University of Exeter, U.K. (Theatre)
Hello. I am happy to respond to questions regarding my experience and methods as a potential tutor. As a writer, I have worked professionally in several arenas. For over 25 years I have written scripts for nationally broadcast documentaries on PBS and the National Geographic channel. These projects required tremendous research, followed by careful distillation of the resulting dense information into a format to both inform and engage a diverse audience. This process is very analogous to the process students undergo in writing long-form term/thesis papers. I am also a published writer of non-fiction memoirist pieces in a few magazines. This writing form is parallel in style to the demands of essay writing, which many students find challenging. I also teach from time to time at writer's workshops on the subject of writing for digital media, which I like to joke that I have been doing for as long as there has been digital media!
In the domain of public speaking, I have worked as a director for both professional and non-professional "talent" for over 30 years for presentations both "live" and on-camera. In the past (2001-2009) I created and delivered a lecture on several college campuses entitled "Perfect Pitch... the art of selling yourself in the global marketplace." This lecture was very popular in helping students craft presentations and improve the manner in which they delivered them. I have "coached" many corporate speakers on the delivery of major speeches. As a student, I was a national champion debater, and received a full college scholarship as a result. As a tutor/coach in both writing and speaking, my primary goal is not to impose my personal style on the student/client, but rather to help them find their unique and authentic "voice" and hone it to its most articulate expression. When that threshold is reached, the student is liberated to go forward and consistently do their best work on their own. Then the tutor can continue, if desired, as a high-level coach...helping the student reach a more stellar level. Hello. I am happy to respond to questions regarding my experience and methods as a potential tutor. As a writer, I have worked professionally in several arenas. For over 25 years I have written scripts for nationally broadcast documentaries on PBS and the National Geographic channel. These projects required tremendous research, followed by careful
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I have "coached" speakers for both corporate and political speeches for years. I use my skills as a speechwriter to help "polish" the core presentations of my "clients." Then using my experience as a film and video director, I use video play-back to reinforce the nuance of physical mannerisms we are working on. My goal is to "liberate" the authentic personality of each of my students/clients and make them comfortable in their own "skin" on stage. As a director, I have been told by "talent" subjects, both professional and non-professional, for over 30 years that I make them feel very comfortable on-stage and in front of the camera. I am also the creator of a collegiate lecture series which incorporates a substantial public speaking component.