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The Music Studio
4.9
from 43 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 96 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Adam D.
Verified review

Just witnessed my first lesson with David. He was able to make my introverted wife feel comfortable enough to come out of her shell and make silly sounds with him. She appreciated that the first lesson didn't include a "sing me your favorite song" request to see what she could do. Instead, he started with the basics and spent the lesson teaching proper breathing and letting the pressurized air out of tight vocal chords (as against "pushing" the sound out). Looking forward to many more lessons. Now she's got to practice!

Yes! You Can!
4.5
from 36 reviews
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
Nathalie B.
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I came to see Laura to work on public speaking skills but soon realized I had fears and anxieties - even physical symptoms - speaking up just in professional meetings and being in social situations. I realized I had lost my self-confidence and comfort being with people in reality due to too much time in virtual contact - on my phone or computer, etc. Now, I look forward to speaking in public again, going to meetings to challenge and feel the return of my confidence -- but also the good feeling it is to be in real contact with people and not just through text messages and emails. Through our sessions, I realized it was just a temporary loss due to bad habits I let develop.

Beth Friedmann Acting Coach
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Jeff Z.
Verified review

I reached out to Beth for public speaking lessons because I have general anxiety when speaking to large groups of people, and wanted to sharpen my skills since I work for a Fortune 100 company and give presentations regularly. When I met with Beth, we first discussed what it was specifically that I was struggling with and wanted to work on. She did a really good job of helping identifying the root of my speaking fear and then helped me come up with strategies to overcome my problem. We also practiced a bunch. I brought a number of different presentations to her, and she likes to set the room up in a similar fashion to how the presentation is going to go. While I presented, she critiqued my form, offered sound advice and encouraged me along the way. After just a few lessons with her, I feel significantly more comfortable speaking in front of large groups, and have seen serious improvement. Mission accomplished! I highly recommend Beth as an instructor. While I went in for business presentations, I believe she can help with a variety of different types of speaches/acting/etc. Thanks Beth!

Loren Michaels Harris
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Grace A.
Verified review

Loren Michaels Harris spoke at our high school's Operation Snowball weekend, a lock-in focused on drug prevention, leadership, and team building attended by 80 students. He is such a kind person and passionate, engaging speaker. He spoke about overcoming obstacles, keeping a positive mindset, and how our every action sends a ripple effect into the world. Several of our participants were emotionally moved by his inspiring story and came up to talk with him afterward, where he took time to have personal conversations and give encouragement. His message was powerful, uplifting, and exactly what our audience needed to hear. Thank you, Loren, for an unforgettable experience!

  • 5 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Heather J.
Verified review

I have always been interested in acting and learning about the art. As a true beginner, I didn't know where to start or who to hire. I recently hired Dave and not only does he have an extensive resume, he took the time to structure a customized regime for me to fit my personal goals. I would highly recommend him to any person, either beginner or experienced to utilize his unique methods and teaching skills!

Shift Happens!®
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 39 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Betty G.
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Jim Feldman goes beyond just an entertaining presenter; he reads his audience and captivates you with spot on examples that hit home, and then moves you to participation and shifting your way of thinking. He is able to demonstrate ideas simply but with relevance to a wide variety of participants – and the take home tools reinforce the training for days and months to follow.

MJ MVP TEAM
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Eric M.
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I highly endorse Michael "MVP" Jennings to be booked as a motivational Speaker at any School, Community or Private Event. I have enjoyed hearing him at a suburban Library Event, at his Booksigning Private Party and as a supportive softball Teammate. He is prompt, professional, engaging and very personable. He will get your crowd "fired up and ready to go!"

  • 12 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Eva M.
Verified review

I hired John to help me with some public speaking engagements I had. He was amazing! He taught me coping mechanism to keep my stage fright in check and gave me confidence. He is very personanble, fun and engaging, I highly recommend him!

Deno Andrews
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Ray K.
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Mr. Andrews is the consummate public speaker for your event. He tailors his talk to specifically meet his audiences' needs. He arrives well before speaking time impeccably dressed and ready to engage his audience from the moment he receives his cue to begin. Beyond his capacities to lead a speaking engagement, I applaud his rich professional and personal history. He draws upon a wealth of knowledge few can claim as their own. He brings relevant insights into focus and seamlessly leads the audience to rich reflective moments that merit discernment well into the future. It was both an honor and a pleasure to welcome Mr. Andrews back to Hitch Elementary School. He was an outstanding addition for our 8th Grade Advisory Speakers Program. Ray Kinzie

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Udit A.
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Great firm to hire for public speaking! I am a CEO of a Chicago-based tech startup. I spend a majority of my time giving motivating speeches to employees and strategic partners. While I felt pretty confident about my speaking skills, working with King's Circle Consulting Group has taken my presentation skills to the next level. Jonathan is the man. Not only is he an incredible speaker, he is a great teacher as well, which is rare quality. I recommend him, but all of the consultants there are top-tier.

