- What is speaker training?
- Who should be speaker trained?
- Why do they need speaker training?
- How do I choose the right speaker trainer?
- How do you conduct your speaker training workshops?
- How much time does speaker training take?
- What makes you different from other presentation trainers?
- Where does the training take place?
- How do you prepare for training with a client?
- What happens after the training?
- How much does speaker training cost?
What is speaker training?
Speaker training teaches you how to become an effective communicator, overcoming fears and anxieties.
We teach you how to prepare your remarks and deliver them in front of groups, large and small. We’ll show you effective use of PowerPoint and how to handle even the toughest of Q&As.
Who should be speaker trained?
Anybody who is speaking on behalf of your organization is a candidate for speaker training. Whether it’s a C-level executive speaking before a shareholder’s meeting or a new business development staffer pitching a client, how they communicate their messages can make all the difference to your business.
Our counsel? Train deep into your organization so you’ll have several people to chose among when speaking opportunities come calling.
Why do they need speaker training?
Because the stakes are too high to perform poorly. An inappropriate or incorrect answer to a client’s question can lose you business and hurt your company’s market share.
But a well done presentation can achieve just the opposite, earning you business, new clients and higher profits. So don’t fear the speech—use it to your advantage!
How do I chose the right speaker trainer?
Look for a trainer with working experience as a communicator. Look for someone who knows your industry and who will take the time to learn about your problems. Most of all, chose a trainer who is with you for the long haul by offering you follow-up consultation after the initial training.
How do you conduct your speaker training workshops?
Our workshops can be conducted one-on-one or in small groups. There are two parts to each workshop:
- Presentation on the “best practices” of how to conduct successful presentations
- Intensive role-play speeches, which are videotaped and critiqued
How much time does speaker training take?
Generally, 2 to 3 hours is enough for one person to start. We price our workshops by the half and full-day and can train anywhere from one to eight people in a day. (See What Happens after the Training?)
What makes you different from other trainers?
As a former reporter, my emphasis is on communications, not playing “charm school.” Some trainers waste your time showing you how to make vertical hand gestures and smile. I teach you get your message across.
Some trainers have a “cookie cutter” approach to training, where one size fits all. I treat each client as a unique set of issues and opportunities. Typically, I’ll spend as much time in preparation for a training as in the workshop itself.
When you work with me, you’re working with an award winning, former reporter and news director with over 30 years of experience in broadcasting, journalism and public relations.
Where does the training take place?
All we need is a small conference room with a TV. This can be at the client, their PR agency or a meeting room in a hotel.
Some speaker trainers make you come to them and use their expensive TV studios. We think that’s a waste of travel time and money. We bring our own A/V equipment, including digital TV camera, to you and don’t overcharge you for fancy gear that isn’t necessary for training.
How do you prepare for training with a client?
We pride ourselves on our prep work. No two clients are the same, and neither is their training. We thoroughly research each client, their issues and concerns. By the time of our workshop, we know more about the client than the average audience member. That helps us simulate typical and “worst case scenario” presentations.
What happens after the training?
Each trainee receives all of our training materials—PowerPoint handouts, training manual and a video copy of their sample speeches. Then, we remain on call for follow-up consultation by phone. We’re happy to rehearse further for presentations, critique tapes of real speeches, or do anything else to help our clients feel more confident in facing the audience. And we do this at no charge for 90 days.
How much does speaker training cost?
Good speaker training isn’t cheap and shouldn’t be measured as X dollars per hour.
A $2,000 Lasik eye surgery procedure takes less than a minute. That works out to $120,000 per hour. Clearly, what you’re paying for is the doctor’s experience, equipment (and, unfortunately, insurance). But the end result is better vision.
When we work with a client, we spend hours on research and preparation in addition to the time of training itself. Our follow-up consultations are free. We don’t charge extra for camera equipment or A/V gear. We don’t ask you to pay for our fancy TV studio, because we don’t have one.
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