Kathy Kelly is a communication troubleshooter. She’s dedicated to helping people craft their messages and quickly understand how they can connect with their audiences to get the results they want.

 

Kathy specializes in coaching clients in live presentations, pitches and interview techniques, all with a solid focus on individual branding. 

 

Her background includes acting, directing, university teaching, running entertainment businesses and managing corporate communications for a Fortune 500 media empire, giving her a specialized skill set.  She has a director’s eye and a business background to help you get the right results.  

"Be unforgettable for the right reasons..."

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Pitches

You’ve got 7 seconds to make a first impression and 30 seconds (or less) to get
your ideas across when you’re doing a pitch, whether it’s for additional funding or
to land a spot on a TV show. Why should anyone listen to you?


It’s just not enough to have a product that you’re passionate about. YOU have to
represent that product.


Connect to your audience by:

  • saying something they’ve never heard before

  • telling a story

  • knowing who your audience is

Interviews

From body language to physical appearance, you are being evaluated by a potential
employer or funder even before you speak. Something as small as a handshake can
heavily influence your chances.


Be confident and enjoy your interview.


See it as:

  • gathering important information about the interviewer

  • sharing experiences to see if it’s a proper fit for you

  • a conversation for exchanging ideas

Presentations

No matter who you are or what you do, eventually you will have to do a live
presentation, which can be daunting, as well as career-threatening, if you’re not
prepared for it.


Most people would rather get hit by a bus than do a live presentation.
You’ll need to know:

  • your audience

  • your product

  • yourself

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ASKED & ANSWERED

Q: I just did a really good presentation, but the Q&A session turned out to be chaotic.  How can I avoid that?

A: To me, the Q&A is just as important as the presentation-- it’s the last thing that the audience will remember.  Try to choreograph your session so that it’s clear as to who will be handling microphones for the audience. Also, remember to repeat the question before you answer it, as some folks won’t have heard the question, so the answer won’t mean much to them and it will be frustrating to all concerned.  Set your time limits, as well, so that things don’t go on and on. Recap the session at the end with your contact info and thank your audience for their interest.

 

Q: I don’t have a great memory.  Should I try to memorize my speech anyway?

 

A: A better strategy is to write some notes with key phrases to keep in front of you, but really know the beginning, middle and end.  That way, you’ll always be talking to your audience, not at them and can adjust your message to meet audience reactions.

Q: I really know my product and presentation, but can’t seem to connect with my audience.  How can I correct that?

 

A: Key to communicating well: the Audience.  How much do you know about your audience? Find out as much as you can about them and then gear your presentation to them (e.g., Don’t use technical jargon with non-techies—they’ll glaze over).

TEACHING & WORKSHOPS