I recently did a Google search for motivational speaker and came up with 666,000 listings. With so many people traveling across the world giving motivational presentations, it can be difficult deciding whom to have. I hope to provide some guidance so that your selection of a motivational speaker will meet your expectations and provide a meaningful experience.
How to Choose a Motivational Speaker (part one).
Consider the Audience
Since there are so many motivational speakers available, consider whom you are targeting, your audience. There are many people capable of speaking yet not all are appropriate. I just had a dialog with a student who had a professional athlete speak at their school. Although this person may have had an impact in sports, there was little to none with the audience. When it was all said and done, the school felt disappointed and taken for a large sum of money.
Most motivational speakers can deliver a message to various audiences. Some however, may not be able to adjust if the audience is for example a combination of adults and youth, parents and professionals, middle school and high school. If you are an activities director for a school and you are looking for a motivational speaker to give an assembly to your student body, make sure that the presenter has experience delivering messages to a youth group. The same holds true if you are a meeting planner looking to have someone speak during a convention on health and medicine.
Make sure that you select a motivational speaker who can connect and relate to the audience. This is by far the most important aspect to consider. After all, this is why you are seeking a motivation speaker to begin with.