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Public Speaking & Presentation Skills

Your work is important.  Enhance your skills in effectively reaching an audience to share meaningful information about that work: make a lasting impression, invite more participation, call people to action.  Speaking competently to a group of people doesn't have to feel daunting; it should be generous, joyful and positively empowering.  

Whether you are a seasoned public speaker working to refine your skills, or you have cleverly avoided public speaking your whole life, Kendra provides coaching services that will ensure your confidence in the whole process and give you the tools to inspire your audience.   

Public Speaking Workshops

Harnessing the Butterflies: Public Speaking with Clarity & Confidence (1- or 2-day professional development workshop) Participants complete this workshop with a renewed confidence in the entire public speaking process: from audience-analysis and speech construction to the final applause and self-assessment. Participants have multiple opportunities to practice their speech material with the benefit of a highly supportive audience and personal recordings. The session pays special attention to anxiety management and crafting an “elevator speech” that does justice to your important work. You will complete this session with powerful strategies to harness those butterflies.

The Public Speaker’s Toolkit (2-3 hours) Need a quick recap of all the tools to build and deliver a great speech? This is a fast, interactive session designed to sharpen a few essential skills.

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Everyday Writing for the Professional

We can all use another pair of eyes on our writing and daily electronic communication.  With years of writing and editing experience, Kendra can advise you in your professional written communication.  Get immediate feedback and versatile tips for better everyday writing.

Writing Workshops

Graceful Grammar & Punchy Punctuation: Better Everyday Writing (full day) This dynamic class session is packed with quick and memorable tips for achieving clarity and superior grammar and punctuation, managing email, and committing to mindful daily written communication. No snoozy diagramming sentences here; this is a fast, dare we say fun approach to reader-centered writing and editing.

Everyday Editing (half-day) This workshop allows you to get feedback on your agency or organization’s internal written communication and custom-designed internal editing strategies for reader-centered communication.

More Gracious Communication

There’s no such thing as “perfect” or “effective” communication. The very best we can do is commit to listening generously, learning eagerly, and treating each other civilly. Ask about an upcoming workshop offering called, More Gracious Communication: Listening, Civility, and Everyday Encounters (With People We Might Not Understand).

I tried to be perfect, but it didn’t work out.
— Unknown
Sometimes being uncomfortable is our greatest education.
— Angela Davis

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Your Options

Consider these options to take your communication skills to the next level:

  • personalized, one-on-one coaching to help see a speech, presentation or written project through to success

  • a small group workshop, customized for your business or organization

  • a small group workshop open to the public in your community--see upcoming