How Playing 20 Questions Can Help You Find the Right Communications Training Consultant

Are you in the market for an experienced communications training consultant who can help you sharpen your abilities to deliver presentations, deal with reporters, and testify before government officials? Here are 20 questions designed to help you select the individual who best suits your needs:

  1. Do you focus exclusively on communications training?
  2. How much experience do you have specific to communications training?
  3. What percentage of your business involves training specifically?
  4. What is the name of the individual who will lead my training?
  5. How much independent research do you typically conduct in advance of a training workshop?
  6. What published training guide do you offer participants?
  7. What books and articles have you written?
  8. Share an example when you needed to accommodate some eleventh hour fine-tuning.
  9. What is your web site address?
  10. What type of clients do you work with?
  11. If you are seeking media training: Have you worked in a newsroom?
  12. If you are looking for presentation skills training: How accomplished a speaker are you?
  13. Tell me about your approach to message development.
  14. If your training occurs in conjunction with a larger meeting: Can you deliver a keynote or lead a breakout session at my meeting to help me lower my travel budget?
  15. What type of experiential exercises do you utilize?
  16. Tell me about your commitment to your clients’ professional development.
  17. Can you share your written ethics guidelines with me?
  18. Do you offer a reduced professional fee if I sign a contract for multiple engagements?
  19. How do you integrate fun into your workshops?
  20. To which professional societies do you belong?

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