“In the world of Early Care and Education we tend to have wonderfully sweet, kind, gentle teachers who communicate exceptionally well with young children. When it comes to addressing the customer and/or coworkers, especially in a group setting, the communication skills were lacking. Having read “Show Up and Shine” and having heard you speak before, I knew you were the person to kick off the school year at our annual teacher training!
Since our session, the lead teachers meet monthly to discuss how they are communicating. They’ve worked through strategies together, using the tools you gave them. I see a leadership team infinitely more confident and less likely to keep issues to themselves. I also see my leadership team supporting one another and holding one another accountable.
Since your training I now see my staff as having more confidence and certainly a more powerful presence. Our curriculum night had an entirely different vibe as no one played with their hair, giggled or used little voices. The teachers stood at the front of their classrooms and addressed the parents with power!
We also had a situation where a teacher had to stand up to an aggressive parent. In a most assertive manner, she took control of the conversation and handled it like a pro. I applauded her growth and asked her how she did it? Her response was, “I planted my feet, stood up straight, made direct eye contact, repeated what I heard him say and then told him how it’s going to be when he is addressing us.”
Catherine….we owe this powerful presence across the board to you! And we would love to have you here again soon. We have more to learn from you. Thank you!”
Cindy Perkins, Executive Director
Little People’s Country Academy of Arts & Education
“I felt like I was stuck in my job search. I was getting interviews, even final round interviews, but I wasn’t closing the sale. I needed to up my game.
Catherine helped me work on my interview presentation skills. We worked on refocusing my answers to address the needs and problems of the interviewer and how I could help them. We also focused on how I can demonstrate that I would fit well into their culture.
I know I will be going into my next interview with a higher level of confidence in my ability to get my message across and present my best self. I am more comfortable with the “tough questions” that will inevitably be asked. I feel that I have moved to “the next level.”
CFO, VP Finance and Operations
“I was landing a fair number of phone screenings, but had just two on-site interviews in the past 5 months. I figured there was a disconnect in my communication that I wasn’t able to identify. I also was struggling with how best to articulate my value proposition.
I was unaware of how my body language was draining my energy and power, and I had no idea that everything about my delivery would sound more confident by making some adjustments.
You helped me understand how to keep my responses personable, short and concise, using strong verbs when I speak just as I do when I write, and not diluting them with unnecessary fluff.
Finally, the Purple Cow concept. I love it! What a great way to make a lasting impression.”
Marketing Communications Strategist
“The challenge was to effectively connect with the audience. I was focusing too much on the data and quality of my slides rather than on relationships with the people who came to hear me speak.
- They come for the information, they leave with ME!
- People LOVE stories and Catherine helped me make my stories so much more powerful!
- Timing, pauses and strategic eye contact are more important than I realized.
My evaluations are higher now and people particularly comment on my stories that illustrate points. There is an excitement now on the part of event sponsors and audience members that was not there before Catherine became my speaking coach! The investment in her coaching was my best one this year!
What is possible now? Being paid for my presentations! I have a better understanding of pricing, how to add value for my business through book sales for instance.”
Teri Dreher, Owner & CEO
NShore Patient Advocates
“I had to make a video, and needed some work on my presence, presentation and on-screen personality.
As a writer, I love to be behind the screen, not in front of it. So, when the first cut of the video came out, I looked like a stuffed sausage that was stuck in headlights, I was petrified to market my new division.
Then, the second cut came out, and I looked a bit too casual. I knew I needed to do it again, and you were the person to help.
This time, Yes. Yes. Yes. I was better. There was a 1,000% difference. I felt it, and I saw it. I felt more comfortable, I sounded and looked better, and I am proud of this 3rd version of the video. I feel good about sharing it with our prospective clients.
You are a wonderful coach with endless direction and tips that made sense and helped me find a little comfort zone.”
“We brought Catherine in to coach speakers for our national meeting, because this year we included employees who were not used to presenting to large groups. Additionally, the number of attendees doubled and the stage/set was more formal/professional. We were uncertain how even our experienced presenters would adapt to the changes.
Thanks to their sessions with Catherine, presentation materials are much more streamlined and concise. Presenters are more polished and able to engage their audience – regardless of the subject matter.
Some of the most engaging presentations (as rated by attendees) were those that covered subjects that were historically considered “dry”. While the subjects were the same, presentation techniques and a refresh of the material added life and energy to what had previously been considered dull and boring.
