Motivational Speakers Secret Question To Becoming Remarkable On Stage

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Motivational Speaker Kelly Swanson is an award-winning storyteller, author, and comedian who teaches you how to harness the power of your story to connect, engage, and get results. In this blog, Kelly focuses on the business of professional speaking. Kelly’s post day is Friday. If you aren't sure how to comment on this story, click here.

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Motivational Speakers are a dime a dozen.

I am convinced that there’s a new motivational speaker born every minute.  The market is crowded and it is competitive. And if you want to get business, you need to find a way to make sure they find you and pick you. And then you’d better make sure that what you do on stage is unforgettable.

The key to getting business as a keynote motivational speaker, is not to be better — but to be different — which will make you better.

I’ve talked a lot about how to write a phenomenal speech. But I think that when it comes to standing out on stage, it comes down to one question:


I believe that if you want to be outstanding on stage, you need to be asking yourself that question on a regular basis.

What if I came out on stage singing? What if I chose a new ending? What if I tried a poem? What if . . .?

Constantly raise the bar on yourself by challenging yourself to try something new – over and over and over.

This will make you uncomfortable. Do it anyway.  It gets easier once you keep trying new things. Not easy – just easier.

Get past the excuses of why you think it won’t work.

Plan it out.

Practice it.

Find a safe place to test it.  Don’t try a whole bunch of new stuff in your speech. Just take one tiny moment to try something little. And then another one – and another one.

Know that sometimes it won’t work. That’s the nature of creativity. There are no guarantees. Be creative anyway.

Now I challenge you to come up with one new thing you can try. And then try it.

What’s the worst that could happen?


  • I LOVE the faces you make into while getting your message across :)

    Great post Kelly – and it’s true that that “worst that can happen” is rarely as bad as you ever imagine it.