Want to Be Inspirational? Don’t Aim for Inspiring Your Audience!

When was the last time you heard an inspirational talk?

Do you remember how it was like?

What about the speaker’s story that stayed with you to this day?


We’ve all watched a speaker whose words touched our hearts and maybe inspires us to do what we’re doing today.

As a speaker, of course it’s natural to want to be like them!

Besides, isn’t that the point of public speaking?

To disrupt people’s thought patterns and change their actions.

So, why this headline?

You want to inspire people, but I’m telling you not to aim for inspiring your audience.

But instead, I want you to focus on your message.

Aim for communicating your idea clearly, and not to inspire people.


You see, people are different.

What’s inspirational for you might not be inspirational for the person next to you.

If you force being inspirational, you might find yourself quoting famous people here and there, but your message (the extremely important part) is unclear.

Have you ever heard of people who keep talking but you don’t really know what you’re saying in their desperate attempts to inspire?

You don’t wanna be THAT person.

It’s probably one of the capital sins of speaking!

I’m going to give you two different scenarios.


Scenario A:

Speaker gives a story about how global warming is affecting our lives, and other living creatures on the planet. He gives specific ways on how people and the government can contribute to reduce emissions, plant more trees, etc. because humanity only has one home and that is Mother Earth.


Inspirational? Maybe.

But the message is clear.

It’s specific.

And the audience was properly informed.

Compare it to this one.


Scenario B:

Speaker says that global warming is getting worse. He starts telling everybody to “Be the change they want to see in the world” because we only have one life and one planet.

And more quotes from famous people or some that he made himself in an effort to inspire.


Inspirational? Maybe.

But what was he really saying, though?

Yes, we all know that global warming is getting worse, but what was the idea you wanted to convey?

Words like that sound great to our ears, and maybe even changes our actions for a temporary period but only until that point because there wasn’t anything specific.

There’s no direction.


Inspiration is not the most important part of a speech.

It’s properly communicating the idea.

So don’t aim for inspiration.

Your audience might like you better because of it. 😉



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2017-08-15T05:30:02+00:00 By |Categories: Presentation Advice|0 Comments

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Nicah Caramba is the founder of Today I'm Changing. She is an entrepreneur who is passionate about self-improvement, travel and Japanese food. She is constantly looking for ways to make progress daily to achieve personal growth that creates impact on others.

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