What is a Transformational Speaker?


There are many reasons we might find ourselves listening to a public speaker, just as there are many ‘types’ of public speakers. As a member of the audience, you can be affected by a public speaker in a wide spectrum of ways.

From bored and bewildered to amused and confused, to energetically enlivened to heart opening inspired to self-shatteringly transformed. So too can a public speaker intend to affect their audience in a wide spectrum of ways. The 5 most shared intended effects are:

Providing Entertainment
Sharing of Information
Eliciting a Motivational experience
Eliciting an Inspirational experience
Eliciting a Transformational experience

As conference budgets tighten and workplaces become more discriminating with their money, everyone is wanting more. More for their money and more for their time and more for their attention. They want value, and one way to measure value is by looking at the thoroughness of the sets. I am using the information ‘thoroughness’ specifically to represent four areas:

How considerably affected the listener is likely to be?
How lasting those effects are likely to be?
How important is the message?
How engaging is the messenger?

Entertainment is a pleasant but usually permanent and consequently shallow experience. Information may or may not be forgotten depending on it’s relevancy to the listener and speed of its implementation and consequently, ‘information sharing’ is often only slightly deeper than entertainment.

Motivation and Inspiration may or may not persevere depending on how deeply the listener was effected. in addition, if motivation and inspiration is not closest acted upon there will be no momentum and consequently there will be no lasting effect. In calculating the thoroughness of possible experience while listening to a speaker (myself included), I look at several questions:

* What’s in it for me? Is the message applicable to myself and others, and how great is the possible impact if I/we fully ‘get it’?

* Have they been affected? How deeply has the speaker been moved by their own message, and is that apparent? How?

* Are they knowledgeable? Can they convey their understanding with accuracyn and passion?

* Are they thorough? Can the speaker plumb their own depths to access perspectives that are embracive, compassionate and wise?

* Are they genuine? Does the speaker speak from their present experience, or are the simply regurgitating facts and theories?

* Are they humble? Is the speaker able to see beyond themselves, or are they lost in their own point of view?

* Are they present? Is the speaker really here with the audience, or are they ‘Sleep-Speaking’?

If the message is important and the messenger has been transformed by their own understanding, their message will be transmitted with conviction, passion and credibility, obvious to one and all.

“Transformational speakers change hearts and minds.” ~ Nido Qubein

A Transformational Speaker aims to touch the audience in the deepest and most lasting way.

A Transformational Speaker will connect with each listener to remind them of their own magnificence.

A Transformational Speaker has groped in the crevices and caverns of Life and returned to speak about it with gifts in hand.

A Transformational Speaker has had a varied of Life experiences, becoming tenderized and transformed not jaded or closed.

A Transformational Speaker demonstrates openness and clarity by the use of Awakened Attention, Presence and Perspective.

“Transformational speakers form risk-taking by standing at the edge of all they know. They jump… trusting they’ll be graced with the wings of words, or the silence to soar. Transformational speakers regularly analyze ways to ease change in themselves and in others. Their magic comes from the excursion to apply their best to their own deepest need for change.” ~ Lee Glickstein & Doreen Hamilton, Ph.D., “What is a Transformational Speaker?” 2001

Words, when arising from clarity, presence and spaciousness, have the strength to transform the listener.

Words, when arising from clarity, presence and spaciousness have the strength to awaken new perspectives, in addition as remind of ones own deepest but forgotten wisdom.

A Transformational Speaker will elicit a change from thorough within by reminding the listener that they are alive now and that their own greatest gifts are found by being awake and attentive to the Mystery and surprise of Life as it unfolds, moment by moment.

“Transformational speakers recognize that a speech isn’t something we do in front of an audience or to an audience but, rather, something we do with the audience. When listeners “own” what we proportion and “invest” themselves in it transformation is a likely consequence.” ~ Nido Qubein

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