Motivational speeches changed my life. I was in my 20’s when I remember hearing not just one talk – but a day filled with motivational speeches. I was a TV news reporter working for the NBC affiliate.
“You’ll like this,” the assignments editor said, waving a news release at me. “Big rally at the convention center. Crowd. Celebrities. Motivational speeches. Find a photographer and cover it.” So, I did. But, he was wrong! I didn’t like it. I loved it!
As I mentioned, there were a LOT of motivational speeches that day, but Zig Ziglar keynoted. He was a dynamo! Zig got down on one knee. At times he hopped across the stage on one leg. He smiled like a marquee. His energy, stories and jokes captivated that audience. He doled out simple, but practical advice laced with one-liners. The audience sat mesmerized.
I’ve often thought how amazed I’d have been if I’d known that day that just a couple years later, Zig would hire me to be his publicist, then encourage me to speak. What would I think if I’d known as I listened, that the whirlwind on stage would one day teach me to deliver motivational speeches?! As it turned out, Zig Ziglar didn’t just entertain that crowd, he eventually changed my life.
Since then, I’ve delivered motivational speeches all over the world.
The next time your group books presenters to deliver motivational speeches, I’d love to work with you! I hope to make as big an impact on your people as Zig did that day on me.