Why Book a private coach/director?
There are many ways to improve your skills and confidence in public speaking. With Public Speaking Clubs and Organizations you get a fair share of "stage time" and peer evaluations, which can be useful. However, by hiring a private one-on-one coach, you don't have to share the stage with anyone, and the feedback will be in-depth and specific to your needs and learning style. Melissa goes beyond offering observational feedback and advice- she will help you create a realistic action plan and set goals for every stage of your unique development as a speaker.
What are Your credentials?
Melissa holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree (MFA) in Theater Directing from the University of Essex, UK. She also studied for a term at the Russian Academy of Performing Arts (GITIS) in Moscow. Her undergraduate degree is a BA in Theater from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Melissa has taught and directed at the college level and professionally since 2002. She has worked in a range of Communications, Sales, Marketing and Training capacities in the corporate and non-profit sector for the last decade.
Are consultations all In-Person?
Melissa prefers to meet in person with her clients at least once. She realizes that some of my services require several meetings and that travel may not be feasible/affordable each time. Melissa is happy to use any of several free virtual platforms to meet with you in cyberspace. You'll need a good webcam and mic/headset.
Will you write a speech for me?
Only you have the specific expertise and knowledge needed to convey your message. There's more bad news. Melissa can't deliver your speech for you, either! She will happily review content and collaborate with you to strengthen positioning, heighten persuasion and maximize impact.
What do I need to do to prepare?
The more speech content you can bring to the table, the better. Other than that, bring your receptive attitude, open mind, and readiness to take action. And, perhaps, a notepad and pen.
Bottom line. How much does this cost?
Melissa offers her services on a sliding scale based on organization/ event. Her rates are based on the value she can bring to you and your event, rather than her time. Contact Melissa for details.