Over the past few weeks I have seen several people slam the idea of "Motivation" when it comes to speakers. I realize that a few weak cheer-leading tactics in the business world, disguised as motivation, is what has people sometimes feeling "icky" about the concept. However, motivation is a good thing... when defined correctly!
I agree that there are speakers who play on the emotions of people and manipulate... but these are few and far between, and their tactics should not make the rest of the us sit through talks by those who are not invested in the audience. A blah speech is an opportunity lost for everyone.