Motivational speakers in the Philippines are like preachers. The difference is that you have to pay them every time they speak. Some are happy with a three thousand pesos an hour. Others are paid like celebrity singers who get paid 200,000 pesos and above.
It is a lucrative business. Imagine that many professors who have PhD’s get 60,000 pesos a month. A motivational speaker in the Philippines may get that for an hour. Between the two, it is the professor who gives you practicable knowledge. But the perceive value of a motivational speaker is ten times bigger and the expected benefit is immediate.
No wonder many of them claim that they are the best. Or that they are the only speaker in the Philippines who are this or that. Digging deeper, you will learn that this or that has no real value. This or that is either an empty title or a dubious affiliation.
Many of these motivational speakers in the Philippines deliver remixes of John Maxwell, Zig Ziglar, T Harv Ecker, Tony Robbins, and Les Brown. Of course, they won’t tell you. They also bring to you New Age philosophies and some syrupy drops of of Neuro Lingustic Programming.
Many managers aren’t aware of these. Many Filipino motivational speakers have excellent platform skills. They are confident speakers. They seem passionate. Managers think these motivational speakers must be right.
Unlike preachers whom you hear every week, companies get motivational speakers in the Philippines once or twice a year. Like miracle workers, managers expect them to inject gallons of motivation juice in the heart of each sales person, marketer, supervisor, and manager.
Of course, corporate managers and training consultants are aware that motivational words last only for minutes. Once people get back to work and are swallowed by the whirlwind of chaos, they know that everything will go back to same old same old routines.
I started my speaking career in the Philippines as a motivational speaker. My aim was to stir people’s emotions so they aspire for personal success, have courage, think big, and exert massive action – the very things I didn’t have.
I soon realized that many motivational speakers were only “sharing” to people what they have learned from other motivational speakers who learned principles from other motivational speakers who also learned from other motivational speakers. Once you dig deep, it is easy to see that you are hearing messages first told 200 and 2000 years ago.
Each speaker can tell you stories about successful people. But they cannot provide you evidence that those principles, philosophies, habits, or steps they share are the keys to success. It is like seeing patterns and heroic figures while watching stars at night.
I don’t disregard the value that the likes of John Maxwell bring to our organizations. The stories John Maxwell shares are inspirational and instructional. However, wise managers need to know if a motivational speaker is performing a remix of John Maxwell stories. The impact will not be the same. John Maxwell is a though-leader. He is a creator. Others are just imitators and regurgitators.
Think different and play bigger.
This is an advice I give to corporate managers and aspiring speakers. You will not get sustenance from regurgitated messages. You will fail to help people by getting a speaker who is a copycat of this or that celebrity speaker. Be intentional in helping others. Provide actionable and testable ideas, not just remix of stories. Get strategies based on real-world experiences, not just imagined concepts or voodoo practices.