To successfully motivate a team, you must follow a series of important steps. Once you've set these preconditions in motion, you can then persuade your audience to act towards a particular goal or direction. Motivational speeches work well with both, small groups needing some pep talk, and with larger audiences where the setting is more formal. Regardless of the size of your audience, the approach is the same.

Set The Atmosphere

For a motivational speech to work, the right mood needs to be in place. Your initial goal is to make your diverse group of people feel like a tightly woven team. Regardless of how varied that team is, you must bring them closer by focusing on shared qualities or experiences.

It helps greatly if you ask some listeners a few questions that will evoke answers that highlight the audience's shared qualities.

Bring In Humour

Humour will establish a more informal mood, and will relax your audience members enough so that they can be energized by your ensuing pep talk.

What’s more, using humour makes your speech more effective. If you say something funny during your speech, many audience members will strive to remember it just so they can tell someone else about it later. That’s why humour should be intertwined in your motivational speeches - to increase the impact of your speech.

Ensure you don't use offensive humour. Humour works best when you aren't reluctant to use self-directed humour.

Use Passion

Get your audience members excited about your agenda. Make them see value in your mission so that they will eagerly want to adopt it for themselves.

Even if your agenda is boring, by using passion and appealing to your audience's need to identify with a meaningful cause, you awaken members’ passion, urging them to invest in your agenda. One tip for this step is to show how passionate and motivated you are about it yourself.

Achieve Inclusiveness

Your language, your gestures, your body language, everything around your speech should encourage inclusiveness. Use our and we to make the audience feel like a part of your team. Inclusive language will establish a team mood, even if none really exists.

Apart from using inclusiveness, you can also emphasize a common agenda by bringing in a common antagonist, be it another company or a team. For example, you can bring up a challenge that requires teamwork to effectively be accomplished. It is likely that your audience will fervently support this goal.

Request Immediate Action

It sounds a bit pressing, but this is what will make your speech successful. Before letting the audience out the door, ask them what kind of action they plan on taking so that your goals becomes theirs too. Pushing the audience to give you some promise while the speech is still fresh in their heart and mind will earn you more results.

Used wisely, motivational speeches can inspire a group of people and urge them to contribute towards a goal’s realization. Let them see your passion about an objective, allow them to feel it’s their concern too, and see if you can get them to commit to it before heading to the exit door.

Author's Bio: 

Norm Rebin is part of a family of professional speakers. Over the years, Norm has spoken to thousands of audiences the world over, and has been honoured with awards such as induction into CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame, the International Ambassador Award, and the National Citation for Citizenship. For more speaking and success tips visit the Rebins at their official website here: