ARTICLES TO BUILD YOUR POLITICAL STRATEGIES & SKILLS
Wordings to Lift a Motivational Speech Off the Page
In a motivational speech, more even than in others, each word is significant. Because the presentation is a high energy delivery, words take on added importance.
You may not agree with our specific wording; but, do choose your own words which express possible advantages both for the listeners as well as for the speaker.
- Package compliments on previous action with 'to do's'. Example: "We've increased our funding by 2% over the past month. Let's do even better, this month."
- Contrast negatives in your constituency or country with what you and the party plan to do to alleviate the problem.
- Use rhetorical questions, especially in a sequence to get audience members revved up and involved. Example:
"Are we ready to fight for this cause? You bet we are!"
"Are we ready to get the community involved? Of course we are."
"So let's get started!"
- Choose 'possibility' words. Example: "We can improve" rather than "we can overtake" which implies you are way behind. Example: "Ours is a flourishing organization - which implies you have lots of growth possibility; but, also a positive personnel approach, rather than a growing organization which is still positive; but, not too personally involving.
This is a technique to be used sparingly like the best spices. It is most often found in sales or political rallies; and, is best shunned by the faint of heart.
Here's how it works. Once audience reaction has built to a high energy response, the speaker calls out a series of blatantly partisan questions like, "Do we have the best candidates?" To which the audience screams a resounding "Yes". Then, "Do we have the workers?" Another vigorous "Yes". "Are we going to win?" "YES" and thunderous applause.
It makes a great conclusion, and, almost always guarantees a standing ovation.
A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.
I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.
When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image.
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