Single Sessions for Specific Practice
A single session to prepare for your speaking situation: $200
A single session is a 60-minute (online) meeting that is independent from an evaluation and lessons.
This is a good opportunity to get feedback and specific speech instructions for a presentation or interview. I'm listening on multiple levels:
1. Speech - How you say it
Are you easy to understand or does it take a concentrated effort? Are you engaging or boring to listen to? Those are big general questions that have detailed answers about what it is exactly that's causing interference. I'm listening for: overall prosody (rhythm), pace, word stress, or pronunciation.
2. Organization - What you say
Is your information organized in a way that's easy to follow? Are you using helpful transitions between topics? I have listened to amazing topics that I know nothing about but I can follow along if the organization is clear. When there's a big leap between concepts and something is missing or there's a wandering off-topic, those stand out to anyone. I may not be an expert in deep learning or liver transplantation, but I have helped experts improve the flow of information in those topics.
There are many situations where there will be people outside your specific field of expertise listening to your presentations. It's an advantage to have a listener unfamiliar with your field, but who is a professional listener of accented speech, give feedback about how easy you were to understand (delivery), how easy it was to follow your flow of information (organization of content), and if there was so much jargon it was impossible to follow along with (language). Some examples of types of speeches that I've provided feedback on:
- presentations for classes
- doctoral dissertation defenses
- professional presentations of research for conferences
- pitches for investors
- quarterly and annual company updates
- weekly stand-ups
I enjoy helping people prepare for interviews because it's always much more than what's on a resume or CV. It's always about finding connections that people didn't realize were there. When you're preparing for an interview, it's easy to get overwhelmed thinking about representing what you know and can do but that means it's also easy to lose sight of how you got to the point you are now. The interviewer can read your resume, so you should bring more than that to the opportunity to speak to someone.
As an objective listener, I can ask questions about what led you in the direction you're currently going and see connections between interests and skills that you may be too close to to see clearly. For non-native English speakers, it's also about finding the best word to represent those ideas, skills, and interests, and I can help with that as well.