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Similarities and Differences Between a Keynote and Motivational SPeaker


Microphone & Audience

A keynote speaker and motivational speaker have many things in common, but they also have many differences. A keynote speaker is a person that is brought in to an organization or company to speak on a centralized idea, topic, or a particular theme and deliver content that coincides with the overall message that the company or organization trying to deliver. A keynote speaker is usually brought in to speak to audiences and groups during a meeting, training or in a conference like atmosphere. A keynote speaker is there to talk about the overall company or organization. They are usually there to deliver the company or organization overall philosophy, its identity, and its brand to explain on what their target market want and what they need. Think of known events that we all are aware of in which keynote speakers are used, which are the democratic and republican national conventions.
A motivational speaker is a person that uses more emotional methods to deliver its message to encourage their audience to take action and adapt to change. Motivational speakers are usually there to speak to the people of the company or organization and not so much on the company products and identity. Motivational speakers deliver their presentations with a great deal of enthusiasm and energy to deliver its message. Inspirational speakers are also usually there to get inside the heads of people who are a part of organizations and companies to help with setting their goals, how to stay steadfast when obstacles start to happen, and how to not just be content with the current success that they may have, but to continue to achieve even greater success. In addition, when a motivational speaker is speaking, they frequently incorporate activities into their speaking. Activities that they incorporate when they are speaking are: quizzes, games, dancing, and skits. Through their many ways of speaking, what a motivational speaker looks forward to doing is increasing the audience’s morale as well as their efficiency.
Although, a keynote speaker and a motivational speaker have different styles of speaking, they still share the common ground of speaking which is usually to encourage and motivate their audiences. Both a keynote speaker and a motivational speaker use emotions to deliver their message. Both types of presenters pride themselves on instructing their audiences and ultimately equipping them with the tools that they will need in order to be successful in their endeavors. Also, both a keynote speaker and a motivational speaker both look to engage with their audience on different levels to help them be successful. Both look to ultimately educate and persuade their listeners. In addition, usually incorporate humor, storytelling, and real life experiences that in which either him or herself have encountered or people that they have known to have encountered such life experiences. Regardless if one is looking to hire a keynote speaker or a motivational speaker; both speakers will possess strength, empathy, authenticity, respect, and skill to help solve the issues that a company or organization is having.

Motivation – What is it and How can Motivaitonal Speakers use it to Influence Audiences

Motivation can be considered a psychological state that causes someone to take action toward a desired goal. Motivational Speakers can use this to improve many peoples lives and many aspects of business.

Motivation Definition

Motivation has been shown to have roots in physiological, behavioral, cognitive, and social areas. Motivation may be rooted in a basic impulse to optimize well-being, minimize physical pain and maximize pleasure, or to gain something that your mind or body craves.  Example: To get a group of employees to work together, you may need to motivate each of them individually to see the value in helping the next person out. The motive could be the sense of humility you gain from helping another colleague or that when you help your colleague, more work gets done and which increases productivity, sales and happiness.


Motivational Speakers are people who speak to audiences to provide them with a new way to look at their motives. There are many different motives that motivational speakers concentrate on when speaking to audiences. Doug Dvorak customizes his presentations, making sure to concentrate on putting tremendous amounts of positive energy around the rewards of motives that the organization or company needs to bring to their work force or specific teams of the business, such as the sales team. Doug’s goal is to communicate a strategy with great clarity so that the audience as individuals and as a whole see’s their future with the organization in a different more positive light. Doug always inspires the audience to pull together and work as a team during his “pep talks” – which have been known to be contagious.


Great motivational speakers not only provide a great inspiring and motivational performance and story, but they teach the audience that when their true motives are satisfied, there are positive consequences, such as well-being and growth, this leads them to be further motivated, productive and happy.


Doug brings out the positive side of life in general. He shows the audience the brighter  side of life and how to capture that every day. How to keep on keeping on.


There are two different types of Motivation:

  1. 1.    Intrinsic (internal) motivation
  2. 2.    Extrinsic (external) motivation.


Intrinsic motivation

Intrinsic motivation refers to motivation that is driven by an interest or enjoyment in the task itself, and exists within the individual rather than relying on external pressures or a desire for reward. People become curious and bored in the absence of reward. Intrinsic motivation is a natural motivational tendency and is a critical element in cognitive, social, and physical development. Organizations that are intrinsically motivated are more likely to engage in any given task willingly as well as work to improve their individual skills, which will increase their capabilitiesand overall productivity.

