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, 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.  

My biggest goal with this workshop is to guide you toward being a more poised, genuine 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.


If you're a maker, doer or creative intra/entrepreneur who regularly engages with clients and customers, presents ideas often and finds that speaking is becoming a really important part of your role, then yes.  

This workshop is also the right fit 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


Your investment in this workshop gets you:

  • the opportunity to present in front of a group and get peer feedback, live coaching and footage of you in action
  • an encouraging, constructive learning environment with an intimate group of no more than 10 attendees
  • actionable tips and strategies for navigating angst and being effective in your communication  
  • digital copies of the material covered (including a content shaping template to help you prepare going forward)
  • a 20 min follow-up virtual coaching session
  • access to a Google Group with past workshop participants where you'll get ongoing support, practice and resources and,
  • a complimentary Uber ride for up to $25 (new users only)


  • practice material! 1-2 min of an old presentation, speech or pitch - OR - an idea, topic, product, etc. that you may present about in the future
  • an open mind and commitment to improving 
  • a willingness to work in teams
  • a sense of humor 


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). 

(Check out what past participants have said about the workshop here.)

  • 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 grew up extremely shy. I went from being the girl in elementary school who barely said a word - and wrote her answers on a piece of paper because she was too afraid to raise her hand - to the captain of my high school debate team. Armed with a love for public speaking, I went on to study Communications graduating with a degree in Television & Radio and spent a number of years as an online radio personality and working in project management before committing to a career in education and social good.

As a social entrepreneur, I've engaged audiences of over 5,000 as a speaker and have been invited to speak at events for CreativeMorningsDemocracy PrepNew York Daily News and more. As a public speaking coach and consultant, I've had the pleasure of working with some amazing individuals and companies including KloutGrind and Startup Institute.

Outside of the aforementioned, I'm the co-founder and host of The Hall Pass Tour; a nationwide concert and event series designed to get underserved youth excited about leveraging higher learning to pursue their dreams.

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