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.
I have cut it into a series of small clips here to give you an idea of what you will experience when you book me and my Learning In Thin Air Motivational Keynote for your next event. Enjoy!
Trying to find a motivational speaker in Toronto is easy – there are a ton of them. Trying to find a motivational speaker in Toronto that will have a message that resonates with your organization is a little tougher. Remember, you are not only making a financial investment, your team will be taking time away from work to listen to this message so it’s a good idea to think about what they should be walking away with before you start.
Many motivational speakers in Toronto are talented, entertaining and can easily engage groups with stories and anecdotes for an hour or so. People leave feeling energized and have shared some laughs with their colleagues. Then they go back to work and the energy fades, the message doesn’t stick and no return on investment is realized.
Steven Covey wisely said that successful people always start with the end in mind. In keeping with that idea, here are a few questions to ask when hunting for the right motivational speaker in Toronto.
What are the key messages my team will hear? If this is part of a conference or offsite there are usually themes that you will want to focus on. Having a clear vision of this before you start searching for a speaker will save you a lot of time and effort.
Are the messages relevant and applicable to the work we do? Most motivational speakers in Toronto and beyond can tell you about their experiences but often fail when attempting to relate what they learned to the world their audience lives in.
Will the presentation be entertaining and interactive? Sometimes it’s great to just sit back and let someone else to all of the talking – but when participants feel as though they are part of the presentation the message will have far better staying power long after it is delivered.
Is the motivational speaker a subject matter expert? Whether it’s leadership, creating high performing teams, change management or anything else, it is vital to know that the person behind the message can back up his or her story with real life experience and present it in a way that will make it easy for listeners to connect the dots to their own lives.
If you check out the Summit Team Building website at and then go to Programs and Keynote, you can learn a little bit about Scott Kress’ keynote option. Hundreds of organizations have hired Scott to be their motivational speaker in Toronto and around the world. He has demonstrated an incredible ability to relate to audiences from all sectors and cultures. Scott’s passion is mountain climbing but the lessons he has learned in those high altitudes are the same ones that effective leaders and teams must learn on their journey from good to great.
Scott has two main presentations; High Performance in the Death Zone and Achieve the Outrageous.
High Performance in the Death Zone presents Scott’s story of his ascent of Mount Everest. Not only is this an exciting story, but it is a very educational story. Built into this story are various models, tools and strategies that can be easily applied to climbing your mountains. This keynote has a strong team building and leadership focus.
Achieve the Outrageous tells the story of Scott’s recent expedition to the South Pole. Being one of the hardest expeditions on earth provides fertile ground for learning. This exciting story focuses on the setting and achieving of big goals. It is obviously about team, but mores o about the individual within the team and what they need to do to keep on track. Scott will present his 7 key factors for success.
Visit the Summit website to find out why Scott Kress could be the next motivational speaker you engage for your team.