If youre looking for an elite coach who can transform your presentations (and you as a presenter), I cant recommend Victoria highly enough. She is direct, insightful, committed, fun to work with and results oriented. In particular I have also found her ability to adjust over time to match up with my individual style to be excellent. I have worked with Victoria since 2009 on a number of critical presentations, some with audiences as large as 17,000, on both content and presentation style. The results have been dramatic my final scores are not in on my most recent presentation but I am expecting a .5 increase on a 1-5 scale, but perhaps more important than these sorts of measurers has been the many positive comments from my audience members recognizing the growth that I have been able to achieve over the past year all due to 3 elements 1) hiring & fully engaging with Victoria 2) the focus on improvement on story-telling in our content and 3) my willingness to work hard and improve in this area. When speaking to corporate partners whose investment adds up to billions of dollars, the stakes are high. Victoria has been my "ace in the hole. You would be remiss not to take advantage of the opportunity to have Victoria on your team.
Victoria is the best coach I have worked with and I can't recommend her highly enough. She has coached several of our top leaders, helping them deliver the best performances of their careers -- speeches that are highly rated, dynamic and memorable. Victoria's influence goes far beyond speech coach; she has helped transform those she's worked with to be more confident, more powerful and more impactful in their communications. Whatever you are thinking of paying her, I guarantee it's worth its value ten-fold. She knows her stuff, her feedback is spot on, and she will make a very positive and lasting difference on your career path -- as she did mine!
Victoria, the recent presentation skills session with you was remarkable! I was completely impressed with how well you listened to what really mattered to me, without mouthing the kinds of clichés and trite aphorisms that abound in the speaking and coaching industry. Your insights, enthusiasm, and encouragement were more than worth the time and cost.
Amazing!! Victoria coached my presentation beyond success! Her understanding of why the usual corporate presentation doesn't work, what to do to fix it, and how to capitalize on group dynamics was phenomenal. She clearly placed me ahead of the pack, especially in the eyes of the audience. The communications session with her was fun, engaging and informative, and the techniques she taught me were brilliant.
Victoria, I wanted to let you know again how much I've appreciated working with you. When I became convinced last year that it was time to take my presentation skills to a new level, and considered seeking an outside consultant, I took the decision very seriously. While you came very highly recommended, I still had doubts about the impact you could really have. You have far exceeded my expectations!! You have not only helped me become a much better stage presenter, which is why I hired you, but you have also helped me become a much better communicator, which has been an absolutely priceless benefit. Your background and perspective are unique and refreshing, but extremely applicable, and I think that's what makes the difference. You've enabled me to adopt an entirely new perspective regarding communication in general, and that has enabled me to become a much better speaker, but most importantly, it has enabled me to become a much better leader. It's been said that we never really grow or improve until we get a little bit uncomfortable, and I want to thank you again for helping to nudge me out of my comfort zone when I needed it. Those of us that have been doing this for an extended period of time tend to think that we have a lot of things figured out, and we get really comfortable doing things a certain way. As a result, it's easy to experience atrophy as we stop growing. You helped me stretch and get a little uncomfortable at times, which I know has added immeasurably to my growth and development, and will continue to pay dividends for years to come. Thanks again for all your help.
Victoria draws out the best in you by truly listening and understanding the message you are trying to convey. She showed me how to transform my content into authentic and memorable stories that I could deliver with confidence and flair. If you have an important message to deliver, or just want to find your authentic voice and become a speaker that people remember, Victoria will take you on an entertaining and enlightening journey you will never forget. P.S. Pay her lots of money shes worth it!
Working with Victoria was a life-changing experience for me, a truly defining moment. For me, it was like freeing myself from this chamber and coming through to a large audience with what I really wanted to communicate. I was able to speak from the heart and from my personality. Most coaches turn you into a puppet, but Victoria worked with me from the inside out, in a way that made me feel comfortable and at ease. The experience was second to none. I owe her a million thanks.
