Becoming a motivational speaker on stage w/ Jess Ekstrom

Becoming a motivational speaker on stage w/ Jess Ekstrom
Becoming a motivational speaker on stage w/ Jess Ekstrom

💭 Have you ever dreamed of becoming a motivational speaker on stage, want to learn how to land paid keynote speaker spots or share your knowledge and become a published author?

My guest this week is Jess Ekstrom, Founder of Mic Drop Workshop®Headbands of Hope and Board Member of District C.

🏆 Jess is a Forbes Top Rated speaker with past clients like Zappos Family of Companies, Priceline, NetflixCanva, Edward Jones, Magnolia, Under ArmourNewell Brands, Leadercast Live, SAS, Harvard, TEDx, and more.

In 2018, she founded Mic Drop Workshop®, a company with the mission of empowering more women to share their message as public speakers and authors.

Jess is a 2x bestselling author of Chasing the Bright Side and Create Your Bright Ideas and has been featured on the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, Vanity Fair, and Forbes.

Tune in and you’ll learn the following, plus much more

  • Methods to change your mindset around speaking
  • Tips to make you an impactful speaker
  • How to launch your speaking career

If you want to enhance your training/consulting business further and become known as a knowledgeable motivational speaker on stage or author in your niche, then this is the episode for you. 💪 

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    The value of an incredible speaker is someone who is clear on what they want to speak on and who they want to help.

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    Becoming a motivational speaker on stage.

    I’ll tell you the number one shift that helps with my speaking career, and that has helped the 1000s of women that we’ve trained through my workshop.

    It is the intent as to why we speak.

    So, the intent and the desired outcome of why we’re speaking or why we’re doing anything will directly influence our nerves and our feelings about it.

    I call it the difference between being a spotlight speaker and a lighthouse speaker.

    A spotlight speaker goes in with the intention of how will this elevate their profile

    They think about how they need to be perfect, need to make sure they look good, painting themselves in the best light, hoping that the audience will like them etc.

    As a spotlight speaker, you go into analysing every audience member’s facial expressions.

    You wonder why that person is on their phone and not looking at you, why you didn’t get the laugh that you wanted and you become totally paralysed with fear and nerves because all of it is self-serving.

    But when you shift the spotlight, which is ego-centred, to a lighthouse, changing the light from shining on you to shining on the audience, not only does it help ease your nerves, because it removes your ego from the equation, it makes you such an impactful speaker, because you are only focused on the betterment of the audience.

    Speaking can be one of the most collaborative industries if you let it.

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    Becoming a motivational speaker on stage – Copyright Jess Ekstrom

    How to get your message out there?

    If you’re a speaker, and you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the different social media platforms just focus on LinkedIn.

    It’s a great way for meeting planners to find you.

    And anytime that you can share a photo of you speaking you help people visualise you as a speaker.


    Talk about your transformation promise, e.g. this is what you want to help people do.

    Give them bite-sized nuggets of that in your posts.

    That way, you’re showing people what you do for audiences.

    Take-aways you do not want to miss 👇

    • How to change your mindset about public speaking
    • Ways to overcome impostor syndrome
    • Why focusing outwards will make you a better speaker
    • How to create your value proposition as a speaker
    • What Mic Drop workshop can do for budding speakers/authors?
    • How Mic Drop workshop works and what it teaches
    • The advantage of having one specific talk you are known for
    • Getting your speaking rates right so you are paid your worth
    • How organisations typically find speakers
    • Ways to get your message out there

    Some resources for you

    Check out the episode today!

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