If you have ever gone to see a motivational speaker, you know when you came out of the venue that you were excited. You were going to quit smoking, lose weight, sell real estate or save money. In the course of ninety minutes, this powerful speaker managed to make you question your faith, your political affiliations, your stance on every major political platform and your own self conception. Regardless of the topic on which he or she is speaking, a good motivational speaker is one that knows how to grab the audience's attention and hold it until the last word has been spoken. The crowd will file out, excited by what has been said, buying the motivational speaker's books, CD's, tapes and other items, ready to take on whatever happens to them. The green motivational speaker is going to do the same thing, only instead of heading out to take on the world, the audience will come out, ready to save it. What do I need to become a successful green motivational speaker? You need to have a powerful voice and a charismatic personality. You have to have a deep belief in your topic, a belief that translates and resonates with every word that you are saying. You have to have a flair for showmanship and be able to know when a poignant story or joke is appropriate. You have to know how far you can uplift an audience before you reel them back in. And you have to be able to finish on a high note that leaves them feeling like they have learned something valuable yet still wanting more. In addition to making powerful presentations, you should be able to offer some of the lessons that you are teaching in either audio or visual format, whether you write it or not. It is well-known that there are many motivational speakers who rely on ghost writers to manage their words; others write them, they deliver them. What is the potential income for being a green motivational speaker? The speaker fee will vary depending on the venue, who is sponsoring it and the area of the country in which you are speaking. Even the smaller colleges compensate their guest speakers well. You may also be asked to speak at corporate training sessions and retreats, green business expos and other events as well. What are my risks? You may find the right topic, with just the right presentation until you are weary of the presentation. Other occupational hazards for the successful speaker are sore throat, jet lag and exhaustion.