Motivational Speaker’s Gift For You!

giftCenterPresentBowI couldn't get him to see that what I was telling him would help him so much if he would just listen.  It was a little thing he could do differently that would reap huge rewards for him. I guess I was trying to "motivate" him to make some changes – and, at that time in my life, I wasn't even a professional motivational speaker. But he wouldn't listen. I kept trying, but he wouldn't listen.

I was lamenting my situation to my friend, Alice, who gave me an extremely powerful perspective. She agreed that I clearly had a gift for him. And then she asked me what I would do if I had an actual gift, wrapped in a box with a bow, and I tried to hand it to someone who wouldn't accept it. She ask me, "Would you grab his hand and try to force him to take the box? Would you continue to push it toward him, demanding that he take it?"  When I told her that I wouldn't, she asked me, "Well, what would you do?" And my answer surprised me.

"I would place the gift at his feet and say, 'Well, there it is if you want it.' And I wouldn't mention it again.

Wow. How often have I tried to MAKE someone take the gift of my extreme wisdom (picture me, gagging.) Seriously, just who do I think I am? And yes, my observations or suggestions might have value for someone, but if they don't want what I'm offering, then my job is to let it go. I gave them my "gift." They heard me. It's done.

So I am hereby offering you the gift of my opinion in this post. And I promise I will not mention THIS idea again.

Off to wrap a few more gifts.





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. Love it! What a great way to look at this! I sometimes have a hard time seeing the boundaries of where my opinion becomes none of my business. It's hard when I have such great advice for others, to see that it's not my place to tell others how to live their lives – no matter how much I think my way will help them live a better life. Being a motivational speaker makes me wired to look at how others live their lives. Until I see someone trying to tell me how to live mine. And suddenly it doesn't look the same any more.  So looking at it as leaving a gift, makes it a lot easier. Thanks Linda!

  2. Beautiful gift you just gave me and all motivational speakers who read your powerful words. Weekly I'm given the opportunity to practice your solid advice with my oldest daughter. Unlike her sister who appreciates my gifts of wisdom (your turn to picture me, gagging) my oldest sees my advice as trying to control her life…no matter how beautifully I wrap the package. Therefore, I work hard at keeping my gifts to myself unless requested. Since you know me well, you know this requires substantial effort!

  3. Beautiful! And wasn't Alice's gift wrapped beautifully to you!!

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