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Check the Fine Print – Is There a Guarantee?

We now present the third in a series of articles about:

How to work with your motivational keynote speaker to get the most from your conference investment

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

Brad Montgomery,
Motivational Speaker, Keynote Speaker, I Guarantee You’ll Be Satisfied

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For those folks who would rather read than watch, here is the video transcript:

Hey, it’s Brad Montgomery with another tip for working with motivational speakers and keynote speakers. So one of the questions I’d like to have you ask your potential motivational speaker is this: “What’s your guarantee policy?” And then listen, and if the person you’re talking to starts to squirm and “Mm hmm” and “Well…” and “Uh…” well then you got the wrong guy. So let me tell you about my guarantee policy is, you know, I’m like Walmart: you’re not happy you get your money back.

But let me tell you how I came up with that policy. I really was by accident. I never really thought **** and I never publicized it; it just came through two facts. One, I’ve been doing this for 25 years and no one’s been unhappy. No one has ever said, “That was a nightmare. Can I have my money back?” That’s nice. But the second thing is I’d be horrified if they did, and of course they wouldn’t even ask me to give their money back, I’d be throwing money at them because I’d be so horrified if it went badly. So, you know, that kind of fact turned into a publicized policy, which is “Of course I guarantee it.”

Make Sure Your Speaker Can Guarantee Success

So here’s what I know though. I know that the investment in your speaker is one of the smallest investments you’re making for your meeting or your convention. I know that when you add up all the food costs and the venue costs and the travel costs and the insurance costs and the production costs, I know when you add up all these things really paying for the speaker, it’s not like it’s free – I know it’s a line item for you – but it’s really not the most expensive thing. So you want to guarantee not just that your speaker will pay you back if it was a disaster – which again, of course I would and anybody, if you’re hiring a pro they would – but you really want to make sure that someone can guarantee success, period.

Brad offers a 100 percent money back guarantee on all his programs

So I think that there’s a kind of a question behind the question, and it really is, “Speaker” or “Brad, can you guarantee success?” And I really think fees are often an indicator of the level of guarantee of success you can expect from your motivational speaker. So a very low fee means you might a very good speaker, but maybe not ‘cause the level of guarantee isn’t that high. And then as peoples experience grows and their credentials grow and their number of raving clients grow and their calendar becomes more busy, you as a buyer have a much greater level of guarantee of success, don’t you? Sure.

So next time you’re talking to a potential keynote speaker, motivational speaker, ask, “What’s your policy about guarantees?” And I want you to think though about not just the financial return of monies if you get a lousy speaker, but also, you know, what’s it going to be like for you if your speaker bombs? So what, you get your money back. You’ve jeopardized an incredibly important meeting and I know that you don’t want to do that.

Well my name’s Brad Montgomery. I would love to be your speaker. I offer a very high level of guaranteed success, both financially and in every other way, and I’d love to be part of your team. Give us a call. You can find us at funnymotivationalspeakers.com or bradmontgomery.com. Thanks so much. Lets talk.

A Good Introduction For Your Keynote Speaker Sets The Stage For a Successful Event

We now present the second in a series of articles about:

How to work with your motivational keynote speaker to get the most from your conference investment

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

Brad Montgomery,
Motivational Speaker, Keynote Speaker, Would Love To Be Introduced to YOUR Audience

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For those folks who would rather read than watch, here’s the transcript:

Hey, it’s Brad Montgomery, funnymotivationalspeakers.com, with another idea how to deal with, how to work with motivational speakers.  Today’s video is about introductions.  It’s your job to introduce your speaker, and I want you to take that job seriously. 

All right, so what do I mean?  Introductions are crucial for a motivational speaker, and the reason why is because that’s the chance the audience has to size up the speaker before your speaker comes on the stage.  And as you know, the first 30, 60, 90 seconds that your speaker is onstage are crucial.  That’s when your audience is judging and really evaluating your speaker.  And if you can give them sort of a head start, which you can with a good introduction, you’re really making a great choice.  You’re really doing the right thing.

Ask Your Speaker For An Introduction You Can Use

So how do you do this?  It’s easy.  All you have to do is ask your speaker, “What do I need to do for your introduction?”  And by the way, if your speaker doesn’t have a clue about that, you’ve chosen the wrong speaker.  I’m a speaker.  I want to be your guy. 

Let me tell you about my introduction.  I’ve got an introduction that’s been honed, you know, over a thousand presentations.  It’s funny, it’s concise, it’s relevant, it gets the audience excited.  It’s easy to read for my clients or the CEO, whoever’s reading it.  It’s a great introduction.  All you have to do is ask me for the introduction, to ask me a couple questions about “How do you want me to deliver this,” and I’ll make it easy for you to do a great job.  So if your speaker doesn’t have that stuff, you know you’ve chosen the wrong speaker.

As a little appendix, a little addendum, one more idea, do the stuff your speaker asks.  So let me give you an example.  I’ve got this introduction that, again, it just works.  I’ve done it so much it works.  I know it works because I’ve done it so much.  You want me to do something that’s good, so I’ll give you the thing. 

But then many times my clients will end up adding a little quip, add a little aside, add a little joke, they’ll interrupt, they’ll comment upon the introduction, you know.  They’ll comment upon the phrase they just read.  It doesn’t work.  What it does is it takes a completely honed tight piece – and that’s really what it is.  My introduction, it’s shtick.  It’s funny, it gets the audience ready.  They take this piece of shtick and they completely trash it.  So don’t do that. 

Ask your speaker what they want.  If they give you something, read it, do whatever else they ask and get off stage.  And enjoy what you’ve bought.  Watch your audience be transformed.

All right, you know, I hope you know that I would love to be your guy.  I would love to be your motivational speaker. 

Give us a call.  You can reach us through bradmontgomery.com or funnymotivationalspeakers.com. 

We’ll send you the introduction.  We’ll tell you all you want to know about introductions, and we’ll make sure that your experience is fun, meaningful, valuable and fun.  Did I mention fun?  I think it ought to be fun.  Thanks for your time.  Make it a great day.