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, 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.

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. Map a coherent, structured flow to your talk
  4. Develop a talk that reflects your own style and personality
  5. Take actions before and after your presentation to increase the long term impact of your work
  6. Get better stage presence, tone and rhythm
  7. 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
rachael@strategiccreativityatwork.com.au

FAQ

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.


Rates

“Find and execute your story” package
1 x 1.5 initial consults to draw out your story and professional aims
2 x 1-hour followup sessions to refine structure and engaging delivery
My background research
Templates for you
Attendance at your event to give you feedback (please arrange entry with organisers)

Best for: confident speakers with time to work on your talk between sessions
$815

“Nervous speaker” package
1 x 1.5 initial consults to draw out your story and professional aims
2 x 1-hour followup sessions to refine structure and engaging delivery
1 x 1-hour to rehearse out Ums, practice comfortable stage presence and get used to nerves
My background research
Templates for you
Phone check-in day of the talk or attendance on the day to help with nerves and stage management (please just arrange a ticket or access to event organisers)

Best for: those with less experience, or more nerves
$1025

“Intensive” package
1 x 1.5 initial consults to draw out your story and professional aims
3 x 1-hour followup sessions to refine structure and engaging delivery
1 x 1-hour to rehearse out Ums, practice comfortable stage presence and get used to nerves
1x 1-hour on nuance of tone, hand gestures and natural speaking texture
Review of two versions of your written draft between sessions
My background research
Templates for you
Phone check-in day of the talk
Attendance before and during your event for guidance and support (please just arrange a ticket or access to event organisers)

Best for: Those who wish to develop a replicable speaking product you can use repeatedly, or if you have less time to work on your talk between our sessions.
$1425
Individual consults
$365 for initial (includes template, 1.5-hour meeting and followup notes) and $220 for one-hour followups.