Mary Kneiser’s Basic Pointers for Beginning Motivational Speakers
It is inspiring to see that there are now many individuals motivated to impart motivation to others. There are just people gifted enough to become motivational speakers. Mary Kneiser, a professional motivational speaker herself, shares some information that beginning motivational speakers can use to kick-start their career.
Define the “message” you want to share
Having a specialty is always good for any profession or business. Being known for a specific style works well for motivational speaker as people will get to remember your presentations better. If you are comfortable with a certain style (e.g. humor, audience participation) do not hesitate to incorporate it in your talks.
Master the craft
It may sound a tad intimidating but professional motivational speaking requires professional level public speaking. Excessive use of fillers (e.g. uh, uhms, etc.) and awkward pauses may hurt your career. Mary Kneiser recommends working out areas of improvement constantly while gaining knowledge and experience in this profession.
Be willing to do free work
Getting the word out is always a challenge for any beginning motivational speaking professional. This is an industry where reputation and credibility means a lot. Be willing to offer free services to gain traction in the industry.
Once you have the word-of-mouth going, start contacting nonprofit organizations and ask if they ever require motivational services for their employees. Always be ready to give away a business card whenever you make new connections.
These are just a few pointers for beginners. Just like any craft, the motivational speaking profession requires a lifetime of constant and vigilant improvement.
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