WHAT CLIENTS ARE SAYING:"Her approach and techniques embody the key principles needed to unleash an individual’s talent: awareness, intent, and personal style. Regardless of their experience level, the Rackers she’s worked with are truly challenged in class and are able to reap the rewards of improved thinking and presenting to groups of all kinds. Billie has made a real difference."
Vice President, Supply Chain Operations, Rackspace
"I have taken many presentation skills seminars in the course
of my career, but none have measured up to the fast success I had in working
with Billie. Her hands-on approach and fast, effective coaching quickly
get you to the next level. I recently had my entire team attend her seminar
and I am amazed at the results, each improved their game 1-2 levels easily.
This has been a great help and I will continue to leverage Billie as a
Business Planning & Development, Supply Chain, Intuit
"Billie guides her clients and arms them with delivery skills that
are infused with passion and persuasion. Billie is an innovator in the
field of corporate presentation and a critical asset to any business person
trying to sharpen communication skills."
Managing Partner, The Bell-Mason Group
Author, "Venture Imperative"
"I hit a home run with my presentation and would not have done so
without your coaching. Having just completed our GroundZero Conference
in L.A., I'd like to thank you for working with our team and helping to
get our presenters up to the task. Although the team members had reservations
about working with a coach, in the end everyone was glad we did. You took
the raw material that we had and made us presentable. Many people, including
me, changed our content to improve the presentation, so it wasn't just
about looking and speaking better. You showed us how to get it right!"
President, Netsedge Research
Billie’s techniques have helped me become a better presenter, communicator
and leader. Whether it’s a presentation to the board, at a team
meeting or in a group situation, I enter prepared, secure and confident.
She is an insightful, knowledgeable and caring coach. Her acting and corporate
techniques are simple, yet extremely powerful.
CFO, WellsFargo Securities, LLC
Billie worked with two groups of women at our company. All were bright,
highly trained and educated. She taught us how to organize, tighten and
energize our presentations and become more powerful, effective, and clear
presenters. Her efforts greatly improved our effectiveness in the workplace
and out in the world. Her training affected me deeply.
Vice President of Human Resources, Novellus
"Your help has been invaluable. Your instruction is showing in my
day-to-day work. I keep telling my self to 'Fill the room with energy
and connections—energy and connections."
Vice President, Cypress Semiconductor
I have personally experienced the value of combining Billie’s acting
techniques with the demands of making corporate presentations - with tremendously
positive results. After working with Billie, I am a much improved speaker
and leader. I have also seen the results of her direct, intense focus
while teaching others, to their great improvement. Everyone who works
with Billie is better for it. She is a life-changing coach. She forces
you to be clear and succinct.
Sr. Vice President Human Resources, BEA Systems, Inc.
"We have worked with Billie with a number of our clients' CEOs.
The results have been superb! The presentation skills Billie has helped
our clients learn have helped them be top speakers in the forums to which
they have presented."
President, Roeder-Johnson Public Relations
"My public speaking skills were in desperate need of a makeover, and Billie assured me that the trembling, red-faced disaster before her would transform into someone who spoke with confidence and captivated a room. Indeed, over the next few weeks, Billie Shepard did just that…In the end, not only Billie armed me with a variety of tools to manage my speaking anxiety, and but also (helped me) create compelling and dynamic presentations. I learned to monitor my breathing, to develop present moment awareness, and to push through the fear until it subsided…I couldn’t have asked for a better teacher and coach."
Presentation Skills Class, UC Santa Cruz Extension Spring 2012
"In evaluations following classes, Billie received approximately
4.4 out of 5 on all classes. Student comments ranged from 'great class'
to 'very good, well-paced course with friendly instructor'. One student
noted that what s/he liked about the class was, 'Forcing us to go through
a growth experience."
Program Manager, UCSC Extension Corporate Training
"Billie has a wonderful energy and enthusiasm that fills the room.
Her background in theatrics breathes life into work on investor presentations,
press meetings and speaking opportunities. She calls it like it is. This
type of candor and honesty is the perfect approach for excellence in the
field of media communications."
Scott T. Rozic
President and CEO, XMarkstheSpot, Inc.
"My presentation was a hit! Thanks to you I felt confident and it
showed. You really have a gift. The hours I spent with you were invaluable."
Morrison Foerster LLP
"Billie's teaching results speak for themselves!"
President, Farm House Equity Research
"She helps you to exorcise the 'presentation demons.' She breaks
through the analog way of thinking and helps you become a high-definition
Financial Analyst, Wells Fargo Van Kasper
"Billie's distillation of information is remarkable for its succinctness
and clarity. The ability to transform often esoteric writing into practical,
easily remembered points that we can use as 'building blocks' is one of
her greatest strengths as a coach."
Executive Assistant, Advanced Technical Resources
"From all of us. Thank you for making this program a success."
The Quest Scholars Program
"You have so much energy in a wonderful package that is you! I want
to profusely thank you for an entertaining, interactive afternoon."
Northern California Business Marketing Association
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