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What Are You Waiting For To Launch Your Speaking Career?

by | Become A Speaker, How To Become A Motivational Speaker | 5 comments

This is the big question I always ask the people that call me for advice on how to become a motivational speaker. I want to ask you the same question here as well. What are you waiting for?

If you say you want to become a motivational speaker, I want to know what is stopping you. Is it money, time, or knowledge? Let me tell you this: Nothing is stopping except for your own self.

Now, why am saying this to you? Because you already have everything you need to launch your speaking career. The reality is, you have far more at your disposal to start than I had when I started.

I was a Haitian immigrant learning English while working as a doorman at a hotel in Atlanta. I had zero connection and resources. If I was waiting for a certain situation to be right, I would still be a doorman wishing to be a speaker.

Hear me out. You will never have everything you need to start. But you will always do something to start. You might say, “Rene, you just don’t know my situation!” Of course, I don’t know. And I don’t need to know.

It’s not because I don’t care. It’s because I don’t want to hear your excuses. To become a motivational speaker, you don’t need any money to take the first step. You need to commit to it.

You see, something in me tells me you don’t want it bad enough. When you really want something, you find a way to make it happen. You become a no-matter-what person.

Here’s the big difference between successful people and unsuccessful people. The successful person does what the unsuccessful person is not willing to do. Right now, you’re not willing to do whatever it takes.

[headline_arial_small_left color=”#000000″]Stop Your Excuses![/headline_arial_small_left]

Let me turn on some lights in your head and inspire you to kick your excuses goodbye.

If you say you want to be a motivational speaker, you don’t need a stage to start transforming lives. Have you written at least one article to share your message of hope with the world? Okay, that’s my point!

Do you have a youtube channel with some short videos of you sharing tips and ideas on your topic? That’s my point!

Have you joined Toastmasters International, or do continue to go to practice your materials there? That’s my point!

Do you have a web site? Have you put together your speech yet? Do you at least have an outline on paper? Have you printed a business card? Have you recorded a 30-minute audio yet? That’s my point!

What are you waiting for to take those steps? Money? Well, it doesn’t cost any money to write some articles. You can record your audio with a free software. (Audacity is best one out there.) You can go and create a free site.

You can have your very own channel on YouTube right for nothing. Zippo. Free. You can pimp your channel and make it look like a million-dollar. In fact, you can start with your channel. Use it as your hub to distribute your knowledge to the world. Yes, you read it right… The world!

Don’t wait until you have money to build your site. Use your youtube channel. Start making friends there to help you spread your message. It’s a social site just like Facebook. Take a look at my channel for some ideas: Rene Godefroy YouTube Channel

Now, I’m not going into too many details in this short blog post. My point is, you can always do something. You mind is probably stuck on what you don’t have instead of what you have. Your limitations are killing your creativity. How many speaker websites have you visited and took some notes?

All right, you get my point. Start now. Every minute you postpone your dream, you are robbing the world from being blessed with your gift of the spoken and written words. Do you follow?

Go make it happen. Do something. Create something.

Press on!


  1. Dikeledi


    Its amazing how you project the truth nin a vivid manner!If we can just get rid of the obstacle of self and learn to trust our abilities we can win big.The challenge here is to step out and face the unknown.We are too comfortable and are not willing to reach beyond what we already know.We are captives of our own prison and feed on sparrows diet,whilst we can broaden our horizon and aspire to feed on eagles delicacies!!Thank you!you just made my day.

    • Rene Godefroy

      Awesome! Thanks for stopping by Dikeledi. Yes. You are right. The fear of the unknown is a big issue. The main thing is, if one is not risking, one is not succeeding. In fact, if you have never failed, you are not taking enough risk.

      Success is what we experience in between failures. Simply put, you have to play in order to win. For example, I never play the lottery. I know I will never win.

  2. Marian

    Thanks Coach.. this is the TO-Do-List I was searching for. Consider it done!

  3. abbey emmanuel

    Wow! Rene, you’ve really whipped me on to living my dream of becoming a motivational speaker. After reading this, I realized all my excuses were flimsy. Thanks Rene, for the eye-opener!

  4. Swetha

    Hi Rene,
    Excuses act as biggest hurdle in many peoples lives.. which also resists potential persons from achieving something in there own life.
    Nice blog


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