Speaking: Speaking Coach

Apparently, I am now in the business of coaching public speakers.

Detail from a photo by user Dnalor_01, From Wikimedia Commons, License CC-BY-SA 3.0

Last Tuesday, there was a private Pecha Kucha Night for a local business support group.  They hired me several months ago, to work with the presenters and give them tips on assembling the slide shows, setting them up to the right timing, and then helping them rehearse and prepare.  Some of the rehearsal work was done through videoconferencing, some by phone, some in person in various places here in western Massachusetts.

The presentations ranged from discussions of how to build a quality team in a small business, to how to prepare for end-of-life discussions, to how to become your own person in a family business.  The presentations were wide-ranging and amazing; a lot of what I did as a coach was get people ready to talk about big ideas and complex concepts in only 6 minutes 40 seconds.

It was a lot of fun to help get them ready, although a death in my family prevented me from being as present as I wanted to be in the last two weeks.  I had a LOT of catching up to do in the last forty-eight hours.

But this is now a thing that I do, through my company Watermountain Studio. I’m not just selling eBooks on Amazon or stuff I make on Etsy.  Now I’m coaching people too.  Based on the feedback and praise, I’m pretty good at it.

I plan to use this image for a post on the Liberal Art of Rhetoric, sometime in the near future.  I was hoping to get it finished today, but it’s turned into a bit of a monster. Sometime tomorrow, perhaps.

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