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How to Bespoken

How to Bespoken

At Bespoken, we help people across all industries speak powerfully, particularly in high-pressure situations. Our work is interactive and collaborative, but also highly personalized, which can make describing what we do challenging. We’re excited to be tackling the art of making human connection–possibly the most gratifying experience there is–and each connection we forge teaches us more about the work ourselves. In the first part of this series, we describe our process in order to give you an inside look into the way we work.

Our Mission

We help you speak powerfully and purposefully through customized coaching designed to harness your unique ability to communicate in any situation. We believe everyone has an innate ability to communicate when given the tools to do so. We employ proactive and practical theater techniques to help you optimize the connection you make with your audience and to give you more control over the impression you make.

Our Clients

We work across many different industries but our clients have one thing in common–they each have something to communicate in a verbal context, whether that’s presenting, pitching, networking, interviewing, etc. We help them be better communicators internally with colleagues and externally with clients.

We’ve worked with entrepreneurs looking to hone a presentation; filmmakers pitching a grant maker for additional funds to finish a project; executive directors looking to improve leadership and communication skills; members of the healthcare sector  imparting sensitive information telephonically; and freelancers at a co-working space seeking tips for networking in high-pressure situations.

Our Structure

When working one-on-one, we meet over multiple sessions to identify and hone a specific communication challenge. Goals are usually achieved in three-to-five 1-hour sessions.

In our masterclasses, a small group (i.e., freelancers at a co-working space) gets a Bespoken primer. Masterclasses usually run 1.5-to-3 hours and can accommodate up to 12 participants. We also collaborate with organizations to meet their specific needs through customized internal workshops.

Host a masterclass at your organization
Host a masterclass at your organization

Regardless of the structure, you leave with a conversational narrative that’s authentic, tools to help you relax when speaking in front of a crowd, control over the way you present yourself, confidence in your communication style and command of your vocal and physical choices. We help you articulate your unique perspective. We help you find your literal and metaphorical voice. We give you more control over the way you present yourself and your ideas. We teach you how to be your best self in the moments that matter most.

Our Process

At Bespoken, we first help you dissect, organize and shape your ideas. We then train you to make powerful verbal and physical choices to support those ideas and together we develop and ingrain personalized techniques, tips and tricks to help you commit to those choices in high-pressure situations.

We begin with an intake meeting to discuss challenges, goals and logistics and to make sure the process and purpose of the work is understood. Guided by the fundamental creative process of making theater, we work through three phases:

  1. Craft It – Together, we identify the audience and craft a distinctive message that articulates your vision.
  2. Work It – On your feet, you learn how to use your voice and body to engage your audience.
  3. Own It – Through rehearsal and situational role-play, techniques are refined and ingrained.

Get in touch with us to find out how we can help you own the room, speak from the heart and free your mind!

Let What You Do Define You

Let What You Do Define You

The Happy Startup School tweeted this image last week and it got me thinking. Letting what you do define you used to be a bad thing. Work hours bookended our days and you could actually choose whether or not to work after (or during) dinner. Today, we’re trying so hard to keep a wall up between work and play but we’re failing because it is impossible to do. Sure, you can take a mental health day or a cellphone hiatus but when you come up for air, the dreaded red circle icon with numbers in the thousands will still be there.  Email has obviously done away with the eight hour work day and technology has brought a ridiculous amount of convenience to our day-to-day lives; the penalty we pay is that we may have to ping back Jack in accounting while watching Netflix on the couch.

Five years ago, I thought this was a pretty grim state of affairs, but then the tables started to turn. Frustrated by lack of upward mobility in an established workforce, people started quitting their steady jobs to build businesses that were uniquely tailored just for them. If they were going to work at all hours, may as well be for something they’re passionate about. The internet exploded with non-technical pro-creative platforms that allowed people to introduce themselves to the world directly, cheaply and in a way that feels authentic and truthful. We’re now in the midst of a small business revolution and it spans every industry — there are entrepreneurs everywhere. People are building businesses around the lives they’ve built for themselves, instead of building their lives around the work they’ve got.

This convergence of work and individualism brings about a challenge unique to this moment in time — how we define ourselves has become more important (and easier) than ever. Think about the way you introduce yourself — at work events, at parties, at a ballgame — Do you let what you’re passionate about come through? Do you apologize for what you do (listen for those but’s, just’s and um’s)? Are you presenting yourself in the best possible way to convey your unique contributions to what you do? The next time you respond to the question “What do you do?”, take a deep breath before answering. Begin your response as you exhale from that deep breath. Make eye contact. Keep it conversational. Breathe. By connecting in this  way, you will find out if the person you’re talking to happens to be passionate about what you’re passionate about. And there’s no better connection than that.

So go ahead — let what you do define you, just be sure to let that passion shine through!