Cool As a Cucumber: How to Master Public Speaking

, Social Entrepreneur + Rhetoric Coach



Whether you're addressing an intimate group or an audience of thousands, we all know that public speaking can be pretty nerve-racking. Sometimes your palms get sweaty, sometimes your voice cracks like the second coming of puberty - I've been there. Thankfully after struggling as the shy, introverted kid for years, I've finally got the hang of it. And ironically enough, my career now depends on my ability to be an effective speaker and communicator.  

As an educator and coach, my goal is to guide you toward being a more confident, personable speaker. I'll prepare you to develop and deliver content, share ideas and tell stories that create a space for audiences to relate, engage and act.


This is a hands-on workshop for makers, doers and creative intra/entrepreneurs with a genuine desire to improve as speakers and communicators. You'll be part of a small group, serving as each other's built-in audience and support team.  

It's the right fit for you if you:

  • consider yourself to be a beginner - intermediate level speaker
  • have a presentation or engagement you'd like to ready yourself for
  • struggle with content development, speech anxiety, and/or successfully conveying your message
  • need an environment where you can practice with a neutral group and get constructive feedback and/or,
  • really want to learn how to connect meaningfully while being authentic and personable in the moments where your voice matters the most


  • practice material! --  1-2 min of an old presentation, story or pitch (preferably one you feel you delivered poorly) - OR - an idea, topic, product, etc. that you might need to present in the future will suffice
  • an open mind and commitment to improving 
  • a willingness to work in teams
  • a sense of humor 


  • the opportunity to present in front of a group and get peer feedback, live coaching plus footage of you in action
  • an encouraging, constructive learning environment with an intimate group of no more than 15 attendees
  • actionable tips and strategies on how to effectively craft, prepare for and deliver your message  
  • digital copies of the material covered (including a content shaping template to help you prepare going forward)
  • a complimentary 20 min follow-up coaching session within 30 days of the workshop and,
  • a complimentary Uber ride for up to $25 (new users only


Cool As a Cucumber has a no refund policy. However, if you're unable to attend the workshop you've registered for, you can apply the credit toward a future workshop.

And based on everything outlined above, if you walk away from this workshop without it having met your expectations, email me with your constructive criticism (within 3 business days) and I'll issue you a full refund (yup, seriously). 


Each month I'll be teaching an evening workshop in either the SF Bay Area, NYC or your city. Interested in bringing a workshop to you? Take a look at the options on and contact me with the date(s) you have in mind. 

(Care to check out some testimonials? Click here.)

All Cool As a Cucumber students who are new to Uber will receive a complimentary ride for up to $25. Ride home from the workshop in style, ;).

  • Craft, Prepare, Deliver.


    419 Park Ave South 2nd Floor
    New York, NY

    You'll learn what effective public speaking is, tips and tricks to combat anxiety, best practices for writing, preparing for and delivering your speech and most importantly, how to hone your voice and own your personal speaking style.
    Thu, December 13th, 2012

    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST

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Holley Murchison

Social Entrepreneur + Rhetoric Coach

I'm a social entrepreneur and rhetoric coach operating between NYC and the San Francisco Bay Area.  I spent 5 years working as an on-air radio personality and in project management before transitioning into a career focused on social change. As a speaker,  I've engaged audiences of over 5,000 and have been invited to present, speak and host at events for CreativeMorningsThe Harvard Graduate School of EducationNew York Daily News and more. 

Understanding the obstacles and anxiety we face when it comes to speaking in public settings, I launched Oratory Glory to help makers, doers and intra/entrepreneurs communicate better and take (big and small) leaps toward championing and executing their ideas.

Since 2012, I've provided communications support to over 300 creative professionals through intimate workshops and have coached and led custom workshops at companies including GrindKlout, and Spotify.

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