All that is to say: When it comes to speech anxiety, I really get it. And I can tell you for an absolute fact that public speaking is a skill that can be learned. I'm currently completing a Master’s degree in Education through the University of Canterbury, I’m an accredited examiner for Speech NZ and I’ve trained and worked as a speaking coach for the last 15 years. Over the years, I've developed exercises and strategies that have helped me and thousands of my clients understand how to manage our stress levels when the spotlight is on. I've also worked with executives—individually and in groups—at every level of their public speaking journey and have witnessed tremendous success overcoming anxiety and becoming excellent speakers.
"We can not speak highly enough of this programme. The reason it is such a success is that the emphasis is placed on 'your' work environment - it is not a one size fits all. Del seems to have this knack of understanding the team and individuals very quickly and making sure that they have a new level of confidence, not only in their presentation skills. This is the best programme I have introduced to our team and we will keep working with The Speaking Company to develop our staff."
"The Speaking Company programme was just what I needed. It boosted my confidence and provided me with the tools to be able to competently speak at an international conference. The programme focuses on extemporaneous delivery which is a great presentation style to develop. Del’s relaxed and friendly approach make the sessions memorable and fun. Thank you Del."
"Thank you Del and The Speaking Company! I presented at the ALGIM conference in Palmerston North and thanks to you are your coaching it went GREAT! I used my slides and talked clearly (no ums and ahs) and didn’t even need to refer to my notes. I can’t believe I have gone from the person who struggled to say my name sitting in front of a group of strangers, to standing up proudly presenting! Thank you so much Del - now I feel I can do anything."
“Thank you for presenting at the 2015 Chartered Accountants Women’s Workshop last week. You are a fantastic, dynamic presenter and it was extremely valuable to have you involved. Your presentation definitely added the WOW factor to our day and the attendees rated you very highly. I hope we can do more work together soon.”
“Thank you for an excellent Professional Speaking course. I have had some experience and training in speaking but your course taught me more than anything else I’ve done. I will feel more confident about public speaking the next time I’m asked to speak.”
“We wanted to express our deep gratitude to Del Costello for her teaching on line this year. Del had a talented but vaguely reluctant 15 year old boy to nurture through Trinity Grade 7 – in record time.
Her steady hand, knowledge of the requirements and warm teaching methods ensured Gabe looked forward to the weekly sessions.
Our son is an outdoor guy, hunting, fishing, surfing, cricket so fitting in Speech and Drama was a challenge but Del always had empathy for his ‘other life’ and she used this to build a quick and important rapport.
Gabe achieved an outstanding result this year and he will undoubtedly carry on with Trinity thanks to this wonderful experience.”