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Alex Merry

Public Speaking Coach, Presentation Coach, Thought Leadership Coach

London, United Kingdom

Becoming a public speaking coach was never part of the plan...

In fact, I actively avoided every public speaking opportunity that was thrown at me when I was at school. I wanted to become a professional football coach. So I took my first coaching qualification straight after my 16th birthday, making me one of the youngest coaches in the country at the time, and spent my summer holidays coaching children at soccer schools  and I loved every second of it.

Football coaching funded my way through university. I became the University of Birmingham men's football team coach and looking back now, delivering pre-match and half time team talks were my first real experience of speaking to motivate and inspire action.

When I graduated, I found myself co-running a charity fundraising organisation which we grew from 4 to over 250 people, generating £12.5 million of revenue in the process. Public speaking was at the heart of our growth strategy; we would spend 3 months each year travelling to the top universities in the country delivering presentations as part of our recruitment process.

It was during that time I founded TEDxClapham, an offshoot of TED talks and used my public speaking experience to help the speakers prepare to present on the big stage. Some of those talks went on to change legislation, lobby the UN and raise finance. Others have since been seen by millions of people online and that was when I realised that done right, public speaking is an incredible catalyst for change.



Specialites
art of persuasion communication skills effective storytelling owning the room presentations public speaking stage presence structuring a presentation for impact writing effective speeches
How can I help

I run public speaking coaching programmes, workshops and training days for people that need to communicate with clarity and impact.

My coaching philosophy is simple... WHAT you say, matters.

When you have confidence in the message you want to share, it changes everything. Once unheard voices speak up, attitudes change and we evolve.

Work Experience and Accreditation

Clients include: Adobe, Amazon, Bloomberg, Bumble, WeWork, Google for Start-ups.

My coaching programmes are CPD accredited and a certificate will be issued by the Professional Development Consortium upon completion of a programme.

Testimonials

“I have got a lot of public speaking experience, but I lacked the fundamentals. I could present, but I didn’t understand the ‘science’ behind it. It’s important for me to be able to write and deliver a good presentation or speech professionally, but also personally to inspire others.

Over the course of the programme, I have learned a great deal about myself, both from the weekly feedback and from the course modules. I feel I am in a much stronger place to create presentations with purpose and impact.
For me, the modules covering structure and emotional intelligence were the most valuable because they are not areas that communication coaches focus on, even though they are essential skills for presenters.

Public speaking is one of the most terrifying and rewarding things you can do. Our voice as a medium can have an immeasurable impact in many areas of our lives. If you want to become a better public speaker and are considering this course I couldn’t recommended highly enough.”

Jas Chima, Product Manager, Bloomberg

“I went into this intending to just ‘get better’ at public speaking, but I’ve come out with with far more than that; not least, the headline spot at TEDxCamden. Frankly, Alex is remarkably intelligent, both brutal and constructive, and made me rewrite my talk so many times I almost gave up. Yet he spent tons of time helping me refine it and it’s now something I’m really proud of. On top of that, I’ve learned presentation skills, body language, timing, and how to connect with an audience. Everyone in the cohort gives feedback to one another too, which has been really valuable. The course moves at a fast pace and Alex pushes you hard, however I can honestly say that it’s been one of the most rewarding and valuable experiences I’ve had professionally by a considerable distance.”

Dan Murray-Serter, Founder of Heights and the Secret Leaders Podcast

“Alex has had a huge impact on my relationship with public speaking – it’s something that has filled me with fear since childhood and not letting my nerves get the better of me has always been a challenge. Having started at a new company at the end of last year, speaking at events has become a regular occurrence and Alex came highly recommended as the person that could help me prepare for the challenge. Alex has put me through a tailored programme that has transformed my confidence on stage. My delivery has improved significantly and I’m now equipped with core coping mechanisms to help me deal with my nerves in the lead up to events. Most importantly though, I’ve smashed every speaking engagement since!”

Claire Palmer, Director, Silicon Valley Bank

“I recently became Chief People Officer at Flo Health and reached out to Alex to help me nail my public debut at their company All-Hands. By the end of our first session we had created a talk outline, which immediately lowered my stress levels. We then worked together to strengthen the message so it would land with maximum impact on the day. With the presentation created, our focus turned to the performance. I learnt how to deliver pre-planned content authentically and practiced until I was ready to ace the talk. And I did… I’ve had messages come through from members of the team that have never met me before! Alex is an exceptionally talented communication coach and I can’t wait to take the lessons that I have learnt into my next speech. I’ll be recommending working with Alex to our leadership team on future public engagements in the wider industry.”

Ann Roberts, Chief People Officer, Flo Health

Alex is an incredible speaker coach and this course provided rigorous, hands-on insight into how to deliver a great speech. From choosing a theme, structuring, writing and refining content; all the way through to the stage. Whilst delivered ‘remotely’ and with a number of other participants on the course, I really felt like I was able to benefit from his thorough individual attention – he made himself available for calls and provided a huge amount of specific, one-to-one feedback.

I found the experience very challenging… in a great way. It has given me critical tactical strategies for pursuing more public speaking – plus the all-important confidence I was probably lacking to put my head above the parapet on a subject matter I feel strongly about, but was somewhat reluctant to jump into. I’m ‘all in’ now.

Jess Butcher, MBE, Founder Blippar

Alex has had a huge impact on my relationship with public speaking – it’s something that has filled me with fear since childhood and not letting my nerves get the better of me has always been a challenge. Alex has transformed my confidence on stage. My delivery has improved significantly and I’m now equipped with core coping mechanisms to help me deal with my nerves. Most importantly though, I’ve smashed every speaking engagement since!

Claire Palmer, Silicon Valley Bank

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Public Speaking, Presentation Coaching (Package of 8)

£3,000
8 x 60mins

A tailored programme designed to help you build confidence, develop your charisma and communicate with clarity, whatever the occasion. By the end of this programme you will have the skills to: 

  1. Create presentations that persuade and inspire
  2. Manage anxiety and perform under pressure
  3. Speak with impact when you present

Across 8 x 1 hour sessions, we will cover:

Part 1: Performance intelligence

- Quiet leadership: finding your authentic voice

- Stage presence: mastering the medium (online and in person)

- Impromptu speaking: performing under pressure

- The rules of engagement: owning the room

Part 2: Speech Writing

- Empathetic communication: Presenting up, down and across 

- Effective storytelling

- Structuring a presentation for impact

- The art of persuasion

Between each call, I will give you a challenge to do ahead of our next session to put into practice what we’ve covered. If you’ve got presentations coming up, I can make the challenges specific to that so you’re ready to present with impact when it matters. 

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Public Speaking, Presentation Coaching

£500
1 x 90mins

I founded TEDxClapham and ever since I've coach business leaders, entrepreneurs, athletes and academics to create and deliver impactful presentations on some of the biggest stages in the world.

My coaching philosophy is simple... WHAT you say, matters. When you have confidence in the message you want to share, it changes everything. Once unheard voices speak up, attitudes change and we evolve.

 

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