As a keynote and motivational speaker, I need to market myself as any business does. Search engine optimization, social media, blogs, showcase events, trade shows, and writing books are just a few ways to promote me as a speaker. Many of my bookings come from repeat clients and referrals. When this is the case it is usually a pretty easy decision for them to book me as they know me from a past experience or I have been referred by a trusted friend or colleague. In the case of someone who finds me through a Google search or from a speakers bureau, they do not know me from the next speaker.
In today’s world, you have access to so many talented speakers with great stories and messages. I may be considered an adventure based motivational speaker or a team building speaker and there are many speakers that can fit into the same category.
So how do you know who is the right speaker for your event? A speaker’s bio will give you your first insights into who they are, their values, their story, their vision, their mission and so on. How do they differentiate themselves from others? For me, I differentiate myself with my mix of adventure and my occupation as a team building trainer for corporations and universities. I am able to bring the adventure world and the academic world together like few can.
In the speaking world, however, a great bio will only get you so far as the person seeking to hire you wants and needs to know how you perform. What is your stage presence, your energy level, and how do you deliver your message? This is where the video sample comes in. A video sample is a critical tool for marketing and booking a speaker.
As a new speaker, great video is hard to come by, but as you get more experience and deliver more presentations you will have access to some pretty amazing footage. Some speakers go to a studio and talk on a green screen, but I have never been comfortable with this and I have gathered video clips from many presentations over the years, but I was always looking for the great clip and now I think I have found it.
In January of 2016, I was asked to speak at the Hard Rock Resort in Mexico for a leading banking institution. The audience was huge and the screen was enormous. This was no 8×8 meeting room screen. This was an LED screen 50-feet tall and 150-feet long. The resolution was incredible and every one of my slides, photos, and the video popped like never before. It was an amazing event and I was fortunate to receive a copy of my presentation.
A common question people ask me after one of my keynote presentations is “what’s next?”. The options are endless and sometimes it is hard to decide, but this time it was easy.
Since 2012 I have been volunteering with True Patriot Love to help organize, lead and guide their fund raising expeditions. These expeditions take a team of ill and injured soldiers and civilians on a challenging expedition. This trip is part therapy, part fundraising, part transition coaching, and all adventure.
The team has been assembled and I have just returned from a training camp we ran in Canmore, Alberta. This training camp was designed to focus on technical skill development and team building (as I always say, a relationship is the foundation of any high-performance team).
We spent the camp working on crampon technique, technical ice climbing, roped travel, crevasse rescue, gear review, clothing review and more. In between the adventure we got to know one another and share our motivations for being part of this expedition.
For many of the soldiers, it is about working past the challenges of physical limitations and PTSD and them making a transition out of the military to an unfamiliar civilian world. For the civilians, it is about helping the people who have given so much to our country and culture.
The training camp was very successful in all of these areas and we are now one step closer to making this expedition a reality. We will depart for Nepal at the end of March 2018 and return 3-4 weeks later.
Over the next while I will share with you more about the expedition objectives and the team members.
This clothing and gear video will help you better understand what you need to bring on the expedition. If you browse through some of the past expedition blogs you will also find some details and video about the trek to Everest base camp.
At Summit Team Building we have been known for 20 years for our high quality and applicable team development training programs. Our most commonly delivered training workshops focus on team development, leadership development, conflict management, change management, trust building, emotional intelligence, communication enhancement, SDI Strength Deployment Inventory, polarity management, and 360-degree feedback.
What you might not know is that we can also deliver amazing team development workshops in active listening, appreciative inquiry, coaching and mentoring, creative thinking and innovation, delegation, feedback, goal setting, motivation, NLP, problem-solving, process improvement, public speaking, sales and customer service, strategic planning, stress management, mindfulness, and more.
All our training program are custom designed to meet your learning and development goals. We have no ‘off the shelf’ programs. We take time to understand your team and your needs and we design a program just for you. We draw from our ‘menu’ of programs to combine all the critical elements to help your team meet your objectives.
While we have been known for close to 20 years as team and leadership trainers, we are so much more. The next time you have a training and development need give us a call. You know you can trust us to provide an engaging learning environment and high quality and relevant content.
Hi and welcome to the sixth, and last, video in my Everest adventure series. On May 21, 2008, I stood on the summit of Mount Everest. It had taken years of training and almost two months of climbing to achieve this goal. It was an amazingly beautiful day. The temperature was only about -10c, there was very little wind, and the sky was clear of clouds. We spent about 30 minutes on the summit before heading down.
I will be adding more videos from Antarctica, The South Pole, The North Pole, Mount Vinson, Kilimanjaro and from my expeditions with True Patriot Love.