Here’s why you should always hire a leadership speaker who’s been in the trenches

Leadership SpeakerDoes a great leadership speaker also have to be a great leader, or can they simply talk about the concepts and ideas behind leadership in a way that’s convincing?

If you want to make a lasting impression on your audience and give them fresh insight into proven leadership principles, a leadership speaker who’s been in the trenches is a must.

In some fields, you can get by without direct experience. A football coach, for example, can be a great coach even if he wasn’t a player. But when it comes to leadership, hiring a speaker with actual leadership experience in the real world is crucial to the success of your speech.

If your speaker can’t draw on his or her own leadership experience when talking to your audience, they’re merely speaking in hypotheticals. They can’t possibly understand the tactical challenges a great leader must face and the psychological knowledge a great leader must employ on a daily basis.

Real world examples are the clearest, most impactful way to connect with your audience and teach them how to lead. Look for a speaker who can give clear, specific examples of their own leadership wins, as well as the challenges they faced that turned them into the leader they are today.

By hiring an experienced leadership speaker for your event or conference, you’ll be guaranteeing your audience insight from a professional who’s been in the trenches and truly knows what works and what doesn’t.

Mike Hourigan is a leadership speaker for established companies, organizations and events throughout the United States and Europe. Contact Mike at 704-875-3030, 888-PRO-KEYNOTE or fill out the form below.

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