Motivational speaker? Please!

When approaching Motivational speakers, be sincere!

Honor the Profession!

It's part of my profession. People hear me speak at an association conference or a corporate convention and reach out to ask a question or to make a connection.  Every year, I go to my own speakers convention and occasionally get a newer speaker who reaches out and wants to connect with me in person.  I get a LOT of spam, so I rarely respond to requests that smack of mass e-mail hoping someone will respond.  

But, this one was different.  This one person saying they, too, were a motivational speaker, wanted to connect with me after my presentation.  They mentioned where I was speaking, mentioned that they had been inspired by my YouTube videos and my website, so they really would appreciate a bit of my time.  I saw this as a sincere opportunity to give back to my speaking community, so I responded openly and positively.  

Then, I never saw them.  

Panicked that I had let this person down or that I forgot about a specific time we were to meet, I reached out to this person apologizing that we never got a chance to meet and would they like to set up a time to talk.  Then, the reality hit. This person responded as if I was seeking them out, wanting to talk and pick their brain about the speaking industry!  Then, they wanted to know how I heard about them.  

I take pride in my authenticity and connecting with my audiences in a positive way, and even with speakers who sincerely want some help.  So – if I reach out wanting some time with someone, I would most certainly remember it!

If there are people out there claiming they are motivational speakers and mass e-mailing people to get them to sign up for an online course or something after trying to disguise a sales offer through a 'let me pick your brain' meeting, I think it's giving the rest of us true motivational speakers a bad name.  Remember the van down by the river skits from SNL?  I give anyone permission that if I dis-honor the profession in anyway, please call me out on it!

From your willing to get together with you if you're sincere about it 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

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. The individual you described, Marilyn, needs to go down by the river and float away! You are always wonderful at making time for others, so it must have been frustrating to be put in this situation. It's not just motivational speakers who have to deal with individuals giving their professional a less than stellar name, think of attornies, politicians and the list goes on!

  2. Double yuck! I would hate that! Almost as bad as the people who call you on the phone and you think it's a client, only to find after ten minutes of chatting happily that they want to sell you something. Then you realize they never told you who they were or who they work for. Whenever somebody acts too happy to see me I'm suspicious. :)

  3. Another graduate from the School of Scam.  Darn those people!  Like Colette said, they're everywhere targeting every profession.  Sorry you had your time wasted, Marilyn, but don't ever change your giving nature!

  4. Wow, I would hate that too. It's sort of surprising that someone would embrace that sort of deceptive energy – but hey, I guess it takes all kinds. Good thing he's gone. Bye bye.

  5. Good for you Marilyn for letting this one float down the river.  So good to release such a toxic energy from our lives and perhaps even internally wish them well.  And because of your good heart and wanting to help,  karmically you are all set for something wonderful waiting just around the corner!  

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