Is one of the objections below keeping you from making a "yes" decision? If so, allow me to address some of the most common concerns.
1. I'm not sure I can take the time away.
Yes, this retreat is 2 1/2 days long, requiring you to take time away from work. If you're outside the Santa Barbara area, it will also require travel. So I get it. But this time frame allows for complete immersion, in a way that you can't get in a virtual training where everyone is sitting at their computers, watching a webinar while also checking e-mail and Facebook and answering the door for UPS.
In 2 1/2 days, you will experience a greater depth of learning and real collaboration with others who are seeking the same growth and advancement. It's a concentrated approach, and it works best when you're out of your regular environment!
2. I'm not sure I can afford it.
First of all, travel and training are business expenses! If you're an entrepreneur, know that this will be a write-off for you. If you're an employee, consider asking your employer to cover some or all of the expense. Many of my clients get their coaching and training with me subsidized. If you haven't tried it yet, give it a shot!
As I mentioned above, the amount of learning you'll get from this event is highly concentrated. For $397 (the current rate for another couple of weeks), you are getting an amazing amount of value.
For reference, my individual coaching clients pay $1,297 for three hours of my time. You'll be getting the same individual attention over some 24 hours, for a fraction of that rate!
**One more thing: Until tomorrow, you can still split the cost with a friend by using the Bring-a-Friend rate. This also means you have someone to share a hotel room with!
3. I'm pretty sure I can learn everything I want to know about public speaking online for free, or from a $15 book.
Well, the truth is, I offer a ton of free information right here on my Speak Schmeak blog, and if you want to read all 1,500 posts, you will glean a LOT of good learning, as well as from other free speaking content online.
But what you don't get for free online or from a book (or from my blog) is access to me, in person. You'll get coaching and training directly from me and you can ask me any questions you like. This retreat is tailored to YOU and your needs, unlike free information that you can gather online.
And let me just throw this out there: The minute I started investing in coaching and training (and traveling across the country for it), my business took off. I was in business for SIX YEARS before I paid for any coaching (I was the QUEEN of finding free webinars, e-books and "90-day challenges"), and my growth was very small from year to year. When I started taking seriously and committing to investing in my own learning and growth, everything fell into place. I have gotten a return on every investment I've made in my business, and now my income doubles each year, instead of growing by 5 or 10 percent.
4. I'm not sure this applies to me. I'm an engineer (or lawyer, or fitness trainer, or artist, or pastor, or therapist, or retailer, etc.) and my audiences are "different."
My clients come from every occupational background. I've coached and trained people from all of the occupations mentioned above, as well as health professionals, nonprofit leaders, consultants, commodities brokers, building contractors, IT people, sports coaches, authors, social workers, bankers and more. And a fire chief!
The principles of successful speaking apply to anyone who is out in the world, sharing their message, promoting a business, or educating the community about a cause. Your audiences want to be engaged, they want to connect, they want to learn and grow, and they don't want to be bored! They have fairly simple requests of you. If you want to stand out in your field, above those who AREN'T using speaking as a marketing tool, this is where you'll learn how to do it right.
5. I'm already an experienced speaker - I don't fear speaking and in fact, I love it!
That's great! You're the perfect attendee for this retreat. Because those of us who've been doing this forever sometimes get into a rut, right? We start doing the same thing over and over, because - hey, it still works. We think.... And we're comfortable, and we're maybe a little bit lazy.
If you really want to make an impact on your audience, you need to keep your content and your delivery fresh. You need to keep questioning whether you're offering the most value and the best experience. If you ask yourself these questions and answer honestly, could you be doing better? Could you be getting better results? If so, the retreat is for YOU.
Ready to make that decision?
If you know that it's time to start making a bigger impact with your message, time to raise your speaking to a new level, and time to really commit to mastery, then you'll find the registration page to Shake Up Your Speaking here:
Nine people have already made the commitment to join me here in Santa Barbara in March. Five are flying in from other states to be part of this experience. I've got room for three more. Will you be one of them?