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For over a decade, Suzanne S. has been passionate about mastering the art of rhetoric and teaching strategies for effective communication.
As a former trial attorney, she is an expert in giving oral presentations both inside and outside of the courtroom. Her extensive experience in maintaining composure under high-stress situations has proven to be an invaluable asset for public speech consulting. She now devotes her time to coaching professionals and elevating clients' careers.
Suzanne's public speaking experience formally began with her position as a debate team leader. She competed and ranked first place for her oratorical and dramatic interpretation skills in various regional, state, and national qualifying competitions. After only two years of membership in the National Forensic League, she reached the status of Outstanding Distinction. Prior to entering law school at the University of Washington, Suzanne served as a judge for debate tournaments and was given the opportunity to become a debate coach.
Before discovering her passion for speech, Suzanne performed competitively as a classical pianist. Her experiences performing on stage and on public radio enabled her to realize the power of communicating without words. She draws upon her performing arts background to teach her students how to overcome stage-fright and to connect with an audience through confident body language, eye-contact, and poise. Suzanne's combined knowledge of speech and physical presence has enabled her to win events including a local pageant.
Suzanne resides with her husband in Seattle, Washington, but her coaching extends to clients worldwide using Skype technology. She consults with individuals from major corporations, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations including:
Harborview Medical Center
Flow International Corporation
Port of Seattle
University of Washington
Throughout my academic and professional career, I have served as a mentor for undergraduate and graduate students as they prepare for internship and employment opportunities.
I have been employed by the University of Washington, where I counseled students on internship applications and interview processes. During law school, I also served as Vice President of the Multicultural Law Student Association where my duties included reviewing cover letters for underclassmen and preparing them for job interviews. Post-graduate school, I developed my own business helping professionals proofread CV's and written applications. Many of the students and clients that I have assisted were hired for the positions that they applied for.
I have first-hand knowledge of what it takes to successfully complete a multi-leveled corporate interview, as I have interviewed with a number of firms, and was offered a position with one of the largest corporate law firms in downtown Seattle. Starting from the application, resume, and cover letter process, to phone interviews, call-backs, and the final multi-hour in-person interview, I am experientially equipped to advise others on how to calmly and confidently approach a career opportunity.
The following is a list of topics that I am qualified to address:
- Reviewing applications, resumes, and cover letters;
- Networking and maintaining employment connections;
- Conducting proper business etiquette;
- Alleviating nervousness and anxiety before an interview;
- Answering interview questions in an organized, direct, and memorable manner;
- Speaking clearly, confidently, and deliberately;
- Asking the right questions at the end of an interview;
- Following up with interviewers post-interview.
Following undergraduate school, I took the LSATs and was accepted into the UW School of Law. I successfully graduated and passed the Bar Exam, and have been in active practice for the past several years. One of the highlights of my law school experience was being involved in a clinical program where I had the opportunity to teach local high school students for a full quarter about the Washington State legal system. The quarter culminated in a final debate competition judged by local legal professionals. I also teach law students how to hone their public speaking and mock trial skills in preparation for careers in litigation and trial advocacy.
Polish your public speaking skills and confidently connect with any audience. Receive private and discreet speech coaching sessions from a professional with 10+ years of local and worldwide teaching and public speaking experience. Each session is tailored to fit novice, intermediate, or advanced speaking needs. Versatile coaching methods incorporate games, exercises, media examples, video-taped practice and/or critique into every individualized session.
Lesson Topics Include:
- Fear of Public Speaking
- Presentation Skills
- Interviewing Skills
- Impromptu Skills
- Media Appearances
- Debates & Mock Trials
- Business Etiquette
- Speech Writing
- Vocal Delivery
- Body Language
- Speech Disfluency
- Accent Reduction
I graduated with honors from the University of Washington (UW) in 2003 with a degree in English Literature and a major GPA of 3.8/4.0. During undergraduate school, I worked as a tutor for the UW Office of Minority Affairs Instructional Center - primarily teaching college students how to:
- Write academic essays;
- Analyze complex reading passages;
- Conduct and organize research; and
- Think critically about literary issues.
For my work as a tutor, I received the UW Excellence in Peer Tutoring Award. I was also named a Mary Gates Scholar for my research and writing abilities, and awarded the 2003 Best Senior Thesis Award from the UW English Department.
Projects that I have helped students and professionals with over the years include:
- Cover letters
- Graduate school applications
- Personal statements
- Essay exams
- Dissertation writing
- Academic essays
- Conversational Korean to English translations
- Scholarship applications
Great experience preparing for professional interviews — I have been taking classes with Suzanne for more than 6 months. She is very flexible in scheduling our sessions. As I do not live in the Seattle area, I have been meeting with her through Skype. The results are fantastic. Using Skype, we can see and talk to each other, and exchange notes during our classes. After 6 months, I feel much more confident speaking in interviews – especially since Englis ...
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