In the course of choosing a career path for yourself, whether you are thinking of a career change after working years in a particular field or you are just out of college, you may discover that you enjoy motivating others to succeed. If this turns out to be the case, the good news is that you can give some thought to becoming a motivational speaker. There are companies you can become a part of, which can aid you in kicking off your career as a motivational speaker or you can also decide to start on your own. In that case, here are a couple of things that can help you:
- The first step is to find someone who is already a successful motivational speaker and ask them to become your mentor. You have to have some experience in the field of public speaking in order to become a good motivational speaker. Therefore, you need to have someone by your side who will take you under their wing and show you the ropes for becoming a motivational speaker. Look for opportunities that can aid you in gaining some experience in public speaking.
- Write down articles or even a book detailing your life experiences and how they can be helpful for others. Motivational speakers should have something that can give credibility to whatever they say and you can accomplish this goal by giving a reference to your book. You can find a lot of companies willing to let you publish your book and distribute it for a certain fee. You don’t have to go from publisher to publisher trying to convince them to accept it.
- Now you should start networking and building contacts in the business community. You can offer your speaking services for free to local businesses in return for a letter of recommendation or also speak at chamber of commerce functions or others. Give out your book for free as a reference and keep note of the people to whom you are handing it. You need to give your product and services away if you wish to jumpstart your career as a motivational speaker. Develop a price schedule only after you have formed a client list of about 5 to 10 companies.
- The next step requires you to be seen on television. Your cable company may produce some local cable access programs. You can talk to them about appearing in a show and discussing your book or motivational speaking business. You can also get in touch with the newspaper column and request them to publish an opinion column. It is also essential to have accounts on most of the popular social networking website on the internet and keep them updated. The idea is to get your name heard as much as possible so people can start talking about you. You need to become a household name.
As long as you accomplish these steps, your objective will be achieved and you will be able to call yourself a successful motivational speaker.