Here is a simple three-step guide on how to become a motivational speaker to start you on your journey towards touching people’s hearts and inspiring them.
The ability to help people change their lives with just the power of your words is extremely powerful and fulfilling. It is a highly rewarding career that can make a big impact on the world.
However, being a motivational speaker is not like any other career where you can go out there and take motivational speaker courses in a university and get a degree.
Nonetheless, you also don't have to be famous or have a wildly outgoing personality to become a motivational speaker.
Here’s how you can get into the world of motivational speaking and hopefully become one of the great inspirational speakers of the world.
Follow These 3 Tips On How To Become A Motivational Speaker
Tip #1: Prepare ONE Great Speech
“When opportunity meets preparation, success is inevitable.”
Given the opportunity to speak in front of 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, but 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 and inspirational 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.
"If you build it, they will come."
Tip #2: Speak Often & Speak Everywhere
The second tip on how to become a motivational speaker is to speak often and speak everywhere you can. This is because 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 becoming a public speaker.
They say that the way you learn to play the flute is by playing the flute. So, the way you become better at motivational speaking is by speaking.
Many amateurs don't realise this, and they get caught up chasing a bright, shiny object or searching for a silver bullet that could instantly make them a great speaker (side tip: it doesn’t exist).
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.”
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."
Tip #3: Promote & Run Your Own Events
The third tip on how to become a motivational speaker is to promote and run your own events.
When it comes to making money as a motivational speaking professional, there are two paths you can take:
You get paid to deliver a speech at someone else's event. This could mean you are a keynote speaker where companies or organisations 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.
You market and run your own events and speak in them. If you think about the most successful inspirational 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 On How To Become A Motivational Speaker
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.
From one fellow difference-maker to another, I want to commend you for having the courage and the heart to go out there and inspire others!
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