It comes as no surprise that being a motivational speaker has become one of the most high-paying jobs available in the market. And with the charm of these people, they seem to make it look very easy. When you speak to them, they’re always so happy to help. Is it because of their earnings?
Motivational speakers deliver speeches that are aimed to push people towards a certain personal goal. These goals could be anything ranging from making more money, creating a prosperous relationship, and even losing weight. And these people earn an average of more than $85,000 per year!
A closer look at their jobs will show that motivational speakers earn every time they take the stage. These rates could go as high as $25,000 per speech! These opportunities come in the form of events wherein organizers hire them to share their knowledge with those who attend these gatherings. These could be commencement exercises, team buildings, leadership seminars, and even management conventions.
Their experiences and knowledge back their credentials.
And to be on the top of the food chain and the rates chart, they also need the track record to prove their worth. This track record could come from successful companies that they’ve helped grow, people who have become successful because of their advice, and even sales from the books that they’ve written.
Motivational speakers can’t just simply ask for a high rate without anything to substantiate their claims for such extraordinary amounts. This is why for some people, being a motivational speaker is more of a special kind of job that requires special skills.
But from the perspective of a motivational speaker, it’s less of a job and more of a calling. Some speakers learned they wanted to speak for a living when they were very young, such as Patrick Schwerdtfeger. He went into the speaking business with very little experience and learned the ropes through his talks. He developed his speaking skills as well as his material over the years and is now one of the most wanted speakers.
Additionally, there are also those who found this calling a little later in life.
People like Rene Godefroy discovered he wanted to be a motivational speaker after serving as a doorman to a hotel for several years. Through his determination, he was able to get the training and the exposure to land himself a position as one of the most successful speakers in the market.
With just these two examples, it’s easy to see that speaking to motivate isn’t a select job for a select few; it’s definitely not only for those with select skills. Of course, there are skills that one needs in order to start a career in motivational speaking, but it doesn’t make the industry an exclusive career choice. Almost anyone with enough determination to learn what is needed will be able to make it big and earn an average of $3,000 dollars per speaking session.
It can be considered as a venture that requires plenty of patience and determination but entails plenty of rewards if one pushes through with it. If everyone did have what it takes to become motivational speakers, then they wouldn’t be able to earn as much. There is a premium people pay to have people like them speak and share in front of an audience. And a motivational speaker is backed by experience and knowledge to demand such premiums.
With that being said, motivational speaking is not a lucrative job only available for the select few, but is more of an occupation meant for everyone who has the determination only a select few start out with.