You can make presentations where the audience leans in, engaged and even entertained. Gigi can teach you how in one-on-one sessions as a public speaking coach. 

How presentation coaching and public Speaking coaching works

In one-on-one presentation coaching sessions, you’ll rehearse and finesse your next talk or speech. Our goal? A presentation delivered with a clear call to action and a message that your audience remembers long after they walk out the door. 

Whether the audience is one client, a small group or a packed auditorium, you’ll build on your natural skills to create a presentation delivered with clarity and ease. With public speaking coaching, you’ll learn to:

  • write for the spoken voice

  • communicate with images

  • add appropriate drama

  • foster your own sense of calm

For technical experts presenting to a lay audience, you’ll learn to create presentations in understandable language that doesn’t “dumb down” the concepts.

I've worked as a presentation coach with a diversity of clients, from introverted professors making the move from teaching to speech-making, to marketing V.P.’s preparing for a high-stakes presentation, to visual artists unaccustomed to talking about their work, to teams in corporate America needing to communicate with grace and authority.

For organizations, I teach these skills in customized, hands-on workshops.

Do you have a presentation looming that you’d like to deliver with confidence and ease?

Whether it's as a one-on-one public speaking coach or presentation coach, I'm here to help you calm those nerves and find your story. To start with a free consult, email me and then sign up to receive 5 Steps to Nail Your Next Presentation.


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To help you create a cogent and powerful presentation that connects you with your audience, download my 9-page cheat sheet, 5 Steps to Nail Your Next Presentation. It breaks down the process of creating and delivering a presentation into small, doable steps including answers to questions like:

  • How do I organize my story?

  • How do I keep my audience’s attention?

  • What can I do to calm my nerves?

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For those of you in the Portland area, Gigi is a gem and great to work with on public speaking!
— Martha Holley Newsome, President & CEO, Medical Teams International
Moderating the panel discussion went better than I ever could have expected! Gigi helped me craft questions, transition smoothly between topics and think through details I hadn’t considered. Afterwards, my mentor complimented me on my professional presence. Pretty awesome all around!
— Jennifer Whaler, Associate Environmental Scientist
Gigi was extremely professional, attentive and flexible in coaching team members overseas. All reports back highlighted Gigi’s efficiency during sessions and her ability to quickly pinpoint areas for speakers to improve while offering practical and helpful solutions to speakers to optimize right away. Gigi’s work far exceeded our expectations.
— Myriam Khoury, Vice President - Innovation, Mercy Corps
Thanks for your help on my Artist Talk. I felt much more confident after our session. Your suggestions and techniques were invaluable and helped me feel so much more comfortable. The audience was very attentive and responded with huge applause and lively questions.
— Kim Alemian, Painter | Visual Artist
I felt immensely happy after I gave my presentation. The time and energy I put into the process really paid off. Gigi’s suggestions helped me keep the audience engaged throughout. I received positive feedback not only from my boss but from one of my competitors. I’m so glad I used Gigi’s consulting and I will be back.
— Moriah LaChapell Schalock, Biocontrol Sales Rep
Thank you for the work you did with me individually to prepare me for my session AND the collective work you did with all of the speakers you worked with. It really paid off. Not only was your advice really valuable but you also lit a fire under those who were less prepared to get ready. By the end we were strong and coherent! We really appreciate it.
— Nonprofit director, Portland, Oregon
We have consulted with Gigi for group training and individual coaching with excellent results. With her innate good humor, she quickly zeros in on a presenter’s strengths, offering practical insights to build confidence and keep audiences engaged. She’s become our secret weapon!
— Fidelma McGinn, Vice-President, Philanthropic Services, Seattle Foundation
Gigi brought insight and knowledge to my staff at MSN that dramatically enhanced their communication skills. She listened, observed, coached individuals to understand unique skills suited to their specific needs. She has an instructional mastery that I have rarely seen.
— Stephen Cvengros, former Senior Director at Microsoft's MSN
Gigi gave me several actionable ideas that I incorporated into my remarks which greatly improved my presentation. She also asked me to send her a self-critique of my performance and then followed up with several more ideas for next time. I was impressed at how substantive her suggestions were. She clearly knows her stuff.
— Nonprofit manager, Washington, DC
I reached out to Gigi for some quick help for a talk I was preparing. This isn’t something I do very often. I was having some amazing bouts of nerves as the day drew closer. We chatted for a while and Gigi asked a lot of great questions and made several suggestions, including “take a walk!” And that did the trick. Walking is my thing. On Gigi’s advice, I planned (and took) a big long walk at my favorite place in Seattle, Seward Park. Set the tone for the whole day and evening. No nerves! Thanks Gigi.
— Richard Pelletier,
When I came to Gigi I had a lot of little ‘stories’ disorganized in bits and pieces and I struggled to get through them both because I was trying to remember the order and because it was boring. Gigi helped me separate my talk into three distinct sections, with a flashback to the beginning, and organized it in a clear, compelling, and surprising way. When I tell my story this way my listeners seem much more engaged and I don’t get bored telling it so my delivery is better.
— Mickey Trescott, author of The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook: An Allergen-Free Approach to Managing Chronic Illness
Gigi observed me teaching at Portland State University, then we met for feedback. She gave multi-faceted observations and recommendations on content, body language, using tools (PowerPoint/whiteboards), storytelling. Since our coaching session her feedback on my storytelling is having a positive impact not only on my teaching but my daily interactions and even writing.
— Michael Wells, formerly of Grants Northwest
In just one hour of coaching with Gigi, I was well-informed about how to prepare physically, emotionally, and logistically for a successful presentation. Her supportive and insightful feedback about my style gave me clarity about my opportunities for improvement and confidence about my capacity to connect with an audience.
— Sage Cohen, Author, Poet, Communications Consultant,

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