“The Presentation Skills class was an excellent experience for our scientists! As scientists they are called upon to be proficient both technically, through their quantitative work, as well as personally through executive and customer discussions and presentations. This program allowed the scientists to intensely focus on the personal interaction process in a truly productive way.
Michelle worked with our scientists both as a team and individually. She was extremely perceptive – of our needs as an organization and individual needs for presentations and discussions. The course was developed with appropriate focus, breadth and depth. Michelle was a fantastic classroom leader, appropriately demanding, constructive in feedback and perfectly on message!”
– Dwight Nelson, PhD/Therapy Chief Scientist/Global Neuromodulation Research
“Michelle is one of the best training partners I’ve had the pleasure to work with. She is not a vendor. She is truly a partner. Michelle will flex and go beyond expectations. Plus, she is someone I enjoy just enjoy being around. For our Leadership Experience Program, Michelle not only did 1:1 coaching of 25 individuals, she did several “stumble throughs” with the four business challenge teams. She prepared them so well that in the Capstone presentations, one team received their $25,000 request on the spot! Plus the President volunteered to be their sponsor. This rarely happens. Michelle is a rare find.”
– Jon Pappas, Global Learning & Leadership Development Consultant
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“Michelle provided tremendous value in many ways, first in each project, she took the time to understand the business and it’s challenges and opportunities, then she provided us with a series of customized virtual practice and coaching sessions to improve the communicating with impact skills of our clinical customer facing specialists, there was immediate value realized with participants showing greater skills and confidence, and because of that freeing up sales resources to address other customer needs. She conducted several sessions that were cost effective and tailored to audience and is still asked for more projects at other parts of the organization.”
– Jack Frangipane, Director, Leadership Development (2003-2016)
“Do you want to be more effective on the podium or in the boardroom? Do you ever feel that your message falls short of your intended goal? Or, does even the mention of public speaking cause you instant anxiety? Then perhaps Michelle Hutchison may have the perspective you are looking for. I have worked with Michelle for years to successfully train my scientist team members on how to deliver an impactful and engaging story of their work. By using skills from improvisational acting, sensory awareness, and building on audience feedback, Michelle can grow the poise and energy of any message you need to delivery. Her recipe is unique and her results are outstanding. Results in business, research, and all other fields thrive on effective communication.”
– Dr. Greg Molnar, Professor, Industry leader, Entrepreneur
“Michelle provided outstanding expertise in how to structure my very high visibility presentation to our CEO. More importantly, she gave me the confidence and experience I needed in preparation to bring a personal presence into the presentation. Michelle was also willing to work with me on evenings and weekends which was so wonderful in helping me prepare. Highly recommended!
– Ryan D. Egeland, MD Ph.D. – Senior Director, Business Development & Licensing
Coaching from Michelle Hutchison has been tremendous benefit in my career. She has a comfortable, approachable, and straightforward style to her coaching and interaction. She has improved my perspective on my approach to presentations and increased my focus on the manner on which I articulate and present myself; rather than relaying predominantly on my content to deliver my messages. Her techniques are easy to practice and integrate into my presentation skill set. I thoroughly enjoy working with her and plan to continue to utilize her expertise throughout the rest of my career.
– Peter C. Tortorici, Ph.D. – Senior Principal Materials Engineer Neuromodulation Research
Michelle recently facilitated a workshop for a small group of physicians. Her energy was infectious and the workshop was the perfect way to kick start our day. When everyone was asked to incorporate something they had learned into the afternoon practice sessions, they delivered. Wow! This was my second experience working with Michelle and would recommend her for any type of audience.
– Suzanne Dawidowicz, BKP – OsteoCool Curriculum Manager | Medical Education and Training
“Surprisingly effective techniques to develop confidence in personal communication skills. Michelle is a keen observer and provides immediate feedback to complement all the interesting exercises to practice in class. Training session time goes very fast and I kept looking forward to the following session. I will continue practicing these techniques going forward. Fully recommended.”
– Arnoldo Ganuza – Sr. Software Quality Engineer
“I signed up for the Presenting Outside the Box training with some doubts about its usefulness, but came away with a powerful method of creating and delivering a great presentation. Using the method, I was able to organize my thoughts and formulate an important presentation in just one training session. I’m now a true believer of the method and would highly recommend the training to others who wish to hone their communication skills.”
