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Coaching & Consulting

Have an important presentation coming up?

Need individualized attention?

Consider coaching.

Whether you need help getting started or want feedback during the polishing stages of your presentation, we’re available to work with you so that you can achieve your presentation goals.

 

In-Person Coaching

We come to your place of business consult with you on the development of your content and coach you on your delivery.

 

Remote Coaching

Using Skype, Presentation Gym or the phone, you can practice a presentation and get feedback from a skilled, experience professional

 

Software DemonstrationsSmall Group Coaching

Presenting as a team? No problem. We provide valuable insight on making the most of a group presentation.

 

Webinar Coaching

If you’re doing a presentation via the web, we can work with you to create an effective online presentation too.

 

Our Team

Kelly_168x252Kelly Vandever, Founder and President of Speaking Practically

In an attention-deficient, entertain-me-now, wait-while-I-post-that-on-my-Facebook-page kind of world, the typical business presentation is lame. Professional speaker, trainer, coach, tweeter and blogger Kelly Vandever is on a mission to change that. An award winning speaker herself, Kelly helps organizations crank up their content and create killer audience interaction using old school and hi-tech techniques, all while annihilating bullet points and making this a better world for business audiences everywhere. Kelly’s professional career includes more than twenty years of management experience as a military officer and a manager in four Fortune 500 companies. Kelly received her BA in Sociology from Iowa State and her Masters of Management Science from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Learn More.

 

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Claudia W. Brogan, M.S. Ed.
I.A.F. Certified Professional Facilitator

Claudia is a speaker, trainer and facilitator who enjoys leading collaborative meetings and problem-solving with groups and teams. As an International Association for Facilitators’ (IAF) Certified Professional Facilitator, Claudia’s focus is helping groups develop creative vision, develop a practical plan for proceeding, marshal personnel and logistical resources, and exchange ideas, action strategies and mutual accountability. Her specialties include coaching groups and individuals on ways to improve their presentation delivery skills, and providing training for leadership skills development and communication. Learn More.

 

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Bob is a veteran speaker on technology and is known as “A geek who speaks.” He has spoken in 17 different countries about technical subjects. He has presented keynotes, general sessions and breakouts at over 30 technology conferences. He is particularly known for his ability to help technical professionals incorporate stories into their technical presentations. He encourages his clients to “tell a technical tale” whenever they present. With over 30 years of IT experience as a software engineer, technical instructor, sales engineer, product manager and corporate evangelist, Bob understands the communications challenges that technical professionals face. Currently he works as a technical sales education consultant for Symantec and also is an instructor for the Certified Business English Proficient IT Professional certification program. Learn More.

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Tom Nixon has over 3 decades of experience assisting clients of all sizes with meaningful business communications. For the last 10 years, he has worked with business leaders and subject matter experts who want to inspire and motivate their audiences with powerful visual experiences. Tom both creates visual presentations (PowerPoint, Keynote, etc.) and consults with his clients to enhance their on-stage techniques and delivery.
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Natalie Gallagher

Natalie Gallagher is an educator at heart and has built her career teaching people of all ages how to communicate effectively through both writing and public speaking. Currently she works as a trainer and coach, specializing in teaching people how to connect with their audiences through proven educational strategies and instructional methods.

Natalie holds Bachelor’s degrees in English and History from Eastern New Mexico University and a Master’s in Education from the University of St. Thomas. She served as core faculty at the Southwest University of Visual Arts in Albuquerque, where she worked extensively with artists, designers, and advertisers in helping them develop a unique voice and cultivate the communication skills necessary to convey an idea that resonates with a target audience.

Since relocating to Atlanta, Natalie has built her training portfolio by working with clients including the Georgia Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department, and individual clients from a wide range of industries including medicine and technology. She currently serves as the Co-Organizer of TEDxAtlanta, and coaches speakers on how to give the TEDx Talk of their lives so their idea creates lasting, positive impact in the world.

When she isn’t working with speakers and trainers, Natalie is an avid reader, movie buff, and traveler. She resides in Atlanta with her husband and two insolent cats. Learn more.

 

Mark Kretschmar

Unlike any other speaker or mentor, Mark uses engineering tools and viewpoints to understand and dissect communication problems and he can show his fellow engineers and other technical-types how to do the same. When communication is viewed as a problem to be solved, suddenly it falls into the engineer’s area of expertise. Engineers are amazing problem solvers – therefore they can be amazing communicators and speakers.

This fusion of engineering and research-based communication principals has engineers from the world’s biggest brands talking about “drastic change,” “helpful algorithms,” “time well spent,” and Mark’s “deep domain knowledge.” As a skeptical engineer and professor of communication studies, he bases his content on academic research rather than current fads or unfounded opinions.

Contact Mark at  mark @ engineerspeak.com or 651-728-0352 and check out the helpful, free content on engineerspeak.com.

 

Pam Leinmiller

Frustrated that your excellent sales pitch, cutting-edge research or perfect solution sounds so much better in your head than when you try to explain it? Pam is an expert at working with highly-intelligent and technically-minded people to enable them to accurately, effectively and confidently communicate.  She genuinely enjoys working with people to help them further develop their skills as communicators and connect with their audience.  She also provides professional meeting moderation when a third-party is needed to complete the agenda while ensuring participants have an opportunity to contribute.

Pam is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics, and she is a lifelong learner.  Her training experience spans nearly 30 years. Beginning in the medical industry, she organized and conducted training in both small and large groups as well as one-on-one. She has spent 20 years as a small group facilitator, fostering and managing discussions while moving groups through required material.  More recently, she has worked with Speaker Bureau members of dozens of Pharmaceutical companies to help them improve their presentation and meeting moderation skills.  Pam is a professional member of The National Speakers Association and has the ability to relate to a wide range of personality types, professional skill levels, and learning styles.  In the words of one professor, she helped turn his PhD-level research into a TEDx talk “that my grandmother could understand”!

Pam lives in Atlanta with her husband of 32 years, Mark.  They are the parents of two married daughters and grandparents to a kitty and a puppy!  Pam is an avid sports fan and loves anything involving physical activity.  She and Mark have summited Mt. Whitney (CA) and Mt. Washington (NH) in the past 2 summers and look forward to their next adventure.

Reach out to Pam: Pam@PamLeinmiller.com, 888-868-0879 or tweet @PamLeinmiller