For 20 years, I've been a motivational speaker offering 60-minute keynotes and 90-minute workshops. Recently I had a client insist on hiring me to do my 90-minute workshop on dealing with change, but for only 30 minutes. I thought they were confused, and sent them my powerpoint for my keynote – a slimmed down 30-minute version of it. They, correctly, insisted that they wanted me to do my change workshop and do it in a keynote format in front of a sales team and I only had 30 minutes!
What do I cut out? What do I leave in? Can I pull this off for 30 minutes? I gotta be honest, I was nervous about this one. But, the client told me what their issues were, they told me what was holding most of them back and then assured me that some sales people were crushing it. That's all I needed. I cut out the crap, and delivered a message, had them do an interactive activity that blew them away. After some final comments, I was happy to get a standing ovation. I actually believe it was the best 30-minutes I've ever delivered. Here's the thing – it took a client with a limited amount of available time to have me totally look at the format of what I deliver. Wow – this is the first time in 20 years I am looking at what I do and how much time do I need to do it in to be most effective.
No, the client is not always right, but this circumstance the client was right on time.
From your glad to be flexible to change the time of my message motivational speaker, Marilyn Sherman