How to inspire
So what is that inspirational factor in a presentation?
Idea – the great visionary idea behind the presentation is what brings most inspiration. Especially when you can feel that the speaker honestly believes in that idea. If you need example for this, just check out TED: http://www.ted.com/
Energy – the speaker can be a great inspiration with the positive energy and enthusiasm that (s)he conveys. For example, check Al Pacino’s speech from “Any Given Sunday” :
Example of some powerful stories can be seen in these 2 TED videos:
Rick Smolan: The story of a girl
Some web repositories of short stories:
Lots of beautiful inspiring stories can also be found in the book by Jorge Bucay “Stories to Think About”.
The best way to collect stories is to keep your eyes and ears open for everyday amazing things, and store any cool stories that you find on the way. Easy way to do this is to open a folder on your computer called “Stories” – how about doing that right now, and storing those mentioned stories in there? :))
Words – Big words. Noble words. Powerful words. Inspiring words. Nothing can hurt, and nothing can inspire as much as words. Don’t hesitate to use Thesaurus to find the strongest words to convey your message. Great example of powerful words is The Inviation – Oriah Mountain Dream:
Live your idea – the most powerful way of inspiring people if by showing them with your own example that things that sometimes seem impossible are possible after all. Amazing proof of that can be found in this video:
Erik Weihenmeyer: the first blind man climbing Everest (10min)
Tony Robbins just mastered it all – from the catchy body language that underlines his points, to high energy level, good way of building creativity, involving the audience…and motivating us into being more than we are.