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Want to start your career as a Motivational Speakers? Here are the 6 things you must consider!

Despite all the criticism and drama, the need for motivational speaker is growing. We often see trainers and consultants, bragging about their business acumen and abusing motivational speakers – ending up with telling pointless stories, pulling our straws and cards trick, being Lego brand ambassadors, and representing dairy milk chocolates to the world at work.

It’s important to respect a profession that adds value to people living and brings prosperity to those pursuing it. Our core work ethic at Learning Minds is to do what we do with grace, commitment and utmost sincerity.

While anyone can claim to be a motivational speaker, the impact differs. Some characteristics set apart average speakers from transformational motivational speakers. Let’s not forget this that when you seek the services of a motivational speaker, you’re looking for one who can bring out the best in you.

Here are the 6 things a great motivational speaker must have:

Speak what you truly believe!

To be a great motivational speaker, you must be authentic with what you believe. Inspiring others to live in the moment and struggling with your own past and present is a bad idea. Once Sohail Zindani was asked to talk about a healthy lifestyle as part of his speech. He, without even blinking his eye, apologized, simply because that’s not what he personifies. When you’re passionate about something, you are enthusiastic and eager to perform it. If you’ve speaking skills but no authentic connection to what you are saying, it’ll show and your audience will lose interest in listening.

Brilliant Storyteller

Stories stick Period. People don’t remember formulas and procedures and numbers and perspectives and… They remember stories. The motivational speaker must be able to tell a story that adds value to the listeners. Personal stories work the best – but not the brags. You won’t become successful in the field if you keep resharing what Tony Robbins or Brian Tracy or Jack Canfield or Jim Rohn said. People want to hear fresh and relevant content from every different speaker.


A great motivational speaker understands who the audience is and what they stand for. For example, making gender jokes [which is ridiculous anyway] in an audience who believes in diversity and pluralism can be disastrous.

They also understand who they are and even more importantly, who they are not. For example, Tom Peters is a fantastic speaker but comparing him with Ron Kaufman will be criminal. They both specialize in what they offer to the world.


When Tony Robbins says “Say I” – the entire stadium gets electrified with energy. Motivational speaking isn’t all about the monologue. A professional motivational speaker strives to engage the audience as much as they can. Dialogue is the rule of the game. This can be achieved by having fun, asking questions, painting a picture through storytelling or conducting activities that engages the body and brain.


If you are not an expert, we fail to understand why you showed up. No one is interested in average. That’s how it works. What are you good at? Really good? If you want to be successful at motivational speaking, choose your area of specialization. You can’t be all things in one.


Great motivational speakers strive to understand the audience’s fears, worries, challenges, concerns, and hopes. They always put themselves in the shoes of their audience. This is where expertise serves. So, it’s about being selfless. It’s not about you. It’s about them. As a motivational speaker, your priority must be to help the audience achieve their goals. Making profits should be important – but then, satisfied audiences lead to more profits.

To conclude, motivational speaking services are in high demand globally. Make your mark. Inspire people.

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