– Wei Gan, PhD, PMP – Senior Engineering Manager | Master Black Belt | CRHF Numerical Modeling
“Communicating with Impact was a 3 week training that had great impact in not only my day to day professional operations, but also my future goals. I learn techniques such as “taking a breath” when in difficult or stressful situations, the importance of preparation, and telling my story with a beginning, middle, and end. I highly recommend strong engagement in this course as it can truly shape you to not only be more impactful in your current situation, but to set you up for the next steps in your career.”
– Renee Early, Therapy Support Specialist, InterStim Therapy
“Michelle was instrumental in helping me develop the opening speech for the 35th Science and Technology Conference. She guided me in organizing the key messages and tailoring the information to a diverse audience both live and virtual. During rehearsal she provided me the coaching I needed to increase my self-confidence and ensure that my delivery was engaging and professional.
Thanks Michelle – your coaching made a huge difference in my approach and final outcome. I could not have done it without you”
– Lucy Nichols, Director of Research Feasibility, Cardiac Rhythm & Diagnostics Division
“Michelle was excellent in coaching me through improving my presentation skills and comfort in delivering presentations. She helped me to discover the key elements to a successful presentation including a simple framework for preparation, key nuggets to differentiate myself, and how to better connect with the audience. Michelle was extremely perceptive and was able to guide my learning appropriately and build my confidence in my natural ability to be a great presenter. I concluded my sessions with Michelle excited for my next big presentation!”
– Katie Pilkington, Sr. Manager – Corporate Strategy
“Presenting Outside the Box: Build the Talk of Your Life!” helped me connect with the physicality of using my voice in a way I had never really understood. Deceptively simple exercises in breathing, vocalizing, and stretching made me more capable of noticing and of controlling how I was speaking. Some of these exercises have become part of my standard preparation for public speaking. In the second phase of the class, improv games provided an entertaining way to practice new-found speaking skills in a way that also helped us learn to connect effectively with an audience. While it sometimes took me outside my normal comfort zone, this course was worth the effort, both entertaining and very educational.”
– Mark Viste, Principal Scientist, Research & Technology Department, Cardiac Rhythm and Heart Failure
“I recently took both of the PRESENTING Outside the Box: Building the Foundation for the “TALK” of Your Life 101 and 201 courses from Michelle Hutchison. Each student came prepared with a presentation they were planning to give. I was greatly impressed by the transformation of these talks as Michelle helped each of us get to the One Big Idea and why people should care about it.
This process was harder than I thought it would be; but I find that now, when I speak to an assembled group, they stop doodling or looking at their computers, and lean in to hear every word.
Many of us have important and complex ideas that need to be communicated to our peers, and have trouble being succinct and interesting. These courses helped with that!”
– Jane Lanctot, Engineer, Firmware Specialty
“I took this course to increase my overall presence and confidence when presenting. What I gained was a much more profound insight. Michelle has the ability to bring to light other underlying issues; in my case, it was my lack of confidence in speaking about myself. Michelle was fantastic she helped me understand that my unwillingness to share my experiences was unfair to the people I either present to or deal with on a daily basis. Michelle opened my eyes to a better understanding that the way you share about yourself is not boastful but can be a gift you give your listener. I would definitely recommend Michelle’s Presenting Outside the Box webinar…you never know what you will learn but I can guarantee you will not go away empty handed!”
– Steve Angeles, Senior Sales Representative
“The Presenting for Non-Native English Speaker webinar allowed me to gain confidence and, as a non-native english speaker, use my accent as an advantage for my presentations. Michelle is an amazing teacher that not only provides great feedback to each of the participants but also expects each of the participants to support each others in a fun and interactive environment. Surprisingly, WebEx worked quite well for this class. The instructions that Michelle provided allowed all of us to interact, present and work on the materials without any problems – Finally, this class met my goals to be more aware of my current skills, understand the things I need to improve, improving some of them during the class, and with tools in hand to continue improving.”
– Yvan Paitel, Sr. Principal Software Engineer