You come into work after a tough weekend and it’s your boss calling to tell YOU to find a dynamic motivational speaker for your upcoming corporate retreat…G-R-E-A-T! Hey, you think, don’t sweat it! This task only forecasts your very future with the company. If you find a fantastic motivational speaker, your boss and the company brass, not to mention your colleagues, will hoist you up on their shoulders and carry you around the room to celebrate. If you fail, should you keep your job…which is iffy, your colleagues will spew venom about how boring the speaker was, and how it would have been more interesting to watch paint dry.
Psst…listen close and I will give you my four tips for finding the best motivational speaker for your event.
First, determine the audience and head count for the event where the motivational speaker will appear. Is it the CEO and upper level management, middle management, entry level employees or everybody? How many people will be attending?
Second, determine the purpose or theme for the event where the motivational speaker will speak. This will help you brainstorm suitable topics for the motivational speaker. It will also help you decide whether you are looking for someone to entertain your audience as they motivate them, or educate your audience as they motivate them, or both.
Third, determine the desired credentials or life experience of a suitable motivational speaker candidate. Your goal is to find an outside expert. But, do you want a Harvard Business professor with a million academic degrees, or do you prefer an entrepreneur who has built a million dollar business from the ground up? Regardless, you are looking for a motivational speaker who can deliver ‘vision’ clearly and motivate your audience to action.
Fourth, determine the budget set aside to compensate your motivational speaker. You will need to know how much money you have available to pay the motivational speaker, inclusive of their transportation, lodging, meals, etc.
So cheer up, these four tips should get you started thinking about the type of motivational speaker you will need for your event. Tomorrow, I will give you pointers on how to go about researching and locating your motivational speaker. In the meantime, check out my website and see if I’ve got what it takes to motivate your business or group. If you need me, I’m only a phone call away at 1-888-SPEAKER.