Prior to signing up, I didn’t even know who Alex was! I found out about course through a friend and at the time, I just wanted to meet like-minded people and improve my public speaking. Six weeks in, I was asked to speak at TEDxEastEnd. What has happened is testament to the quality of the training and the private mentoring I’ve had throughout with Alex. I’m 22 years old, I didn’t go to university, don’t own a start-up or do anything impressive – all I have is a story and a subject I’m passionate about.
I came to Alex because my talk wasn’t ready for the TEDx stage. I wanted to use this talk to challenge the way people look after their bodies, but my message was getting lost. Initially, we worked on restructuring the content until the idea that was simple enough for anyone to understand, then we focused on making sure my talk was going to have a lasting impact on the audience, both on and offline. When we were happy with the content, it was all about nailing the delivery so when the big day came, I was the most prepared speaker at the conference. It’s only been out for a few months, but what has happened since has been incredible, I’m on track to having one of the top 100 most watched TEDx talks ever and I’ve gained numerous valuable connections from around the world.
Over the last few years, I have given speeches at numerous events across the U.K, so when I sent the draft of my TEDx talk to Alex, I was confident I was onto something good. And it would have been, had I been anywhere but TEDx, but TEDx demands a different type of talk with a very unique structure. The feedback I got from Alex fundamentally changed the way I approached my talk. He challenged me to be vulnerable and leave everything on the stage; which I did. The feedback and messages from people who have benefited from it are testament to that.
I credit Alex with the massive success of my TEDx Talk because he was instrumental in helping me craft and articulate my message. Since then we have collaborated on several successful business products and training courses. If you are looking to accelerate your business growth through public speaking, Alex is the guy to do just that.
Personally, I will always head to Alex for speaking advice. Turning my 4 year journey into an 18 minute talk with one idea was always going to be a challenge. Alex was great at picking out the right stories to share and he understands the audience’s viewpoint which helped me to deliver my message in an impactful and meaningful way. The thing that really stood out though, was that he really wanted me to succeed. His feedback not only helps you understand where you need to develop and how to do it, but he delivers it in a way that builds your confidence, which is so important when the pressure is on!
So it seems like you taught me well and that I have got the hang of this speaking thing, I got a bloody standing ovation yesterday. Apparently it was the first standing ovation they’ve ever had! Just wanted to say thank you because I wouldn’t have got there if you hadn’t coached me.
Alex’s help preparing me for my talk at TEDxClapham has been invaluable. Not only does he understand the power of narrative and how to structure a talk that builds anticipation, but in the lead up to the big day he had some rather unique ways of taking the pressure of the occasion off. When I walked onto the stage I was full of confidence, nailed my delivery and look back on the experience with a huge amount of pride.
Alex was the biggest pain in my butt for months. He was also the most incredibly supportive coach I could have dreamt to have on my TedX journey. I was a nightmare client, never on time with my drafts and I even threw out my talk a week to go. Yet Alex’s commitment to ensuring I wrote and delivered a talk I was proud of meant he chased me, challenged me and consistently praised me so that I always left our meetings on a high. If you have the chance to work with Alex you will be so proud of the talk you deliver.