One of the things that bothers me about some motivational speakers is the desperation.
Desperate to be profound
Desperate to be funny
Desperate to be heard
Desperate to be remembered
Desperate to entertain
Desperate to sell books
Desperate to be asked back
They're trying too hard, and everyone can see it in their hyper-emotional and stagey facial expressions and body language.
It's okay to try hard; we all want to engage our audiences and leave them with a powerful message. We all want to be memorable and have our audiences learn and grow from what we bring to them.
But overextending yourself in a way that's unnatural and inauthentic is distracting and makes the audience uncomfortable. The speech becomes more about you than about them, and that's when you've lost them.
Try just "being" with your audience for a change. Don't "be" something you're not. Don't "be" something you think they want to see. Don't try to "be" a motivational speaker.
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