Interact Nailed It Club™

After you graduate from one of our courses, we hope you’ll let your classmates and faculty hear from you when you “nail it” (and you’re going to). Here are just some of the people who’ve joined the Interact Nailed It Club™.

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Steve

I wanted to let know that I knocked it out of the ballpark Sunday! After making a brief presentation at church, I had several people compliment me on my presentations skills and the use of “story telling.” It resonated with everyone and felt great! Thanks so much for helping me find my authentic style.

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Scott

The coaching and feedback have been very helpful. I watched all the different videos over the weekend and saw a significant improvement over the four presentations. I just downloaded with my boss, Bob Webb, about the experience and how I would recommend the program to others. Thank you for the support and creating an environment that wasn’t overwhelming. I’ve noticed that I’m also able to use many of the techniques in my meetings as well. Great stuff!! I look forward to keeping in touch.

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Lisa

I will incorporate these messages and what I learned over the two day session. So much stands out to me, but particularly Lou’s comment about not being perfect – write bullets not narratives as talking points! I’ve watched my videos and will do so before upcoming presentations. I enjoyed the session and believe it is one of the best classes I’ve attended – strength based, focused, supportive (dare I say authentic!!)

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Hannah

I wanted to thank each of you for by far the best workshop I’ve attended. Between the special group I had the pleasure of working with, the coaching and content behind this course far exceeded any expectations I had. You really went beyond the topic of public speaking to challenge us with authenticity and personal growth. I’ve already taken the opportunity to view all of my videos and look forward to comparing my “constructive criticism” against Julie’s notes. Again, my sincerest THANK YOU to each of you, my fellow attendees, and my manager for signing me up for the course!

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Michele

I had the opportunity to put what I learned at Interact into practice when I traveled to Southern Sudan to conduct a 3-day women’s conference for 55 leaders. I taught several extra subjects with minimal preparation. The teaching conditions were not ideal…I spoke through a translator in very hot conditions…but the women embraced me and the teaching. I took to heart the authenticity I learned from Interact and shared several relevant personal stories. My vulnerability broke down barriers that allowed the women to open up and share their own experiences. We all found that we had more in common than perhaps we expected.

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James

I did a presentation to some of our techs yesterday. Not a ton of notice (1 day). I didn’t use a deck. I went over the material and actually did some diagrams on the board instead of hiding behind PowerPoint. I felt so much more relaxed and only used one connecting word. I felt so much more authentic and at ease with the material. Even when challenged by the group I think it great and I got some great feedback on being able to translate the material to a base level of understanding for everyone in the room. So I just wanted to update you that I am applying the feedback and its working for me.

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Mary Beth

Gave big presentation. Planning board voted to Approve by 8 to 1. I used so many of the techniques and tips we learned. Wow! Next round Monday. Thanks to my coach. I hear your words of advice: throttle. So powerful. So thankful.

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Eric

My colleague and I both attended “Your Authentic Speaking Style” some time ago. Since working with you, we’ve done several presentations, some of them to a high ranking executives, with much greater confidence and a more genuine sounding message. I was prompted to write this e-mail because recently I watched my colleague give a presentation to a group of about 20 customers. He spoke passionately about his topic, using minimal notes. He used anecdotal stories to drive home his message and he did an outstanding job. As he and I debriefed the presentation, your name came up more than once!

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Meka

I presented internally on Thursday and you’d be proud to know that I took purposeful steps around the room. Slides were a part of the presentation but I made sure to use pictures and not too many words and I think I had a stronger open than usual. Still need to work on closing. Feedback was all positive. I also asked a co-worker to be my coach and he gave me some constructive feedback as well. I hope to reach out to you and your team for more coaching soon. Thanks again – it was a memorable experience!

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Larry

My speech went really well based on three things: (1) how well I felt before, during, and after the event, (2) reaction from the audience, and (3) feedback from people I trust to tell me the truth. Many thanks, again, for your help!

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Liz

Going over my notes and your booklet that you gave to us reminded me of things and helped ground me as I planned for and did my presentation last night. It was so helpful to think in terms of having my presentation be a conversation. I used silence, was intentional and allowed “me” to come through, and managed my adrenaline by breathing. I think what really helped me was that my presentation was not all about the words. I used a PowerPoint with only pictures, no words on the slides, which allowed me to tell a story and just ‘let it flow’. A friend came to watch, and I was able to share with her afterward how much your workshop meant to me and helped me with my presentation.

