Does this sound like you?
About to speak at an important event. A leader in your sphere of influence. Driven to be remembered, and to deliver a powerful speech.
Committed to improving your last time on stage.
Nervous. Curious about how you can do better.
Devoted to your audience, your vision, and helping the two find each other.
To give the best presentation of your life.
A full-service speechwriting and speaking skills development coach who can help you take your message from idea to memorable presentation.
In communications, marketing, and PR, and in writing for and coaching speakers with different goals and challenges.
In speechwriting and communications coaching for speakers in a wide range of industries, including TED, TEDMed, and TEDx. In working with public speakers around the globe who want to give bold and brave speeches that move audiences to action.
Of all the roadblocks that threaten a successful speech.
Of exactly how to get you the response you deserve.
To making your time on stage memorable for you and your audience.
To helping you find your purpose and your confidence before your next event.
We’ll work closely together to determine what you want to say, and how best to say it. When the speech is ready, we’ll begin honing your delivery through a combination of proven mind- and heart-based exercises that will boost your confidence, smooth out your cadence, and move your audience to act.
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WHAT IT’S LIKE TO WORK WITH ME
“As for our story, it was called, “The Power of Yes”, a title inspired by Janice Tomich (a fabulous presentation coach and one of the hardworking event organizers) when she heard our story about how Lunapads traveled from Vancouver to Uganda.” ~ Madeleine Shaw & Suzanne Siemens
What’s your process? How do we work together?
I am both coach and consultant who will work with you to deliver the best speech of your life. Together, we’ll tailor an experience for you that’s focused on the outcomes you want and deserve.
As a mind- and heart-based professional, I work with clients who are open to an organic and evolving process that may change as we work together, and who are as focused as I am on both immediate solutions and the end goal.
How are you different than Toastmasters?
Toastmasters is a template process. That’s not my style. I work with clients who want to deliver unique, memorable, and surprising speeches, and who are driven to become inspiring communicators using their authentic voices.
I don’t count umms and ahhs, and nor should you. We all have our nuances that make us unique, and I believe in celebrating them!
How are you different than a big name corporate training company?
I don’t work from a stock template and deliver the same product every time. They do.
Why should I work with you?
Because I’ll always have your back.
From getting you ready for our time together, to coaching you through and in between our sessions, I’m here to support you and ensure your success.
Where do you work from?
- Online, via Zoom or FaceTime
- In your office (in Vancouver or a plane ride away)
- In my building’s boardroom
Do you design PowerPoint Slides?
I’ll make recommendations on your slidedeck if you’re building it yourself. I’m also happy to recommend a graphic designer who creates brilliant decks.
How do I pay you?
Payments can be made by Interac, check, or credit card. To secure your time, half your investment is required before we meet. The remainder is due halfway through our sessions.
What’s the one piece of advice that every presenter should know?
It’s not about you. It’s about the audience. Always.
What’s the thorny, ugly problem that you’ll go down fighting for?
The lack of diversity at public speaking events and panel forums is a big, knotty, and complex problem.
I encourage everyone to withdraw support from events that don’t accurately represent industry demographics or offer an example of gender and cultural diversity. It’s these optics that form our cultural attitudes and opinions.
You can make a difference by being vocal, questioning the organizers, and/or choosing not to support events that have a male-only lineup.
If you are in an under-represented demographic and you have a juicy presentation coming up, let’s talk.
Who is your favorite presenter/public speaker? Why?
I have many, for lots of different reasons, but Frank Warren sums up what it is to be an excellent presenter. He is humble yet confident, his content has flow and is near perfect, and his delivery is outstanding.
What’s your most embarrassing public speaking moment?
That would be the time I had an errant wire from my bra coming through my sweater while presenting to a small room of 20 HR professionals. Why didn’t anyone say anything?! That was a big lesson in doing a mirror check before going on stage…and also in knowing that I can survive public speaking embarrassment (and even laugh at myself later on).