Who Does Milo Help through Coaching and Classes?
One-on-one coaching sessions
The majority of Milo Shapiro’s clients are business professionals, ranging from CEOs to middle managers to sales reps to entrepreneurs. Some are trying to be better speakers in general; others just want to kick butt at a specific upcoming program.
Numerous others are upwardly-mobile staff who want to be seen as more effective and eloquent at staff meetings to help with their career ambitions. And occasionally, Milo has worked with such varied needs as wedding speeches, eulogies, pageant speeches, and venture capital pitches.
Bottom line: If you’re giving a presentation, Milo can help you be at your best.
Most clients meet Milo in person, one-on-one, for the fastest most personal learning experience, but other options exist, as referenced below.
Coaching via Video Conference
For those outside the San Diego area (or even occasionally for those who are where meeting in person proves challenging), Milo works with many of his clients over video calls.
While it might seem that being in person would be necessary, there’s actually a tremendous amount that can be accomplished regarding content and delivery in a computer session. Milo has worked in an ongoing basis with folks as far from San Diego as Tokyo, thanks to this tech option.
Public Dynamics™ group events work upon the same skills described on our Public Speaking Coach overview page, but in an environment where shared learning is built into the time together.
Milo weaves instruction, demonstration, group experimentation and direct feedback to create deeper understanding and yield actionable ideas that participants will be able to implement.
Based on time allocated, feedback may or may not be given to all, but everyone gains knowledge in the process. Some exercises are designed to be done in duos or small groupings, allowing peers to become aides in each other’s development.
This also works well in combination with our team building program, TEAMprovising, as the two can dovetail nicely, making the event more fun but still chock full of learning.
In early 2016, we all heard Jimmy Fallon’s “How stiff is Jeb Bush?” jokes. Likewise, Al Gore lost the presidency in 2000 by under 600 votes. Might Jeb or Al have become our presidents if they had been just a little more dynamic?
It’s certainly not a party issue: Same goes for both bland Democrat John Kerry in ’04 and unexciting Republican John McCain in ’08…both with the potential to win, but no presidential legacy now.
Conversely, in the same party as Gore and Kerry, why were even Bill Clinton’s opponents swept up by his speeches while Hillary’s connection was on and off? How fascinating were the 2012 debates, with two passionate well-trained speakers like Barack Obama and Mitt Romney? Beyond the elections, why are the late Steve Jobs’ speeches legendary while most CEOs are unknown to the public? How did Oprah go from welfare to well-off?
Charisma comes from an inner place of freedom and permission. Improvisation gives us a safe place to develop personal dynamic skills, adding them to the tool belt we draw from as we work, speak, and connect with others. You need that edge. Ask Al if it would have mattered.
In Public Dynamics, those in the public spotlight have a chance to work on all the goals described above, but with an understanding of the additional difficulties that challenge the campaigner, including:
- Coming across likable (amazingly important)
- Adding LIFE to your message so that people will care and listen
- Showing concern, even when you know you can’t or won’t address an issue
- Working Q&A more effectively
- Conveying respect
- Using story effectively instead of data
Milo is aware of the sensitivity that politics carries and your guarantee of confidentiality is assured. His work with a candidate in 2016 gave a certain incumbent congressman more of a challenge than he expected from a newcomer to the political scene.
It’s not easy to be a communicator in a generation that thinks Snapchat videos of 10 seconds are effective communication.
How do we communicate effectively when many Millennials believe that a text or Instagram can express as much as one can in person? And how can you walk the line of holding the attention of your peers and still being taken seriously by listeners older than you?
Communication with your peers is important, but being able to communicate with those who are a number of years ahead of you will pay off with teachers, college interviewers, internship managers, job interviews, and — most of all — at that first job.
The ability to speak clearly, make a point effectively, and respond appropriately are key factors that HR Directors are saying they are yearning for in their Millennial applicants.
So whether you have some specific programs coming up or if you and your parents just want to set you up for success in the years to come, coaching can be a way to shortcut a lot of trial-and-error so that you’re seen as a success from the start!
See video to the right of Milo talking about teens and speaking on KUSI Channel 9 news.