Everyone knows who motivational speakers are. Almost everyone has been in a financial seminar, a school conference, a company outing, a church camp, or a social event where at least one of the scheduled activities is a sit-down talk with a motivational speaker. Sometimes, you walk out of the room or conference hall feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, ready to take on life with a whole new perspective and eager to start succeeding. Sometimes, you walk out of the room yawning and eager to sleep.
A motivational speaker is supposed to convince a person or a group of people that a better future is out there or that a better outcome can be achieved. Some believe the speaker; others roll their eyes and wonder why they should believe him. This does happen, especially in business- or wealth-related talks, where people are left scratching their heads. The speakers usually tell the audience that yes, they could get rich in so years if they do this step or make that move and whatnot. The audience would then wonder why, if the speaker really did believe his own words, he’s still a motivational speaker. Why not invest in real estate or start a company like he’s encouraging the people to do?
This brings up a rather interesting question: why would one choose to be in the motivational speaking field? Why would one choose professional motivational speaking as a career?
There’s the noblest of all noble reasons: to help people. A lot of motivational speakers arise from non-professional speakers who have a track record of helping people in his or her immediate environment. They use conversations and daily interaction to motivate their family, friends, peers, and colleagues, and in turn people notice how effective their words are. Soon enough, they themselves realize that they do have a certain gift, and that they could in fact use this gift to help more people. That’s when they’d decide to delve into motivational speaking.
Another big reason is passion. It might just be that a person’s passion lies in speaking to people and helping them realize their potential. Just like a singer would brave a singing career for her passion for music, there are people who’ve chosen to be motivational speakers solely because they love motivating and encouraging people. Official site motivational-speaker-success provides all details about motivational speaker.
A person may also be motivated to motivate if past experiences or current circumstances give him a reason to. Quite a few motivational speakers emerge from people who have suffered from but ultimately conquered bankruptcy, humongous failure, or loss. People with disabilities or people who have survived horrific accidents also use their own personal testimony to help others survive their own hardships.
A very obvious reason (one which might just be the biggest reason of all) would be the financial returns of being a motivational speaker. At first look, you’d think that speaking in front of people and telling them what to do or how to do it would not give someone a high profit, but according to recent studies, it actually does. Actually, it’s been so profitable that motivational speaking is no longer that last resort of people who have failed in or are tired of their existing careers. Nowadays, students actually aim to be professional motivational speakers, and they have good reason to. A survey in 2007 showed that successful members of the National Speakers Association (NSA) in America have gone on to earn $177,000 annually from speaking engagements and sales. This doesn’t even begin to cover that of the famous ones, those who could bring in even more than that in a single event. In addition to that, motivational speakers get to travel around the world to reach out to people who want to hear them speak. Not bad for a career where, simply speaking, you only need your head and your voice.
There are plenty of things that motivate people into professional speaking careers. It’s actually quite fitting, to see them motivated by essentially the same things they use to motivate us: returns, need, experience, and passion.