Has the idea of becoming a motivational speaker crossed your mind? Before you head out into the world of motivational speaking, consider this: Do you have what it takes? If you’re not sure, consider the questions below. If you answer “yes” to most or all of them, you may just be looking in the right direction.
1. Have you helped others before?
This is the first question to ask yourself. This can help you determine if motivating others comes naturally. Having a giving spirit is an important character trait for motivational speakers.
Another aspect of this you should think about is whether your assistance is extended to only people you know or do you reach out to strangers, as well? Most people are willing to help those they care about, but if you have no interest in helping strangers, motivational speaking may be a stretch for you.
2. Are you emotionally strong?
No doubt, you’ve been hit by rough times. Emotionally tough circumstances test resolve and strength. Have you been able to remain emotionally strong at such times?
This is important when helping others. Remember, people who feel discouraged sometimes experience emotional breakdowns. It’s important to be able to show them how to use inner strength to get through tough times. Sharing your story of ups and downs helps people relate and see the hope that you represent.
3. Do you handle tough situations well?
It’s one thing to make it through tough situations. It’s another thing to handle them well. This is a combination of maintaining composure and finding alternatives. Being able to focus while undergoing emotional battering can be tough!
Maintaining composure during tough situations requires 100% resolve to achieve the desired outcome. It’s important to know the outcome you want from a situation. Once you have that point of focus, keep it at the forefront of your mind. Are there examples from your life that you can share where you did this?
4. Are you comfortable in front of an audience?
How much experience have you had presenting to groups of people? Regardless of the size of your audience, presenting requires solid confidence.
If you haven’t had much experience, start now. Round up your family and closest friends. They’re your biggest supporters. Perhaps they will be willing to provide constructive criticism.
The next step would be to expand your audience. Include people without personal attachments to you. Being able to convince strangers is crucial to being a motivational speaker. You can find these audiences by joining a speaking club through Toastmasters or MeetUp, or by jumping in head first and speaking for free for local community groups.
5. Can you handle challenging rebuttals?
Not all your advice will be accepted by everyone. In fact, some will dare to challenge you! Are you up for that? Can you provide enough substance to support your beliefs?
Maintaining composure in front of a tough audience can be difficult. It takes practice. Just be sure to give advice you really believe in. That way, it’s easier to stand behind your comments.
So, Is Motivational Speaking for you?
It’s honorable to want to motivate others. Many people in the world need the advice and guidance of someone else. If you have valuable lessons from your own life that you can share, motivational speaking may be a good fit for you. Start developing your motivational skills now. Get some “structured practice” before diving in head first. Listen to your calling and follow the desires of your heart!
Additional Resources for Becoming a Motivational Speaker
- How to Become a Motivational Speaker in 4 Steps by Bryan Tracy
- 10 Steps To Becoming An Amazing Motivational Speaker by Joel Brown
- How to Be a Motivational Speaker by Chris Guillebeau