What I know to be true is that books are nice. Books do not change behaviors. When you must make a life-change, hire a coach.
Currently, I work with 3-coaches. They help me:
- Grow my business.
- Increase the impact my speeches have on my audience.
- Add more humor to each speech.
Why do I need coaches? Fear!
Fear gets in the way of growth. Fear of hearing? NO. Fear of failure. Fear of what someone will think of me (that I’m pushy). Fear of losing what I have (a job, relationship, home, friends, financial security).
What I will do is walk through fear with a partner. That’s the only way I would have gone skydiving or done two 10K’s or started my own business at age 50.
What I do know for sure is that real change comes from coaching and hands on training.
Over the past 35-years, I’ve advised clients on and negotiated for them on:
- Financial loan and lease contracts
- Salary increases
- Employment package terms and conditions
- Multi-million equipment bank agreements
- Service arrangements and software contracts.
- Real estate deals
- Sales of companies and assets.
When an athlete wants to improve their performance, they hire a coach. When a singer wants to advance their career, they retain a vocal coach or music teacher. If a professional speaker wants to advance their proficiency in front of an audience, they hire a presentation coach and perhaps a vocal coach.
Why would honing one’s negotiation capabilities be any different? If athletes, singers, speakers and entrepreneurs read just 1 book or as many as 20 books to improve, would they FearLessly change?
I think not.
You will run faster, catch more passes, hit more homeruns, win more top performance honors, make more money and change more lives with a coach!
Mary Redmond is a top-rated female professional speaker, author, consultant and business coach. She is a negotiation and body language expert that instills confidence, inspiration and expert knowledge that sets up her audiences for success.