I am in a large school games hall full of fellow professionals and not shaking like a dog. I am not shaking like a dog, as I don 't particularly feel like it. Even though the highly paid motivational speaker has just implored us all to. Apparently, waving your arms and shaking your legs can lift a negative mood, similar to how dogs shake themselves out of torpor. Mr Motivator notices my static limbs and decides to make an example of me by loudly stating that my mood won 't have been lifted. He 's correct. I look at the faces around the hall, and realise I 'm not the only one feeling decidedly less than motivated. Schools now regularly hire a wandering tribe of typically retired successful head teachers reborn as motivational speakers, as part of their CPD training. I myself have experienced three in the last couple of years. On paper, it makes sense ind an in service day activity that stimulates drive and energy within a staff who might feel punch drunk by the long winter term slog of teaching. Yet while a laudable aim, it 's unlikely that this inspiration will come from a well remunerated outsider. The trouble with external motivational speakers is twofold. Firstly, the sessions are on days when staff aren 't teaching, and therefore won 't be motivated when it 's actually required. Secondly, the messages are too general to inspire individuals. Psychological research suggests that at best, a motivational speaker can offer only a short term ix, which will likely have dissipated by the time the teacher faces their next class. If only classrooms could be organised with white sidelines and a substitutes bench, where a motivational individual could jump up and gesture, shout and cajole a teacher along when things in the classroom begin to unravel. That might not actually be as ridiculous as it sounds. Schools could, in fact, learn from the best motivational speakers in the world – football coaches. The most successful know their athletes intimately and what their goals are, and unlike bought in speakers, are on hand to provide inspiring half time charges. Consider this – our happening between teachers, schools could save considerable expense on speakers ' fees, accommodation and transport. Instead, the money could be redirected into training interested staff in the skills of motivating adults, or in becoming life coaches. They already know the audience well, and will be on hand to reinforce messages, thus solving the two biggest problems of bought in speakers. Around a decade ago, a Glasgow charity trained former prisoners as life coaches who went on to work with recently released prisoners. The scheme was successful because the ex offenders knew what their charges had experienced, and could offer appropriate motivation at the right time. Motivation ultimately comes from within. Inspiration provided by an outside source isn 't intrinsic but manufactured, and won 't last as long. At some point, we are all going to feel daunted by work, which is when an inspirational word can help us endure ideally one delivered by a trusted colleague.