4 Tips for Collaboration in the business of Motivational Speaking

Celebrating sisterhood in the speaking business

Celebrating sisterhood in the speaking business

It takes a lot to make it in business, especially the business of motivational speaking.  With more and more people throwing their hats into the growing ring of 'experts who speak', I have a few thoughts on continuing to succeed in this business.

1. Hang out with really cool people

I've been speaking professionally for 20 years, so it's safe to say that I'm not going anywhere. My friends in the industry are also not going anywhere, so choose people you really click with and invest time and energy on nurturing those relationships. By the way, I define 'cool' as people that are real, fun, smart, and people I WANT to hang out with! (Feel free to define 'cool' in your own way).

2. Collaborate, don't compete

When you collaborate, you uplift, support, and work together to make people (including yourself) better. When you compete, feelings can get hurt because if one person wins, someone else has to lose. Collaborating means that when you 'win' a speaking engagement, you then have an opportunity to share names of your collaborators with the meeting planner. That way, you win – your friends win – and the meeting planner wins by not having to start from scratch when planning the next year's event.

3. Share the good, bad and everything else that comes up

The great thing about collaborating with cool people is the level of trust that is created. When you trust people, you can let your hair down, show your vulnerability, get feedback or re-assurance that you are on the right path. Then when it's time to celebrate, the good vibes are that much more meaningful knowing what you had to go through to get where you are. 

4. Be open 

The nice thing about collaborating with cool people in the same industry is that they may have answers that you weren't aware of. Be open to feedback, be open to new ideas, be open to going deeper with the collaboration. 

I for one am grateful for all the people I continue to meet on this journey of professional motivational speaking. But, I am especially grateful to the people whom I collaborate and celebrate with. These are my girls, my family. 

From your happy to collaborate motivational speaker Marilyn Sherman


Marilyn Sherman, CSP is a Front-Row Leadership Expert helping people get out of the balcony and get a front-row seat in life. For over 20 years she has inspired audiences with topics on Visioning, Goal Achievement and having a No More Excuses attitude! Check out her fun, dynamic style at http://www.MarilynSherman.com

Marilyn Sherman, Owner UpFront Presentations - Helping people get a Front-Row seat in their life!
9030 W. Sahara Ave #444
Las Vegas, NV 89117

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  1. Amen. Where would I be without the friendships I have made along the way? Lonely. It's a beautiful thing to have friends who accept you as you are (even when you snore), love your gifts without being jealous of them (not everybody can have hair this good), and forgive you when you fall short of their expectations. That kind of friendship is a gift. And I treasure it deeply. Glad to count you as one of mine, Marilyn. And Linda. And Colette. And Tami. And Polly. And Dave. And John Boy. And Mary Ellen. And everybody else on Walton's Mountain. Good night. 

  2. Beautifully said, and couldn't agree more. What fun we can all have when we choose to support one another to achieve our goals and dreams. Thrilled to connect and collaborate with some of the best out there (and you know who you are). P.S. Send me that picture!

  3. I couldn't agree more, Marilyn. With only 2 years in the speaking biz I give BIG gratitudes in my daily journal for my speaker "sisters" and 1 "bro" (that's you, Dave!).  Another big congrats on your CSP!!!!

    • Lucky you Polly that you figured it out so early – I think it took me years to realize how much I need my girls (and Dave) to make it in this biz.  Can't wait to see what the future holds for all of us!

  4. Truly! I would absolutely not be where I am today without my team of fellow speakers. Motivational speakers can NOT be successful all by themselves without the love and support of others who can relate to their issues and share their experiences. Yay team!

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