Top Motivational Speakers and Developing Youth Leadership Skills

Top motivational speakers (also referred to as inspirational speakers) make speeches designed to motivate or inspire their audience (hence their name). The background of the top motivational speakers varies from the drug addict to the homeless to the war veteran to the disabled. Their commonality is their ability to overcome the hardships and difficulties of the past and to motivate others to not accept the status quo but to fight to become better individuals and improve the world for themselves and those around them.

The aim of a top motivational speaker is to facilitate change on some level with everyone in his or her audience, whether it is emotionally, physically, or professionally. The intent is to focus the listeners' attention on the positive and possible opportunities, rather than the negatives and roadblocks.

One area often desired by organizations dealing with teenagers is developing youth leadership skills. Youth organizations understand that leadership skills learned as teenagers will proliferate as these teenagers mature and enter the workforce, possibly becoming great leaders in the future. One method often employed is bringing on the top motivational speakers who specialize in speaking to younger audiences.

Top Motivational Speakers and the Principles of Developing Youth Leadership Skills

Top Motivational Speakers and the Principles of Developing Youth Leadership SkillsThe first principle is recognizing leadership potential in everyone. Top motivational speakers often come from a background of great difficulty and hardship. From there they grew, overcame, and became strong leaders in their own right. Consequently, they firmly believe in the concept of looking for leadership potential in everyone. This level of understanding is of utmost importance for all who deal with youth. While it often difficult, it remains beneficial for adults to look past the obvious to see a potential leader and then believe in that potential.

The second principle is student leaders develop with the support of caring, mentoring adults who take the time to build their self-confidence. In our world of broken families and lack of familial support, it is increasingly important for other individuals to step up and mentor our youth. Top motivational speakers are experts in this field, able to inspire not only the students in their audience but also the adults.

Providing opportunities to demonstrate leadership skills is the third principle. Some opportunities are obvious like participating in student council or being a leader on a sports team. However, other opportunities need to be provided for those gifted in other areas. Volunteering to help seniors, children, disabled, animals, school sports teams, etc. should be encouraged. Allow students to brainstorm fundraising ideas. Do not limit their ideas, telling them it has been attempted in the past but did not work. Let them try. Failing, while difficult, is an excellent teaching tool. Let them find a need they are passionate about and then let their ideas flow on how to help.

Finally, provide training and guidance. Again, this is an excellent opportunity to bring in one the many top motivational speakers available to start the process. Their keen passion sparks the flame in the students, which can then be fanned by the adults in their lives.

An Up and Coming Top Motivational Speaker

An Up and Coming Top Motivational SpeakerDuring his sophomore year of high school, Brad Hurtig suffered a devastating workplace accident. As a consequence, he lost both hands to amputation. In his senior year, he was the top defensive player on his high school football team. Using his past experiences and his fight to overcome his disability gives Brad Hurtig the unique ability to motivate students that they, too, can be leaders, despite any personal hardships. To find out more contact Brad today through our contact form.


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