Public Speaking Lessons

Public Speaking Lessons

Speak Like Nobody’s Watching

Public Speaking is about telling a story and delivering your message. My public speaking lessons help improve your tone, range, clarity, and projection as well as stance, stage presence and body language. I teach you how to practice and present by getting you out of your own way so you can find your true voice and conquer stage fright.

Perfect for meetings, auditions, speeches, recordings and presentations.

  • One-on-one Private Lessons
  • In Person or via Webcam
  • Beginner or advanced

Voice & Performance Tips

Stage Fright

Use stage fright to your advantage. The more scared you are, the bigger you should be.

Smiling opens the sides of your mouth and helps with projection.

Participate in open mics, karaokes, spoken word, poetry jams and improv.

Humming is an excellent vocal warm up.

If you’re trying to think of what to say next, then you are not listening.

Focus on the message and stage fright becomes less important.

Stay focused on your goals.

Mumblers are never taken seriously. Open your mouth and people will listen.

Everyone has a talent. Many choose to ignore it.

Practice daily in the shower. The steam helps open up your sinuses.

If you are talking over someone else, then you are not listening.

Listening is equally as important as singing or speaking. Be teachable!

No one cares about your mistakes more than you.


When you perform, Smile! If you think you’ll look silly then consider what it looks like when when all you do is frown.

Relax, slow down, take your time and don’t rush. Less is more!

You can only teach yourself so much before you hit a wall.

Listen to yourself. Appreciate the good, fix the bad.

Be teachable.

It’s not about you, its about connecting with the audience.

Don’t stop just because you made a mistake. Keep going!


Bigger is better. Don’t hold back!

Check out my TED Talks about Stage Fright

Public Speaking Lessons

money well spent

“Words cannot describe how helpful Carolyn helped identify my weakness in speaking to the public. I was a complete mess in speaking to the public, i twisted my words, i over think what i wanted to say and was speaking too fast for anyone to understand me.The public speaking program with Carolyn helped me control… Read more “money well spent”

Houdou Dene


“She is amazing! she is fun, calm, and re-assuring. She makes you feel like you can kick your insecurities and be the performer that you want to be!“

Adrienne Johnson


“I was thrilled to hear that Carolyn was the key note speaker for the Woman’s Worth Seminar.  From the moment I met Carolyn, I knew we were kindred spirits!  She is passionate about life and has a bigger than life presence.  With her friendly and welcoming presence, she connects with her audience with ease and… Read more “brilliant”

Moira Sutton
Life & Success Coach, Motivational Speaker, Author “8 Keys to Unlocking your Infinite Passion”


“I had the priveledge of meeting Carolyn at “A Woman’s Worth” Seminar. She was the key note speaker and she captured everyones attention from the beginning. Her poise and grace and confidence draws you in, her talent and beauty keeps you there. She had people eager to volunteer for her vocal exercises, and she had… Read more “poise”

Lisa Creasor
mother of 3, Practical Nursing student
Canadore College


“Thank you Carolyn for taking part in our 3rd annual “Woman’s Worth” event. (proceeds donated to Breast Cancer Research). The event is surrounded by so much emotion throughout the day and as our keynote speaker you really did an amazing job with connecting and engaging our audience, adding humor and fun to the event. We… Read more “engaging”

Mary Corrado
The Business Agents


“As a voice coach, Carolyn Thompson was outstanding.  As a budding politician, she helped me enormously to better enunciate, pace my delivery and inject some emotional anecdotes into my speeches.   While I didn’t get elected in the October 2011 provincial election,  I did much better in the eight debates than I otherwise would have, due… Read more “outstanding”

Tim Grant
Green Party of Ontario candidate in Trinity-Spadina
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