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I am a college student who was overwhelmed with having to present in front of a large class. I sought out help from Carl hoping he would help me with my public speaking skills. After only two one hour sessions, not only did I improve my delivery, but my confidence increased as well. Carl is a very outgoing tutor who is extremely passionate about helping his students. If there is anybody out there who is stressed out about upcoming school presentations, I would seek out Carl's help. He will teach you how to organize and deliver your presentation, no matter the subject.
I have worked with Lois for the past three month, and she is just AMAZING. I have learned so much from her about public speaking, interview techniques and accent reduction. I am now much more confident about my English and presentation stills. She did an absolutely fantastic job on editing my resume and personal statements. Unlike online editing services (which just correct grammar and punctuation mistakes and typos), she spent time to know my vision and what I really wanted to express. The end results were impressive pieces that were personal and really made me stand out. Lois is intelligent, delightful and inspirational, and I truly enjoy her teaching. I especially love her homemade iced tea in this hot summer. I strongly recommend Lois for her lessons and will definitely continue working with her!
I was very fortunate to have worked with Tracy. Public speaking does not come natural to me yet my work does require me to do presentations and product demos. And working with Tracy helped me tremendously. First off, she is incredibly friendly, patient, and empathetic. Her methods are simple but really effective. I used to be really rigid in my previous presentations, but after working with her, I am much more relaxed and I allow the presentation to flow much more naturally. The result is I keep my audience's attention much more. I would say that the improv exercises we did were the most effective. I think anyone, in particular those who are introverted like myself, and find it difficult to present will benefit from her insight and guidance. She is a great person to know and you should consider yourself lucky if you get the chance to work with her.
Going into my lessons with Paul, I had no idea what to expect. I'd never had voice lessons before and my voice had been an area of insecurity for me my whole life. Thankfully, Paul coaches in a way that put me,a novice, at great ease. Even after just two lessons with Paul, my acting coach noticed a difference in my vocal quality. I was able to realize how I had developed a habit of incorrect breathing and posture and how it was effecting my every day life. He not only provided me with greater skill as a performer, but with better overall habits for speaking and carrying myself in day to day life.
Brought most of my team to hear Mike speak and I am so glad I did! Mike delivered a presentation that was powerful, fun and full of great content. Our Company asked him to create a custom presentation for us and he took the time to talk to company leadership, learn about our company and the people who would be there. Mike created something that was so relevant, interesting and strong that we asked him if we could keep his outline and make it part of our regular team training! Loved every minute of dealing with him, a true professional! Steffan Alons, Akamai Innovations
I came to Oliver at Verbal Ninja ahead of a big speech that had career and even life changing potential. I was speaking to a large group of fellow doctors, several of whom were what you might call “celebrity doctors.” Frankly, I wanted to upstage them. I myself have an acting background but have always had a lot of stage fright for public speaking. I worked with Oliver over the month leading up to the big event. I knew what I wanted to say, just not quite how to say it. He made my words sound like nothing I’ve ever heard before—yes, that good. Yet it still sounded like me…I felt comfortable and spontaneous. He sort of gave me the voice that I always thought I had inside, if that makes any sense. He also coached my delivery, voice, gestures, movement, eye contact, etc. etc. His tricks to conquer stage fright—especially the psychological aspect—are brilliant. The result? I think I killed it that night. Even my billionaire friend who came to see me said I spoke better than a lot of people he sees that speak on a regular basis. Even the owner of the company had this to say: “Thanks for everything, the event was great and we were very happy that you gave that speech, it was amazing! Not only the way you presented (like an actor) but also the content was very emotional, some tears were shed from Melissa.“ People came up to me afterwards and shared how I changed their view on aesthetics and really motivated them. All the “famous doctors” who spoke alongside me on the panel were super impressed as well. In short, Oliver came to me highly recommended. He leaves me even more highly recommended. If the stakes are high, he’s the guy.
I have learned many tips to improve my ability of public speech. The training is worth my time.
Jerry Cassandro at 4AM is an excellent coach. His approach to public speaking is phenomenal. The skills he taught me are excellent, fast and worth it. I really enjoyed the exercises we did together on self-confidence, I can still see a difference in other areas of my life.
I have known Deborah through Toastmasters International since 2010. Deborah is a consummate professional who working diligently to deter bullying in the workplace and schools. She is a huge believer in leadership training and mentoring programs. She is also a Certified John Maxwell Speaker. She conducts countless public presentations for students, parents, teachers, administrators and managers. I consider her a fabulous mentor and highly recommend her to any organization wanting a motivational speaker.
My daughter was in the Conejo Valley Youth's 'Midsummer Nights Dream'. I am in awe of the result: youth speaking Shakespeare's English as naturally as their own. Mary directs scenes from the play, and artfully casts the kids in several roles. After one scene is rehearsed, it is run again with a different cast. The youth build their character from the experience of seeing it performed as well as from their own interpretation. The masterful process is intuitive; all the kids know is that they are having fun with each other.
