How Do I Get into Motivational Speaking?

Jennifer Leigh
Jennifer Leigh
Finding a mentor who is already a motivational speaker can help one enter the field confidently and successfully.
Finding a mentor who is already a motivational speaker can help one enter the field confidently and successfully.

Motivational speaking is a unique career opportunity for individuals who enjoy inspiring others to succeed. To become a motivational speaker, it is necessary to be confident making speeches in public, to find your niche and to market yourself. There are no set educational requirements for this career path, but a certain skill set is needed to get people to hire you, and having a mentor can help you succeed. You have to be able to bring something to members of the audience that they would otherwise not have, which is a tricky but doable task if you are interested in this line of work.

Before getting into public speaking, you must first identify the area in which you excel at helping others.
Before getting into public speaking, you must first identify the area in which you excel at helping others.

If you are interested in motivational speaking, one of the first steps that you should take is to find a mentor. Being able to talk to a person who has accomplished what you want to accomplish can be extremely helpful. You can find a mentor by attending motivational speaking sessions and talking to the speakers or writing letters to speakers that you admire. When you start by explaining how much you admire him or her and talk about your desire for a mentor, he or she is likely to help you. Another good part about finding a mentor is that he or she might be able to act as a reference for you after you get to know each other.

An aspiring motivational speaker must have excellent conversational and speaking skills.
An aspiring motivational speaker must have excellent conversational and speaking skills.

The next part of entering into motivational speaking is finding your niche, which is the area in which you excel and can help others. Certain motivational speakers focus on procrastination, for example, which is an important area of motivation. Find something that you feel comfortable talking about, and do it better than others who focus on the same general subject.

Motivational speakers often hose meetings where they engage with large crowds.
Motivational speakers often hose meetings where they engage with large crowds.

Education is not a requirement to be a motivational speaker, but it can help lend you credibility. You need to be able to market yourself as having knowledge of a certain area of motivational speaking, and being able to put college credentials on your marketing materials helps you look more professional. Marketing materials include brochures, business cards, compact discs and anything else that will help you to attract speaking sessions in your area.

Motivational speakers need to be passionate about helping others.
Motivational speakers need to be passionate about helping others.

After you have your marketing materials, it is time to start distributing them to find speaking engagements. You can take the materials to local organizations, businesses and corporations to see whether they are interested in motivational training for their employees. There are associations that focus on motivational speaking that also might be able to help you find jobs.

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    • Finding a mentor who is already a motivational speaker can help one enter the field confidently and successfully.
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      Finding a mentor who is already a motivational speaker can help one enter the field confidently and successfully.
    • Before getting into public speaking, you must first identify the area in which you excel at helping others.
      By: Minerva Studio
      Before getting into public speaking, you must first identify the area in which you excel at helping others.
    • An aspiring motivational speaker must have excellent conversational and speaking skills.
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      An aspiring motivational speaker must have excellent conversational and speaking skills.
    • Motivational speakers often hose meetings where they engage with large crowds.
      By: kasto
      Motivational speakers often hose meetings where they engage with large crowds.
    • Motivational speakers need to be passionate about helping others.
      By: Halfpoint
      Motivational speakers need to be passionate about helping others.