Speaking to What Matters - Speech Coach

your story is meant to be heard

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YOUR MEANINGFUL MOMENT 

If you have an upcoming presentation -- speaking on a panel, introducing an honoree, going to a job interview, exchanging your vows, giving an important toast or eulogy -- and want help organizing your thoughts, this is the service for you. No speaking engagement is ever too small to work with a trusted coach and expert. Learn more here.

Your Story Deep Dive

If you have an upcoming speech or signature TED-like talk, this is the service for you. I offer a methodical yet out-of-the-ordinary process that will help you connect with yourself and your story. Together, we’ll create a stunning and emotionally stirring speech that will touch the lives of those who are fortunate enough to hear it. Learn more here.

TESTIMONIALS

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- TOnia Lediju    Chief Audit Executive

I am certain your ability to connect with me and my life story, your phenomenal deep listening skills, and your expertise in how to captivate the audience paved the road to a successful presentation.

- TOnia Lediju

Chief Audit Executive


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Eleanor Scott

Coach, Artist & Teacher

I wanted to thank you for the triumph that was my presentation at the Women’s Leadership Forum in New York! Thanks to our work, it was everything and more!

If you hadn’t been so savvy, there could have been competing narratives in that presentation. And because you knew how to declaratively find what needed to be edited or clarified, the talk became a jewel.


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Robin Donohoe

Founder, DRK Foundation

I was recently thrilled to hear that I would receive an award and yet stymied by the assignment to prepare a 15 minute acceptance speech. How could I enjoy the thrill of the night without the high anxiety of crafting and delivering a talk that was supposed to be ‘personal and inspiring’?

After meeting with Katherine, I knew it was going to be a good experience. We broke my remarks into segments and, with her help, we created something that had her expertise of what needed to be conveyed but my voice in writing it. 

I also learned how to deliver the speech with confidence and a lightness that made the night one of the best moments of my life. Thank you, Katherine, for turning anxiety into a momentous occasion! 


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Susan Masto

Board Chair, Gateway High School

I had to give three different speeches over the course of two weeks and I was completely stressed. Speaking in front of an audience has always made my hands shake, my heart race and my knees weak.

Katherine masterfully taught me how to outline what I wanted to say. She encouraged me to not memorize something canned from a piece of paper. With a bunch of Katherine’s coaching, and practicing my presentations in front of my dog and a mirror, I began to realize I have the ability to deliver a meaningful presentation—and actually enjoy myself.

I received a ton of positive feedback. In fact, one person said, “Susan, I appreciated your remarks at the new families event last Saturday. I’ve been through so many of those and know how awkward it can be teeing people up to donate, especially when they’ve barely set foot in door. But I really appreciated what you said and thought it came off as really genuine.” 

Katherine has a true gift of helping folks speak from their heart.


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Working with Katherine is like a breath of fresh air as she finds just the right balance of encouraging you and building even more clarity in you for your work!

Katherine knows how to help you distill your message down to the most critical parts, stay in touch with your authentic voice, and deliver on what the audience would most enjoy hearing.

I worked with her to write a speech for my first keynote address and achieved a feeling of fulfillment & satisfaction at an authentic message landing with the audience AND (surprise bonus) new clients in my business.


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Patrici Flores

Product Designer

I found Katherine after struggling to figure out why I was making it to final interviews at 'dream' companies who said they loved me, then getting rejected. I had been hesitant for months to ask for professional career help, but my endurance was wearing thin and the feedback was basically showing that I wasn't getting my core message and abilities across in a way that clicked.

In just three sessions, she helped me to practice coaxing out pieces of myself that I tend to keep out of the spotlight, and I received three offers at the same time. I couldn't have done it without Katherine's ability to listen and guide me to where I needed to be. I definitely plan to work with her again as I find new mountains to climb in my career.


 

Katherine’s approach is the opposite of clichéd, cookie-cutter advice. Through casual conversation and asking questions, Katherine skillfully teases out what is most important and true to you as an individual and makes sure that comes across in your particular speech or presentation.

She is incredibly easy and fun to work with and will accommodate your schedule. I don’t ever want to give another speech in my life without getting the support and partnership that Katherine provides. 


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Priscilla Luu

Katherine has a magical way of bringing out one’s authentic self. Applying to a handful of top graduate business schools, I was tasked with telling my unique story through countless essays. I had no idea where to even start. Katherine asked all the right questions - she prompted me to reflect on my life and experiences, and dig deep into things that mattered the most to me. With her help, I was able to piece together meaningful, scattered points of my life into one cohesive story - all while having fun! 

She listens, supports, and connects with people in such an invaluable and powerful way. Katherine has an ability to make anyone feel comfortable, yet vulnerable. I never once felt like I had to put my guards up or fear judgement, as I opened up about my life experiences. I am beyond grateful to have worked with Katherine throughout my MBA application process and am even more grateful for her support and friendship! 

PS. Priscilla got into 3 schools and received 2 full-ride offers!


Katherine Kennedy is absolutely the best at bringing about the best in others.

We recently enlisted Katherine's help for a major fundraising event and with her guidance, two of our young, inexperienced speakers were able to craft presentations that were personal, sincere, and focused, and presented with a confidence and passion that had a huge impact on the audience and our fundraising efforts.

Katherine's methods are remarkable in the way she works WITH you rather than FOR you. When the work is done, you feel like you just participated in a transformative, co-creative process that honors the knowledge and experiences you bring to the table, while, at the same time, introduces new concepts and strategies that stay with you.

She was just as impactful working with our Executive Director--an experienced, polished presenter--who, after working with Katherine, gave his strongest presentation ever. We're so thankful that we were introduced to Katherine. We look forward to working with her for years to come.