Coaching FAQ

How does your short-term coaching for teams work?

Small-group coaching engagements often begin with a workshop or educational programming to introduce team members to strategies, tools and frameworks that support effective presentation content and delivery. Then, we will set specific goals, identify what success looks like, establish a timeline to break the preparation process into manageable steps, and schedule meetings with the team as well as individual members to keep on track. Meetings take place via phone, Skype, or FaceTime. When possible for educational programming, practicing a presentation, or dress rehearsals, we will meet in person at your office or a convenient location. I am also available to your team to discuss issues that arise between our scheduled meetings. I want you to check in with with me regularly; the more your team members do, the better the final presentation will be. Your coaching engagement will culminate with your team presentation. After that presentation, we reflect on the process and product, review feedback, assess goals achieved, identify places for future growth, and make recommendations for continued progress.

How does your long-term coaching for teams work?

Long-term coaching works like short-term coaching except that instead of having one presentation that we focus on, we work on an ongoing basis to achieve a team best for every important group presentation.

Are you taking on coaching clients?

Yes. Because my short-term coaching engagement last a few months, I have bandwidth to take on new clients – usually within a few weeks of your inquiry. If you have an unexpected speaking situation and need to prepare in weeks rather than months – you have an unexpected pitch – contact me about a crisis coaching package.

How does your short-term coaching for individuals work?

All one-on-one coaching engagements begin with a thorough assessment of your speaking skills – through your own self-assessment and my 360-style evaluation of your presentation skills. Together, we will set specific goals, identify what success looks like, establish a timeline to break goals into manageable steps, and schedule regular meetings to keep on track. Meetings take place via phone, Skype, or FaceTime. When possible for meetings where we are practicing a presentation or doing dress rehearsals, we will meet in person at your office or a convenient location. I am also available to you to discuss issues or speaking opportunities that arise between our scheduled meetings. I want you to stay focused on developing your presentation skills and to stay in close touch with me; the more you do, the more progress you’ll make. Your coaching engagement will culminate with a capstone project as a means of measuring your progress. After that presentation, we review successes, goals achieved, places for future growth, and recommendations for continued progress as a speaker.

How does your long-term coaching for individuals work?

Long-term coaching works like short-term coaching except that instead of having one capstone project to stretch your abilities and measure your progress, we identify several significant speaking opportunities to focus on. We also work to determine how you want to be recognized in your organization or field and develop a strategy for what you talk about and where you present to support your thought-leadership goals.

What is your coaching perspective?

There are many qualified presentation skills consultants. Some come from a theatre or music performance background, which makes them a great match for speakers working on formal speaking performances, such as TED Talks or motivational speeches. Other presentation skills consultants come from a speechwriting background, which makes them well suited to speakers who want a ghostwriter or advisor for a scripted speech, like a commencement address. Some come from the world of TV or radio and excel with media training. Still yet, other presentation skills consultants are trained in a specific field, like law, and help practitioners improve field-specific presentations, such as courtroom advocacy.

My background makes me a great fit for professionals who need real-world strategies for various types of workplace presentations – such as meetings, briefings, pitches, training programs, conference speeches, and personal introductions, as well as speakers who need strategies to overcome anxiety associated with public speaking. There two elements of my background that make me a good fit for these presenters: First, I participated in a form of debate where participants only had 15 minutes to prepare a case after the topic was announced. As a result, I am versed in the practicalities of preparing a polished presentation on a short timeline. The strategies and tools I have developed are geared toward busy professionals who don’t always have the luxury to script or memorize their remarks, but need a well-structured and dynamically delivered presentation every time. Second, I understand what it’s like to fear public speaking. I have not always felt comfortable speaking to a group, let alone on a stage. My techniques for channeling nervous energy into enthusiasm during presentations are ones that I have used and perfected since I was a college debater – and ones that have helped calm thousands of speakers with whom I have worked.

I want to work with you but can’t afford one-on-one coaching. What can I do?

You can learn a great deal from the free material on my website, including my blog, newsletter, articles, and videos (add links to site). Also consider my book (www.presentingatwork.com), which retails for less than $20. To practice the strategies and techniques you learn in my materials, I encourage you to join a local Toastmasters Club (www.toastmasters.org). For around $100 a year, it is a great place to gain public speaking experience in a supportive environment.

I feel overwhelmed and don’t know how to start improving my presentation skills. Where should I start?

First, sign up for my newsletter and get XYZ. Then, take a look at my blog posts and articles for novice speakers. These are great places to start. Good luck and keep up your commitment to developing presentation skills; your efforts will pay huge dividends throughout your professional life!