Top 10 Questions to Ask Your Motivational Speaker

Posted by Vhanessa Hair

Discover the Perfect Motivational Speaker with These 10 Crucial Questions

When you’re gearing up for your next big event, whether it’s a corporate retreat or a leadership summit, snagging the right keynote motivational speaker can truly elevate the experience. At Eagles Talent Speakers Bureau, we’re all about helping you hit the mark with a speaker who not only dazzles,  but also delivers. 

So, to guide you in making that perfect pick, we’ve crafted 10 must-ask questions to help you uncover the best match for your audience. These questions are friendly, thoughtful, and the key to booking a speaker who’s not just good, but great!

1. What’s at the Heart of Your Message?

Kick things off by getting to the core of what your corporate event speaker has to offer. What’s the key message they’re burning to share? This insight will help you align their fiery passion with the goals and themes of your event—whether it’s powering up a team of sales pros or inspiring a group of future leaders.

It’s important for your speaker’s message to be tailored to your audience, and you should make sure everyone understands it. You should also think about what type of speaker you want for your event, and make sure they are a good fit for the theme. Last but not least, make sure you have an engaging Q&A session afterward.

2. Can You Tailor Your Talk to Our Unique Audience?

The best motivational speakers are like savvy tailors—they customize their content to fit the audience perfectly. Whether you’re bringing in a titan of business motivation or a maestro of keynote addresses, ensure they can tweak their talk to resonate deeply with your attendees.

You could start by asking them to tailor their presentation to your specific audience and industry. Ask them to use stories and examples that directly relate to the people in the room. Make sure they understand the importance of their message and how it can resonate with the audience.

3. What’s Your Experience with Our Crowd or Industry?

Peek into their portfolio of past gigs—especially if they’ve dazzled as motivational or celebrity keynote speakers before. This will give you a clear picture of their expertise and how well they can speak to the specific interests and challenges of your audience.

If they have a great track record with past clients, it’s a good sign that they’ll be able to tailor their message to your audience’s needs. You can also ask for references from previous clients to get a better understanding of their capabilities. Finally, look into their reviews online to get an idea of what others think of their services.

4. How Do You Connect and Engage with the Crowd?

The magic of a great  motivational speaker lies in their ability to captivate and engage. Discover how they plan to grab hold of the audience’s attention—will it be through interactive elements, powerful stories, or perhaps a dash of humor?

Whatever it is, they should make sure to tailor their presentation to the type of audience they are speaking to. They should also practice their presentation in advance to ensure it runs smoothly and confidently. Finally, they should make sure to use visuals to keep the audience engaged.

5. What Drives You to Speak?

Finding out what makes them passionate about speaking gives you a glimpse of their authenticity and dedication-key ingredients for motivating and inspiring others, whether it’s to boost productivity or grow personally

Speaker May Mayberry



A speaker’s passion is an indicator of their enthusiasm and commitment to their message. Their passion can be infectious and help to drive the audience to take action. When a speaker is passionate about their message, it resonates with the audience and helps them to stay motivated.

Peak performance Speaker Matt Mayberry knows what it takes to win, both on the field and in the boardroom.  As a former NFL player turned powerhouse speaker, he’s laser-focused on helping companies build a winning culture and achieve those big “championship” goals.  If you’re looking to accelerate growth, make a lasting impact, and create a workplace where your people excel, Matt’s got the playbook. His programs aren’t just about motivation – they’re about results.

6. Got Any Success Stories to Share?

Evidence of impact is golden. Ask for anecdotes or case studies where their words have sparked change or achieved measurable results. It’s proof positive that they’re more than just talk. It’s also important to assess their attitude. Are they positive and proactive or are they negative and reactive? It’s important to hire a motivational speaker with the right attitude and outlook to be able to lead successful initiatives.

7. How Do You Gauge the Impact of Your Talk?

This question is especially pertinent for speakers focused on business and productivity outcomes. Understanding their method for measuring the success of their presentation can clue you into their commitment to not just speaking, but making a lasting difference. A speaker who measures success by counting the number of questions asked or the number of people that stayed after a presentation is likely more focused on the short-term outcome. A speaker who measures success by the amount of progress their presentation made in achieving the desired outcome is more likely to be committed to long-term success.

8. What Do You Need from Us to Succeed?

Ensuring your speaker has everything they need to succeed is key to a smooth and impactful presentation. Find out what they need—from logistics to audience dynamics—to deliver their best.

Provide them with all the necessary resources, such as a microphone, projector, laptop, and any visuals or handouts. Make sure they are familiar with the venue and any cultural norms. Finally, give them the opportunity to practice their presentation.

9. Do You Provide Extra Value Post-Event?

Some speakers offer more than just a talk—they provide ongoing resources like workshops, books, or follow-up sessions. This can be especially valuable for topics that benefit from deeper exploration, such as leadership development or sales strategies.

These resources can provide additional support and reinforcement of the topics discussed, allowing the speaker and their audience to build on the knowledge shared. Additionally, they can provide an opportunity for further engagement and deeper learning.

10. What Makes Your Approach Unique?

Every speaker brings something unique to the table. Understanding what makes them stand out can help you decide if they’re the right fit for your event’s vibe and vision. You can also consider their personality, experience, and speaking style. This can help you decide if they have the right message and tone for your event.

As a Grammy-winning music mogul turned Emmy-winning Nike athlete, Charlie Jabaley‘s life story is a testament to the unstoppable power of dreaming big. From overcoming a life-threatening brain tumor to becoming an Ironman and marathon runner, Charlie doesn’t just talk about transformation; he lives it. His Dream Machine Foundation shows his commitment to turning big dreams into reality, impacting everyone from homeless individuals to children with disabilities.


Connect with Top Speakers at Eagles Talent Today!

Selecting the right speaker for your event is a critical decision. By asking these essential questions, you can gain valuable insights into the speaker’s suitability for your event. Eagles Talent Speakers Bureau is here to help you connect with the ideal motivational, leadership, or business speaker for your next event. Our speakers are hand-selected based on their expertise and ability to engage a crowd.

 We guarantee that you’ll find the perfect speaker for your event, and that they’ll leave a lasting impression on your audience. So don’t wait any longer to find the right motivational speaker for your next event – contact Eagles Talent Speakers Bureau today! 

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Posted by Vhanessa Hair
As the Eagles Talent Speaker Bureau's Senior Content Writer, Vhanessa offers a unique perspective on the trends and transformations shaping the world of professional speaking. With a style that is both engaging and empathetic, she connects with readers on a personal level, providing them with valuable insights and inspiration.

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