The Automobile Is Still A Great Way To Travel

The Automobile

One of the most exciting days of my life was my 16th birthday when my father took me down for the test and then paid for my first ever driver’s license. He even let me drive home that day. Looking back that was one of the last times he ever let me drive his car with him in it. I don’t think it was because of the way I drove but as a family we all have a passion for driving cars. Even my mother loved driving but as we got old enough to have our license poor mother had to move back another notch in the cue for driving the car. She really mostly drove only when she was alone or with those of us as yet too young to drive.

Travel

As a musician I have been so very fortunate to have travelled a lot all over the world. This, or course, means that I spend a lot of time in airports and airplanes. However, I still prefer the automobile as a form of travel whenever possible.

I guess it is just as well that the perfecting of an amphibian car will probably not happen in my lifetime. If it does I certainly will be tempted to see how far I can get via the water as well.

Why The Automobile?

Having performed in 49 of the 50 states in the USA I can share with you a lot of information about roads and places all over the country. When touring as a musician I always drove whenever possible. There have been many days when I have gotten up, driving 300 miles, had dinner, performed, went to the reception and then finally to bed only to get up the next day and do it all again.

For me there is just no experience like seeing the world from a car. You can stop and go when you like and take whatever route takes your fancy. You get to meet a wonderful lot of fascinating people and really see and experience the country you are in.

Whenever I can I still drive to the next engagement even though most of my friends would rather get on the plane and just get there. I just love to drive and look and listen and meet people.

Certainly when travelling in other countries there is no better way to enjoy the experience than to take a car and drive either for pleasure or to get to the next destination.

Conclusion

I have no idea how many miles I have driven but I would guess it would be getting fairly close to two million. For me I hope there will be at least a million more. Hopefully I will have the joy of meeting you en route.

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Anniversary of Henry Ford’s Retirement – September, 1945

Seventy years ago, this month, Henry Ford retired from his position as head of the Ford Motor Company. I’m sure he was tired after so many years of innovation and struggle as he built his personal empire.

It seems to me that Ford automobiles are either loved or hated by consumers. I’ve owned a few with good results, so I have nothing bad to say about them. But then, I don’t get very excited about cars. I’m one of those who look at cars as a necessary evil. I have to own one, but it can be more functional than luxurious.

Today a friend and I will drive a couple of hours to visit a car auction. It’s not just a car auction, but limited to classic and collector automobiles. You know, cars like a 1928 Duesenberg, or a 1932 Ford truck in mint condition. Or maybe a 1972 Ford Mustang or some other muscle car from that era.

I used to think owning an old car would be fun until I watched a driver park one on the auction floor. He was wearing leather gloves, and without power steering he worked hard turning the steering wheel, gripping with all his strength, pulling and pulling to move those large wheels attached to that iron frame supporting a heavy 12 cylinder engine.

While walking to his table at a restaurant in New York City, Glen Curtiss was once stopped by an old man who said, “If you need any help with your lawsuit, please let me know.”

Curtiss was with his attorney, and later asked, “Who was that guy?”

The attorney replied, “Oh, that’s Henry Ford.”

This was when Curtiss was being sued by the Wright brothers over the invention of airplane flaps vs. using wires to warp the wings to control flight.

In his early years Henry Ford was sued by a physician in Rochester, New York over the design of the engine. The doctor had a patent on valves or something and sued Ford for violating it, and after a legal battle between the two sides Ford won, and continued with his production. He, thereafter, was sensitive to the issue of progress in spite of prior claims.

The Ford Motor Company did introduce many new features and had some flops. Most would agree that the Mustang was among its best, and the Edsel the worst.

The late 20th century was the most challenging as Japanese engineering, led by an American engineer, set a new standard that had to be met, and today the American automobile industry improves each year as more and more innovation is introduced into the process of design and manufacturing.

Old Henry would be proud of today’s autos. He’d probably not waste time with the recent history, but eagerly look to the future and ways to further advance the technology of modern automobiles.

