Speaking Presence Workshops

Learn to speak with confidence and presence in our small group
public speaking programs

Many people are afraid of public speaking. In fact, research has shown that it is people’s number one fear, even greater than death! At the same time, ironically, the ability to speak to, communicate with, and influence others is often cited as one of the most essential leadership skills by corporate executives, politicians, and community leaders.

The best way to quickly get up to speed on your confident public speaking is to attend one of our small group coaching programs. Small group coaching offers a number of advantages over the typical public speaking class:

  1. In groups of 4 to 8 people, you’ll get plenty of personal attention.
  2. You’ll have multiple opportunities to practice the skills you are learning in the session.
  3. You’ll be personally coached on your speaking skills, and have immediate opportunities to practice doing it differently.
  4. Every time you stand to speak you’ll be videotaped for review at home.
  5. You’ll learn a lot from the experience of everyone else in the class.
  6. Paradoxically, the skills you learn in these small groups are easily transferable to much larger audiences.

We offer two small group coaching programs, a one-day introduction (SpeakingPresence Fundamentals) and a two-day intensive (Successfully Speaking Small Group Coaching). You can take either program individually as they are each designed as stand-alone programs. But you might find greater integration by combining the two programs over a period of time


SpeakingPresence Fundamentals

This one-day small group coaching program is uniquely designed to meet the specific needs of individuals wishing to learn the basics of becoming more relaxed, confident and authentic speakers.  This introductory public speaking class will help you:

  • Develop a sense of comfort, ease and confidence when you speak
  • Refine your natural speaking style
  • Deliver impromptu content while staying centered with yourself and connected to your audience
  • Slow down, using silence to engage the audience and increase the impact of your presentation
  • Establish a genuine rapport with the audience by “listening to” and receiving the energetic support that is present in the room
  • Think on your feet
  • Begin to look forward to – and even ENJOY – speaking in front of a group

Incorporating principles from a variety of stress reducing perspectives as well as personalized coaching, this program offers a solid foundation in the basics of public speaking presence.

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Date: TBD

Price: $150

Location:  TBD

The group size is limited to 4 – 8 participants.

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Successfully Speaking Small Group Coaching: A Two-Day Intensive

We have developed a proven set of tools to help you overcome your fear of public speaking and lead with confidence, authenticity and presence. These tools have been distilled into our two-day Successfully Speaking Intensive.

  • It’s a surprisingly powerful way to improve your speaking ability
  • It’s simple, practical and grounded (not just theoretical)
  • There are definite steps that you can practice
  • It works in other areas of your life as well
  • It’s a lot of fun!

This intensive will introduce you to the Seven Crown Jewels of Public Speaking Presence and give you an opportunity to practice delivering a prepared talk using the tools learned in the model. On the first day you will learn and practice the basics of becoming comfortable, relaxed and authentic while speaking with purpose and connection. On day two, you will practice with a prepared talk and will:

  • Identify desired objectives
  • Develop an opening which will help you relax and draw
    in your audience
  • Include effective supporting stories and slides
  • Deliver the talk without written notes
  • Practice the seven confidence building strategies learned
    on the first day

When: Sat/Sun June 23 – 24

Time10:00am to 4:00pm

LocationThe Optimist Center, 65 Central Street, Woodstock, Vermont

Price: $295

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The group size is limited to 4 -8 participants.

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We are centrally located in the Upper Valley region of Vermont
and New Hampshire close to the intersection of Interstates
89 and 91 and Norwich/Hanover. As such we are in in the heart of New England
and close to Boston and all of Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut,
New York and Maine. 

Travel time from:

Albany, NY — 2.75 hours
Boston, MA — 2.25 hours
Brattleboro, VT— 1.25 hours
Burlington, VT — 1.5 hours
Concord, NH — 1 hour
Hartford, CT — 2.5 hours
Portland, ME — 3 hours
Portsmouth, NH — 2 hours