In this guide, I’ll share with you the super simple outline I use for all my presentations.
Plus, I’ll reveal the only 3 elements of any talk that you ever need to memorize, whether you’re doing a 5-minute talk at your next
team meeting or a 90-minute webinar.
Gimme that workbook!
No matter what the context, just follow this step-by-step process
to feel twice as prepared in half the time!
Studies have shown that in ranking common phobias, most people list "public speaking" as a more pressing concern than "death."
So if you feel the impulse to hide behind the fake plant in the corner every time you get called on in the team meeting, don't be too hard on yourself. That's natural.
Getting up on a stage and feeling EXCITED to have a room full of eyes on you is not a natural reaction.
That, my friend, is an actor's reaction.
Speak Masterfully was founded on 3 simple principles, borrowed from the techniques of acting and improv.
What would happen if you could take those performance nerves and turn them into excitement? Learn the science behind "stage presence" so you can feel comfortable and confident in front of ANY audience.
When you take the stage, the last thing you want is to appear "fake" or "salesy." Speak Masterfully isn't looking to mold you into some speaker prototype. We're here to help you find and cultivate your authentic voice so that audiences can connect with YOU!
This is the part of speaking most coaches neglect. But coming from the world of improv we think it's CRUCIAL you learn how to process feedback from your audience in real-time. This is the quality that leaves audiences thinking, "Oh my god, it's like she's talking directly to ME!"
Want to find out if Speak Masterfully is right for you? Schedule your complimentary strategy session below and let's find out what's keeping you from taking center stage!
Sara Glancy, founder of Speak Masterfully, helps professionals present with ease and high engagement in front of audiences large and small, so they can get the promotion, become known as thought leaders in their field, become more effective team leaders, and make more sales.
With a background in both theatre and entrepreneurship, Sara has a unique perspective on what it takes to be an effective speaker in the professional sphere. Drawing on her acting training from NYU TISCH School for the Arts, as well as her years of experience building her own business, she has developed a methodology that is equal parts art and science, all with the goal of empowering her clients to step into the spotlight with less fear and more fun.
"I couldn’t have done this speaking engagement without your help and coaching - thank you so much. Not only for refining my speaking skills and presentation, but also for giving me the push to actually schedule this event and take a chance. I feel like it’s the start of a new development path in my career and I am really looking forward to pursuing this more, learning, and having fun along the way! "
"While I have a fairly extroverted personality, for most of my life, I've grown to fear public speaking. This always frustrated me because it felt antithetical to who I was. So, I felt quite isolated and allowed my feelings to gnaw away at me. Sara helped me realize that I'm not alone. She inspired me to get to the root of this "fear" and once we we completed a few sessions, I no longer allowed this once traumatizing roadblock to have power over me. Even more refreshingly, I am working towards enjoying public speaking now and I attribute this to Sara's magic. Above all, she's kind, thoughtful, detail-oriented and resourceful. She can absolutely help you! "
"I highly recommend working with Sara, whether you are just getting started with speaking, or you've been doing trainings and speaking on big stages for years, because Sara really does bring something new and special. "
"I loved Sara’s speaking workshop so much, especially the improv games. They really help me get out of my head and relax before confidently going into my speech. "
"If you want audience members to lean forward when you're speaking, even when you're presenting on a technical subject like computer programming, you need to hire Sara. Working with her one-on-one gave me the tools to walk into any speaking engagement feeling like I can own the room."
"What I liked the most about this workshop is that Sara really personalized it. Even though there were several different people with different presentation needs, she was able to work with each and every one of us individually to make us seem like we were the only one in the room. She made the workshop a lot of fun and I would take it again! Sara is a great coach and I would recommend her to anyone. "
Sara is now taking on private speaking clients!
She will work with you one-on-one to find your voice and feel confident standing in front of ANY room. Bring the stage presence of an actor with you wherever you go no matter the room or the audience.
Here's just a few places you could apply the Speak Masterfully Approach:
You have big ideas.
They deserve to be given voice.
To be able to communicate is to be able to connect.
And couldn't we all use a little more connection these days?
To learn more about my coaching services and to learn if we might be a good fit...
During this 30min conversation we'll discuss your speaking goals and current challenges and find out if we might be a good fit!
And look, I know a phone conversation may sound stressful, but I promise I'm easy to talk to ;)
(That's quite literally my job.)
Hope to talk soon!
See Sara put the Speak Masterfully approach into action!
(That's one of our specialties!)
One of the reasons I love working with programmers and other technical clients is they understand the concept of backend work.
They’re well acquainted with the hours of highly nuanced tweaking behind the scenes that allows users to have a seamless experience online.
This work, largely invisible to the consumer, makes their very web experience possible.
Delivering a technical talk is no different.
On first glance, it may appear that a talk on code architecture wouldn’t require the same amount of performance attention as a best man speech.
In fact, the opposite is true.
When delivering a technical talk, the importance of communicating in a way that is clear and digestible is key.
In order to land your points, you need to pay special attention to pacing, emphasis, and vocal clarity.
And here’s the good news: This is all learnable.
AND, once you learn the methodology of how to mark up your talk for all those elements, you can use that analytical brain to apply it to all your future technical talks!
(This is why we love systems.)
This past year, I've had the pleasure of working with technical clients from across the globe preparing for conferences such as elm Europe and elm-conf.