Frequently Asked Questions for
Tell Your Story: Public Speaking and Personal Narrative
I give a lot of Powerpoint presentations at work and I find it excruciating. How will these one-on-one sessions help me improve my presentation skills?
There is a lot of work that goes into making an engaging and effective presentation. At its core, it's not about the visuals or the dry data, it's about you and how you connect to the information you are presenting. We'll help you find the narrative that delivers your data and explore ways you can personalize the presentation and share bits and pieces of who you are to get your audience to pay attention and connect. This starts with a foundation in storytelling. We can help you build it and then strategize the ways to weave together your story with the other elements of your presentation.
I am giving a TEDx Talk in a few months. Do you coach TED Speakers?
Absolutely. We are schooled in the TED format and are passionate about helping speakers bring this speaking style to new heights. As much as we are grateful for the popularity of TED Talks and their mission to spread ideas in a new and engaging way, we think the format is starting to feel a bit dusty. There are talks where the person is pacing back and forth across the stage and inserting inflections into their voice that look and sound great, but when you dig deep, there isn't much behind those moves. We'll work with you to build your talk from a foundation of storytelling and help you unveil your authentic public speaking style. We'll help you stay true to the TED Talk guidelines while taking the leaps that help you break the mold.
Every time I think about public speaking, I get sick to my stomach. How do your sessions help to get past the fear and anxiety of getting up in front of people?
The first step in overcoming this terrible feeling is to acknowledge that you don't want to feel this way any more. The second step is working on the skillset with someone who can tend to your specific public speaking concerns and help you to reconnect with the voice buried underneath the fear. You will be working with TMAS founder Hillary who developed crippling stage fright while in school for vocal performance. She has spent the last 10 years developing a method that helps address the source of the stage fright and guides you through a transformative process to overcome the fear and find the joy in speaking your truth in front of strangers. She also curates a public speaking newsletter that might help you on your journey. You can peruse the archives here.
I want a foundation in storytelling and a set of stories to keep in my back pocket for every day communication. Are these one-on-one sessions for me?
Absolutely. You don't need to have an immediate deadline to begin this type of work. Actually, the sooner you can weave personal narrative with your everyday communication, the better you will feel. Plus, with storytelling, you'll build trust and connections on a much deeper level than jumping to the default of talking about the weather or reality TV.
I want to refresh my personal and professional brand. How can working with you one-on-one help with my transformation?
We can help you work on an Origin Story that connects the dots between where you came from to where you are heading. We'll give you the preparation process for using this story in your public speaking as well as ways to use it online and in business.
What is the difference between your approach and working with an Executive Coach? Do I need both?
We are true advocates when it comes to continuing education and personal and professional growth. Do you want to have both? Then go for it. The main difference between what we do and what an executive coach does: we are not here to give you business or leadership advice. We are here to help you with the communication tools necessary to navigate business and you role as a leader. There is some crossover with executive presence and storytelling and we can help with the breath and voice work as well as the content that will truly make a difference in the way you communicate, motivate, and build trust. We are inspired by authentic leadership and those who are unapologetic in how they communicate who they are, like Emily Weiss and Jenna Weiss-Berman. (And we did not realize they shared a last name until writing this answer.)
I think my company pays for coaching and other professional development opportunities. How do I get them to pay for this?
Yes. Companies often allocate a fairly hefty sum of money per employee for professional development opportunities like workshops, conferences and coaching. We can provide your employer with all of the documentation needed for reimbursement. Just let us know what you need.
I am ready to sign up. What do I do?
That is great to hear. You can sign up by visiting this page, answering the questions, and setting up your payment plan. Once you make your first payment you will be directed to the calendar to schedule your first session and you will receive a Working Agreement within 24 hours of signing up. If we are meeting in person, you will receive instructions to access the meeting space within 48 hours of your session. If we are meeting over Zoom, you will receive the link to our session 48 hours prior and we will make sure to send over all session materials via email.
I'm still on the fence and would like to speak to Hillary before making my decision.
Sure thing. Head to this calendar to schedule a 20 minute call.