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Success Stories

“After coaching with Spoken with Authority, I feel more confident and now know how I should prepare before speaking. It was helpful to have an accountability partner that I could practice with. I loved working with Spoken with Authority. I only wish it was longer so that I could still share my thoughts and ideas with my coach. I wish she could just follow me around!”

Natalie Lascar

Director, Leadership Institute, APIAC

“Like most people, I am nervous in public and have a tendency to talk very quickly as a way to deal with my nerves. Throughout our time together, my Spoken With Authority coach gave me practical and feasible guidance to slow down, help me recognize my own pattern of speaking, and most importantly, clearly and confidently convey my material to the audience.”

John Shean

Associate Director of Public Health, Alzheimer's Association

“I had a fantastic engagement with Spoken with Authority. My coach Lisa is an expert.  Her coaching engrained new behaviors that go beyond just preparing for the capstone. She taught me how to get to the point, conduct concise phone calls, and even where to put my hands when speaking.  Spoken with Authority went above and beyond in their coaching and I could not be more thankful. The skills I learned in my coaching engagement are skills that I can incorporate in my every day practice.”

Matt Williams

Associate, Perkins Coie LLP

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Our Clients See Results in our 1-on-1 Coaching

Through structured and scheduled phone and video conference sessions, you will:

  • Discover high-impact strategies and tools that transform anxiety into authority

  • Target, develop and master key presentation skills based on your career path and professional aspirations

  • Convey confidence in presentations, meetings, and important conversations

  • Craft a compelling message based on an analysis of audience and situation

  • Learn how to engage listeners through storytelling, visual aids, and active-learning techniques

  • Lead productive meetings and insightful panel discussions

  • Build rapport with prospective clients during pitches

  • Answer questions with clarity and conciseness

  • Streamline the process for planning and practicing presentations

Whether you have regular speaking opportunities or want to establish yourself as a thought leader in your organization or industry, with 1-on-1 presentation skills coaching you’ll exceed your personal best every time you present!

Frequently Asked Questions

IS COACHING RIGHT FOR ME?

Think of a person in your organization or industry who is confident and cogent whether they are online, on the phone, or in person, and whether they are responding to a question, contributing to a meeting, introducing themselves at a networking event, pitching a new project, or presenting at a conference. 

This person was not endowed with excellent presentation skills. There’s no such thing as a natural born speaker. The most accomplished speakers, who often appear to present most effortlessly, generally have spent the most time and effort honing their craft. They developed their speaking skills by participating in opportunities such as public speaking courses, theatre, poetry slam, debate, preaching, Model UN, mock trial, oral advocacy training, Toastmasters, professional development seminars, and perhaps even 1:1 coaching. 

If you want to become a leader in your organization or industry too, you will need to hone your oral communication skills – and the sooner the better. Because you need to master everyday speaking situations in order to take on higher-profile and higher-risk presentations. 

Coaching is a particularly efficient way to improve because a skillful coach can help you leverage your strengths, mitigate your weaknesses, and focus on mastering speaking situations that you encounter most often now as well as new ones that you need to master to take the next steps in your career.  

I HAVE A LIMITED BUDGET FOR COACHING. CAN I AFFORD THIS?

Many of our clients rely on their organization’s professional development budget to pay for their presentation skills coaching. In some cases, clients split the fee between their annual professional development allotment and paying out of pocket. In other cases, clients pay entirely out of pocket because they know the investment in their presentation skills will pay dividends throughout their career. We can invoice in ways that make payments easier – splitting between the employee and organization or invoicing several times throughout the coaching engagement in smaller installments. 

During the pandemic, some organizations have had to reduce their professional development budgets. Because presentations skills coaching can dramatically improve pitches, can enhance the participant experience at conferences and other events, and can help emerging leaders take on higher profile roles, consider using your business development, event, or diversity / equity / inclusion budgets to cover costs associated with presentation-skills coaching.

I'M BUSY AND I DON'T KNOW IF I HAVE TIME FOR COACHING.

The perfect time for coaching is when you are busy. Every time you meet with your coach, you will tick items off your to-do list – from preparing contributions for an upcoming meeting, planning how you’ll manage a difficult conversation with a colleague or client, crafting the content for a pitch or presentation you are delivering yourself or with colleagues, developing ideas for slides or handouts, figuring out how to facilitate an interactive virtual meeting or presentation on a new videoconference platform, rehearsing so you are confident and comfortable during a meeting or presentation, and brainstorming ways you can up your small-talk game and better build rapport with colleagues or clients.

Your expert coach will expedite the process of presentation preparation and teach you how to replicate those time savings in the long term.

Your coaching engagement is always tailored to your calendar (what speaking roles are coming up that you need to prepare for) and your goals (what’s most important for you to reach your leadership potential). It is not a one-sized-fits-all approach that focuses on situations or skills that are not a top priority for you. 

CAN I JUST SIGN UP FOR ONE OR TWO COACHING SESSIONS?

In one or two coaching sessions, your coach can tell you what to do or say, but we aren’t helping you establish new communication habits that will serve you in the long run. That’s why our coaching engagements start at two months long – it takes about six weeks to establish one new habit.

DO I REALLY NEED TO DO A 360-DEGREE EVALUATION OF MY SPEAKING SKILLS TO GET STARTED?

Our coaching engagements start with a thorough three-part assessment process:

1. a self assessment;

2. a coach’s assessment (where your coach reviews a recording of a recent speaking role);

3. and a 360-degree assessment (where we interview selected peers, supervisors, mentors, etc. and compile feedback on your speaking strengths and weaknesses).

This thorough assessment process helps ensure that you are setting goals for your coaching engagement that are most crucial for your professional development.

Without input from the people you work with, and especially people who will play a role in selecting speakers for key events as well as making advancement decisions, you may not be making the best use of the time and resources devoted to your coaching engagement.

I PREFER TO MEET IN PERSON. DOES VIRTUAL COACHING REALLY WORK?

Yes. Spoken with Authority has been using Zoom for remote coaching since September 2016, and we used Skype for virtual engagements before that.

Since well before COVID 19, we have successfully coached speakers in faraway places – and some who were close by but needed flexibility to work from home or wanted to avoid soul-crushing DC traffic.

The factors that we find most influence the ability for speakers to achieve their coaching goals are: attending scheduled coaching sessions, trusting the coach’s guidance, trying new strategies and techniques even when they are uncomfortable, and following through when work and life get busy.

All can be done remotely, and in some cases, are even easier to do in a virtual environment.

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