A knack for public speaking and the desire to motivate people are two of the important traits for becoming one of the many motivational speakers. One appealing thing about this career path is that there are no specific qualifications needed, and speakers come from varied backgrounds. Listening to and watching other speakers can give you a good idea on how to present your material, as well as what to say. Joining a public speaking group in your area, or offering your services for free are ways to start out in this field. And working on what you’ll be talking about is important; it probably means lots of research, writing and rewriting your speech until you’re happy with it, and practicing delivering it to family and friends. Most speakers specialize in fitness, personal finance, relationships or another area, and the presentation is as important as the content.