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Estrella C.

Seattle, WA

$65/hour

Public speaking coach / Interview coach / ESL instructor and coach

5.0 average from 18 ratings
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— Edward, Everett, WA on 3/6/14

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Seattle University
English Second Ed

Education

Seattle University (English Second Ed)

About Estrella

Hello! My name is Estrella C. I am experienced in coaching presenters and public speakers. I am also an ESL instructor and cultural transition coach in Seattle, Washington. I have also worked with clients by phone or online.

My clients usually come to me because they want to prepare for a presentation to an American audience, or they want to increase their English fluency for business and the workplace. Some want to understand the culture in their new environment better so they can expand their social network, advance in their career, and prepare for interviews.

Let me give you a few examples:

I assist Microsoft engineers with their public speaking skills. One software engineer from China needed to sell her ideas to directors and vice presidents. So we rehearsed her presentation, working on gestures, eye contact, tone, pauses, and interactions with audience. She was very successful with her presentation. In fact, she was asked to give it a second time to senior managers who were absent in the first meeting.

A scientist who graduated with a PhD had difficulty with interviews because she was not presenting herself well in the eyes of the interviewers, even though her work is of high quality. In her culture, interviews are treated very differently. So in our work together, I coached her on how to give specific examples to demonstrate her strengths, to expand on her answers so she can share even more of her work experience. We worked on how to connect with interviewers with eye contact, posture, and other subtle details.

Another engineer from Japan frequently presents to international scientists and engineers. We worked on eye contact, pace of speech, and English expressions that communicate his ideas more clearly and concisely.

The Seattle branch vice president of a Japanese firm wants to feel comfortable conversing in English with his American customers. He frequently entertains them, so he wants to increase his confidence using English to talk about any topic.

Then there is the spouse of a Microsoft employee from Ukraine. She frequently goes to a nearby shopping mall, but does not interact with the sales associates because she does not feel comfortable conversing in English. So I joined her and started talking with sales associates, inviting my client to chat with them when she feels ready.

These are just a few examples of how I work with my clients. The ultimate goal is for them to feel ease when communicating in English, and to feel a sense of connection with people in their new community.
Hello! My name is Estrella C. I am experienced in coaching presenters and public speakers. I am also an ESL instructor and cultural transition coach in Seattle, Washington. I have also worked with clients by phone or online.

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24 hours notice required

Rate listed is for clients seeking service on their own. Companies with specific requests, please inquire about rates. Varies depending on project.

Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Seattle, WA 98104

"Great Tutor"

- Edward, Everett, WA on 3/6/14
Music:
Voice (Music)
Test Preparation:
Career Development
Language:
ESL/ESOL
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading

Approved subjects are in bold.

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Career Development

I coach clients who are preparing for interviews. Some of these clients are unaccustomed to the interview process in their countries. By rehearsing their answers to align with what interviewers are looking for, offering feedback about body language, eye contact, smiles, etc. my clients feel more confident about the process and do better in the interview as a result.

I worked with a software engineer who got her PhD. from China. She wanted to succeed even further in her career. When I met her she was working with Disney. She wanted to be the lead within a couple of years. I shared a skill that had nothing to do with language or cultural understanding. She used it and got that promotion within a few months.

2 years later, I got a call from her. She left Disney to work with Microsoft. She thought her need was to improve her writing. However, it seemed to me that her presentation skills needed to take precedence because she was trying to sell an idea to directors and vice-presidents.

She rehearsed the presentation with me several times. We worked on tone of voice, pauses, how to show enthusiasm, using gestures, eye contact, and inviting audience interaction.

Her presentation was successful. In fact, she was invited back to present to the senior managers who were absent that day. And she got promoted to the position of director, a promotion that usually would take twice as long within that company.

She has since moved to another company as one of their executives.

I would be happy to include testimonials from previous clients upon request.

Please feel free to email me with your specific question.

