anthonyverderameWe’ve all heard them before, Zig Ziglar, Jim Rohn,  Tony Robbins, Brian Tracy, et. al.; motivational speakers.  My personal all time favorite was Zig.  These speakers are both entertaining and enlightening.  I have always thoroughly enjoyed listening to people like these.

When I begin talking about motivational speaking, I am reminded of a quote by Zig.  He said, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”  We hear that and chuckle.  When I first heard that, I remember thinking, “Yeah….right on Zig!” Yes it IS right.  Hence my concern.

This is the difference between motivational speaking and  speaking. It is my heart’s desire to seek out and hear transformational speakers.  It is the reason I describe myself as “transformational.” But what really is the difference? A brief note: I am speaking of a difference NOT necessarily right & wrong; bad or good! 

First, let’s let dictionary.com help us with definitions!

MOTIVATE: to provide with a motive or motives; inciteimpel.  They further provide us with telling synonyms: inducemove, provokepromptcause.
TRANSFORM: 1. to change in form, appearance, or structure; metamorphose.  2. to change in condition, nature, or character; convert.  3. to change into another substance; transmute. Here are some great synonyms: 

Did you catch the subtle, simple and yet profound difference.  It’s as simple as the difference between “extrinsic” and “intrinsic”; and the difference between “doing” and “being.”

A motivational speaker may inspire and entertain with the result of a prompting from without to DO!  A transformational speaker may inspire and entertain as well resulting in an inner change of the person to BECOME!

A transformational speaker has an ability to share life!  It is a transference of life principles and TRUTH that so inspires, convict and moves a person from within that a paradigm of theirs has shifted.  This might be a huge shift or can be a simple truth like, “I really AM loved!” which may change the person’s view of themselves.

So, Zig IS right! We DO often need to be prompted or provoked to do or achieve. But when a person has experienced a change from within often the direction and action of that life WILL be effected as well.