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The Path to Successful Speaking

I have been asked this question too many times to count, “How do I become a successful motivational speaker?” It’s not an easy question to answer, and there is certainly not a one-size-fits-all answer, no matter how many people try to tell (or sell you) on the fact that there is. There is no course to take, no degree to get, no instruction manual (at least not one universal – there are thousands self-published) that is the understood path to speaking successfully.  If you want to become a teacher or a doctor, there is a blueprint to get you there.  But not with speaking. Every speaker I know has taken a different road to get to where they are, and follows a unique business model.

For the intents and purposes of this post, I want to focus on the motivational keynote speaker.  Why? Because this is the path I chose and know the most about, and because I can get more specific in my advice, which will serve you better. If you want to be a trainer, then some of this information might not apply.  But it never hurts to be the trainer who is motivating and engaging.

Note:  Before I throw out some bullet points of advice, let me emphasize that these are just opinions and things that worked for me. There is no right or wrong way to do this business. For every coach who insists that “this is what the meeting planners want”, I can point out three examples of speakers who proved them wrong. So hear my advice, filter it, and feel free to go prove me wrong.

How To Become a Successful Motivational Speaker

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