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Hire a Motivational Speaker with Experience

We now present number 4 in our series of articles about:

Top Mistakes People Make When Hiring a Motivational Speaker

Hire a motivational speaker who knows what they’re doing.  And by that, I mean somebody who has done it so much that every conceivable combination of disasters has already happened before they hit your event.

 

The reason you want an experienced speaker is in case something goes wrong.  In case your audience is tired.  In case your audience is difficult.  In case something happens before, during or after your meeting.  In case the weather is bad.  In case the speaker doesn’t feel well.  These are all things that could completely throw off an entry level speaker.  In other words, make sure your person has done this a thousand times before.  The main reason for hiring a speaker who does not have sufficient experience is to save money.

Make Sure Your Speaker Has a LOT of Experience

Not Hiring Somebody With Sufficient Experience?

But as I’ve discussed in other articles in this series, the savings made by hiring an inexperienced speaker is not worth the increased risk of failure.  Now granted, inexperienced speakers often will do great.  They can hit a home run even.  They could do fabulous.  But in my experience, having been an inexperienced speaker, is that it is hit and miss.  If you are a client who is planning an event and are willing to take a chance on a miss, well then by all means, save those few bucks and book an entry level speaker.  But if your organization, your meeting, the changes you’re trying to create for your group require a hit, then you need experience.

 

I’ve got tons of experience.  Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong.  I’ve had important people die hours before my keynote speech.  I’ve had the electricity go off three times during my speech.  I’ve had microphone failures.  I’ve had the CEO literally crying into the microphone as he introduced me because of an upsetting bit of news.  I spoke to an audience during the 9/11 disaster as the news was being unfolded.

 

Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong and the result is that now, no matter what happens, I’m ready because it’s happened before.  There’s nothing that can surprise me and that means that my level of comfort with having anything happen is very high, which translates to the comfort level of my clients being equally high that no matter what happens, we’re going to be fine.

 

Are you looking for a motivational speaker and want somebody who has sufficient experience?  I’d love to be your guy.  Contact us at www.bradmontgomery.com.

Brad Montgomery, Experienced (i.e., nothing can surprise me) Motivational Speaker

 

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Three Reasons To Hire a Colorado Speaker

1) If your event is in Colorado, you can lower your stress by booking a speaker who is already there.  To be honest, after doing

Colorado Speaker
Colorado Speaker Brad Montgomery

 

this job for two plus decades, I’ve NEVER had a problem getting to a job.  (Ok, one time…but only once.)   But nearly every time my meeting planner clients are worried about my travel.  Will the plane take off on time?  Will there be a glitch with the travel?  Will the weather cause cancellations?   But when they know that I’m already in town, they can take a deep breath and worry about more important things.

 

2)  You can save some real money on expenses and travel if you book a speaker who won’t have any.   My travel and expenses range from $400 to $1200.  That’s enough money to at least consider.

3)  I live in Colorado, and I’m a darned good speaker with a long and solid track record.  If you decide to book a Colorado speaker, you can book me.

Looking for a motivational speaker for your event? Contact me here.

Yours,
Brad Montgomery
Colorado Speaker, Motivational Speaker, Native Coloradoan

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How to Hire a Motivational Speaker #3 | Funny but Irrelevant

We now present the third in a series of videos called…

Top Mistakes Made When Hiring a Motivational Speaker.

For those of you who would rather read than watch, here is the transcript:

This is Brad Montgomery, of www.bradmontgomery.com with the third in a series of top mistakes people make when choosing or hiring a motivational or inspirational speaker.

One of the mistakes people make is that they’re thinking we really need an energy boost for our convention or our meeting, so we want it to be funny. Okay. That’s a good idea. But the mistake is they end up hiring somebody who is very funny but has no relevance to business or government or whatever your association is. They don’t connect their humor to what they are trying to achieve with their organization. Huge mistake.

So, here’s the deal. If you want someone to be really, really funny—like comedian style—like really funny and you want a completely solid business message—if you want the message to be completely relevant with what you and your organization are trying to achieve—it is possible. You just have to make sure you’re asking the right questions and make sure you book the speaker who can deliver both. Like me. I can do both. I’m very proud of that.

I don’t mind telling you I started out as a comedian. I didn’t use to be able to do both. And then I’ve authored a couple books and worked for a few hundred clients and I’ve interviewed all these people. And I get the concept of really delivering the meat but at the same time making sure that they’re laughing all the way through.

