IA question that was posed in a group chat recently was "Are you an extrovert or an introvert?" Trust me, not all motivational speakers are extroverts, but I am. I get energized when I'm around people. I think that's why my husband gets so excited when I book another speech – because I come back so happy and energized after being around so many people!
But, there's more to it than that. What do you need to succeed? Before I go on stage, I want to feel like I know my audience. In my pre-calls, I always want to know what's going on the night before my presentation. Sometimes it's a cocktail reception, sometimes it's an off-site excursion (recently a client rented out SeaWorld for a private function), sometimes it's a concert. Yes, Earth Wind and Fire was the entertainment for one group. (Did I tell you I LOVE my job?)
Whatever the event is, I ALWAYS want to attend. I meet the most interesting and sometimes extraordinary people. I get to know who they are and what drives them. Often times, I have used an example from the night before in my presentation the next day. Does it show them that I care? Does it show that I'm going the extra mile to be involved? Sure. But, that's not the total reason I do it.
I need to feel a part of the group. I need to feel included. I get energized around people, and that's what I need to succeed. Not all speakers are like this. I know someone who needs quiet, solitude, and relaxation before a presentation. And, if he is required to go to a pre-event? He charges extra in his contract!
So what do you need to succeed? Once you figure that out, find a way to get it.
From your energized-around-people motivational speaker, Marilyn Sherman