Public Speaking Coach

Help Cape Ivy refine their presentation and speaking skills to better engage an audience and deliver key messages.
Cape Ivy
Charlottesville, VA, USA
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Cape Ivy
Charlottesville, VA, USA


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Posted January 15th

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Project Details

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

In general I would like to work on my presentation skills for media and grant interviews. In my career life I gave technical presentations, but those are different what is required for my nonprofit presentations. I would like to be better prepared for TV interviews, interviews for grants, and presentations for grants. I will be making a presentation in 1 week and realize this project won't be completed by then, but there will be more requirements like this in the future.

What We Have In Place
  • I don't have any examples of presentations at this time, but I may be able to record the presentation I am giving on Jan 24 and we can use that for determining areas of improvement.

    There are 2 co-founders of Cape Ivy. Meg designed the ponchos for her son and makes the ponchos in memory of her son. She has the 'heartfelt' side of the story. I am more the businessperson who writes grants and press releases. As a result, I also need to be able to make an impassioned presentation.
How This Will Help
This project will save us $8,660 , allowing us to provide over 850 more ponchos to hospitalized children.

The success of Cape Ivy relies on our ability to become known and to receive donations. Cape Ivy is an all-volunteer organization. We don't pay a marketing person or a fundraiser. It is up to the co-founders (with help from the Board of Directors) to raise funds. I need to present the nonprofit in a way that encourages people to get involved and/or support Cape Ivy.

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

Cape Ivy
Posted by
Cindy H.


Our Mission

The mission of Cape Ivy is to provide warmth, comfort and support to children who have chronic or critical illnesses and their families. Cape Ivy provides fleece ponchos to children in the hospital because robes, sweaters and jackets don't work well with IV lines and other medical equipment. Cape Ivy is a resource for families experiencing long-term hospitalization of children.


Vesta provided valuable information in our initial 'interview' talk before we even started the project. With that information, I was able to create a presentation and a video of me delivering the presentation. She evaluated the content and my delivery and provided recommendations for improvement. She also provided feedback on a 2nd video. One of my barriers was starting and another was I didn't like being on camera. I was able to get past those. I feel more confident now but know I have more work to do on my own.
Cindy H.
Cindy H.


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