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I gave the Yale talk yesterday and I killed it!
Lisa Servon Professor and Former Dean, Milano Graduate School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy, The New School
The event went extremely well in Aspen. Thank you for the session. It really helped me organize my thoughts.
Rhys Powell President/Founder, Red Rabbit, LLC
Jezra, the talk went great!! I got a standing o!!!!!! Thank you so much for your help and support!
Amy Cortese Author of Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit from It
The speech went great, thanks to you!
Chef Marc Murphy Co-Owner, Benchmarc Restaurants; Judge, Chopped
Thank you so much for your help. It was the primary reason I could walk up there and ultimately deliver.
Anne-Marie Van Dijk Supermodel and Founder, Cleanse NYC
I cannot emphasize how extraordinarily amazing you are!! I don’t remember spending as productive a two hours with another professional as what I accomplished with you today.
Boaz (Buzz) Shattan, Jr. Senior Vice President, The Greenwich Group Intl. LLC
I felt transformed after my session with Jezra! She empowered me with concrete strategies that fit my personality, yet stretched me beyond my comfort zone.
Isabel Cruz Artist, Arts Educator, Founder, Bluebell Summer Arts Camp
I may not meet Jezra again, considering she lives in New York and I in Mumbai. But the lessons learnt during the few hours she spent coaching me will last a lifetime.
Rajesh Jain CEO, Netcore and Chairman, Novatium
You are the best! It went really well yesterday, and I got a lot of compliments about how well I speak.
Saudia Davis CEO, GreenHouse Eco-Cleaning LLC
Man, you're good! Wish I could keep you in my back pocket!
Anne Loehr Executive Vice President, Center for Human Capital Innovation
Thank you for the amazing session with our District Leaders. The growth in their delivery was astounding. It was thrilling to witness the transformation.
Anne MacDonald Leader, Retail Learning and Development, EILEEN FISHER
Your coaching and feedback have me really looking forward to the next two events!
Jeremy Crandall Sr. VP, Operations & Client Services, Adroit Digital
The presentation was a great success, and I owe that to your help with both organizing my ideas and delivering my speech powerfully.
Kathryn Cooperman Absentee Bid Coordinator, Christie’s
I am a public speaking coach in Iran, and your FANTASTIC book 'Speak Like Yourself' was really useful to me.
Payam Bahrampoor Public Speaking Coach, Iran
Thank you for sharing your excellent book and supplementary resources. I stayed up too late reading through them — what INCREDIBLE advice!
Kristen Brophy Founder, HALO (Help a Lady Out)
Thank you so much for your commitment to getting this workshop right – you did! I received lots of positive feedback from my global insurance client, and really appreciate your focus and attention to detail.
Susan Farwell President, The Executive Communicator LLC
I found out last week that I was admitted to the Partnership, and I wanted to thank you again for your help in prepping me and getting me to this level. I owe you a lot.
Vivek Mehta Managing Director, Risk Consulting
Thank you so much for your frank feedback and great tips, including "Don't start 'till you're ready." That one really helped me get centered at the beginning of my speech!
Lisa Larson-Kelly Technology Trainer and Coach ("Helping you make peace with technology in your life and work")
Thanks for your help and insight on planning our recent funders call — well received!
Neel Inamdar Conservation Finance Impact Investor
You were FANTASTIC! Everyone should hire you for communications workshops.
Jennifer Bezoza Business Consultant; Founder, LEADING FOR GOOD
We did it together!! You were a great help in putting my speech together and helping me deliver my message, and I felt great delivering it!
Harry Singh CEO, Bolla Oil Company
Thank you again for the wonderful training. Our team is still talking about it.
Tracee Sanders, Senior Manager, Human Resources Share Our Strength (a national organization to end childhood hunger)
I rocked it!!! Everyone loved my presentation! They thought it was engaging and funny, with a good response to my timing! I was able to ad lib, too!!!
Maria Gustafson SVP, Global Creative Director, Kiehl's
Thank you for all of your support, wisdom, encouragement, and tough love! Friday's symposium was a huge success, and I got really positive feedback from my colleagues and the symposium guests.
Rebecca Gildiner Director of Education, Red Rabbit (a for-profit provider of healthy meals and food education for school children)
With Jezra's assistance, I received a couple of job offers.
Vincent Willoughby Director of Finance, Temple University School of Medicine
The talk I gave today went SO well. It was really helpful to have a framework to slip my work into.
Ivy Onyeador Doctoral Student, Social Psychology, UCLA
I always refer you to everyone I know because you're the best & you've changed my work life for the best. Thank you!
Mauricio Jimenez Sr. Multicultural Marketing Mgr., Unilever
They want me to talk next year in London and in Vegas again! Thank you very much for all your help.
Mike Podolsky Co-Founder, PissedConsumer.com
Slam dunk! Thanks again for all your input.
