Frequent Questions

How can I get into motivational speaking?

Here’s a quick rundown:

  1. Know what you’re talking about.
  2. Know your audience.
  3. Talk to the schools.

Can you be a motivational speaker for a career?

Only if you want to go into the poorhouse. No really, there is no money in motivational speaking. And you shouldn’t ask schools for money anyway, they need it.

Why did you switch from being a full-employed speaker to a writer?

I just felt that my words had fallen on enough ears for now and wanted to be able to expand upon my thoughts into written words. It has been very relieving for me.

What did you do before getting into motivational speaking?

While I operated under a much different name at the time, I actually used to be into rock music and was pretty successful at it, but it sent me down a dark path, while some may have seen it as successful and resulted in me nearly dying. After my recovery, I knew that I needed to share my journey with others in hopes they may learn from my mistakes and not make them themselves.

Don’t teenagers ignore adults anyway?

I think we like to think they do. It gives adults some sense of superiority for some reason. But we often forget that teenagers are just bigger children with more attitude. They are impressionable and deeply care what adults think about them. So if we can give them the encouragement to be successful and believe in them, they will believe it too.

I’ve never written anything before, where do I start?

Well, you start by writing! You cannot be a writer simply by thinking about it all day. Go to it.

How do I know if my writing is any good?

Well, start by knowing the English language and grammar. Take classes if need be, but familiarize yourself with the standard stuff, otherwise it will be gibberish and no one will want to read it. Then have someone else read it. Not necessarily a publisher, but start maybe with a good, well-read friend. Then maybe an editor.

I’m scared to have anyone read what I wrote, what do I do?

Writing anything is like having a child. It is your special snowflake and you don’t want anyone ever saying anything bad about it. It’s ok, that’s normal. But understand that criticism is one person’s opinion. Take it with a grain of salt and walk away with the tools that may help your writing. Some criticism is meant to be ignored while other criticism is meant to truly help you. It’s ok to need improvements, none of us are perfect and will not get it right, especially the first time.

I don’t have kids, do I need them to write for kids?

Think of it this way: do you need kids to be a pediatrician? Of course not, but it does give you different insight and make you more compassionate. If it’s what you’re into, I say go for it.