It’s Not A Motivational Speaker’s Job To Motivate You

Yes, you heard me. I said it's not a motivational speaker's job to motivate you. I'm tired of hearing people claim that motivational speakers are a bunch of hot air – delivering something that doesn't work, like a clever snake oil salesman that's just out there to get your money. Quit belly aching. It's not their job to motivate you.

News flash – nobody can motivate you.

Motivation comes only from within. Period. Attitudes are something you develop, not something pushed on you. Ambition is something you find in yourself, not something I give you like a vitamin.

We can only help you learn how to motivate yourself. Motivation comes from within. I don't do the work for you. If your motivational speaker failed, it's because you refused to do what they said. So now you're moving on to find someone else who will motivate you. Good luck on that never-ending useless journey. Until you realize that YOU contain the power to change your life, you are the rat on the wheel.

My job is to encourage you, show you the power of personal responsibility, give you the tools to create a healthy perspective, and show you the value I see in you, in the hopes that you will find this value yourself. Because just like motivation, I can't believe for you. You have to believe in yourself.

Am I an effective motivational speaker? For some, yes. For others, no. I am on a never-ending journey to find ways to show you how to motivate yourself. And I don't always succeed. But if my job was to motivate you – I would NEVER succeed. Because it's impossible. That's your job.

So quit blaming the motivational speaker and start blaming yourself.


Motivational Speaker Kelly Swanson - called one of North Carolina's funniest women by Our State Magazine. Kelly lifts the spirits of audiences from coast-to-coast using humor, storytelling, and lives of the characters from Prides Hollow - Kelly's make believe small town. This unique approach to motivational speaking allows Kelly to break through communications barriers and connect directly to the audience's imagination.
Her powerful stories and wacky wit will make you laugh, remind you that you matter, show you how to see beyond your obstacles, and teach you how to stand up and stick out in a crowded market.
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