Suzannah Baum: Biography highlights
A presentation skills specialist, executive speech coach and speaker, Suzannah works with entrepreneurs, business professionals and experts to unleash their ultimate speaking potential.
Full biography of Suzannah Baum
Suzannah teaches both new and experienced speakers how create and deliver structured, engaging and powerful presentations, allowing them to step out in front of audiences with confidence, build their careers and businesses, and stand out as the leader that they are.
Through training programs, workshops, executive speech coaching, online learning and keynote presentations, Suzannah works with organizations and individuals to create and deliver impactful, audience-centric presentations that get results. Clients who work with Suzannah appreciate her practical strategies to building presentations that audiences want to hear, all while learning strategies to increase confidence, focus a message, and getting real, measurable results from their presentations.
Suzannah has been featured on Global TV News, Breakfast TV Montreal, CJAD Montreal radio, the Montreal Gazette, and Elle Canada, and is a contributing writer for the Huffington Post. She has taught public speaking at McGill University, and has worked with organizations that include Roche Pharmaceuticals, BMO Capital Markets, Service Canada, the International Civil Aviation Organization, and the National Film Board of Canada.
Suzannah is the 2018 President of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (Montreal Chapter) and a member of the Global Speakers Federation, and holds a B.Comm from McGill University and a M.A from Carleton University.
Watch Suzannah in action
“Thank you very much for this wonderful training. The team were all very excited and finished these 3 sessions with concrete learnings that they are eager to apply. It really met, and even exceeded, my expectations.” (June 2018)
“The ideas that you shared are practical and immediately able to be applied. The feedback from the team on the seminar has been really positive, and particularly noting that you took us that level further – not the basics, but the higher level tweaks and improvements through thoughtful and audience-centered planning. Our group included both experienced and more novice presenters, and you tailored it accordingly, which was very appreciated.”
“Suzannah graciously came to present to our group PartÂge, whose members work for and/or with seniors. As a group, we were preparing an event at which we would be presenting various topics to people from the community. Suzannah taught us how to structure our presentation, and how to leave our audience with the right message. Suzannah is like a breath of fresh air; she is passionate about what she does, educates well, communicates to the audience in a way that is friendly and professional. It was great gaining her knowledge, which she shares so easily.”
Roche Custom Biotech
“I considered several presentation vendors, before deciding upon Suzannah. While the others tended to have rather inflexible ‘boilerplate’ training programs, Suzannah was willing to work with me to put together a customized program to fit the needs of my team. We spent significant time brainstorming and identifying the most relevant, meaningful content, and Suzannah also did a fair bit of work in advance, reaching out to members of my team to ensure that she understood their needs and training objectives, prior to the training day. The day was comprehensive, and at the same time, relevant, interactive, and fun. I was very pleased with the result, and the feedback I received from my team was overwhelmingly positive. I am confident that this investment will make an immediate difference in their success.”
e-Sign Live by Silanis
“Suzannah’s training program brought tremendous value as we prepared for our annual user conference this year. Not only did our team enjoy the presentation skills training and coaching workshop, but they continue to use what they learned – for thought leadership webcasts, tradeshow speaking engagements and customer presentations. We follow Suzannah’s Diamond speech structure flowchart, which allows us to create strong, engaging presentations faster – and with more focus. Thank you for giving our team such a great foundation to build on for all our future presentations.”
Toastmasters (District 61)
“I asked Suzannah to be our opening Keynote speaker for District 61 Toastmasters International Annual Conference. She delivered a high energy and very engaging keynote. She swiftly integrated Toastmasters’ culture and behaviors in her presentation. The diverse and multi-generation audience relished in relating with work life situations Suzannah shared with us.”
“The training has been very effective for the team, it definitely made a difference and helped us improve our conversion rates. I am now thinking about organizing something similar later this year for another team.” (December 2018)
“My sales team & I recently participated in Suzannah’s signature Public Speaking & Presentation sales modules. Right from the onset, the team was engaged and valuable insight and discussions ensued. Suzannah’s training brought tremendous value as she easily gained the trust & respect from the team. Her vast experience in delivering a concise & clear message will pay dividends for our organization for years to come.”
Suzannah's speaking topics
Captivate with Confidence, and Leave Your Audience Wanting More: How to Create & Deliver Powerful Presentations that Get Results
Is your team getting their point across clearly, concisely, and confidently to your clients and potential customers? Is your team giving presentations that are compelling enough to move their audience to action? Are your managers able to communicate properly with their team — and share both good AND bad news — in the most appropriate way?
If you want to stay ahead of the competition, your team’s presentations must be persuasive, powerful and professional each and every time they speak with clients, prospects, or investors. At the same time, internal presentations — given to and by employees and management — are a crucial piece to ensuring that company information gets shared, projects move forward, teams communicate well with each other, and outstanding individuals are given an opportunity to shine.
This interactive session focuses on the powerful tools and techniques that can be used to turn every presentation or public speaking opportunity into a rewarding experience. Whether speaking to one person or a crowded room, participants will learn a variety of techniques to enable them to stand before a group and successfully deliver compelling messages, including:
– Techniques to reduce the stress and anxiety of public speaking
– How to structure and focus your presentation for maximum impact
– The different structure requirements for informational and persuasive presentations
– Delivery styles that help you connect with your audience
– How to organize your thoughts for impromptu speaking
– How to recognize and avoid the most common bad speaking habits
– The power of stories and personal experience
– How to make facts and statistics come alive
“You nailed it!” How to Create Audience-Centric Presentations that Drive Results, and Make You Look Like a Superstar
There’s no doubt that creating and delivering a successful, engaging presentation requires an investment of time, energy and a variety of resources. However, despite hard work and best intentions, sometimes these presentations simply do not get the results that they were designed to achieve – no follow-up sales or meetings, no change in behaviors, no impact.
This hands-on session will share a powerful step-by-step formula for creating structured, engaging and audience-centric presentations that get your message across in a clear and concise way, provide value to the audience, and ensure that the time, energy and resources that you put into it get you the results you want — and make you look like a total superstar in front of your audience!
In this session, you will learn:
– The one essential premise that will change how you approach presentations
– The key questions you must ask BEFORE building your presentation that will guide you to creating compelling content that will guarantee audience engagement
– A proven – and repeatable – process to craft structured, engaging and audience-centric presentations – faster, easier, and more effective than ever before
Get out of the corner! - How to Manage Public Speaking Nerves, Create a Focused Message, and Rock Your Presentation
Nothing beats speaking for building your personal brand, communicating your strategies and ideas, selling your products and services, and promoting your business. The leads and opportunities you get from just one successful talk is often immediate — and sometimes transformative. (Imagine two successful talks? Or twenty?)
The trick, of course, is to deliver a great speech. So what’s stopping you? If you’re like many professionals, you worry about looking nervous — making an embarrassing mistake or freezing up in front of an audience and not being able to recover – or seeing people tune out or, worse, yawn . Or maybe you can control your nerves, but you’re totally overwhelmed with how to put together a presentation in a focused, engaging and compelling way. As a result, you may be avoiding speaking opportunities, and holding yourself back from sharing the tremendous value that you can offer.
In this program, you’ll learn a proven process that makes you confident and effective anytime, in any venue, in front of any audience. This includes:
– 3 simple strategies that instantly get you calm and confident in the crucial seconds before an event.
– How to quickly move beyond a fear of public speaking and actually thrive in front of an audience.
– How to not become stuck or frozen in your presentation — and what to do if that does happen!
– 5 steps to building a structured, focused, engaging presentation that will be easy for you to present, and easy for your audience to remember.
– How to get your desired results from each and every presentation you give.