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.
Click here to get started. During our initial discovery call, we will determine right fit and alignment. It’s not a coaching call.
Weekly to bi-monthly (or there about) I send curated thoughts, techniques, and stories about how to improve your communication skills. Find out what I’m sharing.
“I was thrilled earlier this year to be asked to address an audience of nearly 2,000 incoming university students. The speaking format was something totally new to me, and because I wanted to ‘knock it out of the park’ I contacted Janice. Because Janice and I were in different cities, we worked together online. At first, I wasn’t sure of how well an online interaction would work — but Janice was exceptionally organized and fully present, and as a result, her online support far exceeded any training I’d previously received. The best part of working with Janice was that she was honest, encouraging and always constructive. She continued to push me to improve specific parts of my speech and its delivery both through on-the-spot feedback and reference to examples of speakers that shared my similar goals, and to speaking exercises — until I was sure that I was going to give the audience my very best. I would work with Janice again in a heartbeat… Dr. Tara Cookson, Ladysmith Ventures
How do I speak with you about working with you?
Yes, schedulers do appear cold-hearted. That's not my intention. I want to save you time from back and forth emails. If you don't find a spot in the calendar that's convenient for you, then let's agree to say uncle: send me an email or text me @ 1-778-327-8861 to arrange a time that works.
What it’s like to work with me
Don’t take my word for it, take a look at what clients have to say about working with me.
Why I’m not the right speaker coach to work with you
You're uncoachable. You think you have all the answers and are looking for someone to agree with you on everything.
You believe in magic wands. I don't have one.
If you think all of your negative reviews are from competitors, that’s a form of denial and we probably won’t work well together.
Unless we have an agreement for me to write your presentation or speech, I won’t be writing it, you will. I will be guiding you along the way with my expertise.
You don't have authority to drive your presentation content - you need multiple sign-offs on your presentation. You have to be able to have the final word in what you say AND in the decision to work with me.
If you habitually don't show up for appointments or cancel last-minute, we won't get along.
If we work together, you will be expected to practice your presentation -- this typically means devoting 10 times the length of your presentation to practice. For example, if your presentation is an hour, you’ll need to practice for at least 10 hours.
How do I get the most out of working with you?
It's easy to say I'm ready to be a better communicator and public speaker, however, to get your money's worth from working with me you need to be ready.
You are at a pivotal point where you want to excel at your career or grow your business. You are ready to take a giant leap, grab the next trapeze bar and hang out in that exhilarating space of the unknown. You're anxious to do the work to make strides in your growth. And that doesn't come without uncertainties, being uncomfortable, or willingness to make a few muck ups.
Simply put...be ready.
What’s your process? How do we work together?
I am both coach and consultant who will work with you to deliver your best work. 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?
From the words of a client, "You made me face my blocks and get rid of stories that didn't serve me. Stories that made me doubt my worth to deliver presentations. You worked with me from the bottom up to build my confidence so I was bold and powerful on stage." To connect with your audience you must be confident and be prepared to stand in front of your peers, not playing a part, but owning who you are and ready, willing, and able to share who you are and what you know.
I'll help you with that.
From getting you ready for our time together to coaching you through and in between our sessions, I’m here to support you and deliver on your success.
Where do you work from?
Online, via Zoom or FaceTime
In your office (in Vancouver or a plane ride away)
In a modern, downtown office space
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.
“Janice has the rare gift of being able to extract key messages from a complicated outline, to create a presentation that is clear, concise and meaningful. She is able to do this while still making the presenter feel confident and comfortable. It was a thrill to have the opportunity to work with Janice. She brought so much clarity to the process and I cannot thank her enough.”
Director, BC & Yukon CDN Youth Business Foundation
Meeting you, sent me on a quest to learn to speak better.
I was back in Kenya in February to speak, then in Zambia in April.
I am now working on a series of eight messages to be given in Nigeria in August.
Our “chance” meeting and casual conversation in Nairobi was a turning point for me.
Thought you might like to know of your impact. ”
International Aid Consultant
“I have been delivering presentations for years but rather than looking forward to the experience, I would be anxious for days or weeks before. I no longer am with the support of Janice. In a few sessions, she changed my perception towards presenting. In addition to her communication expertise, she can get right to the root of your presentation challenges. We also worked on messaging, breath work and relaxation techniques. She is the most encouraging and thoughtful communication coach. Thank you Janice!
Managing Director, International Education, Burnaby School District
“Your insight and encouragement in my role of MC for our annual conference was a big help to me. I had content that I felt confident enough to ad-lib to and I believe that it came across well…you do good work!”
Director, Global Leader of Sustainable Wood Solution Products Organization
“By attending one of Janice's workshops and reading her newsletter, I have learned new skills and ideas that have greatly improved my abilities in speaking and teaching workshops. Janice can help you learn how to truly engage your audience, not just present to them.”
CEO, Mediate BC
“Janice has a knack for bringing out the best in speakers. She provides insightful and gentle critique, and helps her subjects make the most of their presentations. She's in your corner, giving you the guidance and direction you need without trying to shape or mould your flow. It was delightful moving through the process of creating my first TedX talk, for @TEDX KidsBC”
Speaker and Trainer
“Janice worked with one of our speakers for the 2012 TEDMED conference held at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. The speaker reported that he enjoyed the experience and that he appreciated Janice’s input very much. From my perspective, the speaker’s presentation clearly benefited from Janice’s expertise and assistance. The speaker’s somewhat shy, diffident delivery became more conversational and lively. His tendency to sink into a low monotone at times was replaced by a better modulated, more mellifluous tone of voice. His use of effective gestures and comfort in moving on the stage also increased...”
Chief Storytelling Officer at TEDMED and Walker Digital
“You have lifted me a mile above the ground!! Thank you for the bottom of my heart.”
Lara Marchionni Jones
“Thank you again for your coaching… It went a long way in helping me better connect with the audience.
President at High View Communications Inc., Vancouver, Toronto, & Montreal
“You helped me so much, Janice! You would have been proud. People were coming up to me saying they felt my message and they thought I was so brave. The way I spoke and took pauses was very effective! I felt proud. You are a great teacher and coach!!! ”