Speaker Coaching 

Ready to crack open your creative idea and wield it into an unforgettable message that leaves people shook? Let's get to it.

Who Is This For

Speaker Coaching might be a fit if:

  • You feel lost in how to even start turning your idea into a talk.
  • You doubt yourself as a speaker.
  • You feel underappreciated when you speak.
  • You feel like your current presentations are stuck in PowerPoint hell.
  • You see other presenters get standing ovations, and wonder why not you?

Discover the Power of Your Idea
with TED-Style Speaking Coaching

Unleash the potential of your thoughts with our highly-effective speaking coaching, crafted from over a decade of experience working with hundreds of TED/TEDx speakers with over 32 million YouTube views. Embark on the journey of turning your revolutionary idea into an impactful message with our unique process, "Idea to Actualization: A Four-Stage Process for Transformation." Speaking Coaching focuses on the first two stages.

Stage One: I See It [Awareness

An idea is born - it's your spark of inspiration, your vision of the future, your "aha" moment. You embody your idea and are ready to unleash it to the world. (ideas not ready yet? Start here)  

Our TED-style speaking coaching begins here, at the inception of your idea. We take you through the "I See It" stage, cultivating a nurturing environment that fosters curiosity, open-mindedness, and exploration. We will guide you in challenging, understanding, and collecting information about your idea, so that you are fully aware of your idea and its potential for transformation.

Stage TWO: I believe It [understanding]

With our seasoned expertise and your idea now firmly taking shape, we move to the "I Believe It" stage. Here, your idea deepens and becomes more substantial. You're not just aware of it, you're starting to believe in it - but how do you make others believe?

Our TED-style speaking coaching is designed to help you dissect and enhance your idea to ensure it resonates with your audience. By integrating principles of our own model, the "Swarm Effect," developed from 15 years of close collaboration with TED, we show you how to deliver your idea with compelling conviction, fostering belief in your audience as strong as your own.

The "Swarm Effect" is more than just about sharing your idea; it's about creating a wave of understanding that encourages your audience to gravitate towards your concept, just as bees swarm to their queen. It's about creating a magnetic pull that captivates your audience, stirring their curiosity and compelling them to believe.

Join us in this transformational journey, where your idea not only becomes a speech, but an experience. Let's move from "I See It" to "I Believe It" together, shaping your idea into a potent message that leaves an indelible impact on your audience. This is the power of TED-style speaking. This is where your idea begins its journey to actualization.

Stage Three: I becoming It [acting on]

Stage FOUR: I am It [transformation]

After your epic keynote is done, evolve it into an engaging experience that not only allows your audience to fully engage with your idea, but transform them. Experience Design services,

Where Are You Now?

Chances are you find yourself in one of three phases within your idea generating mayhem:

Discovery Phase

You've been mulling over ideas for years, but, have NO clue where to even start getting it from brain to matter. 

storytelling phase

You've got your idea down, and can generally get the concept out, but, see eyes glaze over when you share it.

Swarm Effect ™ phase

You've been out there pitching, presenting - you have your idea on lockdown. Now, you want it to SWARM.

“I was uncertain if I was capable to deliver a professional talk or if my stories would resonate. Arthur instilled me with the confidence that I could and that they would. That meeting literally changed my life. And now, I get paid to travel the world, have adventures, and write and talk about it.”

John Coyle

"I was uncertain if I was capable to deliver a professional talk or if my stories would resonate. Arthur instilled me with the confidence that I could and that they would. That meeting literally changed my life. And now, I get paid to travel the world, have adventures, and write and talk about it.”

Craig Sampson
Innovation leader, advisor and educator

“Arthur inspired me to tell a compelling story - a lesson I’ve carried with me to each of my presentations (including my classes). Since the day he turned my boring monologue into a stage-worthy production, I’ve been forever changed.”

Dr. Michelle Drouin

Get Started

Just as your idea is unique to you, where you are on your journey is the same.
Below are the options for taking your idea into an impactful presentation. All options use some elements of the newly released Swarm Effect (™) Method of speaking. All options begin with a no cost 15 minute consult to validate what option might be the best fit.

speaker coaching services

Our speaker services are rooting in the Swarm Effect Method™.
Each act as a building block to the next.

Idea to Stage Coaching One-on-one
Starting at $15,000

Best when you absolutely need to get a signature talk done

Within the span of 3 months we go all in and ideate, create, script, rehearsal and everything in between for you to have a signature TED style keynote. No hourly. We do what it takes to get it done.

Time: Three month time window. No hourly limit or billing. Whatever it takes to get it done.

Cohort - small group live instruction

Most cost effective option for face time with instructor.
Live instruction and working class with Arthur Zards with a small group of 2-5 people. You can bring in existing content to work with. Currently utilizing the Maven platform. Custom cohorts can be designed for small groups.
Time: Cohorst vary but range from week to multiple week sprints. Classes one hour each.

One-on-one Idea Launch

Best option for speakers who need some quick fixes and general help,without a long commitment. One-on-one consulting with Arthur Zards.
Time: 4 x 60-minute one-on-one coaching via Zoom
(in person within Chicagoland area as a half day option)

One-on-one Deep Dive

Best option for speakers who know they need help, but don’t have the time commitment

Time: 1 x 90 minute one-on-one with Arthur Zards

All services start with a free no obligation consult to make sure that we are a fit for each other.