At the Rochester event I spoke at this past weekend, I had the pleasure of meeting and hearing speak a most inspiring and human individual who kicked off the event with a very motivational talk on Success. We have exchanged e-mails and spoken on the phone and shared a couple of quotes;
"Only a ghost wallows around in his past, explaining himself with descriptors based on al ife already lived. You are what you choose today, not what you have chosen before" – Unknown
"Sometimes things happen to you that are no fault of yours. But if you don't do anyhting aobut it by the next day, it becomes your fault" – Alan Weiss
As I listened to his delivery and style and then reflected afterward on mine I came to the realization that I am not an inspirational or motivational speaker in the same sense.
Certainly I look to motivate and inspire people to take action about their personal brands, but I do this through providing information and resources – many clients and colleagues consider me to be a 'human Google' , I used to call it a mind of useless information – but others do not see it that way – now neither do I.
My stories and examples come from personal experience and client stories – real life impacted by the changes in the world. With my own 360 others identified my attributes as Connected, Genuine, Open minded, Supportive, Resourceful, Experienced.
It makes me an Informational Speaker – but what else? Thoughts?