Moral support transcends professions, life situations, and age brackets. People in need of inspiration are like shipwrecked sailors or desert travelers who have run out of their water provisions, albeit figuratively. In the former situation, an island is a reprieve; in the latter, an oasis is the only thing that matters. An inspirational speaker comes in in this context: rekindling their hopes.
As such, booking the services of a motivational speaker is of essence. By the same token, planning is vital. Needless to say, booking an inspirational speaker is not a spur-of-the-moment decision. More important is avoiding a run-off-the-mill speaker. Here’s a five-pronged way of effectively and efficiently realizing what to look for when booking the services of a motivational speaker
You should preview the past audio and video recordings of your expected speaker to assess their presentation skills and styles. This is because some speech delivery styles may not augur well for a particular type of audience. For example, a motivational speaker may be too obsessed with the manuscript delivery method; with this method, the flip side is portraying minimal body language, possibly tedious, thus making the audience lose interest.
The upshot is that the manner in which the message is delivered can make or break the presentation–it can either appeal to the audience or draw away the attention. You can select a motivational speaker from a shortlist whose niche matches your projected audience best.
A speaker bureau may be involved. For instance, the name of the speaker you aspire to get may be included in the database of an organization connecting those seeking the speaker and the speaker, and negotiating on the speaker’s behalf. In such a case, the speaker bureau will provide a preset contract form detailing the rights and mutual expectations in a bid to reduce risks arising from the event. Since contracting can be a rigorous, time-intensive, and resource-consuming affair, a speaker bureau can be handy.
In case the inspirational speaker is self-representing, it is advisable to search a contract template from the Internet and modify it to suit your event. Nevertheless, a contract form basically contains the following: the projected date, time and duration, and venue of the event; the motivational speaker’s name; nature and title of the talk; payment and traveling costs; who retains the copyright; and a list of miscellaneous event-related items such as cost of equipment used, advertising the event, and cancellation cost.
At this moment, the principle of demand and supply applies to the services of a motivational speaker. Incidentally, motivational speaking is increasingly becoming the norm. As such, a much sought-after speaker may be expensive compared to that of a greenhorn. Whereas an established speaker may expect you to also pay the traveling costs and offer accommodation, an up-and-coming speaker may not necessarily expect other charges other than the compensation.
Identifying your Expectations from Motivational Speaker
When hiring the motivational speaker–before the day of the event–it is crucial to point out the aspects that you need the speaker to tackle. For example, you can prompt the speaker to follow a specific vein; alternatively, you can direct the speaker how you want him or her to interact with the audience such as through one-on-one communication and, at the end of the event, autographing items.