The diversity talk was a huge hit among the students while the motivational talk, which is my signature presentation, didn't fair as well. I could see that I was losing the attention of some of the students during my motivational talk which was initially a bit of a shock to me given that this talk had done so well in the past.
Changing the motivational talk to be slightly more interactive improved the attention rates when I got to present it a second time around. There's still more work to be done on this talk while the diversity one is already a success for this type of younger audience.
So if the motivational talk could be adjusted so that it is almost as interactive as my diversity talk, I will be able to hold the students' attention. And if I could hold college students' attention, an older adult audience will be really easy. This will make me a better speaker overall.