We cannot guarantee your success. No one can, not even yourself. However, there are effective ways to take you closer to success without stepping on other people’s back. Here are five of them.
1. Have a plan to fight your nerves before and while delivering your speech
Nervousness is always the biggest enemy of a Motivational Speaker. It can quickly sap the confidence of even the most experienced motivational speaker because it is natural for everyone to feel some negative emotions from time to time. You may feel it despite knowing your topic very well because your emotions are also affected by your physical state. How do you put your nerves under control?
Practice easy-to-do relaxation techniques that can be done even while you are already delivering your speech. For instance, you can practice a breathing exercise or shake your hands moments before going on stage. You can also close your eyes for a few seconds while in the midst of your delivery to psyche yourself up. When done properly, it will appear like a deliberate pause that can only add impact to your words.
2. Make a time table for you every plan, regardless if it does not need to be executed in the near future
Most successful motivational speakers are overworked. They are not mere speakers; they are also writers (e.g. Tony Robbins), consultants (e.g. the late Zig Ziglar), TV and radio hosts (e.g. Robert Kiyosaki), and practically anything that they can be to use their expertise. Envisioning your future will make you realize the things that you have to accomplish, which you can organize by making a time table.
The purpose of making a time table is not to give your plans specific deadlines. Its purpose is to allow you to identify the skills and fields that you may have to learn and further develop to put your plans into action. For instance, if writing a book appears in your time table two years from now, then you have to develop your writing skills as early as possible.
3. Invest on high-quality tools and equipment
Event organizers do not provide everything for a motivational speaker. You have to invest on a lot of reliable tools and equipment for the times that you have to provide for yourself. A computer and printer are given, but you may also want to buy your own microphone, projector, and sound system.
A speaker’s voice is only as good as his microphone and sound system. Singers know this, so many of them bring their own microphone adjusted according to their voice quality and dynamics whenever they have a concert and TV appearance (e.g. Barbara Streisand, Rihanna, Britney Spears). Investing on a speaker may not be as necessary, but you may still need it when you are delivering a speech for a small group. The same thing can be said to a projector.
4. Anticipate problems and disappointments to keep yourself motivated
The path to success of a Motivational Speaker is laid with a lot of heart breaks. It is hard to keep motivated when you experience a lot of disappointments, which is very likely to happen in the first few months of your career. To preempt the negative emotions that you might experience, you have to identify the possible problems right away.
Write down the possible disappointments that you might experience in every stage of your career. For instance, what are the possible disappointments that you might feel when marketing yourself, negotiating with possible clients, and speaking in your first event? After identifying them, think of possible solutions—action plans to improve the situation and make you feel good about it.
5. Safeguard your interest even when other people seem to help you succeed
The industry is a dog-eat-dog world for the most part. Some people will act like they are helping you, but they are actually just helping themselves. Some agents may sell you so hard because they know that fame wanes over time. Some publishers may bid just to get you to write a book, but as a business, you should know that a drop in sales means getting you dropped from their line-up. We cannot warn you enough that despite spreading positivity as a motivational speaker, you will be mired in an industry full of negativity.
Learn to trust other people but never compromise your interest. Other aspiring speakers are just waiting to take your spot.