Victoria Labalme is a true master when it comes to performance and presentation skills. Her insights are outstanding and her ability to help me connect with audiences has been incredible. I wish I'd met her decades ago. If you're a communicator and you want to get better, Victoria is the answer!
I cant thank you enough for the outstanding performance at our National Sales Meeting here in St. Louis. It was a huge hit with our sales and management team. The training sessions you did on turning presentations into performances well exceeded our expectations. In fact, the comments and feedback from our folks were overwhelmingly positive and we have seen an immediate impact on sales activity and new business since our meeting. Thanks again!!
My leadership team and I had a stunning learning experience with you this week at our presentation training. You made it personal for each of us and you had done your homework obviously. The concepts you taught us, as well as the methodology you shared for making "amazing" presentations were incredible and will make each of us better presenters without a doubt. I have begun recommending you already and anyone I meet who needs or wants the kind of expertise and energy you bring to your work will have their arms twisted by me. Thanks for an A plus plus session and we look forward to better presentations and a long relationship with a terrific and important new business friend.
Victoria has an incredible talent for honing in on the heart of what her clients are trying to say, and then working with them to write and refine their remarks down to the smallest detailsspecific word choices, pacing and gestures. The result is the ability to present with tremendous confidence and profound sincerityboth of which audiences respond to and appreciate. After working with her to craft the most well-received presentation of my career, I can't imagine flying solo again.
Victoria Labalme is a fantastic presentation coach. She's our go-to person to put in front of executives and transform them. We've met many coaches in the field and Victoria stands out in a class of her own.
Victoria Labalme can solve in 10 minutes what takes other executive coaches to solve in 10 days. From improving stage presence to leadership style shes the real deal and helped create an amazing impact in our organization. Her Executive Mastery Series events and training sessions are off the charts and a must for any senior executive looking to make rapid and dramatic improvements to advance their communications, presentation and leadership skills.
Victoria`s Executive Mastery Series coaching took my presentation to another level. Her coaching encouraged me to broaden my vision and take my presentation outside the box and not just my particular presentation, but the feel, theme, and purpose of the whole day event. Victoria did this by listening and discussing to make sure she understood exactly what we wanted to accomplish. She then gave me tactical ideas related to structure, content and delivery and also gave me the courage to stretch and bring my presentation to life. Shes a joy to work with and the lessons learned will go far beyond just this event. The return on investment for her services and coaching far exceeded expectations!
I received dollars of wisdom for every penny spent on my presentation coaching with Victoria Labalme. Victoria helped me not just to speak to groups, but instead, she taught me how to really communicate, to find my style that was individual to me, vs. a one-size fits all canned approach. What I say now is much more succinct, there is a clear thread weaving through my content, and people can follow me in a way they couldn't before. Victoria combines energy, intensity, and a wonderful sense of humor in your coaching sessions with her. Who doesn't like to laugh while learning? Very purely said, I highly recommend her.
Victoria's unique ability to take an individual and help them focus and then share their leadership vision, tap into their natural gifts, and craft their material into the best it can be is extraordinary. What I love about Victoria is her ability to work with a persons entire being -- from the brain to the heart, the body to the voice, the messaging to the content, structure and delivery. Her impact on how I grew -- as a speaker, as a communicator and as a leader -- was transformational. I have recommended Victoria to many senior executives because of her professionalism and extensive knowledge, but as you get to know Victoria, you experience something rare: it is also her heart that she is sharing with you to make you the best speaker you can be.
Victoria doesn't just connect; she inspires you to reach for the stars. An amazing, moving experience that will challenge you to look at your communication skills in an entirely different light.
Victoria: Thank you so very much. Your help was immeasurable. Over the years, I looked into taking a course on presentation skills a number of times, but after watching those who were teaching it - I never felt compelled to sign on. Today, after working with you for only a few hours (not to mention that it was just over the phone - and have never met you in person), I can say without hesitation, that my decision to trust your ability in helping me improve my presentation skills, was not only a great decision but in fact, exceeded my expectations. I look forward to working with and learning from you again soon.