Speech Lessons
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Marsha T.
Verified review

When I decided I needed a coach to assist with some decisions I needed to make, I began my search online. The sheer number and different types of coaches was totally overwhelming. But, little did I know that the perfect coach for me was right under my nose! Several months before, I had been introduced to Cassandra through a mutual friend because I was interested in the coaching profession for myself. We had several brief conversations about her training and about the business of coaching. Even in those early discussions, I found Cassandra to be warm, articulate, professional, considerate, and quick-witted with quite a sense of humor. Suddenly, I thought…Cassandra would make a great coach…for me! And I was right! She is not only a great listener but one of her most fabulous attributes is that she is able to “synthesize” my ramblings and feed them back to me in a marvelously cohesive statement that sums up what I said and much of what I felt – but hadn’t said! So, over the past 13 years, I have maintained Cassandra as my “go to” coach, and I have never been disappointed in the outcome of our collaboration. I have never felt judged, or wrong, or stupid in any situation that I have shared with her. Cassandra is the most non-judgmental person I have ever met. She is phenomenal in the way she supports me in whatever I am trying to achieve…and it’s ALWAYS about ME! If she has an opinion about something, she sets that aside and places the focus on what I want for my life. Her questions are so skillful that they encourage me to think in new and different ways and it inspires me to pull from deep within myself to come up with new ideas and approaches to my situation. In other words, Cassandra’s coaching is not about proving that she has the answers, but rather she is all about empowering her clients to gain clarity, recognize their own truth, and affirm their gifts. Yes, it is evident that Cassandra is highly trained and certified; but her value as a coach goes over and above what can be taught in a classroom. She is a person of integrity with a genuine desire and commitment to helping her clients achieve the highest level of personal satisfaction and professional success in their lives. I recommend Cassandra without reservation!

Catherine Johns Ltd
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Mike L.
    Verified review

    Catherine spoke to my CEO Vistage group. She presented several key ingredients to speaking in front of a group of colleagues or other audiences. The members of the group had several take aways to work on and utilize immediately. I would recommend Catherine to all Vistage groups or any business leaders/professionals looking to sharpen and improve their public speaking skills. Mike Lauesen

    U-Connect, Inc.
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 18 years in business
    Anne S.
    Verified review

    Holly is the consummate professional - well versed, well rounded, with a wealth of knowledge and ability to connect with her client. Would strongly recommend.

    JAD Communications, LLC
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 18 years in business
    Jeff A.
    Verified review

    Yvonne Brown is one of those rare individuals that can change a person’s life just from a chance meeting. I met Yvonne when my company hosted JAD Communications for a Self Directed Work Team training event. She has this air of positivity about her that is absolutely infectious. At the time I was struggling and uninterested in my position at my company. A good portion of the training focused on interpersonal skills development. As I learned about different personality types and discovered my own, I remember being slightly agitated because my conflict and stress reaction did not match my personality type. Yvonne noticed I was giving this a lot of thought and she talked me through it. I was just so impressed by her ability to read people. She appeared to know what we were thinking and she genuinely cares. Yvonne is such a skilled listener that all of the background noise just seems to disappear in her presence. Since then Yvonne has come back for more training events, and I was surprised at how much I looked forward to a chance to speak with her again. She asked me to read her book, “Self Creation,” and I was really able to internalize the message. I continued at my company as part of an experimental team attempting to change the manufacturing culture. As our team evolved I continued to practice the ideas I learned in Yvonne’s book. For me this journey to form a self directed work team has been more a journey of personal discovery. I have always believed in Socrates’ idea, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Yvonne has helped to open my eyes to how others view me. She introduced me to the heartfelt belief that I can determine my future. I can create my own self fulfilling prophecy. As I consciously made an effort to use the techniques I had recently read about, I noticed my life begin to change. I was not as dissatisfied at work. My mood improved on a daily basis. I was able to really concentrate and apply myself to the work at hand. I have become a more effective presenter and have had the opportunity to present for the most influential people within my company, most notably the CEO. After over 20 years as a manufacturing technician I never believed I would speak comfortably with a man who holds a chair at the United Nations. It is strange but I was in the same position, making the same salary, doing the same work and yet suddenly I was successful. My ability to communicate improved and people wanted to listen to me. As I accepted more ownership of the business, more doors opened. I became immersed in my new role as a Functional Training Lead for the team. I have been influential in developing new training materials and a new skill based assessment. Quality of training has always been something that I complained about. Now I have stopped complaining and started doing something about it. My work was noticed and in February I was awarded a position in the new training department. I still have many bad habits to unlearn, many good habits to learn and a few rough edges that need to be polished. I have begun to change the direction of my career. I even have plans to go back to school and continue my education. Sometimes, all it takes is the right person giving a nudge at the right time.

