Lindsay Lohan, A Motivational Speaker?

In case you haven't heard (article below) Lindsay Lohan might become a motivational speaker and speak to youth about making good choices.

Where do I even begin?

It's hard enough for motivational speakers to get work since a new one is born every minute thanks to the Olympics, new mountains to be climbed, and bullets dodged. But this is getting ridiculous. I'm sorry, but Lindsay Lohan? That's like saying Charlie Sheen has become a life coach.

And here's the real kicker – she's not choosing to do this because she has a truth she wants to share with the world to help them find a better life. It's not even her idea. It's her lawyer's idea – in the hopes that it might make her shape up and avoid jail time. Now that's a new one. Teach other people to make good choices in the hopes that you will decide to make good choices yourself. Kind of like reverse psychology I guess. On yourself.

This just points out a big problem we have in our society – with the role models we choose to put in front of our children. How did we go from Laura Ingalls Wilder to Lindsay Lohan?

Brings me to the same question that rolls around this empty head of mine when it comes to what we hold up as a society on TV, movies, and the like – are we giving them what they want to see, or are we choosing what we think they should want to see?

Ah, so many issues so little time. I don't have the answers. And today, I'm not even sure I'm asking the right questions. But I think I'm going to draw the line at using Lindsay Lohan as a motivational speaker.  I'm just saying.


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  1. Seriously? Oh my. I'm at a bit of a loss for words. I am thinking this may be one of the most ludicrous things I have heard in a long time. Certainly shows a lot of ignorance in terms of what motivational speakers actually DO and who they have to BECOME in order to earn the right to stand up on a platform and PRESUME to tell anyone ANYTHING!  

    Breathing. I'm breathing.


  2. I agree, Linda.  It sure does minimize the value of motivational speakers – or maybe shines a light on  what little value some people give the profession. To think you can just hang your shingle up tomorrow and start speaking.  I've seen celebrities who were awful speakers – most of them in fact – and were paid simply because the audience wanted to meet the celebrity and hear their story. So Lindsay may get booked just for the "nobody can resist watching a car wreck" celebrity factor. But it won't take long for the market to see that this isn't a good choice. If they ever decide to book her at all.  Then again – maybe she'll surprise us – and be an incredible speaker.  Hhhhmmm.    Yeah, me neither.

    The world is filled with speakers who started this profession because they saw a speaker and said, "I can do that!"  Truth is – no you probably can't.  Profession is filled with mediocre speakers – way more people at the bottom than the top. Maybe everybody can do it – but not everybody can do it well.

    Now having said that – I encourage anyone who truly wants to be a motivational speaker and share their story. The world needs your voice. 

  3. After reading your post, I really started thinking, what kind of audience or group would really hire her to speak?  I don't get it.  Maybe a rehab center as an example…Anyway, I saw Roger Crawford speak in 1980 – when I was a junior in high school and I thought not that I could do that, but that more people needed to hear a message of hope and encouragement, and that was my calling.  So glad it worked out!  Recently someone asked me what my fee was.  They were surprised that I got that for an hours' work. Well, no, I explained…They aren't paying me that much for the hour, they are paying me that much for the 20 years of experience and heart that I've put into making that hour incredible.  Ah the life of a motivational speaker….explaining ourselves sometimes to the uninformed of what we do! 

  4. Oh brother!  That's like me getting up there and talking about, oh I don't know, being swallowed by a hippo.  It's not my story, it's not who I am, but I can imagine it happening to me and use my acting skills to portray it.  Miss Lohan can talk the words of making good choices but it's not her story, it's not who she is (yet).  Shout out to Paul Templar!  Miss you Paul!

  5. Since her message is most likely out of alignment with her truth, she won't have the credibility to change lives. Just the celebrity which is why she's doing it in the first place. Bad legal advice. Better she read your column, Kelly, on getting out of denial!

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