I hate motivational speakers because they all tell the same story.
I was once having a conversation with a colleague of mine and I asked if he loved to read. He answered yes and I was eager to know the kinds of books he loved to read. Just to give you some context, this was when I had just started out selling books in my classroom.
He talked at length but my interest was in getting to know which particular book to sell to him. I had a few of the entrepreneurship and motivational books that I had read and was recommending to people available at the time. I, therefore, asked a follow-up question; What about reading motivational and entrepreneurship-related books?
His answer shocked me. “I hate motivational speakers because they all tell the same stories” was his answer. And how is that I asked?
“They will all tell you how they were broke, struggling and how they eventually made it big”.
Hmmm! That sounds true. I kind of agreed with his assertion but not his perspective about it. This got me thinking. What else was he expecting to hear from motivational speakers? If a particular motivational speaker comes to you and tells you about all the nice things, like how he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and hasn’t suffered a single moment in his life before, will you enjoy that kind of story and what will be motivational about it?
It was not until recently when I started learning about the art of storytelling did I realize the importance and why all the good motivational speakers tell us about their struggles and eventually how they made it out of those struggles.
Here is what I found out.
For any story to be interesting, the story must have a hook (to get people to want to even listen to it), it must have a conflict (something challenging or unusual happening) which piques your interest letting want to know what happens next and finally a resolution (brings you home and makes you appreciate how they finally overcame the conflict and exactly happened afterwards).
Any story without these elements will be boring and not so many people will want to hear about it. If there is no conflict in your story, there can’t be a resolution and nothing will pique the interest of your readers to continue reading. Even the most interesting movies that you watch incorporate all these features of a good story and that is what makes you want to watch it again.
Also, a story will be boring if all you talk about is the conflict with no resolution. Imagine watching a movie where the protagonist goes through pain and challenges throughout the movie and never succeeds. You may watch such a movie to the end but you will find it to be boring after you finish watching it.
This is because as you are watching, your mind will be expecting the point in time where everything changes for the good of the protagonist. Thus you become disappointed if it doesn’t happen.
Your own personal story has to also have these three features if you want people to be motivated by it. So let me ask you this question; How is your story like? Are there challenges that you are facing or have you overcome certain challenges?
A few years ago, I was hard up on cash and I desperately needed money, so I decided to master a skill that will make me money and that decision gave me a good story. People are now willing to listen to my story and how I started making money on my own even as a student.
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Dr. Ehoneah Obed is a Pharmacist by Profession, Teacher by Nature, Content Creator by Choice & a Digital Nomad by Effort.
He writes content on digital skills, digital marketing, content creation, pharmacy, healthcare, and above all he loves to document his personal journey and aspirations.
He is on a mission to impact as many people as possible and he has chosen content creation and marketing as a means to facilitate his impact.