Hiring a speaker can be risky business, because any number of things can go wrong. The speaker might be dull, pompous, or utterly irrelevant. And usually the person who hires the speaker feels the heat. I do everything possible to mitigate that risk by doing two things:
- Making sure I understand your group's needs and expectations, and
- Delivering motivating, practical, and entertaining presentations specifically tailored to them.
I almost hesitate to call them speeches, because that implies a one-way delivery. My presentations are really more like conversations. I work actively and directly to include audiences in the discussion, first by making them feel safe and comfortable and then by welcoming their comments as we go. Evaluations of my presentations regularly indicate that audiences appreciate my including them. Audiences say my conversational style keeps members engaged, inquiring, and excited about the information they hear.