English

B.A. in English and Secondary Education
M.Ed. in English as a Second Language and Post-Secondary Education

Coach international clients to become fluent in English and interacting with American friends and colleagues
Taught College Writing, Effective Communication, and Organizational Communication at City University
Designed customized English programs for non-native English speaking employees in NW companies

ESL/ESOL

My Masters degree is in ESL and Higher Education from the University of Washington. For over 20 years, I have taught ESL to students from many cultural backgrounds. In addition to classroom teaching, I have worked one-on-one with students ranging from age 8 to 76. I help my younger students develop confidence in their English skills so they can make friends in the new culture more quickly. I help my adult clients increase awareness of community resources available to them so they have access to more support in their new country. We work on increasing English fluency so they can make friends easily.

I design my classes to meet the needs of my clients. Some engineers want to have their writing revised to reflect proper English, or to practice giving presentations to American customers. Scientists and journalists want to improve their pronunciation so they can communicate more clearly and effectively to their audience. Some business clients want to increase their English conversational skills so they can build relationships with English-speaking clients more easily.

I have also worked with university students who want to increase their TOEFL scores so they can more quickly get into their degree program. Some MBA students need help writing their papers to get higher grades. Some immigrants want to increase both their spoken and written English so they can move into higher paying jobs and climb up faster to positions with more responsibility in their companies. I help my students understand cultural values of their new environment so they can succeed more quickly.

Grammar

My undergraduate degree is in English. I have taught college writing, which includes the usage of correct grammar, as well as ESL to university students, who also require excellent grammar usage to write research papers.

In addition, I have written both business and travel articles that were published in business journals and major local newspapers.

For some of my business clients, I review their correspondence to make sure that they are using English grammar accurately as well as expressing their ideas clearly and effectively.

Public Speaking

I assisted Microsoft engineers with their public speaking skills. One software engineer from China needed to sell her ideas to directors and vice presidents. We rehearsed her presentation, working on gestures, eye contact, tone, pauses, and interactions with audience. She reported success with her first presentation. In fact, she was asked to give it a second time to those who were not in the first meeting.

I also assisted another Microsoft engineer from Japan with his presentation to international scientists and engineers. We worked on eye contact, pace of speech, and expressions that are more easily understood.

For several years, I taught Effective and Efficient Communication at City University. Students are professionals returning to university after many years away from school. 10 presentations are required for the course from each person. I created a safe environment so students feel comfortable exploring their own style of public speaking. I offer helpful suggestions immediately after the presentation that are not perceived as criticism, but as strategies of getting results more effectively.

I also coach clients who are preparing for interviews. Some of these clients are unaccustomed to the interview process in their countries. By rehearsing answers, body language, tone, attitude, etc., my clients feel more confident about the process and do better in the interview as a result.

I would be happy to include testimonials from previous clients upon request.

Please feel free to email me with your specific question.

Voice (Music)

I have studied with three professional singers and voice teachers. Two of them trained me in classical techniques. The other performed on Broadway and taught me how to look good on stage.

Although I studied as a hobby and not a profession, I was the soloist for over 40 wedding and anniversary celebrations, and have performed with two singing groups.

I have an excellent ear, and can give you feedback on how to deliver your musical message effectively and in ways that express your essence.

Writing

I taught college writing at City University for several years, as well as Effective and Efficient Communications. Many adult students have been working in their field for many years, and some felt quite a bit of anxiety about returning to school, being with classmates with younger students who have had much more practice than they.

I formed small groups in the writing class so students feel more comfortable. I set the rule of "only praising" and I am the only one who could offer a "critique". I know I can do it in a way that's easy for the writer to hear, because I lavish praise within the offering of suggestions.

The small groups worked very well. Each person let another read their writing outloud (to be admired and honored) and if any clarifications were needed to understand the writing better, the small group members could do so.

Quite a few adults left the course feeling much more confident about their ability to express themselves easily in writing.

Seattle University
English Second Ed

Education

Seattle University (English Second Ed)

Great Tutor — Receiving great feedback from students on class and can see much improvement on the level of communication between students and other employees. ...

— Edward, Everett, WA on 3/6/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $65.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Rate listed is for clients seeking service on their own. Companies with specific requests, please inquire about rates. Varies depending on project.

Travel policy

Estrella will travel within 30 miles of Seattle, WA 98104.