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My Play Date with Marc Lemezma!

November 19, 2010

I’ve known Marc for a few years and met him in a variety of work related capacities. Marc is always keen to help people; He encourages, supports and builds confidence in the people he meets. This is his nature. It’s who he is without a second thought. (Whether that’s always been the case, only Marc can say). It therefore makes perfect sense for him to be a Public Speaking Coach.

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If you’ve ever met Marc, you never forget him. He’s funny. Very funny. Engaging. Inspirational. And, as you can see, animated! (Keeping my camera steady was difficult) 🙂

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When he contacted me for some photographs, I knew it was going to be an interesting experience! Marc requested that I ‘think outside the box’ and sell  him some ideas for his website photographs.

It was great to sink my teeth into a challenge that was far from weddings and baby portraiture. I trawled the net for inspiration and asked many people what ‘Public Speaking’ meant to them. I pitched my ideas. We set a date. I made a  pit stop to my parent’s house (so pleased my mum kept all my Fisher Price toys – they continue to come in handy!). Then Marc and I enjoyed a morning playing with toys! I’m sure being a photographer has its low points??!!!

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Marc can teach 1-to-1

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Or teach small groups

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Your audience may appear scary! Be brave!

I invited Marc to write on my blog…..

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Inspired by 'comedy club' lighting!

My job is helping people and companies deliver a clear message. That means one day I’ll grab the mic and speak on behalf of a corporate client and the next I might be carefully coaching someone who is crippled by their fears.

Although these two roles call upon my skill and experience as a presenter – they each require a different approach. Clients seeking someone to speak on their behalf are going to look for confidence and creativity.

Those looking to overcome their fears need to work in a safe environment where they can be gradually challenged and stretched so they develop greater confidence.

I was looking for some new images for my website – I could have taken the traditional and obvious approach but Nikki had different ideas…

The toys were a stroke of genius!  They cleverly encapsulate what I do. Creative, fun and different but with an abstract and detached perspective that fits my coaching work perfectly. Working with toys like this would have made it easy to mock-up what I wanted in Photoshop.

That wasn’t good enough for Nikki and I was impressed by the way she took the time to get the shots captured perfectly – so we had the right results.

I’m sure you’ll agree! 

Marc continues to find new ways to get his message out there and I was impressed (and proud) to see my photographs used in his YouTube video. Check it out here.


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