Motivational Speakers Can Change Lives

By: Faye B. Roberts

Throughout history, great speakers have effected the lives of millions of people. Today, throughout North America, motivational speakers inspire students to stay in school, say no to drugs, become leaders, and prepare for life after graduation. Adults are inspired by motivational speakers to follow their dreams, achieve their goals, or better their lives.

Among other things motivational speakers help people succeed in their business, improve their relationships, develop a positive attitude, become healthier, achieve financial success, and generally have more fun in life.

Motivational speakers enjoy the freedom of being their own boss. There are few jobs that offer so many benefits that includes applause and admiration, not to mention thousands of dollars every time you speak.

Don't try to be all things to all markets, carve out a niche for yourself, make yourself known in that one niche. This will increase your speaking engagements because motivational speaking is a product that must be sold. As you become more and more well known in your market you will find your speaking engagements become easier to book.

When approaching potential clients, you should have an outline of your presentation and provide a framework for your talk. Consider a visual presentation as many people gain more from a visual representation than a spoken one. As you get more experienced you will have an ever larger portfolio of past successes.

You can also contact large, non profit corporations and professional groups and make it clear you are available. While there is nothing wrong with directly asking for an engagement, announcing your availability will let them feel privileged to work with you. Also contact speakers' bureaus and notify them you are looking for engagements. Some of them may charge you to list your services yet others charge nothing. Most bureaus take a percentage of your fees for acting as your agent. You will find "speakers' bureaus" on the Internet.

In the beginning of your career you should be willing to work for free to get your name out. Once others hear your interesting story or experience, they may want to retain you. Inform everyone you know that you are seeking organizations that want a good motivational speaker. Call your local service organizations and volunteer to speak at their functions. To help establish yourself as an authority on your subject write and publish articles or books if possible. You don't have to publish a book, you could simply post to websites like wikiHow and submit to on-line magazines and blogs.

You should always draw up a written agreement, or contract, for all engagements. The written agreement should contain, among other things, how the fees will be paid (e.g., cash, check, over time), how long you are expected to speak, whether you will be reimbursed for travel expenses, and the time and date. This will help to avoid any disagreements at a later time.

Many well known motivational speakers no longer seek out speaking engagements. They are inundated with requests and many are booked years in advance. They also receive astronomical fees for their services. With patience, perseverance, and effective speaking techniques, you too can be listed with the elite.

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