Public Speaking - Private/Small Group
Mentoring, Coaching and "Guerrilla" Instruction
Individual or very small group instruction, tailored to meet your
As your mentor, I offer oversight, expertise, progress monitoring
and ongoing support to enhance your professional skills, effectiveness
and satisfaction with public speaking. Mentoring services are more
likely to be ongoing, andas a mentorI am usually selected
personally by a client. In this capacity, I serve as an experienced
and trustworthy adviser (which includes upholding confidentiality
of sensitive information) who serves as an external tutor and provides
personalized support for systematic self-development.
Mentoring responsibilities include:
- encouraging clear expression of your needs, concerns, aspirations
and opportunities for improvement;
- asking searching questions and providing reflective feedback
and encouraging you to take self-responsibility for making progress;
- helping you recognize your own values and development path and
act within them to get back on track if you have diverted.
Coaching services are likely to be short-term, and I may work with
small groups in addition to individuals. A coach is sometimes chosen
by a supervisor or team leader. A coaching relationship may deal
more with short-term public speaking challenges and not require
the same level of confidentiality as a mentor relationship.
Coaching responsibilities include:
- assessment of your skills levels;
- developing a priority list of public speaking situations where
you wish to concentrate your effort;
- focusing on aspects of public speaking you wish to improve;
- helping you understand how to be more "present" when
- identifying new skills you wish to acquire in the future and
developing steps to acquire those skills.
You have likely heard of "guerrilla media." A "no-holds-barred"
approach to getting your message across and heard. Guerrilla instruction
focuses on some of the more controversial methods of being heard
and getting your message across. Guerrilla instruction can be included
in either a coaching or mentoring relationship, and it should be
undertaken with a clear understanding of the risk and rewards involved,
as well as the ethical considerations.
WHO IS THIS FOR?
My services are for those who want to hone and refine their public
speaking skills and for those who learn better in a one-on-one or
small group environment. Workshops also benefit those who want to
focus on developing a particular public speaking skill or address
a specific public speaking challenge. In the case of mentoring,
I work with those who wish to establish a long-term relationship
for improvements of public speaking skills.
WHAT IS IT FOR?
To reach that next level of public speaking often requires specialized
instruction. Having your work critiqued on an individual level and
receiving feedback that specifically addresses your areas of interest
is an invaluable tool in growing your public speaking skill set.
HOW WILL YOU BENEFIT?
Participants benefit from an optimal learning environment that combines
challenging exercises (high expectations) in a safe (low threat/high
support) environment. In this environment, you will benefit from:
- trying more challenging public speaking styles and methods in
a safe environment;
- having the opportunity to practice "bite size" pieces
of your speech;
- building the confidence that comes from expanding your skills.