How to Become Paid Speaker – Case Study 4

How to Become Paid Speaker – Case Study 4

100 Masterminds Founder Ray Blakney speaks with Lily Ann Fouts, a writer who is venturing into the world of motivational speaking. She addresses concerns with the process as well as her first speech (forthcoming), how she has prepared, and her goals going forward as a speaker.

On crafting a speech

  • Suggestions and feedback are good. But not when the person providing them slows down the progression of your speaking. Take feedback with a grain of salt, and keep to your schedule – even if that means not always following every bit of feedback. Sometimes, a decision to finalize must be made.
  • Consider the ‘football methodology.’ Each day, record the speech on camera. Then, sit down and watch – take notes, and pick up on things that a speaking coach or others helping with the process may not pick up on.
  • When reviewing for critique: Do a review noting positives, and a review noting negatives.

On her actual speech

  • Motivational speeches need to be scene-based. The speaker is essentially telling a story. Emotion, background, and context are incredibly important.
  • Make transitions flow into the next section. Keep the flow going.
  • The only person who defines the meaning of your life is


  • Feedback from people who know you well is incredibly important. They know your movements, your goals, and your background, and how each play into the context and presentation of your speech.
  • Same goes for having people from different backgrounds give feedback on the crafting and review phase. Often, tactics that a person in your mastermind group has implemented in another industry can be incredibly helpful for crafting your speech to appeal to a wide and diverse audience.

Further reading:

Business Insider– Tips for giving a powerful speech.
Ty Howard– Creating a Dynamic Motivational Speech.



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