Help You Create and Deliver Great Presentations
Few things will position you as a leader more than delivering a great speech.
Our coaches can help you create and deliver speeches that will inspire confidence and move audiences to action.
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Coach You to Sell Ideas andInspire Confidence
Great leaders communicate in a way that connects with audiences.
We can help you find and hone your personal communication style, allowing you to inspire confidence and sell your ideas.
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Teach You How to Deliver a Winning Sales Pitch
For over twenty years, we have helped our clients deliver presentations that win business.
Our workshops and coaching services can improve your team’s communication fundamental.
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When I was practicing law in my prior life, a senior attorney called me into his office and shut the door. "Joey," he said. "I want to give you some feedback on how you handled yourself in that meeting today."
I braced myself. “You did fine,” he said, “The client seemed satisfied. But I think I counted 25 “ums” in five minutes. It doesn’t sound good.”
Filler words like “um” and “er” make us sound unsure and even ignorant. Yet with focus and the help of our brain’s “reticular activation system” you can eliminate filler words.
“Ums” Make us Sound Uncertain and Ignorant
Linguists posit that we use filler words to maintain a stream of vocal sound. We’re afraid that if we get quiet, someone will interrupt us and we’ll lose our “conversational turn.” And fillers words vary with the language. English has “uh” and “er”. Spanish and Italian have “e.” Mandarin Chinese speakers say "zhege zhege zhege".
Regardless of the language, “filler words” are universally seen as signs of uncertainty and even ignorance. In Russian, filler words are called “vermin words.”
One social scientist has shown than the words make us sound less intelligent. Robert Gifford, Ph.D., of the University of Victoria in British Columbia., taped high school kids answering tough questions and then played the tapes for other students. The students that avoided the “uhs” were perceived to be smarter.
The best leaders build credibility with stories.
In particular, they share examples of the times in their lives when their character and skills were formed through personal experience. These narratives illustrate to the listener what they can expect of a leader as well as what a leader will most likely expect of them. People remember stories long after they forget the policy book and the vision statement on the wall.
There are five stories you should be able to deliver that will build your credibility as a leader. Learn how in Jan McKenzie's White Paper "The Five Stories Credible Leaders Tell."
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Learning By Doing
At Speechworks we believe that people learn best by doing. Our workshops are designed around the principle that each person should be involved in every aspect of learning. Our Open Enrollment programs focus on the most common communication skills challenges, presenting to audiences and speaking in meetings.
The Executive Speaker Workshop
During this workshop, you will learn how to exert influence in a variety of settings, from formal presentations, to one-on-one, or to large group meetings. Combines The Persuasive Speaker and The Impromptu Speaker workshops into a single program with on-camera presenting and role-playing.
2014 Dates: June 18-19, August 13-14, October 15-16, December 10-11
The Impromptu Speaker WorkshopLearn how to communicate confidently and sell ideas in impromptu settings including group meetings, one-on-one meetings, and during Q&A sessions. You will also develop a personal style that builds personal and business relationships.2014 Dates: July 17
The Persuasive Speaker Workshop
Improve your public speaking skills in this intensive one-day program through video sessions and individualized coaching. Learn to organize your information and deliver it with confidence and credibility, whether speaking to individuals or to small or large groups.
2014 Dates: May 16, July 18, September 19, November 14
The Non-Native Speaker WorkshopPublic speaking is hard enough. Delivering presentations when English is not your native language is particularly difficult. In The Non-Native Speaker on-camera workshop, you will learn how to create and deliver presentations with confidence. 2014 Dates: September 25-26
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Since 1986, Speechworks has been coaching America’s top businesspeople to communicate in a way that connects with listeners, sells ideas, and inspires confidence. Let our coaches help you develop a communication style that inspires confidence.