Motivational speakers are truly marvellous at what they do – entertaining people, rooting their minds towards success, changing lives. It is without a doubt a great feat for one person to speak up in front of a number of people to share his or her experiences, and motivating the audience to work hard to reach their goals. Any person may want to accomplish such exceptional work, and might even aspire to become a motivational speaker themselves. Of course, it is not easy to just suddenly proclaim one’s self as a motivational speaker, let alone a speaker per se. The question now is: What does it take for a person to become a good motivational speaker?
Motivational speakers are not just speakers. They didn’t just become speakers because they have mastered public speaking and wanted it as a main profession. Most motivational speakers are professionals; they work and have something to be passionate about. If someone has passion, he or she would have had plenty of experiences to talk about – sharing accomplishments, failures, even the reasons as to how and why he or she has been invited as a speaker. The key here is that passion is the factor that motivates not only the audience, but also the motivational speaker to communicate and relate with the people. One of the most popular motivational speakers in the world is Jim Rohn, an American entrepreneur and author. Through his ups and downs as a businessman, he found a way to share what he went through and became a motivational speaker. He inspired millions of people, and was known as a dedicated businessman who was hardworking and exemplary. He became a model and even though he has passed away, Rohn is still one of the most iconic motivational speakers that ever lived.
It is understandable enough to say that not only must one have passion, but a good motivational speaker should also have commendable public speaking and interpersonal skills. Public speaking is not just about confidence and knowing your topic; a good speaker would know the proper verbal and nonverbal cues that should be executed during a speech. Communicating properly with the audience is the most important thing, because motivational speaking is useless if the speaker did not appropriately convey his or her message to the audience. Also, with the right interpersonal skills, the speaker would be able to know the audience just by looking at their facial expressions and body languages – if they are bored, interested, or relating to what the speaker is saying.
If a person is serious about pursuing a career to become a known motivational speaker, other practical considerations should be regarded. Usually, the first step for aspiring speakers is to video some of their talks and then post it online; most speakers start to get known in the internet nowadays, their videos seen in YouTube or other video-sharing websites. Otherwise, some speakers make their own websites or inquire for online agents that might help them find gigs. Whatever the case, it is not easy being a known professional; it takes time, effort, and dedication. Still, being invited to talk in small events would most often lead to invitations from other bigger events, even if the speaker is not a nationally-popular professional. Most motivational speakers often start from scratch as they get used to sharing experiences and making unique speeches with valuable content. A motivational speaker that aims high should be versatile – someone brilliant, funny, and would speak words that would emotionally strike the audience. As long as motivational speaker is an excellent speaker and loves touching the lives of people, he or she would most certainly be recognized, eventually.