Does this sound like you, or someone at your firm?
“I have an important message, and I know what I want to say, but when I get in front of the audience (or microphone), I freeze, and stammer, and can’t seem to talk like a normal person! I get scared, and I can’t get my message across to the people who really need to hear it.”
I can help. I offer three types of coaching to meet your needs: Presentation Skills, Performance Skills, and Voiceover Skills.
1) PRESENTATION SKILLS
Some people have a natural gift for public speaking. Most people don’t. Whether you need to deliver your message to audiences in a board room, an auditorium, via podcast, or on video, I will help you look and sound your best. With the skills I give you, you’ll be able to drive home your message in a way that engages and motivates your audience. I can also teach you how to incorporate storytelling into your presentations, to heighten impact and make your message truly memorable.
In our one-on-one coaching sessions (in person or virtual), I’ll assess your current strengths and provide you with exercises customized to your unique needs that you can practice after our session. My coaching sessions are one hour long, and you may only need one or two to help you reach a whole new level in your career.
“I gained an appreciation for the importance of bringing conviction and passion into presentations, including those that seem mundane (e.g. regular updates). Andrew helped me experience the impact of speaking from the heart with focus and energy. Despite the same slides and message, my presentation of the material at the end of the session was much more powerful (and literally felt better) than my handling of the same content at the start.” — TB (2012 executive client, GMCR)
2) PERFORMANCE SKILLS
Maybe you’re an actor with an important audition coming up, and you need help working on a monologue or a scene. Maybe you’re a writer, and you’ve been asked to give a public reading (in person or online) from some of your work–and you don’t want to be one of those people who stands behind a lectern at Barnes & Noble muttering into a microphone in a monotone without ever connecting to your audience. Maybe you’re a screenwriter, and you need to get comfortable with the idea of introducing your scripts and pitching your story ideas to a roomful of producers. Whatever your situation might be, I can coach you on the elements you need to deliver a memorable performance. I’ve been a professional actor for more than 30 years. For over five years I’ve been on the faculty of Western Colorado University’s Graduate Program in Creative Writing as Performance Coach, helping writers in various genres (genre fiction, poetry, nature writing, screenwriting) get up and hit a home run performing their work in public and online. I am also on the faculty of University College at University of Denver, where I teach courses including solo performance. Whatever your need, I can help you land your message in a way that will resonate with your audience and leave them wanting more.
3) VOICEOVER COACHING
Perhaps you’re creating voiceovers for an eLearning course, or podcasts, maybe using one of your company’s executives or subject matter experts. Most people have no idea what to do (and what not to do) when in front of an unforgiving microphone. Think about some of the recordings you’ve heard over the years. They can be painful. And when that happens, your message is lost.
Using my expertise as a professional actor, voiceover artist, acting teacher, and coach, I work one-on-one to share simple skills and recording tips that enhance confidence and drastically improve results in only 1-2 one-hour sessions.
“Andrew is great! He is approachable and highly knowledgeable in the subject of voiceover acting. The warm-up techniques are going to make a world of difference. I can’t wait to get started.” (Student at Learning Solutions 2011)
I charge a competitive hourly rate for all my forms of one-on-one coaching–and we can work virtually or in person. And if you have a group or team that needs coaching, we can make that happen, too. Contact me for more information.