Conference Speaking ● Media and Panel Appearances ● Pitches ● Presentations ● Meeting Leadership ● Campaign Speeches

Through my 25 years as a professional actor and 12 years of training under the most lauded voice and speech experts and acting teachers in the world, I have developed a coaching technique for managing discomfort, revealing authenticity, and building a core connection to an audience.  I have helped clients from a broad range of professional fields achieve success in a variety of speaking environments.

Here are my 3 C’s for successful communication.

Courage

Hey, most of us get a little nervous speaking in front of people but the experience is different for everyone. 

A person’s level of discomfort usually lies on a spectrum somewhere between abject fear and mild butterflies.

I offer specific and practical tools for managing real discomfort and staying powerfully present in a high-stakes situation. With a mix of muscle relaxation, breath placement technique, and proper alignment we can alleviate body tension which is the root cause of most vocal and gestural problems, such as the dreaded “Uhm”, the “Criss-cross”, and the “Cha-cha”. 

Courage is about building awareness of your body’s response to fear and applying appropriate tools to manage physical and emotional obstacles.

But if I’m not a creative person how can I bring creativity to my speaking engagement?

Authenticity is the breath of creativity. Somewhere within each of us lies our authentic self.

I ask my clients, “What is your joy? Your passion? Your humor?” Together we identify and access that unique spark.

We find space for that spark to ignite a range of capabilities and possibilities when communicating with others, such as a well-placed anecdote, a humorous analogy, an evolution in thought, a disruptive idea. 

I guarantee that an audience will long remember a speaker who utilizes the power of authenticity to bring forth the unexpected.

Creativity

Connection

We are all in this together. 

Deploying the concept of communal problem-solving, I teach my clients how to use their content to build a bridge to an audience. 

This opens a pathway for landing big ideas and creating stakeholders. I encourage clients to use their remarkable experience in the world to provide an authoritative journey for the audience. 

The goal is to make unforgettable contact through shared understanding and deliver a call to action.

Through my 25 years as a professional actor and 12 years of training under the most lauded voice and speech experts and acting teachers in the world, I have developed a coaching technique for managing discomfort, revealing authenticity, and building a core connection to an audience.  I have helped clients from a broad range of professional fields achieve success in a variety of speaking environments.

Here are my 3 C’s for successful communication.

Courage

Hey, most of us get a little nervous speaking in front of people but the experience is different for everyone. 

A person’s level of discomfort usually lies on a spectrum somewhere between abject fear and mild butterflies.

I offer specific and practical tools for managing real discomfort and staying powerfully present in a high-stakes situation. With a mix of muscle relaxation, breath placement technique, and proper alignment we can alleviate body tension which is the root cause of most vocal and gestural problems, such as the dreaded “Uhm”, the “Criss-cross”, and the “Cha-cha”. 

Courage is about building awareness of your body’s response to fear and applying appropriate tools to manage physical and emotional obstacles.

Creativity

But if I’m not a creative person how can I bring creativity to my speaking engagement?

Authenticity is the breath of creativity. Somewhere within each of us lies our authentic self.

I ask my clients, “What is your joy? Your passion? Your humor?” Together we identify and access that unique spark.

We find space for that spark to ignite a range of capabilities and possibilities when communicating with others, such as a well-placed anecdote, a humorous analogy, an evolution in thought, a disruptive idea. 

I guarantee that an audience will long remember a speaker who utilizes the power of authenticity to bring forth the unexpected.

Connection

We are all in this together. 

Deploying the concept of communal problem-solving, I teach my clients how to use their content to build a bridge to an audience. 

This opens a pathway for landing big ideas and creating stakeholders. I encourage clients to use their remarkable experience in the world to provide an authoritative journey for the audience. 

The goal is to make unforgettable contact through shared understanding and deliver a call to action.

1:1 Coaching

1:1 Coaching

Whether you are preparing for an industry conference, televised interview, or TEDx event, my one-on-one coaching will sharpen your message and free your mind to think creatively in the moment.  Building upon your own content or outline, we work each “beat” of your speaking engagement from introduction to conclusion. We will find bold, new ways to connect with your audience, while addressing nerves, posture, rhythm, vocal production, and distracting physical patterns in real time.  In the end, your best work will feel like play!

Workshops

Company [WORK]shops

Learn by doing. I offer a 100% bespoke program tailored to your specific needs.  No canned PowerPoint presentations, no cheesy ice-breaker games. In my workshops we get up and WORK! Participants and/or teams bring material to practice, develop, craft, hone, or revamp.  They learn specific tools in real time while on their feet in front of an audience. We will engage in role-playing and simple physical and vocal exercises designed to alleviate discomfort and enhance effective communication. The environment is safe, nurturing, and fun.

Reviews

“Thanks to Christina’s expert guidance, I was completely prepared and empowered for a recent speaking engagement. She picked up on subtle habits that could distract an audience and also offered suggestions that made the overall message stronger. Well worth the money!”

— Laurie Petersen

I had a session with Christina in preparation for a presentation. It was my first time using a public speaking coach and I am so glad I went to her. She showed me techniques to manage the physical manifestations of my anxiety and then worked through my entire speech. She is smart, fun and what she taught me was invaluable. It was amazing the difference that the session had upon my confidence and skill level. My presentation went great (thanks to her coaching!). I would highly recommend her to anyone!

Denise Conte

When asked to speak at a large public meeting, I turned to Christina Starbuck for invaluable coaching for a different context and kind of public speaking than I normally do. Christina encouraged me in finding my voice for responding to this challenging opportunity.”

— Rev. Mary Forell

“Christina did an excellent job preparing me for my first speaking engagement. Would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a coach.”

— Laurie Foster

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