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Presentation Skills: It's All About Body Language


When you find yourself in front of a crowd and speaking, your body language, tone of voice, and energy will connect you to your audience faster and more impactfully than your words.

How do you draw in your audience and keep their attention? How do you fight the jitters? What if you forget what you were going to say!?

In this interactive workshop, everybody moves, and we all take a turn in front of the group.  Power poses, mirror neurons, and what-the-heck-do-I-do-with-my-hands; we will touch on it all.

The aim of preparing your presentation skills is not to practice unnatural showmanship, but to highlight your natural gestures, energy, and authentic relationship with the audience. We will learn about timing, body placement, eye contact, voice tone, emphasis, hand gestures, and landing the ending.

Join us in this workshop in order to feel prepared, to understand your role as a leader from the stage, to present with your natural grace and strength, and to walk off the stage with a sense of accomplishment.

Experienced Participant

“I teach visual, verbal, and graphic communications to architecture students at the University of Utah, and invited Margaret in to run a half-day training for the group of 35 students prior to a public speaking assignment. I was incredibly impressed both by the thoughtful preparation she did with me to understand the particular needs of the students and prepare a series of interactive exercises. It was amazing to see even my most shy and reserved student drawn out of their shell and taking part in the day. In such a short time with so many students, I don't know how she managed to have such a huge impact. I learned an incredible amount myself and plan to recommend to my college inviting her to develop a program for our faculty who speak at conferences and at events across the country. She's a gifted teacher!” -Erin Carraher Director of Strategy and Partnerships, EHLI


TEDx Talks: What Makes a Great One and How Do You Give One?

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Speaking at a TEDx event is full of thrills: sharing your "idea worth spreading" with a receptive audience, connecting to the other speakers, and having the video of your talk shared afterward… to name just a few. But how do you manage to give a TED or TEDx talk?

After supporting over 100 TEDx speakers, I'm excited to share what I've learned. Let's talk about what makes a TED-style talk stand out, the many different kinds of TEDx events, and how to create a GREAT application - which are lessons that can be applied to great talks everywhere.

After this 1/2 day workshop, you will know elements of TEDx talks you can apply to your own speaking, have a better understanding of the TED universe, know steps to find your own “idea worth spreading.”

Experienced Participant:

“I had the honor of working with Margaret … in a small group of people that Margaret met with weekly (we hired her as an independent consultant) to mentor each of us on how to craft specific the speeches we were each working on for career reasons (mainly as keynote speakers to promote our businesses). She did a fantastic job of promoting camaraderie among us, as well as providing expert speech presentation and writing advice. The second time I worked with Margaret was when I was a speaker at the 2016 TEDx Westminster College. Margaret was hired by the TEDx Westminster College group to coach the speakers in the months leading up to the TEDx Westminster College event. Most of the speakers were not professional speakers, yet once again, Margaret created a safe place that provided both learning and compassion that benefited all those in her group. As a result, the TEDx Westminster College event was a huge success. In both instances, I learned a lot from Margaret and would work with her again in a heartbeat! Anyone who hires her is lucky to have her!” -Stacy Dymalski: Book and movie producer, speaker, author of the book "THE MEMOIR MIDWIFE: Nine Steps to Self-Publishing Your Book"


“What Do You Do?” Make your Elevator Pitch Ring true


We all know that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. When you are asked, “What do you do?” how can your words help someone to know, like, and trust you? Are you prepared to convey both the concrete mission and abstraction vision of your work?

In this interactive session, we will write, discuss, and practice our responses to ubiquitous questions about our work and projects. Looking beyond the “Elevator Pitch,” let’s explore how you share your ideas, vision, and mission with new contacts.

Not only will we craft your personal answers, but we will discuss principles and tools of public speaking to help you speak with impact, whoever your audience may be. We will practice and get facilitated feedback from the group.

This intimate workshop will help you look closely at what you value in your work, how you arrived there, and give you tools to speak about yourself in front of people with fluency and confidence.

Experienced Participant:

I am the Executive Director at Harvest of Hope Pantry in Boulder, and we recently hired Margaret to assist our Board with finding cohesion around our messaging both as a unit, and also in support of individuals sharing their own personal message about why they’re involved with Harvest of Hope Pantry. As an organization, we are rather young (6 years) and have experienced a lot of growth and change. With that, we had found ourselves a little disconnected with our “why” and our “what.” Margaret really helped us do the work as a group to get clear about that, and she did it in a way that was fun, engaging and fostered feelings of camaraderie. At the end of the workshop, we were going around to share what we had learned, and our Board Chair said: “I learned that these sorts of things don’t have to be painful, and can actually lead to tangible outcomes!” Our Board is now on a journey of building confidence in communicating their messages so we can continue to get donors and create awareness in our community about who we are, what we do, and why we do it. I can’t recommend Margaret highly enough, and we would hire her again in a heartbeat. -Riley M. Bright, M.P.H. Food Pantry: feeding those in need.

Storytelling: Communicate Memorably


Telling stories is as basic to human beings as eating. More so, in fact, for while food makes us live, stories are what make our lives worth living. — Richard Kearney
To be a person is to have a story to tell. — Isak Dinesen

Stories will be remembered long after your balance sheet or business plan have been forgotten. So how can you incorporate stories into your professional communication?

In this interactive session, after we discuss why stories are so impactful to our human brains, we will tell and hear a few of each other’s stories to explore:

  • Understanding common story formats from ancient Greece to today’s podcasts

  • Creating strong starts, satisfying endings, and the messy middle

  • Telling simple stories on the spot (Don’t worry, we will set you up well for this!)

  • Developing your personal “Origin Story” to accompany your “Elevator Pitch.”