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How do you become a Motivational Speaker?

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Dec 15, 2010 @ 08:35 PM

motivational speakerThe question I get alot is how do you become a Motivational speaker? The best answer is you just do it. Speak alot, everywhere they will listen, even if you are speaking for free ( however if someone wants to pay you, take their money). Once you get good at it ( 500 plus presentations later) usually people will ask you if you do this for other events,or for a living, and it builds from here.

I used to call up toastmasters clubs and ask them if i could come to a meeting and speak for 20 minutes ( no less, its not worth your time). Toastmasters mission is to help people with public speaking skills and they are a fantastic organization. I recommend everyone join toastmasters, it's fun, you build confidence and you meet some great people who want to support you. Toastmaster club meeting speaking slots are usually only 7 minutes so you need to  push for more time, 20 Minutes minimum or the maximum time they will give you. 

Most clubs will grant you more time. You will be evaluated at the end of your talk. Take the evaluation for whatever its worth. Most evaluations are somewhat useful but your really there just to get the experience in front of warm bodies (As opposed to your stuffed animals arranged neatly as your audience on your couch). Do not get discouraged, it takes a long time to really get comfortable, confident and develop a compelling message. Toastmasters also has a convention, an inspiring experience for anyone who wants to be a motivational speaker.

This is a good start, once you get really good at speaking in public, eventually people will want to hire you. They will come up to you after your inspirational speeches and ask you to speak for their group. Now you are a motivational speaker, congratulations ( ok more than one person needs to hire you!)

A few more ground rules are below and i can cover the more advanced stages of marketing, setting up your business in another blog. If you have specific questions on the speaking business, how to get started or others leave your comments below and i will write a blog about it. I will also talk about the professional speaking organization the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers, where i was a founding board member of the calgary chapter over 12 years ago! Time flies when your having fun, and motivational speaking is incredibly fun.

- Never

-take advice from a motivational speaker who lives in a van down by the river(my favorite saturday night live episode).

-speak down to the crowd in a condescending or derogatory way.

-"wing it"

Do you have any questions about the public speaking business or motivational speakers?Please leave a comment!

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