Why Do We Require “Inspirational” Speakers?

I am sure that almost every one of you had to either sit through, or hear about, some inane talk given by an “inspirational” speaker. The topics of such talks vary from specific ones such as how they “conquered adversity”, survived some disease to more generic ones like how they rose up through the ranks and became a “successful” politician, businessman or writer. But have you ever wondered..

Why do we require speakers to inspire us to do anything?

We certainly do not require inspirational talks to motivate us to drink something we want, eat something we like or have sex with an attractive person. Nor do we require inspirational talks to do something we like or enjoy doing.

Therefore, at first glance, the whole idea of “inspirational” speaking might sound like an attempt to con people into doing something that is against their best interests. But does it actually work that way? If you have attended more than a couple of these events- you are probably well aware that most of the audience does much pay much attention to what the speaker is talking about. So why do we keep on having more and more of such “inspirational” talks?

I believe that the answer lies in the nature of corporate-minded fraud and scams.

As many of you know only too well, most corporations survive through legislative capture, social inertia, even stupider competitors and the competence of a small number of dedicated employees. However the pay of people in corporations is proportional to a multiple of how well they can feign being busy and how visible they are. Therefore organizing or chairing meetings and committees, rather than working, is the easiest way to rise up through the hierarchy of a corporation.

But even that can be hard work, and human beings like shortcuts. Many have found that organizing meetings and committees that are extremely non-specific and generic can get them the same mileage as doing something that is even marginally useful. Furthermore, many corporations have to bribe people or make a show of good corporate citizenship.

Inviting “inspirational” speakers to talk to large groups simultaneously fulfills the needs of many disparate groups- from brown nosing climbers who want to seen as busy organizational experts to corporations looking to legally bribe “important” people with massive egos and get some good PR or the appearance thereof. The best part of this scam is that even the victims of these atrocities, the hapless listeners, only lose an hour or so of their lives listening to some self-important prick indulge in public masturbation.

and now you know why you have to sit through the inane “inspirational” ramblings of some moron in a suit or a fancy dress.

What do you think? Comments?

  1. Days of Broken Arrows
    July 2, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    We may not need such speakers. But we DEFINITELY need life coaches. For everything.

  2. Breeze
    July 3, 2012 at 12:15 am

    @ Days of Broken Arrow: Please tell me that sarcasm?

  3. Webe
    July 3, 2012 at 2:20 am

    True enough. Worse are events like graduations, convocations, offfical openings, etc.
    Nevertheless, there is such a thing as inspiration and perseverance. These are apparently so revered that they refuse to die even when counterfeited to 1000x the original stock.

  4. P Ray
    July 3, 2012 at 5:15 am

    One of the inspirational speakers at my university became a father at 20, hates his partners’ mood swings and can’t get his mind around the idea that his life would have been sweet if he had listened to me when I told him a woman who gives sex to pilots for free flights, no matter how good the sex she gives to him … is not worth being with.
    Sometimes the people who don’t listen to good advice, become a good example of why you should 🙂

  5. njartist49
    July 3, 2012 at 5:42 am

    We “need” “inspirational” speakers for we do not read or understand wisdom: how may of life’s difficulties would be understood, even overcome, if we read Proverbs, Wisdom, Sirach, and even myths and legends.

  6. August 13, 2014 at 7:22 am

    Some people need motivational speakers because they have no will power, no drive, no aura and such. The same way people who can’t get pussy to save their lives need game. Motivational speaking, however, is not as rampant as self-help advice found in books, blogs and even guest appearances on TV shows – unless we are speaking of religious leaders, talk-show ‘divas’ and political candidates who use speeches to sell dreams, fairy tales and shit sandwiches.

    People just say what people want to hear and that’s how America survives – making money off the sick, the stupid and the unlucky. Motivational speakers aren’t the only ones who profit from this; doctors, psychiatrists, business owners, law enforcement – they all do the same shit. You’ll be amazed how motivational speakers and ‘experts’ fail to practice what they preach in their own personal lives and they have the highest amount of issues than those who they sell that bullshit to. Again, stupid people are supposed to be controlled and fed ‘Disney Myths’ to keep the gravy train from spoiling.

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