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Speaking to motivate or to inspire? The Shanshine perspective

What’s the difference between a motivational speaker and an inspirational speaker?

I was asking myself this question and discovered two things.

Motivate (n.d.) is to stimulate toward action and inspire (n.d.) is to influence or to arouse thoughts, feelings, etc.

A call to action is great.  However, without the intrinsic motivation, action loses its meaning.

How can we obtain intrinsic motivation?  It is through our emotions that are fired off from inspiration.  Consistent doses of inspiration will propel our motivation to higher planes.

Am I an inspirational speaker or a motivational speaker?  With this definition in mind, I can surmise that I am not only an inspirational speaker, but an inspirational motivational speaker.  Touching people’s hearts and lives with a conviction, that is a facet of the sunshine within me.  Motivating through inspiration, that is yet another facet of the sunshine in me.


Inspire. (n.d.). Unabridged (v 1.1). Retrieved October 14, 2008, from website:

Motivate. (n.d.). Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved October 14, 2008, from website:

October 15, 2008   No Comments

Is authenticity vital today?

Is authenticity vital today?

Yes, and if so, even more important in today’s context.

What is authenticity? Authenticity, one of the VIA‘s strengths, is defined as “owning one’s personal experiences, be they thoughts, emotions, needs, preferences, or beliefs, processes captured by the injunction to know oneself” and “behaving in accordance with the true self” (Harter, 2002, p. 382). In essence, authenticity is being real and true to yourself.

Definitely, authenticity is vital in the extrapersonal (dealing with groups of individuals), interpersonal (dealing on a one-on-one basis) and intrapersonal (dealing with yourself) domains. However, the crux of the issue lies not in being authentic, but in daring to be authentic.

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July 24, 2008   No Comments