In reality, however, we all can be motivational speakers in our daily conversations. No kidding.
Motivation is helping someone move from where they are to where they'd like to be. Motivational speakers do it from the platform at meetings and conferences. They do it before large crowds.
We can each do it one-on-one through motivational conversation. How?
It's really a mindset, a new way of looking at others.
- Motivational conversation means encouraging someone who's stuck in some area of life.
- It means a pat on the back to someone who just completed a difficult project.
- It means thanking someone for a little extra effort.
The truth is, we miss so many opportunities to bring a little motivation into our exchanges with others. Instead of just chatting about sports or the weather, why not offer a word of encouragement?
It might not be clear at first. You might be wondering what you can say. That's why the first key is to listen.
Be aware of what's going on in the other persons life so that you can be ready with a compliment, suggestion or motivational thought. Listen for the opportunity to say something positive. Be ready to pick up on non-verbal clues.
As a leader, this is vital. I like what Michael Hyatt says: "If you want people’s very best, you have to have their hearts."
Positive, uplifting, motivating talk is one way to get the heart. Leaders need to let people know they matter and that what they do matters.
It's really a mindset, a new way of looking at others. Once you begin to see that there are plenty of opportunities to speak with a motivational purpose, you begin to make a difference.
Next time you're having that casual conversation, is there more than just the routine banter? Can you zero in on at least one thing that's positive and uplifting to say to the other person?
Start small. It might just be, "Nice job," or "I'm sure you can do it." Other ideas will follow.
Try it. Let me know how it goes.
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