Silva Speech Coaching — 25% Off Deal!
Silva Speech Coaching — 25% Off Deal!

Silva Speech Coaching — 25% Off Deal!

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Introduction: MOST REVIEWS Over the last 12 months, I have received more verified 5-star reviews for Public Speaking Coaching than any other professional on Thumbtack. (A couple other pros have more total reviews, but many of those are for other, unrelated services and/or over a year old.) Plus, rather than offering a bunch of different services (like acting, life coaching, motivational seminars, etc), I am a full-time, dedicated speech coach. This means that I spend 100% of my professional hours honing a single craft by working exclusively with public speaking students. GREAT DEAL New students who leave a review after their first session will receive the next for 25% off the normal price. Read on for more pricing details. MY TYPICAL STUDENT Three types, really: - Professionals who find themselves speaking more often & in front of new/bigger/more important audiences, and fear inadequate speaking skills and/or nerves are holding back their career. - Companies or other organizations seeking group speaking workshops, classes or employee training. - Kids (or adults) whose shyness or lack of verbal skills pose a serious obstacle to self-expression and socializing comfortably with peers. If either of these sounds like you (or your child), perhaps we should talk! :-) THE BASICS Since I started coaching public speaking over a decade ago, I've spent thousands of hours presenting--in sports radio broadcasting, competitive forensics/debate, corporate settings, stand-up comedy and podcasting. Thanks to this range and depth of experience, I'm comfortable teaching beginners and professionals alike in both public speaking speaking fundamentals and advanced techniques. In addition to being deeply knowledgeable, extremely dedicated and highly responsive, I take time to learn about each student's unique speaking goals, struggles and strengths--and then thoughtfully design individualized lessons for each. I also take students behind the scenes of the coaching process, explaining my methods and encouraging self-analysis--so that even after our sessions conclude, you can be your own coach and keep improving as a speaker for the rest of your life! THE DETAILS Areas of focus: - Business communication (presentations, Q&A or general discussion) - Job, book tour, or academic interview prep - Helping shy kids (or adults) build conversation skills & become more comfortable speaking in class, at work or in social settings. - And if nerves are your nemesis, I offer a wealth of practical strategies to overcome, manage and speak well despite them. Common speaking challenges I can help address (not an exhaustive list): - Abundant fillers (um, uh, like, etc.) - Excessive speed - Flat, monotone style - Weak volume - Poor enunciation/mumbling/stumbles - Mind blanks/freezes - Rambling & poor organization - Conversational awkwardness - Upturning/uptalk - A dry, scraping delivery (aka vocal fry) - And of course, nerves! PRICING Expert: $165/hr -- ideal for students on a tighter budget or who don't have much time to do homework. - Gets you all my customary content, analysis & feedback, with assignments done live in-session. Elite: $190/hr - Here, you would record your assignments & send them to me before session. I listen to them (usually many times), and come to the session prepared with feedback/analysis. This allows me to pack more insight & analysis into each session, which makes it a higher-quality service designed to help you reach your goals faster. LINKS & FREE CONSULTATION You can watch/listen to some of my work in the links below, which include the winning speech at a company-wide presentation competition, plus a couple episodes of my 125-plus-episodes podcast (in which I coached the guests in speaking/voiceover fundamentals). Reach out for a free consultation--I'd be delighted to chat!
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Serves Portland, OR

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2021

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Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers

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Jamie M.
Apr 11, 2022
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I highly recommend hiring Jamie! He is very professional and personable; he takes the time to tailor his lessons around the need of the student. Lessons are organized and well thought out. I will definitely continue to see Jamie to help with my public speaking.

Details: No experience • 26 - 44 years old • Verbal delivery • Speech content • To build confidence • To develop a skillset • Business • Not applicable, just interested as a hobby • Remotely (phone or internet)

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KAVITA G.
2 weeks ago
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I got a good feed back for my first session. He provided good insight to continue working on the public speaking. Looking forward for more

Details: Beginner • 26 - 44 years old • Speech content • Body language • Connecting with audience • To prepare for an event • To build confidence • Business • Within 2 weeks • At the pro’s location • My home, venue, etc. • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Felicia H.
Aug 29, 2022
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Jamie is very professional, organized and forward-thinking. He outlined the lesson even before our first lesson, which was a huge help. He knew how to balance helping me improve my speech delivery without turning me into a different person altogether. His exercises were very helpful and he balances introducing new techniques with letting me feel natural the entire time. Jamie has been great to work with!

Details: Beginner • 26 - 44 years old • Verbal delivery • Body language • Connecting with audience • To prepare for an event • To build confidence • Business • More than 1 month away • My home, venue, etc. • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Oliver Z.
Aug 9, 2022
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My experience with Jamie has been really good! Jamie has strong expertise in speaking and provides a lot of high quality feedback.

Details: Beginner • 18 - 25 years old • Speech content • Verbal delivery • Body language • Connecting with audience • To develop a skillset • Business • Not applicable, just interested as a hobby • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Tabitha D.
Aug 5, 2022
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This session was worth the value. One session made a difference and allowed me to better prepare for everyday and formal speaking. Jaime provided great feedback, lessons and exercises. I will def recommend him to peers and will be booking another session to further improve.

Details: Beginner • 26 - 44 years old • Speech content • Verbal delivery • Body language • To prepare for an event • To develop a skillset • To build confidence • Business • More than 1 month away • At the pro’s location • Remotely (phone or internet)

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FAQs

  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    If you purchase a package of five sessions at once, then each one is $10 off, for a total of $50 in savings. If for whatever reason you don't use all five, I'll just refund you the difference. Then there's also the "25% off the second session if you leave a review after the first" deal described above in my main bio.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    - Discuss what they're looking to get out of our sessions--what they're struggling with, what settings they speak in, how they define success. - Craft a lesson plan (including homework, exercises and live presentations) based on their goals. - Work with them until they're fully satisfied with my results--nothing less.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    - Taught multiple corporate public speaking classes to colleagues at former company. - Won a company-wide presentation competition (~3000 employees, ~50 competition participants, four elimination rounds). - Experience answering high-net-worth investors' in-person questions about financial markets and current events. - Nearly six years of podcast hosting encompassing 125 episodes. About half of the episodes feature guests who I put through intensive vocal training to ensure conversational, natural delivery. - Two years of sports radio broadcasting in college. - Featured speaker at several high school forensics camps and seminars. - Featured speaker at a national Christian education conference in Gold Canyon AZ in March 2022. - Recurring stand-up comedy appearances.

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