Thursday, June 1, 2023

Published June 01, 2023 by with 0 comment


This is an experiential synopsis of how to become a trainer and a speaker we aspire to be. And it’s a pinhole opinion. I suggest that intellectually defensive friends avoid being bothered by it.

It is not true that no one likes to be told what and how we can do things better, there are some who are all ears, all heart and spirit to listen, learn and transform their capacity. And for those who aspire to become a better stand-up inspiration, an engaging, powerful and moving speaker, a trainer and a teacher, we can always learn from others. When we think of our role model as being a motivational speaker, we must know that everybody learnt, was mentored, had been open and adventurous. What made them models are the flaws they overcame, adapted and amended with willingness and veracity of their consistency and focus.

1. Language

Avoid mixing language (Dzongkha-English) and interchanging language every few sentences. No amount of axiom or anecdote will make sense when meaning gets diluted by attempts at jumping from one language to the next. Use language for some time, and shift when required for a purpose.

Reason: It disrupts the flow, diminishes the power and distracts attention.

2.     2. Example usage

Examples should be few, relevant and personally experienced rather than many examples that sometimes are exaggerated, unrealistic and assumed. Share personal stories or draw

Reason: Helps to draw attention, trust and create awe if the story is few and powerful. Getting into many small stories, and drawing from others diverts focus from presentation concepts.

3. Refrain from making assumptions

Refrain from making assumptions from examples, experiences and our own opinions. Assumptions must be foolproof, not as a generalisation but defence for one or two instances.

Reason: Assumptions is a leakage of weak grounding, such leakage weakens the integrity of the concept, skill, and the trainer.

4.       4. Maintain focus on slide

The talk must always be connected to the slide, without getting away from one story to the next and into ambiguous and irrelevant matters. It is unwise to read from the slide to convince the matter. The intention should be to align as strongly to the slide image or message than to solve and prove the questions from the floor.

Reason: Focus and alignment strengthen the attention and engagement of the participants. It helps to minimise time use and time waste. The longer we linger on a slide, the more irresistible it is to wait to see what comes.

5. Humour use

5.       Use humour as an embedded statement and anecdote without telling ‘Now I am going to tell a joke.’ Telling things in a funny way requires wit and experience. Have an awareness that many of the funny stories could already be heard and be sensitive to the quality of humour.

Reason: While humour defines and draws attention and value, it can be detrimental to the diversity of beliefs. The lack of laughter after a joke can indicate that its either obsolete, weak in delivery, irrelevant or monotonous.

6. Teach practicable skills, models or ways

6.       The theories and concepts must be introduced in brevity, with a set of models, principles and strategies. In the digital world, most concepts are accessed and available to people.

Reason: The training or talk reinforces what was mostly learnt or experienced. What people need from a session are one of many; a moment of awe and inspiration that evokes hope and possibility, a model that is relevant and applicable, principles that define process and pathways, statistical data to relate, and research to rely on for change. Opinions are assumptions that are information that must have a foundation.

7.       7. Study and experience

To deepen trust, and dependence and ignite change in belief systems, the speaker must have read the background, depth and diversity of books, research papers and materials that build strong substance.

Reason: Scientific basis, statistical data, and references to books and authors are a compelling resource to motivate, drive and build integrity.

8.       8. Tap on to listener resource

It is not always necessary to reason and defend what we know. The participants are explicit resources we can tap into for discussions and sharing, and draw conclusions from the diversity of experiences.

Reason: Allowing sharing sessions and deliberations, and listening to opinions creates ownership and acceptance of the content learnt in progress, while also gaining the opportunity to learn from the experiences of others.

9.      9. Communication power and flow

Oratory fluidity and power is a singular instrument that drives empowerment and awe, acceptance and learning, and a memorable experience. When in a presentation mode, avoid drinking water from time to time, chewing gum or doma, and attending to the crowd in a scanning mode. These are very few things to begin to present as a powerful speaker.   

Reason: Models of inspirational speakers are commonly flawless speakers, powerful, graceful and eloquent in language and content. They are prepared to the teeth. Eating and drinking disrupt eloquence and flow and cause distraction or loss of attention.

1010. Maintain connection and flow

The presentation when using powerpoint must move from slide to slide in a flawless process than introducing a topic or concept. There is no necessity to say ‘Now we will talk about…’ when the presentation is on the slide. It is crucial to avoid reading and explaining what is evident for everyone.

Reason: The presentation is a jigsaw puzzle that intends to teach a topic or two, therefore when presented in a flow, it draws attention. Even when closing a session it must be in a smooth and compelling close than an abrupt ‘Let’s break for tea.’

11. Presentation visual quality

Of the many things to avoid what must be placed on a slide, the information or image must be visible to the last bench, avoid using multiple textual colours throughout, and be careful what colour to use to make it prominently readable, refrain from filling whole slide with information but three to six lines, where unavoidable, it must be visible and relevant, maintain relevancy between image and exposition. And be thorough with the slide to its optimal detail. These are a few.

Reason: The quality of the presentation slide defines some qualities of the session and the trainer. The slide quality also contributes to enhancing enthusiasm and learning engagement.

11    12. Create Takeaway gifts

Every talk session, training or sensitisation programmes must be imbued with a few ‘Takeaways’ apart from material learning is what will connect people to the session, creating relevance and memory. In every few minutes of the presentation, the speaker should able to provide the takeaway gifts that are something new, relevant and powerful.

Reason: The existence of gifts maintain participant connection, attention and enthusiasm. Gifts can be a story, anecdote, proverb or experiences.

13    13. Preparation, Power and Pleasure

To honour every minute of service the speaker gives and participants attend to, the primary requirement is Preparation. It is the act of lifelong learning on various subjects through various resources and mastering the content in the presentation slides from all angles to ensure Power. The power depends on the quality of delivery, engagement in the learning process and on all other suggestive shared from 1 to 12. Only when there is preparations done, power created, there is pleasure at learning, only when there is pleasure as an emotional spark, will there be rarely anyone asleep. When someone falls to the monotone of the session, it’s more about who is at the pedestal than about who are on the floor!

I was introduced to becoming a trainer, a motivational speaker sometime in 2016 when nationwide training on Transformative Pedagogy and Communication Skills began. I owe this to the door opener, my close friend Director Tashi Namgyel, MoESD, to enter into the colosseum of opportunities. The battle was unstoppable, learning was vast and celebrations unending. What made me able to grow and stand without much hesitance, to make some contributions to the learning and welfare of civil servants and students was my decades of reading habit since childhood, my friendship with bibliophiles, and my courage to accept mistakes and learn from others.

I remind you, I am no Guru on how best to become a motivational speaker. Dr. Simon Sinek probably would have told you many times about it. I am only sharing from a small niche of my experience.

Namgyal Tshering


Dechentsemo CS



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