Public Speaking Coach: Harnessing Narrative from Page to Stage

“Kathryn Aalto’s event at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, North Carolina drew a packed house and ranks as one of our Top 5 in 34 years. Her talk was very informative and laugh out loud funny. The audience had fun and lots of folks thanked us for having  her here. And we sold lots of books!” Helen Stewart, Floor Manager, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, North Carolina


Unlock the power of your voice and captivate any audience with Kathryn Aalto’s expert public speaking coaching. With over 30 years experience in communication and storytelling, Kathryn brings a unique blend of knowledge and passion to help individuals hone their speaking skills and make a lasting impact.

As a public speaking coach, Kathryn’s clients embark on a transformative journey to discover and harness the full potential of their voice and message. Whether you’re a seasoned professional looking to refine your speaking style or a newcomer seeking to build confidence, Kathryn provides personalized guidance tailored to your specific needs and goals.

Through a comprehensive approach, Kathryn covers every aspect of effective public speaking, from crafting compelling narratives to mastering delivery techniques. With her keen eye for detail and nurturing demeanour, she creates a supportive environment where clients feel empowered to explore their strengths and overcome any challenges.


  • Narrative

Drawing upon her background as a New York Times bestselling author, Kathryn teaches clients eight pillars of narrative nonfiction that resonate with audiences from page to stage on emotional levels. Tapping into the Greek art of storytelling with logos, pathos, and ethos, Kathryn helps clients craft powerfully original narratives that leave lasting impressions long after presentations ends.

  • Authenticity

Kathryn’s public speaking coaching sessions teach the nuances of effective public speaking, emphasizing the importance of genuine connection and relatability.  She recognises that each speaker is a unique storyteller with a distinct voice. By cultivating a deeper understanding of their values and beliefs, clients develop a sense of authenticity that resonates with audiences and builds trust. Her holistic mind-body-spirit approach is tailored to help individuals tap into their authentic selves to engage and captivate audiences with their humanity.

  • Delivery

Through practical exercises and constructive feedback, clients learn to project confidence, engage with authenticity, and command the stage, boardroom, classroom, and virtual spaces with authority. Whether it’s mastering vocal tone, improving posture, or conquering stage fright, Kathryn equips clients with the tools they need to excel in any speaking situation.


Kathryn’s coaching is not limited to traditional public speaking formats. She also offers specialized guidance for panel discussions and virtual presentations, adapting strategies to suit different platforms and audiences. With her guidance, clients learn to adapt their speaking style to various contexts while maintaining consistency and impact. Kathryn takes the time to understand their individual goals and challenges, providing feedback, support, and encouragement.  Whether it’s through one-on-one coaching sessions, group workshops, or virtual training programs, her thorough and caring approach ensures that clients fulfil their speaking potential.

Kathryn Aalto’s public speaking coaching is not limited to traditional platforms; she also guides individuals in mastering the art of virtual communication. In an era where online presence is increasingly crucial, her expertise in navigating the nuances of virtual communication equips her clients to excel in webinars, virtual conferences, and digital presentations.

Kathryn teaches in-person, full-day workshops for businesses, organisations, and individuals. Working with individuals one-to-one can be a hybrid of in-person and virtual.


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“The Modesto Garden Club in California is the largest garden club in the United States. Kathryn was one of the best speakers we have ever had. We loved her. It will be difficult to top her.” — Cindy  Ott, Events Coordinator, Modesto Garden Club

“Not only was Ms. Aalto thoroughly prepared and professional in her presentation, she was completely charming and engaging to our audience. As a rule, we have a very smart crowd. Ms. Aalto left the crowd delighted and satisfied with their evening out, something that does not always happen with an author presentation! We would gladly have her back for future programs…in fact it cannot be soon enough!” — Jacques Lamarre, Director of Communications, The Mark Twain House and Museum, Connecticut

“I directed Kathryn for a short ‘taster’ film for a pitch of the documentary version of her book ‘The Natural World of Winnie the Pooh’ for BBC Four. I couldn’t have asked for more from a presenter – she was extremely well prepared with excellent, engaging delivery and the ability to take direction and think on her feet. I very much hope we get to work together in the future.”— Jake Hayes, BBC Producer

“I’ve conducted many on-air interviews throughout the last 20 years. You don’t always know what you’re going to get until you’re actually into the interview. Within 10 seconds of my first question with Kathryn, I knew my audience was in for a real treat. Kathryn was engaging, informative, very much at ease, and immediately sucked me into Winnie-the-Pooh’s world. I now have this penchant to play Poohsticks, and I’ve updated my bucket list to include a visit to Ashdown Forest.” — Bryan Earl, Host of the Zesty Garden, Utah Public Radio