Motivational Speeches: Energizing Students

Posted by joelpenton on June 17th, 2015

There is no doubt that motivational speakers are very effective in encouraging the student to reach new heights in terms of academics, sports, and life in general. They provide the positive reinforcement students need to navigate through teenage life and upcoming entry into adulthood. A good motivational speaker can educate and train your students on how to turn adversity into an opportunity and see things in a positive light. To ensure that your next school assembly becomes successful in its goal of motivating and re-energizing your students, you must also do your part as an educator, teacher, or school administrator. Here are some tips:

1. Involve your students in planning the event.

Giving your students the power to shape the assembly’s outcome will make them more receptive to the speaker later. Let your students contribute their ideas so that they feel valued, by listening to what they have to say, you can also come up with a program that better responds to their needs and interests.

2. Hire a famous speaker if you can afford to.

Teens tend to me immersed in a celebrity culture, and it helps to use this to your advantage if you have the funds to do so. Determine your budget and hire a well-known talent. If your school does not have the money, try to reach out to a popular speaker anyway. Some of them do pro bono work for disadvantaged schools.

3. Think of topics and issues that will have the biggest impact on your students.

Most motivational speakers share their personal stories to inspire and teach others. Which speaker do you think will make an instant connection with your particular group? An elite athlete who overcame poverty?  A mountain climber who put his own safety at risk to help another climber? A cancer survivor? A Paralympian? The key is to find a compelling speaker whose story resonates with your students.

4. Inspire your teachers and administrators.

Some motivational speakers also present to parents, teachers, and administrators before or after the school assembly. They can impart speaking lessons and teach the group tips and tricks on reaching out to the youth. Hosting a small group discussion or workshop will make adults in attendance feel like active participants instead of just audience members. Give the participants opportunities to interact directly with the speaker to extend learning.

5. Tie the motivational speaker's points to your school’s ongoing activities and projects.

Revisit the strategies, messages, and principles shared by the motivational speaker during the talk whenever appropriate, throughout the school year. This deepens the learning and reminds your students to be hopeful and positive.

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