How to Become a Motivational Speaker in 4 Steps

Did you know that anyone can learn how to become a motivational speaker?

Believe it or not, there was a time when I didn’t know how to speak to large crowds. In fact, I used to be nervous when I spoke to the smallest of groups!

But you wouldn’t know that today. You see, I’ve spoken in 69 countries around the world in the past 30+ years and I’ve spoken in virtually every country on every continent. I’ve also been translated by about 50 different professional interpreters into different languages.

At the very least I can say that I have a lot of experience in speaking around the world and I know what it takes to do so. Now I’m ready to pass the reins to you and teach you how to become a motivational speaker or a public speaker that can earn over $10,000 per event.

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 was to speak in 70 countries and in 2016 I spoke in my 70th country. As of 2017 I’ve spoken in 75 different countries and I’m still traveling.

How to Become a Motivational 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.

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.

  • Brian Tracy

    I am happy you found my post both inspirational and useful Susan. It sounds like you have a bright potential speaking career ahead of you with your life experiences! Pursue your dream and get started today!

  • Suada Pajaziti

    Wow! So grateful, I just got my question answered! I lived in Dubai for the past 10 years, and before that in Germany for 8 years.finally .i’m back to my home country now, Kosovo ! It was so beautiful to hear that you have visited even this small ,tiny, little country of ours.I feel, its my calling to contribute into peaceful development of my country. my mission in life is to help people become the inspiration they are. Being a Holistic Health Coach, Yoga Teacher and student of psychology I try as much as I can to reach as many people as possible, but I believe motivational speaking is the best and the most effective way!I would be then the very first motivational speaker of my country 🙂 would you kindly give me any tip, or just confirm you read this comment so that I get the motivational boost 🙂 warmly, Suada

  • Nathan Brown

    My name is Nathan Brown.
    I am a survivor of some of the most cataclysmic events of a lifetime. From attempted suicides led on by severe depression to being left to survive life while dealing alone with an extreme brain injury.
    Despite odds set against me I have overcome these challenges as positive lessons to gain success through the strengthening of my own passion for life.
    I make live feeds daily to help myself overcome public speaking anxiety I suffer from.
    I want to say thank you for this video and the insight given to be succesful at life through powerful but simple methods. Good day and never forget, success is through the scariest often most feared doorway at the end of some of the most difficult paths of life.
    To get through that doorway it is up to us to choose to take the step.

  • Tita Ndifon N

    I have had this burden since in my early adolescent hood to be a motivational speaker or better still a counselor. I love to advice people especially when it comes to giving them advice on issues that they think they can’t came out of. I am very pleased to have come across this site and I believe my journey begins today. I want to reach out to the world and talk about the ills of Pornography and Masturbation in the lives of our youths.

  • Neeraj

    Hi Mariama!
    I came across your comment today after reading Brian Sir’s article . I am really impressed and inspired by the magnitude of your dream – To be the Best in the World. I wish you good luck and really hope you are working towards it ( on your skills )

    – Neeraj ( From India )

  • Robert

    How do you price yourself when making the transition from free to paid? How much is too cheap? How much is too much?

  • Success Awakening

    I feel that a great person is a person of integrity and values and your thoughts makes you priceless.

  • Donovan Allan Chisholm

    Hi everyone. So I have been playing this through my mind for a while. I have been in sales since out of army at 18 and I am now 41. I have owned multiple small companies and at times left the company that I have started only to see my partners become million airs. I have had success and failed as many times. I have looked back and asked myself without a formal education, what has this all amounted to. Simply I have learned far more than what I could have learned from any sales course ccould teach me. So how do I make what I have learned something that an use daily that could better their lives. I believe thati have found myself a topic that I can help people trough talking about my experiences. I have never had a problem speaking at boardroom level wedding’s training course’s etc. I just need to know what I want to speak about is enoigh. My 14 daughter says I would be better than anyone that has come to her school. So Mr Tracy. What do u think? I live in South Africa 41 and have loads of energy and I have fallen hard but want to do this. Is this what I was built for I ask myself. From 10 I was told I would be a evangelist so I haven’t done that but the writing must have been on the wall that I was destined to talk.couldcould

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