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Here’s WhaT speakers ARE SAYING ABOUT WORKING WITH GIGI

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
I highly recommend Gigi for public speaking coaching. Gigi helped me with a presentation I gave at a conference in front of 200 people. She helped me create a more compelling talk by recommending ways to convey the story so that it flowed more naturally. Her sense of humor and depth of experience made me feel connected to her right away. Thank you, Gigi!
— E. Clay, Digital Strategy & Business Development
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’s coaching helped me transcend the barriers that I normally face as an introvert, where there is so much in my head and so little in my expression. With her help and a couple of practices on the plane, I was transported to a state where I felt my responsibility to tell this story; I understood my “why.” Thank you, Gigi.
— Ramesh Singh, Country Director, Mercy Corps Mongolia
Gigi’s coaching did a truly effective job of calming my nerves. I also really appreciated the tips she gave me so I could have more fun. The work I did with her will continue to help me in all my future public speaking.
— Nick W., Information Technology Marketer
Gigi was extremely professional, attentive and flexible in coaching team members overseas. All reports back highlighted Gigi’s 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
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
Gigi’s “Nail Your Elevator Speech” webinar was fantastic. In one hour, she provided valuable food for thought and did it all with warmth, humor and professionalism.
— Allyson Rowley, Writer/Editor
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, lucidcontent.com
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, sagecohen.com