Choosing the right motivational keynote speaker for your event is critical to a successful event! Your event took a lot of time and effort to put together and deserves a quality keynote speaker! Follow these steps to help you pick an all-star speaker!
- Start your search by researching speakers through the Internet. Google speakers and include the specific category that you are in need of. Example: If you are looking for a keynote speaker on leadership for an annual business summit try using the search term, Leadership Keynote Speaker.
- Now don’t limit yourself to the first page of results. Search through the first few pages of Google or Bing and click on the websites of individual speakers that show up for that search term (not data aggregating websites). Copy and paste these websites into a word document.
- Now that you have built a list of about 6 speakers with their websites, its time to dig into the website content to find out what speakers will be the best fit for your event.
- If you have a budget you need to stay within, assume that a speaker will consider speaking at your event for $3,000 (your budget) even if a speakers fee is $5,000. Many speakers will negotiate their fee at least by 10% and the worst that can happen is a simple no.
- Look for the about page for that speaker and find out his/her credentials, do they have any credentials that would give them authority on the topic(s) to be presented at your event.
- Look for the speakers that provide clear programs on your desired topic. Also, make sure that they provide the option to customize your program through pre-program meetings/phone calls.
- Look for speakers that have videos, this will give you the best idea as to whether or not the speakers personality and overall stage presence will be a good match for your event and audience.
- If you can find a motivational keynote speaker near your events location with the right program, stage presence, price and credentials. This might give you a little more room in your budget due to lower travel costs.
- Once you have found your speaker it is time to make the connection. Always have a back up speaker in mind in case your chosen speaker is already booked or cannot make it for some other reason.
- Finally, follow your instincts! You are the judge and you have the decision-making authority. If something doesn’t seem right, move on!
Doug Dvorak, Motivational Keynote Speaker
In order to capture your audience you must first capture your client. Building a relationship with your client will be key to having an extra-ordinary event. If your relationship with your client is strong, they in turn will spread that captivity along to the participants (audience) giving you great recognition and an identity among your attendees before even meeting and presenting to them. In addition, collaborating with the client allows one to provide key information to your speakers, which will allow them in turn to study and get to know your audience strengths and weaknesses. Great communication leads to easy to find, but crucial to touch upon focus points that makes your event that much more impactful. Your audience will be able to relate to the speakers because your speakers will have built their presentation around the knowledge of your audience.
In addition, to building a relationship, collaboration allows one to work as a single team. The client should always be deeply involved in the speakers’ preparation, whether it is a motivational speaker, inspirational speaker, or a keynote speaker, it will help avoid any misunderstandings and miscommunications. With trust fostering through communication, one can ensure that both on the same page and have the same overall mission, which is to be impactful, motivate, encourage, and deliver exemplifying new perceptions. This alone will make your next event more powerful and influential. Once the audience sees the togetherness of the people involved and how the event is structured around them as individuals and as a team, they will be talking about it for months to come.
Choose speakers who start to deliver excellence before they appear on your stage, speakers who inspire you while you are working on the tedious details, who are clear on what tools they need in order to motivate and inspire your attendees and have incredible content. What is also important when choosing your speaker, it is not just what they do on your stage, but how they make your attendees feel from that platform and later, off that stage. Are your speakers willing to engage the attendees post presentation in a non commercial, supportive, energizing manner that makes you the true hero of the event for demonstrating great vision, leadership and lasting inspiration? This is why corporations and associations are bringing Doug Dvorak to their stages.
Doug Dvorak is a professional speaker that has worked closely with meeting and event planners for years to figure out how to best impact events and conferences positively.
If your goal is to be successful, whether in life or business, it is imperative that you adopt successful habits. When you change your habits from bad to better, you have a much better chance of succeeding. Of course understanding that you also must adopt good habits in order to succeed is easy. But this becomes very different when you are actually putting those habits to work for you. Below you can learn about the top 5 habits of success
- The Need to Make Money Is Not as Strong as the Passion to Succeed
If you think you are going to get rich using a get rich scheme, think again. They are called get rich quick schemes for a reason. In order to develop a business successfully it needs to be nourished with passion because it has all of the right components a successful business must have. The recognition and wealth that is accomplished is more of a pleasant surprise than a goal. The mind-set for getting rich quick tends to include cutting corners and short-changing clients while failing to take the time needed to understand the market you are in. This is a recipe for failure. Find something that you are passionate about and you will not need or want to take shortcuts. Your passion for the task will fuel its success.
- Do Not Let any Obstacle Stop You
A lot of people tend to quit before they reach their goals. In order to succeed, you need to face obstacles and not let them stop you. This means not taking no for an answer. If you cannot get associates to assist, or agree with an idea of yours, then it is time to take matters into your own hands. When you take matters into your own hands, you stand a greater chance of developing your own way of doing things that work for you. Make sure that you keep on going no matter what obstacle is in your way. Obstacles are everywhere, those who work through them grow stronger, learn more and become a little closer to success.
