What’s the purpose of a Motivational Speaker?

Motivational Speaker stops to honor fallen soldier

There are a lot of answers to this question – to inspire change, to uplift morale, to increase productivity.  However, the answer for me is to tell stories and give content that puts life into perspective for my audiences.  For example, I recently had a minor blonde moment while changing planes at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport.  I went all the way to the new gate and realized I forgot a hard-cover book that I had checked out of my local library.  I ran all the way back to my arrival gate and thankfully the helpful gate agent of American Airlines quickly went on board and retrieved my book.  I was so happy and grateful as I went back to my new gate to await my flight.  I quickly panicked when I realized I now forgot my purse back at the first gate!  Off I ran back to the gate and there was my purse -sitting right where I left it.  By this time, I was not only grateful, but noticed that it wasn’t such a good idea to wear the cute shoes (had a client dinner scheduled in Atlanta as soon as I arrived) instead of my standard, much more practical walking shoes I normally wear for travel.  Well, I was starting to doubt my sanity, almost started to have a pity party about my now throbbing feet and suddenly I witnessed something that immediately put my life into perspective.  In one moment, the pain and complaint that was about to fill my heart was substituted with gratitude and sadness and awe.  You might be wondering what the heck I saw at DFW airport that could have such an immediate impact.  Well, I was struck by all the passengers in an area around two gates.  There was an eerie silence as everyone was standing, and all looking out the window.  I am just as curious as the next guy and asked a stranger – ‘what’s everyone looking at?’ The young man pointed to the plane outside, with more ground crew than I had ever seen around a plane and a baggage cart draped in an American Flag.  This stranger simply said to me ‘A fallen soldier is going home’.  I watched as the casket was loaded off the cart and onto the plane as the conveyer belt was flanked by all the ground crew saluting the casket.  I’ve never witnessed this before and was moved to tears.  My purpose in life as a motivational speaker is to remind people that we have it good.  No matter what we’re going through, we probably have it a lot better than we think.  And that motivates me to do more, be more, give more, and have less complaint about it.  I actually told the story to my audience who is going through a major change in their organization and that story helped put their potential issues and obstacles into perspective. I believe I’m hired to help people be more productive, but what they get is a new perspective on their life so that they are inspired and dare I say honored to go back to work and give more than before.

PS – To the fallen soldier, thank you for your service and ultimate sacrifice for me and our whole  country.  I didn’t know you, but you have impacted my life.  And, if you don’t mind, I’m going to talk about you and your journey home which I know will impact others by  putting their lives into perspective.


Marilyn Sherman, CSP is a Front-Row Leadership Expert helping people get out of the balcony and get a front-row seat in life. For over 20 years she has inspired audiences with topics on Visioning, Goal Achievement and having a No More Excuses attitude! Check out her fun, dynamic style at http://www.MarilynSherman.com

Marilyn Sherman, Owner UpFront Presentations - Helping people get a Front-Row seat in their life!
9030 W. Sahara Ave #444
Las Vegas, NV 89117

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  1. Okay. You made me cry. And it takes a lot to make me cry. Thank you, Marilyn, for sharing such a beautiful touching story – and for reminding me that I have it good. May we all aspire to remind others of the beauty in life – no matter what our profession. And may we always stop and salute a fallen stranger on his way home.

  2. The power of contrast, right? So many things can be SNAPPED into focus when we put them in perspective with other things higher on our value list. And yes, Kelly, we’ll stop and salute a fallen stranger. And we’ll say thank you to everyone in uniform – and buy their coffee in the Starbucks line at the airports! Yes!

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