We answer your questions, Part 2:
“I’ve never tried 1:1 coaching before. How does it work?
PowerSpeaking, Inc. Master Facilitator David Binder describes the process and the benefits.
1:1 coaching is a very powerful learning tool because it’s so focused and personalized to the individual. Our process at PowerSpeaking is to first ask the individual to videotape themselves doing the talk they plan to present, then watch it at least once prior to the coaching session. We ask that they do a self-assessment. What did they notice? What worked? What didn’t work?
As we begin the coaching session, I’ll ask, “What are you working on, and what do you want me to pay attention to? Who is your audience?” Then the individual gives a segment of their talk that’s up to two minutes in length.
Depending on their needs, the feedback I give might include the following:
- Content – Is it clear? Does it flow well? Does it focus on the audience's needs?
- Delivery – Does the individual project confidence? Is there vocal variety? Do gestures illustrate and reinforce content? Is he or she engaging the audience through eye contact?
- Wow Factor – Are there things the individual could add to move the presentation from good to great? Maybe stories that illuminate key points? Or engaging visuals?
These intensive coaching sessions typically last from 25 to 60 minutes, and it’s amazing what a difference they can make because they’re so focused. People get to experience their talk the way an audience experiences it. They receive reinforcement for what they’re doing well. And they walk away with specific actions they can take to improve.
Final advice: If you have the opportunity to get 1:1 coaching, take it! The short investment will pay off in big ways!
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