SAN DIEGO, June 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Coach Federation recently announced dates for International Coaching Week in 2016. International Coaching Week features events around the world during the week of May 16 - 22, 2016, dedicated to informing the public about the professional and personal benefits of working with a coach.
Professional speech coach Cliff Kennedy sees this as an opportunity for speech coaches to educate professionals about the advantages of working with a coach to advance their public speaking performance and thus further their business objectives. "Improving your performance as a speaker is about continually advancing your skills. Simply put, if you're not getting better, you're likely getting worse," explains Kennedy.
According to Kennedy, choosing to work with a speech coach is an effective way for speakers to gain new insights and approaches to developing and delivering more effective speeches and presentations. Kennedy has released a list of tips to work effectively with a speech coach that will lead to improved public speaking performance.
- Understand the role of the coach
Kennedy believes that all coaches have a single purpose: to help clients get from where they currently are to where they want to be. The role of a speech coach is to provide the knowledge, skills and personal support needed to help speakers improve their performance and achieve their public speaking goals.
- Share a winning strategy
To be successful, a speaker and speech coach must be working from the same game plan. "An experienced coach will be engaged throughout your speech development process to ensure that you craft a meaningful experience. Your speech must take into account the mindset of your audience, the greater context surrounding your speech, and the physical limitations and opportunities of the venue," continues Kennedy. He explains that a coach helps speakers smoothly integrate these factors in a way that supports their primary messages.
- Speakers should embrace "unlearning"
"You can't move forward until you release the past," says Kennedy. He maintains that this is a difficult step for many speech coaching clients because it's easy to default to old habits, even if those habits inhibit the speaker from reaching his or her highest potential. Per Kennedy, a speech coach helps a speaker remain fluid enough to allow new information to amend or replace past beliefs and expectations. In doing so, the speaker will attain a new level of thinking, leading to even stronger audience connections.
- Speakers must trust the process
Kennedy encourages speakers to trust their coach as they push past their boundaries and try new things, though it might feel initially uncomfortable. An outside perspective boosts self-awareness and reveals habits that keep speakers from achieving their maximum level of effectiveness.
About Kennedy Speech Communications
Kennedy Speech Communications is led by experienced speech coach, Cliff Kennedy. Their core services include personalized speech coaching for individuals, coaching for high-stakes meetings and events, and small-group workshops. Their speech consulting services empower professionals with the knowledge, skills, and personal support to perform optimally, connect with the audience, and achiever greater return on investment from every speaking opportunity.
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