A Motivational Speaker – In 300 Words or Less

Hey, as motivational speakers, WORDS are the tools with which we craft our message!  The more the merrier, right?  Colorful, descriptive, rich, meaningful words, right?

Oh. So. Wrong.

Not in THIS day and age.  Now you have to make some salient point in 164 characters or less.  Attention spans are tinier than ever. The amount of time people have to “read” is shorter and shorter.  You better get in, make your point and get out.  Many of us open a blog post, see a wall of words and shut it down immediately.

How do we use this awareness?

1.  Shorten your voicemail message. You don’t need to tell me you aren’t there.  I’m listening to a recording. I KNOW you are  not there.

2.  Writing a blog?  In the words of my friend and colleague, Tami Evans, become a 300 Word Gal!  Or Guy.  Write it – and then pare it down. Slice & dice.

3.  Posting on FB?  One picture IS worth a thousand words.  Keep it simple. And btw, when people see a bunch of text that you have written and then the words “see more”, they run screaming.

4. Talking to kids? Shorten shorten shorten. “Here’s what I need you to do, by when. Here’s why. I love you. Now go forth and be brilliant.”

5.  Need something from your boss?  Simplify.  Get to the bottom line quickly.  And whatever you do, don’t sit down in their office to present your case.  Sitting down tells them you are taking up residency.

There will always be times when we have carte blanche to talk as much as we want.  With a close girlfriend, with a kid who actually WANTS to talk with us (thank you, God) or our grandparents. Our trick is to know the difference.

Whoops gotta go. I’m at 296 words.

From Linda Larsen (299)



Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen, CSP has been described by meeting planners and audiences as "hysterically funny," and "riveting." Known for her ability to connect on an authentic and emotional level with audiences, her spontaneous sense of humor, and her engaging and powerful stories, Linda is passionate about sharing ideas to help people live their finest, best, and most productive lives. Her riveting and true story of being kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint by an escaped convict, and the strategies she used to escape, will give people the tools THEY need to rise above any of life's toughest challenges, to communicate more effectively with THEIR difficult person, and to find creative solutions to THEIR problems. To book motivational speaker, Linda Larsen: 941-927-4700

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  1. This is true Linda, and explains why you are a good communicator and motivational speaker. This same philosophy also applies to stories and writing. The shorter the story, the better. Cut out all unnecessary words and you will be left with something more powerful that gets their attention.

  2. Accurate and informative, Linda. This motivational speaker signing out.

  3. A wise preschool teacher taught me to use 1 word to get there attention (not necessarily their name) and then no more than a short sentence to communicate. Otherwise they tune you out even at that young age! I’ve found that to be very true for my husband and sons over these many years as well!

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