Public Speaking Coach

Help California Climate and Agriculture Network refine their presentation and speaking skills to better engage an audience and deliver key messages.
California Climate and Agriculture Network
Sebastopol, CA, USA
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Sebastopol, CA, USA


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Posted December 2nd

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What we need
  • Personalized feedback and up to 5 coaching sessions with one member of the Organization
  • Document outlining strengths, weaknesses, and suggested next steps and/or resources for the member
Additional details

I regularly present to, facilitate or participate in dozens of zoom calls each month with between one and 50 other people. Usually I'm presenting about our policy goals and plans. I want to improve my presentation skills to stop reading slide notes and my facilitation skills, especially when an agenda doesn't go as planned.

This coming winter and spring I will also organize and participate in 10-20 meetings with state legislators to advocate for sustainable agriculture.

What we have in place
  • We currently have past presentations I can share, which should make it easy for you to get started. We also have a website, policy memos, an organizing plan, and the ability to provide any other information you need.
How this will help
This project will save us $8,660 , allowing us to plan and host more events including listening sessions to help us better understand the challenges farmers face on the ground; organize more farm tours with policy makers to inspire/ educate them

Inspiring people about our mission and bringing them into our work is a big part of my job. I hope this project will help me be a more effective and compelling communicator with policy makers, farmers, community members and my fellow advocates.

Project plan

Prep: Initial Assessment & Goal Setting
  • Volunteer Manager provides Professional with information about goals of the presentation/media relations, audience, and any other relevant factors (e.g., other presenters, previous public speaking experience, professional development goals, personal objectives, etc.)
  • Professional and staff member receiving coaching discuss perceived strengths and areas for improvement
  • Professional and Volunteer Manager decide on specific areas to focus on and goals for coaching sessions
Milestone 1: Brainstorm & Coaching Plan Draft
  • Professional reviews presentation materials and information (if applicable)
  • Professional drafts coaching plan
  • Professional and Volunteer Manager discuss presentation goals
  • Professional and Volunteer Manager discuss coaching plan and agree on/set dates for coaching sessions, as well as any preparatory work required
Milestone 2: Coaching Sessions
  • Professional and Volunteer Manager connect up to 5 times to practice and tailor presentation for specific audience(s)
  • Professional begins to draft document with feedback and next steps for Volunteer Manager
Milestone 3: Wrap-up Session
  • Professional and Volunteer Manager meet for wrap-up session to review feedback and learnings
  • Professional presents a detailed written document with an analysis of strengths and weaknesses with resources (such as websites, books, organizations, etc.), strategies, and tips for future presentations
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About the org

California Climate and Agriculture Network
Our mission

The California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN) advances agricultural climate solutions through state and federal policy. We seek a widespread transition to sustainable and organic agricultural systems that are increasingly resilient, environmentally sound and healthy, and that provide climate benefits, protect our natural resources, sustain our food security, provide for economically vibrant agricultural communities, and maintain our finite agricultural lands.


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