Want to feel more confident about your speaking abilities?
Sick and tired of dreading and procrastinating speaking in front of others?
Need to get your ideas out of your head and into your mouth so other people ‘get it’?
Being a communication coach is the culmination of my lifelong experience as an observer of humans in front of audiences.
I was born into a family of professional actors, directors, and educators and spent my childhood and young adulthood watching people as they honed their crafts and communicated with each other on and off stage as actors, directors, artists, and teachers.
Once I add my own professional career as a theatrical performer, educator and researcher, I have earned well over Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hours.
I use this theatrical background as a starting point, and since 2003 have translated basic acting skills and communications modalities for the worlds of technology and business.
I have an MFA in Theatre Arts, a BFA in Theatre Arts and a minor in Sociology.
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either introverted or extroverted or somewhere in between—have the ability to be compelling communicators.
All of us...
want to have ease and comfort in the act of sharing our thoughts and ideas.
All of us...
have interesting and individual perspectives on whatever we are speaking about.
Many companies seek to provide uniform presentations with consistent messaging to be presented by multiple (and very different) people. To be successful, each presentation will be, and must be, colored by the unique personality and perspective of the individual presenter.
Most of us simply need some good tools and a way to approach presentations that will give us a sustainable practice to follow so we can deliver on every presentation.
I do not believe a “one size fits all” methodology. I combine a well-constructed course of content, designed to help you find your voice, while meeting you where you currently are, so we can move you forward on your speaking journey.
Folks who work with me will get specific, tactical and actionable skills completely tailored to each presenter’s needs. I help to connect the human who is speaking to the content they are sharing.
From learning how to make a company deck your own, communicating value to customers, translating for internal teams and management, learning basic skills or refining advanced practices, you'll get content tailored to fit your needs and maximize your desired outcomes.
They are out speaking all the time, representing
their companies in myriad settings around the world.
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Long ago, when I chose to focus on engineering I thought it would be perfect fit because I could crawl into a hole and work on hard problems.
I was shocked to learn that I actually had to talk to people to get things done. That problem has only gotten worse over time.
My thanks to Anna for putting on a great workshop to help in the next stage of my own personal journey as a communicator. The experience would not have been the same without the open and thoughtful discussions we had over those two days.”
Anna was excellent: insightful, engaging, and mature. We were treated like smart, educated, experienced adults and were encouraged to share and discuss insights, with Anna providing clear direction, illustrative anecdotes, and personalized advisement.
A wonderful change from other, similar courses I've taken that drilled us -- professional adults -- on one-size-fits-all formula which didn't play to our styles and crippled our effectiveness.
A+++ class; would recommend and take again.”
It was not like any other speaker training course I have attended. Instead the workshop was a fantastic collaborative team experience, mentored by a very passionate and knowledgeable Anna.
I learnt so much from watching others, getting feedback from the team, and especially the feedback Anna gave individually to each speaker. Unlike other speaker training which typically pushed a specific process, she focused on “us” as individuals, allowed us to try new things and helped us polish our strengths.”
Everyone has a different experience and comfort-level with public speaking. Anna has a remarkable gift for meeting people where they are and helping them focus on conveying their message in a comfortable, conversational, professional way.
Working with her has truly helped me improve my preparation, process, and presentations. I have seen Anna in action with other speakers and am always amazed by her personal approach and spot-on advice.
Your investment in time with Anna will be rewarded.”
I was fortunate enough to work with Anna in preparing for a talk I was doing for a (recent conference). Anna was gracious enough to work with my hectic schedule to ensure that I brought forward my best possible presentation.
Anna was more than willing to help me edit slides while also making sure the point of my talk was not missed in the process. I cannot thank Anna enough for her help!”
Working with you was a wonderful experience for me because I come from an environment that is generally non personal and straight to business. You really gave me this feeling that you considered me a human just like you and it felt very comfortable.
It is through this that I was able to deliver my presentation the way I did. I have never presented at a conference before so I was inexperienced but through the coaching you provided I was able to get up there and shine.”
When my talk started I was extremely nervous and was disturbed with people walking in as I started, but somehow I instinctively and dynamically recovered.
This was through the interactions I've had with you. It was not only about the content of your advice, it was about the approach that you used to deliver that advice to me.
It was delivered in a way that stuck with me and stuck with me so strong that it became instinct. Now that is powerful.”
Technology is awesome and is easy to develop but developing people that are in technology is a challenge and what you did for me directly relates to my personal development. Once again it was not about the content, it was about your personality mixed with your humbleness that allowed you to deliver the content in a manner that stuck with me.
The conference and my engagement with you, has made a huge impact on my life and I have new perspectives going forward. It was an absolute pleasure working with you, Anna, and I look forward to working with you in the near future.”