A motivational speaker, or inspirational speaker, is sometimes categorized as a special performer who showcases his talents in giving entertaining and motivating speeches. However, being a speaker is not really a profession. Motivational speeches are actually just part of the speaker’s main profession. In order to be invited to make speeches, the speaker should first be an expert in his chosen field—and that expertise is his real profession.
Depending on his expertise, a motivational speaker may perform speeches in different venues to different audiences. The speech is mostly an act of sharing knowledge and personal experience that led or contributed to his success. The speech is delivered in a way that could motivate the audience to also explore and improve their own talents and skills to achieve the same degree of success.
There are four professional types of expert speakers that deliver motivational speeches, each focusing on specific types of audiences and delivering speeches in audience-appropriate venues:
This is the usual type of speaker that is thought of when someone mentions motivational speeches. Personal development speakers are those who aim to inspire other people in finding purpose and establishing goals in life. They can specialize in family and relationship, identity crisis, sexuality, life and work balance, personal finance, spirituality, health and fitness, career development, or life philosophy. The speakers may tell stories about their personal experiences with certain adversities and how they triumphed over them. Whatever aspect a speaker focuses on, the main goal is to let the audience learn from the talk and enable them to reflect on the things that they could relate to and apply to their own lives. Personal development speeches are usually performed at commonly accessible venues like activity centers in malls, gyms, churches, and even public parks.
Business speakers are usually personalities that have achieved their own share of success and breakthroughs in their businesses. The speaker may address speeches to people of different positions. The speakers may share their own business success stories, the techniques and approaches that they applied to achieve their successes, or how they handled their subordinates to contribute to their business goals. The speeches may focus on leadership, staff productivity and motivation, or strategic aspects of businesses. Business speeches are usually made at corporate conventions in company business halls, hotel convention halls, and training centers.
A youth mentor is a motivational speaker that specializes in youth education and guidance. The speaker may talk about youth-related issues and interests like study habits, career selection, college preparation, sexuality, social skills, morals and values, talent development, healthy habits, drugs and addiction, and the importance of schooling. The speaker could relate his own youth experiences, encountered problems, and the process of coping and overcoming those problems—all for the goal of imparting valuable lessons that can help the youth grow into responsible adults. Youth mentoring could be held in schools, churches, youth clubs, community centers, and malls.
Community speeches usually tackle community, environmental, and social issues that are of current interest to the modern community. A motivational speaker who gives community speeches should possess a popular reputation in community development or environmental and health expertise. The speaker may talk about community health, community waste management, environmental and health hazards present in the community, livelihood, local politics, crime prevention, emergency preparedness, and environmental pollution. Community speeches are usually held in community centers, local markets, churches, and even schools.
No matter what expertise different speakers may have, they all have the same goal and that is to inspire or motivate audiences of any age to do better in the different aspects of life.