Why I Quit Motivational Speaking Career & My Advice For Aspiring Speakers



If you are aspiring to become speaker or motivation speaker, then you should definitely read this.

The motivational niche happens to be one of the most saturated niches - Ever. So many people want to motivate, it's like there's this passion to speak and make someone else feel good, which isn't bad anyway - Don't we all need motivation sometimes? Of course we do.


Truth is, we are all motivational speakers in a way, whether we take it up as a profession or just unconsciously making someone feel good in our day to day journey through life. 

But there's a distinction. And that is the purpose of this article, to help you make a clear difference where you stand so that you can niche down and make more impact, or improve where there's need for improvement in your career. 

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You see, motivational speaking is like baby sitting, the impact can easily wear off once real challenges submerge - I learnt this myself the hard way, all thanks to John C Maxwell who helped point me in the right direction. 


Not many aspiring or established motivational speakers knows what I'm about revealing and it's important I must define it here so that you can learn


My career as a speaker was beginning to get boring to me, I stopped enjoying the stage presence, the powerful carefully put together words that wowed the the audience - Something was off and I couldn't figure it out. 

I was about quitting before I actually got help.


If you've followed me for some couple of years, you'll notice i have been a motivational speaker for the most part, but few months ago, I stopped and took another direction, a more promising one.


Well, it was worth it while it lasted, I got paid over & over & over to motivate people. But I read something written by the renowned "John C Maxwell" that totally changed my perspective. Hopefully it changes yours too.  


We all know Maxwell as a writer right? but most importantly as a speaker, well, he made it clear that he was not a motivational speaker but a "MOTIVATIONAL TEACHER"

😱 Woah!! that literally changed everything, I mean now I see the reason why people hated motivational speakers - Maxwell was really trying to make a distinction when he said he's not a motivation speaker, and not for the sake of separating himself by using grammar - But it made more sense to me after I was able to put the piece together. 


You know what motivational speakers do? They baby sit you, they rob your back when you cry but they usually don't offer solutions to your problems, they give you instant relief but not a long term solution. 


I noticed my career as a speaker was becoming boring to me, although I got gigs at least 2 times monthly, I still wasn't feeling fulfilled, it felt I wasn't helping or changing lives the way I'd expected - That article by Maxwell changed my view totally. 


People who hear motivational speeches are excited but hardly take action, the effect wears off too quickly. Those words are enticing but with little or no actionable plan to follow - it is mostly structured around stories upon stories but no depth insights on how to achieve results. 


That's where motivational teaching comes in & makes the difference, it does not just make you feel good, it incorporates the "working process" the actionable plan into the thoughts and maps out your journey (on how to begin and how to proceed). 


I'm happy I have mentors like Maxwell who provide such help, else my career as a coach would have crashed terribly without me figuring out what was wrong... This is one very important reason you should have a mentor or coach.  


[Final Note:]  Based on what I've learned, I have stopped baby sitting people, I'd rather only work with people who are tired of their current situation and ready to move on and move up, invest in themselves and take charge of their future... 




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