Freedom of Speech Coaching with Jennie Bissell
Freedom of Speech Coaching with Jennie Bissell

Freedom of Speech Coaching with Jennie Bissell

Offers remote services
Discounts available
Offers remote services
Discounts available
$80/hour
starting cost


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Responds in about 4 hours

Introduction: We all know what it’s like to feel anxiety while speaking. For some of us, it’s resulted in the loss of a job, promotion, or relationship. What many of us don’t realize is that ANYONE can learn to develop a captivating stage presence. ​ I teach a unique, holistic method that enables executives, academics, and other professionals to uncover their natural ability to deeply impact an audience. My background is in theatre, and I hold an MFA in Classical Acting from George Washington University/ The Shakespeare Theatre and a BFA in Acting from NYU-Tisch. After seeing the difference performance training made in my fellow actors - not only onstage but in their overall fulfillment in life - I developed a strong desire to share this work with professionals in the other fields. Since founding Freedom of Speech Coaching, I believe even more firmly that all people can learn to be captivating communicators. Developing these skills leads not only to more effective presentations and more successful interviews, but also to accessing an inner confidence and connection to your innate creativity. I help clients tell engaging stories, develop a confident physicality, improve vocal clarity and diction, and speak from the heart. Clients use these skills in all areas of life: from high stakes presentations, to job interviews, to dating. Clients can choose to work short-term to prepare for a specific speech or interview, for a few months to address a particular habit or skill, or indefinitely-- there are always new skills to uncover.
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Serves Bellingham, WA

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Jordan K.
1 month ago
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Jennie is one of the kindest and warmest individuals I have ever met. She is incredibly supportive and generous. As someone who was new to acting a year ago, Jennie has been able to assess my needs and grow with me, always meeting me where I’m at and knowing how to get more from me in a gentle and gracious way. Working with Jennie has been such a positive experience for my career and self-esteem. Jennie is incredibly talented and knowledgeable, she has helped with every step of the process. From technique, to auditioning, logistics of the process, to moral support. I couldn’t recommend her more. Please reach out if you are seeking help!

Details: 26 - 44 years old • Beginner • To build confidence • To continue professional development • Theater • Musical theater • Improv theater • Radio • TV episode • Film • Improv • Physical theater and movement • What the teacher recommends • Classical acting • Scene study • No specific focus • 1 person • At the pro’s location • My home, venue, etc. • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Linda D.
May 23, 2022
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I was starting a new job where I would have to facilitate meetings and communicate clearly to stakeholders. I wanted to work with a speech coach to help me overcome my "stage fright." After working with Jennie for just a fews months I definitely see an improvement in my communication and speaking abilities. I've worked with other speech coaches, but wasn't able to figure out why I would freeze or get tongue-tied in meetings despite preparing and using strategies suggested by coaches. Jennie really helped me break through, and I look forward to each session.

Details: Beginner • 26 - 44 years old • Verbal delivery • Body language • Connecting with audience • Speech content • To develop a skillset • To build confidence • To prepare for an event • Business • Within 2 weeks • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Chris B.
Apr 16, 2021
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Amazing job at slowly progressing the lessons each week. Able to make me enjoy the process of growing and stepping out of the comfort zone.

Details: No experience • 18 - 25 years old • Connecting with audience • Verbal delivery • Speech content • To develop a skillset • To build confidence • Personal • Within 1 week • At the pro’s location • Remotely (phone or internet)

Freedom of Speech Coaching with Jennie Bissell's reply
Thank you, Chris! I love working with you!
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Michele T.
Dec 2, 2021
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Public speaking was my number one fear. Then I met Jennie! She is so incredible, gentle, with the most amazing energy! She coached me in writing maid of maid of honor speech - and equipped me with tools to power through what was my biggest fear. I can not say enough how much I value her + and her calm engaging energy!

Details: No experience • 26 - 44 years old • Speech content • To prepare for an event • Personal • More than 1 month away • At the pro’s location • My home, venue, etc. • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Ashley S.
Nov 16, 2021
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Honestly so so grateful for my time with Jennie! She ha such a warm and welcoming energy that makes you feel so open. I was so surprised by how tactical and useful each session was! She was always well prepared and took the time to know me and customize each session. It honestly sometimes felt like therapy how much she honored and held space so beautifully. Cannot say enough wonderful things about her! She supports reaching your goals around public speaking and raps deeper to get at the core of some personal fears and anxieties surrounding public speaking.

Details: Beginner • 26 - 44 years old • Verbal delivery • To develop a skillset • Business • Not applicable, just interested as a hobby • Remotely (phone or internet) • At the pro’s location

Freedom of Speech Coaching with Jennie Bissell's reply
Ashley, thank for this incredibly kind review! It means so much to me.
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Jennifer Bissell

FAQs

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

    We will start with a free, 20 minute phone consultation. After that time, I am happy to offer income-based pricing discounts.

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

    We begin by outlining what you like and dislike about public speaking, your wildest aspirations as a communicator, and relatively how long you'd like to work together. Each session begins with a brief vocal/ physical warm up that's tailored to your needs. We will work together to develop a warm up you can do independently before a talk or meeting (or daily) to help you feel grounded and confident, and communicate with ease. We then might move into exercises designed around building a particular skill (such as storytelling, improved diction, etc), or begin to work on a particular speech. We'll work on speeches (or interview questions, stories, etc) formally, but also creatively-- we might play games, work with your imagination, or explore new styles of delivery-- whatever is necessary to help you communicate with impact. A major focus of our work will be on developing awareness of your body, voice, and connection with others. There's a reason they call it stage "presence!" Clients typically schedule sessions 1-2 weeks apart, and some homework will be given between each meeting.

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

    I received my MFA in Classical Acting from George Washington University/ the Shakespeare Theatre and my BFA in Acting from NYU-Tisch. I've trained in the UK with the British American Drama Academy, and with US Master Teachers such as Matthew Corozine and Tessa Lang. I am currently training in Accent Modification with Compton PESL. I am also certified as a Vinyasa Yoga Teacher, and a certified to teach Trauma Informed Mindfulness via the Engaged Mindfulness Institute.

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