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Own the Stage: Public Speaking Intensive—TED Talk Style

12/11/2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Have you ever wondered what idea you would share if you were invited to do a TED Talk? How would you structure your story? How would you practice? How would you hone your delivery so that you look and sound amazing in the final performance (and video)? Join us as we share our imagined-TED-Talks-in-progress to learn and practice mastering the art of public speaking — TED Talk style. The same principles that make a great TED Talk can be applied to all forms of public speaking—whether you’re sharing an update in a team meeting or giving a big presentation. Learn how to capture the audience’s attention through great storytelling, how to appear confident even if you’re terrified, how to make engaging slides, how to rehearse, and how to stand, gesture, and speak in a way that will best support your words. This course will help you step on any stage and knock it out of the park. You can attend all sessions or drop-in. Pre-registration is required, email to join. $45/class.

‘ Montana von Fliss has coached countless speakers all over the world. She loves transforming speakers into confident, dynamic, and engaging storytellers. For the past 11 years she’s been coaching regularly for companies like Microsoft, Amazon, Google—as well as a myriad of start-ups and individuals—on a broad range of communication issues, including content strategy, storytelling, and of course, seamless delivery. Her 30+ years as a professional actor, director, and playwright gives her unique insight into how to disrupt the tradition of boring presentations and dull pitches. Her passion is helping people own the stage and find ease, confidence, and a new toolset to tackle the daunting task of public speaking.

“If you have ever wanted to gain confidence in front of an audience, tell a gripping story, or generally be amazing on stage, go work with Montana.” — Jeff Pettiross, Staff UX Designer, Tableau Software

“Montana has made an amazing impact on my project and has been jaw dropping in her results. She is truly excellent.” — Kathleen Winder, Senior Director, Microsoft

“Montana is perhaps the most effective coaching professional I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Within minutes she was providing actionable advice that was improving the quality of our messaging and the effectiveness of my delivery.” — Alec Matias, CEO, Pawzii

“Montana is an excellent trainer.” — David Talby, SVP Engineering, Atigeo


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