Offering a 25% discount on hourly rates for coaching held in January 2021!
Are you saving time by not commuting and being out with your friends? Use some of that time to invest in your own growth- or that of your team - in communication skills!
When you enroll in speech coaching sessions held in December 2020 or January 2021, use code Self-improvement
to get 25% off our hourly coaching rates!
Due to state regulations about licensed speech-language pathologists offering services online, clients must be residents of the following states in the USA: AR, CA, DC, DE, GA, GA, HA, IA, LA, MA, MS, MT, ME, NC, ND, NE, NH.NJ, NM, NY, OH, RI, TN, TX. UT,WY. (Do you know an employee or colleague in one of those states who would like to improve his communication skills?)
Are you an experienced speaker and want to improve your next presentation with just a little bit of coaching? Do you want to improve your extemporaneous speaking or work on a product pitch? Polish Your Presentation is our new 2-session coaching option! Go over your presentation and delivery the first session and get tips on writing, delivery, pronunciation and more . Practice it between sessions, and then deliver it in front of the coach the second session to fine-tune it. Both sessions with the same learner must be used within 30 days. Get the advantage you deserve!
This is customized coaching to your specific needs, and within your budget. It can include one or more of the following: making pronunciation more easily understood by a specific audience, public speaking, job interviewing, conversational/small talk, executive presence, listening, or body language skills.
How do I offer this service to my employees?
Companies may choose to offer coaching in any aspect of communication to those employees who are motivated enough to request it. or to all employees. Emphasize that this coaching is to increase a skill-set, such as being able to be more easily understood by a specific audience. Being bilingual, for example, is an asset, and all speakers need to adapt to the a given audience's communication needs in pronunciation, wording, and depth of material.
I am an experienced speaker. Can you help me polish my upcoming presentation?
Yes! You will get the greatest benefit if you have an outline of your presentation and have run through it a few times, and have at least 2 weeks to practice. (If you want to work on your pronunciation, starting earlier would be even better.)
Pitches to venture capitalists or angel investors are a special type of presentation. Learn how they differ from regular presentations and how you can make them more effective.
We can also work on making small talk, American style, as well as speech rate, stage fright, body language and communication skills for leaders. Your sessions are customized to your needs.
I have a strong foreign or regional accent. Can you help me with standard American pronunciation? Yes. We will start with a quick skills-gap assessment, to understand your areas of strength and opportunity, and go from there. If you are combining this with giving an upcoming presentation, we will work on the words in your presentation first, and later we will work on other sounds and words. Rate of speech and pronunciation are easier to change. Usually intonation, or "lilt", is only slightly changed, as it is a function of brain neuro-plasticity.
I don't have a strong accent but want to learn to use my speech and voice more effectively.
We can work on your speech rate, diction, pausing and other verbal skills to make your speech more powerful.
I want to work on my communication skills for leadership or sales primarily. We can focus on listening and questioning skills, meeting management and leading powerful idea-generating group sessions, delegation skills and using a research-based protocol. to improve idea-generation. You choose your topics of interest for our sessions!
I need to get speech coaching for a presentation that is coming up very soon. I offer a two-hour package just for this. The first hour is to hear the presentation and teach some modifications. The second hour, another day, is to fine-tune your practiced version. (Getting speech coaching further in advance is recommended when possible.)
Can you work with people all over the US? As a certified, licensed speech-language pathologist, I work only with people in specific states, based on your state's regulations. That is why I will ask about your state. If I cannot work with you, I will try to refer you to someone licensed in that state. I am located in Durham, NC, but work virtually. I also work with clients in other countries.
I'm a "one-stop speech spot" (and yes, I can teach you the secret to saying it correctly, fast!). I help companies with multiple communication improvement needs, as well as individuals who start with one need and then want coaching in another area. Afterwards, many clients report increased self-confidence as well as better skills!
Katie Schwartz, MA, CCC-SLP, director of Business Speech Improvement is a certified speech-language pathologist and has over 20 years of experience in working with professionals in many fields. Clients may be companies or individual professionals. Coaching is done online. It is available by appointment only; Sunday sessions are offered.
After you schedule your appointment and pay, you will hear back within 12 hours with a zoom.us invitation for your first session.
We will start by talking about your needs and time-frame, and assess your skills. We develop a plan and start working immediately on at least one skill - all in the first hour!
The number of sessions needed depends on how you are doing when you start, what you want to learn, how much you have time to practice, and your goal for when when you finish. After your first session, you will be given an estimate of the number needed to reach your goal. Clients can also determine the number of sessions they want. Sessions are usually held once a week, but can be scheduled more often on request if time is available. If you need more specific information for scheduling training, contact us!
Get help through customized professional coaching or instantly-available concise e-guides on the topics that matter to you: public speaking, diction, accent modification, executive communication skills for leadership development, communication for sales and customer service, and slowing your rate of speech.
Two sessions are enough to get a good start on communication challenges and to polish an already-drafted presentation for most people. Otherwise, two sessions are enough to get an assessment of a challenge and a start on resolving it.