12 Motivational Speech Ideas

An effective motivational speech can help leaders act.

I was first drawn to leadership talks because I had many opportunities to speak as a young leader. In addition, I did more reading on exemplary leaders than any of my subjects when I was in high school.

I got my first training as a public speaker as a seminarian. When I went out of the seminary, I became a youth leader and activist. After that, I became a teacher, trainer, course designer, entrepreneur, and professional speaker. These roles provided me with a rich learning experience in motivating people.

Below are titles and short descriptions of a few motivational speeches I crafted and delivered to encourage leaders to challenge the status quo, start something new, and change the world.

Choose What’s Best

You begin with yourself. Know who you are, imagine the best version of yourself, and work hard to become that person every day. We can choose our mindsets, our actions, and our habits. We can design for ourselves the personal discipline that will turn us into the person we desire to follow.

Of course, you can become a leader of thousands and act like a good person. Yes, you can fake authenticity and sincerity. But people will eventually find out. Choose what’s best.

Finish What You Start

One challenge that most leaders have is the inability to get things done. Ningas Cogon and manana habits prevent us from having a fulfilled and meaningful life.

With the right mindset and simple tools, you can learn how to finish what you start. You will understand where to spend your time, attention, and energy to make good things happen.to make good

Enjoy Your Life & Your Job

People are looking for a work-life balance. That is not easy. We have limited time, and people expect us to show that we care.

Leaders can enjoy a good life wherever they are. Discover the little secrets that can turn things around for you and everyone you lead.

Great At Work: Secrets of Top Performers

You can be great at work. Leaders with initiative, creativity, and empathy create a great climate and a winning culture. With examples from exemplary leaders and easy-to-use tools, you can also generate greatness at work.

One Thing

Leaders who innovate do one thing differently. When everyone zigs, innovative leaders zag. One does not have to build a thousand new things to create breakthroughs. Often, those who make breakthroughs identify the one thing that makes a significant difference.

Good to Great

Leaders who are complacent set good as a goal. They do not aim for greatness; they won’t achieve excellence. When good becomes the highest measure, leaders swim in mediocrity most of the time.

You can quickly identify leaders who are the enemies of greatness. They delay action and wait for others. To justify their work, they compare themselves to the worst of the worst. They invent excuses and blame others when things go wrong.

Keep Growing

We all grow old. But only great leaders keep growing up. They pursue personal leadership. They build a culture of learning wherever they are. They refuse to settle.

Great leaders embrace a growth mindset. They influence others to grow too. They provide employees with the tools necessary to accelerate learning and create an environment where they can practice and master those skills.

In the Eye of the Storm

In times of crisis, great leaders pay more attention to people. This is because they know that people expect them to find quick and easy solutions in tough times.

While most people strive to survive, good leaders find ways to bounce forward and thrive. Leaders who succeed in crisis are effective communicators, creative, compassionate, and collaborative.

Personal Excellence

Personal excellence is about being your best in every situation. It does not force you to become the best because, in life, there is always someone better or lesser than you in something. It is not about comparing yourself with others; instead, it is about becoming a better version of yourself and choosing to do your best each day.

Sure, there are days that we will fail. Most days, we will fail because most people think that even a slight improvement is a step outside our comfort zone.

People who pursue personal excellence expand their comfort zones when exploring new opportunities. They are expanding their world, and they create new realities for themselves.

End Procrastination

When I was a teacher, I learned simple ways to ensure that students would work on their projects and submit them early.

It was common for students to not work on their projects if they knew that there were still three weeks or two weeks, or two days before submitting an assignment. They can opt to do something else because they avoid the hard work, and more enjoyable activities are everywhere.

If you have heard of Parkinson’s Law, you will understand why people do less work for more time though they can choose to do more (and better) work for less time.

If you have heard of the Pareto Principle, you will wonder why people choose to do the less productive things at once and then delay doing the more productive things.

Procrastination is not just laziness. Most procrastinators are not lazy; they do not know how to end procrastination.

We will succeed when together.

Bayanihan Spirit

One person believes that there is a better way to help people and solve problems. The quick spread of community pantries around the country demonstrates the power of one. You begin something easy and simple so people can follow.

But there is more to it. It is successful because we value bayanihan. We believe that we don’t have to conquer or die to become heroes. We only need to do what we can at any given time.

Do you want to cultivate bayanihan and the spirit of oneness in your organization? Do you want your team to recognize that what they do adds value to others? Do you want a mission-oriented team, a team that works each day to make a difference? You can do that.

Cultivate A Culture of Malasakit

People who do not have malasakit are “malas” and “sakit” of your company. They do transactional work. They lie. They make it difficult for your team to succeed.

On the other hand, team members with malasakit won’t leave you behind. You walk the extra mile. Without being told, they find ways to serve customers, collaborate with others, and help carry the burden of other team members. In short, you can depend on them.

Do you want to promote a culture of malasakit in your organization? You can do it. Review your values, examine your mindsets, and practice new behaviors.

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