So, if you’re looking to book a funny, motivational speaker, that’s a great idea. Just make sure that they’re not just funny. Make sure that they also have a complete, concrete tie-in to whatever it is you’re trying to communicate to your people.

I’d love to be part of your team. You can contact us through the web site at www.bradmontgomery.com . Give us a call and tell us what you’re trying to accomplish with your meeting or convention, and we’ll do our best to see if we can’t help you get there. Have a great day.

How to Hire a Motivational Speaker #2 | Are they REALLY funny?

We now present the second in a series of videos of…

Top Mistakes Made When Hiring a Motivational Speaker.

For those of you who would rather read than watch, here is the transcript:

Hey, it’s Brad Montgomery from Brad Montgomery.com, with the second in the series of top mistakes people make when booking or choosing a motivational speaker.

Alright, here’s the second mistake, is booking people who say they’re funny or people who say they’re humorous and they’re not. So I mean, it sort of cracks me up because you see it even on entry level speaker’s websites—their funny, humorous, hilarious stories. Well, I think we’ve both seen them and sometimes they’re not funny, they’re not humorous, and they’re not hilarious.

So, I think the word funny is a pretty clear word. If they’re funny, you ought to be laughing, you ought to be laughing out loud, and you ought to be laughing hard. The entire audience should be cranking right?

So I’m very proud of the fact that we do that, this is what I do. I do this all the time, but I hear people say we thought he was supposed to be funny and he said he was funny, but he wasn’t really funny.

Now, don’t get me wrong. If you’re booking a really high content speaker and you want the facts—seven steps to leadership—500 PowerPoint’s slides on management. Sometimes a little chuckle or a little chortle is a really nice break and it really can help that speaker be good. But if you’re looking for somebody who really can take your audience from 0-60 and can do it with busting guts laughter and really take the energy in that room and just shake it up, well then you want to make sure you’re checking their video. And I think more than that, more than that, you really want to check their references. Talk to their recent past clients—were they funny, how funny were they; were they laughing, were they funny? Don’t be fooled by the marketing stuff. Check the video, check the references.

Brad Montgomery, Brad Montgomery.com. Love to be part of your team. If you’re looking for a motivational speaker, I am funny. I got a good handle on that. I’d love to be helpful for you. Give us a call, tell us what you’re looking for and let’s see if we can’t be part of the solution. Thanks.

If you would like to hire Brad to speak for your organization, or want to hear more about this motivational speech, contact us here.

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How to Hire a Motivational Speaker #1 | Fooled by the Video

This is the first in a series of videos we put together about…

Top Mistakes Made When Hiring a Motivational Speaker.

Today we talk about speaker’s preview videos… a necessity but the source of some problems. Check out the video…

For those of you who aren’t interested in watching the video, here’s the transcript:

Hey, this is Brad Montgomery from Brad Montgomery.com with the first in the series of top mistakes you might be making in choosing your motivational speaker.

Alright, so one of the big mistakes that I see and I hear my clients talk about is being fooled by a really slick professionally edited video. Here’s the problem—we know this—video editing is cheap. Anybody who buys a Mac computer comes with a pretty good piece of editing software and you can cut little clips here pretty easily and make it look like your speaker knows what they’re doing when in fact, they have no idea what they’re doing.

So here’s my suggestion to you. If you’re looking to book a motivational speaker, I want you to look pretty close to the video because I know you got to do that and I know you’re going to find some really slick videos. I don’t mind telling you that I’ve got some very fast edited fun preview videos. But then, I want you to ask your speaker or your prospective speaker, show me the meat—how do I know you’re any good; are there any longer clips I can see? I need to be able to see you in front of an audience for an extended period. Can you hold my attention on video and we know how hard it is to hold your attention on Youtube right? If you can hold my attention on video for five or ten minutes without any cuts, I’m totally interested. If not, if you can’t show me that stuff, there’s something wrong.

Alright, again, top mistake in booking a speaker is being fooled by an overly slick video. I’ve got them, they’re important for our business, but the next question is what else do you have to show me what’s behind all this, and any speaker who can speak—and I’ve been at it for 20 years so I’ve got hundreds of videos available and I’m very happy when my clients click on not only one video, but another preview video. Here’s me as a motivational speaker here. Here’s me doing a keynote there. I love that and so I love that question when people say show me more video.

If you’re thinking about booking a speaker and they don’t have more, they’re the wrong guy. Alright, I’d love to be your speaker. My name is Brad Montgomery. You can reach me through my website—love to be part of your team. Call us and ask us about how to find more video. Have a great day.

Looking for a motivational speaker for your event? Contact me here.

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