Motivational speaking is defined as giving a speech, the purpose of which is to motivate or inspire its audience and listeners. When you think of motivational speakers, think of self-help advisers or gurus teaching you the path towards success or asking you to channel your inner child to find the peace you want and long for. But just to be clear, motivational speakers could discuss any topic they want. They just need to be passionate, well-read, and aware of the topic at hand, to ensure that they could deliver the message loud and clear.
How are motivational speakers made? What are the things you need to do in order to be considered as one?
To become one of the many motivational speakers the world currently has, you should choose the topic you want to discuss. You should choose a topic close to your heart, something that you are passionate about and something you can easily discuss with anyone. Your goal is to inspire and motivate someone to do something. Choose a topic that is relevant and timely. Inspiring or teaching someone to, let say, sell pay phones, pagers or beepers at this time and age is no longer appropriate. You have to be updated with technology if you want to be respected as a speaker.
In addition to being timely, you have to appear like you are an expert on the topic. Review, read, and research on your topic. Your audience expects a lot from you. They are relying on your expertise to guide them through their queries. Speaking of audience, it wouldn’t hurt to know your audience before you conduct your talk. As they say, different strokes for different folks. You need to know your audience so that you can tailor your talk to their needs and learning curve.
Now that you have established your topic and are familiar with your audience, you need to prepare for that big day. Start by improving your skills in public speaking. Sometimes the teacher needs to attend classes in order to learn further. Take on classes on how to speak in public. It will also help if you could record some of your speeches. That way, you can see what areas you need to work on.
Focus particularly on things that can help you motivate people like your hand gestures, eye contact, and total body language. You should also practice your writing skills. Most motivational speakers are also writers and by writing more you can provide your audience the chance to follow on your ideas and go back to them whenever they need to. Writing can also help you do your research and make you a better speaker. Becoming a motivational speaker also requires some form of investment. Buy your own projector, make your own presentation, workbook, and handouts. Make sure your tools are there to help make your life not any more complicated than it already is.
Now you have the topic and have made the necessary preparations, so what’s next? Your hard work will not materialize unless people are made aware of it. Now it is time to promote yourself as a public speaker. You can start by giving free or cheap talks in your basement targeting a few people. Make sure to produce brochures and pamphlets that you can give away after the talk. Register with online websites for public speakers and offer your services to conventions, seminars, as well as conferences. Set up your own website and invite feedback from your audiences. This is also one form of promotion and advertisement. Once you are famous, learn to choose your venue as well. Make sure it fits your audience population. A smaller venue is too crowded; a large one feels empty and less occupied.