Female motivational speaker

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a female motivational speaker? Why a woman would choose this as her profession? And how she got started in it in the first place? All great questions!
As a female motivational speaker myself, I have had the opportunity to share the stage with some dynamic women – all amazing in their own unique way. I have also attended National Speaker Association (NSA) annual conference allowing me to meet the best-of-the-best in speaking from around the world. Between my own real world experience and from talking with hundreds of women speakers, this qualifies me to offer you the “inside scoop” around this profession.

The best way I can describe what it is like to be a female motivational speaker who is about to walk on stage and do her thing is comparing it to that precise moment as a child when you wake up rubbing your sleepy eyes suddenly remembering it is Christmas morning! That moment your heart leaps with unbounded excitement and happiness. It is that good.
Why would a woman choose this as her profession? Well, for many reasons. You get to impact others in a positive way; it’s a fun job to have-traveling, meeting new people, and a chance to push you further than you ever thought possible. As a speaker there is no resting on one’s laurels. It is constant and never ending improvement. And, it is a unique profession. There are not that many people willing to step into the spotlight to deliver profound information in a highly engaging way. It is a craft that true professionals dedicate themselves too. But isn’t it worth working hard to impact the world in such a positive way? To uplift someone’s day and perhaps drop a truth bomb on them that could literally change their lives for the better? It is not an easy task to become a female motivational speaker but it is a fun, engaging one and the journey getting there is full of memorable moments.

A comedian once joked that more people at a funeral would rather be in the casket than deliver the eulogy. That is the truth! This is called Glossophobia, which is a fear of public speaking, also known as speech anxiety. Why are we all so freaked out about standing and delivering a message? Um, ”Hello looking foolish.” Or “Hi everyone, meet my extra 15 pounds!” Feeling judged can be very real a person’s mind, especially novice speakers. Female motivational speakers especially feel the pressure to physically look the part. For me it is worth the time at the gym and wearing heels that hurt my feet in order to help an audience improve their lives. It is just part of the price paid to be the best.

I don’t worry about what people think of me when I walk out there. If I am being judged on what I wore that day or my hair, body, whatever, then I consider it a reflection of who they are, not who I am. It occurred to me one day as I experienced the usual pre-speech butterflies that when I thought about me it felt like nervous butterflies but when I thought about the audience and how I was going to change their lives that day it became excited butterflies. It was a real “aha moment” for me. I pray prior to walking on stage that my words help someone who needs it that day. You see, when it isn’t about you there is nothing to be nervous about. The whole point of being a female motivational speaker is to be of the highest service possible to the audience who gave up their most precious commodity to be there-their time. The mindset of delivering massive value to them changes the whole dynamic. Again, your work becomes your gift to the world. Talk about a purpose driven life!

What are you passionate about? That is the question to ask yourself if considering becoming a female (or male) motivational speaker. In my experience, it has become clear to me that there are two camps of speakers; those who have a topic they are on fire to share with the world…maybe a specific event in their lives triggered the need to get out and share a message. Or, those speakers who have a deep seated need to master the topic they speak on. For instance, maybe they are overcoming some limitation instilled in their belief system growing up and now put all their power and effort into their new belief system using speaking as reinforcement for themselves. As someone who has taught college level classes I can attest to the fact that there is no better way to master a topic then to teach it to someone else. Speaking is teaching.

Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire were amazing dancers but while Fred got more of the glory than Ginger she was the one who actually danced backwards in heels. In other words, she was twice as good. And that my friends is how it goes in most any profession women compete in but especially careers such as being a female motivational speaker. Women are natural story tellers and sharers of information so this field may not be as “out there” as one may think but understand it is more work for women. Joyous work but work. Becoming a female motivational speaker isn’t easy but nothing of value ever is.

If you are interested in becoming a speaker or just developing your ability to speak in a group at work consider what your strengths are and play to them. Literally, speak to them. And if you are looking for first steps join a local Toastmaster group. Toastmasters afford individuals the opportunity to develop their speaking voice in a safe and caring environment. The cost is next to nothing and the feedback is invaluable. If you Google the name it quickly becomes evident that there are groups everywhere. It just goes to show you the power of finding your voice and using it in the workplace whether that is as a manager or a female motivational speaker. The power of the spoken voice is real and people respond to those who can speak their truth.
Toastmasters start you off slow with an icebreaker speech. Basically, you introduce yourself. There is someone who volunteers to keep the time, someone who counts “aha’s,” “um’s,” and other filler words, and after each speech given the speaker receives slips of paper with positive and “could use a little improvement” feedback from the audience. It is a very empowering way to spend a lunch hour! There are many levels to Toastmasters but the base course I highly recommend for every person-especially if you want to become a female (or male) motivational speaker. There is no better spring board to learn to speak.

NSA mentioned at the beginning of this article is a fantastic resource for speakers. They have local chapters in addition to national. One must qualify to become a member and be a member of national to join the state chapter. Atlanta, Georgia where I am from has one of the largest and most active chapters. While there are some hurdles to joining the organization the networking and learning makes it worth the effort.

And finally, if you truly want to become a female motivational speaker start speaking! There are plenty of groups that cannot afford to pay speakers where you can practice and hone your presentation. Rotary’s, women’s clubs, Chamber meetings. There is no better feeling than delivering a speech and getting a standing ovation. Every crowd always offers feedback in real time. You get very good very quickly at figuring out what works and losing whatever comes across as, “meh.” The opportunity to do good in the world and become a master communicator in the process is real, exciting, and there for the taking. Good luck with it!