We have heard of stories about motivational speakers who have excellent reputations and are like saints in front of a crowd. They can do no wrong when doing their work speaking in front of an adoring audience. However, once they step off the podium and the spotlight is no longer on them, their true colors shine through.
We at www.motivational-speaker-success.com have encountered our own fair share of the prima donna, diva, inconsiderate, bratty speakers who go through a Jekyll & Hyde routine during a speaking engagement. When these incidents do happen, we make sure to point out the wrong behavior or faux pas to the speaker so that he or she is aware that it is a no-no in the trade, and second, so he or she can address it and not let it happen again.
We at www.motivational-speaker-success.com understand that motivational speakers are not perfect. In fact, the best of them know that they are a constant work in progress. The truly great are open to criticism and welcome it as long as, of course, it is constructive and contributes to their growth as a public speaker. Etiquette is one of the tools great public speakers need to hone to create a great reputation – one that is authentic to themselves as people and career professionals.
There was once a big name public speaker who was invited to speak for the first time at an event. Everything went well until the audio video system started to malfunction right in the middle of his hour long talk. He could not control himself. He complained to the event organizers right in front of the crowd. Although the audience laughed it off, no self-respecting motivational speaker would criticize their client in the middle of their program. To do so would be amateurish.
Then there was the motivational speaker who, when he arrived, all but complained his way from the airport to the hotel and in every meeting prior to his presentation. Then after his presentation, the said speaker started complaining again while signing his books, continued on while he was checking out of the hotel, and until his way to the airport. Smart motivational speakers who understand the value of creating long-term relationships with client will never ever make this mistake.
We at www.motivational-speaker-success.com make sure that our speakers are professional enough to know the etiquette of the trade. The reputation of motivational speakers off the stage is as important as their reputation on the stage.
Here are a few tips on etiquette guaranteed by www.motivational-speaker-success.com to keep speakers in the good graces of client and the crowd.
• Be punctual. The best speakers make it a point not just to be on time, but also have the discipline to be at least 30 minutes early at the venue. Client will appreciate this because at least, they know the key person of the event has already arrived and can prepare with the team before the event starts.
• Test all the equipment before speaking in front of the audience. This is especially important since most motivational speakers have a keynote or power point presentation as visual aids for their talk. Knowing the audio and video system in the event venue is working to specifications makes for a smoother delivery of the presentation, making it more influential.
• Extend respect towards your client. If problems occur during the event, whether or not these affect your presentation, avoid being a burden by complaining. If you can be a team player then provide solutions if not get out of the way and let them do their job in peace.
• Do not shout at anyone. This goes without saying. No matter how bad the situation is, never raise your voice at anyone whether it be the organizer, or members of the audience.
• Share your schedule with the organizers. Inform them what day, and time you plan to arrive at the location of the event. If flying to the event, inform the organizers when you have arrived at the airport and similarly at the hotel and event venue. They will appreciate that about you.
• Be a source of positive energy, always be polite to everyone, and extend respect to all. This is the least people expect from a well-educated, successful motivational speaker.
• Whatever you do, do not get drunk at the event.
• Deliver the speech or presentation within the time given by the organizers. Be willing to shorten or lengthen the presentation if the organizers or situation needs it.
• Never make a sales pitch about your new book, or products while in the process of delivering your talk. If you think it is going to be relevant to the presentation, make sure to get the green light from the organizers that it is alright.
• Mingle with the people and make it a point to be part of the event activities where it is fitting. It is a great way to get to know the participants of the event who will be your audience during your talk.
Strive to be the whole package when building a reputation as a motivational speaker. Who you are on stage is being judged as much as the person you are when off the spotlight.