Look, the business coaching industry is very closely linked with many others, one of which is that of public speaking. I do indeed get invited to give motivational talks and the likes as part of my business coaching service, but in no world would I ever lay claim to being amongst the best or most gifted speakers. My gift is that of coming up with operational or transformational strategies for businesses to achieve their ultimate goal of success (pronounced “sales”) and the speaking part of it is nothing more than a necessary tool to facilitate communication.
Fortunately however I come into contact with many pure orators as our paths cross many times over. Some of these guys are really good at what they do, to the point that I even often ask for a couple of tickets to catch one of their seminars and presentations live. I literally get goose bumps and can feel the hair on the back of my neck standing up on its ends when I hear the likes of Les Brown delivering their motivational talks.
As I said, we’re not all gifted in that way and just as there are business coaches who maintain the integrity of the field, there are motivational speakers whose rightful claim to their main source of income is indeed in their motivational talks. These are the guys whom you’d be crazy to ask if they actually operate underlying businesses of their own in addition to their business of motivating people. They often do in any case, but nobody can have any reservations about the impact and value of their motivational talks alone.
If you have ever listened to any great motivational talk and you found yourself thinking that in another world possibly, this is indeed something you could very well do yourself, then that’s every sign you need to confirm that you most certainly can and should. I can guarantee you that no great orator roaming the face of this earth decided when they were still in school that they one day want to become an orator.
This is a gift which lies dormant in so many people for so many years, until such time that someone else sees it in them and lights a spark that leads to the burning flame which causes them to take action, or until they start to entertain the prospect of getting into public speaking.
Trust me, if there’s anything within you that says you could possibly do it, at least make the attempt to find out if you can’t in actual fact do it. Work at it for at least the next two years, even if only a little bit at a time on the side.
The worst that could happen is that you discover a different path to follow, but I can all but guarantee that the process will yield some sort of tangible value you can use.
A word of advice – orators make some of the easiest money in the world, but it takes some effort to get to stage where you could earn in excess of $50,000 for having delivered a talk of only 55 minutes.