Find your voice with communication & presentation coaching.

Communication and presentation skills will help you seize career, business and education opportunities that will expand your potential. I offer tailored group and individual presentation coaching for executives, entrepreneurs, small business owners, educators, restaurant industry leaders and anyone who just wants to communicate better.

Improvement Doesn’t Come from Comfort Zones

But that doesn’t mean it is out of reach! I can help you prepare for your next speaking or presentation engagement, so you are confident, energized and even excited to communicate!

Janell Payne, M.A

Executive Coaching

I offer communication coaching for professionals looking to speak with confidence, lead with interpersonal intelligence, and enhance their presence. Together we can put your best foot forward, so who you are and your message gets delivered with clarity.

Workshops

Provide your business or organization with skill-building workshops that will strengthen your team’s communication abilities by fine-tuning their message and delivery. Whether you are in a director or manager role, or an individual contributor, communication coaching will teach the tools you need to communicate with impact and influence.

Virtual Training

Learn to elevate your message and delivery through live, high engagement webinars. Communication coaching will increase your presence and awareness so that every conversation is intentional and outcome based.

Together we can transform you from a mediocre speaker into one with presence and purpose.

  •  Reduce and manage speaking anxiety.
  • Tell a compelling story with clear messaging.
  • Minimize hedge words (unnecessary language) in your communication that undermine credibility.
  • Learn to speak up and be heard.
  • Model powerful body language.
  • Increase executive presence.
  • Motivate your audience to act.
  • Read the room quickly and adapt accordingly.
  • Quickly build rapport and create connection with your audience.
  • Listen for subtext and respond with
    interpersonal savvy (EQ).
  • Write concise emails to succinctly
    express your request or bottom line.

In the words of my clients

Janell is a fantastic professional to work with. She brings in fresh ideas with a solid know-how. She is able to adapt her materials as well as her teaching style to diverse audiences. For this project, Janell taught speech delivery skills to a group of international MBA students. She gave insightful feedback to students who gave their speech in Finnish, and absolutely amazed me by recognizing repetition from a speech that was delivered in Finnish!

Minna Holopainen, Founder, President at inFlux Communication Research & Consulting, LLC

Janell is a dynamo. She is an out-of-the-box thinker, a strong writer, a content expert, a stellar coach and an engaging trainer. Janell is able to build rapport with workshop participants quickly, which allows them to improve faster than they would otherwise. Her coaching is warm, direct, clear and specific. She has a relaxed, fun personality and a great sense of humor.

Melissa SchwartzExecutive Presentation Skills CoachCoach 2 Executives

Janell has outstanding platform skills. Whether for a small group or 150 people, Janell’s public speaking and presentation skills teaching style is accessible, productive, and results-oriented. She is a proven listener and diagnostician of organizational communication styles.

Dr. Jay Baglia, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, College of Communication, DePaul University

Janell is an outstanding coach and trainer. Her professionalism exudes through her facilitation, coaching and training. She is a true guide by the side who counsels coaches and supports her participants. She models all the behaviors the programs teach as well as invites questioning and comments. Her students exit her programs with an entire new set of skills and tools that are practical and relevant to their jobs. I would welcome any opportunity to partner with Janell in the future.

Jeanne Tari, Sales Training Director, Juniper Networks

Janell gave a dynamite Delivery Skills presentation for our Menlo Park Toastmasters Club. Her slide show was well organized and easy to follow. She engaged us for 75 minutes with four interactive exercises to practice essential speaking skills: stance, eye contact, gestures, and avoiding filler words. The activities were fun and a great way to lock in the skills. She’s an inspiring role model for what she teaches—a natural speaker with great stage presence and extremely knowledgeable in her subject. We intend to invite her back to Toastmasters to teach another workshop on Listening Skills.

Donne Davis, Founder GaGa Sisterhood

Janell is one of the best communications and leadership coaches that I have worked with. She has tons of experience working with individuals and organizations of different experiences and skill sets. She personalizes her training to your specific needs and situation. Her insights into my approach and style were extremely useful to me. I liked her work so much that we signed up with her for providing interviewing training to our entire company. Although she wasn’t available during our time frame, she was able to find an extremely able replacement for us. I recommend her highly for both individuals and organizations.

Rhishi Pethe, Head of Product @ ShopWell

It has been a pleasure to work with Janell on the fundamental interviewing skills which are not only relevant in a job interview, but in everyday human interaction. She has been a fantastic coach and an enabler, who has pushed me to form articulate, structured, and succinct verbal responses. Thank you, Janell!

Matthew Rosendin, USC, Economics Major, Entrepreneurship Minor

Janell really helped me find ways to improve how I communicate with people about my work. We focused on answering questions in both informal and interview settings, and she provided concrete strategies for giving more structured and engaging answers. She also gave me in-the-moment feedback about how I was speaking, pointing out tendencies that I would not have noticed just from self-reflection.

