Elaine Powell is an accomplished entrepreneur, with a passion for public speaking. Elaine is founder and curator of the annual TEDxYouth Croydon and is a professional speaker, mind-set coach and CEO of Speak With Confidence Training and Consultancy, which consults and delivers training on presentation skills, pitching and effective communication within organisations.
Elaine has trained over 15,000 people and facilitated over 500 workshops, equipping others with the mind-set, confidence and speaking skills that will inspire others.
What Elaine loves about public speaking is you get to be part of the process of bringing great ideas, visions and messages to the world. Elaine’s advice is to “join Toastmasters, learn from the feedback received, apply it and then speak as much as possible.”
1.Please describe your job in detail?
Speakerpreneur and CEO of SWC Training and Consultancy. We consult and deliver
training to organisations on presentation skills, pitching and effective communication within their organisations.
I am very lucky that I get to make a difference in people lives and I help business owners, entrepreneurs, executives and speakers share their experiences, stories, wisdom and knowledge with the world. When you speak, you get to make a contribution, a difference, an impact in your own life and the lives of others.
2.How would you describe yourself?
If I could choose 3 words they would be: Bold, Caring and Fun.
3.What attracted you to being part of the judging panel?
Having been part of Toastmaster for many years, a public speaking coach for 7 years and taking part in numerous competitions, I love experiencing all the different aspects of speaking. Competitions being so much fun.
4.What advice would you give to beginner public speakers?
Join Toastmasters, learn from the feedback received, apply it and then speak as much as possible.
5.What’s the biggest lesson you have learnt throughout your career?
That’s a big question. That everyone can be a great speaker, if they forget about themselves (being nervous, fear etc) and focus on how they can make a difference to the audience’s lives. It’s not about you the speaker, it is about the listener.
6.What do you love most about public speaking?
That I get to be part of the process of bringing great ideas, visions and messages to the world through training awesome messengers.
7.What are you hoping to see from the contestants?
I want to be touched, moved and inspired. I want to get lost in stories that are vivid, engaging and mezmorising.
8. Have you had the opportunity to contribute to any magazines or national/local
I run TEDxYouthCroydon yearly and as the Curator I have been on the radio and featured in local press.
8.What do you feel is your contribution to the world of public speaking?
I have trained over 15,000 people and delivered over 500 workshops. I feel that my contribution is showing people that they have a voice, a message that if they share, they can touch, move and inspire other people’s lives and their own.
9.Are you a member of any specific speaking clubs and/or groups?
Not any more.
10.Please list your own website, twitter, LinkedIn details.