So we salute Henry Ford for his contribution to such an important part of our culture.

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Electrical Wheelchair Lift for the Automobile

When someone is relegated to a wheelchair, special care must be taken especially when the person needs to ride in a vehicle. This is because the individual cannot get in or out that easily.

The only thing that one can do is to try to lift the disabled person from the wheelchair to the car. This however can take a long time and can really be quite taxing to the muscles. Great thing there are machines that can make the whole process easier – such as electrical wheelchair lifts.

There are actually two types of wheelchair lifts. The first one is powered by hydraulics while the other is powered by electricity. Most people prefer the electric type because this can be wired to the battery of the vehicle. Doing this can save you a few dollars. The hydraulics type needs some fluid, which has to be placed periodically to keep it functioning.

These different kinds of lifts can be found in nearby stores. There you will find other models such as the extended lift, which is probably the most convenient to use. The individual only needs to push a button and voila, you can already lift the wheelchair inside the car. The same process is done when exiting the vehicle.

There are also variations in the type of exits used in the electric lift. Some electric lifts allow people to be entered and exited from the lift from the same direction while others have different entrances, usually at the center, and exits, which is often placed on the sides. The exits and entrances that will be used will of course depend on the kind of wheelchair that the person has.

The cost of an electric or hydraulic wheelchair lift can be very expensive. The cheapest one is a little over $ 10,000. What is more, buying these gadgets will not be covered by Medicare or by an insurance firm. One can however get a discount directly from the manufacturer of the van. Just ask your local car dealer.

Remember though that buying electric wheelchair lifts is not as easy as buying the model that is available in the store. You actually have to make sure that the model will fit your vehicle. For this, it is advisable to bring in a technician to do the measurements. The customer can bring the measurements to the store and have the wheelchair lift installed if it fits. Be prepared to wait for your turn as installation may take a day or two especially if there are many customers who are also having their automobiles installed with it. As an added precaution and to lessen the possible inconvenience, check if the lifts work properly before you leave the shop.

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Hybrid Vehicles Cause Less Environmental Pollution

Hybrid vehicles are the kind of automobiles that cause less or no environment pollution. In practicality, it is absolutely impossible to run an automobile without some kind of pollutant emission. At least, the technological developments so far cannot guarantee such a vehicle, but there are several methods to reduce the level of pollutant that is emitted.

Currently, the worst culprits of environmental pollution among vehicles are automobiles that run on fossil fuels such as petrol, diesel, and gas. That means more than 90% of these at present, are serious offenders of environmental protection. Among the environmental problems, air pollution and damaging effects of the Ozone Layer are the most serious. There have been concerted efforts from various sectors – such as automobile manufacturers, scientists, and governmental regulators – to reduce the green house gas emission from vehicles that run on fossil fuels.

The efforts have been producing good results. Newer models invariably have better emission controls. However, the overall level of green house gas emission has been increasing. The major reason for this is the exponential increase in the number of these cars in use. Over the last decade, the sale of automobiles has considerably increased – not just in the developed countries like the United States and Japan, but also in developing nations like China and India.

Therefore, just reducing the green house gas emission of cars that run on fossil fuels is not sufficient for reducing the level of environmental damage. This realization paved the way for the creation of several types of green vehicles. Examples of such environmentally friendly cars are electric, solar-powered, and those that use hydrogen fuel. Despite the obvious advantages to environmental protection, there are some negative aspects for them. The performance of hybrid cars at present does not compare well to that of cars powered by conventional fuels such as petrol, diesel, or gas. As a result, a kind of hybrid was born. This type of car can run on both conventional fuels and the non-conventional fuel types. Most of the major automobile companies in the world produce the hybrid type green vehicle.

