To become the best motivational speaker in the Philippines isn’t always a selfish desire. I have heard dozens of aspiring speakers who told me that they wanted to become “the best motivational speaker in the Philippines”.
They are all good people. They believe that they can save the world and make a difference in the lives of others.
Some of them came to me to get some guidance. And my advice was simple: pay attention to how you can improve the lives of your audience.
It is easy for someone to claim that he is the best motivational speaker in the Philippines. They know they are not. It is their aspiration, not their disposition.
There is nothing big about being the “best” in a field not measured by one’s ability to crack jokes, tell humorous stories, and make people cry.
Everyday in the Philippines, a speaker is selling hope on stage. You’ll find them in MLM businesses, in churches, in seminars, and in conventions.
Everyday, in this beautiful country of mine, a school teacher tries to motivate her students. I am a product of a very motivational teacher. She motivated me by her deeds, not by speeches.
I know that those who claim that they are the best motivational speakers are using it for marketing and for SEO purposes. Because there are people who search for the best motivational speaker. And a clever marketer knows that he better be ranked number 1. (This post may eventually get ranked in the first page too, and that is okay.)
About ten years ago, I wrote about this and some motivational speakers got offended. So, I opted not comment about this anymore. My intention was to correct, not to offend people.
Let me be clear. It is right to aim for the best. We must give our best. This is true for motivational speaking. This is true for any profession.
But you cannot be the best by telling everyone that you are. You’ve got to deliver. And your audience, not you, will define your impact to them.
They’ll not say that you are the best motivational speakers in the Philippines, or in the world.
Instead, they’ll say that you have opened their mind, that you have given them courage, that you have educated them, that you made them millionaires… that you brought them back to life.
Motivational speaking isn’t about your delivery. It is about what they’ve received from you and how you made them feel.
P.S. I will keep the comment section open. Please share your thoughts.