Here are some of the questions I get asked a lot! If yours isn’t here, please contact me with it.
How many sessions do I need to take?
However many are right for you.
Many people find that 1-2 sessions gives them enough to think about and work on for months. Others start with 4-10 weekly sessions; or, to create an important speech, several multi-hour sessions.
Every speaker coaching session gives you new insights, and new skills to work on. How you schedule them will depend on your timeframe, budget, and goals.
What do you charge?
I charge a sliding scale, based on your ability to pay. When you contact me about setting up a first session, I’ll send you the specifics.
Can anyone become a great public speaker?
You won’t become a carbon copy of your favorite speaker (because you’re a different person), but you can become your best — and that’s true greatness.
Is speaker coaching like therapy?
No; but if memories of your childhood stuttering, lousy high school experience, or humiliating first boss are limiting your potential in the present, they probably will come up at some point.
I’m speaking next Thursday. Can you help me?
Yes, I can. Next time, though, try to contact me as soon as you start thinking about a new speech. As with most things, early intervention can save you lots of time, money, and heartache down the line.
How do you know what to do to help me improve my public speaking?
In addition to my experience with hundreds of coaching clients, I have a secret weapon called the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). We’ll use the MBTI to identify your public speaking personality; you’ll be surprised at how much that tells us about your public speaking strengths and challenges.
What kind of clients do you work with?
Demographically, there’s no pattern; I’ve worked with people of all ages, industries, and backgrounds. The two things they generally have in common are a drive to do better, and a streak of self-criticism. (Funny how often those two things go together, isn’t it!)
How you seen other clients with my same issues?
Are there any differences between Skype and in person coaching?
Two big ones: Skype isn’t good for coaching how you move onstage; that’s best done in person. And if we meet by Skype, you’ll miss out on the snacks and espresso I serve in-person clients.
Can you help me get rid of my accent?
I don’t provide “accent reduction,” and in most cases, there are much simpler ways to improve how well you’re understood (which I do teach). If you really want to try accent reduction, I’ll make a referral.
Do you offer classes or group coaching situation?
No, although I’ll sometimes help a client gather a group of friends or colleagues so that they can practice a speech before a small “crowd.”
What other services do you offer?
The list is long, for both individuals and organizations, so your best bet is to contact me and ask about the specific skill you’d like to learn, or teach your colleauges.