Can you make speaking your ultimate career? Do you want your voice and thoughts influence people’s lives in a positive way and solve some of their everyday problems? If the answer is yes, you can make a career out of it.
Want to know how to start your career as a motivational speaker? Read this post!
Speaking for a Living….Sounds Interesting?
Speaking for a living – many people dream of but only few actually achieve. Motivational speakers, freelance or not, use their lives and real experiences to talk to people and stimulate them to change their lives for the greater good.
A motivational speaker can be from any professional and educational background. For instance, you could be a scientist or a teacher or even an entrepreneur; but what counts most is that you should be an expert in your field and must have survived life altering challenges.
Road to become a motivational speaker is quite narrow and people who are truly determined can only reach the exit line. We have outlined few essential steps that shall guide you through to becoming a motivational speaker.
Okay, what are the Demands?
The demand for freelance motivational speakers is huge, especially because of the changing lifestyles that has made us mentally affected. However, the demand is highly depended on external factors like subject matter, the speaking ability of the speaker, popularity of the chosen field, their experience as a speaker and their life story.
Communication Skill is the Epitome…
In addition to speaking clearly and articulately, the speaker should also be capable of keeping his audience engaged, should be familiar with the presentation and public speaking techniques, and should be confident and comfortable in answering questions.
Apart from these important skills, a speaker must also have stage presence and have a unique ability to reasonably and smartly argue. And lastly, they should possess a strong charisma and remain energetic during sessions.
Tracing the Steps to Become a Freelance Inspirational Speaker
Step 1: Choose a Unique and Inimitable Topic and Style
Here, the words‘Expert’ and ‘Topics’ are general terms that describe a person’s life experiences and academic training. Many go through compelling life experiences, but not everyone is capable of evaluating those experiences to determine if the lessons learnt could be helpful for others too.
On the other hand, successful motivational speakers frequently analyse themselves, so that they can influence their clients or audiences with valuable and useful information.
Some of the common topics, most motivational speakers use as their key subjects, include life stories, family relationships, surviving a life threatening disease, overcoming addiction, handling abusive marriage or racial issues, coming out of fatal accidents and other possible stories that involve personal growth.
Once you have a chosen inimitable list of topics that separate you from others, its time you get to the work of selecting a style of speaking. You can do that by analysing yourself and identifying to which elements you respond best. For example, your stimuli could be series of pictures more than audios.
This means you should include visuals while presenting your speech so as to give more character or importance to your words, thoughts and ideas, and help audience reciprocate to it.
When you analyse your style, ensure you cover all the basics of speech presentation and public speaking, like tone of voice, personality, hand gestures, facial expression and your language. Your friends and family should be your first set of analysts to gain truthful and accurate description of your personality, character traits and speech skills.
Analysis will help you understand and stay focused on your strengths and give ideas about your weak areas.
Step 2: Know What People Seek
Your topic of discussion could range from time management, productivity, relationships, jobs, career to food or illnesses. But, before you speak about a topic, you should know what exactly people are seeking. You need to sort out the issues people face or have trouble with in your chosen topic.
What you should do is start talking to as many people as you can, from different demographics if need be, and identify the main problem most of them are struggling with. Devise a system or strategy to solve those problems and get the people back on track.
Your speaking topic should really meet the needs of audience. The topic should also relate to majority of people. Only if you know the issues and frustrations of people, will you be able to design a help for them.
Step 3: Market Your Product, i.e. You
After topic selection, identification of the main problem and finding suitable solution, it is time for you to start promoting yourself on the market. You can be an expert in a topic, but unless you start promoting and branding yourself as a refined motivational speaker, your efforts will not be given credits.
Therefore, you need to advertise yourself on all possible places, through all social means and let people know that you are open.
Some of the resources you can use for promotions are meeting planners, speaker’s bureaus, business meets and online communities. You can also get in touch with marketing service providing companies for a portfolio and website development.
Step 4: Build Speaking Experience
You need to have real-word experience to be recognised as a renowned inspirational speaker, as well as to develop your own presentation style.
To gain experience and insight, you can volunteer to speak at local events or business meets. If you have good contacts, you can also volunteer to speak at schools, colleges, community clubs and charitable organizations.
Keep in mind that even a small event could be a door to opportunities. Make sure you pay attention to the company organizing the event and the kind of audience it calls. Mould your presentation according to the audience type.
You have to do a lot of homework on presentation and public speaking skills, like venue recognising, sound system, time allocation, starting and ending speech etc.
Remember, in the beginning, it won’t look easy or satisfying. However, you can’t reach the river, without encountering a stream or two mid-ways. Similarly, you have to take the slower but steadier path to reach where you want to.
Make sure you laugh a lot; poke fun at yourself, make pun jokes and relax the atmosphere to bring everyone in a positive mind set.