Meera M. - Public Speaking Tutor/Coach
A dedicated communicator, educator, and motivator with the ability to build consensus and influence change, Meera M., MBA is an organizational leader and public speaker with experience in public advocacy, speechwriting, event planning, business development, and sales/marketing for diverse groups. She is an expert at training and coaching speakers to improve presentation skills, stage presence, speechwriting, messaging, delivery while they relate to various audiences in order to help improve their bottom line.
Meera is a Presentation Skills, Public Advocacy, and Speechwriting Consultant. She works with business/sales professionals, non-profit executives, politicians, teachers, clergy, actors, and students to improve their public speaking capabilities and assists in writing speeches and presentations for small group events to major speaking engagements. Meera earned her Bachelors degree in Political Science from University of California, Irvine and her Masters in Business Administration from the American University, Kogod School of Business, Washington DC.
At present, Meera’s client includes the Hollywood Homeless Youth Partnership where she provides policy/advocacy, grant writing, communications, and community engagement services. Prior to working with HHYP, Meera worked in Government Relations with the MWW Group, studied speechwriting with former Vice Presidential Speechwriters, and worked as a Political Organizer for the ACLU of Southern California. As an experienced Public Speaking Professional and Speechwriter, Meera works with individuals to craft stellar speeches and presentations and prepare them to deliver memorable and entertaining performances. While in business school, she studied speechwriting with former Vice Presidential speechwriters and was awarded the role of graduation speaker for the MBA class.
Meera became interested in the art of public speaking when she won her Junior High Speech Festival contest. She has since been a member of Toastmasters International (public speaking organization) and won numerous evaluation and speech contest awards and served as President and Area Governor for local clubs. She is currently a member of the Warner Brothers Toastmaster club where on a weekly basis the group holds meetings to practice impromptu speaking, delivering prepared speeches, and crafting speech evaluations.
She also performs stand-up comedy and is member of The Wobblies, house comedy improv troupe, at Flappers Comedy Club in Burbank, CA
Meera works with her clients to assess their public speaking goals and will create an outline of lessons that meet those objectives. Each client is unique based on their prior speaking experience and specific public speaking and communication goals. Clients seek help with various speaking projects such as galas, fundraisers, key-note addresses, award acceptances, toasts, sales pitches, school or business presentations. Other clients are interested in improving their speaking techniques as classroom instructors, research presenters, or when interviewing for a job.
The first step to having a great presentation is understanding the basics of speechwriting (understanding your audience and the difference between informative and persuasive speaking, researching the event, interviewing colleagues for stories, and brainstorming themes and messages). This allows the speaker to uncover details about their audience that will allow him/her to connect with them in a way that will persuade them to buy the product or agree with the viewpoint the speaker is putting forth. Secondly, we work on the presentation or speech structure by developing an opening that hooks the audience, defining the problem and presenting the solution, visualizing a world with that solution implemented, and concluding by asking them to take action. Once we have organized the speech structure we will edit the language so it incorporates the necessary anecdotes, wit, evidence, support, humor, sincerity, and related prose. Lastly, we will work to improve stage presence, movement, body language, eye contact, voice modulation, projection, pause, emphasis, pronunciation, and hand gestures through several rehearsals.
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