Silva Speech Coaching—$40 Off Deal!
Silva Speech Coaching—$40 Off Deal!

Silva Speech Coaching—$40 Off Deal!

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Introduction: MOST REVIEWS I've received more verified 5-star reviews for public speaking coaching than any other professional on Thumbtack. Plus, rather than offering a bunch of different services (like acting, life coaching, voiceover, 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. THE BASICS Since my initial forays into public speaking (and coaching!) in high school, I've spent thousands of hours presenting--in sports radio broadcasting, competitive speech & debate, corporate settings, stand-up comedy and podcasting. I've also been a full-time public speaking coach for three years, guiding hundreds of students towards their diverse speaking goals. Thanks to this range and depth of experience, I'm able to help both adults and kids tackle a wide array of speaking challenges (read on for examples). 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 honing your speaking skills for the rest of your life! MY TYPICAL STUDENTS Three primary types, really: - Professionals who find themselves speaking more often & in front of new/bigger/more important audiences at work, and fear inadequate speaking skills and/or nerves are holding back their career. - Kids (or adults) whose shyness or lack of conversation skills pose a serious obstacle to self-expression and socializing comfortably with peers. - High-achieving children whose parents want to help them take their communication skills to new heights and/or prepare for high school speech & debate or future academic interviews. If any of these sounds like you (or your child), perhaps we should talk! :-) THE DETAILS Areas of focus: - Business communication (presentations, Q&A or general discussion) - Job, book tour, or academic interview prep - Content development (e.g., brainstorming ideas & shaping them into a coherent speech) - Helping shy kids (or adults) build conversation skills & become more comfortable speaking in class, at work or in social settings. - High school speech & debate training. - Political candidate debate & media interview practice. - 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 - Inability to express what's on your mind - Rambling & poor organization - Conversational awkwardness - Upturning/uptalk - And of course, nerves! PRICING The default rate is $150/hour (each session is an hour). This gets you all my customary content, analysis & feedback, with all exercises & speaking done live in-session. If you’d like me to review a recording of you speaking outside of session, there’s an additional $20 charge. Recordings can be great fodder for coaching, since I can listen to/watch them beforehand (usually several times), and come to the session prepared with commentary. This also allows us to pack more insight & analysis into each session, which makes it a higher-quality service designed to help you reach your goals faster. DEAL Students who leave a review on Thumbtack will receive $40 off their next session! 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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Eve J.
Sep 21, 2023
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Jamie has been incredible! He has been helping me navigate through my public speaking challenges in the corporate world. In the time we have been working together he has provided me with tips I can use to address my anxiety around public speaking. He understands that no person is the same and provides a person-centered approach to his lessons. My managers have even noticed the improvement in my engagement. I’m so grateful for Jamie!

Details: Beginner • 26 - 44 years old • Connecting with audience • Verbal delivery • Speech content • To build confidence • To develop a skillset • To prepare for an event • Business • Within 1 month • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Jeffrey B.
May 19, 2023
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Mr. Silva is very professional, punctual, and skilled in the public speaking profession. He already gave me tailored specific feedback after the very first lesson. He is very thorough and attentive towards his clients. I am confident with Mr. Silva that I will be equipped to overcome any and all speaking challenges that I have. I am very happy to know his objective is not keep as a student for a long period of time, but to get me to the point where I have the ability to teach myself and my family for a lifetime. This speaks volumes about his character, motives, and passion towards truly helping people. Very impressed!

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

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Garrett A.
Nov 29, 2023
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I've had a tremendously positive experience working with Jamie! First, he's highly responsive and literally responded to my initial request almost immediately (I'm sure that's not realistic all the time, but it was especially helpful for me as I needed to spend some of my company learning & development funds in the next day!). He continues to be highly responsive on scheduling & any other questions as well. As a coach, Jamie has been exactly what I'd hoped for when I was looking to improve my public speaking - he's precise in his feedback; discerning issues in the areas on which you specifically want to focus. Unreservedly recommend Jamie!

Details: Intermediate • 26 - 44 years old • Verbal delivery • Connecting with audience • To build confidence • To explore as a hobby • To develop a skillset • Business • At the pro’s location • My home, venue, etc. • Remotely (phone or internet)

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James C.
Oct 16, 2023
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I highly recommend Jaime for anyone who needs help with their speaking skills. I found Jaime on Thumbtack to help me overcome challenges with executive communication and giving presentations to a group of people. I have problems with too many filler and repeated words in my delivery. I also needed help in organizing the flow of topics in speech delivery. I improved both areas after 4 weekly sessions with Jaime. I continued to improve in all areas of my speaking skills, including elocution, thinking on my feet, transitions, closing, etc. Jaime has very impressive perceptive skills. I was amazed by his ability to pinpoint the underlying causes of my communication challenges. His recommendations were on target and the exercises he prescribed were very helpful. Jaime’s help has been invaluable to me. I have no doubt he can help you address any communication weaknesses you wish to improve.

Details: No experience • 45 - 64 years old • Speech content • Verbal delivery • To build confidence • To develop a skillset • Business • Within 1 week • Remotely (phone or internet) • At the pro’s location • My home, venue, etc.

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Edwin c.
Jul 27, 2023
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I quickly felt a good connection with Jamie, public speaking is a big insecurity of mine and he made me feel comfortable talking about the subject right away. His tips are spot on and i can’t wait to try them out !

Details: No experience • 26 - 44 years old • Speech content • Verbal delivery • Body language • Connecting with audience • To build confidence • Business • More than 1 month away • At the pro’s location • My home, venue, etc. • Remotely (phone or internet)

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