7 Fatal Mistakes When Hiring a Speaker

1. Inflexibility

Things change, schedules change, during an event you are stressed enough. With an inflexible speaker, unwilling to change as your event changes can make your life even that more difficult. I am here to ensure the least possible stress for you and your event.


Recently I had the closing keynote speech at an impact investing conference. On the last day, they got word that they had to be out of the venue an hour earlier. They asked if I could cut my talk from 45 minutes to 10 minutes. I said of course and still delivered one of the most memorable sessions of the event. 



2. Speakers that don't respect the clock. They end before time, after time or cut their speech short.

Scheduling as an event manager is a difficult task. It’s made even more difficult when a speaker goes overtime or under time. My first ever recorded speech is on YouTube, and you can see at the 45minute mark, you can hear the timer go off the second I say thank you. I am always wary about time and will be sure to speak exactly the length needed, not a minute more, not a minute less. 



3. Boring speakers

Many speakers only think subject matter expertise is what it takes to be a good speaker. However, we’ve all heard many intelligent speakers that have helped us catch up on rest from the night before. In addition, to being a subject matter expert in whatever I speak about, I have also been trained and continue to train in the art of public speaking, ensuring the audience is both engaged and informed.



4. Speakers that are unimpactful

In addition to subject matter expertise, the art of public speaking there is one more skill needed to be a world-class public speaker. Understanding how the mind does and does not work. I have been trained in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, and Psychology. With those tools I can make sure not only the audience leaves making changes in their life without significatn effort, but also, they will remember the event that created those changes in them and will forever be an adovate. 



5. Speakers that care more about themselves than you or the audience

I wholeheartedly believe in the notion that the more you give, the more you receive. For this reason, I will never give a sales pitch (unless requested) or go into a speech with the mindset of what can I get out of my time on stage. I always go in thinking about how can I add the most value and create the most impact for the event organizer and the audience. If I do my job successfully it is better than any sales pitch I could ever give. 



6. Speakers that can’t read the room

Every audience is different, and every speech needs to be tailored, during the speech. I’ve given speeches to rooms full of kids hyped up on sugar, rooms with audience members from over 40 countries at once, adults that were half asleep and hungover, audiences without any English speakers, and rooms of some of the smartest people on the planet. There is only so much you can do to prepare for audiences like this. I see speeches more like a conversation, I like to see how the audience reacts to different styles and then choose the style the audience most relates with.



7. Speakers that depend on their presentation

Many times, there are technical errors at conferences and events. It is an unfortunate fact of life. A speaker that depends on their slides can look really bad on the conference organizers in the minds of the audience. Picking a speaker that can perform with or without slides can save you a lot of headaches. I am a speaker ready for all circumstances.

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