Executive Speech Coach
"A speech coach? How did you end up a speech coach?" is a common question I am asked by those who meet me for the first time.
When they find out that I came to US as a Political Refugee at the age of 12 from the Soviet Union and that English is my second language, the emphases switches to the "You" as in "How did YOU end up a speech coach?"
In the summer of 2006, I was starting my first start-up, Fitness Arch and my wife Dawn said to me:
"Leo, you should learn how to speak with power."
"What do I need learn?!" I asked indignantly. "I am not afraid of public speaking!"
"No," my wife responded, "But when you speak OTHER people are afraid of you public speaking!"
She was right... as usual.
I quickly realized that despite years of education, my communication was rife with generalizations, lack of purpose and full of filler words, pacing back and forth and general ignorance what it means to speak with power.
As I later came to understand, I was so afraid to be judged, that I chose the fight of the "Fight or Flight" Response and damaged the message I was trying to deliver.
Since then, my interest turned into passion and then into a calling to help professionals, entrepreneurs and job-seekers to overcome anxiety, under-confidence and oversharing that can derail communication and to discover powerful ways to speak with power to the hearts and minds of their audience.
What does it mean to speak with power?
After all these years of speaking and coaching, I am see it as an ability to create and deliver an authentic story with a clear purpose that engages the hearts and minds of a specific audience in order to ignite the thirst for knowledge.
Speak with Power Consulting is the realization of my vision. Through online workshops and individual 1:1 coaching through Skype, I am now living my purpose -- to transform the world one authentic story at a time!
If you are an entrepreneur with a great idea but are too worried to stand in front of clients and effectively share your knowledge, I can help you to overcome this anxiety.
If you are a subject matter expert in your field, but when presenting you tend to read slide after slide of dense technical information hoping to get your audience to understand the needs of the project, but boring them instead I can show you how to reach the heart and mind of your audience.
If you are a professional looking to discover your purpose and speak about it with power, I can be the catalyst to helping you to live an authentic, purpose-driven life.