Do you want to become a motivational speaker in Nigeria but you do not know how you can go about it? Do you want to know the step-by-step guide for you to take and how you can make money from the skill? Read this article to the end.
In today’s article, I am going to guide you on how to become a motivational speaker and make money with the skill as a Nigerian. Motivational speakers are not much in Nigeria. This is why this skill is still profitable today as long as you are ready to be unique by bringing something new to the table.
Motivational speakers make a good amount of money for speaking at conferences, church programs, concerts, and more.
Who is a Motivational Speaker?
A motivational speaker is someone or an individual who uses spoken words to encourage people. These spoken words can be in the form of poetry or about a topic or event. Motivational speakers are very good with people; they know how to bring the best out of individuals in general making them able to do more.
Features of a Motivational Speaker
The features or characteristics of motivational speakers are many. Here are some major ones:
1. Power of Conviction
Motivational speakers have the ability to convince and influence people positively. As a motivational speaker, you must be able to use your voice not just as your weapon but as a tool.
If you want to really become a motivational speaker you need to be confident. Do not allow the crowd to scare you. Be able to approach people and be approachable.
3. Crowd Control
As a motivational speaker, you need to be able to control your crowd with your words and actions. There are more characteristics however, these are the major ones.
Popular Motivational Speakers in Nigeria
Here are some popular motivational speakers in Nigeria just in case you are looking for some inspiration.
1. Fela Durotoye
2. Ibukun Awosika
3. Ubong King (Late)
4. Juliana Oloyede
5. Lanre Olushola
6. Sesan Kareem
7. Niyi Adesanya
8. Okey Ofili
9. Steve Harris
10. Leke Alder
How to Become a Motivational Speaker in Nigeria
What are the steps to becoming a successful motivational speaker in Nigeria?
1. Defeat your Stage Fright
The first step to becoming a professional motivational speaker in Nigeria is to defeat your fear of the stage. Many individuals are scared of the stage and the ability to address the crowd. This fear is absolutely natural but it can be controlled gradually till it is totally defeated.
If you are an extrovert, it will be easy to overcome your stage fright. This is because extroverts are usually outgoing and they care less about people’s negative comments and feedback. But if you are an introvert it is going to take time before you defeat your fear of the stage.
It is important you overcome stage fright as a motivational speaker because the stage is your shop. It is where you make money. If you avoid it, your carrier will not even start to the extent of you making money from it. Here are some things you can do to defeat stage fright as an upcoming motivational speaker.
1. Prepare for your Presentations
It is very important you prepare for the topic you are given or the topic of choice. When you are sure and you understand what you want to talk about you have more confidence in yourself that you will perform well. To prepare you need to study the topic and how you want to perform.
2. Dress well but do not Overdo it
It is paramount you groom your body and dress well. There is something about dressing well. It makes you look beautiful as a lady or handsome as a man. This adds to your confidence off and onstage.
3. Talk about Yourself
When you tell your story or talk about yourself in your speeches it increases your level of confidence as a motivational speaker.
2. Get Informed
Information is key to becoming a motivational speaker and the best thing about this is that this information is available everywhere online and offline. Today, you can read everything you want to know about motivational speaking on blogs and YouTube as long as you are able to find them.
All you need is to read these articles and watch these videos during your free time. There are some online schools that also offer courses on motivational speaking. These courses can be free or paid. You can attend these courses and get certified.
3. Follow and Watch other Speakers
Asides from learning motivational speaking by learning online from academies and schools, you can also learn motivational speaking from other speakers. You can find many of these speakers online through social media.
Learn from them by following them and copying their lifestyle. You will need to also open your own social media profiles too so that you can use it to publicize your work.
4. Start with Small Stages and Audience
When it comes to owning a skill it is necessary you start small and grow gradually. You should start with small audiences and walk your way to the top. When you start small, you are able to grow your public speaking skills.
Your fame will also grow gradually as you do this. To promote your skill on online you can create social media accounts, especially YouTube and Instagram, and share some of your public speaking there. As time goes by your followers will increase and you will start getting recognition for your skill.
5. How Much to Charge for Speaking
Money should not be the first priority if you really want to make money from motivational speaking in the long run. The best time to start charging for your skill is when organizations start asking you how much you will charge them for a particular speaking engagement.
When this period comes you should charge within #50,000 – #200,000 per appearance. You can also use your discretion when it comes to non-profit organizations.
You can make a good career from being a motivational speaker in Nigeria. You just have to put in the effort and stay faithful. As a motivational speaker, you can also start a business as time goes by. This will serve as an extra income for you.