The most commonly used non-conventional fuel is electricity. The market share of battery-powered cars has been expanding steadily. The level of green house gas emission is substantially lower for electric cars. However, in terms of performance, such as acceleration in high speed, these green vehicles pale in comparison with those that use fossil fuels. Therefore, the hybrids that run both on electricity and conventional fuels provide a compromise option between environmental considerations and the desire for better performance.

Solar energy is also used to run automobiles. The mechanism of these cars is similar to that of electric, however, in the case of solar cars, electricity is provided by solar cells. Another kind of green car is the type that uses hydrogen as fuel. More research and innovations are needed to make the performance of these cars to match with that of those using conventional fuels.

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Four Types Of Quad Bikes For Sale

Quad bikes are fantastic for recreational activities as they are rugged and can be driven over any kind of terrain. They provide great sporting thrill for any adventure savvy. If you are considering purchasing your very own bike, get familiar with the types of quad bikes for sale available in order to choose the one that is suitable for you.

Typically, there are four main categories utility, off-road, on-road and sport. Quads used for utility purposes normally come with a four-wheel drive and are larger than those designed for amusement. They come with firm suspensions as well as frames to carry heavy weight of more than 250 pounds. These are especially engineered to conquer rough territory and can even be used to tow other automobiles. They make ideal companions if you are involved in regular camping or farming as these bikes can carry heavy loads for you. Most utility quads come with full skid plates attached.

Off-road quads are wired to tread on uneven land. This type of bikes are highly sought-after although they are not designed to be driven on populated road since it does not come with lights, horns and mirrors as with any regular vehicle, making them illegal for street driving. However, the on-road version is fully equipped to be driven legally on roads. These are more practical as you can ride them off-road as well.

Recreational or sport bikes are normally smaller than the utility ones. These are considered as sport quads because they can be quickly accelerated. They are automatic, two-wheel drive automobiles that can be swiftly manoeuvred, offering fast movement to adventure enthusiasts. These are typically used in racing. Sport as well as utility quad automobiles can be used for on-road and off-road driving as long as they meet the legal requirements to drive them on the road.

When looking at quad bikes for sale, bear in mind that the smaller vehicles are normally equipped with engines as small as 50cc while the bigger ones are provided with engines that reach 1000cc or higher. The smaller engines are ideal for children, as children’s quads should not reach higher than 90cc. Test drive the bike to see whether it is what you are looking for. Because these automobiles are large and bulky, they can cause serious injurious. Ensure that you know how to ride it or have an expert supervise you. Opt to purchase a brand new vehicle instead of a used one.

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The Factors That Affect Your Pennsylvania Auto Insurance Rates

What factors affect the cost of your Pennsylvania auto insurance rates? It is important to understand these factors in order to find cheap Pennsylvania auto insurance rates because after all; who want to pay more for their PA car insurance policy than they have to?

The state of Pennsylvania like many others has their own requirements when it comes to automobile insurance. The state that has approximately 12 million people is home to many big cities such as Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Rates change accordingly to where people live and what they drive. It is important to understand that rates are not the same for everyone and that there are many different things that you can do to lower your rates. Below you will find out some valuable information about automobile insurance rates in Pennsylvania and some key information about how rates are calculated.

Pennsylvania Auto Insurance Rates Of The Past

Although there is not exact figure of the average rate of car insurance premium that the everyday Pennsylvania resident pays nowadays, there are statistics that show how much they had paid in the past. In the year 2003 the average Pennsylvania premium was about $909 compared to the national average of about $914. It is important to understand that the premiums have been on the rise since then simply because automobiles have been converted to a necessity instead of a luxury. It is also known that the first drop of automobile insurance rates came in 2007 when most premiums dropped from 0.5 to 1% and in 2008 and beyond experts predict that the rates will go up again!

Determinants Of Automobile Insurance Rates In Pennsylvania

The PA automobile insurance industry like many others has determinants on how their rates are calculated. It is important to understand these important factors because the more you know about what determines your rate, the more money you may be able to save.

