Do you have a desire to see others succeed? You may have what it takes to become a successful motivational speaker. A professional speaker encourages the audience to reach their goal by sharing personal experiences and using speaking mechanisms to trigger “new thoughts” and motivation. If you have something to say, share your unique message with an audience who needs to hear it. Become a motivational speaker and travel around your community-or even the world sharing what you know.
Getting Started as a Motivational Speaker
You really need a unique perspective or message if you want to succeed as a professional speaker. Pros recommend that you keep a notebook and write down important keys and points that you’d like to make. Write your story! Be truthful but keep your narrative succinct and relevant. If you feel comfortable, write your personal vision or a mission statement. You should also consider taking courses on defining your message. There are many schools and classes available for perspective motivational speakers. You may also need to take a speech class too.
Building Your Profile
If you have a catch phrase you might consider trademarking it. You don’t want other speakers to steal your action! (It can happen.) Define your bio, including books you’ve written, a recent photo and your education. Create brochures that you can distribute to groups. You should also have a digital brochure handy to email and share online.
Making Contacts for Your Business
Now create a list of potential clients; brainstorming who would best benefit from your motivational message. Pull organization and group names from a local or regional phone book. Contact these groups and request address information. Send your bio, along with a letter and promise to follow up. In the beginning of your career you may have to take some volunteer speaking assignments. By taking a few freebies, you’ll get the publicity you need to build your business.
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