Suppose you have been laid off of a job which you had for eighteen years and in the same field for over twenty-five years. You find yourself in a profession that is no longer hiring. That’s what happened to me and I’m sure many other people. So- I had to look at how I was going to support myself.
After much thought I came up with the idea of being a motivational speaker. I have experience giving presentations and as an author. I also have facilitated spiritual retreats and have an enthusiasm for life. If you are thinking of being a motivational speaker, here are some suggestions.
1. Have a name. For me it’s Voice of Joy! That is also my company name.
2. What is the vision and message you want to bring?
3. Who is your audience?
4. What are your gifts you can share? For example -if you are an author, you might be able to read a portion of your book. If you have a good sense of humor that could be helpful.
5. What is your passion? Being a motivational speaker means speaking from your deepest self.
6. Join speakers associations and connect with other speakers.
7. Develop a mission statement, what you will charge, and start developing your presentation.
8. Develop a brochure and business cards.
9. Have an accountant to help you with the financial and tax information.
10. Promote your business.
11. To start you may have to do one or two presentations with just a free will offering. That is fine! It gives you experience, contacts, and gets your foot in the door.
12. Remember even if you are an author, you are there to provide a service and be helpful to your audience. THEY are the ones you want to touch. They will lose interest if all you do is promote your book.
13. At the table where you sell your book have a form where the customers can obtain information for up coming events and books. Have your business cards and brochures on the table, and a snack.
14. Have something they can take home with them in memory of the presentation. Could be a magnet for their refrigerator or anything that has a word or two which reminds them of your presentation.
15. ALWAYS be respectful and friendly to your customers.
16. Know that you might bring a little encouragement and hope to a world which is in great need of hope right now.
I wish you all the best.