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10 Steps To Becoming An Amazing Motivational Speaker

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

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Public speaking is a difficult art to master. If you have previously achieved success with a presentation, a speech or even a wedding toast and are passionate about it then you may have the potential to become a great motivational speaker.

The job of a life coach has recently gained a lot of popularity and many people are considering a profession in this industry, potentially earning $1,000’s – $100,000’s per seminar.

A number of efficient tips and strategies will help you achieve this goal. Today we share these tips with you.

1. Do You have a Special Message to Deliver?

The greatest life coaches have something special to say, something that is derived from personal experiences. These people are successful because they speak on the basis of personal stories. Personal stories are convincing and easy to relate to.

If you are interested in a life coach career, you should determine the specifics that you want to get across. What does your audience want to hear and can you deliver that kind of message? Being too general or vague will simply minimize your chances of success before you have even gotten started.

2. You May Need a Mentor

You have always been a good public speaker and you believe that a motivational speaking career is right for you. The bad news is that it seems to be much easier said than done. Motivational speakers are a very specific group of orators. They influence the lives of others and as such, they hold tremendous responsibility. Learning from the best life coaches is a good idea.

See what others are doing. Establish connections. Talk to highly professional speakers and find the right mentor who will show you the tricks of this profession. Having a mentor will help you refine your skills.

3. The Target Audience

Decide what your target audience is before you start writing the motivational speeches. Each group of people will have to be approached in a specific way. If you have no idea who will be receiving your speeches, you will fail making those highly specific and relevant.

4. Work on Your Public Speaking Skills

Even if you have the best personal stories and lessons to share, you will fail due to poor speaking skills. Work hard on mastering your public speaking. The best way to see what you are doing is to videotape your speeches. Once you do it, watch the records very carefully. Pay attention to your intonation, your body languages and the eye contact you establish with the audience. Learn how to sound natural and reassuring. If you need to, enroll in a public speaking course that will help you polish your skills.

5. Find the Best Venue

A good motivational speaker uses the right venue. It will help you establish a better connection and it will make your audience feel comfortable. The venue should correspond to the number of people you expect to show up. The surroundings should feel intimate enough, yet letting individuals enjoy some personal space. Good acoustics will be helpful, as well.

6. Advertise!

Advertising is crucial for success in today’s world. As a life coach, you will have to deal with fierce competition. Numerous others are already successful in the niche. Marketing can take place easily and free of charge. Internet and word of mouth promotion are two of the best channels for your marketing needs.

7. Sell Your Skills

In the beginning of your career, you may have to make some sacrifices. You will probably have to deliver motivational speeches for free. This will be an important part of your marketing efforts. People need to know how good you are in order to start paying for your motivational speeches.

Contact speakers’ bureaus and NGOs that may need the services of a speaker. Let these organizations know that you are available. The more opportunities you get, the sooner you will be gaining the popularity that you deserve.

8. Understand Your Audience’s Feedback

Good life coaches listen to their audience. Learn how to ask for feedback and how to listen to the things that people have to say. The easiest way to receive some information is through the creation of a simple poll. Be ready to modify anything that seems to be failing.

9. A Good Speaker is a Good Writer

Publish articles and informative pieces in blogs, websites and specialized magazines. Apart from being a good form of publicity, it will help you master your motivational speaking skills. A good speaker is a good writer, as well. Learn how to master both.

10. Be Flexible!

The most important rule for any professional is to maintain a degree of flexibility. Be ready to change parts of your speech at any time. The things you considered successful may fail influencing your audience. Next time, try a different approach. Weave in some humor or rely on your emotions. It all depends on your preferences.

Being a good motivational speaker involves some talent and a lot of experience. Once you get started, you will discover all the specifics of being a life coach. Learning through the communication with your audience will help you perfect your skills and become highly successful.

Also if you haven’t already, please checkout our article: 9 Ways To Deliver An Award Winning Speech

(Video) The Perfect Example Of A Motivational Speech by Tony Robbins

I am the the Founder of Addicted2Success.com and I am so grateful you're here to be part of this awesome community. I love connecting with people who have a passion for Entrepreneurship, Self Development & Achieving Success. I started this website with the intention of educating and inspiring likeminded people to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.I'm proud to say through my podcast and through this website we have impacted over 200 million lives in the last 10 years.

