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At RiverWays, you will overcome your fear of public speaking.

If you are a leader in your profession, speaking to influence is a critical component of your success.

Unfortunately, fear of public speaking may be holding you back from having the impact you want:

  • Is fear of public speaking causing your career to stall?
  • Do you ask other people to do important talks when, in fact, you are the content expert and should be the one to present your material?
  • Do upcoming presentations to your board, bosses, customers, or employees make you anxious, nervous, and unable to concentrate for days ahead of time?
  • Do you feel incredibly nervous in front of the audience, like you are having an out of body experience?
  • Do you feel like your authentic self disappears and a stranger shows up when you make an important presentation?
  • Have you ever felt like you lack the experience or knowledge to be in front of a group?
  • Does the simple thought of giving a presentation make your palms sweat and your heart race?

I have helped hundreds of people overcome these fears and get to the point where they actually look forward to and enjoy speaking to an audience.


  • Delivering presentations, both inside and outside your organization, that accomplish your goals and inspire your audience.
  • Establishing a strong, genuine rapport with clients, employees, supervisors, students, even your family and friends.
  • Giving an important speech where it feels like you are having a conversation with individuals in the audience rather than a presentation to a crowd.
  • Leading more productive meetings, where everyone’s voice is heard and all are committed to reaching a common goal.
  • Being yourself and feeling relaxed all the while - even enjoying speaking!

How can I be so confident that RiverWays programs can help you become this type of speaker (and leader)?

Because I’ve watched my clients make huge shifts and I’ve received many lengthy emails describing the significant improvements they’ve experienced.

But before we get to that, let me introduce myself. My name is Carla Kimball, and I’m the developer and trainer of the RiverWays programs. My programs gently address your fears from the inside out, in a safe, friendly environment, with others who feel much the way you feel.

Oddly enough, the approach I use to reduce your anxiety is also what makes you a better speaker.

How does it work?

I help you discover your authentic presence.

You see, after all is said and done, what makes the biggest impact on your audience is not what you say or how well you know your material. It's not even your gestures, facial expressions and tone of voice. Sure, those things are important too, but there is one “secret” that stands head and shoulders above the rest.

What's the secret?

It’s your ability to slow down, drop all pretenses and simply be yourself while you connect with the individual human beings in your audience. When you develop the kind of authentic presence that I’m talking about, you’ll not only make a deep and lasting impact on each audience member, the people you communicate with will be drawn to you and your message.

And, there's a really interesting side-benefit to this kind of presence. You'll lose the crippling anxiety that often keeps people from speaking up, speaking out, speaking at all.

When you are more interested in making a connection with the people in your audience and being of service to them, and less interested in proving yourself, the fear of public speaking simply melts away and you become much more engaging and effective.

Why is authentic presence so important?

If you're a leader who needs to speak well in meetings, sales presentations, or when pitching ideas to your colleagues or customers, this means:

  • You'll be an important contributor and inspire others, getting the buy-in you need on important issues.
  • You'll listen to and truly hear all your stakeholders.
  • You'll be able to significantly influence key decisions.

If you are the content expert, the person who really understands the material, the person who should really present on the project, this means:

  • You'll be eager to present your material and not be inclined to ask someone less informed to fill in for you.
  • You'll animate your subject matter with your knowledge and enthusiasm.
  • Your audiences will truly get it and leave inspired by your vision.

If you speak professionally, this means:

  • You'll be much more effective at engaging your audience and getting your message across.
  • Your audiences will love you and refer you to their friends and colleagues.
  • People will seek you out for your knowledge and expertise.

What others say:

“What has amazed me is that this method really works and gets results quickly. Within a few sessions, each client has made improvements noticeable to himself and others in the organization. Any manager or executive would benefit from this unique program.” - Jane Hodgetts, Principal of Hodgetts Associates, Executive & Career Coaching

It’s been more than a year since I participated in your public speaking program and I’m amazed that not only have my new speaking skills not diminished, but they’ve actually improved...The bottom line is that I’m more comfortable in front of audiences, and I know from the feedback I’m receiving, along with new invitations to speak, that I’m connecting with audiences.”
- David Gumpert, Writer and Entrepreneur

If you would like to hear more about how our clients have benefited from their work with us, we have a whole series of success stories and additional testimonials for you to read.

Want to start right away?

Whether you'd like to learn from the comfort of your own home, or you want to rapidly improve your skills by working directly with me, I have a program that will perfectly suit your needs.

But you really don't have to wait. Let's get started right now. Here is a video clip from my Seven Crown Jewels of Public Speaking Presence series. This short (5 minutes) video highlights what I consider the most essential tool for speaking with presence. If you really get this, it will completely change your public speaking experience.

Thanks so much for coming to this site. Please feel free to look around as you'll find many free resources and speaking success stories to inspire you.

In Presence,

Carla Kimball

P.S. - If you'd like to contact me privately so I can help you decide which program is right for you, please call me at 802-436-1144 or email me.


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We are centrally located in the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire close to the intersection of Interstates 89 and 91. As such we are in in the heart of New England and close to Boston and all of Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, New York and Maine.

Travel time from:

Albany, NY — 2.75 hours
Boston, MA — 2.25 hours
Brattleboro, VT— 1.25 hours
Burlington, VT — 1.5 hours
Concord, NH — 1 hour
Hartford, CT — 2.5 hours
Portland, ME — 3 hours
Portsmouth, NH — 2 hours

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P.O. Box 181
Hartland, Vermont 05048

Phone: 802-436-1144

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