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What We Do
“I’m good at public speaking, and I want to be even better.”
Ignite CSP coaches have worked with keynote speakers, politicians, ministers, and media personalities who have to talk for a living. We can all improve, and the outside perspective of a communication coach is a good step for many people. Individual coaching helps clients polish and perfect their skills.
“I need to show up with more confidence.”
Wow, do we hear this a lot. Many clients have said that they get this feedback, and we have to assume it’s from people for whom “showing up with confidence” is as easy as getting dressed in the morning! Our individual coaching process gives clients concrete tactics they can employ to feel good about their communication, which in turn helps them gain confidence.
“Please don’t make me do a presentation. Anything but that!”
Oh, yes. We see you out there–you’ve tried to structure your life so that you never have to give a speech or present in public. You dreaded giving a toast at your sister’s wedding, and you avoid things you might otherwise enjoy because there’s a chance you might have to talk in front of people.
We know. Some of the Ignite CSP coaches have struggled with the same thing, and we have worked with lots and lots of people grappling with stage fright. The individual coaching process will help you manage nerves, show up authentically, and even look forward to public speaking (really!)
We can help!
We believe that the most effective presentations happen when you feel like the best version of yourself—not the nervous version, the “get it over with” version, or the super-rehearsed version.
We will practice with you, give you feedback, and build on your strengths to create an effective presentation. If you are ready to get started right now, and you have a laptop and an internet connection, our online coaching might be a good fit for you.
Whether you’re a practiced speaker with lots of experience or someone who has hidden from the limelight throughout his career, get in touch. We will help you get to the next level. Contact us to get started.
We can help! Ignite CSP offers workshops that provide individualized feedback on communication skills in a supportive group atmosphere. We use videoing, hands-on practice, feedback, and a tailored action plan to get concrete results.
The workshops listed below are ready to go. Let us know if you need something a little different, and we’ll create it for you. Contact us to discuss these workshops or something tailored to your needs.
“There are a lot of people here who could benefit from public speaking training.”
Authentic Public Speaking: Public speaking can be the biggest challenge some professionals face in their work lives, and most training produces stiff, cookie-cutter results. Ignite CSP wants each client to show up authentically and powerfully, and this workshop teaches a tangible and repeatable process. These concrete tactics that help clients gain confidence and understand that public speaking is a skill that can be learned and practiced.
“Our team needs the skills to communicate more effectively with clients, and to grab opportunities when they arise.”
Better Communication Through Creative Play: One of our most exciting and fun new workshops uses the ideas and elements of improvisational theater to build rapport, practice better listening, and train participants to create connections with clients and potential clients. “Improvisational theater?” you say. “I don’t know if my team would be up for that…” We have done this work with people from lots of different companies and cultures, and it receives the best feedback of any workshop we do.
“We need to be able to tell the story of our organization and its mission.”
Fundamentals of Storytelling: See if this sounds familiar. You have a terrific group of people (staff, board, volunteers) who are great at doing whatever it is that your organization does. The only challenge? They aren’t great at talking about the work they do or the company’s mission. This workshop helps your team distill the elements of what you do, the values and mission, into a few stories that communicate impact and affect an audience.
“We need to develop the next generation of leaders.”
Something New Just for You: Ignite CSP designs new workshops with many types of organizations to coach leaders, prepare high-potentials for their next roles, and improve communication skills of a group or team. These workshops typically focus on leadership and communication skills and provide individual coaching. We have created workshops for accountants, management consultants, insurance executives, and leaders at many multinational corporations. We also love working with nonprofits, and with entrepreneurs. If you have a team, a leadership initiative, a professional development training program, or something else we haven’t thought of yet, we can tailor our work to address your needs!
This video shows snippets of a workshop, filmed when we were under our old name, Executive Repertory (it’s still us, though!) The process described in this video is the foundation of how we work with every client and group.
You can coach me online, at my desk?
Yes! A growing segment of our client base is very motivated to improve their communication skills and is also pressed for time. The ability to connect visually online with people all over the world means that we can coach you wherever you are. Ignite CSP has seven coaches with different areas of expertise, so we have someone to fit your needs and your schedule.
How does this work?
We have regular “office hours” so you can sign up, schedule yourself for a 30-minute or one-hour session, and be connected with an experienced coach with as little as 48 hours notice, no matter where you are in the world. Our coaches are ready to work with you on a presentation you have coming up, general executive presence, and any other communication-based skills.
Based on the outcomes you want to achieve, you and your coach will determine how many sessions to schedule. The coaching will look a lot like a typical one-on-one coaching course, except that you’ll be meeting online and will not video your practice sessions.
These coaching sessions take place via video-conference, so be sure to schedule a time when you can be in front of your computer, tablet, or smartphone.