1. Place of Residence: One of the most important determinants of your PA car insurance rates is your place of residence. If you live in a rural community you will not pay that much in car insurance simply because the likelihood of an accident is not that great. On the other hand if you live in a big city like the ones mentioned above, you will have to pay more per month. Add to the many traffic jams and the number of accidents and the risk of your vehicle being stolen and the premium will increase to a great degree.

2. Your Age and Gender: This is one of the most important determinants of the rates in Pennsylvania automobile insurance industry. The rates in the auto insurance business are high when you are a teenager and you are starting to drive, are lower when you are a middle aged American (usually from 26-50) and then they get high again when you become a senior citizen. A reason for this is that teens and senior citizens tend to have a higher accident risk than do middle aged people. Your gender will also be a determinant because although there is a common widespread idea that women drive worse than men, it is men who get in more accidents than women because they tend to drive more aggressively. Because of this men’s rates are usually higher than those of women.

3. Vehicle Type and Year: This is very important because it is the most used determinant when it comes to insurance companies coming forth with a rate. Every year insurance companies get a top 100 countdown of the cars with the most injuries after an accident and the ones that are at the highest risk of being stolen. Those cars at the top of both categories will be the ones that will be expensive to insure because they are of more “risk” to the insurance company. Another thing important to highlight and that may be bad for those drivers that own sports cars is that insurance companies usually charge those drivers a lot more for car insurance. The reason for this is that in the automobile insurance business speed is associated with accidents and although some may argue that it is not fair to discriminate against sports car owners, the auto insurance industry does just that.

4. Credit Report: Many people don’t understand why this has anything to do with the rate of your automobile insurance. The truth is that for any insurance in the market nowadays, credit report is very important. If you have a good credit report you will have to pay less money than someone who doesn’t have good credit. This is simply because auto insurance companies are protecting themselves from those drivers that cannot pay regular monthly premiums.

Pennsylvania Automobiles With The Highest Car Insurance Rates

Most Expensive for Theft:

1. Four-Wheel drive Cadillac Escalade

2. Chevy Corvette Convertible

3. Four-Wheel drive Lincoln Navigator

4. Four door Jeep Cherokee

5. BMW Series 3 Convertible

Most Expensive for Injury:

1. Four Door Suzuki Esteem

2. Four Door Kia Rio

3. Two Door Mitsubishi Mirage

4. Four Door Kia Spectra

Most Expensive for Collision:

1. Four-Wheel Drive Subaru Impreza

2. Four Door Lexus IS 300

3. Two Door Hyundai Tiburon

4. Two Door Porsche 911

5. Acura RSX

Pennsylvania Auto Automobiles With The Lowest Car Insurance Rates

Least Expensive for Theft:

1. Buick LeSabre

2. Buick Park Avenue

3. Volvo 720 Station Wagon

4. Four-Door Mercury Grand Marquis

Least Expensive for Injury:

1. Two-wheel drive GMC Sierra 2500

2. Chevy Silverado 2500

3. Four-Wheel Drive GMC Yukon

4. Four-Wheel Drive GMC Sierra 2500

5. Two-Wheel Drive Chevy Tahoe

Least Expensive for Collision:

1. Two-Wheel Drive Ford Excursion

2. Four-Wheel Drive GMC Safari

3. GMC Sierra 2500

4. Four-Wheel Drive GMC Yukon

Go Find The Cheapest PA Car Insurance Rates!

If you paid attention through the entire article you may have seen that rates do not only depend on one thing, but they are many factors that work together to determine your PA car insurance rates. If somehow you fit under the categories of factors that will allow you to have a lower rate then congratulations! If on the other hand you live in a big city, drive a sports car, and your vehicle is at the top of the lost of most stolen vehicles then don’t panic; you can still find a well priced policy. Just make sure that you look around and do you homework because the more you search the better your rate will turn out to be!