Victoria exceeded my expectations. As a direct result of her coaching: I am confident with my movements on the platform, my stories and metaphors come alive, my points land with my audience and I now use the power of the pause. My investment in her professional coaching pays dividends every day.
Dear Victoria: I write to express my sincere thanks for the phenomenal job you have done as my speech coach. Your knowledge of all the different areas that are key to a good speech is impressive. I am particularly grateful for the work you did helping me draw out the big themes and points, for the dramatic techniques you showed me how to employ, the crucial time management skills you imparted, the practice and preparation drills that paid off, and your dependability and availability. I cannot believe I received a standing ovation. The techniques you taught me will stay with me for the rest of my career, indeed life, and I remain grateful. I only wish I had hired you years ago.
Almost any senior executive can deliver a can deliver a good presentation few can deliver presentations that are truly memorable. Touch has recommended and used Victoria Labalme extensively to work with our best clients. Weve witnessed a real transformation of these experienced industry leaders in their ability to communicate with impact and confidence. We highly recommend Victoria to production companies that need to help their clients take the next step!
Victoria's coaching, both individual in the Executive Mastery Series as well as the Elite Group, is absolutely worth the time and investment. I came in a competent presenter, but now I'm on a whole new level! Outstanding.
The Elite experience was a humbling experience and a wake up call for me. I was reminded by the other members how profound a difference great speakers had made in their lives. Victoria reinforces this minor miracle in the most nurturing and unassuming way. She lives it, she knows it. It is her truth. Having a theatre and performing background, it wasn't so much that I learned new things, but I re-learned skills; I was given a methodology to apply them; I got valuable insight as to the process by which we find, develop and present new material. You can't help but come away from the Elite Group a better speaker; Victoria gives you all the tools. But if you don't watch out, you'll come away wanting to be a better person as well. You'll leave with a distinct sense of urgency not to waste another day.
When the Coach needs a Coach . . . What did I do when the coach needed a coach? I engaged the best in the business, Victoria Labalme. In a single hour she nailed what I needed to do to rock the house. She makes delivering a keynote speech an exciting and pleasurable event.
On the eve of a national book tour, I had the good fortune to consult Victoria Labalme. Victoria gave me a set of visual, verbal and mental strategies that immediately sharpened my presentations. She demonstrated tricks of the stage, reminded me to simplify (but not dumb-down) my thoughts, and emphasized humor. She is an inspirational performance coach, and I highly recommend her.
Victoria Labalme is a master storyteller and communication coach. The second I heard her speak, Victorias ideas were velcrod to my brain. I use what I learned from her every single time I speak. Victoria puts the letters ROI in communication strategies. Whatever she charges, pay it! She is the Communications Goddess.
As a speaking coach, Victoria Labalme is in a class of her own. Her consummate effectiveness, in my estimation, begins with her ability to accurately dial in to you, her client, and to get your needs, wishes, and personal agenda for improvement. To this she adds her own, independent professional appraisal of further targets for improvement and also of untapped, inherent strengths and possibilities. Her level of commitment, personal support, encouragement, and energy aimed at improving your skills is striking and stems from some other inner source. And to top it off, she is personable, witty, and intelligent -- a pleasure to spend time with.
Talk about ROI!!! After working with Victoria through her private coaching sessions, I was able to get a 10:1 return on what I invested with her when a client booked me for a series of multiple gigs as a result of the one speech she coached me on. On top of this, the work I have done with her has inspired me to take my career to the next level. She showed me my potential, what was possible, and coached me to be so much better than I ever thought I could be. Audiences now cheer because of her! Thank you, Victoria, for making such a huge difference in my life.
I am honored to have worked with you - our short time together had huge impact on me. Since your coaching, I explore new opportunities to use movement, character, and voice to enhance my presentation. You are such a gifted professional with a unique ability to transform others - thanks for your e-mail, colleagueship, and the rich difference you have made in my life. With admiration and gratitude.
