If you want to make a career as a motivational speaker, there could be a lot of professional opportunities available to you. Bosses often bring in motivational speakers to motivate their employees, which can be a lucrative professional opportunity.
Other organisations and associations may also bring in motivational speakers for events or conferences.
In order to be considered for those types of jobs, you have to be good at what you do. Great guest speakers are hard to come by, and you need to work hard if you want to become one of the best.
There are ways that you can learn how to become a motivational speaker that people will line up to hear. Below, we’re sharing a complete guide for how you can become one of the best motivational speakers.
Read on to learn more, so you can begin your motivational speaking career.
1. Find Your Niche
In order to become one of the best motivational speakers, you need to bring something to the table that no one else has. You want to be able to stand out in the field, and not just repeat the same ideas or advice everyone has already heard.
Spend some time thinking about your unique perspective. Your experiences, opinions, and observations should help you develop ideas that are entirely your own. Don’t try to do everything, or be everything to everyone.
It may sound counterintuitive for an industry where you are trying to appeal to many people, but the more specific you are, the more you’ll be able to stand out.
2. Know Your Audience
If you think about the great speakers, there is something that they all have in common. They are able to connect with large groups of people, no matter how different those groups may be.
No two audiences will be the same, and it’s important to be able to respond to the different environments you might be speaking in.
Do as much research on your audience as possible. You may not be able to find out much about individuals, but consider the setting in which you are speaking to them.
For example, is it at a corporate event? If so, find out about the company and what it does and what kind of people might work there.
3. Practise Public Speaking
Part of knowing how to become a motivational speaker is knowing how to become a public speaker. You may have your message down, but if you don’t have the public speaking skills to deliver it, it won’t matter.
Practise everywhere you can, even if it’s just in front of a group of friends or family. The more comfortable you get speaking in front of people, the better you’ll be.
Want to Know More About Being a Motivational Speaker?
Being a motivational speaker can be very rewarding, both for you and for the audiences you connect with. In order to pursue motivational speaking as a career, you’ll have to put in the work to develop your skills.
For more information about being booked as a motivational speaker, please contact us at any time.
Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.