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Importance of Performance Parts in an Automobile

Everyone loves cars and bikes. When we speak about automobiles, we often indulge in a talk discussing power and performance of a vehicle. Many individuals love their cars. They often try to find ways to increase the performance of the car or a bike. The performance of a vehicle is increased by replacing the regular parts with “performance parts”. The selection of a performance part depends on the need of the user. One wishes to increase the power while other may wish to increase the mileage. Every need has performance part and is developed to deliver the same. It is necessary to select the best part for the vehicle.

There are important factors that one should consider while they look out for such parts in the market. The process of selecting a performance part is tedious as there are many companies in the market. Buying an expensive part does not really mean that one has the best solution available to increase the performance of the vehicle. It is necessary to take into account the model and year of manufacturing of the car to select the best parts for improvement in performance. There are people who indulge in extreme actions to fulfill the need to replace a regular part with a performance part.

The addition of such parts increases the value of the vehicle. Customization has good demand in the market. A vehicle that has been customized with high performing parts installed in it sells for a good price. Such vehicles are often displayed at motor shows. People love cars that are highly performing. The inclusion of the parts increases and modifies the engine. There is an increase in power development, the balance of the vehicle, improvement to exhaust system and braking system. Every user has a set of specifications and work through it by installing the right part.

Performance parts are also used by regular drivers and individuals who love to modify their vehicle. This improves the working condition of the vehicle. When there is an increase in the performance of the vehicle, there is an equal increase of life span. Reputed and high quality parts from leading manufacture are expensive. Though most people do not have the luxury to afford such expensive parts, they can still improve the performance by choosing locally manufactured parts. They have the same functionality as that of a branded part. Searching for such parts is a good practice to reduce the overall expenditure.

There are a number of parts available that improve the performance of the vehicle. Searching over the Internet will give complete details about these parts. Replacing the parts in the correct way is essential. Looking for a reputed mechanic is also essential. The mechanic should possess experience in handling different vehicle and replacing the parts properly. It is also important to take advice before changing a part in the vehicle. Minor changes can improve power development, safety features and comfort of a vehicle. Choose the best and affordable parts that are high quality for improvement in overall performance of the vehicle.

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Korean Vehicle Parts

The Korean auto industry is one of the largest in the world. Today, it holds the fifth spot in terms of volume of production and the sixth spot in terms of volume of export. While it was originally engaged merely in assembling of parts, which were imported from Japan as well as the United States, Korea is currently one of the most advanced automobile producing nations in the world. The industry produces several in-house models, displaying not just its capabilities in regard to design, performance, as well as technology.

The Korean automobile industry was started in 1955, when Choi Mu-seong, along with his three brothers, set up an engine in a modified US Jeep and came up with the first Korean car, called the "Sibal", which means new start.

Then in 1960, Sinjin Automobiles came up with Sinjin Publica, which was manufactured under a licensing agreement with Toyota. For the development of the Korean automobile industry, the government of Korea declared the "Automobile Industry Promotion Policy". As a result, foreign automakers were stopped from operating in the Korean nation, except in case of joint ventures with the local business enterprises. The efforts led to companies, which were involved with other businesses enter the automobile industry. This led to the formation of three major companies in 1962, ie Kyeongseong Precision Industry, Ha Dong-hwan Automobile Industry Co. and Saenara Automobile. As it is, Saenara Automobile was the first automobile maker in Korea, which was equipped with the latest assembly facilities.

Later on Kyeongseong Precision Industry was changed to "Kia Industry", whereas Ha Dong-hwan Automobile Industry Co. SsangYong Motor Company. In 1965 Asia Motors Company was set up and Hyundai Motor Company was formed in 1968 in technical cooperation of Ford Motor Company. However, during this period, these companies were merely engaged in automotive assembling, importing parts from their overseas partners. Then, in 1972, Shinjin and General Motors had a joint venture General Motors Korea was formed, which was later on renamed as Saehan Motors in the year 1976.