The investment I made with Victoria has been returned multiplied. Victoria helped me organize my material into a logical and dynamic format, and worked with me to deliver it with style and pizzazz. Working with her has given me a sense of peace, knowing I'm fully prepared to 'stand up and deliver a memorable performance' and to feel confident knowing that I am making a positive difference to those I am blessed to serve. My audiences and the groups I speak to are really the ones who benefit most.Her exceptional talent goes way beyond simply "speech coaching" as she's given me tons of ideas for my marketing as well. Her interest in my material and her commitment to my success has exceeded my expectations. She is truly and deeply caring and Im so grateful that I was referred to her by another one of her many happy clients. And Ive just signed up for a second round!!
Victoria is to the speaking profession what Cirque du Soleil is to the circus. As a speaking coach, she is the best in the business.
I'd grown comfortable over 20 years with speaking to large business groups...as an 8-time turnaround CEO, best selling author and private equity investor...and thought I might improve just a bit with a slight sharpening of skills. Little did I expect Victoria's Executive Mastery Series to open for me an obsession with an entirely new body of knowledge and self-improvement...along with a fast start toward achieving a level of mastery as a speaker that I'd never even imagined. The confidence and tools she "gifted to me" are now generating requests for significant paid engagements with large audiences. But moreover, Victoria opened for me a new life fascination, and a source of support that I know will always be there to continue moving me along. It's a mistake to consider time with Victoria an expense. Rather, it's a very high return investment. In yourself. Thank you, Victoria!
Victoria Labalme helped take my speaking from good to great. I came to her to increase the performance level of my keynotes and engage audiences more, and Victoria delivered. She is a master at helping to reshape and reframe content to make it more accessible to an audience. As a result of her coaching, I'm having more fun, I feel more like the real me is out there and if I'm part of a conference, event organizers as well as audience members are saying my presentation was 'the best of the whole event.' I'm getting more and more inbound requests for speeches. Victoria helps find your true talents and bring them to life on the stage. I would highly recommend her to both beginner and experienced speakers.
What an incredible return on my investment! Within one hour, Victoria took my standard keynote opening story and expanded it to a completely new level of impact. I took what she had taught me into a keynote program an hour after our session and got an incredible audience response beyond anything I'd ever achieved before in my fifteen years of professional speaking. If you're serious about connecting with your audience at depth, I highly encourage you to make the time and the investment with Victoria Labalme.
Victoria: Your National Speakers' Association session on presentation skills was the best workshop I've attended in 20 years. Your teaching, methods and advice are beyond anything I expected. You were funny, engaging, and insightful. Your audience was laughing, learning and taking huge leaps in their ability to connect with their future audiences. Im in the story business, so your artistic and brilliant direction of my tale-telling is a critical part of my renewed success. Audiences are actually laughing as I begin sharing the stories, rather than just at the punch line. It's more fun for them, much more fun for me and my scores have jumped immediately. You can count on me to call you for more time together as I develop other programs!
I wish my MBA students as well as my former consulting clients had access to Victorias training. Both they and I would have had a lot more fun and been so much more effective. Her unique talent, I believe, is in bringing out the very best from with you, through voice, movement, choreography, and humor. She is a true genius at making your speeches and communications truly come alive and reach your audience. I have been awarded several Professor of the Year awards, but Victorias personal coaching has made those efforts pale in comparison. Her extensive acting and comedy experience, combined with her writing skills make her the most powerful coach with whom I have had the pleasure of working. I delivered my keynote twice last week and what a difference! My own enjoyment was so much greater, and the audiences response was much, much stronger. Her contribution has been both immediate and phenomenal! Thanks, Victoria!
Victoria Labalme is far and away she is the best speaker coach on the planet. I've been speaking professionally for well over 30 years, am in both the Canadian and US Speaker Halls of Fame and was named "One of the top 21 speakers or the 21st century" by Successful Meetings magazine, and I learn something new that elevates my game every time I'm in one of Victoria's sessions.
I just spent the best money I have ever spent in this business on working with Victoria. Her story coaching skills are amazing! She will literally take you to a level you didnt know you could achieve. Most importantly, she is genuine, sincere and creates a very safe and fun environment that allows you to truly be yourself. I will most definitely be working with her again.
