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How Do I Choose the Best Motivational Video?

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When choosing a motivational video, consider the type of motivation that you are looking for, the reputation of the company or individual who produced the video, as well as its quality and price. In many cases, you can do extensive research online regarding motivational videos, including viewing excerpts so that you can get a better idea as to whether a given video is suited to your needs. It is also wise to seek out recommendations from colleagues and other people you trust, as they may be able to recommend a motivational video that they found particularly inspiring and effective.

At the beginning of your search for a motivational video, think about whether you will be using the video primarily for your own self-development or in the context of a business or organization. This distinction can be important, as the types of presentations that may benefit you may be very different from those that can effectively motivate groups of people. For example, you may wish to select a motivational video by someone who has a distinct religious or philosophical perspective because you share the presenter’s religious or personal beliefs. This type of video, however, may not be suitable for presentation to others who may represent a diversity of religious and political or ethical beliefs. By being aware of the context in which you will be showing the video, you can choose a product that is both motivating and non-offensive to its audience.

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Some motivational videos are very generic in nature while others may be targeted to a particular industry. Both types of videos have their advantages, but if you are looking for very specific types of motivation that are applicable to your field, you may wish to choose the more targeted video. On the other hand, it is also important that you actually resonate with the presenter. If you find an industry-specific motivational speaker to be offensive or uninspiring, choosing a more general motivational video that actually provides you with some benefits is probably a good idea.

If you are unfamiliar with a production company or motivational speaker, do some research online before making a purchase. Investigate the speaker's credentials and find out if others find his or her videos to be of value. Several online video sites may include video excerpts to help you make your decision. By watching these clips, you'll be in a better position to not only choose a motivational speaker to watch, but to select the video that precisely meets your needs.

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