How To Become A Motivational (Or Inspirational) Speaker

Have you ever wanted to touch people’s hearts and inspire them?

The ability to help people change their lives with just the power of your words is extremely powerful and fulfilling.

Being a motivational speaker is not like any other career where you can go out and get a degree. So have you ever thought about how you can be an effective motivational speaker?

Being in the Career

Having been in the personal development industry for over a decade, I’ve delivered hundreds of talks. I’ve even spoken on stage with the likes of Dr John Demartini from The Secret and John Assaraf from the Secret. Being a motivational speaker is a highly rewarding career that can make a big impact to the world.

The good news is you don't have to be famous or have a wildly outgoing personality to be a speaker.

Here are 3 Things You Need to Become an Effective Motivational Speaker:

#1: Prepare ONE Great Speech

They say that when opportunity meets preparation, success is inevitable.

Given the opportunity to speak in front of say, 100 people right now, what would you talk about? If you're not sure and you don't have a talk prepared ready to go, then that opportunity won't become a reality for you.

If you're not sure what to talk about, think about what your message is. What would you love people to know about life or a particular topic? If it was your last day on earth and you could utter some final words of wisdom, what would they be? If that's too big of a question, then start with an “aha” moment or some cool thing you learned recently.

Being a motivational speaker starts with a great speech. You don't need to have hundreds of hours of content ready to roll off your tongue. You just need a 5-minute speech ready to go. Start there. Once you have a speech that motivates people, technically you are already a motivational speaker.

That may sound simplistic, but it's true. Motivational speakers are nothing special... They are just prepared.

Once you deliver that speech, people will start coming up to you saying "When is your next talk? Can you please let me know so I bring my friends next time".  Your growth as a motivational speaker starts with one speech.

Like they say, "If you build it, they will come."

#2: Speak Often, Speak Everywhere

You need to hone your craft through practice. Sure, there are many skills you should learn along the way like telling stories and building confidence, but learning all of those things won't matter if you don't practice speaking.

They say that the way you learn to play the flute is by playing the flute. So, the way you become a better speaker is by speaking. Many amateurs don't realize this, and they get caught up chasing a bright, shiny object or searching for a silver bullet.

I remember when my business partner once asked me, “What’s the minimum number of people we would need in a room before we cancel the event?”. I said to him, “Just one person, because it's still an opportunity to inspire someone, and it's still an opportunity to speak.”

I subscribe to what the late great Dr Wayne Dyer said, "If there were two rats in a sewer I would talk to them."

#3: Promote & Run Your Own Events

When it comes to making money as a professional speaker there are two paths you can take:

Path #1:

You get paid to deliver a speech at someone else's event. This could mean you are a keynote speaker where companies or organizations hire you to deliver a great speech to motivate their team. It could also mean that you deliver a presentation and sell your products at an event that someone else has marketed and ran for you.

Path #2:

You market and run your events and speak in them. If you think about the most successful motivational speakers, they market and promote their events. This gives them flexibility and control, control over how and how often the event is run, and their income.

Final Thoughts

When you put these three tips into practice, you will be well on your way to becoming a motivational speaker and making a difference in other people's lives. I want to commend you for having the courage and heart to go out there and inspire others… from one fellow difference-maker to another.


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Ben is the Difference-Maker Mentor and Co-founder of Authentic Education. He is exquisite at inspiring people to share their message, make a difference in the world and live abundantly on purpose.

Ben has been featured in media such as the Today Show,,, Huffington Post and