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37 Comments

  1. Roger Middleton

    Aug 10, 2017 at 4:58 am

    I really liked the part where you mentioned the venue needing to be large enough to fit all the guests, but also small enough where it can still be intimate. I have been looking for a speaker for a corporate event I have planned. I was thinking about doing it myself, but after reading everything I’d need to work on, I think I’ll just hire a guest speaker in this case.

  2. Grace

    Jun 11, 2017 at 6:14 am

    A great article uncovering the ways to become a motivational speaker which has it’s many rewards. I have discovered my life’s purpose and now I love helping others to uncover theirs. It is a wonderful occupation to get into if anyone is interested. Great article to get started. Thank you.

  3. Chris Winters

    May 19, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    Joel, I can definitely see why you would want to build confidence for speaking in public if you are going to be a motivational speaker. I can definitely see how employees could often get discouraged at work. It makes sense that motivational speakers could help workers to perform much better.

  4. stanley mwanza

    Feb 9, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    amazing to get such inspiration i wish to get even more of chances to exploit my interest in public speaking ,,,if i get an opportunity for for further training the better .So in case anyone can connect me to bureau the better for me .

  5. Marian O. Fox

    Jun 16, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    It is indeed an helpful article. There was a time when I used to fear the stage and the crowd. I was not able to speak in front of an audience of 3 to 4 people. This article helped me a lot overcome these issues. There’s a speakers bureau in Australia which provides some worth knowing tips to a wildly successful speaker.

  6. Amy Ballantyne

    Sep 29, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    I love this article!! I have actually seen Tony Robbins live and it is an incredible experience. His energy is outstanding. What I love about speaking is that you can make it your own. You don’t have to copy anyone. You can be authentic. One amazing training program I used is by Brian Tracy who has been a speaker for over 20 years.

  7. Joe Fresh

    Jul 15, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Hi! Great article!

  8. Elaine Gilbey

    Jul 15, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    Hi,
    Great post – I most certainly agree with all 10 points but emphasize the importance of finding your message and having flexibility. Most clients like to have you tailor your message to apply to them. (of course, who wouldn’t?) When I was starting out, it helped me to look at the Sweeney Agency’s motivational speakers as they all have a few minute videos of some well-known speakers. This helped me clarify my message and spark some ideas.Hope any up and comers can find this useful and wish all the best!
    Thanks,
    Elaine

  9. IKUPELEYE OLADELE

    Jul 15, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Thanks so much for this life building freebies. Hope to meet you and Tony someday here in Africa

  10. Yusuf Tura

    May 31, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    Wow! Great article! Addicted2success is a world class blog on world renowned motivational speakers.

    Keep posting great stuff.

  11. Mandi Mankayi

    Apr 7, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    I would appreciate a mentor regarding my Motivational Speaking which I have been doing since 2009 but still finding that the platform to grow and develop is closed . The urge to write has also become high but I have no clue as to how and where to begin .

    I would highly commit to any available way of helping me grow in these two areas.

  12. Kareem H.

    Jan 2, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Step two, I tried my best to make a connection and get a mentor but cannot reach anyone. Could anyone give me a guide on how to acquire a Mentor

    • Khalid

      Jul 14, 2015 at 9:28 pm

      Hi Kareem!! I know it’s difficult to find a mentor. I have faced the same problem many times. To overcome this problem, I joined Toastmasters in my city. I share with some of the members, my pre-recorded speeches and ask for their feedback. Once I get feedback, if needed I start improving on the weaknesses. Another technique I use is studying videos on TED and of other speakers on YouTube. Unless you have used this method already, it should help you.

  13. packagingmachines

    Nov 11, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Thanks for the advice. Very informative and helpful for me to promote my marketing level. Of course following a good mentor will helps us to become an expert. And also I like the point A Good Speaker is a Good Writer which is absolutely fact and true. All the ten points are very essential to the advertisers who working in the marketing field.

  14. DrDan

    Aug 14, 2014 at 4:23 am

    I wish more people knew about The Right Question by James de Garmo, because he has a lot of interesting counterpoints to most modern motivational speakers. But all provide some great ideas

  15. Stacy Knasel

    May 25, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    I have so much h to offer not only women but anyone who’s been abused or have been down on their luck…or has lost the closet. People to them..I have been through it all..
    I know I could help so many others..How. do I get startef

  16. steven santo

    Apr 26, 2014 at 2:03 am

    hi my name is steven santo I am pubic speaker I talk about living on your own if you need and amazing speaker I am the my story is very good

    Thanks Steven Santo

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