So, you want to become a motivational speaker, right? Is this the next step in your career? Have you dreamed of breaking away from the corporate world, traveling around the globe, sharing your experience and motivational stories, speaking and inspiring people?
Imagine yourself talking to different groups of people, from small teams to large audiences, hundreds, maybe thousands of people, sharing your words and inspiring these people to start making positive changes in their lives right away. Sounds really rewarding, right?
In fact, being a motivational speaker is as rewarding for me as it is for my audience. However, in order to become a reputable and respected motivational speaker myself, I had to take the proper steps to guarantee that my presentations are not only entertaining but also effective, and people would leave eager to better themselves.
And these steps I will share here to help you build your speaking business, start getting paid and find more lucrative opportunities.
Choose your topic and develop your idea
What do you want to talk about? Choose the topic you want to talk about (make sure you have enough knowledge about it) and start developing your ideas. Spend a great amount of time thinking about how you can develop fresh, new, original content that will truly inspire and motivate your audience.
Identify your audience
Who wants to hear about your topic? Where are these people? It might sound obvious, but in fact, many people may be lost at the beginning. Defining your niche will be extremely useful to help you to understand who’s your audience, how you can reach out to them, how you should develop your content to effectively convey your message.
Practice makes it perfect, right? In order to get ready and confident in your speaking skills, practice, test your content. Record yourself and watch yourself on video. How do you see yourself? What is the part of your presentation that works really well, and what can be improved? Remember, there is always room for improvement. Even the most successful motivational speakers are continuously improving, changing, modifying their content to better suit the next audience.
Prepare your marketing strategy
Start developing your content and your marketing strategy. Build your social media account, website, blog, youtube channel, you name it. Start talking about the message you want to convey. Become proficient and respected on the topic. It will be easier for businesses and brands to trust you, which will up your chances of getting hired.
Sign up for Conventions that offer speaking opportunities
Research for conventions that seek speakers. Make sure they are aligned to your content and your right audience. Although you may have to speak for free, it is a great way to test your skills, gain more confidence and also receive some feedback.
The bottom line
Becoming a motivational speaker takes effort, time, and dedication to build your reputation and gain more opportunities. It does not happen overnight.
Believe in yourself, in your message, and in your content. Need some help? Contact Eric Bailey today!