It's not that I don't like public speaking, or that I do like it, it's that I lack confidence in doing something that is not a constant, practiced part of my daily life. Enter Robin. Kind, supportive and forever positive. Robin has helped me with a few high-profile presentations to large annual conferences, and to smaller regional gatherings. We have worked on timing, tone, modulation, message~even tweaking the written word as it took on the spoken form. Robin's suggestions were specific, spot-on, and always presented as a generous invitation to step out of the habitual, and into the creative. Her enthusiasm for public speaking which she so obviously adores is contagious. In the end, I felt confident and relaxed~ still a bit nervous, but in a way that encourages, rather than thwarts. My presentations were a hit, and not just because I felt good about the outcome. Conference attendees came up to me afterward to tell me the presentation was all a presentation should be~passionate, articulate, concise, well-researched and inspiring. What is the point of public speaking if not to well share our passions and inspire others? I wholeheartedly recommend working with Robin as a way to improve your public speaking skills, while enjoying the process!
I've worked with Tyrone at the Dope Spot Studios on numerous occasions. As a recording engineer, having a reliable studio with the right vibe to bring clients to is everything. The dope spot has the right vibe and the right gear for me to get the job done
Natasha provided exceptional professional service that added great value to our company She was consistently responsive and a joy to work with
Chanti Niven and Desiree Luethy do not just teach how you can speak better, express yourself more effectively, use your voice correctly, affect people with your words, read and understand body language (just to name a few), but they teach you how to find your unique and individual voice in this world. Yes, you will definitely become a better speaker and be more comfortable in your own skin, but you will also discover an immense pool of inner strength that you might've not thought existed before. They will show you the way to discover your heart's purpose, that which is the most important and most fulfilling message you - as a human - can share with the world. I have personally NEVER seen people grow so fast as they do in these classes. When in the first class, a shy teenager mumbled her name in front of the group and moved her body in nervous ways, by the fourth class, that same teenager held a confident speech that not only inspired everyone in the room but held them completely captive with her presence and delivery. And that was not just a rare case. I have taken several classes already, and I always had the privilege to see this kind of growth in each and every one of the participants. Always. Chanti Niven and Desiree Luethy's classes are not just speaking classes, but growth classes. Personally, I am still in awe of what I was able to accomplish in just a few courses. I am indeed speaking and expressing myself on a higher level, but I have also come to fall in love with public speaking and it is now an active part of my life. And that my business improved since I have been taking their classes, is a welcome side effect, as well. If I would continue to list more wonderful things about Chanti Niven and Desiree Luethy, I would sit here all day, so, if you're still in doubt, I would like to tell you that if you have ever considered investing in yourself, these courses will bring you such a great return you can't even begin to imagine.
I am so glad I connected with Catherine for my public speaking concerns because she made all the difference in the world in helping me gain confidence, connect with the audience and the content of my speech. In fact, I originally needed help in speech content and my delivery in order to get a promotion I passed up awhile back, due to my lack of speaking skills. Because of Catherine’s insight to motivation, and her skill in determining a person's development of content suited to my specific topics, I made a huge impression on my colleagues and apparently my supervisor in the accounting office I work at. Many thanks, Catherine, to your patience and guidance to set me apart from all the others with my unique personality in speaking and presenting. And now, I have tremendous confidence! Kimberly W. (N.Y.)
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I work with individuals and find where each person needs weaknesses lie. And, I cater my training to each and every individual I work with.
After receiving my masters from NYU Graduate Acting, I worked as an actor in television, film, and theater in NYC while also teaching scene study at the undergraduate and graduate level. Students of mine have gotten into the top acting programs (Yale School of Drama, Juilliard, NYU, etc.) as well as worked across the different mediums. Now in LA, I have turned my practice to private coaching. My main focus, whether working with an actor or someone who wants to get comfortable speaking in front of other people, is the breath. If you can breathe freely, you can speak freely. Then we can bring out you, the best you, the brightest you, and to tell your story. If we are working with you as an actor, we will bring your deeper breath to your work. And if we are working with you for public speaking, we bring your free breath to your voice and speech. Wherever you are in your process, we will bring you to the next level.
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I provide public speaking services and training, workshops, in-house speech courses, speech writing, proofing and editing, individual coaching, video conference and consulting. I can help you overcome the fear of public speaking; choose your words wisely and structure your thoughts clearly, and help you achieve and sustain credibility and confidence as a speaker. I am available for last minute help or regular coaching, company seminars and retreats, and will travel if schedule permits. All training is conducted, not by employees with scripts, but by me, a Los Angeles based tenured college professor and champion speech coach with over 10,000 hours of experience. - Professor Duane Smith
I provide beginning, intermediate and advanced instruction in public speaking and visual media communication. Offers are open to private, small and large group seminars. Ongoing private lessons in public speaking and visual media training are available!