Public speaking is one of those things: everyone thinks everyone else can do it. And people assume that those in positions of power must be brilliant at it, which is just not true. It’s possible to be a CEO and still not be a confident public speaker. People can feel it gets trickier the more senior you get within the company. Not only is there the weight of expectation, but others don’t feel comfortable giving feedback so everyone says “great presentation, well done,” eliminating any chance of improving or learning from each talk.
My mentoring training operates on two levels. The first level is for people who are anxious about public speaking. I need to help them to get rid of their ‘public speaking monkeys’ before we can move forward. The second level is for the clients who are already confident and even proficient, but need to master the art. Everyone can improve.
Diversity of clients with different needs
A recent client who came straight in at level two is former Premier League footballer Michael Duberry (ex-Chelsea/Leeds). He needed to polish his performance as he developed his new career in public speaking. After his first talk, which went brilliantly, he said:
“Big shout to my fantastic mentor and great lady, Dee Clayton, thank you. A saying that sums you up: ‘Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach.’ Thank you for sharing your knowledge.”
You can also check out a video testimonial Michael did for Simply Amazing Training here.
I have also worked with a business owner who had to deliver a 60-minute keynote at an industry conference, and a finance director who wanted to improve his monthly presentations. I mentored a company director who had to present to high-profile people as part of her job (and when I say high-profile, I mean up to presidential level). Some of the more unusual topics mentoring clients have presented on are diamonds, ferries, cancer care and peace treaties.
Most people come to me for help with business presentations, but often a father of the bride speech or a best man’s speech is the final push people need to address their public speaking fears right now instead of always putting it off!
So, the answer to the original question ‘Who is public speaking mentoring for?’ is that public speaking mentoring is for anyone who wants to move forward in their career; it’s for anyone who accepts the challenge!
Simply Amazing Training offers professional presentation skills and public speaking training courses for individuals and companies. Have a look around the website, or call me today for an informal chat to discuss your requirements.