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Motivations - Part 1 of 2


Goals are nothing without motivation. Motivations hold some surprising secrets that can mean the difference between success and failure at any task, public speaking very much included. Motivations are a key part of becoming comfortable and effective at speaking in public.

Through Pspeak, we are sharing ideas with you about how to improve your life through public speaking, and we certainly hope this will add to YOUR level of motivation. But for the most part, it is really you, in your unique life, who will find your own sources of motivation.

There is something powerful we can help with when it comes to motivation. We can help you find the RIGHT motivators for your next presentation.

There are two primary kinds of motivators. Extrinsic and intrinsic. You’re going to hear these terms used frequently here, and the difference between them is HUGE.

An extrinsic motivator is something that comes from outside of us. Extrinsic motivators  include things like money, fame, laws or rules, and rewards. An example of someone using extrinsic motivations is a writer who writes novels for publication, income and recognition, but otherwise might not write those novels at all.

An intrinsic motivator is something we do for our own sense of satisfaction without primary desire for external rewards. People will do just about anything for intrinsically rewarding reasons, as we’ll soon see. An example of someone using intrinsic motivation  is a writer of poetry who doesn’t  publish her work or even share it with others; she writes simply because she loves writing.

Which type of motivation YOU use can greatly affect whether or not you achieve your goals. And there’s yet another factor of critical importance related to motivation.  There are also positive and negative versions of either kind of motivator.

A positive extrinsic motivator makes us feel good, which results in us taking action to get the positive reward that comes from the motivator. Things like money, fame, and compliments are great examples.  These are not internal, but they are certainly a good reason to work hard and achieve your goals.

Conversely, a negative extrinsic motivator doesn’t make us feel good, but it can cause us to act nonetheless. These may include things like law enforcement - the infamous flashing red lights in the rear view mirror - financial difficulty, the threat of bad “grades” or detention in school, or even people making fun of us.

Finally, and most importantly, a positive intrinsic motivator makes us feel great about something; positive intrinsic motivators provide us with a sense of satisfaction. Think about helping others in need, working at a job for the personal emotional reward more than for the money it pays.  Think about backing candidates for office because you truly believe in them, championing a cause, raising money for a charity; the list is literally endless.  Positive intrinsic motivators are the most satisfying reasons for doing just about anything; they fulfill you in a way that gives you a feeling of ultimate personal achievement.

So, what IS the best motivator? Hands down, without a doubt, a positive intrinsic motivator is the best. It’s also the most powerful and the most enjoyable.

Most importantly for our purposes, a positive intrinsic motivator is by far the most useful kind when it comes to public speaking. As we’ll soon see, it can change the very words that come out of your mouth.

End of Part 1