I recently worked for a very kind man for the second time. The first time, he hired me to speak for a government agency. He has since left the government, and hired me to speak to his new company, n~ask Incorporated.
Being hired once is nice. But being hired back is MORE than twice as nice. It’s bad math. But it’s true.
The first time I was in a hotel ballroom in Virginia, doing my funny motivational speaker thing for a huge government audience. But this more recent speaking engagement was in Florida for a very small (but mighty) group in a restaurant. By the time I started speaking, it was pushing 9:30 PM, the group had had more than a couple of cocktails, and they had been sitting through a long gourmet dinner.
But happily, it went well. In fact, it was a blast.
Check out the kind letter I just got from my client:
TO: Brad Montgomery
SUBJECT: Speaker Services
On behalf of n-ask Incorporated I would like to sincerely thank you for superb presentation during our 10th Anniversary event. In true Brad fashion, you adopted our message, created the appropriate theme that struck the right chord with our group. Your adept blend of humor, coupled with the desired “thought take-away” was a huge success. Your skill at managing the toughest of crowds, and leading them to the possibilities of the future is exactly what our team needed.
As was proven when I engaged your services for my previous employer (Central Intelligence Agency), your ability to pinpoint and deliver the right message to a diverse workforce made all the difference. Although our group was smaller than the 1000+ you addressed at CIA, you adapted a concise presentation tailored to our “unique” needs and corporate structure. The tailored presentation you developed for n-ask, had our attendees feeling you were literally a part of our team with an intimate understanding of our current challenges. Accordingly, your approach insured our team’s acceptance of the message and solutions. One manager noted, “How does he know us and our unique challenges so well.” Another pointed out – “It felt personal to us, and not some outsider coming in with a fad of the moment speech.”
Again, our sincere appreciation for your time in assisting our staff in recognizing that change is not to be feared; and humor in the face of challenge is a trait to aspire to. All in attendance left with a new perspective on our corporate goals and their role in our collective success. We look forward to you working with us in the future as we continue down our path.
JH Vice President, n~ask Incorporated
Yippee. I had fun too, but it is wildly cool (I know, it isn’t a corporate term, but it accurately describes it) to get amazing letters like this one from JH.
Looking to hire a motivational speaker? Check for references. Check for a LONG list of happy clients. Very happy clients. And don’t be afraid to challenge them on how recent their references are…. we’ve all seen folks with references that are a decade old. What has your business speaker done recently?
I’ve been working a ton. Here’s some footage of my recent clients in Minnesota.