Why I stopped giving tips and tricks...


As a public speaking coach and as an artist who values process, I have found using the term, tips & tricks to lure my audience into my social media feed to be a disservice to them and to their expectations of me and of themselves. The term tips and tricks may offer some valuable insights or "a ha" moments, but tips and tricks rarely provide the how. Look, I don't think tips & tricks are "bad" and it varies depending on your industry how effective they are. For me, however, I want it to be clear that when people work with me, we are going to be getting down to business. Woot!

It is incredibly important to me that when clients work with me they understand that their professional development and growth is a process. I strongly believe that in order to become a compelling storyteller, presenter or communicator you have to put in the work and there is no overnight, quick fix.

For example, how many times have you received the advice, "practice, practice, practice?" The more you practice, the more confident you will become and the less scared you will be. Where this is true, it does take practice, what fails to be offered here is the how. How do you practice? How long does it take? What are the different ways you can practice that work best for you? If my job as a speaking coach is to help you overcome your fear of public speaking, then this tip does not help you if we don't further explore your belief system around public speaking and what works best for you and your individual learning style. Instead, this tip could potentially leave you feeling paralyzed and more overwhelmed.

So, the next time you receive a tip or a trick, feel free to reach out to me. I am happy to help you with the how.