Power Thinking, with Dr Morris O’Connor
“When the going gets tough, the tough get?” I shouted to my two mates, Eddie and Jimster last Saturday knowing that motivational speeches are my forte. “Going,” I screamed alone, as this time they weren’t playing ball.
“We’re throwing this opportunity away, throwing it down the drain. Why? let me tell you why.” Eddie stopped me before I could continue. “Because you’re wearing trainers and the bouncer won’t let us in Morris.” We did, in the end, just get a cab back to his place and watch X-Factor clips on Youtube. It was actually quite a depressing night. However had I had some spare shoes on me the power of my words could have motivated the guys to swallow their dignity and try and get into The Black Orchid nightclub and Carvery for the third time.
(A quick note to the owners of the club – the Clarks ‘Wave Echo Lace’ black leather training shoe is much more of a shoe than a trainer. In fact, according to Clarks it’s only 24% trainer. Hopefully we’re all on the same page now.)
The odds were stacked against me in that situation, but motivational speeches are one of the cheapest and most effective ways of getting people to do what you want. If you don’t want to pay your staff more money and resent the fact you have to spend time near them, but want results, the right motivational speech is a fail safe to get them to do a job they hate.
I’ve trained managers up and down the country to orally motivate their drones so they pipe down and just get on with it. As a manager you need to visualise just how easy your life will be with everyone doing their jobs. Focus on the image of you doing not a lot in your office, surfing the net, maybe even catching up on some personal admin and use it to drive passion into every word of that speech.
Finish off with a slow rousing clap you’ll be amazed at just how much people love to applaud without really knowing why.
If your motivational speech fails you’ll find details in my next briefing on how to get results by playing your colleagues off one another in a vicious competitive environment.
Dr Morris O’Connor is the best selling author of Motivating People You Hate With A Rousing Speech.