Nail that high stakes presentation!

Time to write that speech and nail it’s delivery

Holy crap!

Your boss has just told you that you are on the list of candidates for the big promotion, and you are peeing your pants. In a couple of weeks, you will be up in front of the promotion panel to present your business case, and you are bouncing off the walls trying to work out where to start.

Or perhaps you have been asked to give your first TEDx speech – a bucket list item for sure – but something that was months away when they asked you has suddenly come round really quickly and you are no further forward on starting the damn thing.

Or maybe you have been asked to do a keynote at a conference, and you are going to present some new research to the audience for the first time. You know it’s a controversial subject, and you don’t know how it’s going to go down. And so you are putting it off and putting it off.

You’ve been making presentations for years, but this speech is different, and the stakes are so high it’s just not funny.

This is probably the most important presentation you have ever made in your career.

So why the hell can you not just get on and write it?

Maybe because your inner critic is going apeshit telling you that you only have one shot at getting it right, and that this is going to be an all or nothing thing. This is too damn important to screw up and be mediocre. Maybe you are confused about how to “do” this kind of speech, and the more books or articles you read about how to do it, the more confused you get. Or maybe there are just 43 other things that keep coming up as excuses not to get started.

What if there was a way out of this procrastination, and you could just get on and get the damn thing written?
Imagine if you could just get writing.

Take a step back and tell the story you are meant to tell. Write your speech, then create the visuals that are going to take it to a next level of power and impact.

You stop the second guessing and spend your time getting ready to present.

You rehearse what you need to say and get ready for the questions that you know you will get. You turn up to the presentation at ease and comfortable in your own skin, safe in knowledge that you have done everything in your power to prepare in a way that will maximise your chances of success.

Your presentation is in your bones, and now you can just sit back and enjoy the experience, you can interact with the audience and demonstrate everything that you have going for you. You can handle the questions they throw at you and remain in control during this experience. You can step into your power and know that your voice will be heard.

Think what a difference that would make

Know this: you are not alone to get freaked out by big stakes presentations.
These things are not easy, and irrespective of the experience you have giving presentations in the past, these kinds of speeches – for a promotion or a TEDx or a keynote – they are different. They cannot be improvised or made up on the spot.

But that knowledge doesn’t make them any easier to do.

So sometimes you need a gentle kick up the butt to get moving, then a trusted guide to walk you through the process, act as a sounding board to bounce ideas, and give you the keys to move forward.

I have been helping my clients do this for the best part of ten years, and I can help you do it too.

By the end of our time working together on your High Stakes Presentation you will have

  • Written a strong and impactful speech, and prepared your slides to complement the speech
  • Rehearsed the speech so that it is in your bones and you are ready to interact with the panel in a comfortable way and
  • Anticipated and prepared for key questions during the presentation and learned some techniques to handle more tricky questions if they come up.

How It All Works

This is what you get

Impact questionnaire

Before we start working together you will answer a few simple questions about yourself, and your aspirations as a speaker. These questions will ask you to think about the most impactful speakers you have seen in the past, and what makes them impactful.

This speech is not just about your story and your work, but it is also the opportunity for you to connect with the audience and transmit your passion for the subject. Key to this is your ability to interact and have an impact.

Answering these first questions will help you to start envisaging what you want to achieve. If you can’t see it, you can’t be it – and so this questionnaire will help you get focused.

Four sessions of one-to-one coaching, each lasting 2 hours

Over the course of our time working together we are going to meet four times, each for two hours. The sessions are designed to take you step by step through the writing process, to help extract the story you want to tell.

We will tailor make the sessions to your own situation, but to give you an idea of the typical sessions, these would generally involve:

Session #1 focusing on the audience and the story you want to tell

Sessions #2 and 3 building the content, and getting feedback from stakeholders

Session #4 rehearse content and questions

By the end of the four sessions, you will have the speech written, and have already rehearsed the content.

Tailor made templates,
checklists and exercises

In order to lock in learning, and give you different ideas for your speech, you will also receive your own tailor-made booklet comprising templates, checklists and exercises. With more than twenty years’ experience as a conference speaker, I have designed this “how to” booklet to give you a methodology to build a solid speech that will resonate with the audience.

We will work through parts of this together, and other parts you will work on by yourself between meetings.

Review of draft slide decks
and scripts

I have got your back throughout our entire work together. You will be able to get hold of me in between sessions to raise questions or run something by me. I will also be happy to review the draft presentations as we go along to give you feedback as you advance in the preparation process.

This whole process is about setting you up for success. Time to stop bouncing off the walls, and just move forward to get this speech ready and prepared to the best of your ability.

Let’s get started

Are you interested in working with me?

Excellent, this is how we get started.

Step 1 – schedule a complimentary, no obligation consult. You can do that right here.

At the moment of booking the consult, you will be asked to answer three short questions about what you are looking to achieve from our work together.  These questions are designed to get us on the same page when we talk to each other, so that we can concentrate on the most important aspects when we meet.

Step 2 – at the scheduled time for the consult, we’ll consult. We’ll use the opportunity to make sure that we’re the perfect fit before you commit.

Step 3 – if we both decide that this would be a good fit, I will send you full details for payment to get the package in place and ready to go. 

Have questions?

If you have any questions about what is in here, please, please, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line at and I would be delighted to answer them as best I can.

Rave Reviews

What Clients Have Said

I contacted Joanna Denton after reading her remarkable and inspiring book “A different Truth”. I wanted to ask her to help me to prepare a Tedx Talk for Stormont Women. Having just come through one of the toughest experiences of my career, my confidence was at an all-time low and I wanted someone experienced with public speaking to support me with the process of preparing the talk. Joanna has an amazing capacity to overview content and extract the message and focus the intent. I was blown away by her creativity and capacity to conceptualise and communicate ideas clearly. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Joanna and would highly recommend her to anyone preparing for public speaking challenge. Top of her game and a pleasure to work with!

Ursula Burns, The Dangerous Harpist, Belfast

I met Joanna for the first time during a workshop on personal branding that she was facilitating with great professionalism. We stayed in touch and during my thought process that led to the setup of my company, she has been a great sparring partner and supporter by providing relevant and practical feedback based on her own experience.

I decided to use her as a coach to help me prepare for a public speaking event I was giving on Artificial Intelligence – with the objective to turn a somewhat technical and complex topic into a easy to understand and engaging speech that would leave the audience wanting to know more and get involved in the subject. I was definitely not an expert on this, more of an educated amateur and public speaking in general was one of my biggest “discomfort zone”. Yet, after a few hours with Joanna and another few hours on my own religiously practicing to incorporate her feedback, I manage to deliver the messages I wanted in a clear and simple manner, engage my audience and – last but not least – get a lot of positive energy out of this experience.

I can only recommend Joanna to anyone willing to (or having to master the art of speaking in public about a complex and rather techy subject in a relevant and lively manner. Not only will you get great value for money, but you’ll have met a great human being at the same time, and that’s the icing on the cake.”

Gaelle Haag, Startalers, Luxembourg