Presentation Skills

Once upon a time I was terrified to speak in front of groups. I dropped out of three professional acting classes because I couldn’t open my mouth during improv. I froze in front of a radio mic – and several thousand listeners – because I was afraid.

Empty red speakers chair on stage in spotlight.

So, I get being nervous about speaking in front of an audience or on camera. But, I got over it. In fact, I do it for a living now. And, you can, too. Whether you are nervous because you are new to public speaking or just because you are, I can help.

Messaging

A big chunk of presentation nerves is due to lack of confidence in the message. We worry, consciously or subconsciously, about what we’re going to say and whether our message is engaging or relevant enough. We worry about whether we know the message well enough or if we are the right person to give it. We worry about whether we’re going to forget, or say it wrong, or just.be.wrong.

This worry gets in the way of our being present and connecting with an audience or in a meeting. Take care of your message and you take care of the bulk of your nerves.

I can help you develop a message that sticks in your audience’s head as well as your own. A goal-based message that incorporates your audience’s needs and interests so it’s more likely to engage and interest them and you are more likely to get the influence, motivation, and action that you want. That is a message you can be confident in.

The cornerstone your message provides is important whether you are presenting live or online.

Christie helped me see that the most important question is, “What’s the message?” We worked together to shape the message and then crafted the presentation. To this day, I ask myself, “What’s the message?” whenever I start preparing a presentation.

Amy Scully, consulting client, Vice Provost of Corporate & Continuing Education, Midlands Tech

Technique

Covid-19 has made public speaking and running meetings more complex. The technique that creates connection and engagement when live and in person is different from the technique that energizes online presentations and meetings. Learning to present in any circumstance will strengthen your impact and influence.

Virtual Presentation Technique

Do your lighting, background, camera angle and sound present you at your best? Do you know how to make eye contact and use body language on camera? Do you know how to tweak your content to keep attention in the virtual? Do you have a stash of techniques to help your team grow relationships online?

  • Learn how lighting, camera angle, and sound equipment impact how others perceive your message, mood, authority, even your age.
  • Learn how backgrounds can compliment or take away from your message.
  • Learn tools and techniques that increase vocal clarity and projection and help promote a natural use of body language.
  • Collect virtual activities and games that break down barriers, up engagement and help build community.
  • Practice in a safe space.
  • Get coaching to facilitate growth and mastery.

Was able to properly redirect information to fit the class. Understood how we will use the material in our positions.

Paul, state agency management

Great course to boost presenter’s confidence. Learn ways to relax and trust your training technique.

Tameka, corporate trainer

Live Presentation Technique

Are you comfortable standing and speaking in front of a live audience? Are you comfortable making eye contact and moving in a way that strengthens your message? Are you aware of how tone and body language can undermine or boost your audience’s trust in you?

  • Learn why your conscious desire to connect with your audience matters and how to overcome blocks.
  • Learn where fear comes from, why it’s a natural response to speaking in front of groups, and how to use it to build enthusiasm.
  • Learn tools and techniques that increase vocal clarity, diction, and projection and a natural use of body language.
  • Reassess the role of your media in a presentation, and how to best use it to support your message.
  • Play with acting techniques, including improv, to increase your comfort level and creativity in front of audiences.
  • Practice in a safe space and get coaching to facilitate growth and mastery.

Christie was positive in soooo many ways! I liked that she’s patient and gives positive feedback.

Samantha, customer service representative

Good use of acting background. Did a great job of loosening everyone up and getting us to participate.

Robert, banking executive

Breathwork

Learning to work with our body’s natural breathing capacity can help us strengthen our health, improve our resilience and optimize our performance. The way that we breath is also a foundational aspect of managing our emotional and psychological state, feeling more relaxed and energized, as well as mastering our vocal clarity and projection. That is why breath is a foundational aspect of public speaking.

Every class I offer includes breathwork: breathing exercises and techniques that help you learn to invoke the relaxation response for a deeper state of calm and relaxation, mental clarity, energy management. and improved vocal tone and power.

Breathwork content informed by studies as a stage and commercial actor / VoiceOver artist, yoga practice, James Nestor‘s revelations in the books Deep and Breath, and through Stig Severenson’s Breathology coursework.

Will be able to use what I learned in real-world situations.

Joachim, non-profit manager

So bright. Lightens the mood.

Michaela, digital communications specialist

Workshops – Coaching – Consulting

I can make the above content available as a class, a workshop or breakout session, in a coaching session, or a consult.

Reach out. Let’s talk about your needs.