How to Select Your Speech Coach
How can you best achieve that?
The fastest and surest way to dramatically improve any skill set is to work with a coach.
Warriors have been doing that for eons. Artists have been doing that for centuries. Athletes have been doing that for decades. And for some time business leaders have been fast-forwarding their business skills by working with a mentor or coach.
Presenting, public speaking or delivering a speech are all skill based. Luck and talent play a very small part. To be a better presenter you need to develop your skills.
You should do some research on your own. Assess your ability. Recognize both your strengths and weaknesses. Observe other speakers with a critical eye and ear. Read some books or listen to tapes. When you are ready to grow, work with a good speech coach.
A good speech coach will ask you what you have done to improve your presentation skills before he agrees to work with you.
A good speech coach is one who is a doer as well as a teacher. A good speech coach has delivered speeches or presentations in circumstances similar to what you face. He understands the issues and challenges and speaks from experience – not just sitting on the sidelines.
You might have heard the old joke: Those that can – do. Those that can’t – teach.
A good speech coach is one who can, has done and does – as well as teaching.
That might seem like a lot to expect from your speech coach. Yes it is – but that is what a good speech coach is.
When you are ready to work with your speech coach here are a few questions you might ask of him:
“How often do you speak?”
“What types of groups have you spoken to?”
“What presentation challenges have you faced?”
“How do you stay good?”
The Speech Coach for Executives