“I should be able to just get up, open my mouth and speak!” Wouldn't that be awesome! Many of my clients who come to me for one on one public speaker coaching believe that, because they can talk, they should also be able to stand up and present an oral presentation— and that something’s wrong with them if they can’t. Sound familiar? What I tell my public speaking clients is, "Yeah, something’s wrong alright, but it's not you! What’s wrong is the way you’re thinking about public speaking." Nobody “just” gets up and speaks. And if it sounds like they’re just having a casual conversation when they do get up and speak, chances are that they have put in a lot of hard work — often, one on one with a public speaking coach like me.
One-on-One Public Speaker Coaching
So, What Do You Learn in One on One Public Speaker Coaching? Everything you need to become the dynamic public speaker that you want to be, including how to:
Design a good speech, that’s easy and fun to deliver.
Write it so that your ideas flow smoothly and you always know exactly where you are,
Practice (how, why, and what); and most important of all,
Establish a relationship with your audience that will make public speaking fun and gratifying for you and for them.
Think about it...there’s no particular reason why you would know how to do any of these things, right? That’s what your one on one public speaker coach is for: To coach you through the intricate details, so that you can enjoy your part, which is giving a great speech to people who will welcome and appreciate your energy and insights! Does the word enjoy sound too cheerful or even insane? You'll get there. Just remember that very few things are enjoyable when you don’t know how to do them. But things that you do well usually are fun — and public speaking is no exception to that rule. It can be FUN!
Not sure you’re ready for public speaker coaching?
I know it is a big decision to make and I even understand your hesitation. But ask yourself this: If I could have done this on my own, wouldn't I already be a dynamic public speaker by now? I get a lot of questions and I welcome them. Besides, how else are you going to understand if you don't ask? Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQ) along with the answers that will explain the process and what it’s like to work with me.
1. Who is perfect for public speaker coaching?
Anyone who wants to speak in public with more confidence, authority, success, and ease. People of all ages have been helped by my publice speaker coaching.
2. What can I expect from public speaker coaching?
While I can’t promise to transform your experience of speaking into a multi-million dollar career, but I can promise that you’ll view yourself, your audience, and the process of communicating with them in a new, more realistic, and more effective way. You will also know how to work steadily toward a time when speaking in front of others is easier and, yes, even fun.
3. How many sessions do I need?
That depends on your needs, your current skill level, and the amount of time you’re able to spend practicing between sessions. Following your first session, which is partly diagnostic, we’ll decide how to schedule future sessions, given the factors above and your time frame and budget. And if you only want one session, that hour will be action-packed and informative enough to get you started on your way!
4. What does a typical session look like?
While every session will likely include talking about how and why things work, they’re mostly taken up by practicing and you working to refine new public speaking skills, using the materials you’ve brought in. This might mean practicing for an interview, delivering a presentation, or using your messages to develop a more satisfying speaking style. It’s individualized, hands-on, and always about what you need.
5. What are your rates?
My clients range from children to corporations, so it’s not one size fits all. Contact me and we will figure out something that will work for you.
6. What kinds of presentation and public speaking challenges can you help me with?
I can help you improve any spoken, and most types of written, communications. The list is long, but includes things like:
GIVING A TALK, SPEECH, OR PRESENTATION
-Creating a speech that’s easy and fun to deliver;
-Making your message strong and clear;
-Developing your most powerful public speaking style;
-Overcoming fear of public speaking.
IMPROVING YOUR CAREER
- Pitching or promoting yourself or your business;
- Preparing successful job interviews;
- Editing your bio or resume;
- Mastering small talk and networking;
- Asking for what you want at work.
OTHER COMMUNICATIONS SKILLS
-Writing clearer emails or reports;
-Structuring a book or book proposal;
- Learning to speak off-the-cuff, and more!
7. Can I work with you via Skype or some other form of live video?
Almost always, yes. Skype is a free and flexible way for us to “meet” in person, if you’re not able to get away. It’s also great for follow-up sessions, and for most types of speaking coaching challenges.
8. When should we start the process of public speaking coaching?
The ideal answer is as soon as you know you’re going to give a speech,(at least a month) or want to develop or improve your speaking skills. However, I’ve had people contact me two days before, and they’ve given excellent presentations. Understand that creating your speech is just step one. Practicing it, so that you’re familiar and comfortable with what you’re going to deliver, is equally important, and also takes time. That said, some people work best under the gun, and others work best in a leisurely time frame, so you’re almost never “too early” or “too late.”
9. Should I write my speech before I come to you?
If you haven't already, please don’t! We’ll almost certainly rewrite what you’ve done, and that’s less efficient and more costly than building your talk from scratch.
Helpful things to do before your session are:
- Take the Personality Identifier Quiz. (I’ll send you the link right after we talk about working together);
- Find out what you can about your audience;
- Decide what you’d like them to do, or do differently, in response to your presentation;
- Think about your topic, and what you want to say;
- Gather any facts, figures, pictures, quotes, etc. that you think might be useful;
- Show up ready to focus and work hard.
10. Should I videotape myself giving a speech as practice?
Unless you’re one of those rare people who can watch themselves with composure, it probably won’t hurt. But in general, I believe that the question to ask is not, “How do I look?” but rather “How is my audience reacting to my ideas?” and video feedback won’t help you with that.
11. Can you help me improve my interviewing skills?
Absolutely. I have many clients who are job seekers, and helping them land a position or promotion is one of my favorite things.
12. Is public speaking coaching going to make me sound wierd and annoying?
Trust me, I actaully got this question before. No, unless you are already weird and annoying. Speaker coaching is going to free you to be yourself. That’s because, when you know what you’re doing and how to do it successfully, you won’t panic, or hide behind an inert facade. You’ll just do the job—and you'll do it well.
If you’re interested in one on one speaker coaching, CLICK HERE to schedule a free discovery session. We’ll talk briefly about your public speaking needs, goals, and challenges… I’ll give you a Personality Identifier Quiz to help determine your public speaking personality… and we’ll book a two-hour initial session. During that session, we’ll discuss your experiences with public speaking, decode your speaking style and get you started on the right track. We will also create a flexible, sustainable ongoing plan to achieve your goals.
There is no obligation past the first session; and that first session of one on one public speaker coaching is a Game Changer!
Beverly Jones-Durr is known as the “Clarity Ninja and Mindset Shifter” because she teaches clients, consultants and other service professionals how to eliminate the fog, remove the clutter and shift their focus to their purposeful and intentional path. She is the creator of Sistahs Unlimited, a program that teaches women to develop their authentic selves and create a positive and powerful mindset while developing action plans that are both attainable and measureable. JOIN the Sistahs Unlimited Community today and learn how to live your best life! You can also follow Beverly on Twitter, FaceBook and YouTube
Beverly Jones-Durr is a valued partner with United Way of Madison County AL and holds membership in Toastmasters International, Women Speakers Association (WSA), International Women's Leadership Association (IWLA), International Membership of Professional Advisors, Coaches and Trainers (IMPACT) and the International Association of Professional Life Coaches (IAPLC). Beverly's book, "Nurturing a Grateful Heart: The Power of Possibilities has been selected as one of the Top 10 Inspirational Books by Aspire Magazine. “Nurturing a Grateful heart: The Journal” is an interactive journal that will help you understand the power of gratitude and how to use it in your life.