With 30 years experience as a television host /interviewer, and moderator of hundreds of large-scale live events Maria knows that the secret to a powerful presentation is not in mimicking superficial techniques. It is not about trying to look and sound like someone else. Presentations have the greatest impact when you are being yourself. You shine when you are calm and confident and clear about your intention, message and audience.
It’s remarkable to watch distracting habits, nervous “uh’s and um’s”, and stilted speech patterns disappear when you begin preparing for a presentation by reflecting on why you want to make this presentation to this particular audience. It may seem simple, but it is an essential step in the process that speakers often leave out.
In initial one-on-one coaching sessions, Maria asks you key questions, and guides you through a process of reflection that ultimately provides clarity about your purpose and message. Maria observes strengths in your personal speaking style, and identifies evocative stories that will make your presentations come alive. Together you design the presentation – and organize your thoughts and words into a dramatic arc that has maximum impact.
Next, your presentation is videotaped. As you watch yourself on the screen Maria provides feedback that focuses on voice tone, pacing, eye contact, body language. Anxieties disappear. Passion rises!
Maria has years of experience on camera and on stage. Now she combines this experience with a deep understanding of how people learn. The result is a unique approach to performance coaching.