Do you want to motivate and inspire the youth with your motivational speeches? Have you ever wondered how to appeal to them effectively?
youth conference speakers need to take a different approach to connect with a younger, sometimes hard-to-impress audience. The usual speaking style that works with adults may not go over well with a younger audience.
Apply these basic principles when speaking in front of young people.
Humour and enthusiasm
When speaking in front of teenagers, the speaker needs to show more enthusiasm and humor. These children and young adults are very impressionable, but also easily bored. If you are too lecturing and unexciting, they will easily turn away. Speakers should always try to incorporate humor into their speeches. Enthusiasm is contagious, and it should come from the speaker.
Getting a youthful audience to laugh is pretty easy; easier than you might think. They are also more forgiving than you might expect. Speaking to a youthful audience requires a relaxed and casual atmosphere. You’ll be more receptive if you set the right mood.
Learn the lingo and be hip – but don’t try too hard
To connect better with young audiences, speakers need to give the impression that they are well-versed in the younger culture. Speakers need to know the lingo of the younger generation so they don’t come across as an aloof adults trying to preach.
Remember that trying to fit in too much can also have negative effects. Younger listeners can easily see this. The speaker will come off as awkward and ridiculous. The trick is to internalize the youth culture, but still, be yourself. There is no need to speak like them. The key is to know their problems, desires and interests.
The reason younger speakers are booked more often for youth conferences is that younger audiences can relate to them better. Younger speakers’ delivery always comes across as natural, and the audience is easily inspired. The audience can see something they can emulate. They may idolize the speaker because he or she is seen as a successful and fulfilled young person.
Deep down, young people want to be motivated
Everyone wants to be motivated. Others may act like they are too cool for it, but deep down, unconsciously, they need something to motivate them.
Speeches for young people should be fundamentally motivational. Speakers can talk about tips, techniques, and how-to’s for success, but the bottom line of the content is motivation.
Good or bad, teens won’t really remember the “how.” But they will remember the why.
Why should they learn well? Why shouldn’t they do drugs? These are the things they are most likely to remember because the answers to these questions will motivate them! Remind them that they should study well so they can have a good job later and become successful. They should say no to drugs because they could ruin their lives if they don’t. That is the origin of motivation. The methods are just garnishes for your message.
They won’t hear you unless they know you.
Contact with young people requires trust. Young people want to know about you before you get them to hear your message. They won’t listen to just anyone. They want someone they can relate to.