Public speaking – starting with a spoken word or a gesture – is a core skill, one that is too often a neglected part of a person’s formal education. Yet it is one that will help that person succeed, not only in his or her career, but in every aspect of life. Poor public speaking renders a speaker and/or an audience frustrated, insecure, and ineffective. As a coach, there is no more gratifying feeling than watching people I’ve coached attack their careers with newfound confidence and optimism. There are many ways to earn a reputation (good or bad), but none are so long-lasting as the initial impression one transmits during spoken communication, whether its means is one-to-one, in a small group, from a stage, or recorded in front of a camera or microphone.
In my experience with a variety of companies, as people become aware of the opportunity to enhance their speaking skills, it quickly becomes one of the most popular electives employees use for self-improvement.
There is often a need to discuss an issue within a talk. I’ve had speakers consult with me on a variety of concerns, from graphics, e.g., Is this slide too busy or what graphic would make this more effective? To structuring and delivering an effective opening or closing. Speakers learn to express themselves professionally using anecdotes and even humor, when appropriate. We even work on fielding questions spontaneously. These informal sessions are often spur of the moment, and having a creative person available for collaboration is overwhelmingly positive.
Career & Life Coaching ...
... is not that dissimilar from public speaking. You must engage your audience and sway them to your point of view. Are trying to impress your boss or your potential boss? What qualities should you highlight? Do you wish to make a social impression? What should the person think of you?
These can all be managed by learning how to project the right image and attitude.
This presentation is delivered to groups of 20 to 1,000 people, either as a general overview during a 1-3 hour session or in a series of more comprehensive one hour sessions. Topics include
- An overview of effective communication,
- Tailoring your presentation to a specific audience.
- Overcoming stage fright,
- Opening dynamically,
- Engaging the audience,
- Posture / body movement
- Eye contact,
- Creating captivating and memorable content,
- Closing with power,
- Using media, and
- Handling Q&A.
become an effective and engaging speaker. We cover the same topics as the lecture, but with interactivity. Depending on group size and session
length, video feedback may be used.
most of first impressions, learn to use humor, find a comfortable pace, delete “ums” and “ahs” in favor of expectant pauses, make the most of eye contact, facial expression, voice modulation, body posture and movement, employ effective transitions, manage time, and learn how to leave the audience clamoring for more. For example, I'm often asked, “How do I strike the right balance between providing
abundant information and articulating only the main point?” We resolve this dilemma
Although these sessions can stand alone, for best results, combine them, e.g., Lecture in the morning, a couple of workshops in the afternoon, and run individual coaching sessions the next day. Or the lecture could be delivered as an overview to people who aren't in line to deliver presentations in the near future. Then workshops can be delivered to those who are presenting soon.