Hopefully these can answer some of your questions, but please know I am available to chat any time!
I did. My curriculum has been inspired by multiple sources, but most importantly, from my own personal experience studying communications and working on the radio for 13 years. Additional resources include: Mr. David Yastremski’s (incredible, outstanding, award-winning!) speech & debate program at Ridge High School where I am fortunate enough to be both an alumna and a coach, Steve Meadows’ National Speech & Debate Association Public Speaking Course Guide, and various internet articles/videos. I developed my curriculum alongside my mother, who was an educator in the Scotch Plains-Fanwood school system for 37 years. She also holds two Master’s Degrees, one of which focuses on the different types of learners. I am certain my curriculum encompasses the skills your child needs to become a more confident, charismatic and compelling speaker.
All students/groups move at different paces, but it will likely take around six sessions to complete. Should we need more sessions, I will give you plenty of notice and we will devise a plan that works best for you.
I would love to keep working with your student! The foundation we lay in Public Speaking 101 serves as an excellent base to keep building upon. While we might not necessarily need to meet every week, I certainly suggest continuing the education on a less-frequent basis to polish up the skills we learned before. I will be happy to provide exercises for students to work on at home as well. Also, if there is a specific presentation or interview your student has coming up, we can focus on that together.
If your child needs help preparing for an interview or a forensics competition, you do not need to enroll in a course; I am happy to offer a la carte sessions.
It’s all good! Our first lesson is a la carte, and then you can decide whether or not you’d like to continue with the course. I want your child to feel comfortable in my class, so no hard feelings if you choose to move on. Once you commit to the course, however, it is non-refundable. If you have emergency/extenuating circumstances, rest assured I'm a reasonable human being who's experienced her fair share of "THAT WAS UNEXPECTED!" moments, so we'll chat and come up with something that works for both of us!
Any cancellations must be made at least 12 hours before the scheduled appointment, either via email or call/text at (908) 419-9536. If your child is late for a session, the session will still end at the scheduled time. Additionally, you will not be prorated or refunded for the session, nor will you be able to make up the session.
However… especially since I work out of my home and I have a preschooler, it is of the utmost importance that all children - and I! - are healthy when working together. So, any last-minute cancellations due to illness or emergencies (are appreciated for everyone's safety, and) will be made up with a 1:1 half-hour zoom session at a time that is mutually beneficial for both parties. If I have to cancel a session, that session will be rescheduled.
I certainly stay in communication with you and am more than happy to chat with you during our time together. Additionally, you will receive handouts that your child can apply to daily use at home, as well as an assessment at the end of the course.
To ensure each child gets as much attention as possible, I work with no more than five students at a time. I believe that social proof is very helpful for some of my students, so inviting friends is always a great idea. I will do my best to create groups for similarly-aged students based upon the information you fill out on the Google enrollment form (located on the 2023-2024 Classes page).
We work out of my heated/air conditioned porch near Cedar Hill School in Basking Ridge.
Yes, I offer discounts for groups.
My invoices will come from Quickbooks, so be on the lookout! You can pay me with cash, check or Venmo. Sorry, I am unable to accept PayPal or Zelle.
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