Teams are likely to be intrinsically motivated if they:

  • Attribute their results to factors that they personally controlled.
  • Believe that they have the ability to complete the task at hand.
  • Are interested in truly mastering a topic, not just getting by.


Extrinsic Motivation

Extrinsic motivation refers to the performance of an activity in order to attain an outcome, whether or not that activity is also intrinsically motivated. Extrinsic motivation comes from outside of the individual. Common extrinsic motivations are rewards (for example money or grades) for showing the desired behavior, and the threat of punishment following misbehavior. Competition is in an extrinsic motivator because it encourages the performer to win and to beat others, not simply to enjoy the intrinsic rewards of the activity. A cheering crowd and the desire to win a trophy are also extrinsic incentives

Be Ambitious With Goals, Not Deadlines

Deadline Cartoon

As you embark on any new journey, you will inevitably have an idea in your mind of how long it should take you to accomplish your ultimate goal. For example, some new bloggers start out with great passion and write, write, write, day and night. They expect that within six months they will have a six-figure income coming in from their blog and then they are sorely disappointed when it doesn’t happen the way they imagined in the beginning.  They end up feeling burned out before they ever touched any success and they give up before their efforts have time to materialize into the greatness they first imagined. Their mistake was in focusing on deadlines rather than goals.


Focus on Finishing the Task

Instead of putting all your mental energy into finishing a task within a certain time frame, focus on finishing the task period. If you really want to do this, you will stick with it no matter how long it takes. If you are a Type A personality who really wants to know how long you will need to work to achieve your goals, try talking to an expert who has already completed the journey. For instance, if you are starting a new blog and you want to know how long it will take to yield financial dividends, talk to an experienced blogger and ask them how long it took to start earning some income from it. This will allow you to have realistic expectation so you don’t get early burn out and give up.


Stay Motivated Towards Your Goals 

Instead of setting your sites on personal deadlines, keep yourself motivated by setting smaller goals to serve as landmarks on the journey. If you are starting a new website, don’t focus on becoming independently wealthy as a blogger. Instead, make your first goal to earn $50. After you make that first $50, set another goal to make $100. Keep building up as you learn what it takes to monetize your online business and soon you will be independently wealthy. It just takes a lot of time and patience, but setting small goals along the way will keep you focused so you don’t get ahead of yourself and end up frustrated.


Learn to Enjoy the Journey

If you know upfront that the journey is going to take longer than expected, you can enjoy the time it takes to get there. With your eyes trained on the road ahead instead of on the end point on your map, you will have time to enjoy the scenery and really acknowledge where you are at any given moment. Allow yourself to enjoy the journey you are on. Keep a journal of your successes and failures and just keep moving forward, one small step at a time.



Kill the Routine and Increase Your Motivation and Energy Level

Many of us rely on a structured routine to give us stability in life. We know what to expect when we wake up in the morning and we enjoy watching life play out in an orderly way, just like we always expected.  From the time we are small children, we learn to rely on routine. New mothers teach their babies routine by feeding them every three hours and allowing them to have scheduled naptimes every afternoon.

 Out of your comfort zone

School aged children rely on routine to be at school during the same hours every single day. They come home and have a snack, do homework, enjoy playtime, then have dinner, a bath, and go to bed. As adults, we also tend to be creatures of habit. We create predictable routines for our lives and we follow them without ever really thinking about it. Then one day, we suddenly have no energy and our motivation has tanked. Why is this happening? If you have hit a rough patch, your routine could be to blame.


Too Much of A Good Thing

While some routine in life is good, if you have too much of it, you will suffer. Routine often kills creativity and prevents you from any form of personal growth. Routine becomes an easy comfort zone of knowing what to expect and it allows us to avoid any form of change. While having a routine is not bad in and of itself, it can become bad if it holds you back in life.


Avoid Life on Auto Pilot

Have you ever been driving home from work and entered into a weird auto pilot mode without meaning to? Maybe you pulled into your driveway and suddenly realized you had no recollection of how you got home! Sometimes our routines are so engrained in us that our brains just take over and we go through the motions without ever experiencing the moments. This must be avoided if you want to find some fresh motivation and renew your energy level!


Shake Things Up!

If you are a major creature of habit and your routine is the same day in and day out, it might be time to try something new. Step out and shake things up a little and just see how it impacts your motivation and energy level. Try flipping your work hours around and see if you get more accomplished. For those that work at home, it can sometimes make creativity flourish by working late at night instead of early in the morning. Don’t let old habits dictate new days!


Killing your routine might seem counterproductive, but for some of us, it is the only way to shake away a funk and find a fresh dose of motivation to push us to the next level of success.