Once in a while, whether it’s in school or in the office, people will be invited to attend a seminar or to listen to a motivational speaker. The job of motivational speakers seems fairly new, but the role has actually been around for centuries, tracing its roots back to rhetoric and public speaking done by philosophers from the ancient civilizations. These speakers are known for their expertise regarding a certain topic or issue, and are called upon to deliver speeches to inspire or influence a group of people to look at that topic in a different way or use it to make their lives better.
The Job of Motivational Speakers
Motivational speakers are called upon to give insight on a certain topic, change the thinking of a group, or speak as special guests in events or functions. The main reason why motivational speakers are seen as experts and could be very compelling when talking about a certain topic is because they draw from their own life experiences. This gives their talk more power, and also the audience to empathize with them. It allows for them to connect to the group and for the group to start recalling their own experiences.
A motivational speaker could be called to give talks across different countries, and some go on to write books or appear in TV programs.
Depending on their area of expertise and their own life experiences, a motivational speaker could be one of the following:
• A personal development speaker
These are the most common type of motivational speakers. They help audiences find the meaning in their lives and usually give emotionally-charged talks that could range from recovering from hard times, finding their passions, or turning away from a bad habit or vice.
• A business speaker
This type of motivational speaker deals with helping companies or businesses in doing better. A business motivational speaker will share stories about his own businesses, his successes and failures, and could share what will make the work place better or deliver better results.
• A youth mentor
Youth mentors are similar to personal development speakers, except their primary target audience are adolescents. The topics they usually talk about are supposed to inspire students to take school seriously, study well and do well, finding their dream careers, or coping with life on campus.
• A community speaker
A community motivational speaker talks about social issues that aims to enlighten or give more information to a community. His audiences are generally the public, and his goal is mostly trying to inspire the community to rally together in order to solve a social or community issue that is currently prevalent.
A motivational speaker doesn’t really have an office, but is directly contacted by groups, companies, or individuals that need him to give a talk. They could be on the road for many months, traveling from place to place, and the ones in most demand are constantly traveling from country to country.
Anyone can become a motivational speaker. Most speakers would advise someone to find that topic or thing they’re really passionate about and what to talk about it with other people. It’s that passion that will carry them through. Some take classes or attend lots of seminars in order to pick up the speaker’s techniques and way of delivery.
One of the best ways for a person to get better at motivational speaking is to practice in front of a group and ask for their feedback. Some companies and groups look for those aiming to break into motivational speaking and connect them with those who may need speakers, or guide them to where they can learn more.