I Have A Confession

I have a confession to make: I’m watching Andy Griffith re-runs during the stay-at-home orders. I find returning to my childhood entertainment and 30 minutes of simple times, and simple talk – is calming, and reflects the ordinary presently unfolding. Two essential elements guide my work as a speaking coach: The call for self-expression through language, meaning and messages, and; …

Act First. Confidence Follows.

Susie’s name was called. Finally, the opportunity she’d hoped for: to share her story and apply the speaking skills she learned the past two months was here! She performed on stage, under theater lights to an audience of 60 people. The video proved it. She rocked! Even came in second place! Honestly, she implemented everything we practiced: varied vocal inflection, …

When You Are Ready to Nail That Next Speech…I’m Here to Help.

Had you told me 5 years ago, I’d be guiding and improving professional results for civil engineers, an app developer, an orthodontist office manager, personal coaches or non-profit executive directors, I would have looked at you with eyebrows raised and said, “who me?” I love working with these clients. All of them come nervous or overwhelmed, and equally determined to …

How to Earn Your Audience’s Attention

Story It’s rehearsal #2. Amy is holding a thick stack of index cards containing her speech for a local TedX talk. By the time she’s flipped through her cards and progressed through numerous slides, my brain feels like a bingo number being tossed and turned in a spinning bingo canister.I’m overwhelmed. I’m confused. I’m unmoved. And, even though – I’m …