In 1975 Hyundai Pony, the first automobile developed in Korea was made. Hyundai Motors did this after engaging as vice-president, George Henry Turnbull who previously worked for British Leyland Motor Corporation. This car comprised of design from Italdesign, machine press from France, transmission & engine from Mitsubishi, moldings from Ogihara Mold Company, technology transfer from Perkinson and Funds from Barclays and France Suez.

Hyundai struck another first with the export of the Pony to Republic of Ecuador in the year 1976, and made Hyundai became the first Korean car to be exported. Then in 1982, Saehan Motors was acquired by the Daewoo Group and it was later renamed to Daewoo Motors.

Energy crisis in 1979 brought about a bad patch for the Korean car industry. The Korean government tried to address this situation, with is "Automobile Industry Rationalization Policy." The government also postponed the import liberalization of automobiles. All these steps helped the Korean auto industry in a big way and helped it to recover the losses accrued due to the recessive condition of that time.

By the 1980's, several new developments took place and Korean auto industry was now focusing primarily on the development of mass production systems, keeping in view the exports aspect. In 1986, Hyundai motors entered the market in United States with Excel, which became extremely popular. As a matter of fact, it set up a record of selling the largest number of automobiles in the first year of business.

As it is, Hyundai motors is by far the most popular Korean brands. Apart from the various cars that it manufactures, it also supplies various auto parts and accessories. Some of the most popular auto parts of the company include:

1. Hyundai Camshaft Seal Kit
This high quality camshaft front seal set is designed as a direct fit replacement for the stock camshaft front seals. Priced at $ 34.23, this is an amazing option for your car. Its immense popularity has been a major reason that has led to its mass production.

2. Hyundai Nitrous System
Officially known as Nitrous Express, this Nitrous System is accompanied with a number of attractive features, such as stage one EFI, gains of 35-150 horsepower on the wheels, fuel line adapters, shark nozzle, extra long stainless steel supply along with several other components for complete installation. The systems do not need any engine modification, work on a stock fuel pump, and need no timing retards. They offer the best horsepower on demand value and amazing increase in power as well as acceleration. It is extremely durable and reliable. Available at a price of $ 710.22, this wonderful kit is definitely a nice buy.

3. Hyundai Distributor Cap
This distributor cap is an original equipment replacement. It installs as well as operates like your original. Available at a price of $ 18.38, this distributor cap is definitely a steal.

As it is, the Korean car industry offers you the best products and so it is definitely a good idea, to make use of it.

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National Car Auctions – Finding the Right Car at a National Auction

Joining national car auctions is a great opportunity to find a great vehicle at an unbelievably affordable price. Every year different local and state governments and law enforcement agencies regularly auction off used cars. These automobiles are seized or impounded vehicles from the various departments. They are then accumulated and sold off at public auto auctions. The primary reason behind this is not to gain money for the government but to recover expenses they incurred for towing and storage of the vehicles while under their custody. This is also the reason why they can sell these used cars at these vehicle auctions for a bargain.

Whose Car Am I Buying?

When you participate in national car auctions, the used automobiles that are up for grabs can come from anywhere. However, the vehicles for a government auto auction are vehicles seized from criminals. These vehicles are usually seized by the government and sold off at auto auctions. If you are lucky, many dealerships who might be involved in criminal activity have brand new automobiles seized and they almost always end up in these car auctions. Apart from law violators, the used cars could come from government organizations that retire their vehicles. This would include police cars and other government service vehicles.

Most of these used cars have racked up on mileage. However, they are usually well maintained. There are also seized vehicles coming from banks and lending companies. These were confiscated when a debtor fails to pay back their loans. To recover from their losses, the banks and lending companies sell these vehicles at car auctions.

All of the vehicles sold at national car auctions are different. They have different models and make. It is necessary for you to do your research and check the used cars thoroughly before placing your bid. Determine what type of automobile you are looking for before heading out to the auction field.