Janell has a warm personality, and I was comfortable talking with her. I felt safe acknowledging my weaknesses in communication because she listens well and validates the concerns I have. I’m really happy to have worked with a coach like Janell and look forward to working with her again in the future.

William Low, Mental performance coach, elevating performance of individuals and organizations

Janell’s teaching methods are extremely beneficial and I have even landed a job with the interview techniques that she provided me with! During my interview, I felt completely at ease because of her extreme interview preparation. After learning her tips and techniques, you will leave feeling prepared and more confident than ever.

Yvette Cruz, Clinical Nutrition, De Anza College student

Janell is a presenter par excellence! I am rarely wowed by presenters but her presentation for our Cabrillo College OD Consultants group definitely wowed me! She has a depth and understanding of the subject matter and presents in such a natural manner that the information is easy to absorb and remember. She definitely has a way of making topics interesting and applicable to your own work. Kudos!

Hilda Sendyk, MSc, Senior Learning/Organizational Development Consultant-Corporate Training, Cabrillo College

Thank you so much for coming out and being a part of our TT!  The time with you was amazing and I know everyone found it very informative and helpful in getting over their anxiety.

You gave very useful and attainable tips/tools on how to improve and find a solution for everyone.
Thank you!

Cindy JaPresident of Yoga@Cindy's

On behalf of the Community Bridges WIC Program,  allow me to extend a big thank you to you for your presentation to our staff yesterday.   The content was great,  just what we were hoping for.   It fit in nicely with previous discussions we have had about customer service and communications and gave us a broader base from which to continue our personal and professional growth.    Thank you for some new tools to practice building/maintaining relationships while sticking to our core values.  We greatly appreciated your time and your expertise and only wish that we had had more time to explore the issue further.

Dana Wagner, MS RD IBCLC, Assistant Director, Community Bridges WIC Program

Your expertise brought an entirely higher level of interview preparation to my students. It was fabulous! I’m so grateful for your help. I will definitely spread the word about your amazing contribution and reach out to you again in the future. Thanks again!

Teri Kent, College Admissions Consultant, Kent College Search, LLC

I want to thank you for assisting me in the process of preparing for my potential internship meeting. From the resume to improving my verbal and non-verbal communication skills, you have been such a great help and I truly appreciate your efforts. I’m looking forward to my new internship this coming year.

Jennifer Newman, Intern, Gunderson Capital Management

Janell was immensely helpful in preparing me for the interview process as an Editorial Associate. Although my original interview was simply for an intern position, I was hired as a full-time employee 6 months later. As a recent college graduate, I did not have extensive interviewing experience but I felt very well-prepared after we met. She has a real knack for suggesting rhetoric to use in an interview that will allow your background to shine. Janell demonstrates a great knowledge of which questions interviewers ask, as well as which answers they don’t want to hear. I highly recommend her to anyone looking to improve their interviewing skills as a candidate or a hiring manager.

Lauren KentEditorial Associate

I have worked with Janell for several years as a co-consultant and trainer with Cabrillo Corporate Training. Janell is a masterful trainer and speaker. Her content knowledge is broad, though I must specifically note her command of all things related to presentation skills. She walks the talk, and can help you become a much better presenter. I highly recommend Janell as she is positive, professional, and highly skilled.

Claire Laughlin, Leadership and Team Development Consultant

Brilliant coach. Verbal and written feedback, came and took video at one of my public presentations. She is adaptable to a variety of styles, so everyone won;t sound like a classic TED talk. Most of all, Janell is personable, so it is pleasant to work with her.

Dino Ramzi, MD

I wanted to tell you that because of you I have improved immensely in facilitating. For the very first time I was calm and collected throughout the entire facilitation.  I was able to focus on the activities instead of my nerves.  At the end I was complimented on how soothing my voice was and how clear and precise my words were. I am very grateful to you and your expertise.  Thank you so much for making me a better facilitator and a more well rounded individual.

Ciarra M. Bischoff, Recreational Therapy, SJSU

“Janell’s presentation at our recent Instructor Mixer was very practical and pertinent to the job our instructors do day in and day out. Her speaking style was engaging, easy to follow and personable. We are lucky to have her as an instructor in our program! Thank you Janell for making the time to share your knowledge and skills with your fellow instructors her at Clark College Economic & Community Development last week!”

Jessica Lynn Johnson, MS, ACCProgram ManagerProfessional Development & Continuing Education

I asked Janell to share some best practices related to effective communication with our district leadership team. Janell brought practical communication tools that prompted deeper reflection amongst our leaders.  Her approach was alongside of us in a fun yet challenging way. The time she spent with our team made an impact.

Jeff Snell

Janell is truly exceptional at her trade and helped me become so much better in my interpersonal communication and interviewing skills which I never really got exposed to as an engineer.  I’m thankful for the attention she devoted to me, and for the incredible change she has brought to my life. It has been such a pleasure working with her that I even talk to my friends about her.

Sapna Nagpal, Sr. Software Engineer, Advent Software, San Francisco

“Improvement doesn’t come from comfort zones.”