ABOUT US

Helping you, or people in your organisation, to achieve the best outcomes from speaking, presenting and influencing others

You have goals for your public speaking or presentations. And being a competent, credible and influential communicator and presenter is more important than ever.

I can help.

I’m Sarah Denholm, a speech coach, trainer and consultant. Based in Melbourne, I do public speaking, presentation and influence skills coaching and training in Australia and globally online.

If you have something to say (or are employed to do so), and want to be truly comfortable, engaging and influential, I could be the right coach for you or your organisation.

Whether that’s giving a conference keynote, boardroom presentation, meetings or 1:1 appointments.

My mission is to help people communicate clearly, confidently and competently, to be able to:

  • Advance their career, business or cause
  • Contribute freely
  • Thrive and grow

Without losing their:

  • Confidence
  • Sense of self
  • Authority
  • or Presence – that sense of inner spaciousness that makes all the difference to impactful and influential communication.

Many of my private coaching clients in organisations are looking for a sounding board and safe environment to learn and practise new skills.

After years of struggling with performance and public speaking anxiety (my story is below), I’ve learned what’s needed to prepare and perform at your best in front of an audience.

I originally trained as a professional Classical pianist, and performed at a high level in venues such as the Purcell Room, Southbank, London.

Believe me, this hones your skills on stage. Seem unprofessional – whether that’s playing wrong notes, being unprepared, or not connecting with your audience – and your reputation and career plummet. So it’s the perfect learning ground for public speaking!

My Methodology

Staircase graphic showing the 5 levels of Speaking Skills from Confidence to Impact and Influence
Sarah Denholm presenting on a large stage holding a microphone with screen behind her

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Qualifications

  • Certified Master Business Coach Graduate of B-Coach (2004)
  • Coach U life-coaching Graduate (2002)
  • Master’s degree in piano performance (1990)
  • TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
  • Asia Pacific Institute of Learning and Performance member
  • AusAPT (Australian Association of Psychological Type) member

I also have nearly 80 recommendations on LinkedIn: view my LinkedIn profile here.

Proud supporter of Independence Australia, UNHCR, Whitelion and other causes: a % of fees is donated every month.

My struggle with performance anxiety as a musician

During 6 years at music college in the U.K. I suffered performance anxiety. The competition and pressure was intense, but I coped – until chronic and disfiguring eczema took over my body. I deteriorated until I had to be hospitalised – twice. At one point I didn’t leave the house for three months – my world was tiny.

When I resurfaced, not cured but improved, I had a problem. My performance anxiety became overwhelming, and I could barely get on stage. I was self-conscious, worried about what the audience were thinking of me, and couldn’t keep my focus on the music. I was in danger of losing my career.

So I bought a round-the-world ticket and took six months off to backpack on my own (challenging for a then shy introvert!). After meeting a man from Melbourne, I moved to Australia and started a new life as a pianist. And I found my performing anxiety solution: learning how to speak in public.

I started as a very nervous speaker, trying to speak to audiences at concerts. My voice shook, I couldn’t look at people face-on…and I swallowed all the time! I decided to do something about it.

How I work

I found that with specific tools – and practice – I actually began to enjoy public speaking. This started my passion for helping others to communicate effectively in front of groups, large or small.

My mission is to help people to find or to amplify their voice, so that they can achieve their goals through successful, authentic, comfortable communication.

I work at any level: from speaking anxiety, right through to high-level keynote speech content, structure and delivery.

My skills combine:

  • Communication and influencing skills tested with clients for 13 years
  • Performing experience over 35 years on stages
  • Linguistic expertise (clients for whom English is their second language can find this a real asset) in pronunciation, grammar and vibrant word choices
  • Working in the education sector, teaching, training and facilitating

Learn more about my Services – Individuals or Services – Organisations.

Recent media interviews include in the business and career sections of The Age Melbourne, Sydney Morning Herald and ArtsHub Australia; Exemplar Magazine; Your Next Chapter and Movement and Mindfulness podcasts