Impact of Motivational Speech on School Students

Posted by joelpenton on November 18th, 2014

Motivation—the eagerness and energy to direct and sustain behavior—is key to succeeding in life. This is why developing self-motivation is one of the most essential skills kids and teens need to learn. The good news is that there are expert motivational school speakers whom you can tap to help you get you inspire your students in reaching their goals.

Understanding Motivation

All students are motivated in some way or another. One might be keenly interested in academics. This type of student seeks out course work that is challenging, participates actively in discussions, and earns good marks consistently. Another student might be more motivated in building a social circle, interacting with peers frequently, filling his or her days with extracurricular activities, and maybe even running for the student government. Still another student may focus on athletics, excelling in playing certain sports and spending most afternoons doing something physical.

The role of a motivational speaker is to bring out that inner drive in students so that they can use it to build a goal and fuel their way to reaching that goal. Ultimately, a great speaker can teach students how to go about the world in a manner that promotes their long-term productivity and success.

Motivation has been found to have huge impacts on learning and behavior. Students who know how to motivate themselves are able to better set goals and direct their behaviors accordingly. Motivation is a crucial component in decision making; it can help a student figure out whether to enroll in physics or sign up for studio art, whether to finish homework or play videogames, etc. It determines whether a student will choose to pursue a specific task enthusiastically or apathetically.

Extrinsic and Intrinsic Motivation

Students have been shown to reap the beneficial effects of self-motivation when they ‘intrinsically’ motivated—that is if they are truly interested in what they are doing. In contrast, students who are extrinsically motivated tend to process information superficially. They may be disinterested in performing extra tasks and only work to meet minimal requirements.

How a Speaker Can Help

Motivational youth speakers may be most effective for students between grades 3 and 9. At this age, students tend to demonstrate a decline in intrinsic motivation. Older teens—particularly those close to college—can also benefit from motivational speakers who can remind them of the importance of self-motivation in earning high grades for college admission. Older teens likewise need an inspiring speaker who can teach them how to set and accomplish long-term goals.

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