For those of you in the Portland area, Gigi is a gem and great to work with on public speaking!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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