What are your speaking programs and what do they cost?
I offer three coaching programs: Wow the Crowd, Speaking Excellence and Speaking Mastery. Because my clients vary in their experience, ability and goals, as well as how they learn, I tailor each program to their highly specific needs. Customizing the coaching process helps speakers progress faster and exceed their expectations. General descriptions of each program follow.
Wow the Crowd: Geared to good speakers who know the basics of public speaking and want help with speech structure, content and delivery. Clients in this group often include subject matter experts or authors who speak about their books, as well as budding professional speakers who want better results from their presentations. Special attention is paid to engaging the audience, vocal dynamics, and body language.
Speaking Excellence: Ideal for intermediate level speakers, who speak regularly and are very good speakers. Clients in this group often include executives, TED speakers, performers who want to enter the corporate market, and professional speakers who want to command higher fees. Coaching may include writing or editing content, revising slides, developing openings and closings, crafting and telling memorable stories, and improving delivery skills.
Speaking Mastery: Reserved for successful speakers who are in demand, command high fees and who often have a national presence. At this stage in their careers they must deliver outstanding presentations every time they are on stage. These motivated speakers are looking for help with advanced skills: developing signature stories, adding “bells and whistles” to their presentations, customizing their content, adapting their delivery for a new and larger audience or preparing for media interviews.
I can estimate the cost for your customized program after our free 30-minute phone consultation.
What happens during the free 30-minute phone consultation?
First, I want to learn about you and what you want to accomplish. Then I ask you specific questions about your speaking skills and experience. After that short assessment, we confirm that my services are a good fit for you. I then suggest an appropriate coaching program and explain its cost. I may also ask you to complete a questionnaire and send me a videotape of a past presentation or arrange for me to watch you give a speech.
Can I work with you for a single session?
Single sessions are reserved for clients who have successfully completed at least one coaching program. I call this format a “booster session” because it reinforces speakers’ skills and strengthens their presentations.
How many sessions does it take to develop a new speech?
How long it takes depends on three factors: 1) your speech writing experience 2) how well your key points are defined and/or developed and 3) how much collaborating we do on the script. I recommend that speakers who want to write a new talk begin working with me 2-4 months prior to their event.
How do you coach speakers to customize their material for different audience?
I share strategies I used for over 20 years to lower or eliminate audiences’ resistance to listening to an “outsider”. You will learn how to quickly understand new audiences and the challenges they face. You will go beyond standard pre-program questionnaires and glean “insider information”. You will also learn how to develop customized humor for the audience. These techniques will make you a standout speaker, raise your perceived value, and ensure that you will be invited back.
Do you write scripts for speakers?
My writing is collaborative to ensure that the speaker’s voice comes through in every word. I also do extensive editing. The final product can be a full script.
Do you help people become TED speakers?
I am not on their selection committee, so I can’t persuade the decision makers to choose you to speak. However, I can help you write a TED worthy talk and develop an outstanding video to submit, along with some strong testimonials designed to get the committee’s attention.
How do you coach TED speakers?
I can help in several ways. First, I can help a TED speaker write a powerful 18-minute talk with a powerful opening, quotable content, and great stories. I’ve done it many times with great success. If a TED speaker brings me a speech that is too long, we re-work it so that it hits the mark in the allotted time. And if the speaker wants his/her speech to be the talk of the meeting or to be viewed online thousands or even millions of times, we rehearse intensively.
What kinds of media training do you offer?
Although I don’t offer media training as a stand-alone service, I can add it to any of the coaching packages. The menu includes training for television interviews or talk shows or website videos, as well as scriptwriting. I offer separate training in developing a strong in on-camera presence. If requested, I will also provide on site support and coaching on production day.
Do you coach speakers via remote?
Frequently. I work with busy speakers and remote coaching keeps the momentum going when in-person sessions aren’t possible. For example, Skype, iChat, and phone sessions enable me to “meet” with a client who is a thousand miles away or watch a dress rehearsal at a convention site across the country. For my clients’ convenience, I record and send a recording of our sessions, freeing them from taking notes while we work and capturing the conversation so they can review the key points again.
Do you rehearse with speakers on site or backstage?
Yes. This add-on service is available for all of my programs.
Do you work with trainers who want to become keynote speakers?
Rarely. I have experience as both a trainer and a keynote speaker so I know firsthand how different the skill sets are. It’s rare that trainers want the challenge of making every word count–which it does in a keynote–when what they really love to do is facilitate learning. So, I can’t promise to turn a trainer into a keynote speaker, but I can help a trainer adapt his or her content for a shorter presentation.