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Jenny Blake

I love helping awesome people (like you!) find clarity, flow, freedom and momentum in life and work. One of my mottos for tackling complex projects: let it be easy, let it be fun. I look forward to working with you in this course! For additional resources, visit and subscribe to the Pivot Podcast wherever you listen to 'casts :)

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About this course

Oral speech is an art form as old as time; this virtual conferences takes you behind-the-scenes to uncover the psychology, strategy, physiology and business-building best practices of public speaking. You’ll walk away with practical tips to improve your confidence, delivery and impact to influence audiences of any size.


  • Day 1 (Monday): Structure and Outcomes — Begin with the end in mind; how to structure a presentation for maximum impact
  • Day 2 (Tuesday): Practice — Tips for how to practice effectively to nail your content without notes
  • Day 3 (Wednesday): Delivery & Physiology — Pointers for delivering a speech in an engaging, concise manner; physiological tips for calming nerves on the big day
  • Day 4 (Thursday): Impact — How to connect with your audience while on stage, and how to inspire change
  • Day 5 (Friday): Business of Public Speaking — How to build a strong reputation and profitable business as a professional speaker



Learn more about each speaker and their session!

Show and Tell: How Everybody Can Make Extraordinary Presentations

with Dan Roam
  • Dan Roam is the author of the international bestseller The Back of the Napkin, the most popular visual-thinking business book of all time. He's also the founder and president of Digital Roam Inc.

Beyond Resonate: Start a Movement through Stories of Transformation

with Nancy Duarte
  • Nancy Duarte is a writer and notable graphic designer. She is well known for her 3 bestselling books, including "Resonate", and as the CEO of Duarte Design, the largest design firm in Silicon Valley.

Design with the End in Mind: Connect With Your Audience Long Before You Enter the Room

with Pamela Slim
  • Pamela Slim is an award-winning author, speaker and recognized expert on the new world of work. She is the founder of Escape from Cubicle Nation, one of the top career and business sites on the web.

Don't Be Afraid to Break the Rules: How to Engage Your Audience

with Michael Bungay Stanier
  • Michael is the Senior Partner of Box of Crayons, a company that helps organizations do less Good Work and more Great Work. He’s the author of Do More Great Work and the philanthropic End Malaria.

Right-Brain Planning: How to Map Your Speech Structure through Drawing

with Kelly Kingman
  • Kelly Kingman is a New York-based graphic recorder and visual notetaker at Kingman Ink. She creates visual summaries of spoken content like talks, discussions and meetings.

So Good They Can't Ignore You: How to Practice Effectively

with Cal Newport
  • Cal is an Asst. Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University and author of So Good They Can’t Ignore You, a book which debunks the long-held belief that “follow your passion” is good advice.

Master Your Set-up Before You Set Foot on Stage

with Clay Hebert
  • One of the world's leading crowdfunding experts, Clay has helped over 60 entrepreneurs and creatives raise over $10 million on platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo.

Practice Like a Pro: Tips from a Veteran Actor and Professional Speaker

with John Havens
  • John Havens is the founder of The H(app)athon Project, keynote speaker and author of the book Hacking H(app)iness. He's also a contributing writer for Mashable, The Guardian and The Huffington Post.

From Broadway to the Big Screen: How Actors Practice to Own the Stage

with Monica McCarthy
  • Monica McCarthy is an Actress, Director, Producer, Writer, Traveler, Speaker prone to philosophizing, wondering & wandering. Currently calling NYC home, though her passport is never far away.

Presenting for Geeks: Use Introversion to Your Advantage

with Dirk Haun
  • Presenting for Geeks author, Dirk Haun is an Open Source enthusiast and a frequent speaker at tech conferences. When he's not dabbling in code, he is helping others improve their presentation skills.

Create Meaning by Making Connections Across a Wide Range of Ideas

with Shane Parrish
  • Shane is the founder of The Farnam Street Blog and the Principal at WM Canco Inc, a consulting organization that helps provide insights, strategies and tactics for specific business challenges.

Set the Stage: Choose Your Role or Be Miscast

with Michael Port
  • Michael Port is an author, speaker and small business marketing consultant. He's been called an "uncommonly honest author" by the Boston Globe and a "marketing guru" by The Wall Street Journal.

Find Your Truth: Impact Audiences by Speaking from the Heart

with Christina Rasmussen
  • Christina is on a crusade to change the way we live after loss. She founded Second Firsts and spends her time speaking, coaching and helping people rebuild, reclaim and re-launch their whole lives.

Practice Like Your Career Depends On It (How to Give a TEDx Talk that Goes Viral)

with Scott Dinsmore
  • Scott Dinsmore is the founder and Chief Experimenter at LiveYourLegend. He is an entrepreneur, coach and value investor obsessed with adventure, life experiments and learning.

The Business of Belief: How to Make a Lasting Impression

with Tom Asacker
  • Tom Asacker is often described as a catalyst and a nonconformist. He is a strategic advisor, an internationally acclaimed speaker and the author of six books including The Business of Belief.

Lessons from a Paediatric Surgeon on Empathy: Practice Just Being Yourself

with Ross Fisher
  • Ross Fisher is a Consultant Surgeon at Sheffield Children’s Hospital in England. He has a strong interest in medical education but has somewhat broken away from traditional teaching methods.

Platinum Presence: Master Your Non-Verbal Communication

with Cheryl Dolan
  • Cheryl is a Communication Expert who believes that each individual innately possesses a powerful, resourceful state of being. She holds a BS in Communication and an MA in Speech/Language Pathology.

Tips from a Professional Wingman on How to Find Your Confidence

with Thomas Edwards
  • Thomas Edwards is the creator of The Professional Wingman, a company that helps single professionals achieve a higher quality of life through coaching and innovative dating and lifestyle strategies.

How to Calm Nerves on the Big Day (and Nail Your First and Last 30 Seconds)

with Susan Weinschenk
  • Behavioral psychologist, Susan Weinschenk is the Founder and Principal of Weinschenk Institute, LLC. She's the person to go to when you need to know how to persuade and motivate people to take action.

Find the Essence of Your Idea and Fully Embody It

with Mozart Guerrier
  • Mozart Gurrier is a writer, social worker, and TEDx speaker at MG SPEAKS. His work focuses on sharing stories for change and purpose on the page and stage. He's an urban community builder, edit… More

Generate a Momentum for Your Speaking Business (and Tips for Avoiding Burnout)

with Adam Carroll
  • Adam Carroll is the founder of National Financial Educators, co-founder of Succeed Faster Seminars, and the co-author of the book, Winning The Money Game.

How to be a Memorable, "Sticky" Speaker

with Barry Moltz
  • Barry Moltz is a nationally recognized expert on small business, a speaker, author and radio talk host. He has given hundreds of presentations and has appeared on many TV and radio programs.

How to Nail Appearances on National Media

with Jacquette Timmons
  • Jacquette M. Timmons, MBA, is an author, coach, speaker, teacher and writer and founder of Sterling Investment Management, Inc., focusing on the psychology + emotions of money.

How to Systematically Build a Speaking Career: Relationships are the Universal Currency

with Michael Parrish DuDell
  • Michael Parrish DuDell is an entrepreneur, award-winning keynote speaker and consultant and bestselling author of Shark Tank Jump Start Your Business—the official book from ABC’s hit show Shark Tank.

Stories Make Speeches: How to Find Your Authentic Voice

with Mike Robbins
  • Mike Robbins, author of Focus on the Good Stuff and Be Yourself is a sought-after keynote speaker who teaches people how to infuse their lives and businesses with authenticity and appreciation.