Inspirational speakers can be an enormous boost to your church or business, but before you go off hiring just anyone to do the job, there are some qualities that you should look for in the person you choose to open up your forum to. For starters, an inspirational keynote speaker should have something unique and tangible to say that employees or church members can grab on to and process in their own lives. In order for this to be the case, you should choose someone whose experiences are similar to the audience’s. You wouldn’t ask someone who’s never demonstrated any ambition or success in their own life to inspire your employees, just like you probably wouldn’t want someone opposed to your faith to stand before your church congregation for 45 minutes of uninterrupted God-bashing.
Inspirational speakers, such as Lynette Lewis (author of the inspirational book for women “Climbing the Ladder in Stilettos”), recommend that you vet the people that you have speak to your group by visiting their websites and reading over press clippings. Do not stay entirely on their page, but see what you can find on the search engines from third party people or organizations. If this should leave you with any questions and concerns, then do not hesitate to address them with the inspirational keynote speaker before reaching a final decision. You may also wish to contact the organizers of past speaking engagements to see what their experience was like working with the individual.
The communications that you share with your employees or your church congregation should be committed to positive energy and designed to lift up the audience. The signals that you send to your organization are important because they demonstrate your own vision and commitment to leadership. Before you decide on your next inspirational speaker, make sure that there is something inspiring your people can take from the engagement. Because, to paraphrase the Biblical concept, once words leave the tongue, they cannot be retracted.