Hiring a good motivational speaker can be beneficial to a company, specifically to its employees. What he or she does is give a speech and influence the way employees think. At the end of the speech, the employees will treat their work better than how they used to. They become more productive and become assets to the company rather than becoming a pain the head. The change in their employees can be seen instantaneously. However, all of this can’t be done by just any speaker. Hiring a bad speaker can do the opposite of those and result to the following instead.
Confuse people – When a good speaker gives his or her speech, he or she aims to lead the mindsets of employees to a productive path. A bad speaker may have the same intention but in the end, he or she can’t deliver this result. What he or she does instead is confuse employees. When employees become confused, they will take a step backward in becoming passionate in what they are doing and will have the same work ethics as before.
Waste money and time – A motivational speaker rarely gives his or her services for free. Usually, companies give a speaker a huge amount of money to conduct his or speech. The company will also have to shoulder the payment for the venue and will have to momentarily relieve their employees from work just to attend the talk. All these things will cost the company huge money. Once the speaker fails to do his or her job, a company hiring the speaker had simply wasted their money, their efforts and the time of their employees.
How to spot bad speakers?
The first thing to look for is to see whether the speaker does his or her research regarding the people he or she will talk to. Usually, a good motivational speaker will ask companies to fill up a form asking questions about the current situation of their employees. The speaker will also ask what the companies expect by the end of the speech. This information is where the speaker would base his or her speech from. The content of his or her speech will be the thing that will influence the audience. If a speaker fails to ask questions like these, he or she is most likely a bad speaker.
Another way is to look at the speaker’s previous works. Usually, videos and other samples are posted on the speaker’s website. If the speaker looks uneasy or when his or her body language shows lack of confidence, chances are that he or she will have a hard time convincing employees. One reason for this is that the speaker may be unfamiliar with the topic or he or she isn’t really sincere in helping others. A good speaker must always have the desire to help others to really influence his or her audience. This desire to help is what makes employees listen. Knowing that someone is willing to help them with their problems is enough for them to take that person seriously.
In the end, hiring a bad motivational speaker won’t do a company any good. Instead of making things better, he or she can make things worse. If the speaker delivers a bad speech, employees might think that all motivational speakers act that way. When this happens, it could be difficult for other speakers to make an impact on these employees. Because of this, it would be best for a company to first screen speakers before they pay for their services. Doing this will prevent these kind of problems from happening.