Once you have found a car that you want, make sure to check it thoroughly. It would be helpful if you could check the Vehicle Identification number or VIN and mileage. This will help you get a rough idea of the car that you want to get. It is also imperative that you understand how the car auction process works like what type of details they would require in case you won a bid. The Internet is a great place find answers about car auctions, you just need to spend some effort looking for it.

National car auctions have become an affordable way for many people to find the car of their dreams.

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Speaking for Motivation: Top Traits of Successful Motivational Speakers

This article will do 2 things for you:

1. Briefly talk about some common (but pretty funny) stereotypes of motivational speakers. We’ll take a look at a few real-life examples from the huge variety of motivational speakers on the circuit today.

2. Give some great tips on how to give your own motivational speeches by exploring the top 6 key ingredients that successful motivational speakers have in common.

The end goal of this article is to help empower you to create and deliver your own inspiring motivational speeches so that you can go forward and help others make positive changes in their own lives.

SPEAK IT OUT LOUD

When someone starts talking about motivational speakers, most people either:

  1. Bring up their own favourite speakers and share how said speaker(s) changed their life, or

  2. Roll their eyes and groan.

… More often than not, people do the latter.

When it comes to stereotypes, motivational speakers seem to get the blunt end of the stick. Often perceived as frantic, loud, and in-your-face, this type of public speaking commonly gets dismissed for being, well, all talk.

However, there is a very definite (and growing) fan-base for motivational presentations. After all, the words of inspiration and insight that a truly good motivational speaker shares can create the kind of “a-ha” moments that truly resonate!

Inciting positive changes for everything from kicking bad habits to pursuing your dreams and living the life you’ve imagined – quality speakers can motivate their audiences to realize the inner potential for success that lives within all of us.

The fact is that a strong motivational speaker can be a real force to be reckoned with, regardless of what your own personal opinion of them may be!

DIFFERENT SPEAKERS. DIFFERENT APPROACHES. SAME POINT.

Truly good, established motivational speakers command some pretty decent coin – Tony Robbins, for example, charges at least $100,000 per engagement.

The rationale for this is that good motivators can impact the lives of thousands in a single presentation, creating a literally exponential return on investment.

But the tactics they use to inspire are often drastically different, so how do they all end up achieving the same impact?

Let’s take a look at the very different styles of 3 top motivational speakers to figure this out.

– Tony Robbins: Energetic Motivation

Tony Robbins’ high-energy, high-volume, and high-audience participation presentations have inspired millions to pursue their dreams. He literally gets attendees out of their seats, hyped up and boldly yelling out affirmational mantras of success together.

The end result is a crowd of inspired go-getters who are ready to “ask better questions, and as a result get better answers” – answers that will (hopefully) help them navigate the path to success and happiness.

– Dr. Roberta Bondar: Intelligent Inspiration

Other speakers, like the amazing and super smart astronaut Dr. Roberta Bondar, choose to share their motivational public speeches with more intimate audiences in specific niches and settings.

Dr. Bondar’s approach is noticeably very different to Tony Robbins’; her presence and spoken words are significantly calmer and her talks tend to keep the decibels at more ear-friendly levels. But her message consistently inspires people to pursue their “peak performance potential” as she drops pearls of wisdom and dishes out food for thought.

– Steve Rizzo: Hilariously Helpful

Yet other speakers rely on comedy to deliver their message, like the hilarious Steve Rizzo. Having walked away from his career as a comedian who shared the stage with greats like Jerry Seinfeld and Rodney Dangerfield, Steve uses his sharp comedic timing to deliver messages of perseverance through adversity that inspire crowds to “live the dream.” For Steve, laughter is the best motivation.

When you boil it all down, successful motivational speakers come in all shapes and styles – but they all manage to inspire their audiences to make positive, impactful changes in their lives.

They do this by finding their own presentational style and playing to it. In figuring out what works best for them and using it to their advantage, they successfully add an air of authenticity to their talks. And this authenticity is crucial.

