How I went from straight laced HR Manager, (well I was trying to be), to helping people discover their sensational speaker within…

Before the stand-up comedian, business books and plays, before speaking internationally, before my students basked in the glory of making audiences roar with laughter… there was a corporate custodian of “right and proper”.

Speaking in the corporate tongue.
Desperate to fit in to the staid business world.
Scared to death of saying something “wrong”.

Then this happened!

Come with me…

It’s winter, 2002.

It’s frosty outside, but I’m feeling warm in the small crowded bar, when I hear my name called.

My feet suddenly feel rooted to the spot. My ex-husband, Paul, shoves me in the back, and propels me towards the makeshift stage. The sound of the noisy conversation is overshadowed by the heavy pounding of my heart. I get to the stage and panic sets in… along with the hula hoop sweat rings!

I make eye contact with Paul… he nods and smiles and the compere thrusts the microphone into my hand. Then, I take a deep breath, and tell my first ever joke in front of an audience, and to my utter relief, they laugh… loudly.

I go back to my place with the rest of the audience, my face is beaming, Paul hugs me and I feel a warm glow wash over me… it was his hot cider. The Muppet hugged me while still holding his drink! (Just to be clear – that’s not the reason he’s an ex.)

From Hula Hoops to The Rings of Saturn…

From telling that joke in the bar, I went on to do five minute spots, then 10s, then 20s, then 30 minutes, all the way to hour long solo shows.

At each of those transitions, I felt the same fear as the first time I stepped on stage, but looking back from here to 2002, I know my circle of comfort in relation to stand-up comedy and speaking has gone from the size of a sweat hula hoop to the ring of Saturn!

Laughter is the weapon of mass seduction…

The secrets I learned about comedy, storytelling, audience engagement, entertainment, and performance over those intervening years, filtered into my corporate life.

I found myself getting promoted and pushed forward… my presentations were turning me into a Purple Cow!*

(*Seth Godin said we make ourselves stand out, to be ‘remarkable’ like a purple cow in a field of normal ones.)

YES, you can learn the skills, and become a Sensational Speaker!

People often say to me I could never do what you do… and my response is always the same… yes you could!

With coaching, practice, preparation, and the “will” to do it…you could… and I have many students who have learned how to:

– Naturally succeed in any public speaking situation.
– Make their message fly and begin making a difference in other people’s lives.
– Source, write and craft stories that can be used in any of their keynotes.
– Find their “big idea” and create a powerful keynote showcasing their unique voice.
– Use the secrets of comedy effectively, and appropriately in a business context.
– Learn improvisation skills to handle anything — on stage or off.
– Build stage presence and “mahoosive” confidence.

They discovered how speaking could help them stand out, grow their personal brand, and move closer towards their business and lifestyle dreams.

I teach not only what I know, but what I’ve actually done!

I’ve performed to three hundred late night revelers at the Comedy Store…

I’ve done solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe… (once or twice to just two people – that’s Edinburgh for you!)

I’ve performed improv shows across London, I’ve written stories that have moved grown men to tears, (yes, it was the absence stats presentation), (no it wasn’t I’m just kidding it was my play 🙂 ) and I’ve spoken on the international stage.

I’m ready… how about you?

Are you ready to take action to build the skills and get you results that could change your life?

I have a sneaking suspicion that you are… that’s why you’re here.

That’s why you’ve been dreaming about holding an audience in the palm of your hand.

That’s why you’ve been seeing a different future in your mind’s eye, one of greater significance and status.

By reading this, you’ve proven that you’re ready to take action and make this happen for yourself.

And I know you will amaze yourself along with your audience!

Are you ready to take action to build the skills and get you results that could change your life?

I have a sneaking suspicion that you are… that’s why you’re here.

That’s why you’ve been dreaming about holding an audience in the palm of your hand.

That’s why you’ve been seeing a different future in your mind’s eye, one of greater significance and status.

By reading this, you’ve proven that you’re ready to take action and make this happen for yourself.

And I know you will amaze yourself along with your audience!

Ready to take that deep breath and become a Sensational Speaker?

Start by booking your free “Accelerate your Speaking Success” call with me today!

Do you want to increase the impact of your speaking?

If you want to speed up your success rate, then I’d like to help you do it with this 1-on-1 personal “Accelerate your Speaking Success” 30 minute coaching session where we’ll work together to…

Create a crystal-clear vision for “ultimate success” as a Speaker, so you know exactly what you want, where you’re headed, and what you need to do to make it happen.Uncover hidden challenges that may be sabotaging your ability to fulfill your speaking potential or that are slowing down your progress.

Have you leave this session renewed, re-energized, and inspired to become the Sensational Speaker you want to be.

A Little About Me

I’ve authored two business books, on speaking with humour and creating and delivering pitches, and I’m a published, international playwright. I can’t get enough of Marvel Superhero Films and Shakespeare. I love theme parks and going on roller coasters with my wonderful daughter, and I completely adore my Cocker Poo, Teddy.

“You have great power within you… the power to inspire, the power to teach, the power to lead, the power to persuade, the power to alter beliefs, and the power to create the future you want… done right, speaking is the vehicle through which you can unleish that power and change your life.”

Sarah Archer