If you think you have that drive to speak and inspire at the same time, then you must have, at some point in your life, thought about being a motivational speaker. This is a very interesting profession yet also requires a great deal of determination and patience to get to where you want to be. This does not mean that it is not possible. With time and practice, you might just be one of the most respected and effective motivational speakers of the age.
So what do you need to learn?
• Know What to Talk About.
Your aim is to motivate, right? So you want to think first about a topic you want to talk about. Is it about a relationship, business or work? Once you have a topic, ask yourself how you can deliver it in such a way that it will bring positive impact to your listeners. After all, this is your primary goal: to be able to motivate and change someone’s life.
You also have to keep in mind that people will not listen to you for more than an hour unless of course they find you too funny and entertaining at the same time. Make a 60 minute speech that is concise, significant yet interesting.
• Know your audience.
Consider the people you want to listen to your speech. Or if you already have a topic, you have to make sure that you invite people that can relate to your speech.
You can start small. Of course you still have to build your name in the industry. You can present your speech free of charge to the audience intended for your speech. Then you can move on to a fairly low fee first. If you happen to impress the people, word of mouth will get you somewhere. The important thing during this phase is the learning process. Which part of the speech did they get bored, which ones are amusing, how do you think you can improve in this area are all part of the experience.
• Be Unique.
Do you know that there are a lot of other motivational speakers out there? How can you be different with the thousand others? Of course, you can study how other speakers conduct their speeches but not so much as to copy their works and techniques. It is acceptable to learn from them but to create a facsimile of them; you will end up as a mere second-rate.
The technique is to be unique- to be you. Share it in a way that it reflects your own personality, thoughts, experiences and wisdom. Incorporate these things in your speech and you will do great.
• Ask for Feedback
This part can be a little tricky. When we say feedback, we usually run to our family and friends for it. But you have to realize that if you aim to be effective, as harsh as this may sound, you will never find that honest and objective feedback from them. They will always be there to support you and make you feel better. No matter what you say, it will always be good. A constructive feedback may be given but not as helpful as the ones you should be getting.
If you want to get advice, present your speech to professionals in the industry who will give you concise feedback from speech delivery, material and presentation.
• Market Yourself
This might be one of the biggest parts of your motivational speaker career. Just like authors, you will never be the best selling author if you do not know how to market yourself to people. Make use of the social media platform like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Hire professional editors, video graphers and planners that will make you and your work look respectable and professional.