They have either been told that they “should become a motivational speaker” or “someone enjoyed listening to them tell a story” or “you could make money speaking!”
Becoming a motivational, professional, keynote speaker is not easy; it takes time, hard work, and passion! And not everyone succeeds.
Does the thought of standing in front of a room full of people make your heart race? Are there butterflies fluttering in unison in your stomach? Guess what? You are human! These feelings are all normal and your adrenaline is well and flowing!
Questions to answer first:
Would the topic that you have chosen be of interest to others?
Have you overcome or had a life experience that you want to share and encourage others that are going through a similar situation?
Are you enthusiastic and passionate about your topic?
Are you confident?
How are your tone, pitch, and grammar?
Some suggestions to get started include:
Write out your speech, revise at least 10 times until you are excited and feel others will be excited to hear your final product.
Stand in front of a mirror and practice, practice, practice.
Ask a close friend, or relative (someone that will be honest with you and you will not get mad at them for their honesty,) to watch you and listen so they can give you their feedback.
Accept their recommendations and revise your speech in the areas where they had questions or their constructive comments were shared with you. Then gather a small group and do your presentation for them.
Don’t allow their facial expressions to distract you. Keep going. Be focused. Remember that you are the one that knows what you are talking about, you are the expert. Start building your confidence to deliver a great program and receive kudos from your audience.
Watch speakers that you admire and observe how they connect with the audience. What are they doing that appeals to you?
Organizations that will help develop and turn you into the speaker that others will want to hear speak include:
Toastmasters International – A Non-profit organization developing public speaking and leadership skills through practice and feedback in local clubs since 1924.
National Speakers Association (NSA) Resources and networking opportunities for professional speakers
Women Speakers Association (WSA) is THE go-to place for innovative leaders, change-agents and women with a message to connect, collaborate and grow their visibility worldwide in order to fulfill their mission.
My gift to you, free associate membership
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