Developing Leaders to Lead

Communication Skills Coaching that empowers you to make your message have impact when and where it matters most.

Actionable, Outcome Driven Communication Skills Coaching

Janell has coached thousands of leaders, ranging from managers, directors, CEOs and doctors, to school district superintendents and every professional in between to sucessfully achieve their communciation goals. She does this by drawing on a client’s strengths, and developing areas for improvement. After coaching with Janell, clients consistently report that their team dynamics, interpersonal rapport, meetings, presentations, pitches, one-on-one conversations, video conferences, trainings, emails and phone calls are more effective. And when you work alongside Janell, you’ll discover strategies for optimal communication in today’s virtual workspace as well as face to face.

If you’re preparing for an interview, asking for a promotion, proposing a change, giving an update, making a recomendation, running meetings, providing feedback or coaching others, you’ve come to the right place.

Janell Payne Executive Communication Coach Portland

“Coaching brings your personal brand front and center. With best practices and strategies in your toolbox, you can elevate your communication to be clear, concise and impactful — while honoring your authentic style.”

Janell Payne is a top communication coach in the Pacific Northwest.

Your Path To Becoming a Confident Communicator Begins With a Customized Coaching Plan

Janell is masterful at uncovering your blind spots. By getting to know you and assessing your strengths and areas for development, she tailors an individualized coaching plan that accounts for your communication goals, subject matter expertise, industry, organizational culture and personality.

Janell works with you to investigate and develop specific strategies that will help you address the communication challenges you may be facing: answering difficult questions, interviewing for a position, influencing others, leading teams, deliverying a pitch to investors, crafting your elevator pitch or preparing to speak at a conference. No matter the communication challenge you are facing, Janell has solved it before, and she’ll have a solution custom-designed for you. And if you’ve got a fear of speaking in public? She’ll work with you to recognize your triggers, reduce your speaking anxiety, manage your apprehension and leverage your adrenaline so that you are grounded – feeling, looking and sounding confident in the delivery of your message.

During your coaching sessions, you will experiment with practical behaviors and receive real-time feedback to course correct and try again. Coaching provides guided “do-overs” so that you see and hear your improvements.

Working with Janell, you’ll also learn how to become memorable in conversation, leverage storytelling that is appropriate to your audience and message, and understand the nuances of how your presence impacts your message.

Hire Janell As Your Communication Coach

Whether you need help preparing for an upcoming make-or-break business pitch, or an all around brush-up on the basics of effective leadership communication, talk to Janell! She’s happy to speak with you and discuss opportunities for growth so that you can thrive in your career and business.

Top 4 Signs You Need A Communication Coach like Janell

If you’re still on the fence about hiring a communications coach, consider a few warning signs that your approach to communicating could benefit from an upgrade.

You’re changing how you communicate to mimic someone you admire

This may seem like a good strategy at first, and it might be! But this is dangerous ground to tread without an expert to guide you. Copycatting can make you sound hollow, superficial, and inauthentic if you don’t do it well. It is far better to forge your own strategies for getting ideas across than to copy a strategy that works for someone else. If you’re not Steve Jobs, don’t try to conduct a meeting like he would; it’ll be bad for everybody! Instead, find out what you’re best at and dig deep into that.

You’re using your slides as a crutch

No matter what you are presenting, you should be the focus, not your slides. When you put up slides, the audience either reads them or listens to you, and you don’t want to be competing with your own material. Slides should emphasize your point, contain only a few facts or images to help emphasize what you’re saying, and most of all, they shouldn’t be more interesting than you.

Having a high level outline to follow, as well as a compelling narrative that tells a story your audience can track, is a critical part of a high-quality presentation. Don’t make the common mistake of thinking that a group of slides is a substitute for having a prepared framework to lead your discussion. Effective communicators have the end in mind. Ineffective presenters wing it, or rely exclusively on their slides to remind them what they ought to be talking about.

You’re taking the personality and flexibility out of your presentations

This can be especially hazardous for a speaker if they have to present on the same material over and over again. When your presentation becomes robotic, rote, and lacks audience involvement, you aren’t any different than a video on a screen. Engage your audience by asking relevant questions, facilitating dialogue, using appropriate analogies and succinct anecdotes, and having a clear call to action.

You never stop talking

If you’re giving a speech, conducting a meeting, or proposing an idea, shouldn’t you use every second you have to communicate your value, your idea? Actually, no! There is great power in the pause, the long breath, and the silence of a moment. It can be counterintuitive, but learning when to be quiet when all eyes and ears are on you is actually one of the most powerful behaviors you can use to model confidence and leadership presence. A practical yet strategic way to enhance your credibility when speaking is to use pause to increase the impact of your message. The absence of voice is a sign of confidence and self assuredness, because being concise is much harder than being verbose.

Meet Janell

Whether you need help preparing for an upcoming make-or-break business pitch, or an all around brush-up on the basics of effective leadership communication, talk to Janell! She’s happy to speak with you and discuss opportunities for growth and how you can leverage your unique strengths, so that you can thrive in your career and business.

Tips & Insights

Whether you need help preparing for an upcoming make-or-break business pitch, or an all around brush-up on the basics of effective leadership communication, talk to Janell! She’s happy to speak with you and discuss your opportunities for growth and how you can leverage your unique strengths, so that you can thrive in your career and business.