At my most recent speaking event, I found myself connecting with people in the audience rather than blanking out. I felt confident and in charge, AND I had fun. I was amazed to see I actually had an impact.Shannon Harriman, Where there be dragons
I’m Johanna Walker. I know what it’s like to cower and disappear, to convince yourself you have nothing to say, to pass the power to someone else who “says it better” and hide in the back of the room. I also know the transformative power of speaking, of showing up fully in my voice and my genius, of showing the truth of who I am and letting that presence be the thing that attracts the people I’m meant to serve. I love helping passionate, inspired speakers and wanna-be-speakers share their messages with the world. I love seeing someone walk right up to her fear, shake its hand, and keep right on going. I believe you can speak for your business, give presentations at work or to your boss, your congressman, an investor—all with confidence, presence, and a little bit of your own personal flare.
YOU ROCK. I love this group.
When I first found you, I was struggling with keeping my nerves in check and staying calm and focused during presentations. Now I know how to stay grounded and relate to my anxiety in a different way.Auburn Meisner, Relationship coach
The Speakers Playground is a bi-monthly, in-person experience in Boulder, CO to help you gain confidence and develop the skills to be a confident and memorable speaker.
In this ongoing, bi-monthly, practice and training group, you’ll learn the basics of public speaking, but I PROMISE you, it won’t be boring and it WON’T be like all the other public speaking classes you’ve taken, (or dreaded taking, as the case may be).
You’ll get connected to yourself, to one another, and to your audiences…over and over again.
To SPEAK in any situation with confident and authentic power is the most effective way to stand out in the crowd and influence the people you’re meant to serve.
I’ll show you how to OWN THE ROOM next time you take the mic AND STAY TRUE TO YOUR AUTHENTIC QUIRKY IMPERFECTLY HUMAN SELF.
Cuz that’s the only way to roll, right?
(And yes, you, it’s possible for YOU too!)
“Johanna, thank you so much for what you do! The class last night was excellent. Edgy, uncomfortable, fun, and full of the seeds of growth and change…”Liz Wiig, Where There Be Dragons
“I absolutely loved yesterday. The exercises, the small group break-outs, and the large group sessions were all exhilarating, fun and completely transformational!”Summer Howard, Planning Group Lead & Project Manager, Tetra Tech
“What a great bunch of human beings. I love the class, the people, the exercises, the extremely accessible and practical skills, and the FUN! You’re a wonderful and authentic speaker and instructor, Johanna. Thank you for sharing your passion with us!”Patty Fahy, MD, Executive Coach, Fahy Consulting
“I still can’t believe that last night was fun. It was, though–and you are so good at what you do!! I feel so much less nervous about the 2 talks that I have to give at CU tomorrow after last night.”Julie Maren, Artist
Upcoming Dates for Tuesday sessions:
In most cases, Tuesday sessions are the first and third Tuesday of each month, except for a few exceptions. Here are dates for 2019:
January 8 & 22
February 5 & 19
March 5 & 19
April 2, 16 & 30 (bonus session!)
May 7 & 21
June 4 & 18
Dates for Thursday sessions:
The Thursday sessions (in most cases) are the same week at the first Tuesday (which is not always the first Thursday).
January 10 & 24
February 7 & 21
March 7 & 21
April 4 & 18
May 2, 16 & 30 (bonus session!)
June 6 & 20
TUESDAY SESSIONS are held at: 1035 Pearl Street (4th floor conference room), Boulder.
The entrance is on Pearl St right between The Kitchen Next Door and Tahona. PARKING: There are 2 parking garages close by–one at Broadway and Spruce, one at Walnut & 11th St. There’s also free street parking a few blocks away on Spruce. To avoid having to park your car, consider riding your bike or taking the bus if possible! Buses stop nearby on Broadway, and you get rock star parking if you ride your bike. Please be sure to give yourself enough time to park so you arrive on time.
THURSDAY SESSIONS are held at: DOUBLE RAINBOW RANCH 6541 N. 63rd St, Niwot
There are two sections of Speaker’s Playground — Tuesday evening and Thursday morning. During the tenure of your membership, you’re invited to make up any class you miss in the alternate group. If the other class time doesn’t work for you, you’re welcome to tag no more than two sessions to the end of your membership.
Absolutely! Friends are always welcome. You can bring any friend to one free session. If you have a friend who you know would benefit, email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know and confirm that there’s space available.
There won’t be time for you to work on an entire talk, but you’ll have a chance to work with parts of it in front of the group while working on specific speaking skills. You’ll also have a team of supportive companions on the speaking journey. Many past participants have organized impromptu practice sessions to support one another and serve as an audience to practice talks in front of.
The Speaker’s Playground is a great place to work on delivery, presence and growing your confidence as a speaker. If you want help developing content, that’s much better done in private sessions or my group mastermind for women, Women Who Speak. If you’d like to discuss one of those options, let’s book a Discovery Session and we can talk more about what’s possible. Here’s a link to apply.
Sorry. Nope. Everyone in the playground gets to be on their feet playing. Watching is an important part of the learning process, so you will be watching others work in front of the group and learning a lot from their experience. But you’ll be up next, so don’t get too comfy in that chair!
Wear clothes that are comfortable to move in and shoes that are comfortable to walk in and/or easy to take off.
Absolutely. I love working with teams and supporting them in growing their public speaking skills. Learn more about my company trainings HERE. If you’d like to set up a time to talk or introduce me to someone at your company who would help move that project forward, email me at email@example.com. Tell me more about your business and what you’re looking for.
The Speaker’s Playground is great for building confidence. Just last week in class someone said, “I came to the speaker’s playground because I wanted to grow my business and get better at speaking. All that’s happening, but I’m getting better at LIFE.” So yes, you’ll find that your confidence will grow by leaps and bounds in all situations.