Coach: Kristin Tedford
Coach: Michael Butler
Kristin Tedford is co-founder of BoldEcho. Kristin is dedicated to helping people become more compelling, confident presenters. She is well known for her compassionate, engaging, insightful coaching, and her ability to quickly adapt to the learning style and specific needs of her clients. Her experience spans 30 years and includes successfully preparing presenters for high stake presentations such as keynotes, investor pitches, sales presentations, board presentations, panel discussions and IPO road shows. She has led multiple group workshops and provided 1:1 coaching for executives and their teams at Silicon Valley start-ups to Fortune 500 companies both domestically and internationally. As a founder of her own company, Kristin has a passion for working with entrepreneurs and a special interest in helping other female founders.
Previously, Kristin taught communication courses at the collegiate level and co-authored the book Communication Skills for Collaborative Learning. She earned her BA in Speech Communication from the University of Washington and an MA in Communication Studies from San Jose State University.
Michael is currently a Senior Technical Program Manager at Google, former Principal Program Manager at Microsoft, and an experienced speech coach to many founders and executives at tech companies, and also delivered trainings inside Microsoft and Google. Michael has rich experiences of working in the top tech companies and also as an entrepreneur. He founded his own startup many years ago and sold it to IBM. He leveraged leadership qualifications to transition teams in Microsoft US, China and Brazil into impressive engineering departments.
He has received Public Speaking certificates from Microsoft and Google, and has been helping many founders and executives at tech companies to enhance business English, impromptu speaking and negotiation skills. He has also been helping them to enhance leadership skills including change management, turnaround leadership, crisis management, revenue generation, public speaking engagements, and multi-cultural team management.
Ms. Kuhlmann (MS, CCC-SLP) is a practicing speech-language pathologist and professional speech specialist who has served in a variety of settings/roles throughout her 25 years of experience. Ms. Kuhlmann currently operates her practice in the Bay area specializing in corporate SLP/professional speech training services. Edie’s corporate speech communication practice includes training in the area of accent modification, vocal projection, cross cultural communication, interview skills and more.
Her clients include but not limited to Google, Linkedin, Palo Alto Network, Criteo. She has helped people from diverse ethnical backgrounds, e.g. Chinese, French, Japanese, Thai, etc.
Michael’s high tech background is invaluable to teach practical techniques on how to effectively sell your ideas to the senior leaders in the company, how to introduce yourself in a business setting and answer questions efficiently and professionally. I found his class very helpful for advancing in the corp world.
Kristin is a seasoned speech coach and have a very structured approach to develop a compelling message and presentation. I found her class is very beneficial for delivery presentations for small or large audiences.
Michael always generously and cheerfully shares his knowledge and experience. He gives us many opportunities to practice, both in class and in homework, until we craft and deliver an excellent speech. He offers honest and specific feedback, drawn from years of industry experience. It’s a great pleasure taking his class.
This course is amazing! It helped me identified many gaps in my speech delivery, ranging from my posture to the use of pause fillers. In addition to identifying the problems, Kristin shared many simple tips and tricks that helped address these issues and showed me ways to practice on my own.
COVID-19 made video meetings more frequent for a lot of us. I was able to apply the learnings from Speak to Lead right away at my team meetings. Kristin’s training on how to utilize my tones and body languages are super practical and helpful for improving my presentation skills.
As a non-native English speaker, I find it important to communicate efficiently. Edith’s program helped me improve my overall communication skills and spoken English.
With a small group of 4 students, I was able to fully participate in practicing in class. For example, Edith showed us the correct ways to move facial muscles in order to produce accurate sounds. Her positive energy gave me much confidence when forming good speaking habits.
I would definitely recommend this class to anyone who seeks to improve their English speaking skills!
Edie is a thoughtful, patient, caring teacher. Her teaching techniques are effective and easy to understand.