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Guidelines to Rise as an Inspirational Speaker

Are you interested in becoming an inspirational speaker, perhaps for students, the youth in general, for corporate groups, or other niche audiences? Then you need to develop your skills not only as a speaker, but as an all-around motivator. Here are some tips on how to make yourself the best inspirational speaker you can be:

1. Improve your speaking skills. The best way to accomplish this is to take public speaking classes. Some local community colleges offer short courses; you can also check out what your local Toastmasters has to offer. By taking classes, you can start to be comfortable addressing large groups.

You can also try recording your speeches. This way, you can watch yourself from the point of view of the audience and see what improvements you can make. Pay close attention to your body language. Improve your eye contact. You also want to criticize the clarity of your speaking voice. Do you sound natural, and more importantly, sincere?

2. Improve your writing. That’s right—writing is a big part of speaking. The most successful motivational speakers are good writers, as they use their own materials in their speaking engagements. To do this, keep a blog, or build a website where you can publish articles whenever possible. Continued writing will improve your speaking and motivational skills.

3. Be comfortable with your equipment and props. What you use is entirely up to you. Some inspirational speakers use large screens and PowerPoint presentations with their speeches. Some even give out workbooks. Choose the tools you are comfortable with and practice with them.

4. Be an expert in a niche. Exactly what do you want to inspire people about? Do you want to help them achieve contentment, career success, a happy personal life, or work fulfillment, for example? Think about your own passions. Think about several topics that you feel strongly about, and then do extensive research on them. You cannot motivate other people without being an expert about your topics.

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