What makes an effective communicator?

I wrote an interesting blog post today – or at least I thought it was interesting to those of us who are motivational speakers – on another one of my blogs. Wanted to share it with you guys. I wrote it after I read the article in Forbes Magazine on why Joel Osteen is such an effective communicator. I would love to hear your thoughts.



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  1. Right on, Kelly. You nailed what an incredible motivational speaker AND human being requires if they are going to influence, engage and persuade others to take action.

  2. Thanks Colette. I know you are an awesome motivational speaker, but you are also the QUEEN OF SELLING. So I ask you – do these same truths apply to our sales presentations? I have a feeling they do – I just wanted to ask an expert.

  3. Listen – if there is any group of people who SHOULD know how to speak effectively, it would be motivational speakers. That doesn’t mean they do, however. With that in mind, I think you should post YOUR article about all this any and everywhere possible for people to find who are looking to be better speakers. YOUR article was brilliant, IMHO.
    P.S. I DID respond to your post but have no idea where I put it. It must be floating around somewhere out there…

  4. Thanks Linda! I did get the reply. Must have showed up on another post. And I was traveling and crazy busy, so I didn’t have time to answer it. And I’m glad you agree with my take on this article. I had to comment on the article because the guy’s points were so off target – bless his heart. And I have no idea what IMHO means. Guess I’m not as hip as I thought I was!

  5. Kelly, these tips apply whether you are a motivational speaker or an incredible sales person!

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