How This Speaker Coaches People To Success
Date: January 21, 2016
Five years ago, Simon was handed a CD that described how to get on the road to high achievement.
It wasn’t like anything he’d heard before, and rather than just motivational statements, it included the real biology, science and laws of attraction to become successful.
Becoming a successful public speaker requires tapping into these laws of attraction, and that’s how Simon began his career as a speaker.
Simon Campbell talks about what qualities makes him successful as a public speaker, and how he has developed his own career through positive actions.
Hi Simon, can you tell us a little about what inspired you to go into speaking and what type of speaker you are?
After listening to the motivational CD, it was the start of my journey. I have spent 4 years studying what makes people successful; the biology, science, psychology, mindset and even physiology. Success leave clues.
In my exploration of this, I have helped people achieve outstanding results from job promotions, recovering from domestic abuse, quadrupling their incomes within 6 months and becoming stronger than they ever imagined.
This is not the balloon syndrome (looking sturdy on the outside but full of hot air!) but rather the rhino syndrome (inside and out it’s tough!).
Since working with people individually, I realised I had a unique angle and perspective on how things work and my understanding of why people do the things they do!
The next course of action? Tell more people! The best way for me to do this is to reach more people all at the same time. Fortunately, I have been given public speaking assignments since the age of 7, so speaking for 23 years beforehand was an advantage!
This is how my journey began to embrace public and professional speaking.
What experience and studies have you undergone to get to this point in your life?
I make it my goal not to ever make my speaking about me. It’s about the people I speak to. When I keep this in mind, it keeps me focused.
Needless to say I have had some big challenges in my life and in the last 5 years I have changed my living situation from “survive to thrive.”
To do this, I am always pushing out my study techniques.
I have studied to completion and currently furthering study into psychology, advanced psychology, life coaching, NLP and CBT. My old mentor used to say “if you’re green, you’re growing. If your ripe, you’re rotten.”
He also told me “the moment I learn everything you do Simon, you’re gone!” This put huge pressure on me to keep learning, keep growing and keep contributing – this is my law as a speaker.
What does the future of public speaking look like to you?
Wow, this question is a tough one because we have massive plans to educate the UK market and bring something new, fresh and powerful to help people from all walks of life – even those who cannot afford to pay us a penny.
I am also launching a book in 2016 – the first of three. The header theme of the trilogy is ‘success is not a secret it’s a psychology.’ My first book is called ‘Change from Survive to Thrive.’
How are you continually developing yourself as an inspirational speaker?
The key to happiness is progress, regardless of what you want to increase your happiness in.
If we stand still, we are simply moving backwards slowly. You have to run to walk forward! With this in mind, I am consistently learning.
People hear everything I have to offer at only one speaking event and I want to consistently push myself to offer something that’s new, powerful and life changing.
Define what an ‘inspirational’ speaker is.
I am not a motivational speaker. Motivation is like the endorphin rush or pump you get in the gym. While you are there you can take on anything! Lift anything! Do anything! After an hour at being at home, the feeling goes and you are left with a memory.
This is the same as many motivational speakers. They give you the pump! They give you the emotion! They give you the rah rah rah!
You then leave the auditorium wanting to push over cars and jump off the multi storey car park you are parked in! Then you get home and your partner asks you “how did it go?” and you reply “it was really good”. That feeling and emotion has gone.
But, motivation and willpower is important. It is like the first gear of a car. You use it to pull away, but then you need to change gear, otherwise you will grind to a holt and never try again! This is where inspirational speaking comes in.
I motivate to start and then help them move through the gears of their goals and dreams.
Once this happens, they then have a full process of how to motivate themselves, how to change gear themselves with any goal in any area of their life they want and then attract the success to them.
It’s interesting when you hear a celebrity speak of their experiences. They never say “so and so motivated me…” they say “so and so inspired me.” Inspiration is a different science and it covers biology if done correctly.
If I know that the audience has left my seminar or speaking event with enough tools to not need me again for the next year while they start digging into their goals, I have delivered a successful inspirational event.
What do you consider your positive traits to be?
My positive traits are consistency and love for the people I am speaking to. When I speak to someone who made the effort to come and see me, or when someone drives to one of my events, I see faces who have overcome hundreds of obstacles to get there and it makes me emotional.
They are here because they trust me – a person they have never met – to give them something powerful to take away with them and I will not disappoint them!
I think my love of people and of my work will keep me learning in order to benefit others.
What do you consider your negative traits to be, and how do you plan to overcome them as a speaker?
I am constantly working on this. I think the main negative traits I see are speakers who are not passionate about what they do or simply feeding information to audiences like a bored parent.
To inspire, you must be inspired. To influence, you must be influenced, and to give, you must first create.
Audiences really don’t care about your own life story – so I never give mine. They have not come to hear about me, they have come for help for themselves! I focus on them.
Speakers can be lazy and I will not have that trait; I keep learning so I can keep contributing.
What kind of feedback do you get from your audience?
I focus on those who I can tell are negative. I know I have succeeded once they drop their barriers and enjoy the event.
Generally my feedback is that it is not just motivational. I actually give them steps and real objectives to achieve.
They really enjoy the way I speak because I tend to speak in pictures which people remember; I use illustrations to help the point stick in, and inspirational real life stories from nature.
What is it about speaking that you enjoy?
I love seeing the reaction of the audience. I love explaining how they can achieve whatever they want. I love helping them remove the mental barriers that are taught to them by life, and watching them leave ready to start growing and producing real results.
If you could give an aspiring speaker 3 pieces of advice, what would it be?
Nobody likes rehashed content. Your content is not a mash of a few things here and there. It is a powerful opportunity to give the audience a piece of you that they can take, treasure and apply.
When you learn, you set an example. You ask the people coming to you to learn, so you should be learning more than them.
Respect your audience.
The audience did not roll up to hear a speaker talk about how they were so poor they had to sell their pet hamster into slavery! They came to be educated!
To know your audience and subject matter as an expert gives you the opportunity to give them something valuable. A good guide as to whether you know your subject or not is whether a speaker is brave enough to mill around and shake hands afterward.
If you are afraid to do this, you either do not believe your subject matter deep down, or you feel your material is not as valuable as your ticket price.
Practice, practice, practice!
When you get on stage it can be like a snowball. It takes real effort to get going, but once momentum kicks in, you can’t stop it!
Practice is what gets you going and moving when you can’t remember how to put something, you forget a few of your ideas or you get a boo from the audience.
If you submit your speech to the unconscious, then your conscious mind can take over and start reading the audience, responding to the faces and bringing in more humour and energy.
Just by reading this, you can tell that Simon is passionate about his subject, and you should be this passionate (if not more!) about your area too.
How can you expect people to take away content from you if you do not believe in what you’re telling your audience? Set a good example by educating yourself on your subject area and continuously progress so that you’re constantly improving as a person and as a professional.