Motivational Speaker Questions Answered
Hiring a motivational speaker is a wee-bit scary. You likely have a lot of questions.
Will they be able to connect with my audience? Are they going to be any good? Will they be able to motivate and inspire my audience? What are they going to talk about? Is the whole speech just going to be one long pitch for their book or course?
I understand and that’s why I compiled a list of questions I’ve been asked as a motivational speaker.
What would the world look like if you realized your vision as a motivational speaker?
People would be free of the goals that have been placed upon them and would pursue the goals that their hearts are aligned with achieving. And, free dark chocolate.
How did you become a motivational speaker?
I have been a public speaker for nearly three decades. While my career and subject material changed over that time, my passion for speaking and helping others increased.
However, every now and then life kicks you in the head and you are faced with trauma, hopelessness, and depression. That happened to me and I learned how to pull myself out of the well of depression. I couldn’t stop there because a quiet voice told me I needed to share what I had learned. Taking action, I joined Toastmasters International. This allowed me to explore how I would like to share my knowledge with others. My speeches were so successful, I started booking more speaking engagements and – here we are!
Why are you passionate about mindset, goals, and sense of place?
We are now connected more than ever yet we long for a sense of place and to know how we fit into the puzzle of life. I love helping people figure that out and seeing them find peace and happiness.
What do you love about what you do?
After a class was dismissed and most of the participants left the room, a participant came up to me with tears in her eyes, “You don’t know how much I needed this. Thank you.” I know that someone needs to hear what I’m sharing and it is my place in this world to make those connections.
What experience do you have speaking in front of an audience?
I’ve spoken in front of audiences so many times, I’ve forgotten how many! Regarding the number of people reached, I’m easily in the tens of thousands. I’ve spoken to audiences at national conventions, regional conferences, competitions, government agencies, businesses, schools, and various community clubs. In front of an audience is where I am most at home.
I’ve also been interviewed by the media (radio, television, newspaper, and influencers) thousands of times. Yes. Thousands.
Who inspires you?
People who follow their dreams. From the kids on the corner with the lemonade stand to the retiree who has decided to write a memoir – people who ignore all the chaos and negative energy and follow their heart’s calling – those are the people who inspire me.
How do you engage the audience?
By nature, I’m a quick-witted humorous storyteller and a teacher. My courses engage people via the power of story, emotion, and action. This allows the participants to “see” how a tool can help them which makes it easier for them to adopt new tools which before might have seemed foreign and intimidating.
How do you take care of the attendees after the speech is over?
During the speech or workshop, they will receive a worksheet and several tools that they can start implementing immediately. They can sign-up for my newsletter and follow me on Facebook at TammyYorkSpeaker. If they would like to continue learning and growing, they can register for my online courses or contact me directly for group coaching.
If your audiences could describe you in one word what would the top five be?
They have described me as Inspiring, Funny, Phenomenal, Knowledgeable, and Trustworthy.
How long after the speech will you be available?
Typically, I stay up to one hour after the speech to answer questions. If you would like to schedule a workshop session to delve further into the areas of mindset, goals, and sense of place, we can do that.
Do you promote your own products?
Only if allowed by you. The primary objectives of my speeches and workshops are to teach, motivate, and inspire the audience.
Can you assist with media coverage?
Yes. That is one of my areas of expertise.