Finding the best motivational speakers for your next big event can feel like searching for a four-leaf clover – where do you even begin? It’s not as daunting a task as it may seem at first glance, and your odds of scoring a great speaker can be significantly increased with a little preparation.
Start With Yourself
Before asking potential motivational speakers questions about themselves and their experience, get clear on what you want the audience to get out of the event. Do you want to leave them feeling warm and fuzzy, with an enhanced sense of self-esteem? Or is the event meant to be more of a call to action, or a catalyst for lasting change?
The more specific you get about your own goals for the event, the more likely you are to fulfill those goals with motivational speakers who meet your needs.
What’s your Budget?
Yes, motivational speakers are expensive, and for good reason. You’re not just investing in a one or two-day event; you’re investing in the future of your company. That being said, don’t become intimidated by a big name or impressive credentials, and automatically assume you won’t be able to afford the speaker. It never hurts to ask, and many speakers may be able to work with your budget via a payment plan, or recommend someone just as stellar that falls within your price range.
Finding the One
Again, start with yourself. Think about motivational speakers you’ve heard that inspired you. What did you like about them? What made them engaging, funny, and truly motivational? Forget the content of their speech, and determine the qualities of their speech. When you have narrowed down those qualities that you, personally, find most impactful, you have a strong foundation with which to begin your search.
Mike Hourigan is a Motivational Keynote Speaker, Author and Consultant who specializes in communications skills training.
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