Business owners, professional associations and women’s groups are energized, entertained, and yes, educated when I’m at the front of the room.
They thrive on the human-to-human connection that’s been my hallmark since I was a talk show host. I know for sure that listeners learn best when they’re deeply engaged. Sitting back, hearing a bunch of blah-blah-blah doesn’t cut it.
In keynotes and breakout sessions, I skip the blahblah, get to the heart of things and share not just information but also inspiration.
How can I make your meeting sizzle?
Entrepreneurs who shy away from speaking are missing the boat. Along with those who get in front of a room and ramble on about their slide deck. Or turn their talk into a pitch-fest.
What they ought to know about speaking is: why it should be part of their marketing mix. And how to speak in a way that will make sure they attract their perfect clients and customers every time they give a talk.
They’ll get specific suggestions for creating kisser content. (I reject “killer” as a metaphor for great stuff.) And how-to’s that help them deliver it with confidence and charisma.
You’d think everyone in every business would be able – and eager – to answer the question, “What do you do?”
In fact, most responses to that basic query are boring beyond belief. And many entrepreneurs and professionals have come to dread it. They know they make people’s eyes glaze over; they just haven’t figured out how to change that.
Hint: the answer isn’t calling it something other than an elevator speech. That’s cute, but it’s just a label. Call it whatever you like. Changing the name doesn’t make it compelling.
The real solution is to sound like someone people want to know better. This program demonstrates how to do just that.
Corporate executives can learn one more technique for running productive meetings. Or managing up. Or managing down, for that matter.
Or they can look at what really matters: their Presence.
Leadership Presence commands respect, creates connection, and cultivates a natural impulse to join in.
And yes, Leadership Presence can be developed and enhanced.
What happens when a woman develops a powerful presence? Being taken seriously. Having your ideas HEARD in a meeting. NOT having some guy get the credit for them. Taking your place at the table. Or creating a table of your own. Giving up hiding once and for all – because you can’t be a secret and be a success. Sounding strong – not like man but like a full-grown adult woman instead of some teenager at the mall with that question mark at the end of every sentence?
Discover how to change the way you’re perceived and change the results you get in business.
And in life.
Less is better
I have taken numerous speaking classes from both private coaches and through the National Speakers Association and I can honestly say that this series is the clearest, simplest and most practical I have ever taken.
Lynn Torre, CFP
Coach: Money Success from the Inside Out
The increase in confidence alone is worth the investment.
I am now looking forward to creating more opportunities to speak to a much broader audience. Maybe even answers calls for presenters at national conferences in my industry.
Thank you for your Signature Talk Program.
You did a great job of moderating the calls, keeping them on time with everyone getting the chance to express themselves.
Ardent Scope Marketing
Now I have the tools to make a good video.
After working with Catherine I know that this video is vastly better than my last effort.
Former MLB Pitcher, Speaker & Coach
From “good” to “freaking awesome”
Now I take the stage more confidently than ever before, and I sell with confidence. I also know how to re-center myself if I get off track. That’s powerful and the impact goes well beyond the stage. I see now how my sales calls (yes, even when I’m on the phone) or talks with my team are impacted by my presence.
Matthew Goldfarb Corporate Renegade
I had several breakthroughs, working with Catherine.
The BIGGEST breakthrough was to have a conversation with the audience. Don’t read from a script because then that sounds fake, don’t memorize what you wrote and spit that out because you sound fake, don’t try and sound like a radio announcer because then you sound fake. Just talk to them like you are out to dinner with friends. Then you sound genuine. It took a bit to get away from the announcer- voice for me but when I did, even I heard a difference.
The outcome was amazing. I was not as nervous as I usually am when I wing it, I genuinely felt prepared. I was able to really engage with the audience and I was able to make technology fun. How many people can say that? Now I have my signature talk that I can do anywhere to connect with potential clients and grow my business!
Sanders IT Consulting
I’m already seeing results.
The great thing about working with Catherine is that during every session I had some sort of breakthrough. The biggest breakthrough was to learn how to speak openly and honestly at work. I also discovered how to improve my physical presence. I look young for my age and I learned that my body language gives others that impression as well. Having that awareness and knowing how to address it; for me, has been very valuable.
I’m already seeing results. Increased confidence, plus the knowledge and tools to take the next step in my career and become an executive leader.
UPDATE, after two months:
I’m about to start my new position with Tenet Healthcare as the Pharmacy Quality and Safety Manager for the Chicago Market. I am looking forward to starting the New Year with a fresh new challenge and continuing to develop my executive presence.
She is a pleasure to work with.
Catherine helped me identify my target audience, develop the content of my presentation, and turn my speaking engagement into a lead generating event. And she ‘fine tuned’ my skills to not just present, but to connect.
In a small business, every opportunity needs to be about furthering your brand and generating business. Catherine will help you build a powerful business development strategy through speaking. And she is a pleasure to work with.
Jill Moss Stetson
I strongly recommend working with Catherine!
Catherine’s suggestions were top-notch and motivated me to try her excellent ideas. Working with Catherine is inspirational because she is warm and supportive. She recognizes what you are already doing well and builds from there rather than exploiting areas for improvement to make you feel you are hopeless without her corrections.
Author of Real Skills, Real Income: A Proven Marketing System to Land Well-Paid Freelance and Consulting Work in 30 Days or Less
Our time together was the best investment I’ve ever made!
Thank you so much for taking me to the next level - every growth in my skills makes me more effective in the boardroom and a better communicator and leader. I am bursting with gratitude and admiration for your talent to teach and inspire.
DDS President, Chicago Dental Society
I felt like I could be more authentic.
Since the program, when I spoke - I was able to tell my story and tie it into what I really wanted the audience to get. As a result, I got rave reviews and people commented on how I connected with them. An event organizer told me they were on the edge of their seats wanting more. And, most of them have requested strategy sessions with me.
Absolute Certainty Coaching