Learn How to Become a Motivational Speaker in 4 Steps

I’ve spoken in 69 countries around the world in the past 30+ years. I’ve spoken in virtually every large and small country on every continent.

I’ve also been translated by about 50 different professional interpreters into different languages.

I can say that I have a lot of experience in speaking around the world and I would love to teach you how to become a motivational speaker or a public speaker.

Let me tell you why I speak worldwide, and then I will teach you how to become a public speaker.

“I’m a businessman. As a businessman, I look to expand the range and offerings of my products and services.”

When I first started public speaking, I was focused in North America, of course. Then I began thinking, it would be a good idea to expand strategically into other countries. I made a bridge into Germany and that was the starting point of my international speaking career.

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After I began speaking in Germany, I began learning to speak German. People would tell me, “If you could speak German, we could develop a tremendous business around your speaking, your seminars, your video and audio programs, and books.”

I knew some basic rudimentary High School German, so I sat down and began taking courses and lessons in speaking the language. Today I can speak almost fluent German. I ended up doing 10 to 15 talks every year in Germany.

When you put your stake in the ground in one country and do a really good job, people will approach you and ask you if you could speak in their country as well.

My goal now is to speak in 70 countries and next month, I am speaking in my 70th country. In June I will probably speak in 71 and 72.

How to Become a Public Speaker

For those of you who would like to break into professional public speaking, start by following these 4 rules.

1) Start Where You Are

Start when you are. We say fish, where the fish are. If there are people in your area that are interested in hearing what you have to say, then start with them. I started in America and Canada and eventually branched out into Europe and the rest of the world.

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2) Pick a Subject That You Want People to Know About

Pick something that you think is important to you. You must really care about the subject and speak from the heart. Think through the subjects that have had an inordinate impact on you. These are subjects that you would like to share with others because you really, intensely feel that others could benefit from your knowledge.

3) Offer Free Speeches or Small Workshops

Start offering speeches on your expertise to people within your circle. Offer them at no charge. There was a basic rule, many years ago that said,

“Before you can be paid to speak you have to have given 300 free talks.”

Some people say 100 talks and some people say they have given 500 talks, but keep offering free talks on a subject that you really care about and that you’re an expert at.

4) Get Paid to Speak

Eventually, someone will enjoy your speech so much, they will ask you, “How much would you charge to give that talk to the people in my company.”

That is the starting point of your career.

What are you passionate about? Have you ever thought about public speaking? Leave a comment below.


About Brian Tracy — Brian is recognized as the top sales training and personal success authority in the world today. He has authored more than 60 books and has produced more than 500 audio and video learning programs on sales, management, business success and personal development, including worldwide bestseller The Psychology of Achievement. Brian's goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and easier than you ever imagined. You can follow him on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Linkedin and Youtube.

  • Fortuna A.

    Thank you for this information, Brian! Now I know that I’m in the correct path as a public speaker. I’ve already started giving free presentations… I’m counting to 300. Thank you, again.

  • SAL

    Where is the 4th step? Did I miss it? DOESN’T matter cause that was straight to the point!! Thank you! Just follow the directions and preserve!!

  • Santosh Shakya Maurya

    Thanks a lot

  • John Hatchell

    Thank you, sometimes in this World of ours all we need is permission. I love the subtle but true nature of giving you recommended…(free speaking to public) It all starts with that mindset, what can you offer to help someone !!!

  • sopon

    well, this is going to be helpful….. i never thought of becoming a
    public speaker, but now i have entered into the world of business where
    lot of public speaking is needed in fact lot. BUT still i haven’t given
    any presentation to the mass audience, but that’s gonna happen soon. so
    bit nervous but that’s ok, now i got the key points and i think i can
    handle it…. thank you Mr. Tracy

  • hitendra

    Thank you Brian Sir…

  • http://www.coralseamercantile.com.au Coral Mercintile

    Keep it fun and lively. Audience participation is a great way for adults to learn, and you can do this in any number of ways. For example, one speaker handed out raisins and slowly took the audience through the life of that raisin and all that had to happen for that raisin to be in their hands. This kind of activity makes the audience feel part of the speech and facilitates learning. Remember that any activities must be relevant to the topic you are speaking on.

  • list of values

    Very useful tips and i will definitely use these tips to improve my speaking skills.

  • isak aanoy

    This is an interest article. I always liked to read and hear from mr.brian tracy.. I love being a motivational speaker and these steps gave me my way to my excellence in public speaking..thank u.. hope read and hear more from you.

  • Gabriel

    Thanks for this direction

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