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Characteristics Of A Good Motivational Speaker

If you have the ability to give a kick-ass advice to others, it may be a good idea to be a motivational speaker. But, becoming an inspirational speaker is not an easy task.

To become a successful motivational speaker, you must have the following characteristics:

1. Expertise and knowledge

Effective SpeakerTo become a successful inspirational speaker, you must have expertise or knowledge on the topic that you are tackling on stage. For example, if you’re asked to talk about branding to hundreds of marketing professionals, you must be knowledgeable in the field of brand development and marketing. You must know the “ins” and “outs” of brand campaign. If you’re talking about company conflict management, you must have years of experience in psychology or human resources.

2. Passion

Inspirational speakers are passionate. You can feel the fire within them when they are talking in front of an audience. To be a successful inspirational or keynote speaker, you must be passionate about inspiring people. You must truly care about helping other people make good life decisions. Motivational videos are also helpful for inspiring people.

3. Confidence and Eloquence

Motivational speakers are confident and eloquent. If you want to be a successful speaker you must be strong enough to face a huge crowd. You must have the ability to choose the right words to say.

Also, you can’t speak about confidence if you don’t have it. So, it’s necessary to build your confidence first before you start your career as an inspirational speaker. To do this, you need to:

  • Know your strengths, as well as weaknesses. Write down the things you’re good at and the things that you need to improve on. Then, celebrate your strengths and find a way to improve on your weaknesses.
  • Learn to accept compliments gracefully.
  • Have a positive and cheerful outlook in life.
  • Be assertive.
  • Surround yourself with positive people who lift and support you.
  • Change your image. To be a successful motivational speaker, you must look good. Invest time and money to look better. Dress nicely and give yourself a good hair cut. Making an effort to look good will make you feel good and it will make you feel more confident, too.
  • Be prepared. The best way to increase your confidence is to prepare.

4. Fearlessness

We are all afraid of public speaking at one point. But, to increase your confidence, you must face your fears. You must get rid of your inner critic. You must face your deepest and darkest fear.

5. Flexibility

Remember that different people have different needs. So, to become a successful inspirational speaker, you must be willing to adjust with different people’s needs. You must be dynamic.

6. Integrity

Successful inspirational speakers are people of honor and integrity. If you decide to become an inspirational speaker, you have to teach people ethical ways to achieve success in life. So, to strengthen your credibility, you have to walk the talk. You must be honest and commit yourself to doing what is right. You must have the courage to say no to requests and opportunities that challenge your core principles and beliefs.

7. Influence

To be a successful motivational speaker, you must an inspirational personality that enables you to influence people in a unique way. You must not let others feel hatred or jealousy towards you. You must also have the ability to make mundane and boring topics interesting.

8. Succinctness

When speaking in front of an audience, you must avoid beating the bush. You must be honest and straight to the point. The less you say, the more you’ll positively affect your audience.

9. Sense of Humor

To keep the interest of your listeners, you must be lively and you must have an incredible sense of humor. Make sure to incorporate two to three jokes into your speech.

10. Empathy

To be a successful inspirational speaker, you must have the ability to connect with your listeners. You must have a deep understanding of their feelings and needs. Why did they attend your seminar? What do they want to get from it? It’s important to be honest in delivering your speech, but it is also essential to be sensitive to your listeners’ feelings.

11. Open-mindedness

Your listeners and clients may give you a negative feedback every now and then so it is important to keep an open mind. You must be flexible and you must be open to change your material every now and then.

Becoming a successful motivational speaker is not easy. It requires a lot of work, training, and discipline. You’ll need to read a lot of books and attend different seminars. You may even need to train under the wing of an experienced mentor. Being an inspirational speaker is not easy, but it is rewarding.

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