Michelle Moujaes, Executive Director, Faithtree, a ministry of St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church faithtree.org
STUPENDOUS! Thanks for your help...
Adam Strum Founder, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, Wine Enthusiast Companies
I am very grateful for Jezra's skillful writing and effective coaching. She helped me form cogent arguments that maximized my impact on the audience.
Annalee Coakley, MD CCFP DTM&H Medical Director, Calgary Refugee Health Program
So grateful for you!
Liz Jackson Founder, Inclusive Fashion & Design Collective
I really enjoyed our session today. It was therapeutic, eye opening, and cathartic. I really enjoyed our session today. (Instant speech, LOL!)
Carleen Hall Real Estate Professional
I had the pleasure to meet you at a public speaking seminar you gave for the Hofstra University School of Engineering. The lessons given have been very useful and your book is a great reference and always relevant.
Engelbert F. Morales Civil Engineer
So much of what you said really clicked for me, and has shifted my viewpoint about my personality and my public speaking."
Melissa Miyashiro Chief of Staff, Blue Planet Foundation
I just wanted to send along a warm thank you for hosting such an awesome workshop for our Student Leadership Board."
Sarah Andes Director of Programming, Generation Citizen
Thank you for your sincere interest in helping me deliver much better, tighter, and crisper presentations. Your direct approach and deep awareness of what's needed is quite effective... meeting with you helps me deliver messages that I believe the audience should hear."
Dr. Allen Zeman President, Center for Human Capital Innovation (CHCI
Thank you for your passion for supporting others, Jezra. It is inspirational!"
Christina Foti Chief Executive Director, Special Education Office, NYC Department of Education
Just wanted to say thank you again for your amazing coaching. After the seminar, the guests told us how much they enjoyed it and how great they thought we were. Couldn't have done it without you!
Priscilla Porter Executive Director, Property Management, Dixon Advisory
Jezra was fantastic. From the very first session, she understood what was blocking my speaking success, offered some fabulous advice, and helped me view public speaking in a very different way. The presentation was a success, my nerves were minimal, and thanks to Jezra, I am almost looking forward to the next one that I have been invited back to give.
Emma Gibson PhD. Candidate, University of Birmingham
It went amazing! Can't thank you enough.
Gabri Christa Filmmaker; Choreographer; Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Barnard College
I recently attended an international meeting, the kind of event that would normally generate a lot of anxiety for me. But thanks to the lessons in your book, I was able to enjoy the meeting and exchange with many interesting people.
Denisse McLean Agrobiodiversity PhD Student, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy
Thank you for all your help! Many of the staff complimented my talk, and my husband, who had heard it over 20 times, said he got choked up hearing it yesterday."
Angela Mills, M.D. J. E. Beaumont Professor and Chair at Columbia University Irving Medical Center
You would have been proud of all of your team. They did a great job, even those who had virtually no public speaking experience."
Alan Dixon Managing Director & CEO, Evans Dixon Group
Thank you for coaching my medical school graduation speech! With your help, I felt comfortable talking about my vulnerabilities and speaking up about supporting marginalized communities. Students and faculty alike gave me so much praise and thanks for my message!
Dr. Brandon S. Scott Internal Medicine Resident Physician, UCSF Medical Center
I used your tips-for-introverts about (a) energy conservation prior to talks and (b) getting centered once up on stage just yesterday for some talks at Mayo and both tips were INCREDIBLY helpful and made a real difference.
Jeffery Huffman, M.D. Director, Cardiac Psychiatry Research Program, MGH; Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School
You're a superstar! I took your advice on how to reach out to those contacts, and they both want to talk!
Mai Iskander Award-Winning Film Director/Director of Photography
Your name is the first I pass on when someone is looking for speech help -- you've made a huge difference in my career!
Susan LaRosa Deputy Officer, Marketing and Communications, Henry Street Settlement
I have been a keynote speaker for over ten years. I figured I had this speaking thing more or less down; why would I need a coach? But in just a few sessions with Jezra I discovered that there truly is an art to being your best speaking self, and Jezra is a master at unlocking that. She is patient and supportive, and full of great frameworks and exercises, such that while we workshopped just one speech I learned concepts that I can take with me across multiple venues. Thank you Jezra!
Morgan Simon Author, "Real Impact: The New Economics of Social Change"; Founding Partner, The Candide Group
Many thanks again for your guidance and support!
Charles Jewett National Association Executive
Thanks so much for all your efforts. We are so excited about these [TED-style annual meeting] sessions."
James V. Executive Director, Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatrists
Thank you for a truly enlightening session. I left with some real tools and empowerment and I can’t tell you how valuable that is."
Erin Rynn Director of Projects & Team Dynamic, Sequence Events
Thank you Jezra— you have set me up for success!
