Everyone can speak their mind. Everyone can lend a hand to a friend, listen to their woes and help them move on or solve their worries. Being a friend is easy, but not everyone can be a motivational speaker. Motivational speaking requires confidence, expertise and charisma. It is not just about saying the right words at the right time. Motivational speakers possess characteristics that make motivating, inspiring and encouraging people possible. In order to be amongst those considered as effective and great motivational speakers you have to possess several characteristics considered as the good qualities of a public speaker.
Great motivational speakers own a great sense of optimism and personal motivation. You cannot tell anyone to be motivated or think positively if you are not exactly showing it. As they say, you have to talk the talk and walk the walk. A motivational speaker needs to inspire or motivate not just one, but a crowd of people. This is difficult, especially if you lack persuasion skills. If you want to be great as a motivator you have to own an abundant supply of happy pills to keep you motivated.
You also have to learn the art of optimism. Most speakers are tapped into mostly to boost the morale and to provide a bit of encouragement during tough times. Great speakers can find the best thing even in the worst conditions.
If you want to be a good motivational speaker you should possess the ability to connect to your audience. It is not just about maintaining eye contacts with your audience. You also have to make them feel like you are one of them and that they can totally relate to you. Talking to them in general should make each individual feel like you are talking to them personally. Most speakers focusing on motivational speeches contain a deep sense of charisma. Charisma is all about possessing attractiveness and charm.
Humor is one way of establishing a connection with your audiences.
Make them laugh, relax and happy. People also relate more to people who are humble and exude just the right mix of confidence and humility. If you would notice, great speakers start their speeches with stories of their past failures and meltdowns. It makes them more human and totally relatable. But never create stories that do not exist. People hate liars and you will not get their vote of confidence if you lie to them.
Great motivational speakers possess a good speaking voice.
The voice is considered as 90% of the package. A good voice is one that resonates all throughout the room and is one that is heard by every audience in the venue. A good voice can be learned and that is where trainings, seminars and classes come in. You have to invest in making your voice sound good because you will earn a living speaking. Your speech may have been the best written speech in history, but if it is delivered poorly, it could make or break your career as a motivational speaker. You have to learn how to pace your words appropriately. This is to ensure that your speech will not appear like a long, boring, lecture.
Experience also plays an important role in becoming a great and effective speaker.
They say that experience is the best teacher. This is what makes you unique and what makes you an interesting person to listen to. Lastly, a great speaker possesses confidence. Nobody would want to listen to someone who seemed unsure of what he or she is saying. But you do not need to be confident because that could ward of listeners.
Influence expert Garrison Wynn is a motivational speaker known for his entertaining, customized and research driven programs.