The World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) is the sole international voice for physical therapy and organises a scientific congress every other year. Prior to our 2019 event involving almost 2,000 speakers and chairs from across the globe we felt it would be helpful to provide additional support for novice presenters to complement our written guidance. For this new initiative we approached Helen von Dadelszen who agreed to lead on several webinars focusing on presentation skills for speakers of different presentation formats.
Helen is very approachable and easy to work with; she is very responsive, asking the right questions to obtain the information required to understand the context and inform her presentation. Helen’s presentations were watched by more than 300 participants. Feedback suggested that the webinars were highly appreciated and the most relevant topics were addressed in the presentations.
We enjoyed working with Helen developing this new format of guidance and support for our congress speakers.
I hired Helen to help me prepare for a public speech about creativity at a corporate event with over 300 people in the audience. She helped me structure my talk, have a stronger conclusion, discover techniques to deal with the nerves, improve my vocal variety and give me the confidence to deliver a 15 minute speech that was unscripted, fluid and engaging.
The speech was a huge success (so i’m told) i even had the confidence to throw in some improv comments AND i had no jelly legs this time thanks to Helen’s expert help!
If you want to improv your presentation skills, public speaking or ability to communicate your message with impact for interviews or video content – Contact Helen!
[We worked on preparations for a TedX speech, using] techniques to control breathing and speak clearly [and] intonation on certain words in the speech.
[Helen provided] great tips and exercices…[she was] very reassuring and available.
[My biggest take aways were] the use of a personal story in the presentation and paying more attention to organizing the presentation.
I have studied how to guides and I have done presentations before. What was useful here is that she could quickly identify the specific areas that needed work and then made it easy for me to understand it for myself.
I really appreciate the recordings. I can focus on the session and then go back and take notes later.
[The training helped me to] identify exactly how I want my audience to feel and working on the presentation and my vocal range to bring this about.
[Helen] is very personable, tactful and understands the demands in and around organizational presentations.
I needed help to prepare for an internal interview.
The lessons were playful, interesting and useful. I learned so much about my voice and how it can use it better to convey my message!
Helen is an excellent and experienced coach.
The sessions gave me more confidence in myself, I felt well-prepared for the conversation and allowed me to better express myself during the interview process.
J’ai demandé du coaching à Helen pour la préparation de mon discours d’inauguration d’un service dans le domaine de l’enseignement spécialisé. J’avais le contenu en tête; Helen m’a aidée à peaufiner la forme, à compléter certains détails. Elle a su s’adapter à mon environnement de travail, afin que mon discours ait le plus grand impact.
Sa démarche a eu comme effet secondaire d’augmenter ma confiance pour cet événement, et de me donner du plaisir à prononcer ce discours.
I had great pleasure working with Helen who coached me in honing my presentation skills. Helen is extremely efficient, precise and knowledgeable in her approach. She provided me with very valuable feedback on several aspects – covering the delivery of my presentation but also the presentation content and how the message is perceived by the audience. She creates a context of trust that allows you to feel at ease right away and boosts your confidence. I wholeheartedly recommend Helen as a coach and will undoubtedly continue to work with her in the future.
Always happy to help, Helen is great at giving the most constructive feedback in a friendly way. Helen conducts lively and highly practical public speaking trainings. Anyone who is lucky enough to be trained by her develops the confidence and skills it takes to express oneself successfully, whether in front of a small or large audience. I can only recommend her!