Silva Speech Coaching — 50% Off Deal!
Silva Speech Coaching — 50% Off Deal!

Silva Speech Coaching — 50% 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 For a limited time, new students who leave a review after their first session will receive the next for half the normal price. Read on to see a more detailed pricing breakdown. 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! Additional/related skills include: - Voiceover training (for those looking to narrate training videos or start a podcast/vlog) - Audio editing (in Audacity) - Writing/copyediting (I spent four years writing for a financial firm) - Interview training PRICING Expert: $100/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: $160/hr - Here, you would record your assignments & send them to me before session. I listen to them (often many times), and come to the session prepared with 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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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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Natalie C.
1 month ago
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Jaime is an extremely gifted coach. I reached out after taking on a new work role that required more public speaking - and gained great value from my very first call. From the outset, it was clear that Jamie was prepared, knowledgeable, and gifted at his craft. His ability to ask meaningful questions, acutely identify problem areas and provide tailored techniques and well-thought-out action plans was both impressive and invaluable. He was professional and made coaching sessions enjoyable. I would highly recommend.

Details: Beginner • 26 - 44 years old • Body language • Verbal delivery • Connecting with audience • To build confidence • To develop a skillset • Business • Within 1 month • Remotely (phone or internet) • My home, venue, etc. • At the pro’s location

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Neil C.
4 weeks ago
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Jamie is an amazing speech coach! I've done multiple sessions with him, and I have really enjoyed the results. He tailors the lessons to each student's individual speech needs. I love the specificity and uniqueness with which he treats each student. Over the past few months, I have seen my day to day and work related speech improve. The best part is that Jamie teaches you how to self diagnose your speech and perform exercises on your own time, so you can eventually become self sustaining in your practice to improve speech. 10/10 would recommend Jamie

Details: Intermediate • 26 - 44 years old • Verbal delivery • Body language • Connecting with audience • To develop a skillset • To build confidence • Business • Not applicable, just interested as a hobby • At the pro’s location • My home, venue, etc. • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Keyi W.
Apr 16, 2022
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I can’t imagine a better speaking coach to work with than Jamie. I’m a VP working in Investment Banking in NYC and decided to beef up my communication skills before an important career juncture. Jamie is an incredibly artful speaker himself (you need to model what you teach!), and he takes a highly personalized and super practical approach to coaching, with lots of tailored, helpful exercises to improve everything from tone, voice, words, to structure and content, so that you go through a 360-degree upgrade of speaking effectiveness. Highly recommend him for folks in business / professional services! (I imagine he’d be great coaching people in other professions too, but just speaking for myself!)

Details: Intermediate • 26 - 44 years old • Speech content • Connecting with audience • To build confidence • To develop a skillset • Business • Not applicable, just interested as a hobby • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Priyanka k.
Apr 13, 2022
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I struggle with the enunciation of words and whether people understand me due to my accent. Jamie was extremely professional and got back to me within the hour, took the time to ask relevant questions and understand my issues. He prepared a lesson plan within a day and gave me exercises right away. Since I'm a working mom with young kids, he was always kind enough to send me reminders and make sure I reach my goals. Within the first lesson his feedback has been extremely valuable and his suggestions for improvement are easy enough to follow and incorporate immediately. I would highly recommend him if you're interested in improving your speaking skills and finessing your diction.

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

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

    Standard: $100/hr - Gets you all my customary content, analysis & feedback, with assignments done live in-session. - Even standard students get the elite treatment (see below) for the first session. After that you’d need to pay for it. - First session discounted rate: $80 (the listed price on Thumbtack) Elite: $160/hr - Here, you would record your assignments & send them to me before session. I listen to them (often many times), and come to the session prepared with 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. - Discounted rate of $80 for the first session still applies.

  • 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 four years of podcast hosting encompassing well over 100 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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