I attended a public speaking course that was a waste of time and money. That is what my client said to me when he called me as he needed help with an upcoming high-stakes presentation.
He went on to tell me that there were 30 people in the class, the trainer had no industry experience as a speaker, and there was no follow up provided – ouch!
That’s not what you want when you are searching for a public speaking trainer.
Helping you become a better speaker
A good public speaking trainer will help you become a better speaker. They will meet you where you are, and guide you to where you want to be.
Improving your public speaking skills will lead to opportunities in your career that will be out of reach if you can’t communicate a message.
When I was on the journey to becoming better at public speaking, I searched for the best public speaking trainer that I could find. I ended up travelling all the way to Las Vegas to train with Mark Brown, Darren La Croix and Patricia Fripp. To this day, I still engage experienced and professional experts to help me. Coaches need coaches too!
The training courses gave me a solid background and inspired me to become a professional speaker, trainer and coach.
Don’t settle for being one of a large number in any professional development courses that you do. You deserve better than that when you are investing time, effort and resources in your career.
A blend of face to face training, individualized coaching and options to continue the journey with accountability and ongoing support, is the model that I have chosen for my business Speaking Savvy.
There are many different types of public speaking courses, some are targeted at beginners or volunteers, others are focussed on business leaders and corporate speaking. It is important to find the best public speaking course for your needs.
You will never be one of a number in a bland classroom if you choose me as your public speaking trainer. You can be assured that I continue to invest in my professional development so that I can bring you the best experience.
What are the benefits of a public speaking course?
You can learn to:
- Overcome nervousness and anxiety about speaking
- Develop the confidence and presence to boost your personal brand
- Sharpen your leadership skills
- Leverage your career opportunities using the power of speaking
Here are 5 things to consider when you are looking for a public speaking trainer.
1. Background and Experience
When you search for a potential public speaking trainer, ask them what practical experience they have. Have they spoken at a conference, on stage, in front of the media, or in the boardroom? Or are they a trainer by trade who is teaching from a curriculum.
Real world experience and results must be high on the list.
For example, I am an accredited coach and have certifications in training as well as being a Certified Speaking Professional. Previously, I have worked in corporate, government, and not-for-profit positions. I also have a clinical background as a midwife which means I am caring, intuitive, show empathy and am outcomes-oriented.
2. Track record and results
When you are considering which public speaking trainer is right for you, check out the testimonials page on their website, and see if they have positive reviews on their Google Review page. Are the testimonials up to date? How about a list of clients or industries that the trainer has worked with?
It’s worthwhile checking out their digital footprint. A credible trainer should have an up to date LinkedIn profile and social proof that they are walking the talk. You can ask the trainer to provide examples of clients they have worked with and what results they got.
For example, I have trained over 3,000 leaders in 90 companies to become better at presenting.
Public speaking training is not one-size fits all. Be wary of any public speaking trainer who doesn’t spend time with you finding out what you need and the outcomes that you desire.
If you send people from your team to a generic course you will get generic results.
At Speaking Savvy we design public speaking training courses that help each individual to get the most out of their learning experience.
4. Delivery Modality
If you are considering an online or a hybrid event, make sure that the trainer has experience in delivery in that way. Face to face delivery is designed very differently to a hybrid or online set up.
Ideally, choose a public speaking trainer who has been awarded the Certified Virtual Presenter status. You can be assured that they have been assessed and deemed competent at delivering remotely and have a suitable set up including lighting, microphone and technical skills.
If you are planning to host face to face training. These are some of the questions you may ask
- What is the maximum number of people in the course?
- What type of location is the course held?
- What is provided in the course (catering, workbooks, resources)?
- What follow-up is offered once the course is finished.
5. After care
Public speaking is a journey. It doesn’t stop at the end of the day or two of training. To get the most out of the learning you will need a plan of action and support to continue the grow and develop your skills..
Does the trainer provide any follow-up support?
For example, I have a library of contemporary resources that my clients have access to, and the majority of my courses include a follow up 1:1 coaching session. I am committed to helping you achieve the best outcome.
I host a Speakers Platform group where people can practise and get coaching feedback on their content and delivery. All my clients get access to these sessions as part of the course.
When finding the best public speaking trainer to help your team:
- Do ask questions.
- Do check out their results and credibility online.
- Don’t expect results from a cookie cutter course.
- Don’t trust you learning to a generic trainer who does not practise what they teach.
Public speaking mastery is an essential component of building a leadership skill set for the future.
Find a Course to Suit You
For 2022 I have a range of course, programs and workshops
Please feel free to leave your questions in the box below or in the chatbox at the corner of the website and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Lisa Evans helps professionals to craft compelling business stories and become exceptional speakers. Lisa is a certified speaker coach, TEDx speaker coach, four times author, NLP practitioner, graphic recorder and visual storyteller, and improvisational actor.
She has coached thousands of leaders across a range of industries, including resources, banking, finance, engineering, retail and sales as well as not-for-profit and community associations.
If you wish to take advantage of a complimentary session in order to chat about how you can become an exceptional and successful speaker with a stand-out brand, then use this link to book a time to chat. Download my new E-book How to Build Confidence and Overcome Nervousness.