Motivational speaking is an increasingly popular career choice, perhaps because of the public’s growing desire for a leader to inspire us on our journeys through life. A professional motivational speaker may make it look like an easy job, but don’t be fooled, it is hard work and requires a number of factors, as well as qualities. I will highlight five things you need in order to become a motivational speaker.
- A story.
What makes you unique? What most, if not all, motivational speakers share is an inspiring story about a hardship they overcame in their lives. It gives the audience a reason to listen to you because you are living proof that people can get through the dark times in life, and come out the other side, stronger and wiser.
- A willingness to connect with others.
Motivational speaking, and any other form of public speaking, requires the ability to connect with others. In order to truly connect with people you must have a deep understanding of what it means to be human, as well as the desire learn more about what that means. You must look for ways to relate with others in any way possible which requires a great deal of empathy.
- Storytelling and public speaking skills.
This may seem like an obvious thing to point out, however, it is important that if you are considering becoming a motivational speaker, that you are actually able to speak in public. This means that you can speak in a way that keeps people’s attention, rouses the audience, and leaves them feeling like better, more inspired people afterwards.
- The ability to market and advertise yourself.
As a motivational speaker, you’ll most likely be self-employed which will mean that the business side, if you wish to have an audience, and/or make money from it, will be entirely your responsibility. This is a whole new skill set in itself, so do some research into self-promotion and digital marketing.
- Willingness to learn from others.
The best way to learn something is to watch how others do it, so support others in the industry by watching them speak, and take notes! You could perhaps even ask someone to be your mentor if they’re willing.
To summarise, motivational speaking requires a lot of skills and qualities. If you think you have what it takes, just go for it!