Course Description

Do you fear speaking from the stage?

Prepare to speak from the heart, with authentic confidence every time.

You can love to speak from the stage. Learn how to create engaging talks without writing them out. Connect with yourself and your audience. And discover rehearsal techniques to take your talk from page to stage in an authentic, effective and powerful way.

In today’s world, communication skills are as important as ever and with online technologies you can speak to your audience live no matter where they live. Prep for Success will teach you to maximize your impact while still being true to who you are so the right people want to connect with you.

Step by step, Danielle will guide you through the entire process, from conceptualizing your idea to rehearsing in a way that allows you to speak from the heart in a structured, organized and eloquent way, to what sort of questions to ask the venue where you’re speaking.

Who is this for?

Prep for Success serves anyone who wishes to give presentations to an audience, whether a sales presentation to a small group, a lecture to a roomful of colleagues at a conference or a TED talk. It’s designed for people who want to communicate authentically and engage their audience no matter the topic or the size of the room.

What will you learn?

  • Decide on a topic and content
  • Create your script
  • Structure your talk
  • Incorporate storytelling techniques
  • Use character to engage your audience
  • Employ imagery to bring experiences alive
  • Remember content without memorizing
  • How to practice in a way that keeps your content fresh and exciting for YOU
  • Choose your technology
  • Select props and visuals
  • Ask the right questions at the venue
  • BONUS: a ten minute warm up to get your mind and body present and resonant

How long will it take?

It is recommended that you complete one module a week and that you put aside 2 hours for each module. The course should take approximately eight hours over a time period of four weeks.

The videos themselves are between 10 and 20 minutes long, but this course isn’t about watching videos. You will have assignments to complete that result in the talk you want to give.

In reality how much time you need to put in will depend on how long your talk is, how important the talk is to you, and how much time you have before you get on stage.

Inspired Coaching

Danielle Benzon

Danielle Benzon is passionate about creating space for authentic human communication and unlocking the hidden potential within each speaker.She brings techniques from her background in acting, directing and voice coaching to help business professionals tap into and express their unique magic with confidence, charisma and joy. Danielle has a Masters Degree in Acting from E15 Conservatory in London, UK, and is certified to teach the Meisner Approach through the True Acting Institute, USA. She is the founder of Inspired Coaching and the Artistic Director of Crooked Teeth Theatre Company.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Module 1 (week one)

    • What to think about before creating your talk and the Brain Dump

    • Venue Check List

  • 2

    Module 2 (week 2)

    • Key elements to help you structure your talk and create a first draft

  • 3

    Module 3 (week 3)

    • Rehearse and edit, how to use imagery, atmosphere and character to bring your talk to life

  • 4

    Module 4 (week 4)

    • Final logistics, polishing your talk, getting feedback and keeping it fresh

    • Logistics Check List

  • 5

    Bonus Module: Super Simple Warm Up

    • A ten minute super simple voice and body warm up to use before rehearsals and performances to make sure you're always at your best