We agree that people nowadays pay less and less attention to topics that do not concern their current situation. They only do on topics that involve them, that span their interest. The current events, including an upcoming election; current issues like food sustainability, amendment of the rules and regulations; and anything that affects the society as a whole, catch people’s attention.
Being selective of the tons of information around, people seem to try absorbing lots of ideas as they think that will help them gain more knowledge or learn more skills; however, people are not machines that are able to store information for a long time. Effective learning takes place when new information is picked by the brain, understood clearly, and stored in the long-term memory.
The brain is so complex in itself. It chooses information which should stay in the short-term memory or long-term memory. Before diving into the depths of brain processes, let us tell you about the factors that affect learning.
The first one is passion about the subject or the eagerness to learn. Second, the effective delivery of the message delivered to the audience. The third is the relevance of the subject in one’s life. This means that the topic will benefit the audience, and they will be able to apply the information to handle their current situation and to solve real-life difficulties.
Combining and keeping in mind the three factors, a motivational speaker can catch and use the attention of the audience to deliver his message effectively. The learning of the audience can be reinforced when a speaker uses his gestures and voice to stress out important key points. This way, the audience retains those concepts easily. The facial expression can convey disinterest about a subject, making the disinterest obvious to the audience. As a result, they can get bored, and they think that the speaker has not invested effort and time for the material and for them.
While most people are visual learners, a motivational speaker can use his voice as a powerful tool that can help the listener recall emotions from a memory. A speaker’s voice can also create images and colors in the listener’s mind just by using the power of voice.
As visual learners, people need to see something, evidence that the idea is applicable, real, or believable. It is mainly through the vision that people are deceived. The auditory part of the brain can also be receptive to deception, to command or persuasion through the power of voice.
A speaker can have the innate ability to persuade while others do not. Using voice effectively is a skill. A monotonous voice is boring as it shows that the speaker has no interest whether the audience listens or not. Varying the tone, pace, and volume of voice is the key to an effective presentation.
People may probably notice that a motivational speaker increases his volume of voice gradually when he approaches an important point.
This is done for emphasis. Also, the pacing in speaking is also used. Funny statements are said in a fast way while the key points in a moderate pace.
Pause is another consideration in public speaking. It is a technique used to let the audience thoroughly understand the concept. This is also used before proceeding to a different subject or theme.
Just like in writing, speaking involves the elements of grammar and choice of words. However, preparation in speaking does not mean memorization. A motivational speaker does the job smoothly; if he is passionate about a subject, he does not need memorization techniques. He just needs to use the right words to make the speech not verbose, meaning having extraneous words that can just confuse the audience.
Just knowing the key concepts and the sequence by which they are delivered is enough to make a speech effective. Like in writing, speaking should have an introduction, a body, and conclusion. An organized transition of ideas will aid in the smooth delivery of the key points, making it easy for the audience to integrate the message as a whole.
We believe that speaking is a skill, not a job. So, companies should go for a motivational speaker who is knowledgeable and passionate about the topic – one who can deliver a speech effectively.