With so many motivational speakers today, choosing the right one for your group can really be challenging. There are some speakers who survived a tragedy, who became successful businessmen, who started change in society, and many more. But what are the things that you need to take into account when choosing the best one?
Identifying the needs
This is the first step that you need to take when choosing the right motivational speaker. You should consider the issues that your group is currently dealing with. Does your group need someone to inspire them? Or does your group need purely technical information? Whatever the needs or issues are, you should find a speaker that can share related experiences in which your group can relate to.
Choosing between entertainment and message
After determining the needs, you have to decide whether entertainment should be prioritized over the message or vice versa. Keep in mind that a celebrity or a humorous motivational speaker might not be able to deliver the most meaningful and deep message. You might also want to consider a balance between entertainment and message. You can find speakers that can offer you pure entertainment value and those that focus on the message content with a little touch of entertainment value. Most professional speakers can adjust depending on your needs. If you are undecided, you can discuss with them their options.
Considering the fees
You have to balance between your budget and the quality you need. Often, higher fees mean better quality. You do not want the quality to suffer because of allotting a very low budget. You only get what you pay for. Likewise, you do not like to overspend when your budget is not enough because it could affect your finances. Be careful and take time to find a motivational speaker who fits your needs and money.
Getting a preview
Since you will pay for the service, it is your right to get a preview of the speaker’s performance. Doing this way will give you idea on his speaking skills. Usually, sample videos of motivational speakers can be viewed on their website. Visiting their website will let you know if they are articulate or pleasant to the ears.
Another way to get a preview is by attending to speakers’ programs. Watching them live will not just help you assess their performance but also witness how audiences react to their speech.
Organizing the time and date
Once the date of your program is set, start finding a motivational speaker. For some speakers with many engagements, you have to book them approximately one year in advance. Then, determine the length of time the speaker will have. If you are not sure of it, the speaker can help you decide on the right amount of time. He can also recommend the appropriate order of presentations for your program.
Locating your resources
You can ask your friends for recommendations. It is a good way to save your time and narrow search. Another way is through the help of speakers bureaus. They can help you with locating and booking speakers based on your needs and specifications. Also, they can quote the speaker fees. Some of them specialize in specific speakers including entertainment celebrities, athletes, authors and many more. You can find them using local phone directories or over the internet.
Clearly, choosing the right motivational speaker can be challenging. There are a lot of considerations to take into account. These considerations include determining the needs of your group, choosing between entertainment and message, taking into account the fees, getting a preview, organizing the time and date and locating your resources.