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Doug

I totally crushed it. A friend of mine had had a cancellation by another presenter and asked me to step in. Whereas B.I (Before Interact) I would have tried to memorize all of the ten things I wanted to tell them, A.I. (After Interact), I allowed myself to trust that I know this information. The result was that I could engage the group, not stress about the content. Because I didn’t rely on the content along, I created the space for a rich discussion.

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Catherine

On Saturday I made a presentation about my career choice at Winthrop University. The professor spoke to me afterward about how my talk had illustrated the difference between a career path and a life path. Another student just emailed me about the presentation and asked if I had learned the skills or just came by them naturally. I referred her to your website!

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Julie

I had my first campaign kick-off event I had to speak for (to about 25 people) and just wanted you to know that I knocked it out of the park! I was calm, very conversational, I wasn’t nervous or fumbling over my words. It was just a really smooth talk and I was completely confident in what I was saying. It felt awesome! I thought about all of the things I learned in your class – thank you so much!

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Tammy

This past Saturday, I presented my community project and I think you would have been proud. I did much better and I felt much more comfortable. The only disappointing thing was that the remote didn’t work and I was stuck behind the podium. Of course, that is difficult for me projecting my voice but because I wasn’t so nervous, I concentrated more on my voice and tried to speak from the back of my throat as you said. I had such a great time you really helped me a lot. Thank you!

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Shawn

Just had to introduce Dr. Oz to 650 people. I channeled you. Folks said I was great…I added humor! Remembered all you all taught me.

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Nancy

I utilized your coaching…focusing on the open and close. I opened with a story before turning the projector on. I was able to move through the room using the remote clicker and put my notes on the table as reference when needed. Again, thanks for your help and coaching.

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Catherine

I was just talking about Interact last week. You are never far out of my thoughts because I think about you every single time I make a speech to a group–which seems to be more and more frequent. I can’t imagine going through life without the skills you have taught me. Thank you for everything!

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Michele

I had the opportunity to put what I learned at Interact into practice when I traveled to Southern Sudan to conduct a 3-day women’s conference for 55 leaders. I taught several extra subjects with minimal preparation. The teaching conditions were not ideal…I spoke through a translator in very hot conditions…but the women embraced me and the teaching. I took to heart the authenticity I learned from Interact and shared several relevant personal stories. My vulnerability broke down barriers that allowed the women to open up and share their own experiences. We all found that we had more in common than perhaps we expected.

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Donovan McCurley

I just wanted to tell you about a recent opportunity I had to speak. I had four of my superiors come to my Coca-Cola branch to look around and talk about our day to day operations. I had to give a Power Point presentation to them and I NAILED IT! I have to give a lot of the credit to you. You all are doing great work!

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Fanny Pryce

Thank you for all of your encouragement, guidance and motivation. My presentation was this Thursday and I will surely let you know that I ROCKED IT!!

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Michelle McLellan

Yesterday I conducted a business review meeting…I received very positive feedback from my team. They noticed how engaged everyone was, with plenty of dialogue and debate. They loved the approach. Gold star for your student. And gold stars for both of you. Well done! I was a little skeptical about the day, but was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed the session. As you can see, I walked away with many practical tips which I was able to put into motion immediately.

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Michella Palmer

I am and will forever be grateful for my experience in “Your Authentic Speaking Style.” The experience was life changing for me in so many way. I can't help but share with others who weren't there. So Thank you all from the depths of my heart.

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Lisa Rhyne

I enjoyed the session and believe it is one of the best classes I’ve attended – strength based, focused, supportive (dare I say authentic!)

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Scott Hinson

I watched all the different videos over the weekend and saw significant improvement over the four presentations! I just downloaded with my boss about the experience and how I would recommend the program to others. I’ve noticed that I’m also able to use many of the techniques in my meetings as well. Great stuff!!

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Sacha Soja

Thank you so much your coaching last week. It was SUCH a pleasure interacting with you all. Your vast experience and gentle approach to us all made it easy to be vulnerable in your hands - making us all feel well cared for and supported throughout the journey!