Public Speaking Coaching

Goddess of Public Speaking

Public Speaking Coaching For Women

Gentle And Powerful. Unfettered By Fear.

Public Speaking Coaching For Women may be just your thing if you thrive best with confidential individual attention, need professional, objective feedback and desire creative, thoughtful guidance to free your inner speaker for once and for all. Start by having an email chat first with Geraldine (enquiry form below) to ask questions and check availability. If that feels right, book an Initial Consult 1:1 with Geraldine… and you’ll have clarity, tips and a plan within 90 minutes.

First session of the day is 8am AEST… it’s popular… be quick!

Initial Consult

Start Here! For All New Clients Ready To Explore Their Inner Speaker & Find Out What’s Possible

Initial Consult Public Speaking Coaching for Women

Initial Consult, 1 x 90 mins= $145

  • You have the undivided attention of speaking coach Geraldine Barkworth for 90 minutes to listen, discuss and resolve your communication issues.
  • We spend the first 10 minutes clarifying your primary goal. The next 70 minutes we delve into your central issue. The last 10 minutes we review and create an action plan for you to take away.
  • The Initial Consult clarifies if one session was enough, or if you’d like to continue working together.
  • For ongoing guidance, Geraldine offers 3 programs:
  1. Feel Fear Speak Anyway
  2. Presenting… You!
  3. Tweak Before You Speak

Feel Fear Speak Anyway

For Nervous & Avoidant Speakers Ready To Shift From Fear To Fabulous For Once & For All

Fear Fear Speak Anyway Public Speaking Coaching for Women

5 x 60 mins = $660

  • Manage fear and build confidence;
  • Know how to use body language & natural gestures to build rapport and trust with self and others;
  • Relax into ease with eye contact, 1:1 and with groups;
  • Vocal variation: pacing & pausing;
  • Develop your own Relaxation Response routine to remedy your habitual Stress Response;
  • Create a Setbacks Strategy and Troubleshoot if things fall apart;
  • Visualisations for calm & growth;
  • Rebuild self-belief and trust;
  • Job Interview confidence and skill;
  • Stand your ground and say “no”;
  • Learn how to find your Centre and restore cool, calm connection;
  • Understand how to expand your comfort zone from 1-1 to groups;
  • Speak conversationally with natural flow in your own voice;
  • Learn to meditate for the ultimate calm and clarity… if you are ready!


For Quiet Achievers Who Need To Stand Out, Be Heard & Expand Influence From 1 To 1 Into Groups

Presenting You! Public Speaking Coaching for Women

10 x 60 mins = $1320

  • Authentic and conversational;
  • Be the Talk, don’t just do it;
  • Craft your own story & deliver it;
  • Deliver 30 second Self Intros;
  • Create 2 minute or 2 day presentations using a logical structure for impact and action;
  • Embrace Speaker Leadership;
  • Tap into power of body language;
  • Vocal variation & self expression;
  • How to be compelling; not boring!;
  • Professional honest feedback of presentations, words & delivery;
  • Guidance with crafting words and message with succinct kap@w!;
  • Presentations, Pitches & Speeches;
  • Storytelling, case studies & props;
  • Facilitate interactive workshops;
  • Handle Q & A and Impromptu;
  • Group Facilitation & MC’ing Events;
  • Action! Fully engage your listeners;
  • Persuade, inspire & motivate;
  • Difficult people and situations;
  • Write your Speaker Biography;
  • Engage on-message for camera;
  • Troubleshooting if things fall apart;
  • Articulate your point of difference (POD) and stand out from the crowd. In a good way!
  • Includes a 30 minute Speaking Emergency Phone/Skype session, just in case of… you know what!

Tweak Before You Speak

For Speakers & Trainers Who Seek To Tweak & Polish With Professional Guidance

Tweak Before You Speak Public Speaking Coaching For Women

3 x 60 mins = $380

  • Tweak one of your speaking tools, ie Speaker Bio, signature presentation, 60 Second Self Intro, or flesh out new ideas;
  • Help with crafting words, tone & delivery to refine your spoken, visual & written message;
  • Confidential and constructive feedback & sounding board;
  • Handle confidence and career setbacks to rebuild a better way for you;
  • Finer art of sensitive group facilitation, interactive workshop training and corporate speaking;
  • Ease into command and finesse your leadership communication.

Coaching Testimonials

  • Geraldine …not only helps with techniques, but takes a holistic approach to what makes a confident, authentic speaker. She has the experience and wisdom to know what you don't know you need. Great outcomes.

