Entrepreneurs get Podium makeover

Hats off to the entrepreneurs of Nova Scotia. The Podium team met a lot of them last week. We were delivering a couple of special workshops – one for the Centre for Women in Business in Truro, and another at St. Francis Xavier University’s Enterprise Development Centre.

For each workshop, Halina St James trained a volunteer in front of the group. This is a great way to show a large group how the Talkitout Technique works. And it’s a real bonus for the volunteer; they get free coaching, lots of advice and feedback, and a big confidence boost when they see their transformation at the end of the session.

Halina and Talkitout volunteer Erin Cock at Truro workshop
Halina (left) with TalkitOut volunteer Erin Cock

Our volunteer in Truro was Erin Cock, a senior account manager from the Royal Bank. Erin, who works with small business owners, was eager to upgrade her speaking skills. She was pretty good before we started. But when we had finished – wow! We parted with Erin eager for her next speaking opportunity – so she could put everything she learned into practice.

At St. Francis Xavier, Halina coached A.J. MacQuarrie, a young entrepreneur. A.J. is pitching a new type of vending machine – “a refreshment centre” – that dispenses healthy snacks. With the help of the audience, A.J. now has a winning presentation.

Judging by the great folk we met in Truro and Antigonish, the spirit of enterprise is alive and well in Nova Scotia

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