One Blaring Flaw

zumba certThis motivational speaker on fitness had an absolute BLAST at a Zumba certification course in Miami last weekend!  I met Claire who is an assistant choreographer for Princess Cruise Lines and was wowed by Eric, the Zumba master trainer who led the course.  We Salsad, Merengued, Cumbiad and Reggaetoned our way through a well organized day of movement, lecture and music recognition.  

As we speakers are apt to do, we analyze others presentations to pick up on ideas that work and the ones that don't so we can apply it to our own time on stage. I would have given our presenter an A++ except for one blaring flaw. He started the day with a frustrated diatribe on how confusing the directions were to get to the studio, how it was the university's fault that we couldn't use the parking close to the gym, how he'd been up since 5 that morning, how he was forced to start our day a little late because of the late students who were lost on campus… Wow!  Good morning to you too!  

Once we started class, however, he was brilliant with his energy and knowledge so I started forgiving him.  Then after lunch when we are being coached on teaching techniques he emphasises to "Leave your stuff at the door" when you come into a room to teach.  In other words, don't share your personal stress with the students in class.  Come in with a smile like you're so happy they're here and you're so happy to teach a class with them. WaaWaaaa.  Did he not remember his own intro before class?

Matching your words with your actions is a vitally important issue for any presenter.  The audience (or meeting planners) doesn't miss a trick and making this mistake can certainly drop your evaluation scores and the likelihood of repeat business.

Now it's time to lace up my dance shoes and practice the "Cutting the Sugar Cane" step!


Motivational Speaker Polly Pitchford didn’t always know the phytochemical benefits of kale, in fact, those words weren’t even in her vocabulary 30 years ago. Neither did she see any reason to do jumping jacks on a cement surface for an hour. But all it took was a chance vegetarian cooking class and some high-energy music to open her eyes upon a whole new world of healthy living. For 30 years Polly has practiced, studied, taught, educated and lived a healthy lifestyle that makes her such a powerful speaker.

Polly’s down-to-Earth and humorous approach mirrors her own lifelong journey to lasting, positive changes. The audience walks away with tangible plans for improving their health and their lives through food, fitness and fun.
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  1. This line – Matching your words with your actions is a vitally important issue for any presenter – you hit the nail on the head.

  2. A beautiful example of NOT speaking your truth as his mind, mouth and motions weren't one in the same. Zumba on, Polly!


  3. And oh it's tempting, isn't it? As a traveling motivational speaker – there are MANY times when I am not responsible for starting late, failed technology or any number of other things. And it is tempting to start off abdicating myself of responsbility. BUT – I've found it works SO much better just to plunge onward with a smile and happy energy! 

  4. You are so right Polly!  Meeting planners AND audience members really don't care that our flights were delayed our cancelled or that the shuttle forgot about us – whatever has happened before getting on stage, we need to deliver value to the audience!  And, unless it's hysterical and we want to make them laugh, keep your stuff at the door.

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