Heidi Van Roon, President and Founder of Spark Business Services Group Inc.
“I want to express my sincere appreciation to Dr. Peter Legge for the generous offer of a free webinar on the ABCs of Public Speaking. There were many good takeaways and I took many notes. This excellent presentation not only wet my appetite for more learning, but it also confirmed my interest in developing more skills. More specifically I wanted to learn more on the point of “prepare, prepare, prepare”.
The offer to book two thirty-minute coaching sessions was another generous offer and an easy decision. The two coaching sessions were well structured and professionally supported by your assistance.
The session flow in both coaching sessions was interspersed with Dr. Legge’s encouragement and his expert questions and responses and challenges such as “Give me a two-minute intro to a speech”. I realized what comes naturally to me and also what needs to be better developed. I appreciated the encouragement to use personal stories and to integrate these into three to five key points. I learned that public speaking can take many forms and that I am quite comfortable in College / University guest lectures and also in crowds (200-300 Senior Executives) as a panelist.
My training focus will be to develop my clarity and delivery in these sessions that are already in my current work. Better understanding my audience will be an important baseline for this. My biggest challenges lie in preparing for keynotes as a single presenter and speeches of 15 – 45 (or even 60) minutes. I definitely have more questions about how to best prepare for these and want to commit to a learning agenda to focus on these goals.
It is an immense privilege to be in a one-on-one coaching session with Dr. Legge. I have long admired his work and his books. Through his involvement at the Vancouver Board of Trade and in the Greater Vancouver community, I have had first-hand audience experiences and have admired his keynotes. He has been and will continue to be one of my mentors as an exemplary leader and voice in business and in life who skillfully integrates his moral and ethical convictions into a relatable and influential definition of success. I should be so lucky to have business patriarchs in this city who have paved the way for the next generation of leaders and influencers. I aspire to be found among them.”