I have been open to coaching since I was a youth. My mom and dad coached me in bowling. Mike Snyder and his staff coached me in high school football. My brother Mark has coached me in business. My boss Mike coaches me in business and in life every day. I have a music coach that is teaching me to play the piano, and several other coaches that I reach out to for advice along the way. I have always appreciated and learned from the many coaches in my life. Coaching helps us look at things from different perspectives and often inspires us to keep growing. However, when there is an investment involved, we often think twice about reaching out – even when the investment is our time.
When I started working at Armstrong Relocation in March of 2004, I knew I needed to work on developing as a speaker. I knew that I would be speaking with business leaders and HR professionals about employee relocation services and wanted to be at my very best. In April 2004, I started attending Toastmasters. This is a great way to start developing as a speaker. I would drive to the meeting every Thursday of each week for two years. The meetings only cost a small amount of money for membership, but it is a significant investment of our time. It helped me tremendously and so grateful for the investment that I made 15 years ago.
When I published my book in 2017, Find Your Lane, I started speaking even more. I have since spoken at corporate training workshops, conference breakout sessions, association lunch meetings, and delivered several keynotes as a speaker all over the US. It has been very rewarding and a great experience to share with others.
I am always thinking about ways to create a better experience as a speaker. Once again, I recently found myself wanting/needing to invest in some coaching around speaking. I know that if we want to keep getting better, we need to make an investment. We also need to be vulnerable and open to sharing with others.
About a month ago, my friend Jennifer McClure , a full-time professional speaker and business advisor shared some speaking tips on social media about ways to get better as a speaker, so I decided to reach out to see if I could ask her some questions. I was just looking for different perspective so I could “Level Up” as a speaker.
Here are the questions I wanted to ask:
- What’s your strategy or recommendation to find/decide on topics?
- What is your process for creating a presentation?
- Where do you focus on speaking opportunities?
- Who updates your website for speaking dates?
- What questions should I be asking?
When we connected, Jennifer asked to record the coaching session since many people have similar questions and I agreed. She posted the session on her podcast “Impact Makers“. You can listen to the 53 min session here… My hope is that you will also benefit from her response too. If you enjoy the show, subscribe to her podcast and send her a note. She would enjoy hearing from you.
So, here is my question for you.. since we are going into a new year: Who do you need to reach out to for a coaching session? What do you want/need to work on to get better in 2020?
This is a great time of year to set up a meeting and start the journey.
Quote of the week: “I only write when inspiration strikes me. Fortunately, it strikes me every morning at nine o’clock sharp” Somerset Maugham
Call to Action: Make a list of things you would like to achieve in 2020. Then reach out to your network and find out who can help you get better in these areas. Lastly, make the call! You will be glad you did!
This has been A Relocation Minute on “5 questions to be a better speaker” with Bruce Waller, for more information, call 972-389-5673, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out my social media Facebook and Twitter page. Also, check out www.BruceWaller.com to review my leadership book “Find Your Lane” and my 5-year Leadership Journal “Milemarkers” available on amazon.