There is a new confidence level in the speakers that attended the training. And the conference was amazing! We got rave reviews from the attendees.”
Vernetta McDowell, Director of Sales Operations
Reynolds Consumer Products
“As a speaker and facilitator, I wanted to have more command and presence. Working with Catherine, I really zeroed in on eye contact: making eye contact with the whole face and speaking directly to each person.
Now, when I’m at the front of the room, I’m more aware of my hands, stance and face. The one-person-one-thought concept has helped me be less in my head, and more connected to the audience.”
“With an upcoming event, I knew that I needed help. It had been several years since I’d given a presentation and I wanted to make sure that I brought my “A game”. I dreaded being one of those speakers that just droned on about my subject matter but lacked the ability to connect with my audience.
I learned to be more conversational. That made me more relatable to the audience, and my content more enjoyable. Catherine also taught me how to make adjustments in body language that kept me connected to my audience. I was able to retain leadership of the session but also invite questions and information exchange from the audience.
I could actually see and feel the audience listening to me and remaining engaged. I was able to connect with the audience in a meaningful way because of the practice sessions and advice that I got from Catherine. I was relaxed and had the tools to get through anything that happened from the podium, planned or unplanned.
The result was a great talk and an engaged audience that sought out additional information during the Q&A. And I’m using what I learned from Catherine in my everyday life until my next presentation.
I would highly recommend Catherine whether you have a public speaking engagement, or just want to sharpen your business networking skills. I plan to work with her again when I have my next speaking opportunity.”
“I was stumbling in presenting myself and my new business to others. I always wanted to get professional coaching in public speaking and when I heard Catherine speak I knew she would be just what I needed. The best decision I made was making the commitment to learn from her.
Now I can present myself and my business with confidence. I’m using the tips about posture, gestures, and language when I speak professionally and informally. I use movement to accentuate important points, fluctuate my voice to keep an audience engaged, and use eye contact, questions, and humor to create greater connection.
Catherine wasn’t afraid to call me out if I wasn’t being authentic. She could point out problems in a non-threatening way. She also zeroed in on my strengths; she showed me how to shine and bring out the best in myself.
Time with Catherine reminded me of my gifts and talents. She helped me develop practical strategies for speaking and writing. She helped me set goals and achieve them. Catherine also reminded me that big goals, like launching your own company, take time to achieve. Small steps lead to bigger steps. Don’t quit before you even try.
This coaching experience was extremely worthwhile. Thank you for helping me (re)believe in myself.”
Power to Be
“I found myself struggling to articulate what exactly I do in a way that really grabbed people’s attention and kept the conversation going. As a result, I was missing out on opportunities to capitalize on new introductions. I could no longer sit back and watch money pass me by!
Catherine helped me home in on specifically how I help people and translate that into a quick and compelling story that really resonates with my ideal client. It was as if I had discovered gold within myself!
Now I feel much more enthusiastic about networking. I’ve been actively seeking out new networking opportunities where in the past I avoided it like the plague. I know that the only way to get better is to practice. And it helps to have someone as experienced and sharp as Catherine Johns in your corner to help build your confidence along the way. No more hiding behind my computer waiting for the phone to ring!”
Paige Rolfe, Brand Strategist & Creative Director
“After multiple 1st and 2nd interviews I just could not land a job. Something was not working. My self-reflections made it clear, it was something about ME. Not my skills; ME! I realized I needed help, remodeling, coaching……something needed to change but what was it; so I called you.
In our session, I learned to become an adult at the interview table. I was trying to jam everything into the interview; I was talking too fast and not answering concisely…..you taught me to “land the plane.” I also learned to keep my feet planted firmly on the floor. That changed the tone of my voice and improved my self-confidence.
Before meeting with you I was going into interviews feeling like a subservient candidate that needed the employer……changing my mind-set changed my success. No one wants to hire a wimp!
As a result of our work, I landed my dream job! It has plenty of challenges but I am already making the organization more successful than they were and they recognize this.
During the interview, I immediately came up with 2 main changes that would increase their success…the interviewers agreed. At that point they knew they wanted me and I could see it in their faces.
Now, I’m in a position where I am using my skills, working with a staff that is ready for new leadership and the coming changes. As a side note, the salary is more than I was hoping for!!!
I am ecstatic for this opportunity. I am glad I was able to look in the mirror and identify myself as part of the problem and then had the courage to make that phone call to you for help. THANKS CATHERINE….I COULD NOT HAVE LANDED THIS JOB WITHOUT YOUR EXPERTISE AND COACHING.””
