When seeking a motivational speaker for your upcoming commencement ceremony, there are several key qualities to look for. The following are four of the most important qualities to look for in a motivational commencement.
Of course, first and foremost, you want a motivational commencement speaker who can speak well. Whether they utilize storytelling skills or presentation tools, motivational speakers need to be able to captivate an audience’s attention and hold its interest.
Closely related to charisma is a speaker’s style. While charisma points to a speaker’s overall ability to capture and retain an audience’s interest, style speaks to how, exactly, he or she goes about it. A speaker may have a humorous and informal style or a serious and moving one. He or she may stick to a carefully-crafted script or improvise on a few key points. The best speakers are those who can adapt their style to the particular audience and setting.
You don’t want a speaker who will simply deliver a generic, preconceived script that could apply to any audience. You want a speaker who can address your audience specifically, who understands their struggles, accomplishments and goals. The right motivational speaker will ask about your objectives for the speech and custom-tailor the speech to meet those objectives.
The right motivational speaker for a commencement will have more accomplishments to his or her credit than simply experience in motivational speaking. He or she should also have credentials relevant to your specific industry or audience.