Sunday, September 10, 2006

Motivational Talks - Helpful or Farce?

Motivational speakers are featured today earning big bucks - from $2,000 to $15,000 a day - to teach people how to lead better lives. But are they truly worth the money?

A well known speaker, who started off as an underachieving adolescent who became a self made millionaire, has frequently advertisements in the papers for his training courses actually hails from a rich family. While claiming everyone is gifted, he had an advantage not having to worry about supporting the family should he fail when going for broke in his ventures.

A bankrupted business woman's business failed because of mis-management but today that failure is attributed to SARS instead of her poor business sense. She has not shown any ability to keep a business afloat but puts a positive spin that experience is the best teacher in order to market herself as a motivational speaker.

Then there is this "adventurer" who has frequently indulged in largely senseless "adventures" who is also a motivational speaker too!

People who want to pay big bucks for these speakers should seriously do some research first. Do these people really do what they are touting or are they just overpaid storytellers? Just keep in mind that the industry players say that "As long as you have a story to tell - never mind qualifications - you can be an effective motivator"... the word "motivator" can easily be substituted with "storyteller".

End of the day, it is up to the individual to take action. No amount of motivational talks is going to make a difference if the individual is passive. Just remember, YOU can make it happen!

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