How to choose a public speaking coach

Firstly, you might have a friend that can recommend one – if so – ask what they liked and did not like.
Is the coach accessible? Does this person promise you the world but deliver very little? Will they try to up-sell you to their latest DVD, VIDEO or BOOK?
The most important thing for me is to find someone I LIKE. Chat with them on the phone – yes, texting is good but the telephone is better because you will learn a lot from their voice, interest level in you and their ability or experience to relate to your situation.
No-one is right for everyone. You might need an expert in accent reduction – that is a totally different skill, most coaches have a roster of colleagues they can happily refer prospective clients too.

Most importantly, how hard are YOU willing to work to realize your goals?

ONLINE REVIEWS/WEBSITES

It has never been easier to check online reviews – google plus, YELP but do remember there are many reviews that are hidden – try to read those also. Check the website of a coach you maybe interested in – it should tell you a lot about them.

BEWARE of someone that promises you HUGE BACK OF THE ROOM SALES or a wonderful passive income. Unless you have written a book that is already a best seller, OR you have a vision or point of view that is invited to speak at TEDTALKS – (THE BIG TED TALKS) yes, I said INVITED TO SPEAK – then the odds are not good. I have had many friends and acquaintances that have paid BIG MONEY and even though, many have loved the journey – they are disappointed and frustrated because of the cost of self-publishing and the hefty price of seminars/workshops/webinars. I ask you to just be realistic in your expectations.