Speaker Coaching

A good talk can be career-changing. I work with executives and people with a story, to draw out what you are about, help you articulate your unique message and engage your audience so they remember you and what you have to say.

I was a speaker coach for TEDx Perth from 2011 until 2015. Two of my speakers received standing ovations. Another has been viewed over 500,000 times on Youtube.

This was more than delivering a great presentation – this was a true development opportunity, with a coach who expertly challenged, coached and supported me through the entire process.
(Kelly Carter, Vice President Legal, Goldfields Australia, 2016)

Who I work with

I speaker coach senior executives, graduates and professional speakers who have something important to say.  They want to stand out at a conference or on a panel so that an idea, or area of work, can have its bigger impact. I also help graduates prepare for their first speaking appearance. Speakers I coach are generally fueled by altruistic motives, such as improving workplace diversity or promoting a good cause.

You can watch videos here of speakers I’ve coached previously.

I would love to help you deliver the best presentation you can, so you enjoy yourself, delight your audience, and leave a lasting legacy that reflects you and your organisation.

I can’t thank you enough for all your help and advice. You really helped us find our way and get the perfect message across. I’ve never felt so calm and confident, despite the fact the audience was so huge.
(Rachel Page, BHP Billiton, 2015)

Why speaker coaching matters

As a civil engineer I thought engineers had a really important role to play in building our society. However we weren’t that great at explaining it. This meant engineers weren’t as influential as other professions, and couldn’t contribute as much to shaping our world.

In every industry I’ve worked in I’ve been to loads of conferences where speakers just gave technical expertise. They weren’t innately bad speakers, but industry jargon, nervous bumbling and the wrong preparation stopped many from getting their message across.

Whether you are an experienced speaker, or one just starting out, speaker coaching will help you get to the bottom of what you really want to say, for this audience, to make their imagined future possible.

What you’ll do in speaker coaching

I help you make the most of your next speaking opportunity professionally and personally. I take the effort out of preparation by guiding you through the steps you need to prepare a meaningful, logical, inspiring talk. I coach you through being the most comfortable version of yourself when you step on stage.

In one-to-one speaker coaching I will help you to:

  1. Use your next speaking opportunity or panel appearance to support your career aspirations.
  2. Develop a talk that reflects your own style and personality.
  3. Create a speaking product you can use again and again to inspire new audiences and progress your initiative.

Some of the skills you will develop to achieve this include:

  1. A strategic approach to devising speaking content.
  2. Clarifying the message you want to give, and the story you want to tell, over the long term.
  3. Understanding precisely what your audience needs to hear.
  4. Mapping a coherent, structured flow to your talk.
  5. Developing a rich language to paint visual stories for your listeners.
  6. Actions you can do before or after your talk to increase the impact.
  7. Stage presence, tone and rhythm.
  8. All aspects of delivery, including vocal work, on-stage persona and pre-talk preparation.

“ Rachael, you were fantastic in assisting me in my preparation and asking the hard questions (in a kind way!). You instigated great self-reflection and provided me with tips and tricks that made being up in from of 1000 people seem like a piece of cake! The skills you introduced me to have already come in handy in other work situations & I now know where to go if I need future assistance or want to refer someone on to enhance their public speaking skills.”
(Jade Singleton Superintendent Mining Operations South 32, 2018)

Get started

To prepare your next professional presentation contact me
Rachael West
0450 393 336


How far ahead of my talk should I schedule a session with you?
Aim to start preparation for major talks at least 6 weeks prior. Most people find three coaching sessions ideal to identify critical key messages, structure their talk and receive detailed feedback on delivery. Some choose to have a couple more to work on nuance of tone, pace and body language.

What if my talk is longer or really complicated?
We follow a really structured approach so if you put in work in between, three speaker coaching sessions will usually give you enough to deliver a high quality 20-minute talk. Allow 4-6 coaching sessions if you have less time to work between sessions, a longer speaking slot, or if you wish to create a replicable speaking product you can use repeatedly.

How should I prepare for coaching?
It’s best if you arrive having done minimal planning. Most people find they want to completely change their talk after their first coaching session. Prior to starting coaching, complete the provided template to help you refine your thinking, and to help me understand what is most important to you about your presentation.

Can you come along to see me talk?
Absolutely. I can meet you at your event early to help you practice walking on stage and work through nerves.  I also offer feedback at the end of your talk.

Do you offer group workshops?
Yes, I run several different courses to help teams prepare for speaking events or develop their capacity to deliver engaging, meaningful presentations.

*Subsidised rates may be available for those working in mission-based, creative or not-for-profit organisations.

“Rachael – your coaching is amazing, love your practical teaching style and your ability to detect the golden threads from a rambling conversation.”
(Brendon Brodie-Hall, Manager, Rail Logistics & Optimisation Rio Tinto, 2018)