Lessons Learned as a Professional Motivational Speaker

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We all need an elevator in our lives Motivational Speaker. I like being able to offer this “elevator”. Like a cup of tea with legs.

For me to be asked to stand in front of a room full of people I just met and explore the power of humor to help us better manage the stress in our lives – is an incredible feeling – and a true privilege.

However, there are days when this job does not seem very glamorous – like when I’m dining alone in the only restaurant in a remote town, eating a burger that looks like the charred remains of a recent meteor shower. At times like this, you need a reason to laugh…

Luckily, the rewards for my labor far outweigh all those “charred burger” moments over the years. And if this job has taught me one thing, I have to say it is the ability to let go of the things I can’t control.

If that doesn’t help you GROW… let it GO.

As a motivational speaker, much of the energy I bring to a motivational presentation comes from the people in the room. At the start of my career, if someone in the room spoke or was otherwise detached, I would be shaken and might not perform at my best. I will never forget the day a viewer of a half-day session took a front row seat and proceeded to hold and read a magazine while I spoke at the front of the room.

If I had been born with Harry Potter powers, this magazine would suddenly have caught fire. But since that was not the case, I did my best to ignore this rude behavior and move on. But inside, I was seething.

Recently, I was speaking to an audience about health. Participation was voluntary and there were about 80 people gathered around round tables. As I was being introduced, I noticed a young man in the second row who was sitting with his back to the front of the room. He was a big man and his back looked like a brick wall. I expected that once I was presented he would go around.

I was getting shaken. About 8 minutes into the presentation, I went to his table. In fact, I had met him before the presentation as I walked around the room to introduce myself. You know, I would rather see your smiling face than your neck. Can you please turn your chair around? He kindly agreed, smiled and even laughed a few times throughout the presentation.

Lesson learned:

I will never be everyone’s cup of tea/coffee. Accept this reality.Also accept that as a professional motivator, Am responsible to my audience to perform at my best. As a motivational or keynote speaker, if I tell my audience that they need to change their perspective or adopt new strategies to lead a more efficient and productive life, I must be ready to do the same. I must do whatever it proceeds to be my ideal.

Many things are beyond our control. We can avoid dealing with what is bothering us at the risk of letting it weaken us, or we can approach the situation with respect to seek a solution. It is much healthier to deal with problems in the moment. If something is bothering you and you can take steps to fix it…do it. It can take us out of our relaxation zone, but it will be worth it in the end!