Margaret Hope, Speaking Coach
What her clients say:
“My thanks to you. You taught me how to throw away my notes. I never use them anymore and since the launch of the book nearly two years ago, I have given over 150 talks and now fetch between $3,000 and $5,000 per talk! I have such gratitude to you. You truly are an incredible human being.”
Barbara Stegeman, Author
The 7 Virtues of a Philosopher Queen
“Margaret helped two of our RBC Olympians take their experiences and turn them into speeches that were both entertaining and inspirational for their audiences.”
RBC – Public Relations
“I don’t know exactly what you did to my public speaking but it sure worked. I think you taught me to forget my technician’s tendency to spit out as many facts as possible in as short a time as possible and to relax and talk to people.
I have given variations of our talk a dozen times since I saw you last, to groups of 15 to a few hundreds, on three continents; and I chaired several other large sessions. Each time it was smooth, relaxed and a lot of fun. Your book also taught me to mingle with the audience beforehand and get to know some of them. That is genius — one is speaking to old friends, not strangers. You also gave me some confidence that a pause of some seconds is not wasted time but also important.
(We) … decided to relocate from Vancouver to New Delhi. … (it) has made a big difference in the company’s efficiency and performance. …(we’ve connected to)…Indian geology and mining groups. A group in a small mining and smelter town in Rajasthan invited me to talk about our project to their chapter of a mining organization. Since I was the only foreigner there they gave me the honour of being chairman of their afternoon session. Before I met you I think I would have run out of the room, however it went well and was great fun.
Three more talks are scheduled: In June, 10 minutes to a group of bankers in Hong Kong; in August our AGM in Vancouver; and in October, a seminar of few hours on doing business in India with some fraction of 700 American university students on a “Semester at Sea” ship docked for a day in Chennai.
Many thanks, once again.”
Andrew Nevin, President
Pebble Creek Mining, New Delhi, India
“I think phone coaching is a brilliant way to access Margaret’s skills. I was working on an important speech recently, struggling with the flow of it. Within fifteen minutes, Margaret was able to give me all the help I needed to create a winning speech, launching me into provincial politics.”
Pam Birdsall, Nova Scotia
Regards coaching ICBC speakers: Thank you for this great report and for being such an amazing resource to us. We are very pleased!
Unsolicited e-mail, Leanne Cassap – Insurance Corporation of BC
“… my luncheon address last Tuesday went wonderfully. I felt very prepared … and spoke almost completely without notes. I put in a few more stories and had lots of good feedback about it at the end. Thanks so much for your help. It (the coaching) was very worthwhile.”
Blaize Horner Reich
RBC Financial Professor of Technology and Innovation,
Segal Graduate School of Business,
Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada
“Thank-you for helping with my presentation – it went really well! You helped me simplify the content and I didn’t even get the jitters.”
“This is a special thank you for your efforts & commitment to coach me. The (speech) has gone well thanks to your support. … you are a wonderful role model.”