Being a motivational speaker can be a wonderful career choice. It allows you to travel, earn a great income and meet interesting people. And even better than any of that, you have the opportunity to make a difference. With the right message you can encourage, inspire and motivate. You can change lives! There is very little that could be more important than that. You Speakers Bureau may be asking, "How do I get started?" This article outlines 4 things that will help you get your career as a motivational speaker off the ground.

Once you have developed your message and presentation, and you have polished your speaking skills you are ready to go.

1. One way to get jobs as a motivational speaker is to contact businesses, organizations and professional groups. These kinds of organizations often hire motivational speakers for their employees and group members. Target those entities that align with your message or are related in some way. Let them know that you are available, and that you would be very interested in working with them. Provide them with your best testimonials and a sample of your best work.

2. Sign up with a speakers' bureau. This can be a great way to get jobs. They will also help you with marketing. Most speakers' bureaus will charge a percentage of your speaker's fee for their efforts. Even so, working with a good speakers' bureau can help your career a motivational speaker tremendously. Look at what you pay them as a great investment in your future.

3. Nearly all successful motivational speakers have a book or other products. This is important for two reasons. One is that your other products provide an income stream even when you are not speaking. You can sell your products at your live events and online. Second, and probably most important, your books and other products help to establish your expertise. When someone is considering hiring you they want to feel like they are getting an expert. You have to demonstrate that you know what you are talking about.

4. In the beginning, do not hesitate to work for free. That's right. You may have to offer to speak for businesses or organizations in order to build your reputation. Do not think of this as giving your services away; instead know that every time you give your talk you get better. And, every time you give your talk you have the opportunity to get feedback and great testimonials. Giving your talks for free is another way to invest in your future as a motivational speaker.

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