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How to be a motivational speaker

I've been a motivational speaker all of my adult life. No, I don't have a website that labels me as a motivational speaker, but that's what I do. And no, that's not me in the cartoon, that's a client of mine, who is one of the top motivational speakers in the country. And if you want to be a motivational speaker, I encourage you. The world needs more people like you.

My introduction to motivational speaking happened when I was 21, when I took my first class in Principles of Salesmanship (yes, that's what they called it back in the 1980s) and I met motivational speaker Joel Weldon, who is still one of my Graphic Design clients. He's from Scottsdale, and you can Google him if you want to. And no one needed motivational speaking more than me then, and now.

Motivational speaking is about sharing what you believe is good. It means that every time you open your mouth, you have said something that may plant a seed of inspiration in someone. It doesn't mean standing on a podium, and charging a fee to speak. It means doing the opposite of what just about everyone else does when they communicate.

So don't worry about competition - in a long life I've seen very little. Most people are de-motivational speakers. Most people can give you a thousand reasons why something can't be done, why nothing can be achieved. These people have regular meetings every day, usually in bars. Sometimes they gather around water coolers, expressing how bad everything is, how terrible their life is, and how terrible everyone's life is going to be. You can't avoid these people, they're everywhere. I try to listen "with one ear" and wait for my chance to speak, and motivate. Mostly I've seen anger in their eyes, or misunderstanding. But every once in a while I've seen a spark, and that keeps me going.

I hit my stride of motivational speaking when I started teaching computer software. I learned early on that it's not the complexities of the software program that held most people back, it was lack of motivation. I quickly added a lot of motivation to my classes, and training sessions. Every syllabus I wrote had the words "You can do this!" at the bottom, and I really believe it.

I can't stop doing this, it's addictive. And yes, it's a terrible cliche, to remind people to keep looking up, to give someone a smile if they don't have one. But to me it's the most important thing that people can do in their life. I spread the good news, and it's all about hope.

You can do this!