All motivational speakers are not just self-help gurus, although there’s certainly nothing wrong with getting help for yourself. The point is, there are many kinds of speakers and numerous topics to be addressed. So, if you have the desire to be a motivational speaker, you might want to consider what the best world-class speakers have in common.
- Strong public speaking skills.
- Passion for a message.
- Know the audience.
- Deliver a timely message.
- Stay focused on a topic.
- Having empathy for others.
- Be and sound authentic.
If your public speaking skills are not as good as they should be, take a class in public speaking, or join a group like Toastmasters. When you attend groups that offer speakers on a regular basis, you can see and understand how to craft your speeches, improve your speaking voice, and work on your physical presence. Once you feel ready to test your motivational speaking skills on a real audience, you’ll want to create a website that focuses on your talents and experience.
There are no certifications or licenses required to become a motivational speaker. If you want to obtain a voluntary certificate, you can explore the National Speakers Association offering of Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designations.