After all, nobody wants to listen to someone who doesn’t earnestly, 1000% believe in what they’re preaching!

Like top motivational speaker booking agent, Rich Libner of MCP Speakers, says when talking about his own roster of speakers on the circuit,

“It’s important to remember that motivational speakers like Tony Robbins, Roberta Bondar, or Steve Rizzo are not much different from the rest of us. They all have fears, failures, difficulties, and dirty dishes.”

So if they can speak to and inspire crowds of people, then you can too!

WHAT TO SAY AND HOW TO SAY IT

Believe it or not, there is a basic recipe for creating and delivering a successful motivational speech.

No matter if you decide to use the over-the-top energetic approach of Mr. Robbins or the comedic delivery of Steve Rizzo, following these key ingredients will help you on your path to motivational speaking success.

  1. Tell a good story, and tell it well.

Our evolutionary history has predisposed us to loving a good story.

Consider this: Every known culture in human history has stories. From sitting by a fire and listening as elders tell stories of gods & monsters to buying a movie ticket and immersing ourselves in some epic cinematic experience – we, as a species, absolutely love a good story. We always have.

Tap into this love to get and keep your audience’s attention. A good story uses a recognizable pattern to convey meaning, with the most common pattern being the classic failure-epiphany-struggle-success plot…

Know it. Love it. Use it.

  1. Be clear with what you’re talking about.

Nobody likes to hear someone yammer on with no easy-to-spot point. Much like Charlie Brown’s teacher, public speakers that drone on with no clear intent or purpose quickly lose their audience’s attention and become background noise.

Keep it snappy and on-point. Let your audience know within the first 2 minutes why you’re talking to them and what you’re talking about. After that, make sure that every anecdote, story, and tip you tell directly relates back to your purpose for being there.

In other words, give them a roadmap for what to expect from your presentation – and stick to it!

  1. Create your own buy-in.

Picking up on point number 2, a good way of creating your own buy-in is to let your audience know what to expect from the get-go. Tony Robbins is a master of this, often starting his speaking presentations with the following formula:

Today, I will talk to you about _______. I’m talking to you about it because ________. My goal at the end is to motivate you to ________ so that you can ________. [-> Enter engaging but simple question to cap your intro and spur audience participation here.]

You don’t have to copy that exact formula, but hopefully you get the idea.

After setting out your roadmap, one of the best ways of further fostering audience buy-in is by encouraging participation. There are more ways to encourage audience interaction than this article can list, but a key point is to make sure that the participation is guided and relevant (and safe!)

For ideas on ways to foster positive audience participation, just Google “audience participation”.

  1. Stay positive.

The #1 very best way to alienate your audience is by being a downer. This includes singling out someone to pick on throughout your presentation, relating horrible things that happened to people without providing a positive spin or ending, and generally being a low-energy Debbie downer.

The key to motivation – especially motivational speaking – is to stay positive. People are paying attention to you because they’re after some sort of positive change, so stay positive with your motivational messaging!

  1. Offer a different way of looking at things.

A fundamental ingredient to creating positive change is to alter the way you look at things.

Like famous motivational speaker Wayne Dyer once said, “Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.”

… Pretty deep, right?

It’s also 100% true. Psychologists and marketers alike have known for decades that the biggest way to effect positive change is foster a positive perspective. From addiction treatments to brand allegiance, the power of altering a person’s perspective is undeniable.

Inspire your audience to look at things differently by sharing a different (and positive) lens through which to view life’s challenges and hardships.

  1. Practice. Practice. Practice.

… Then practice some more.

Polished motivational speeches don’t happen overnight and even top-notch motivational pros still flub every-so-often. Practice makes perfect though, so practice for perfection!

MOTIVATING SUSTAINED MOTIVATION

In the end, the most motivational part of any inspirational speech is what the audience chooses to do with what they’ve just heard. So help them make the right choice by using the above 6 tips the next time you decide to get up and speak sweet words of inspiration!

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