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Motivational Speaking – My five tips to giving a great talk

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When it comes to Motivational Speaking, for most people it ranks up there with falling from a great height.

But rest assured that when it comes to motivational speaking, we all started in the same place.

motivational speakingSure, we either have a solid background in a process or technology and we have become an expert or we went and gathered a whole pile of life experiences and can use them to inspire people.

But if we want to turn that in to Motivational Speaking income, how do we put together a great talk?

It is not as hard as it may seem, although it takes time, structure and discipline.

For me personally, I started speaking in front of audiences as a politician. I had had some experience in chairing committees so I was used to being in spotlight somewhat, which really helped. At the end of the day though, just having given a lot of presentations doesn’t make you a good keynote speaker.

For that matter, being one of the top speakers at your local Toastmasters club will not do much to further a speaking career either.

To be good at Motivational Speaking you must have a story to tell. You must be seen to be an expert in that area, and you must add value to the lives of your audience.

Does it mean you are technically a great speaker? Frankly, today that is low on the list of qualities. I have seen amazing speakers who did not have the perfect delivery, who hummed and err’d their way through their talk but had the audience captured.

Learning to get the audience on the edge of their seat listening to you is one of the most important goals you should have.

So here are my five tips for Motivational Speaking

  1. Don’t try and live off one presentation. Life changes and your experiences and knowledge should grow too
  2. Have an introduction that grabs the attention of your audience in the first minute, use humour or emotion but get their interest immediately.
  3. Speak to them about how they can improve their lives. Your stories can help but don’t make the whole talk about YOU – make it about them.
  4. Give your audience tacit examples of how their lives can improve if they apply some of you ideas. Think of the benefits of what you shared, not the features.
  5. Make sure you get their attention enough to lean in to your talk. The best way to get another booking is for that audience to be telling the organiser how life transforming your presentation was.

To carve out a career in motivational speaking, you need to be disciplined with your preparation, hard working with your outbound sales calls and tenacious when starting your career. Put that all in the mixing bowl and it is just hard work after that.

One guarantee is that it is an exceptionally rewarding career.


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Motivational Speaker | How to get your start

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Motivational SpeakerSo you want to be a motivational speaker but you are not sure how to get started?

Like any business, developing a keynote speaking income is hard work. The good thing is that a plan combined with tenacity will pay off.

What are the steps to become a Motivational Speaker

Let me share with you the five steps you can focus on to becoming a motivational speaker.

  1. Develop your talk. There is so much information on the internet that is free in regards to developing a good keynote that you don’t need to look far or pay a lot of money. At the end of the day, you can boil a keynote presentation down to a methodology that psychologically delivers what an audience and more importantly a meeting organiser are expecting,
  2. Practise, Practise, Practise. Look for opportunities to talk. Start free, offer your services to service organisations, schools, community groups – all people that typically don’t have a budget for a professional Motivational Speaker. Build a resume of talks that you have done and testimonials from organisers.
  3. Communicate. In order to develop a good business as a Motivational Speaker, people need to hear from you. Building your database of potential clients is critical to your success. Make sure you are adding valuable content to your website and delivering it to those interested parties on your list.
  4. Build your stories. Just because you know a lot about a subject does not necessarily make you a good motivational speaker. The art of story-telling is disappearing. You need to learn to keep it alive. Learning to incorporate your own personal experiences as analogies is extremely important but remember they must be relevant and entertaining.
  5. Don’t worry about uhm’ing and err’ing. I know Toastmasters will tell you it is a terrible thing to do and so was talking a cell phone to a concert at one time. Times have changed and along with it came a lot of grace for speakers who may have the occasional uhm or err. You will overcome that. I have seen some amazing speakers who were so good at delivery that unless you went back and counted how many times they stumbled you would never have known. Relax, enjoy the ride, and gauge the feedback from the audience not somebody who wants to be a professional speaker but has ┬ánot made it yet.

I understand this is a very simplistic overview but the main point to remember is tenacity will pay off. It has taken me a long time to even build the stories that I can share with an audience. I am not an Olympian or Movie Star, but to a certain extent that is what makes me relatable.

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