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Public Speaking & Presentation Skills

Your work is important.  Enhance your skills in 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 or nerve-wracking; it should be generous, joyful and positively empowering for everyone in the room.  

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 message 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 and practice for your internal and external written communication including custom-designed internal editing strategies for more reader-centered writing.

Interpersonal & Workplace Communication

There’s no such thing as “perfect” or “effective” communication. In most day-to-day encounters, the very best we can do is commit to listening generously, learning eagerly, and treating each other civilly. The complexities and difficulties in this work are not small, which is why Krista Tippett calls it “adventurous civility.” Ask about an upcoming workshop titled Adventurous Civility: Foundations for Our Most Challenging Communication, a collaborative work session grounded in communication studies and inspired by thoughtful contemporary leaders in civil dialogue. Participants will gain a new perspective on themes of identity, acknowledging difference, listening, language, emotions, and the kinds of conversations that we too often avoid.

I tried to be perfect, but it didn’t work out.
— Unknown
Dominator culture has tried to keep us all afraid, to make us choose safety instead of risk, sameness instead of diversity. Moving through that fear, finding out what connects us, revelling in our differences; this is the process that brings us closer, that gives us a world of shared values, of meaningful community.
— bell hooks, Teaching Community

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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 personal goals or a spoken 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