  • I was one of those people so scared of public speaking I always found ways around it. After 6 Skype coaching sessions with Geraldine, I learned how to get rid of negative thoughts about public speaking and how to prepare and calm myself to present to an audience. Invaluable.

  • I recently hired Geraldine to help me build my confidence as a public speaker. Although public speaking is part of my work, it has always been one of my biggest fears. I wanted to find a way to be less fearful of it - and more comfortable with the uncomfortableness. Geraldine really helped me do this - and I feel more aligned to myself, my speaking style, and my core values of delivering my work and message with beauty and integrity. Thank you Geraldine for helping this shy introvert continue to step up and speak out, exposing her heart to the world. I feel much more prepared for a big closing keynote I have coming up.

  • In just three sessions with Geraldine, I went from being an apologetic mess as a speaker to grounded, confident and loving it! Geraldine provides practical tips in combination with advice on finding your own authentic voice. Worth every cent!

  • I was absolutely thrilled and relieved when I found Geraldine. I needed someone to coach me in public speaking when my novel was published. Her approach is unique, intelligent and fun. She worked miracles with me.

  • Thank you so much for the huge part you played in helping me to face my fears of public speaking and to understand that my audience wants to hear what I have to say as long as I give them what they want - connection. I can see now that speakers who rely on putting up a mask, rob their audience of the authentic experience of being with them. Thanks for that valuable lesson.

  • I loved our coaching sessions and used them again on Friday to launch my second book. It was amazing, I had no nerves at all! As a children's author, I was afraid my nerves showed when I was speaking and I needed to learn how to focus and come across as calm and succinct. I'm no longer afraid of pausing, taking a strong stance and making eye contact.

  • I first reached out to Geraldine after a professional failure in a presentation. One of those cringe-worthy experiences, you would prefer not to remember. I considered quitting my profession. Geraldine helped me categorically transform my ability to speak in front of people. She equipped me with a personalised strategy of dealing with anxiety and delivering presentations through 6 individualised sessions.

    Since our work together, I've overcome my debilitating fear; I've brought in new business for our organisation through powerful pitches, I've been commended for my ability to engage a room through storytelling and without looking at notes, I've been asked to present at TEDx, and I've even recently been promoted. I highly recommend Geraldine.

Public Speaking Coaching For Women FAQs

Who Undertakes Coaching? 4 Short Case Studies

All new clients begin with the Initial Consult. This 90 minute session either resolves your communication issue(s) or reveals if more guidance is needed. It also makes clear which of the 3 programs will be best fit for you and whether Geraldine is the best person to help you get there.

The 4 case studies below are amalgams of genuine clients and their stories. I use them to help explain who undertakes coaching with me and their outcomes.

Case Study 1: Meg, Manager

Meg, a regular but reluctant speaker, needed help with her confidence to MC a large event in front of her peers. She was surprised to find the Initial Consult (1 x 90 minutes) was enough. Her event was a success and her confidence massively increased. The door is open for more sessions should she need.

Case Study 2: Julia, Small Business Owner

Julia graded herself a 2/10 in speaking confidence – very nervous – when it came to speaking in front of groups. All those eyes! All those judgements! After the Initial Consult soothed her worries about finally dealing with this long term fear, she decided to undertake the Feel Fear Speak Anyway program (5 x 60 minutes). Julia learned how to shift her fear reaction to a relaxation response and hold her ground without fading away. She practised on her small team at work without falling apart. She found herself more willing to attend personal and professional events… which was better for her business and social life. Julia never intends to give presentations, so Feel Fear Speak Anyway was enough for her. However, should she change her mind…

Case Study 3, Lee, Psychotherapist

Lee wanted to reduce her labour intensive one-on-one case load and reach more people by running workshops and speaking at events. She decided to invest in creating a speaking toolbox for herself, (a low cost form of marketing) and learn how to genuinely connect with large groups and overcome her fear in doing so. Plus achieve her goal of generating more money for less hours. After the Initial Consult, Lee decided she needed to go back to basics and begin with Feel Fear Speak Anyway (5 x 60 minutes). She discovered that her everyday interactions and moments became about quality not quantity, the perfect place to be in to undertake the next coaching program of Presenting… You! (10 x 60 minutes).

