What Makes a Great Motivational Virtual Speaker? Top Qualities to Look for

Motivational Virtual Speaker Warren Macdonald

Written by Tim Grable

January 18, 2021

Booking a motivational virtual speaker is one of the most important decisions you will make when planning your event.

You’ll want to book someone who will inspire, educate, and entertain your audience – all the same time. However, it’s not always easy to know what qualities to look out to make the best possible decision.

And while what constitutes the perfect motivational speaker may be different from one event to the next, there are certain traits that the best motivational presenters have in common.

Keep reading to learn all about them. 

Top Motivational Speakers Know How to Turn Experience into Advice

A top-tier motivational virtual speaker can inspire change by sharing their own experiences to overcome obstacles and reach goals.

Furthermore, they know how to turn those experiences into actionable advice and proven methods that those sitting in the audience can use to improve their lives.

Hall of Fame business keynote speaker Marilyn Sherman focuses on inspired leadership and teamwork. Using personal experience backed up by proven strategies, she shows how audiences can step outside their comfort zone, change their lives, and reach peak performance.

Check out the video below to learn more about her:

Another excellent example of a motivational speaker who is exceptional at turning personal experience into powerful advice is Warren Macdonald.

In his virtual keynote presentations, Warren Macdonald shares his powerful experience dealing with seemingly insurmountable obstacles and overcoming adversity.

After a traumatic backcountry accident, Warren lost both legs above the knee, having to learn to adapt to change quickly.

As a motivational virtual speaker, Warren now teaches others how to form new systems of thinking and behavior to break through the barriers that limit us – the kind of mindset that led Warren to become the first double above-knee amputee to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Get to know him better by watching the video below:

The Best Speakers Are Storytellers

Our brains are hardwired for narratives. Stories engage us with an emotional appeal and shared meaning, paving the way for empathy and understanding.

Therefore, speakers who are great storytellers have an undeniable ability to shape messages so that the audience relates to them and their experiences at an emotional level.

Recognized as a master storyteller and brilliant comedian, Steve Gilliland is one of those top presenters who know how to tell great stories that move listeners to action.

In his talks, Steve shares actionable advice on how audiences can emerge strong-minded after a difficult time.

Get a better sense of his style as a presenter by watching the clip below:

Another example of a motivational speaker who is also a skilled storyteller is Wes Berry.

It was using stories that shaped him as a person, Wes Berry deliveries complex insights in simple lessons that resonate with audiences from all walks of life.

Shot in the head at 17, Wes overcame tremendous adversity and built an international $750 MILLION business.

With his presentations, Wes Berry now motivates others to go after their goals and create their most successful selves.

Hear Wes talk about what motivational speaking means to him in the presentation video below:

The Right Motivational Virtual Speaker for Your Event

When choosing a motivational speaker for a digital event, it’s also essential to make sure they are qualified to deliver their presentations in a digital format so that your event will run smoothly.

We have a wide array of speakers who have passed a rigorous assessment to ensure they have the necessary equipment and skills to present remotely.

Start browsing our roster of keynote speakers to learn more about some of the best speakers you can book for your online events.

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