September 7, 2006

Make A Difference With Motivational Speech Topics

One of the most powerful, effective ways to get your message across is to do it in such a way that you motivate and empower your audience to take control over a wayward aspect of their life and then wrestle it into compliance. These are the speeches that rivet you. That make you cry. That leave you with a burning desire to do something, anything. When you've encountered a powerful motivational speaker, the sky is the limit. That's why we're going to clue you in on some powerful motivational speech topics and ideas that can take the impact of your message to a whole new level.

But what exactly is motivation? Well, to sum it up, motivation is incentive, drive, inducement, desire, force or stimulation - take your pick. A speech topic can be obviously motivational, or the effect can be little more subtle. But, as a general rule, here are some criteria you can look for if you're considering a motivational speech topic.



  • It's uplifting
  • It's remarkable
  • It's relevant
  • It inspires action
  • It initiates improvement
  • It promotes excellence
  • It fosters change
  • It sponsors self realization



In essence, motivational speeches leave you better off than they found you. Therefore, as you compose your motivational speech, judge your material against that rule. Will your audience leave in a better state than when they arrived? If the answer is yes, great - you're on the right track. If not, examine your speech closely, looking for ways you can make a positive, lasting and inspiring impact on your audience.

Occasions for a Motivational Speech…

Many occasions and scenarios easily lend themselves to motivational themes and topics. And while you can use a motivational topic in just about any setting - funerals, retirement speeches, etc. there are a few where motivational content is nearly a must. Some of those occasions include:



  • Weddings
  • Graduations
  • Sports speeches
  • Self-improvement seminars
  • Employee training and meetings
  • Religious occasions, &/or
  • Coaching sessions



If your speech will be performed at any of the listed functions or events, then deciding to opt for a motivational topic is a safe bet!

Motivational Speech Topic Ideas…

If you're confident that motivation is the best approach available for your speaking engagement, you may be having a little trouble deciding upon a topic. Perhaps you have a very general idea (or, conversely, an overly narrow idea). Or, perhaps you've encountered brainstorming block and don't have any ideas at all. Whatever boat you're in, the following topics might just come in handy…



  • Improving sale's goals
  • The future
  • Being a winner
  • Teamwork/cooperation
  • "Seize the day…"
  • Positive thinking
  • Affirmations
  • Meditation
  • Religion/spirituality
  • Charity
  • Controlling your tongue
  • Goal setting
  • Living with purpose
  • Joy
  • Releasing the past
  • Success
  • Triumph over tribulations
  • Decision making
  • Prioritizing
  • Overcoming adversity
  • Creative visualization
  • Volunteering
  • Breaking habits
  • Creativity
  • Career development
  • Continuing and/or adult education
  • Confidence
  • Discipline



Hopefully, the dozens of ideas we've included here for you are either interesting enough that you'd like to pursue, or have inspired you to think of new topics, new ideas, and new options. Here are a few extra ideas if you need a little help brainstorming your own, unique motivational speech topics.

Creative Ways to Come Up With Your Own Unique Ideas…

Start with an emotion. If you know that you're going to be trying to convey a certain emotion to your audience, build from that. If you're hoping for someone to leave your speech with a drive to go out and donate to charities, your primary emotion to focus upon would be charity or cheerful giving. Come up with some words, ideas, images, etc. that convey the idea of charity. See if that gets the wheels turning.

Try collaging. As strange as it may seem, the act of creative collaging can be very helpful in giving you topic ideas or content ideas. Grab a stack of old magazines, newspapers, ads, etc. that contain graphics and large print words. Get a glue stick and a piece of white (or colored) cardboard (in either full or half or quarter sized sheets.) Look throughout the collection in search of pictures and words that both inspire and motivate you. They don't have to relate to one another, but each of them has to relate to you personally. Once you've found and cut out several (enough to liberally cover your poster board), begin designing a layout that seems right to you. Glue them down and look at the final piece. What does it say to you? Can you think of how you might turn this collection of images into speech content or excerpts?

Play the association game. Start out with a single word or idea that has a spark of interest or captivity, but not quite enough to really move you. Now, without editing or critiquing yourself, begin a free association session. Start with one word or idea, and write down what immediately comes to mind right below it, so on and so on until you've been at it for a minimum of 5 minutes. There is no need to be logical. There is no need to be practical. Imagination is fine. Just go with your instincts. For this game to be most effective, go for speed, trying to get down as many different associations as you can in the five minutes allotted. Once you've completed it, tuck it away without looking at it again for a minimum of one hour. When you look at it next, some fantastic, powerful ideas are likely to leap out at you!

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