Over the last 4 years I’ve seen hundreds of people confront their desires and fears around competition. For many people competition means an opportunity to be recognized for their speaking and storytelling skills. For other people it’s validation. They wonder, am I really good enough? Am I as good as I think I am? Am I better than my peers? And of course, there is always the enticement of cash and prizes especially when those prizes are invaluable connections to industry experts.
But the other side of that desire to compete can be connected to fear, apprehension and self-doubt. What happens when you put your heart and soul into something and you don’t win, or even worse, perform badly? Not only have you let yourself down but you’ve done it in front of a packed house. The pressure of that can be overwhelming. What if you make your living as a speaker or a professional presenter and you don’t do well in the competition - how will that affect your reputation?
The truth is, there is no greater privilege for you as a speaker, than having the opportunity to share your message with the world. It’s the highest honour and it’s your chance to make real impact. Competing at Speaker Slam is a chance to challenge yourself and to move past the fears and insecurities and step into the light. Beyond winning or losing your true gift is having your message heard, so make it meaningful. We are blessed to have amazing connections to many online platforms with huge audiences. We have been committed to having our speakers seen and heard around the world and now have over 300 million views on our videos.
We run monthly competitions with different themes. This your opportunity to be seen and heard. This is your chance to challenge yourself and stand for something. If you have been sitting on the fence, now is the time. You will never regret sharing your truth with the world.
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If you search it up online, you will be redirected to "Motivational Speaker". Images of Tony Robbins, Gary V, and Zig Ziglar will pop up and for many of us, memories of sitting in their audiences will resurface. We've all been there, listening to someone super successful shout from the rooftops about what we need to do to be as successful. "You can do it! Stop making excuses! All you need to do is ______!" We leave feeling pumped up for about 3 hours, maybe after having spent thousands of dollars on the program that will change our lives, and then the next day it's back to reality.
But enter the Inspirational Speaker. Someone who weaves together powerful, personal stories with a strong emotional connection and who shares what they've learned - how they've grown- how their lives have shifted from their experiences. They end with a powerful universal truth that we all feel on a deep core level. Shivers. Tears. A profound understanding. There is no ego, no 'teaching', no 'preaching', only sharing truth. It's in these humble moments that we can truly connect and resonate. It's in these moments that we can see ourselves and be inspired to do better - to be better.
The Inspirational Speaker doesn’t tell you what to do, they share what they’ve done. They don’t profess to have all the answers or a secret formula for success. In fact, they don’t even talk about earning millions of dollars or achieving great success. Instead, they share stories relevant to our human experience. Stories of resilience, self-worth, love, and kindness.
Inspirational Speaking is a skill. It blossoms the moment you are able to let the ego disappear and share your vulnerability. It begins to develop when you understand that your only role is to share your truth and know confidently, that there is immense value in that.
At Speaker Slam, we are committed to helping speakers step bravely into their truth and inspire the world around them. We help them to become Inspirational Speakers by providing a stage for them to be seen and heard. We connect our speakers to our online viral partners and now have over 300 million views on our videos. We also offer training programs including our Viral Storyteller Program and our Inspired Speaker Certification. If you are ready to take the next step, join us.
What is Speaker Slam?
Our Inspirational Speaking Competition features 10 competitors going head to head and heart to heart, to deliver 4-6 minute speeches based on a monthly theme with a chance of winning cash and prizes valued up to $5000. Our winners have gone on to get paid speaking gigs, TEDx talks and online notoriety.