5 Things Every Successful Motivational Speaker Have in Common
Speaking in front of a large crowd is not the only thing successful motivational speakers did, in order to stand out and break into the competitive speaking industry, they did much more to prove their worth.
Here are the five things successful motivational speakers did to get to where they are today.
Constantly Developing Fresh Ideas
Great ideas are endless, but not many people are willing to take the extra mile and brainstorm fresh ideas to present to the world. And this is the same in the case of motivational speakers.
Many motivational speakers are just repeaters of existing ideas, all they did is curate famous speeches from around the world, add in some flowery words of their own, and present them to the audience.
Instead of rehashing old ideas as the entire mediocre motivational speakers do, successful motivational speakers develop new and relevant ideas for their audience.
They invest a lot of time and energy into crafting the best message that is motivating and captivating that can inspire their audience to take the next step in life.
Identify and Understand Their Ideal Audience
No speech is created equal. Some stories may resonate with certain audiences, but some may have no effect on the audience at all. Knowing the persona of the audience can help motivational speakers to craft their message that caters to the audience for maximum impact.
Thoroughly Test Their Content before the Presentation
The best motivational speakers always test their content and message before going on the stage. They do so by posting their quotes on social media or write a blog post about their ideas. This will serve as a test to see if their message gets across, how engaging their message is, and how people react to their message.
If their ideas seem to be accepted by the audience, they’ll know that they are on the right track and will push their ideas on their next presentation.
Sometimes it’s better to use simple words that people regularly use than to use complicated words that not many know about. Remember, an effective speech is a two-way communication process. One has to speak while the other has to receive. If the audience does not understand what the message is all about, then the content has undoubtedly failed to deliver and should be revised.
Improve Their Speaking Skills
Having good content is not the only thing that can make someone influential; it’s also about the delivery. How a person delivers their speech can make or break their presentation and even career.
The best motivational speakers can captivate their audience right from the moment they open their mouth. However, the skills to great public speaking are not developed overnight. Successful motivational speakers practice their delivery over and over again for months or even years, correcting their intonation, rhythm, breath, and body language. Some of the routines that they practice are speaking in front of the mirror and recording their voice to detect weakness in their delivery and improve their overall performance.
Joining the public speaking group or hiring a speaking coach also help motivational speakers develop better speaking techniques.
Successful motivational speakers know how to sell themselves in front of the world. They built a website and published their ideas, added “speaker” as their profession in social media, reached out to organizations and influencers, encouraged word of mouth, and even offered to speak for free before getting paid.