Not all people are given the gift of speaking. And not all people who can speak publicly can be a motivational speaker. There is something about motivational speakers that make them different from other speakers, and that is they speak from the heart. Speaking from the heart is the only way they could motivate their audience. Motivational speaking is like a heart to heart talk between the audience and the speaker. It does not need extensive research. The words just come from within. If other speakers are able to do that, then perhaps they can be motivational speakers too, even you.
Maybe you have that gift too but you have not discovered it yet. Or maybe, you already know but you are not sure that you can do it. Well, you have to do it, because that is one of the steps towards becoming a motivational speaker.
Motivational speaking may just look easy, but actually it is not. Though it does not require extensive research, it does require lots of guts and experience to be able to be an effective one. Here are 5 tips that could help you bring out that little voice inside you, and be one of the best motivational speakers that would inspire many generations:
1.Know your message. Your message is your weapon for your target audience. You should know it by heart. Reflect about the things you have experienced. Make sure that these experiences are very significant in your life, having had a great impact on you and caused you to take action. How did you overcome life’s greatest challenges? What have you learned from it? Why is it so important that you want to impart it to your audience?
2.Know your target audience. You should know who you would want to share your message with. Are they teenagers, young adults, young professionals, mothers, or a general audience? If you target a general audience, then your message should be able to influence people regardless of age. It is quite difficult to speak to a wide audience but you need to try everything, as doing so is the only way for you to gauge your skills.
3.Rehearse repeatedly. Even the greatest motivational speakers still do this, which is why you are required to do this too. For starters like you, it is good to rehearse everything you will do on stage. This way you will feel less nervous because everything is already mapped out in your brain. It is also helpful if you let someone watch you rehearse. This way, you could ask them questions for improvement, like whether your humor is too complex or whether you’re speaking too fast.
4.Get writing. They always say that good speakers are also good writers. Perhaps it’s true, because motivational speakers have their own blogs and books, and you can do that too. You can start by making your own pages on different social networking sites. This way you can reach a wider audience and enhance your writing skills. If you think you are a good speaker but not a good writer, then you should probably start writing now and develop that skill.
5.Market yourself. Write speeches and speak free in school activities or small conferences. Find a local division where you can have motivational speaking engagements. Build your network and in time, you will be able to use this network so you can speak in larger venues for larger crowds. You should remember that doing this for a greater cause is more valuable than getting paid. Getting paid is just a result of sharing something of remarkable value.
By following those tips, your journey towards becoming a professional speaker should be a lot simpler.
Motivational speakers have something in them that make's them different from other speakers, and that is they speak from the heart.