Laurel Winkenwerder Manager of Quantitative Analytics, Black Hills Energy
Just that one hour with you changed everything. I’m so grateful.
Steven Mazzuchelli Managing Director, Equable Shares
I used your notes on how to give a talk to compose my father’s eulogy. Having the structure, the guidance, helped.”
Client (Name Withheld) Image by Steven Spassov | Unsplash
Thank you, thank you, thank you. What a great way to continue our First Friday program series! You were wonderful and left the audience wanting more = success.
Arcola Robinson Program Manager, Brooklyn Public Library's Business & Career Center
My TEDx talk is up to 500,000+ views! I could NEVER have done it without my secret, not-so-secret weapon!
Susan L. Adler, LCSW "Secrets of a Couples Counselor: 3 Steps to Happier Relationships"
Working with you has changed the way I communicate about science.
Jennifer Rehage Assistant Professor, Marine Sciences Program, Florida International University's School of Environment, Arts & Society
Jezra, I can’t thank you enough. You’ve changed something I’ve been dreading into something that I’m looking forward to!
Glenn F. Hopps Chief Financial Officer, R4 Capital LLC
We are all floored at how much you have changed people — and in such a short time!
Rachel Tall Senior Vice President / Director of Marketing, R4 Capital LLC
I was able to integrate your feedback into my presentation, which very much improved the delivery and helped with the overall “flow” of the discussion. I look forward to working with you in the future.
Brian Blue Senior Vice President / Chief Underwriter, R4 Capital LLC
I found our video conference to be extremely helpful. I was quite proud of how the panel went – and by the end, wished I had another 30 minutes to keep the conversation among the panelists and audience going.
Tara Nussbaum Senior Vice President, R4 Capital Funding
I just wanted to relay my deepest appreciation for your great help and feedback on my speech. It was really very well received and everyone loved it including the guest of honour.
Karolin Givergis Senior Coordinator, Client Relations, World Education Services (WES)
I accepted a job on Friday! Thanks for helping me move forward with this quest.
Peter Cafiero Transportation Executive, WMATA (Washington DC Transit System)
Jezra, it was such a pleasure having you speak to our Supervisory Staff. Your presentation was clear, concise and applicable to what we do, from the start to the end. You provided tips that Supervisors were able to implement as soon as that afternoon. We look forward to inviting you back! Thank you!
Darnell D. Young, OTR/L Director, Occupational Therapy NYCDOE|ORS|DSISS
I am so delighted/happy/pleased/EXCITED to tell you that my talk went really well this morning! Thank you so much for working with me to set up a clear three-point message at the start of the presentation. It helped everything fall in place after that. I am relieved to have found you and appreciate your insights and your time!
Barbara Veith Guest Curator, Decorative Arts — The Brooklyn Museum
The public speaking was good! I enjoyed it and I think it flowed well. Thanks for your support.
Giacomo Imperatori Manager, Mid-Market Sales - Italy, Spain and Portugal - Criteo
You are amazing at what you do, Jezra! Thank you!
Esther Benjamin CEO & Executive Director, World Education Services (WES)
Things went well today and some of the ladies attending commented that I was the best guest speaker they have had in a few years. I found that using my written speech allowed me to vary my pace, place emphasis when needed and generally connect better with my audience, without leaving out key points. Thank you, again!
Saundra Bixler Chapter President, Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc.
Thank you for the wonderful work you have done with our groups. They were so successful with their asks, they raised $1.2M!!
Erin Auerbach Senior Associate Director, Youth, I.N.C.
My pitch on stage in front of an audience of 100 people went great. We won the audience vote and placed 5th. For a first time pitch, I am extremely satisfied. And none of it would be possible without your help.
Yann B. Product Strategist @ DROP:SHOT
I could not have given my TEDx talk without you. Thank you is not enough, a million thank you's are not enough!
Rosanelly Lopez-Garcia Licensed Emergency Room and Trauma Social Worker; Speaker, TEDx OakParkWomen
I am happy to report that everything about the pitch went as well as I had hoped. Your advice and techniques were so helpful.
Annette DeVito Dabbs, RN, PhD, ACNS-BC FAAN Nurse Scientist, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
Thank you so much for two excellent presentations! The students were engaged throughout and left with some practical steps that they could take to help build their executive presence.
Sangeeta Rao Assistant Dean, Rutgers Business School; Co-Founder and Advisory Board Member - Rutgers Center for Women In Business
THANK YOU so much for a wonderful experience. Each of our sessions opened my eyes to steps I can take to elevate how I represent myself in the workplace.
Isabella DeAngelis Account Executive, 5W PR
My team member has absolutely LOVED working with you! I’ve noticed such an improvement in her confidence, presence on calls and overall performance! Thank you for all your help.
