How Do Motivational Speakers Affect A Society?
Motivational speakers are people who are able to speak with conviction and motivational ability and who can inspire an audience. They can be political, business or sales oriented, and religiously motivated.
Winston Churchill was such a motivational speaker as he moved millions at home in England and abroad to stand fast in the face of tyranny. Adolf Hitler was also a motivational speaker, as he motivated millions of his countrymen to make war on their neighbors.
It just goes to show that words have meaning and when the proper words are put together in a meaningful way, they can be powerful enough to turn the world upside down.
In business, a good motivational speaker will have the ability to motivate people to see the ‘higher ground’ of what the mission is and how it is to be accomplished. It will be pointed out that each and every person can rise to the occasion and be a part of a cause that transcends just the mediocre and pulls everyone together towards excellence and productivity.
When a speaker talks in a motivational way, he or she will have the ability to have the audience focus on certain aspects about a topic, that perhaps they had not thought of before on their own. The speaker is then able to take a subject that is conceptual in nature, and bring it forward to the present set of circumstances and make it real. The speaker is then able to motivate people to take action because of the various reasons that are important to them, as well as those principles that are important to the organization.
The words of motivational speakers are are words of truth, for they resonate with accuracy in regard to issues and conflicts that are real to the individual listener as they are to the group. When the speaker is finished, there has been a new seed planted, that causes people to want to do something about a problem, an issue or the next step. A good design of a company, a political party, or any organization is to provide that next step in the way of pamphlets, small groups for discussion, or any of a number of ways for people to “take action,'” or at least believe that they are doing so.
Franklin D Roosevelt is an example of this with his famous “fireside chats” he had with the American people during World War II. Here he was able to captivate an entire population with what was going on with the war and his outline for success, even though early on, success seemed far away. These “chats” were really carefully designed speeches that were crafted to give the people confidence, while at the same time to become motivated with the war effort.
Winston Churchill is remembered for his famous speech during the bombardment of London by German warplanes, where civilians were killed nightly during the raids. He said that they would never give up or surrender as ‘we will fight them on the beaches, we will fight them in the streets, we will fight them on the plains, and we will never, never, never, never, never give up! His resolve and steadfast attitude of unblinking courage gave his people the fortitude to do just what he spoke about, that of never giving up.
The Gettysburg Address given by Abraham Lincoln after the famous battle that turned the tide of the Civil War, was passed off as an amateurish attempt by contemporaries, but went on to become one of the greatest speeches in history.
The inaugural address of John F. Kennedy when he was first elected President was about as inspirational as they get as he outlined a “New Frontier” of mankind, after years of war and turmoil had left its mark. His fresh optimism gave people hope that better things were on the horizon.
During the times before the Revolutionary War in America, there were many speeches and oratorical moments, but none so gripping as the one that Patrick Henry gave in Virginia as he voiced his opposition to the notorious “Stamp Act” where Great Britain imposed a tax on every thing from newspapers to anything written. His “give me liberty or give me death” speech had a lot to do with the sentiment of the people, and their will to stand for for their rights.
Martin Luther King in his famous speech on civil rights, given a full century after the emancipation proclamation, spoke about the importance of a person’s character being more valuable than the color of their skin. The motivation that came from this speech was a prime factor in the civil rights movement overall, along with legislation that was passed to secure those rights.
The greatest of motivational speakers of all time was Jesus Christ when he gave The Sermon On the Mount which was by all accounts, the most quoted and widely discussed speeches in the history of mankind. It was in essence, Jesus explaining how we can live a life that is dedicated and pleasing to God without hypocrisy, that exhibits love and wisdom.
There lies with the heart of every man, woman and child, the desire to do the right thing. Words are very powerful containers full of meaning that can direct us towards good, or direct us towards evil. The human race has seen speakers and orators who have directed us in both paths with results following in accordance with the intent of the speaker.
Therefore, it is evident that words of motivation must be discerned and decisions must be made by the hearer as to the application of such speeches in life of the hearer. In life, there are certain moral truths that always work out to a predictable end in every case. The motivation that follows the right path will lead people to a positive and abundant end. The motivation from speeches that are geared towards the wrong motives, will lead people to undesirable ends and destruction.
Speakers are responsible for many of the results that we have seen as a society, and it is relevant that we realize the importance of such influence.