Speaker Coaching

A good talk can be career-changing. I work with executives and people with a story, to draw out what you are about, help you articulate your unique message and engage your audience so they remember you and what you have to say.

I was a speaker coach for TEDx Perth from 2011 until 2015. Two of my speakers received standing ovations. Another has been viewed over 500,000 times on Youtube.

This was more than delivering a great presentation – this was a true development opportunity, with a coach who expertly challenged, coached and supported me through the entire process.
(Kelly Carter, Vice President Legal, Goldfields Australia, 2016)

Who I work with

I primarily work with senior and executive level staff who want to stand out at a conference. Speakers I work with are generally fueled by altruistic motives, such as improving organisational culture or promoting workplace diversity.

See videos here of speakers I’ve worked with previously.

I love to help you deliver the best presentation you can, so you enjoy yourself, delight your audience, and leave a lasting memory that reflects you and your organisation.

I can’t thank you enough for all your help and advice. You really helped us find our way and get the perfect message across. I’ve never felt so calm and confident, despite the fact the audience was so huge.
(Rachel Page, BHP Billiton, 2015)

Why speaker coaching matters

As a civil engineer I attended too many conferences that were all about speakers’ technical expertise. Industry jargon, nervous bumbling and ill preparation stopped many from getting their message across. For others it was simply nerves.

These weren’t innately bad speakers, they just didn’t have the time to invest in creating top-notch talks.

But many of the people I work with already are very competent speakers.  They use coaching to get to the bottom of what they really want to say, for this audience, to make their imagined future possible.

What you’ll do in speaker coaching

I take the effort out of preparation by guiding you through the steps you need to prepare a meaningful, logical, inspiring talk. I coach you through being the most comfortable version of yourself when you step on stage.

In one-to-one coaching I will help you to:

  1. Draw out the message you want to give, and the story you want to tell.
  2. Understand what your audience needs to hear.
  3. Articulate how your speaking opportunity can  contribute to your future career direction.
  4. Map a coherent, structured flow to your talk.
  5. Develop a talk that reflects your own style and personality.
  6. Take actions before and after your presentation to increase the long term impact of your work.
  7. Get better stage presence, tone and rhythm.
  8. Develop a speaking product you can use again and again to inspire new audiences.

Get started

To prepare your next professional presentation contact me
Rachael West
0450 393 336


How far ahead of my talk should I schedule a session with you?
Aim to start preparation for major talks at least 6 weeks prior. Most people find three coaching sessions ideal to identify critical key messages, structure their talk and receive detailed feedback on delivery. Some choose to have a couple more to work on nuance of tone, pace and body language.

How should I prepare for coaching?
It’s best if you arrive having done minimal planning. Most people find they want to completely change their talk after their first coaching session. Prior to starting coaching, complete the provided template to help you refine your thinking, and to help me understand what is most important to you about your presentation.

Can you come along to see me talk?
Absolutely. I can meet you at your event early to help you practice walking on stage and work through nerves.  I also offer feedback at the end of your talk.

Do you offer group workshops?
Yes, I run several different courses to help teams prepare for speaking events or develop their capacity to deliver engaging, meaningful presentations.


Initial consult
Includes templates, 1.5-hour meeting and followup notes

$220 per hour

Most people find 3 sessions suitable for an engaging, high quality 20-minute talk, if you put in work in between sessions.

Allow 4-6 coaching sessions if you have less time to work between sessions, a longer speaking slot, or if you wish to create a replicable speaking product you can use repeatedly.

Subsidised rates may be available for those working in mission-based, creative or not-for-profit organisations.