‘THE STRANGER WHO TAKES YOUR LIFE SERIOUSLY’
I’m a coach and a mentor. There’s a difference. As a mentor, I’m a specialist and my speciality is helping people who have to speak in public. But as a coach I am a generalist. I don’t need to be the expert on your life, your job; the expertise lies in asking you the right questions to help unlock what could be the best way forward for you.
As I said, my speciality is coaching (mentoring, to be precise) speakers. And wedding speakers in particular, because a wedding is one of the most challenging occasions for a speaker.
“If you need to give the most important speech of your life and need guidance and structure, then Michael MacMahon is the man who can allow you to deliver what you have hoped for.”
(Tom Walker, North Somerset: Father of the Bride.)
Will you be speaking at a wedding soon? Does the idea fill you with excitement or fear? With pleasure or pain?
For many people, speaking at the wedding of a friend or family member is the first time they’ve ever spoken in public. For some people, it’ll be the only time. The occasion is happy but the task of the speaker can be terrifying. Psychologists say that the fear of public speaking is one of the top three phobias for most people. They say that many people fear it more than dying.
If that’s you, and the task is worrying, get in touch with me.
As a coach & mentor, I help speakers – in fact performers of all kinds – who need to build and maintain a high level of confidence for their ‘big day’.
WHAT DOES IT COST?
You choose! Literally.
I want the benefits of coaching to be available to as many people as possible. And because people’s needs and budget vary widely, I’ve decided to inaugurate a ‘Pay What You Choose’ policy. Contact me for details.
WHERE DO YOU DO IT?
Right now, it’s all online of course, via Zoom.
When we return to normal, it can also be face-to-face, if you’re based in London or Bristol.
HOW DO YOU WORK?
The coaching / mentoring sessions utilise my training as a coach, my knowledge of neurolinguistic programming (NLP) tools and the DISC system of personality profiling … allied to my own years of performing experience.
DO YOU HAVE ANY BOOKS ON THE SUBJECT?
I’ve been working on a series of books for speakers. The first one, about speaking at weddings, has been published: see the link in the sidebar.
AND WHAT DO YOUR CLIENTS SAY?
Jessica Bell. Singer, author, speaker, Greece.
“I can’t recommend Michael MacMahon highly enough. Before speaking with him, I didn’t think I would ever be able to tame my anxiety enough to step onto that stage. But his words of wisdom did. And now, something I greatly feared and avoided at all costs has become something I embrace.”
Caroline Arnold. Business coach, Bristol
“I had an excellent coaching session with Michael discussing how to have greater impact as a speaker. In one session I came away with specific actions that I could implement quickly and easily. I would highly recommend Michael as a coach especially if you have a big presentation at work or a wedding come up soon! “
Tom Walker. Business owner, North Somerset:
“If you need to give the most important speech of your life and need guidance and structure, then Michael MacMahon is the man who can allow you to deliver what you have hoped for.
“My speech was as ‘The Father of the Bride’. To say I was nervous and out of my depth is a serious understatement.
“Michael helped me construct and flow the words; and then gave me tuition and tools to allow me to deliver confidently; and then the reward, having my daughter show how happy and proud she was of me and what was said.”
Pete Judge. Musician, Bristol:
“I highly recommend Michael MacMahon’s coaching. His lightly-worn wisdom, and unflappably clear thinking, have been a constant source of inspiration and encouragement.”
Lisa Middle. Regional Secretary of teaching union, Bristol:
“Crafting a speech to deliver at a national conference, it dawned on me how far I’d come since I first started coaching with Michael MacMahon. I had, during 6 sessions, become able to focus on the task knowing I could complete it with aplomb. I was now able to recognise the success I had, not just to look at how far I still had to travel, to separate my to-do list into urgent and important jobs and not spend too much time looking at the frogs I had to eat!
“Michael had listened to me carefully, remembering from one session to the next the vital points I had made. He had thought hard about what would benefit me to talk through and directed me kindly to what made the difference. He made me laugh unfailingly with tiny anecdotes which illustrated the insightful discoveries I made weekly under his careful coaching.
“His skilful coaching encouraged me to achieve where I had previously been diverted by possible failure, with a different confidence that now underpins all areas of my life. I would heartily recommend working with him to anyone who feels they could probably do more and be happier doing it.”