Lee began by identifying what made her different and unique, developed compelling self introductions, a Speaker Biography that did not make cringe, two short presentations and the outline for a series of 3 workshops. She also learned to face her fear about difficult audiences and how to inspire more people to take up her recommendations. The following year, Lee followed up with the Tweak Before You Speak program (2 x 90 minutes) to have a sounding board with Geraldine for her new presentations and to trouble shoot some challenges which made her head briefly spin. Luckily, she also still had her “Speaking Emergency!” certificate up her sleeve, (included in the Presenting… You! program), so 30 minutes of supercharged WOW later, she was back on track with steady knees and voice and ready to take on the world. Well, a conference anyway!

Case Study 4: Cynthia, Coach, Author, Trainer

Cynthia had many years of experience and feared mediocrity had crept into her style. She needed a boost and deep reconnection to her purpose, her message and her presence. Cynthia pops back to work with Geraldine on a regular basis using Tweak Before You Speak (2 x 90 minutes) to stay on track, stay fresh and not get caught being a legend in her own mind.


The Fine Details
  • All 1:1 coaching with Geraldine is confidential and results-oriented.
  • Coaching sessions may include: Tips, Techniques, Written & Spoken Exercises, Role Plays, Scripting, Voice, Visualisations, Strategy & Professional Advice.
  • Most clients take weekly, fortnightly or monthly sessions via a mix of phone / skype.
  • Prepayment in Australian dollars is required for all sessions. You can pay via EFT (ask Geraldine for an invoice which will include the bank details for electronic funds transfer), or easily with credit card via our secure Eway Shop, incurring a 1.75% surcharge.

How Public Speaking Coaching For Women Works

1) Assured Confidentiality

1 to 1 private public speaking coaching to suit your unique pace and needs

2) Structured Methodology

Results-orientation, systematic work toward goals, hands on practical training, frank and fearless conversations, creative role play, Actions to practise between sessions, written and spoken exercises, visualisations, body language training, instructional drawing therapy.

3) Expert Feedback

Honest and constructive feedback, coaching and training from professional public speaking coach, Geraldine Barkworth.

4) Delivery Choice

You can choose between weekly, fortnightly, monthly, quarterly or for those keen to work in person, book half, multi-day intensives.

5)  Added Value

Pre and Post Questionnaires to ensure you gain maximum benefit and integration of new learning and greater insight into self awareness. Email support between sessions. Training, workshop and retreat special offers.

How Do I Calculate Time & Currency Differences?

This is easy once you use these two websites:


In Australia, we use the AUD Dollar. The best way to pay if you live outside Australia is by credit card (via my online EWay shop).


Time Zones

I live half an hour’s drive away from QLD border which thanks to pesky daylight saving, is 1 hour behind NSW for half the year. Pish! Simply use the website to help you calculate session times where ever you are in Australia, the southern hemisphere or the world.

How Effective Is Phone And Skype Coaching?

If you are attached to only working with me in person, which is tricky since I live in a small seaside town (Brunswick Heads) near Byron Bay in northern NSW, Australia, then you are in for a big surprise at the mind-boggling effectiveness of phone and skype coaching.

I was surprised myself when I first hired a long distance coach via phone, way back in 2002. Two things I noticed were: deep improvement of my listening skills and the remarkable level of trust and intimacy.

Thanks to technology, phone and skype coaching mean no travel, more time and flexible hours. Using your computer’s live camera for practicing body language and delivery methods is very useful. But not essential. Of course you will miss out on a cup of tea, but you can always bring along a brew of your own choice and we can still sup together.

I'm Keen! How Do I Begin?

Public Speaking Coaching For Women is easy to begin:

1) Email Geraldine and explain what you are looking for. Good time to ask her any burning questions about personal issues or sessions.

2) Book and pay for the Initial Consult online once we have agreed on a session time. You’ll then be sent the Initial Questionnaire to get your juices flowing and focused.

3) At the end of your Initial Consult you will know whether that one session was enough for you, or whether you’d like to work further 1:1 with Geraldine. Choose between: Feel Fear Speak Anyway, Presenting… You! and Tweak Before You Speak.


Any questions, don’t hesitate to send Geraldine an email to clarify.

Wabi-Sabi: “Beauty Is In The Imperfection”

Gorgeous Japanese philosophy we evoke at Goddess Of Public Speaking.

All of you is welcome here! Every blemish, embarrassing squawk or socially awkward moment… is welcome here.

Whether you are a public figure or a private figure, you are welcome. I work in the strictest of confidence so your secrets are safe with me.

Yep, we do take a different approach. Schedule a 1:1 Initial Consult with me and see if it’s the right approach for you. Talk to you soon, Geraldine

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