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Online Public Speaking Coach

Get help with your next speaking event with an online public speaking coach. No need to risk in-person visits and you can do it from the comfort of your home-office.

Why most public speaking coaching is broken

If you remember back to that time when we had in-person events, you probably attended a public speaking workshop or seminar over a weekend. Maybe you paid for it out of pocket or your company did.

Chances are, you took a survey at the beginning that asked you to rate your “confidence level” with public speaking. You took the same survey at the end, too. In between, the speaker or agency put you through a series of exercises aimed at making you more confident with public speaking. Usually, they’d draw on techniques from drama and improv classes. Maybe you practiced a rehearsed speech or came up with one on the spot and received feedback.

At the end of the session–did you feel more confident? You probably marked “yes,” on the survey when asked. But were you better at public speaking? How long did your increase in skills last? How long did you remain confident as a speaker?

That’s the problem with so many one-off seminars that promise to turn you into a “powerful and confident speaker.” The effects are short-lived because public speaking mastery is a skill just like anything else.

Can you become a better cook in a weekend?

Can you become a better golfer in a weekend?

Can you become a better triathlete in a weekend?

Probably not. You might pick up one or two new ideas but getting better at anything takes three things:

  1. Repetition: This builds the neural networks in your brain to lay down new skills
  2. Feedback: You need a coach (or a critic) to tell you if you’re doing something the right way. Coaches can help isolate particular skills or gaps and help you practice and integrate them to your overall game.
  3. Authentic practice opportunities: You can’t just hit golf balls off a tee, you have to play in actual games against real opponents–or you have to cook for people–or actually go out and compete in triathlons.

A better way to work with a public speaking coach

Coaching with me–either over the internet with videoconference–or in-person when it’s safe to do so works in the following way:

  1. We set up an initial call and talk about your goals–where you are now and where you want to go. You can also send a recording or do a speech during the first call if you feel comfortable doing so.
  2. We set up a practice plan that focuses on your areas of improvement and strengths. We then set up times to practice a real upcoming speech that you have to give. Luckily, since most speeches are online right now, practicing online will be authentic practice. At each session, I’ll give you verbal and written feedback.
  3. In between sessions, you take the feedback and integrate it into your delivery. This is crucial–you only get better when no one else is watching. Practicing in between sessions means you’ll progress faster.
  4. Once you’ve improved in one area sufficiently, we’ll move onto other areas. We’ll take this all one step at a time to make slow but steady progress.

Why a online public speaking coaching won’t work for you

The above process isn’t for everyone. It’s for people who can dedicate the time to show up to each practice session and to practice in between the sessions. If you’re someone who often cancels meetings or can’t take feedback well or is impatient with progress, then this won’t work for you.

Why online public speaking coaching will work for you

On the other hand, if you take feedback well, if you see your commitments through, and you’re open to other perspectives, then an online public speaking coach can work for you. People who take the process seriously and commit to working and improving themselves see the most improvement.

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