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ABOUT

 
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Everyone has a story that will break your heart.  And, if you’re really paying attention, most people have a story that will bring you to your knees.

Brené Brown

 
 
 

Working With Me

That quote makes me cry every time I read it.  Maybe because I have this kind of story. Maybe because I know you do, too.  And perhaps most of all, because these are the kinds of stories that people like you entrust to me as a speech coach.  I feel the incredible weight and privilege of listening to your story and being asked to help you get it stage ready.  

We start with a conversation.  There we are, with our hopeful hearts, talking. You tell me what you have in mind, and we play with ideas.  After a while, I hear the passion in your voice and I see the gleam in your eye, and I start getting excited. We put clothes on the possibilities and see how they look. Pretty soon we are laughing and shouting and I am waving my arms and your speech is taking shape.  

We keep working.  You now have a presentation. You practice. You practice some more. We practice together.  You freak out a little.  I remind you of all you’ve achieved, and all that you’re capable of. And that the world needs to hear what you have to say. The big day arrives. You speak your truth. You are a radical change-maker! Now we celebrate.

That’s what it’s like to work with me.

 
 
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Where I’ve Been

I’ve loved public speaking ever since my first speech competition in jr. high.  It was no surprise that I went on to get my B.A. in Speech Communication. During my university years I honed my speaking skills as well as studied Intercultural Communication in some depth.  

I also have a M.A. in English as a Second Language (ESL). I’ve written curriculum and taught ESL to students from around the world, including more speech and writing classes than I could possibly recall.

I was born and raised in Los Angeles, and have also lived in Honolulu, Dallas and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

But all of that is not anywhere as interesting as…

Where I’m At, and Where I’m Going

At the beginning of 2016, I quit my day job, simplified my life, and moved to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Since then, I’ve been building my business as a speech coach. Along the way I decided that I want to focus my energies on individuals and organizations that are working to make the world a better place.  I’m especially interested in supporting human trafficking survivors and their allies.

I see two exciting changes happen in this work.  The first is that stronger messages get better results.  And if you’re trying to change the world, you need those kinds of big outcomes.  Secondly, becoming a great public speaker is incredibly empowering, and I am all about empowerment.

I’m excited to be able to make a difference doing what I love.

The Rest of the Time

I continue to teach a few special ESL students, read a lot of books and create little acrylic paintings in my free time.  I also work at being bilingual and vegan. The ocean, salsa dancing, beach glass and big dogs make me ridiculously happy.


 
NANCY HARDCASTLE
 
 
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