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1/24 Public Workshop: Train for TED – A Compelling Communication Experience

1/24 Public Workshop: Train for TED – A Compelling Communication Experience

Train for TED on Jan. 24th

We’re partnering with VitaminR Studios on January 24th from 7pm-8:30pm for Train for TED.

More details here: http://bit.ly/2iHPdZY.  Email kori@inspirality.com for a complimentary ticket!

In this workshop you’ll learn to:

  • Transition with ease between communicating with different types of audiences such as potential clients and superiors
  • Vocal techniques to speak with conviction, confidence, and clarity about your work
  • Ways to tackle the discomfort associated with speaking in front of an audience in order to understand where the fear comes from and how to diffuse it

Participants improve communication and presentation skills in a safe space with a trusted outside eye by watching each other incorporate feedback that is personalized for each voice in the room. (Note: participants are invited to come prepared with a two-minute excerpt of a presentation or speech, a personal story, an elevator pitch, or similar.)

Collaborative Command – March 8th

Collaborative Command – March 8th

Collaborative Command with Bespoken

When: March 8, 2016 | 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Where: Spark Labs, 833 Broadway, 2nd Flr., NYC, 10003
Cost: $25 Early Bird (thru 3/1) | $35 Regular Registration
Registration: http://bit.ly/1Xavekl  |  Spark Labs members, contact Andrea to sign up.
Bespoken is excited to announce the second installment in our ongoing professional communication skills collaboration with Spark Labs

It’s not about what is said, but what is heard.  Challenging conversation with a colleague on the horizon?  Staff meetings not as productive as you need them to be? In Bespoken’s Collaborative Command* masterclass you’ll practice how to harness your voice and presence to communicate successfully when collaborating with colleagues and managing team members. We’ll give you a better understanding of your unique communication style and control over the way others perceive you.

What previous participants have said about our Collaborative Command masterclass:
“I loved this. Super powerful stuff.”
“Great presence and infectious attitude. Wish you could do this for my team at work!”

Doors at 7:00 pm – Class begins promptly at 7:10

*Given the interactive format of this event attendance is limited to 20 participants.

@BespokenNY | www.bespokenpartners.com

About Bespoken

Bespoken is a coaching firm based in New York dedicated to helping professionals and entrepreneurs speak with conviction and communicate with confidence. Offering 1×1 coaching and small group masterclasses, Bespoken training is customized, on-your-feet and interactive. We believe everyone has an innate ability to communicate powerfully and purposefully.

Leah Bonvissuto, Co-Founder Leah Bonvissuto is an award-winning theater director. Always fascinated by what makes the audience-speaker relationship unique and powerful, Leah has worked extensively outside the theater to translate performance-based techniques for non-actors of all ages and backgrounds in organizational and educational settings.

Jackie Miller, Co-Founder With over a decade of experience in New York City as a director and curator of cultural public programming, Jackie’s work is creatively driven by the relationship between audience and performer. As the Artistic Director of Only Make Believe she serves as the company’s creative lead, producing over 300 interactive theatrical performances for children in hospitals and long-term care settings each year.

We’re Partnering with Spark Labs. Join us!

We’re Partnering with Spark Labs. Join us!

We are thrilled to announce our new monthly professional development masterclass series in partnership with Spark Labs! Each masterclass will focus on the art of public speaking to help entrepreneurs and professionals strengthen a specific communication or presentation skill. Join us on February 9th for our inaugural class, Own Your Voice with Bespoken, where you’ll learn practical and pro-active techniques to improve vocal command and presence when speaking in high-pressure situations. In this interactive, on-your-feet experience, you’ll receive personalized feedback to optimize your communication and presentation skills. We’ll show you how to make the impression you intended—no matter the stakes. Click here to register (free for Spark Labs memberscontact Andrea to sign up).

About Spark Labs

Spark-Labs is a coworking space based in New York, built by European entrepreneurs who have successfully created, scaled-up and sold startups in the US the past 15 years. Spark Labs is a community of tech entrepreneurs oriented towards collaboration, innovation, and success providing every service required to build a successful business such as a convenient space, investors, mentors, networks, workshops, events, and benefits from partners.

About Bespoken

The story of Bespoken began when two friends decided to channel years of professional theater experience into helping people be better, bolder communicators. We are inspired by the vibrant and powerful connection between speaker and audience and thrive on working with people from all backgrounds and experiences.

Leah Bonvissuto, Co-Founder – Leah Bonvissuto is an award-winning theater director. Always fascinated by what makes the audience-speaker relationship unique and powerful, Leah has worked extensively outside the theater to translate performance-based techniques for non-actors of all ages and backgrounds in organizational and educational settings.

Jackie Miller, Co-Founder – With over a decade of experience in New York City as a director and curator of cultural public programming, Jackie’s work is creatively driven by the relationship between audience and performer. As the Artistic Director of Only Make Believe she serves as the company’s creative lead, producing over 300 interactive theatrical performances for children in hospitals and long-term care settings each year.

Own Your Voice at Spark Labs on February 9th

Own Your Voice at Spark Labs on February 9th

What: Own Your Voice with Bespoken
When: February 9th, 2016 | 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Where: Spark Labs, 833 Broadway – 2nd floor, NYC
Cost: $25 Early Bird (thru 2/2) | $35

Register Here | Spark Labs members, contact Andrea to sign up.

“You cannot think and hit at the same time.” – Yogi Berra

How did your last presentation go?  In Bespoken’s Own Your Voice* masterclass, you’ll learn practical and pro-active techniques to improve vocal command and presence when speaking in high-pressure situations. In this interactive, on-your-feet experience, you’ll receive personalized feedback to optimize your presentation style.  We’ll show you how to make the impression you intended—no matter the stakes.

What previous participants have said about our Own Your Voice masterclass:
“The most effective public speaking session that I ever attended.”
“Great presence and infectious attitude. Wish you could do this for my team at work!”

*Given the interactive format of this event attendance is limited to 20 participants.
@BespokenNY | www.bespokenpartners.com

About Bespoken

The story of Bespoken began when two friends decided to channel years of professional theater experience into helping people be better, bolder communicators. We are inspired by the vibrant and powerful connection between speaker and audience and thrive on working with people from all backgrounds and experiences.

Leah Bonvissuto, Co-Founder Leah Bonvissuto is an award-winning theater director. Always fascinated by what makes the audience-speaker relationship unique and powerful, Leah has worked extensively outside the theater to translate performance-based techniques for non-actors of all ages and backgrounds in organizational and educational settings.

Jackie Miller, Co-Founder With over a decade of experience in New York City as a director and curator of cultural public programming, Jackie’s work is creatively driven by the relationship between audience and performer. As the Artistic Director of Only Make Believe she serves as the company’s creative lead, producing over 300 interactive theatrical performances for children in hospitals and long-term care settings each year.

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!

Own the Room at WeWork on August 6th

Own the Room at WeWork on August 6th

(This event is only available to WeWork members. Have you been to a WeWork? They are beautiful (and super convenient) co-working spaces offering community programming (like our event below!) to freelancers and startups. Check them out!) 

How did your last pitch or team meeting go?  Did you communicate your ideas effectively, or did you leave feeling like the experience was in control of you instead of the other way around?  Like with most things, you only get better at the things you practice and you get better faster practicing with people who understand the challenges that come with networking, pitching, and presenting.

Join us on August 6th at WeWork Empire State for our interactive, on-your-feet Own the Room masterclass where you’ll learn proactive techniques to improve your vocal command and physical presence. You’ll leave with personalized, in-the-moment feedback to help you speak confidently and authentically in any situation.

Click here to register – space is extremely limited!