Situations Where a Presentation Skills Coach Can Be a Great Investment.
With all that being said, once you want to get your presentations to the next level, a good presentation coach can help you in these types of situations.
If You Have a Big Presentation or Executive Presentation With a Lot on the Line.
If you have a big boardroom speech coming up, a presentation coach can help you design key messages for these board members. Client presentations or board meetings are unique speeches. You can feel a lot of pressure when you deliver powerful presentations like these. You have a lot on the line. Professional speakers have more experience delivering these types of speeches. So, a professional coach can help you design and practice a more powerful speech.
For instance, I had an engineering team hire me to help them design a presentation to win a $3 million contract. I don’t care how confident you are, if $3 million is on the line, you want every advantage you can get. So, hiring a professional coach is a good investment.
You Are a Fairly Confident Speaker, But You Want to Fine Tune your Delivery.
Once you get experience as a powerful speaker and want to fine-tune your delivery, a coach can be a great investment. I had a client in Houston who went through my presentation skills class to reduce nervousness. Then, later, she received two promotions in less than two years. Her newest role included giving client presentations and to train new team members. So, she hired me to come in a few hours each week to help her practice more high-level presentation skills.
She wanted to make her training sessions more interactive. In addition, she also wanted to create an environment of inclusion for these new team members. Each of these things would have been challenging to do if she hadn’t already been speaking confidently for a few years. However, because she was already a confident speaker, the fin-tuning was much easier.
You Have a Team of Presenters Who Want to Improve Communication Skills.
Another great situation where coaching is a great value is when you have a team of speakers. For instance, I mentioned earlier that presentation classes are the best way to overcome nervousness. Classes are also more cost-effective because you are able to split the fee for the professional speaker’s time among all the participants. Well, if you have a team of presenters, you get all the benefits of personal presentation coaching but the fee is way more cost-effective.
One more thing… If you happen to be designing a group presentation — a professional presentation where multiple speakers will present together, then a coaching session may be the only solution. Getting an independent third party who is also an expert at speaking to help can give you a tremendous edge!