The reason I enlisted your help is because I have a shy, quiet personality. A typical CPA. I know that I need to change to grow my business. And I knew I needed help finding the right words for my conversations with potential clients.
One thing I’m doing now is using more conversational language when people ask, “What do you do?” I’ve gotten positive feedback and I consciously “record” the feedback in my mind, so I’m encouraged to continue using the techniques I learned from working with you.
I’m also more aware of how I phrase questions or statements. I focus on the client, in order for them to have an interest in me. If I talk just about myself or what I can do for them, they don’t care.
Thank you very much for sharing your experience with speaking to individuals and groups. I know I am leaps and bounds ahead of where I would have been if I did not work with you.”
Michael Ludwig, CPA
“I was invited to speak at an event, a great opportunity for my business, and naturally I wanted to do a great job. I knew it was important to learn the best strategies that professional speakers use.
I learned a lot working with Catherine including how to prepare for a talk, how to practice it, and how to deliver it. Here are two of the highlights:
- Your presentation is less a performance than a conversation with one person at a time.
- Connecting with the audience is the most important thing, and for that you need to be present and not try to deliver a canned or memorized speech. This makes it more enjoyable for you and allows you to increase your energy levels which will resonate with the audience in a positive way.
My talk went really well; I received great feedback. I was engaged and connected to the audience. I was more relaxed and my message really got through to the audience. I enjoyed being up there talking, and that was a real gift for me. I feel more confident in my ability to speak to larger groups now that I know how to prepare for an event like this.”
Cascade Hypnosis Center
“I knew that I wasn’t describing what I do in an interesting or compelling way. I sounded like every other business coach out there. I didn’t know how to put into words what I knew – and communicate it so people would know immediately that I’m the best choice for them.
Giving my 30-second sales pitch threw me into stage fright. To counterbalance this I would try to memorize it which made it worse because then I would forget what I was going to say. This felt terrible.
Working with Catherine, I discovered that the formulas we are all taught are not working. That having someone else help you see and describe your value is HUGE! That Catherine is brilliant at finding the right words to describe what you do. Brilliant, brilliant!
I have given myself permission to just speak, using a tried-and-true way of describing who I help, and the results of working with me. I have many different ways of telling what I do to any type of audience – from startups to experienced business owners of mid-size corporations. I feel so much more relaxed and confident and I see people shaking their heads in agreement.
Now I enjoy telling people what I can do for them.”
“I needed help “rebranding” myself and my signature talk because I was pigeonholed into weight loss when I actually do much more than that.
I also liked your style, you never let your ego get in the way. Your genuineness shines through whenever I read your newsletter, listen to you speak and talk to you in person.
You pointed out that what I really do is help people looking to make a change, in their personal or professional lives. You helped me see exactly what I do well and to build my new signature talk around that.
Your coaching and outlines gave me clarity and helped me focus on what matters most so that I can communicate my ideas and strategies more effectively. We touched on all sorts of personal and professional barriers and I gained a new confidence that I truly am on the right path.
Spending the day with you in a private coaching intensive was worth every penny. Your advice and direction are very helpful in many more ways than I can even begin to tell you. Thank you for your time and your generosity of spirit.”
Wellness Coach, Radio Host and Author
“Have you ever found yourself in a room full of strangers where you know you need to be networking and promoting yourself and your business, but been at a loss for words to get your message across in just the right way to stand out from the crowd? This was my situation.
I reached out to Catherine Johns and within a matter of hours, she taught me exactly how to turn the specifics of my niche business into a dynamic and direct introduction that was engaging and informative, leaving me sounding like the expert in my field.
I know she can do that for you too! You will be amazed at the results of your investment in your time with her coaching skills.”
Docter’s Interior Plantscaping
“I had the pleasure of meeting Catherine when she was the featured speaker at an event. She knew how to approach her audience, and was able to connect with each one even though there were many people in the room. I personally felt as if she was speaking directly to me. She touched on many topics that were so true especially about public speaking and how it really can affect your business.
Working with Catherine has given me the confidence to speak about what I do and to have a stage presence. She is very powerful and is a master in her field. Every woman should invest some time with her, what she gives you and teaches you are invaluable tools to market your own business. Can you afford not to have her coach you?”
Aishling Dalton Kelly
Aishling Companion Home Care