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What Qualifications are needed to become a Reputable "Motivational Speaker"?
Hey J.S. the term motivational speaker is broad. You could be a business speaker, a keynote speaker or a motivational/inspirational speaker.
Back to your question. Don't become a speaker until you've become an expert at something. Find out what you are an expert at and then speak on that.
Your expertise is your "qualification needed to become a reputable motivational speaker".
There are no formal qualifications in the sense of a university degree or diploma (not in South Africa in any case).
There are a number of speakers associations around the world. Try the Global Speakers Federation or National Speakers Association. Some of these organisations have "graduate" programmes to get you up to speed.
Of course, if you want to hone your skills and do your 10 000 hours on your craft (Outliers, Malcom Gladwell), then you should seriously consider joining Toastmasters. Here you can, in an environment of acceptance and trust, practice and mess up your speeches and nobody will judge you.
I hope this has helped.
Great story teller
A message that attracts (or market it so that it does)
what else can you guys/gals think of?
I was a motivational speaker - I stopped and switched to writing, in part because I didn't want to travel.
To me, the great motivational speakers:
- walk our talk - live our message
- have a clear message
- are extremely professional - we keep our commitments
- serve and delight everyone - the groups arranging the event, the hosts, the audience, and - especially - the so-called 'little people" - waiters and bellboys.
Build a reputation on authenticity and generosity: Live your motivation and deliver motivation to everyone!
People hiring you for speaking gigs will want to see that you have some experience in the subject matter. For instance, if you speak at high schools on drug use, it would be useful if you had worked as a counselor at a drug rehab center.
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