Professional Care

When I speak, most of the work happens months prior. Tailoring my keynote for a conference takes a great deal of time and care. When this is reflected back, it reinforces my focus on taking care before, during and after an event. Which is all part of being a professional speaker. This morning I received a testimonial from a conference I spoke at last month.

“Our entire team and network thoroughly enjoyed John’s Keynote on ‘Creating a Strategic Mindset’ at our recent National Conference. John connected extremely well with the audience and made the often-challenging topic of strategy easy to understand and apply, at both a business and personal level. John’s level of care and professionalism in preparing for our event was also excellent.” Peter Hedge – National Accredited Dealer Manager, B&D Doors.

If you would like to learn more about what it takes to be a professional speaker, please let me know. I would love to connect you with one of my fellow speaking colleagues at Professional Speakers Australia, which is the industry peak body association that supports experts who speak in Australia.  

2019-12-11T17:32:13+11:00Categories: Events|Tags: |

Specific Feedback makes for a Good Breakfast 🥞

This week, a conference client 👩🏻‍💼 gave me follow-up feedback she had polled from an audience of professionals I spoke with last month.  From my audience, 78% indicated that my keynote speech entitled Growing Digital Wings, exceeded their expectations 🥇.  A further 22% indicated that my speech met their expectations 🥈and no audience members indicated that my speech fell short of expectations. This sort of feedback is almost useless to me as a professional speaker… 🤔 Let me share why.

Every time I speak, one or more people come up after and share how much they enjoyed my speech. Rather than basking in their praise, I simply say, “Thank you, what did you like about it?” They pause and then share.  This sort of feedback is real gold 🏆 to me as a speaker, as it lets me know specifically what worked. If my key message and the way it was received is not something they mention, then I know I have more work 🎯 to do on my speech.

Feedback is the breakfast of champions, and not all breakfasts are alike. 🍐🍑🥐🥞

2018-10-17T14:08:58+11:00Categories: Results|Tags: , |