Ashley Lauren-Barton Blasse Vice President, 5W Public Relations
Thank you for the marvelous training on managing a Zoom group meeting. Last week I facilitated my first ever group Zoom session. I felt prepared, empowered and confident, and I have you to thank for that.
Sandra Zimmer Public Speaking Coach, Author of "It's Your Time to Shine"
Thanks for the marvelous course! I learned so much from your comments, suggestions, modeling, and exercises—and from the thoughtful observations other folks contributed.
Lili Selden Owner, Murasaki Translation & Editing
Yours was one of the few workshops I've attended that was promised as interactive, and actually was. It was also far more accessible and practical than any of the professional workshops I've scouted out so far. It was really terrific. Thanks again.
Eric Cohen Job Training & Outreach Specialist, Business & Career Center, Brooklyn Public Library
Jezra, you are a font of actionable advice and encouragement!
Christina Ward Strategy and Innovation Consultant, Luminary Labs; Vice President, Stanford Women's Network, New York
Thank you so much. I feel like you gave me access to my own power.
Marion Dry Co-Chair, Class ACT HR '73, and Director, Music Performance Program, Music Department, Wellesley College
Jezra's incredible coaching, wisdom and kindness helped me deliver a poised and engaging talk at the United Nations. I have never felt so calm giving a talk under circumstances which would normally make me very nervous. I can't recommend Jezra more highly, she is a miracle worker.
Louisa Collins Founder, The Cultural Relations Collective; Tutor & Academic Advisor, SOAS University of London
Jezra has been a job interview lifesaver for me. I first worked with her after my MBA to help prepare for interviews. She completely transformed the way I interview (and it worked! I got 5+ job offers). Since then I’ve gone back to her time and again when I have an interview or big presentation. I’ve also referred her to friends and people on my team for coaching.
Mckenzie Lock Director, Product Innovation, Netflix
Jezra is MASTERFUL!
Jacki Esposito Director, US Policy and Advocacy, World Education Services (WES)
You're as good as everyone says you are!
Stacey Simon Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships and Policy, World Education Services
Jezra truly collaborates and creates a tailored package that addresses your specific needs. This is not a one-size fits all offering! Lots of good feedback and updates [from the team], and we are seeing new skills developing right off the bat.
Susan Kelly VP Operations, Polson Bourbonniere Derby/HollisWealth®
I just wanted to thank you for the great job interviewing course. It provides the confidence and perspective we need to give our best interview. Good stuff!
Sheila Doyle Director of Marketing, Medical Devices
Thank you for moderating tonight! The [coop annual board] meeting was very smooth.
David Lulgjuraj Asset Manager/Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, Houlihan Parnes Realtors, LLC
Thank you so much for your expertise. You always boost my confidence! Honestly, I could never do this speaking without you!
Maria Gustafson Senior Vice President Global Creative and Retail Design, Kiehl's "Since 1851"
You are awesome and so good—guiding the meeting, on top of the questions, the logistics, all of it. I know the Board was super happy with you too.
Nick Cornish Account Executive, Century Management Services, Inc.
If you're looking for a way to build your public speaking confidence and IQ — without adding a ton of homework to your already-busy life — Jezra's class, "Public Speaking in the Pandemic," is perfect.
Jasmine Rashid Director of Advocacy & Strategic Partnerships, Candide Group
Whether you're a CEO or a celebrity chef, an educator or an artist, the ability to SPEAK UP is an important part of your success.In today's tough environment, we all have to advocate for ourselves and our work — and that means being able Speak Up. Do you know how to...
- Pitch your business, or yourself?
- Motivate your colleagues or customers?
- Sound authoritative when you speak off the cuff?
- Speak clearly and persuasively in your personal life?
As a public speaking coach, these are just a few of the skills I share with individuals, organizations, and teams throughout the world.My services range from Individual Speaker Coaching, in person or by Skype, to customized Workshops that address what's most important to your team, to Speechwriting services that make it easy for you to get your point across. You'll also find a wealth of information about how to speak up in the Speaking Tips on this site, and more about working with me in the FAQs. And for self-directed learning, my public speaking books, Speak Like Yourself... No, Really!, Interview Like Yourself… No, Really!, and 100 Top Public Speaking Tips: The Book are like having your own speaker coach between two covers.
If you want to Speak Up, CONTACT ME as your public speaking coach.I look forward to working with you!
Sandra Arnold Executive Producer, Inn Keeper (A Little Inn on Pleasant Bay)
Jezra gave me the confidence to be who I really am while speaking. There's no need to emulate others. Jezra teaches you to be the best version of yourself.
Damon Slater Quotation Specialist - Schneider Electric
Thanks Jezra for a really engaging class. It was a pleasure to meet everyone, to hear your amazing stories and to see such real development in a very short time. It was a great experience!
Josh Harrison Co-Director, Center for the Study of the the Force Majeure, UC Santa Cruz