A motivational speaker is a professional who delivers speeches to motivate an audience. In the Philippines, a motivational speaker is usually invited to sales rallies, multi-level marketing meetings, conferences, and company-wide events to rah-rah employees.
Many motivational speakers use stories to arouse emotions. Some Filipino motivational speakers use self-deprecating humor to keep their audiences laughing. Because of the trend, many motivational speakers sound like stand-up comedians whose goal is to get a belly laugh every single sentence.
Since the competition in motivational speaking is getting stiffer, many speakers find more ways to entertain people. Some motivational speakers also perform magic on stage to drive a point. Firewalking, singing, and cursing are now tools of the trade.
Typical topics of Filipino motivational speakers are financial freedom, positive thinking, and resilience.
Though usually interchangeable, a motivational speaker is not the same as inspirational speaker. Motivational speakers focus on your external desires. Inspirational speakers on your internal aspirations.
You can simply say that many motivational speakers talk more about how to get more money and inspirational speakers on how to make more meaning.
It goes without saying that not all speakers are motivational speakers. Most professional speakers, in fact, invested their time and energy helping clients find doable and actionable solutions to their challenges.