These days, motivational speakers are a dime a dozen. Some of them are great and some of them offer overpriced services that under deliver and short change people. Some are so awful that after the talk is over, people ask for their money back.
If you want to join in this kind of profession, you should possess most, if not all, of these characteristics to work excellently as a motivational speaker.
1. Have the right knowledge/diligent with research
As a motivational speaker, people will be looking at you and listening to you for at least an hour. In some instances, like in the case of workshops, seminars and training, you will need to talk a lot longer. To be believable and credible, you have to know by heart the thing that you are discussing. If you have the right knowledge about the thing that you are talking about then everything will flow naturally.
You won’t even need notes and won’t feel flustered whenever somebody questions your authority on the topic. You will feel confident at discussing the topic because you are 100% certain about your knowledge.
You also have to do your research diligently before every speaking engagement to give the audience the right information. Being diligent also means that you check and double check your facts so that you won’t mislead your audience with the wrong information.
2. Authenticity and confidence
Be yourself and let your personality shine while you are speaking. A great motivational speaker uses his own talents and strengths to connect to the audience. You may watch other speakers while they do their thing to learn from them, but that doesn’t mean you have to copy their style. If you are good at making jokes and have a comedic personality then you can make that your signature style.
If you are better at delivering serious and powerful speeches then don’t try to be comedic just because this is what’s in demand. Your speech will only sound forced and rehearsed if you keep trying to talk like somebody else. Be confident in your abilities and your own style of talking.
Some of the best motivational speakers are the ones who truly believe in their cause. They are the ones who live and breathe their cause as if it will bring world peace and end hunger. They are the ones who are passionate and are always excited to tell people about the thing that they believe in. If you project passion and excitement towards your topic, people will feel your passion too.
4. Engaging/connects easily with the audience
We here at motivational-speaker-success.com know that to connect with the audience, it is crucial to capture their attention at the start of the talk with something that they can relate to. When people relate to what you are saying you are more likely to keep their attention throughout the entire duration of the speech.
Some speakers use the shock and awe method while others start with a captivating story related to the topic. Whatever method you use, you must capture the audience’s attention immediately. Make them want to listen to you by giving them something to think about as soon as you start talking. Engage them by making your speech exciting and dynamic. Keep it fresh and give audience something that they might not know to keep their interest.
5. Clear speaking voice
To keep your audience’s attention, you have to modulate your voice and speak clearly. Don’t mumble or whisper as these makes you seem like you don’t know what you are talking about. Practice talking out loud, but don’t make your speech seem too rehearsed. Try to speak as naturally as much as possible.
Try to record yourself as you talk to see how you can improve. Add a few movements to emphasize a point and to make your talk more dynamic, but don’t keep moving around the stage too much. Otherwise the audience may get dizzy following your movements that they focus on that instead of your speech.
Empathy is a great characteristic to have if you want to be a good motivational speaker. Put yourself in the audience’s shoes and think about what they want to know. Think about their worries, challenges and concerns as this will give you a clue as to why they signed up for your talk. Then create a speech that addresses these concerns. The best motivational speakers are those who can identify with their audience and have had some form of similar experience as they had.