Hiring Victoria Labalme as my presentation coach was the most valuable thing I've done in several years. In one hour she brought me from being a novice to performing very difficult dramatic, athletic moves so that I could draw the audience in to show and tell a very powerful lesson with my story.
This is a huge endorsement of Victoria Labalme. She presented at NSA-Arizona this past Saturday and was simply terrific. Her program was focused on helping us liven up our speeches. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She is energetic, funny and above all, informative. Following her program I immediately signed-up for two hours of one-on-one coaching the following morning.
Victoria is one of those rare individuals who both has a skill and can teach it that skill to others. Watching Victoria present made me realize how much there is to learn about movement in front of an audience. Working with her as my coach for just a few hours, set me off on a new area of personal growth as a speaker.
Victoria is a brilliant professional performer, a hilarious stand-up comic, an outstanding mime, an inspiring teacher, and a deep thoughtful observer of what it takes to communicate effectively. She has a profound understanding of the best ways to bring stories to life on the stage so they have a transforming effect on an audience.
Victoria has an uncanny ability to see the extraordinary in the ordinary. In just a few minutes working with her, I was overwhelmed with her great insights. She can help take marginal parts of a speech and make them great. Her knowledge of physical comedy, movement, and mime are brilliant!
If youre looking for a coach to bring a fresh look to your program, and if you think as I do that it makes sense to find somebody who not only thinks but LIVES outside the box... Look closely at Victoria! She made me think about my presentations in a way that was both new to me and valuable.
Great professional speakers are the great storytellers of our day. Victoria pours her heart into helping you pull out your best story and bring it to life! I left so much more aware of the little things that add up to BIG things in the storytelling process!
Victoria Labalme's presentation skills coaching has been invaluable. Her "Know, Do, Feel" approach has had me re-visit the intentions of my own presentations and revise them to assure that they engage the audience on both the intellectual and visceral level. Her tips have helped take my workshops to an entirely higher level of impact. Victoria walks her own talk and her coaching sessions are fun, practical and inspiring. Don't miss the opportunity to work with Victoria - it is well worth the investment!
Victoria is an absolute genius when it comes to platform skills. Prior to a couple of big gigs that I had last spring, I flew out to Victoria's New York City studio and worked with her for a couple of days. The experience was amazing. She is a master. In those two days, we worked very hard to turn my so-so presentation into an unforgettable performance. She is a big stickler on using the entire platform as a stage and engaging the audience in ways I had never even dreamed about. And of course, the proof is in the pudding. When I gave that next presentation, I was absolutely blown away by the audience reaction! I still get chills just thinking about that first time. Victoria nailed it for me. When I came off of the platform, I felt as if I had just won the gold medal. And I had.
Victoria is incredible at helping people "see" the story in their minds. Her training incorporates mime techniques into a bit so it looks REAL to the audience. As a coach, she is funny and warm. She always made me feel very comfortable and let me know I could do it!
Victoria Labalmes coaching took everything about my presentation to a higher level and some things over the top. Rather than fit me into a preconceived mold, Victoria was able to coach me from the perspective of who I am and bring out what is best about me and develop my uniqueness. And it was a blast. Without hesitation I recommend Victoria Labalme to any presenter who wants to master their craft in every way.
Your creativity, wit, dedication and masterful acting direction helped me bring my keynote to life for my audiences and moved me to a deeper level as a professional speaker. You made all the difference in the world. Before each presentation, I review the notes you gave me and they mean more the more as I grow and improve. Thank you! Thank you! Aspiring speakers and tried and true professionals who have not worked with you should beat a path to your door.
In the first twenty minutes of your session, I had five practical insights that were worth the price of the course! If you want to get your message clear, powerful and compelling, work with Victoria Labalme!
I took a look at your CD's and felt such an energy rush of excitement and new permission to be fully me in my sessions. THANK YOU for the inspiration and nudge!