Motivational speakers do not stop learning because their audiences do not stop experiencing new problems all the time. They constantly deal with new cultures and new faces that require new approaches.
1. Listen to other motivational speakers
Listening to other speakers will give you the opportunity to learn from their own principles, styles, tones and presentations. The plan is not really to be other speakers, but to copy whatever good qualities you can get. You can even copy their messages if you want. Just do not forget to deliver them in your own style. You should also be able to make your personality stand out despite practically speaking of other people’s core values.
2. Talk with people who experience the real problems
Do you want to learn how to deal with people? Talk to them. There is no best way but to talk to them personally to listen to their woes and learn lessons from their own experiences. Speakers should try to interview some of their subjects and mingle with them to know them better. You will be able to learn a lot if you lend your ears constantly.
3. Read a lot
You need to pick up many stories to make your speech relatable. Most of the time, interviewing real people is not possible, especially when they are time consuming. The next best alternative is to read many inspiring stories from heart-warming novels, magazines, newspapers, and blogs. The social media is also becoming a rich source of inspiring stories, so keep exploring other channels. Many famous motivational speakers, like Zig Ziglar and Mark Victor Hanses, also use the Bible for a lot of their stories, which is an advantage because a lot of people are familiar with Biblical stories.
4. Practice constantly
Practice the delivery of your speech all repeatedly. This will develop your voice as a speaker, such as the diction, inflection, dynamics and tone. It will also develop your breathing to avoid choppiness and airiness, which becomes more distinct when you use a microphone.
Practicing in front of a mirror will also develop your gestures and facial expressions. You will be able to see what looks awkward and what looks off timing. You can also see if your facial expressions look genuine or forced.
5. Join public speaking seminars
Continue studying to become a motivational speakers even if you are already one. Even professionals take post-graduate studies to enhance their mastery of their chosen specializations, so why can’t you? You do not have to enroll in regular classes, but take every opportunity to learn from public speaking coaches. Toastmasters is perhaps the most famous international organization that aims to develop the public speaking skills of their members.
Also, join creative and technical writing seminars to improve your speech writing skill.
6. Hand out evaluation sheets to collect feedbacks
After every event, hand out evaluation sheets to your audiences for quick feedback. You can ask them to write down their opinions, but that should be optional. The most convenient way to do it is by giving evaluation sheets that already have choices.
7. Keep your line open for feedbacks
Do you have a website? Encourage visitors to leave feedbacks. Do you have an office? Encourage your followers to send you fan mails and letters. Just encourage people to tell you their opinions, so that you will know how well you really perform as a speaker.
8. Deliver a lot of speech
Motivational speakers learn from experience. Continue giving speeches and facing audiences. You will grow professionally by applying what you learn all the time.
9. Find inspirations
How can you motivate if you yourself are not motivated enough? Find your inspiration because you cannot give what you do not have.