of reaching out to and moving the audience toward the best motivational type that fits their needs. This could be based on the demographics or socio-economic factors of the audience. If you accomplish this, the majority will accept, buy into and make your words their own.

      For instance, in the book The Innovators Solution, Clayton Christenson talked about how leaders of companies can get management to buy into a new concept by framing it as a threat. The end behavior, buy into the new idea, was accomplished by threat framing.

      Once the idea was accepted and supported by management, the CEO could then switch to framing the same concept as an opportunity. Now managers would run even faster and further as studies showed.

    First, understand that not everyone can be moved. We can move all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time, but never all of the people all of the time.

    Physiological needs Behavioral responses programmed from youth, arousal (involving the physiological and psychological states initiated from the brain stem, the autonomic nervous system and the endocrine system), which would include fight or flight response, addictions, and sex.

    Biological needs

      Biological needs can include ones continued existence, breathing, eating, sex (procreating or continuation of life), parenting, and protection (of the family).

    Emotional needs

      Both positive and negative emotions are driving forces for behavior. These are considered among the biggest of the actuators or motivating forces. These include influences and desires.

      This would include fear of loss, pain and threats that would result in emotional or physiological pain.

    Self Control

      Some personality types have been programmed to need to be in control. Some have learned to be in control of their bodies and emotions. Included in this area could be determination.

      Spiritual needs

        Spiritual needs can be divided into two sub groups. One need is spiritual in the religious sense. The other relates to the life force or the needs of the spirit within us.

        The religious type of motivator is perhaps the most overlooked because many scientists are evolutionist and will tend to discount spirituality.

        The Purple Triangle perhaps best illustrates it. The Purple Triangle is the patch designation of a group that successfully withstood Nazi tyranny. All they had to do to obtain freedom is sign a document denouncing their faith as Jehovah’s Witnesses. Instead, they refused to be a part of the atrocities that cost lives and imprisoned others in concentration camps.

        A second type of spiritual need is related to the meaning of the word spirit or life force.

        Think of a spirited horse, or a person who has lost his/her inner needs, desires and resolve that make us who we are. The most important of spiritual needs is moral excellence.

        This is based on a properly trained conscience. It means not doing something or doing something because it is the right thing to do rather than being concerned about and fearing the outcome.

        Certain needs such as caring for elderly parents and personal goals would also be included. Qualities like loyalty are included here.

        The spiritual need can be destructive as in the case of Bobby Sands, who starved to death to make a political statement.


        This may not be a motivator. Once new ways of thinking are in place, the behavioral changes result from the thought process rather than one actuated behavior replacing another.

      For further discussion on public speaking motivation, consider these topics. How to sustain motivating efforts...

      Why does it last in some & fizzle in others?

      Why people lack motivation.

      How does money factor in?

      What are the early and contemporary theories?

      Can it be controlled? The Public Speaking Motivation Resource

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