Imagine being able to make a very good living while making a positive difference in the lives of others. Imagine that your job is to help people achieve their dreams and achieve their goals. Imagine helping thousands of people each year to be more successful in business, to improve their interpersonal relationships, to develop a more positive attitude, to make more money, to enjoy better health or simply to have more fun in life in general. Welcome to the wonderful world of motivational speakers.
For a few years, there has been an increased interest to become a motivational speaker. In addition to the freedom to be your own boss, the best motivational speakers have the chance to stay for free in the most beautiful hotels in the world; they constantly earn the applause and admiration of their audience members and receive several thousand dollars each time they speak. Admit that there are very few jobs that offer so many benefits.
Here are 9 ideas and prerequisites to help you realize your dream of becoming a motivational speaker if necessary:
1. Have a passion for personal development
All of the motivational speakers I have had the opportunity to meet and hear are extremely passionate about personal growth and development. They have all read hundreds or even thousands of books on the subject and they have mostly implemented in their own lives the many ideas learned during their readings. When they talk about personal development, their eyes light up, they are brimming with enthusiasm and they are filled with boundless energy.
2. Have solid expertise and have added value to offer
Do not improvise as a motivational speaker who wants to. You must have something interesting and unique to tell, and above all, add value to the people who will listen to you. Having read a few motivational books or notoriety alone is not enough to last in this job. Your expertise must have been acquired either by in-depth studies on any subject or by your extensive life experience. Ideally, you should have both education and experience in your area of expertise. You must have lived intensely and successfully, which will give credibility to your speech and offer solutions to the problems of your participants in order to improve the quality of their lives.
3. Have experience in business and sales
Before you can be a motivational speaker, you must be an expert, and before you can even be an expert, you must be an excellent salesperson and a businessperson. What is most difficult in the profession of motivational speakers is not to offer conferences but to sell them. Why would people be willing to invest their precious time and pay to hear from you? How are you different from other speakers? Understand that this is indeed a business and that people who have experience as an entrepreneur or self-employed definitely have a better chance of succeeding in this trade.
4. Have a lot of personal discipline
One of the greatest qualities necessary to succeed as a professional speaker is without a doubt personal discipline, that is, doing what you know you have to do even when the urge is not there. The discipline of putting into action in your life what you put forward in your presentations, the discipline of making your prospecting calls, the discipline of making your follow-ups and the discipline of writing articles and new content every week, for example, are essential to your success.
5. Have some talent and love to write
Although your writing can improve over time and practice, you must love to write. Unless you are already a celebrity, publishing a book is almost essential in order to establish your credibility. In addition, having written one or more books is an excellent business card for obtaining media interviews. In addition to having written several books, the best motivational speakers constantly write and publish articles on the internet, in their newsletter, on their blog, in magazines and newspapers, etc.
6. Make continuing education a priority
The best professional speakers I know all make continuing education a priority in their lives. Personally, I attend as many conferences as the number of conferences I give each year is between 75 and 100. I travel North America to see in action the best speakers in the world. Continuing education includes face-to-face conferences and seminars, audio CDs, DVDs, teleseminars, videoconferences and the hiring of personnel “coaches”.
7. Build a client list
One by one, you must ask permission of the people you meet to put their names on your mailing list. Your client list is essential to your success. In other words “No list, no business”. Then send them free ideas, tips, and advice related to your expertise. The key to success is to add value to people for free. If the people on your list like what you share with them, they will eventually buy your products and services or at least refer you to others.
8. Love to travel and loneliness
The profession of professional lecturer involves many trips. Long journeys by car, planes, and hotels are part of the daily life of a speaker. To offer a one hour conference, you will often be a way around the clock. All of these trips mean that you will be spending a lot of time alone with yourself often away from those you love. After a speech of 45 to 90 minutes and a standing ovation from 1000 people, it is very common to be alone in the restaurant to eat with yourself.
9. Be persistent
If your dream is to become a professional motivational speaker, I advise you not to give up your job immediately. It may take you a few years before you can live well as a motivational speaker. The first dozen and maybe even hundreds of lectures you give will be free. To be successful, you will need to build your reputation and build your client list. It is only by being excellent that your clients will give you references and want to rehire you. I suggest you only quit your job once your motivational speaker earnings are as high as your current salary.
The profession of motivational speakers is one of the most extraordinary in the world. After all, do you know a lot of people who make so much money in such a short time and who are applauded after each day of work? Beyond the applause, you have the chance to have a major impact and make a real difference in the lives of the people who attend your conferences. So for those who want to embark on this wonderful adventure, you now know what to expect. Good success!