When you really get serious about improving your presentation skills, you will
probably want to get some professional coaching. A good speaking coach will
be able to objectively evaluate where you are now and help you formulate a plan
to get where you want to be. There are no quick fixes, but you can make
significant improvement quickly if you work at it and have the proper direction.
The old joke is that the only way you can get fixed in one session is if you're a
A speaker coach will evaluate you either in person or with the help of video
and audio tapes. He or she will need to interview you to see what you think your
strong and weak points are and to see exactly what you want to accomplish. The
coaching necessary to prepare for a one-shot presentation on television would
be completely different from the coaching you would get to be a better trainer.
I like to use video when I train speakers although it is not absolutely
necessary for improvement. A speaker coach may use any number of different
techniques to try to help you toward your goals. You might be asked to stretch,
or do deep breathing exercises. You might even be asked to read from a child's
book. Your coach will do whatever he or she can to help you improve.
Your investment for private coaching can run from $20.00 per hour to
several thousand dollars per day. If you are a beginner, you probably don't need
the high priced Madison Avenue intensive training program. However, if you are
a CEO with a major keynote presentation coming up that could help secure
millions of dollars worth of business, then an intensive program might be right
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