    Elizabeth O'Neill
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 3 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Jason S.
    Verified review

    Elizabeth is an intelligent, approachable, talented, but most importantly, very funny person. She has coached myself and another executive in public speaking which tremendously increased my confidence speaking to groups and on camera. She meets you where you are in terms of needs. As a comedian/improv/actress/singer/dancer/writer she has exposure to most arts so I also just found our discussions thoughtful and enjoyable. I highly recommend Elizabeth if you need personal speech coaching, an entertainer for a party, or an MC for your next event. Outside of playing instruments, I'm not really sure what she can't do.

    • 5 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Jennifer T.
    Verified review

    Mr. Carter created a customized, interactive presentation based on our K-8 audience and messaging needs. We enjoyed having him as our speaker.

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Sena J.
    Verified review

    I am a first time writer and English is not my specialist or my best field (in other words English is my second language). In fact, I am still learning everyday to improve my grammar, tenses and more. Rita really did help me make my dream come true. Even thought my book is not yet out but I know it was because her help both professionally and as well emotional I am at this stages. She did a wonderful job editing my grammars, consistency of the story in each paragraph and flow of paragraph, word choice and more. Highly recommend her to anyone, epically first time writer. Oh, my book will be out soon

    • 5 years in business
    About

    Because there is a heightened sense of purpose and JOY to be found in dealing with an individual or business that is on the brink of sprawl. I love figuring out puzzles so being able to connect a business with its ideal audience is like connecting dots when I share what I've learned over 10 years honing my skill set.

    • 4 years in business
    About

    I am a Chicago based expert in public speaking. I work with people in leadership roles who find themselves paralyzed in front of a group of people or who can’t move up like they want because they lack the speaking ability needed. I coach them on learnable skills that make them more dynamic speakers. This results in greater confidence, a growing income, and more fun in your work.

    • 12 years in business
    About

    Marie Hale Ramos, owner and marketing visionary behind Lipstic Logic, has been an entrepreneur and supporting entrepreneurs for more than 15 years. Her innovative style and technical skills have empowered more than 50 business owners to a higher level of success in the past five years alone, and she shows no signs of stopping. Marie was raised in Sin City itself and moved to Chicago at 17 to start her life on her own terms. She opened her first business at the age of 22, was the youngest woman to be promoted to the level of executive managing director within eWomenNetwork at the age of 25, and has added more than seven prestigious professional awards to her catalog since then. She currently serves as the assistant director for the Chicago Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and is proud to donate her time and effort to building the LGBT community. She is a black belt-certified Sales Results, Inc. graduate and now travels the country speaking on a variety of business topics. Her areas of core genius are the following: * Time management and prioritization * Client relationship management systems * Image and presentation skills * Market communication and strategy * LGBT community Marketing strategies * Mommy market strategies * Copywriting * Public speaking * Sales "I believe that entrepreneurs can save the world - if they can save themselves first. Find your genius - and then delegate, duplicate and automate! Do what you do best and create processes for the rest."

    About

    Former college professor, current litigation consultant. I can help anyone become a better public speaker. I work with all levels, high school through professional.

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    If you need knowledgeable speech coaches, then check this company out. They offer customized executive speech training services at a reasonable price. They also do leadership training jobs.

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    Anne has been offering public speaking lessons for more than 20 years. She is among the unbeatable public speaking coaching professionals who work closely with clients.

    • 2 years in business
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    Looking for professional public speakers? Then look no further than Deborah Speaks. This service provider offers effective public speaking and inspirational speaking.

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