We help companies tell their story, excite their audiences and win more business.
Public speaking is the Number 1 fear in the US. We coach our clients to overcome this fear, unlock their voices, win more business and lead their people. From FTSE 100 companies to Startups our clients (Microsoft, KPMG, PWC, Techstars, Google for Entrepeneurs, Hitachi) give us a wide view of what is needed in business right now. To date we have helped 300 startups raise over half a billion dollars. In 2017 we co-designed Microsoft’s graduate on-boarding program and coached over 1000 new hires to communicate with influence and authority. Our work takes us everywhere, from San Francisco to London to Hong Kong.
Energise, Excite and Empower the client. This is our DNA and informs everything we do, from the 3 day graduate on-boarding program for Microsoft to the 1 day Change Management piece for a private German bank.
How have we helped 300 companies raise over half a billion dollars? Have a look at our playbook. How does that translate to the corporate world? Well … we believe the more connected our clients are to their stories, the greater impact they will have. So we divide our coaching into three elements to cover this – the story of you, the story of your leadership and the story of your people.
The story of you.
We coach on narrative technique (how to create a powerful narrative from any piece of text), presentation technique (how to deliver that yourself and your text), listening skills (how to listen to understand, to engage the customer). There are no slides and no computers. Every coaching engagement is bespoke-designed with the client and varies in delivery, from coaching 150 employees to improvise and engage with their internal audience to facilitating a VC fund to create and deliver their first IPO story to working on personal brand with a C-suite executive.
The story of your leadership.
From employee engagement and talent acquisition to change management and future-proofing the company, the success of your leadership lies in the stories you tell and the values you live. We are keen observers of people, readers of the room and problem solvers. We are relentlessly ambitious to see our clients lead their people well. There are clear steps in this process but every journey looks different. We help you take the temperature of the company, we work with you to map out the messages you need to deliver and we coach you to ensure you can facilitate open, honest communication.
The story of your people.
Delivering a powerful and engaging employee experience doesn’t have to be hard. It starts with the internal messaging – HR creating great videos with great messages and great delivery. Take a look at how 75 seconds on camera can look and sound. You just show up with the idea for a script and we do the rest – from narrative honing to delivery to the final edit.
How do you create a culture that is viral, life-giving and serves your people? We will guide you through the challenges of people management so you can listen to you people, create a plan and move them forward. That movement is ultimately the best Marketing & Recruitment campaign you could wish for – the right people, telling the insider story of your company to attract the right talent.
We have helped 300 companies raise over half a billion dollars and have coached on 65 global accelerator programs from London to Berlin to Chattanooga and San Francisco. We coach on creation and delivery prep for demo day to raising for Series A to preparing for the IPO roadshow. The story of a startup is intrinsically linked with the story of the founder – if that founder is not in a healthy state of mind raising funds, leading the team and delivering on the product is compromised. We deliver executive coaching to enable the startup to be in the healthiest place possible – Some people call us life coaches who happen to do pitch coaching on the side! We work with individual startups, VC funds, Accelerators and all forms of Government on this – from content creation, web copy and pitching for investment to creating and growing a healthy startup culture.
I've often asked myself - how can we go beyond the intellectual to the emotional level of interacting with people? Senior leadership need to challenge themselves and ask - could I be better at presenting? I came to Amplify to help me start this journey of change. They taught me some key tools and techniques, allowing me to think differently about how I approach presenting. It opened a door for me - I’ve started a journey from good to great presenting and I need to continue.
I’m the kind of speaker that is confident once I am in the flow of the speech, however, I sometimes struggle with how to open. Since our coaching that has changed. The feedback I got from the conference (HR Vision, June 2014) was great – I was one of the highest ranked speakers and a lot of that was down to style and impact. I couldn't have been able to grab the audience’s attention as quickly, to ramp it up that extra 5% without Amplify's coaching.
It's all about the story - winning customers, keeping customers, inspiring employees. To continue to be successful it's vital for Telefonica to be a story-telling business and that's why we work with Amplify. They have an incredible ability to help people open up, take off their corporate masks and, through very practical story-telling technique and a lot of fun, help people discover their passions and reasons for getting up for work. Whether an external speaking engagement or infuencing internally, we're now confident to call people to action to tell their stories. Working with Amplify has been a game-changer.
As one can imagine, bringing a global team together requires considerable time and expense so the time we allocate any activity during those meetings is very precious. I can genuinely say that our investment in time and energy with Amplify has delivered very tangible benefits to the business. They partnered with us to share the new Microsoft story in a way that makes it relevant for our customers, by bringing out the individual personalities of everyone in the room, ultimately leading to a very coherent, authentic and powerful narrative for Microsoft. It was a highly effective workshop and brought insights that we use in our work every day.
Stewart has an amazing way to connect with people, and laser-focus attention on supporting them in their development. I would highly recommend him and Amplify to anyone who wants to develop their story-telling and presentation skills to better engage and deliver their message. The team still refers to his 'piece of string' and 'being on skis' tips when standing up presenting. Make sure you ask him about these.
Unsure of what to expect from such a workshop, I soon realized the immense value of what Amplify are doing. Stewart's energy and enthusiasm rubbed off on everyone taking part in the sessions and his feedback on my personal presentation style will be extremely valuable to me going forwards into my career. I learnt a lot about soft skills, presenting, body language, voice and attitude and I can honestly say that I now think about all of these factors very differently since the course.
Spending two days working with Amplify was truly life changing - their teaching, techniques and charisma made the sessions both incredibly fun but also undoubtedly worthwhile. The focus of the session was on presentation style, story telling and connecting with your audience. I personally saw a huge transformation in myself and every other colleague on the course! I know this session will do wonders for me in the work place.
Stewart's presentation workshop was incredibly immersive and impactful - not only did I learn a huge amount, but it was a truly engaging experience which I won't forget for a long time. It was certainly the best presentation coaching session I have ever attended and I would highly recommend his work
I was really pleased with the session. Amplify gave me good help with posture and voice production and although I've done a lot of presenting, I picked up some really good tips.
The approach Amplify took with our Senior Management Team at Hyder Consulting was spot on. They were highly professional, engaging and entertaining – and most importantly, everyone came away with a tip or technique that they would use in their next presentation – be it to a client, their team or to the Board. Our experience with Amplify was very positive and we will certainly be working with them again.
Stewart is the master of transformation. The results that he and his team achieve are nothing short of extraordinary! His ability to drastically improve and impact individuals of all levels never ceases to amaze. Having worked closely with Amplify these past years, I've learned that there is no-one who cannot greatly benefit from their work. Furthermore, Stewart is an absolute pleasure to work with. He is sincere, trustworthy and deeply caring... a rare gentlemen in this modern world. I cannot recommend Stewart and Amplify enough.
Amplify’s first academy is here! In seven sessions we will coach you on posture, breathing, voice, how to create a compelling story and how to deliver it with impact to your audience. Currently available for £55. Click here.
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