Motivational Speaking - 10 Do’s And Don’ts Of Hiring A Speaker Coach
When you decide it’s time to take your career to the next level, public speaking is a smart and cost effective way to add 30–300% more income without huge investment in equipment, sponsorship or staff.
It will travel with you, drive a very effective brand, position you as an industry leader and make you an instant celebrity wherever you go.
So how do you get your stage wings if
You have a fear of public speaking.
You don’t know how to sell to people.
You have nothing interesting to say.
You have no idea how to monetize your new found vocal talents.
The answer is you get a great coach.
Not a crappy one.
A great one.
How can you tell the difference?
Here are 10 things you must look out for…
- Track record. What have they actually done in the realm of public speaking that justifies their position? How many paid events have they spoken at? What range of audiences can they share experience of commanding? How long have they been speaking? Do they have width as well (EG other stage skills that may help like singing, comedy, hypnosis, magic, dancing, pub quizzes etc)?
- Compatability. To go on stage takes a level of ego. Otherwise why would you believe that you have something to say that other people should listen to? The question is about whether you can work with them and learn from them. You don’t have to like them, it helps, but you are there to learn from a master and somewhere you have to make a relationship that helps both of you grow and find greater success.
- Strategy. How do they plan to help you? Is there a road map? Do you need one? From my experience there are several factors which stop someone from becoming a public speaker.
- Fear of an audience.
- Inexperience of working a live audience.
- Bad material.
- Inability to sell (this is to convince with ideas as much as products and services).
All these (and a few more) can play a factor in someone’s ability to speak but no single solution will fit each client. Each person will want something different from their coaching and that is what needs strategizing.
4. Practice. Will you be able to get practice in front of them for review and direction? Not every performance has to be done like this but you should be able to return for tips and techniques from time to time too.
5. Budget. Remember this is one of the most important skills you will ev