Effective public speaking is both an art and a science. Peer-reviewed research confirms things orators have known for millennia. For example, that metaphors unlock persuasion. But research has also surfaced less intuitive - even counter-intuitive - ways to reach an audience.
Many leaders have good instincts about how to connect, but few are equipped with all the principles that are known to keep people's attention, change their minds, and activate their memory. We tend to get into ruts, allowing people to tune in and out in the moment, and to forget what we have said soon after.
I have extensive experience helping individuals to craft and deliver compelling talks. My approach weds years of immersion in literature with the latest insights from communication studies. I work with people on a specific presentation, but the principles they learn are applicable in any other context.
I have also developed training workshops that can be tailored to the needs of your group or network (e.g. a one-day workshop for a church-planting network, or a series of one-hour sessions for a group of ministry leaders).
If you are interested in working with me on an individual basis, or inviting me to coach your group, please get in touch.
Professor training, New Delhi, June 2016
As a communication professor and consultant, I’ve worked with speech coaches across a number of industries. Rebecca is without equal in her ability to both craft messages and coach clients on how best to deliver them. Her advice—both about strategy and execution—is backed by cutting edge research, and informed by her years of work with prominent public speakers. She is a joy to work with, and manages to deftly walk the razor thin line between giving frank feedback and encouraging her clients. I’d recommend her to anyone enthusiastically and without reservation.”
Christian Lundberg, Associate Professor of Rhetoric, UNC - Chapel Hill
"Rebecca is an engaging and talented speaker, and an effective coach and trainer. She led a multi-day workshop for 25 speakers in our organization, and the performance of the speakers is significantly improved, even several months after the workshop. She is intelligent and well-read, bringing a wide knowledge base to coach speakers on a range of topics."
Deborah Haarsma, President,
The Biologos Foundation
Rebecca is a star. She is sharp: able to navigate complex ideas with ease and communicate them with care. Rebecca also knows how to transmit this skill effectively to others: she coaches leaders to communicate their ideas with clarity and rigor.
If you get a chance to learn from Rebecca, take advantage of it”
People Operations, Google
Rebecca is one of those rare individuals who can tackle complicated ideas and controversial topics with humility, grace, thoughtfulness, and a very high level of competence. She reflects the Lord so well in both her passionate pursuit of truth and in her unabashed commitment to love. She challenges you while genuinely befriending you."
Praveen Sethupathy, Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences, Cornell
Rebecca has deep insight, based on years of interaction with university audiences, into what really connects. I'm an MIT Professor with multiple teaching awards, but she brings a communication perspective that I lack; it helps me speak clearly to students where they are. That is why I asked her to edit my latest book (to be published next year).