Speaking and Communication Consulting
We Help Businesses Build Resilience and Improve Speaker and Communication Skills to Turn their Employees into Happier and More Productive Leaders
Want to know the asset that billionaire Warren Buffett says will last you 50 or 60 years and is liability if you don’t acquire?
Public speaking skills.
But according to a publication by Dr. Franklin Schneider at Columbia University, 27 million Americans admitted that public speaking is their #1 fear which can impair their income by a full 10%.
So what’s really at risk when your employees lack speaking and communication skills?
They doubt themselves and lose confidence in their abilities. Couple that with a lack of resilience when they (inevitably) make mistakes and fail and guess what happens? The individual loses morale, loses their ability to move into leadership positions, and the company suffers.
I work with you through my signature system, showing you how to break down speaking prep into manageable pieces from start to finish.
But there is good news.
When a company invests in their employees’ speaking and communication skills, they capitalize on the leadership potential that may be hidden in their employees, maximize employee satisfaction which aids in retention, and increases productivity. Because building effective speaking and communication skills both in person in the boardroom or at a conference as well as through online platforms such as video and webinar presentations isn’t unique to one particularly company or industry. It is a foundational skill that touches upon a vast number of employees. So the ability to speak and communicate effectively both internally and externally separates market leaders from the companies that get lost in the noise.
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Why Unleash Your Presence?
I’m Julia Wojnar, the Founder of Unleash Your Presence and from a young age I found public speaking to be thrilling. So what separates me from the 27 million Americans who fear public speaking more than death? In short, I’ve been speaking and performing on stages my whole life. My love for the stage began at just 8 years old when I performed in my first musical - The Wiz. I played The Wicked Witch of the West - and yes, I did get to have water poured all over me while I pretended to melt onstage.
From that moment on, I was hooked. Being on stage was a thrilling experience - one of the few places where I could truly let go of everything else and be fully present.
For the next 15 years, I continued to perform in plays and musicals. My formal communication training started in high school where I presented research in orated essays for Syracuse University's Public Speaking course and taught Leadership and Communication skills to middle school students. At Ithaca College, as a Communication Management and Design major with a concentration in Corporate Communications, I further honed my speaking skills through studying and delivering presentations on a regular basis.
Fast Forward a few years and I found myself working in what I thought was my dream job - planning events for a trendy agency in downtown New York City. When I started, I never imagined that it would all come crashing down just three months later. But that experience of being fired took me down a different path. For the first time, I started to reflect on my life and what I truly wanted. And I realized that I had been living a script - out of alignment with one of my core values for freedom, and that to truly achieve the freedom I was seeking, I needed to work for myself.
At that point, I didn’t know what that looked like but I promptly hired my first business coach to help me figure it out. She took me through a process that helped me to identify that speaking and communications was the common thread throughout my life and the area where I had the most to contribute to others.
With that, Unleash Your Presence was born.
But it hasn’t all been sunshine and roses. Today, I help professionals develop strong speaking & communication skills so they can express their ideas clearly and confidently. And we tackle the skill of building resilience because like any entrepreneur, I’ve had my own share of ups and downs but I know that it is through failure that we truly learn. The problem is that too many employees are afraid of making mistakes and getting fired. Having been there myself and come out the other side, I can help your employees to move through the fear, build resilience, and communicate powerfully.
I know how important it is for you to find the right experts and consultants to train your employees. They have to be the right fit for your organization and align with your company goals. That’s why I am committed to be a reliable and responsive partner from our initial consultation where we will identify your biggest speaking and communication challenges and deliver the best solutions for your unique needs.
What Others Have to Say About Working with Julia
“After working on storytelling in multiple sessions with Julia, I felt confident that my presentation would be better off with my newly-practiced storytelling skills. Without Julia, I would have scrapped the story part. With Julia I was willing to take it to the next level. The presentation we prepared for was a success. I could see the audience was drawn into the story. Working with Julia helped me continue along the learning curve toward the impactful speaking presence I want and exceeded my expectations. Her calm and positive presence made a great environment for me to work on my own and her handout materials are a real value add too. Julia did a great job listening for what areas I wanted to work on, and focusing on those.”
“Before my session with Julia, I thought I was pretty comfortable in front of an audience. But I had a couple hangups over my 'filler' words and my tendency to ramble. She addressed these in the session and afterwards where she addressed my individual concerns with a document catered to me and my particular speaking engagement. On the day of the talk, my confidence was up and with Julia's tips and preparation I felt ready to tackle anything.”
“Thanks so much for the work you have done with me. I am feeling so inspired and getting my mojo back again. The creative juices have really started to flow."
“Julia is a spectacular speaker with very strong communication skills. While appearing on the panel at the Choose Yourself breakfast she conveyed the message of strength to the audience. Julia reminded all of us of how strong our inner strength is and how important it is to focus on and build up that strength. Its like a flame inside that we need to ignite.”
- Georgie Ann Getton, Choose Yourself Breakfast (Event Organizer), ChooseYourself.Me
“Julia was engaging and positive while telling listeners how to develop a way to present themselves and what they do. As someone trying to make it in the television industry, Julia's presentation gave me the tools I needed to further brand myself in a professional and concise way. I feel more confident conducting myself in a professional environment, around people who are higher up than I am.”
-Emily Junge, Audience Member
“Once you realize that you have a pain point in public speaking, that’s where Julia really delivers value. Julia can really outline the steps to delivering the best possible speech.
- Alex Lougovtsov, Senior Acquisition Marketing Manager at Way Up, Audience Member at ‘What’s the Big Idea?’ Workshop at Entrepreneurs’ Organization, Brooklyn Chapter
Keynote presentations & programs
Julia speaks at events and organizations to help employees tackle tough decisions and express their ideas clearly and confidently.
The Surprising Secret to Helping your Employees Tackle Tough Decisions:
It's no secret that companies must rely on their employees to make smart decisions in order to mitigate risk and grow profits everyday. But trust levels between managers and their teams continues to decrease, leading to a greater risk in costly decisions day over day. In fact, in a recent national survey conducted by Ultimate Software and the Center for Generational Kinetics (CGK), a stunning 80% of employees said they could do their job withouttheir managers. In fact, according to Gallup's 2015 State of the American Manager, managers account for at least 70% of the variance in employee engagement scores across all business units, and disengaged employees cost up to $500 billion annually in productivity losses. But the secret to fixing this poor decision-making trap may not be what you think it is…
In this Keynote, attendees will discover:
- Why learning to trust yourself and build resilience is the hidden key to helping employees make better decisions
- How to help your teams begin to develop self-trust and resilience today
- Why self-trust and resilience leads to increased confidence and happiness in employees, helping both the individual’s AND the company’s bottom-line”
Julia offers communication training, including online formats that your employees can complete at their convenience around the development of public speaking skills as well as training employees who are speaking on behalf of your organization at conferences and events.
To discuss your specific communication goals for your employees, please get in touch.
You’re unique so your consulting should be too. At Unleash Your Presence, we offer both live and virtual trainings.
Let's see if we are a fit...
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