- Treat Associates Well
In the business world it is imperative to treat your associates, employees, and people in general well. You are going to be remembered not for what you say, but for you actions. This is also true when considering the people you surround yourself with on a daily basis. The quality of people you associate with will have a direct impact on your behavior. When you find the right type of people to work with and to build a team with, your ability to succeed will increase.
- Know Your Strengths and Weaknesses
Becoming a successful entrepreneur requires that a person possess humility and confidence. It is important to be able to own expertise and be ready to ask for assistance or advice when you need it. Many successful businesses rely on partnerships and teams that allow every person to utilize their strengths so weaknesses are avoided.
- Listen to Your Customers
Hard work and innovation are just part of what needs to happen in order to succeed. You also need to be able to listen, especially to customers. Their opinions matters when it comes to meeting needs and offering products and services that fit the current market. Always listen carefully to your customers and take action when they hint at something. This will help you make the correct changes that keeps them happy and you in business.
The art of silencing the mind is called meditation. Silence allows you to concentrate better and feel inner peace even amongst turmoil. One of the main reasons that people enjoy meditation is because it brings them inner peace and allows them to build motivation. Motivation and mediation go hand in hand. When you experience one, the other is soon to follow. The order does not necessarily matter either since they both feed off of one another.
Motivational Meditation – Quiet the Mind to Motivate the Self!
You can begin by meditating once per day and work up to twice a day to better motivate yourself. Silence can bring a sense of happiness that fuels your day in a positive manner. It is a great idea to meditate first thing in the morning so you start your day on the right track. Sitting silently with your thoughts and blocking out the outside world allows you to concentrate on what matters to you the most. By concentrating on yourself you are able to better understand inner problems and form solutions. Meditation can come in different forms for different people too. For some meditating can be a struggle to quiet their mind and just relax and breathe, while others find it easy to slip inside a silent world where peace is the center of attention.
Improve Your Concentration
Meditation is a great way to improve your concentration. People become more productive when they have a clear mind. This is especially true for writers that need creative discipline. Concentration can also help you become less bothered when it comes to little things. If you find yourself disturbed by little things it is not abnormal. The nature of the mind is to make small things bigger than they actually are. Concentrating while meditating can ease worries. You will learn to let go of the meaningless worries and look at the bigger picture. Meditating renews your focus and allows you to let go.
Enjoy the Benefit of Better Health
Your health is directly tied into how you think and behave. This is not to say those with serious illnesses have caused their own condition; genetics plays a role in health too. However, no matter the condition, meditation can improve your outlook thereby improving your health. Meditation can reduce stress levels and anxiety. Once anxiety and stress levels are reduced you can enjoy better health benefits. Meditating allows you to concentrate on building and maintaining a PMA (Positive Mental Attitude).
When you meditate on a daily basis you become more in touch with yourself. You can get a deeper understanding of your inner self and the purpose of your life. Meditation allows you to honestly get to know yourself and helps you make the necessary changes that will keep you motivated in life.
Motivational Speaker and Leadership Speaker Doug Dvorak can teach you about motivational meditation – quiet the mind to motivate the self! Contact Doug to learn more about how meditation can improve your life.
One of the hardest things to do in life is change. It is not impossible, however. You are the number one change agent that can motivate yourself to make changes in your life. Motivation needs to be renewed so it does not become a struggle to continue to stay on a positive path. This does not mean that you will never face depression or doubt. You can handle the negative better by using the following tips regarding confidence, focus, and direction to keep motivating yourself.
Bring Confidence Back into Your Life
Being confident is not something people are born with. The actual lack of confidence can kill motivation. This usually happens when focus is lost and put toward what a person wants instead of what a person already has. The human brain will come up with reasons why you do not have what you want, verses focusing on ways to enjoy what you already have. When this mind set is in place, negative thoughts occur easily and can break you down, and make you jealous of others while making bad choices. This is where bad impressions come from. To break free from the negativity, focus on gratitude. Take time to focus on the things in your life that are positive. List your strengths, successes, and the advantages you currently have. When you make an effort to feel grateful, it is much easier to see how successful and confident you already are.
Become More Focused
When you lack focus it literally stifles motivation. When you focus on negative ideas it can create fear. Fear can keep you from being motivated to attempting something positive that would take some guts like starting a workout regiment at the gym. Fear-based thinking needs to be refocused on a goal that is well-defined. A goal that is defined gives you a set of concrete steps that are measurable and keep you moving toward the tangible. This also puts your brain in action and allows you to create a successful plan. It changes worry into actions that assist you in forming a bright future.
Find Your Direction
Direction means you have a day-to-day plan and strategies that will help you achieve your goals. When you have no direction, you tend to lack motivation. Without these two stimuli you can easily succumb to procrastination and defeat. In order to find direction you need to identify a plan of action that leads to success. Every goal has a plan of action with activities that lead you closer to a positive outcome. To keep yourself accountable create a list and arrange activities based on individual results. Then you can make an action plan that will lead to a bigger return that keeps you motivated.
Doug Dvorak has been inspiring and teaching people ways to increase their levels of motivation for many years. When you attend his seminars you learn that you are the number one change agent that can motivate yourself and improve your life.