Keynote Speeches

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& Coworkers

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& Clients

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  Communicating to a Group

An independent market research firm surveyed 200 vice presidents of 1,000 of the largest corporation in the country. It's now official. Business presentations are boring! 40% of the executives admitted they snoozed during some of the presentation, 43.5% found most business presentations boring and 1% went so far as to call them unbearable. Go way beyond boring to engaging, informative, entertaining and memorable.

You can choose from a one or two-day format or have Jan coach individuals privately. The two day workshop involves video recording of participants—and they receive a CD for their review.  In all workshops, participants have a number of opportunities to speak before the group and receive feedback.

Presentation Skills: How to develop and deliver programs that engage your audiences and produce results!
Each time you stand before a group, you have the opportunity to promote your ideas, your company or your product. Don't blow it! We'll focus on three key factors—planning, structuring and delivering presentations that reach each specific audience. Building on each individual's style, we'll explore how to:
Set objectives and structure an easy-to-follow presentation
Polish your visual, vocal and verbal delivery
Welcome questions and field them skillfully
Handle difficult situations—and people—with finesse


“Thanks so much for your help in bringing out the best in me during public speaking. Your expertise made a difference in my life. I can be a better voice for the voiceless because of your influence.  I have been on several speaking engagements since we met. Now I'm taking it to the national stage. I’m excited to share with you that I’ve had profound improvement since the in-service program you facilitated for the Nursing, Safety and Compliance Team of Swedish Medical Group.  Your expert guidance greatly increased my confidence. You are remarkable Jan. Can't thank you enough!”


Charlotte Foster, RN, BSN, MHA

Nurse Executive

Swedish Medical Group


“Jan was my lifeline when I was preparing for an important speaking engagement. When I started preparing, I felt a lot of anxiety and concern about how it would go. After working with Jan, I was so prepared, I actually looked forward to the event. She helped me not only with my presentation style, but also with the content, the PowerPoint slides, my clothing choices, and so much more. I knew I was ready to go. I was relaxed and confident. I delivered a dynamite presentation and got great feedback!”

Ann Kruse, JD, MSOD
Leadership Coach


"Working with Jan took my presentation skills to the next level. I became more comfortable and better organized in my delivery by focusing on my structure and preparing for the mandatory video practice sessions.  Her “secret sauce,” (she calls them structure worksheets) forced me to think through the components of my topic and logically sequence them so that people could more easily understand the bigger picture. 

Even more important, working with Jan helped me not only be informative, but fun!  Who wants to sit in a room for an hour and listen to a boring presentation?  No one!  Jan helped me work humor into my presentationthe audience enjoyed it more, and so did I!   But, the real proof for me was in the follow-up email from the organization that I presented for:

'You did a wonderful job with your presentation Tuesday. I hope next time, they will give you a two-hour slot and a bigger room.' 

I put a lot of work into presentation opportunities for our company.  And after I am selected, there is even more preparation, and then travel.  It’s well worth our investment in Jan’s time and expertise to ensure that I walk into a room and rock it.  Thank you, Jan."

Connie Parsons

President & COO

IlluminAge Communication Partners

"Jan is one of the best presenters we have ever brought in for this sort of training. She is clearly an expert in her field and is also very passionate about what she does. She found a way to deliver feedback (even when not necessarily positive) in a non-threatening but constructive way. I actually know I will utilize many of the lessons she taught me today."

A Director at Swedish—from an evaluation following a workshop

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Take your PowerPoints from groan to great!

Research clearly shows the power of visuals, yet many PowerPoints not only don’t enhance a presentation─they detract from it! Three of the biggest errors when using PowerPoint include:
Too much on the screen—too many graphics, complete sentences, too

      much punctuation, overuse of animation
Hard to read—fonts that are too small, serif fonts, reverse text, all

      caps, underlining, centering text
Turning away from the audience and reading from the screen—it’s

      insulting to your audience, and boring!

Learn how to avoid these gaffes—and more—as you take your PowerPoints from groan to great. more>>


"Thank you for the outstanding work you have done here at IDX. The Presentation Skills classes are now an integral part of our Boot Camps. You always get high marks form the participants and have created the "buzz" that this is a great class to take. Your training style is thorough, upbeat and extremely effective."

Debbie Smith
Director of Education
IDX Information Systems

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